Saturday, July 14, 2012


spar·kle, noun

1.  a little spark or fiery particle.

2.  a sparkling appearance, luster, or play of light: the sparkle of a diamond.

3.  brilliance, liveliness, or vivacity.

'Twas opening night last night.

 Whilst I showed my sparkle onstage and The Maestro watched from the audience,
Photo stolen from the costume designer's web page. I played Malla, a mute maid.
we left our three little sparkles home alone.  Bria has been very wonderful to babysit a lot this past week as I have been in dress rehearsals and Joel has been search committee chair for the new band director position.  I am so proud of the responsibility she has taken when she is put in charge of her sisters.

And I was never prouder than when I came home to find the sparkle of a clean kitchen. 
Sparkling kitchen
I took this picture this morning, after a breakfast of oatmeal had been made.  The sink was totally empty last night.
It may not seem a huge deal, but you don't understand.  With the way this week has gone--with both Joel and I being so busy--the kitchen was about as awful as it has ever been.  Blech.  And Bria convinced her sisters to clean it with her, and it was indeed sparkling.  The girls were sparkling, too, because they were so excited to surprise us with it when we got home.

The office also had quite a bit of sparkle.
Sparkling office
This picture does not even begin to capture the copious amounts of glitter that have taken over my once-clean office.
Just maybe not the kind of sparkle I would prefer in there.  There is glitter all over the floor, table, chairs, walls.  Even my computer keyboard has a bit of green sparkle to it.  But the glitter explosion happened because they were making some thank-you cards for their grandparents, so all is forgiven.  Besides, what are vacuums for, anyway?

My life sparkles in so many ways.  I am incredibly blessed.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. What sweet girls you have! I can imagine the pride and love you felt when you got home last night. You are doing such a gear job teaching then everything they need to know. It makes the little messes so worth it, doesn't it?

  2. How thoughtful of your sweet children to clean the kitchen. It's one of my least favorite things to clean. I like how you pleasantly found sparkle in several areas of your life. This post makes me smile.