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Taking a Lesson From the Past

It wasn’t so very long ago that I stood in Westville Village (yes… “ville” and “village” is a wee mite redundant) with Tia Julie and Josh feeling very inspired.  Not simply because I feel that I am part of the generationally displaced but also because it cemented certain ideas in my brain.  In the moment that I took the above picture… after much deep and profound brain things inside my head… I had a plan.

As we walked to the schoolhouse along the paths at Westville with children in traditional clothes and wooden wheels running about happily, I told Josh my thoughts.  Our children — those mysterious little future beings — would be part of such a community, be creative and inventive with their play, and they would not miss out on life because they were permanently connected to a video game device.  Our future children would be able to think for themselves.

And so it came to pass that we got our kids.  And what awesome kids they are!  Creative?  You bet.  Did I dream them into reality, I wonder?

Kaitlin lost in play doh fun

My girls love to play with homemade Play Doh (we refill the little containers and add different scents like mint, peppermint, almond, orange, and cinnamon with extracts), go on treasure walks with buckets of pine cones in tow, have tea parties, read books while curled up on the front porch, and enjoy exploring the world around them.

Kaitlin with homemade play doh

To think that just a few weeks ago, we were still in the planning phase… and now we have put our plan into action.  And it’s working.

They called me “mommy” today for the very first time.  My cup runneth over.


The Razors

P.S.  My youngest (pictured by the Play Doh) says “widdle waddle” instead of “a little while.”  Cute!

  • CrossView - I’m so glad you both get this opportunity to enjoy all those little things that make life so special. And I’m so glad your kids found you both so that they, too, can enjoy all the wonder-filled simple things! A match made in heaven!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - That is what I love about my kiddos. Their imaginations run wild. My kids have never really been big into toys so we have never bought many although they do love their stuffed animals. They are resourceful with their surroundings. It is a wonderful thing and too many kids do not grow up this way. They live what they learn. They step right into the materialistic ways of their parents.
    So glad all is well with your children, are they all girls?
    SOOOO Happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Lynnie - Your children are so beautiful! I was just thinking about you today and your commitment to allow your children to be children without the constraints of television. We went on the most spectacular walk with our girls climbing trees, gathering moss, hiding, playing. Later we went to visit some new friends and every inch of their house was covered with television-based toys. It was such a jarring juxtaposition. I don’t want to live my life comparing myself to others and feeling smug, but I did feel a twinge of…..happiness I guess about the choices we’ve made for our children. They are so free to play creatively, free from most gender-stereotypes, free from having to play within the plotlines of t.v. shows, etc. It made me happy to think of you out there giving your new children this amazing opportunity. And then it made me happy to think that you have these amazing children period! I love that you are posting about them, as much as you can at this point anyway, and can’t wait to hear more!ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Laura - Lacy, Those girls were meant to be your girls and you were meant to be their mommy.

    C and B, Cousin Will feels better now. How about I bring over collard greens for New Years and ya’ll can show him the wonderful world of homemade play dough?ReplyCancel

  • ValarieLea - “Mommy” is one of the best words there is. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Michele - It’s nice to hear that you and Josh are offering what I called (back when my boys were little) “entertain yourself” time.ReplyCancel

  • Barbie - “Mommy” I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Paulette - Wow… ‘mommy’…I know that just melted your heart. You have such a fun time in front of you with those kids, you will teach them so much and they will teach you so much. You are starting out right with them, so smart of you.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - So sweet!!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - Such sweet times. I hope you are writing everything down. You think you will remember everything, but you won’t. You definitely want to remember this time.

    Happy New Year to you ALL!ReplyCancel

  • Shelli - I loved reading the post. I’m so glad that motherhood is going well for you. I’m so excited to continue to get to know them.ReplyCancel

  • Holly the Knitter - Awww! You’re a “Mommy”!

    We were talking about you tonight at knitting. We’re all so happy for you and we can’t wait to meet your beautiful children.

    I’ve seen people (never done it myself) make playdough using unsweetened kool-ade which scents and colors it at the same time. You can’t see the color until you add water to it. It’s fun to let the kids smell it and guess what color it will be.


  • Sheri - Mommy is one word that can move mountains. I am so happy that you can experience the rush of feelings one little simple word can bring. Good for you for taking control of your babies lives when their minds are like sponges and they take in everything around them. No doubt with you and Josh as their parents, they will only continue to show you their creativity. God Bless the Razor family.ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Oh…Lacy, you can make my heart swell and tears trickle down…just reading your words and knowing what happiness and joy you have in your life now! And all the dreams you’ve had, and the new ones you will discover…your family is in for an awesome life together!!!
    Mommy! I agree…I can move mountains and melt the snowcaps! Those bright eyes with lashes batting…will do the same!
    You and Joshua…I am soooooo happy that your life is heading in this amazing path!
    Hugs my Sweet Lacy~
    Momma BarbReplyCancel

  • ellyn - What is it about play dough that kids love so much. Mine play with it endlessly. I never thought to scent it before though. What a great idea. The stuff smells awful.ReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacy: Your writing brought a tear of happiness to my eye. I do hope things continue to go well Mom.ReplyCancel

  • warren - “Mommy” – never were sweeter words spoken!ReplyCancel

  • The Cotton Wife - Aw, Lacy – this made me cry. You’ve been a Mommy for a long time now… and these have been your girls. You’re just now coming together, that’s all. Bless you and your wonderful, expanding family.ReplyCancel

  • kerry - that is awesome! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - How very exciting for you and your kids. My heart wells up when I read of you cup running over. You are very blessed and I feel blessed to be part of it too.ReplyCancel

  • amyb - that brought tears to my eyes! i am so happy you have all found each other!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - What beautiful children God has bestowed upon you, Lacy! And “my cup runneth over” is the perfect expression for how I feel when I’m surrounded by my grandchildren! God bless you and Josh and this sweet new family of yours!


  • the farmers wife - I am all teary! How sweet it is to hear “mommy” for the first time. I am so happy for you and your little family. Keep up the good work.ReplyCancel

  • The Holly Tree - Lacy, I am so, so happy for you and Josh…. Children are such an incredible blessing – they teach us so much about ourselves and our world, and they’re always wonderful reminders of how often we need to remember to take time to see the world through fresh eyes. I’m so happy that you and Josh will be bringing in a brand new year with children to love and care for, my friend… My joy for you has no bounds…

    Happy 2009, dear lady…ReplyCancel

  • Kath - Aaaw. Your mommy heart is filled! So thankful for your family! What blessings for all of you in 2009!!!!

    Happy New Year!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tia Julie - Wow, God is sooooooooooooooooooo Good!ReplyCancel

  • CC - Your 1st “mommy”! Hurray!!!!!!!

    Keep watching my posts for help with the /l/ (I continue to work on it with my daughter). But do NOT bother with articulation at all until the kids have been with you for at least 6 months and are feeling much more comfortable.ReplyCancel

  • Robbyn - Oh my gosh, “Mommy” is a huge step!!!! Whew, I’m vklempt…ReplyCancel

  • Christina - YeeHaa! Lacy joined the MOMMY club!….. I won’t even tell you of the days that you wish you could change your name…… I look back… I am still glad to be a Mommy.ReplyCancel

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