December 10, 2020

Season of motherhood | the zoo

Welcome to Artifact MotherhoodThis is a collaboration of artists from around the world who have come together to share our stories of the joys and struggles in our journeys. Through our writings and photographs, we want to create memories that are more than photographs with dates written on the back. These are the artifacts we are leaving behind for our children and for generations to come.

{my 2020 quarantine crew, sans our 7 chickens and 1 extra indoor cat who did not want to join the frame}

I grew up in an apartment, which had many fun parts to it, but because of that I always longed for lots of animals. I would ask Santa every year for a dog, and beg my mom for a “barkless dog” … hah! So now here I am on this mini farm of ours, my dream come true. That dream is both so fulfilling yet equally overwhelming some days. Half of these animals were our first fur babies before we had our girls, and are in the 13-15 year old range. I have a strong feeling it could be our last holiday season with our lab in the front, and the cat I’m holding, so I felt an urge to take a snapshot to capture this wild time.

Please go to Jo Hacock, the next artist in our Artifact Motherhood blog circle and continue through all the artists until you get back to me! To learn more about Artifact Motherhood, click here.

To read past memoirs of mine from this project, click here.



  • Ann December 11, 2020

    The dream life right here! What a beautiful portrait of you all!! I would Love to be in a position to have more animals.. Maybe one day.. Xx

  • Kirsty December 11, 2020

    I love that you have your dream right their completely surrounding you!!!

  • Jo Haycock December 11, 2020

    Oh will you look at that! The whole family, this is so perfect and what a great story (and reason) for having these fur babies in your life. Enjoy every minute of your Christmas holidays together x

  • Jess December 13, 2020

    Oh my gosh I love this! I feel a sense of happiness and sadness looking at this, that your wish came true of having a life with lots of animals but that it may be your last year with some of them. I really adore your cats face! What a beauty. x

  • Carla December 13, 2020

    That is so special April! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas all together! Xx

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