Friday, February 11, 2011

This is my precious niece, born this past fall:

She has Cystic Fibrosis. She is doing great with her treatments, but needless to say it's been a scary thing for our family to come to terms with. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is now my permanent charity of choice. I added a button to my sidebar for this..

I was thinking lately that I will have to build her a treehouse when the time is right...at least I will have the design perfected by the time she is ready for it. (And of course Auntie Katy also sews bedroom curtains, buys cool shoes, and whatever else she and her big sister desire.)

Tonight as I was gluing more trash wood to my living room wall, I thought that maybe my skills are useless. Other women can cook tasty food, organize a party, and are good at listening patiently to preschoolers' chatter. I am not good at any of those things. And I thought about how I offer to be useful at church, but they don't need me to maintain the building or design the addition. They've got men for that.

I start to get a little depressed, but then I think -- no.  Maybe I'm just meant to build treehouses for little girls. (And carpet bomb the men I work with, but that's another post.)



Posted by Katy On 12:14 AM 4 comments

4 comments :

  1. Hey I don't know who you are are where you live but I picked up on three things in this particular post. By the way - my daughter enjoys your blog and thought I would like it too and I do. 1. If you live anywhere near Brandon Florida we would love to have you at our church and would find a way for you to use those newly purchased tools - and the old ones too! 2. After 33 years of marriage my husband decided to leave. I haven't got around to nailing old wood to walls yet but you sure did make that wall look good and it didn't sound like it was too hard. I just want to paint! 3. My daughter has spina bifida and is a wonderful young adult attending seminary preparing for a life in ministry. Your Ally Bear is beautiful. Learn all you can about cystic fibrosis and encourage your family to do the same. The more you know the better prepared you are for things that come your way. Keep bloging!

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  2. I think it's awesome that you don't cook tasty food or organize parties or listen patiently to preschoolers. I think it's awesome that you run around with a drill and a staple gun and a sawzall and remake the world around you to your image. I think your children will be better served by a mother who shows them that girls can do anything, even "boy" things, than one who keeps a neat house and cooks for them every night. In short, I think you're an amazing mother and I wish more little girls had role models like you!

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  3. Just found your blog today and am going back through posts. What great work you do! I love the way you break it down and make it look do-able.

    But what made me comment was how you are so giving, and how you are/were rightfully sad that your church can't rise to the occasion of using your skills and talents. Come on! What a waste in so many ways. Keep your chin up, someone will see your light shining.

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  4. love this i actually have decided to do this to a wall in my garage and then i decided to type in pallets on walls and your blog came up... any advise you can give me...
    lauren

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