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Hello again my dear readers, I am writing this post because I realize that (as I’m sure you can agree) life simply moves too fast! I have a heavy sense of awareness about that. As much as I would like to slow down life’s pace, gravity is against me. It seems that even with the best of intentions I have been slacking on writing. I have absolutely no excuse for it except that with changing seasons of life I have had a difficult time keeping up with it. I just wanted to write a note to say how much I value you…yes, YOU! Thank you very much for supporting me with My Life As a Modern Wife. It’s amazing readers like you that have given me such joy and encouragement to pursue this passion of mine. I love hearing your thoughts and opinions. So that being said, I am working on being more of a diligent person (and blogger).

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Rainy Day Picnic

Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. This is a principle I have learned to adapt as my life motto. I mention this because this is exactly what I had to do Mother’s Day weekend. With greatest aspirations, I planned a Mother’s Day picnic for my mother and new mother-in-law. This being my first holiday to officially celebrate having two mothers, I had to make this special. The idea of a spring picnic was very appealing to me. I couldn’t think of anything better than my two families gathering together, eating fried chicken with a beautiful park or garden as the background. We would all eat and play games, and drink in the beauty of spring. Doesn’t this sound like a dream? Well unfortunately it was. On Sunday morning I was awoken with the harsh reality that rain was on the forecast. A bit crushed, but not defeated I decided to create an indoor picnic. It was surprisingly easy thanks to my love of flowers and nature. A few terracotta pots and a red Geranium strategically placed on the patio, vibrant yellow Forsythia and Willow branches in a giant vase on the hearth of the fireplace, and a charming Orchid display on the dining room table brought in much-needed color and the nature element. A nice scrub down and dusting session of the apartment, then opening all of the windows and raising the shades, and lit candles brought in an amazing element of light and an open airy feel. And last but surely not least, I brought down my fancy China that I’m afraid to use, and it polished up quite nicely. (It was way better than paper plates and plastic cups!) There you go, instant indoor picnic. To think, all of the ingredients for a perfect day were hidden in my third-floor apartment.

Now I know what you’re all thinking, what about lunch? Well my friends that was the best part. My Mother’s Day menu included Rosemary Fried Chicken, The Best Basic Potato Salad, and Mediterranean Garbanzo Salad served with Southern style Iced Tea with Lemon. For dessert I whipped up a homemade Berry Cobbler and served it alongside Vanilla Ice Cream and Coffee. I revamped my Southern favorites with a little help from www.wholefoodsmarket.com and Sprouts Farmers Market (they have affordable local produce and a great bulk and whole wheat flour selection). Everything got rave reviews from my family, so I think it’s safe to say my Mother’s Day Picnic was a success. I hope your Mother’s Day was special and memorable as well! I would love to hear all about it.

***Stay tuned for a Mother’s Day Photo Gallery!

Nesting

Since that lovely day in October, I have been nesting. Nesting, as Webster would so eloquently put it is, “to create and settle into a warm and secure refuge”. That is one of the beautiful things I have come to learn about marriage, my husband and I have created a place of rest and safety in one another and our home is a refuge from the chaos and confusion of this world. It’s an amazing thought that I can revel in. I don’t know if you have ever been fortunate enough to see a little bird building her nest, but the remarkable thing about it is that the nest is built one tiny wispy twig, blade of grass, or bit of straw at a time. She constructs the foundation from nearly nothing, souring the land around her for materials and very skillfully and patiently begins to build piece by piece her nest, her home and place of refuge. This is such an inspiring image to me, to see the diligence and resourcefulness that God our creator has given her to create such strength and beauty practically out of thin air. And to think that I am doing a similar job, wow! So often I undermine myself, thinking that because this season of life hasn’t led me to going on a mission to India, writing a novel, building a skyscraper, discovering a dinosaur fossil…that my role in life is not important. When in reality, I am building a nest of serenity for my marriage and a place of protection for my future children. Now there is something to think about.

Speaking of nest gathering, I went on a treasure hunt this weekend with my partners-in-crime Susan and Sam. With a crisp twenty from the ATM, we spent a sunny Saturday afternoon bargain hunting at a local neighborhood garage sale. This has become a sort of game for me. I will take only a small amount of cash and challenge myself to see how many fun and interesting things I can find at a local garage sale, thrift store, market, etc. If I find something I really like and I can use it in the apartment I will try to (very politely) haggle a good price for it. It’s quite fun.  Even if I come home empty-handed, I always meet fun new people and that is a reward in itself. We also stumbled upon a cute little bookshop that sells old library books that have gone out of circulation. There I snagged several paperbacks to add to my library for only seventy-five cents each! What a great day spent with my hubby and best friend.

Here are some of my lovely Saturday finds. Give me your feedback! What are some of your favorite inexpensive ways to build your nest?

Readers Digest from the 80's and 90's...free!

The Classics...75cents each

Tiny Bottles...7/ $1

Beautiful Yellow Blossoms...25 cents

Apothecary Jars (still in box)...3/ $8