Making the “Un-Special” Special


“Don’t just count your years, make your years count.” – George Meredith

“Did you do anything special today?” the voice over the phone asks.

I’ve been asked this question a couple of times already. You’re-supposed-to-do-something-special is the vibe I’m getting.

As each birthday comes and passes, the bubbly exciting feeling lessens, but I am grateful for the ebb and flow of life.

Did I do anything special today? Not in the ordinary sense. I didn’t want to go out to a restaurant in the evening or order in food. Putting Z and A to sleep early seemed more appealing and getting an extra hour of peace was too precious to give up. I specifically avoided telling Z it was my birthday until late, because I didn’t want to be tied to the kitchen, mixing and stirring cake mix for a ‘Supposed-to-be-Special’ birthday cake. So when I got the repeated question of whether I did anything special, no not in the ordinary sense of ‘special’ but un-special things can be made special.

To sit in pajamas
To crochet beautiful things
To watch Call The Midwives
To just sit
To sit in peace is the best gift of all.

IMG_8397.JPGdiscarded treasures




matching paint swatches



picking up Z earlier from school


Bakery Crayons




Grandmothers who take granddaughters to parks in good weather!IMG_8282.JPGSisterly hats






yarn in action!IMG_8259.JPG




Friendlyish CatsIMG_8229.JPGGrandfather walks!

IMG_8225.JPGNeon strolled feet

(I finally made some space on my iPhone, so enjoying the iPhone snaps lately!)


About Doodling Through Life

I doodle. All the time. Doodling helps me make sense of the world around me. When I doodle, whether it be swirls or figurines, I am transformed to a world in which my doodles live, and my thoughts become clear. My mind breathes. Through my art medium of pencils, paint, potting soil, and pixels, I thrive. I am a teacher and have taught 2nd grade in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia for 4 years. I am currently a Stay-At-Home-Mommy to a ___ daughter (she was born in June 2010—you can do the math !) and a ___ preschooler (she was born November 2012) who is exploring my creative outlet via the aforementioned 4 P’s! So far, I’m an author whose book Lailah’s Lunchbox was published in 2015 via Tilbury House Publishing. I have 2 new picture books projected for 2019: Amira's Picture Day (Holiday House, 2019) and Let Me Show You The Way (Eerdmans, 2019)! I’m an Atlanta based children-family-lifestyle photographer on weekends. Thank you for stopping by!

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