Monday, November 23, 2009

Spreading the FLU

***Before I begin I just want to add an update :) It's been 2 weeks since our new edition, Jefferson 7lbs 15 oz. and 21"long, came to our family and things are becoming "normal" again (which really means that things will happily never be the same again and we are adjusting well. For a 6th child he is an exceptionally easy baby.)!
Spreading the FLU
As I write my crafting books, create new designs and fabric patterns (to be soon submitted to fabric houses) I have discovered something amazing in my home and in the homes of those my family is close to!
My Children have caught the creative flu! My oldest daughter (13 yrs), as you have heard, has started writing her own stories (and has written almost 200 pages of her first book so far and is almost ready for a rewrite), she has also created many fabric designs as well (they are quite good), and is sewing up a storm plus creating her own patterns. This creativity has spread to her best friend, who has begun to write her own book and is reading more because of my daughters influence.
It doesn't stop there! Creativity is like a wild fire or better yet..the swine flu! It's highly contagious! My 7 year old daughter is writing her own story, crafting, drawing and even creating her own purse patterns. It has recently spread to my two sons (8 years and 11 years). They are drawing daily and creating homemade costumes of there own design and construction. I have also seen this creativity flu seize my sister!
All of you have contracted your own kind of creativity flu! I call it "Writers Flu".
Symptoms may include but not limited to:
  • hearing voices in your head
  • grabbing a pencil and paper or heading towards your computer at all hours of the day or night
  • an intense need to share your thoughts and feelings or the thoughts and feelings of your characters with a computer/or write them on paper
This creativity flu is highly contagious and is sure to rub off on all who know you. The main thing is that your talents influence the lives of others. You may see it and you may never know it but you touch others lives daily with your talent. You are following and pursuing your dreams with each sentence you write!!! That energy is catching and enlivens people..influences people.. and even gives purpose to those who thought they had none.
It doesn't stop there! When your writing comes out and others read it, their lives will be forever changed. If your words are clean, uplifting and thought provoking; you will again influence and touch lives. So write, create, be free.! That is your God given talent and you will change not only your life and give it purpose but you will change the lives of all those around you!
Our new baby Jefferson, 2 weeks


  1. That's so exciting that your kids are so creative, like their mom! Good luck with six. I'm expecting my second in a week or two and expect all things to fall apart.

  2. Congratulations! He's beautiful!!! I loved your post! I've seen the creativity flu spread among those in my own life as well. It is so satisfying and fun to be able to share it with others! So, go sneeze out a paragraph on someone, and maybe they will sneeze one out on you in return! LOL!

  3. What a sweet little boy. You are so blessed to have him in your life. I was never able to have children, but adopted a 12 day old boy and he has been the joy of my life. I'm sure your little bundle of joy will be the same for you.

    LOL about the flu! How true it is. I've got a fatal case of it, I'm afraid. LOL

  4. I love it when kids get creative. My 7 year old has started a story, so not only do I need to work on my own, but I have to spend 30 minutes a day typing her thoughts.

  5. OH He's SOOO GORGEOUS!!!! Mary I'm so excited for you! And I'm so getting massively baby hungry just seeing him. I'm hoping my new little oven bun is a boy! I'm ready for a boy!

    And I love the creative flu! What a fun post. I do notice the trend of my creativity spread to my kiddos too! I love it! I just love when they begin to develop their talents.


  6. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! He is sooo cute! What a fun post. Such a great idea. I have noticed a little more creativity with my children as well. I guess I just didn't think I could take credit for it. LOL!! Oh, and any time your daughter wants to guest post for us, we'd love to hear about her writing journey!!

  7. Cute boy. I love the post. Writer's Flu. Now that is an epidemic that can do some good in this world. Although, I think another side effect maybe a somewhat ignored list of house chores. :)

  8. I am melting, he's so adorable.

  9. Such a sweet little baby! *Sneeze* I have a 200 degree fever, I think I caught your Writers Flu just by reading this--*sneeze*--post!

    Thanks for passing it along!



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