Monday, April 27, 2009
I am very blessed with grandchildren! Sunday we enjoyed celebrating another birthday of a precious granddaughter. She had so much fun! It was so adorable to watch her pushing her babies around in her stroller. Oh, how I wish I could freeze their joy, wonder, and innocence and keep it alive forever. Since I can't I'll just have to settle for hanging on tightly to each moment I have with them at this stage of life. Isn't the doll cake her mom baked great!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I am going to try again to live more in the present. My mom used to tell me, “Honey, don’t wish your life away.” And, of course, as mothers tend to be, she was right. Each day has its gifts. When I was growing up I’d wish whole years away, now it’s just little bits of time. I’m too hilltop to wish years away anymore, but I still catch myself saying, “as soon as I finish this, maybe I’ll have time for that.” Instead of enjoying the process of whatever it is this present moment holds. Some moments I want to savor, like the innocent stage of childhood where my grandchildren reside. Other times, like cleaning house or waiting in line, I just want to be over so I can get back to the good stuff. However, I’m learning more and more each moment has its gift, something to learn, something to watch for. Happiness can be chosen even when we aren’t doing the thing we most enjoy. So here lies my pep-talk to myself: Enjoy each one, cause there’s no do overs with time. “Whatever your hands find to do do it with all thy might,” and may I add with a happy heart.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I've got to show you all the most wonderful gift my sister-in-law and her friend, (of course she's my friend now too!) made for me. Isn't it beautiful??? I haven't found the right shams to go with it yet, so I draped a lovely scarf a friend from Turkey sent me over my pillows. They go pretty nicely together don't you think?
There has been so much going on lately things have slipped by without me blogging about them. So now I'm going to try to catch up. Before the wedding I went to Atlanta to visit my sister-in-law. She and her friend were going to a quilt hop. I had never heard of any such animal, but I knew it involved fabric and fun so of course I was game. Anytime we get together we have a blast whatever we do. Our niece met us, which greatly multiplied our fun. She has never sewn before, but like me was game for adventure, so she met us on the second day. The hop involved several stores around the Atlanta area, nine I think. Anyway, there was an overall theme of "The Magic of Childhood" you can read all about it here. Each shop had a theme within that theme: A Day on the Farm, Fairy-tales, The Circus, Saturday Morning Cartoons etc. You received a passport at the first shop you visited, each shop stamped your passport, and after you visited all of the stores you turned in your passport which was entered for some fabulous prizes. Beautiful quilts were on display at each of these shops and little gifts were given to each person as they got their passports stamped. Each shop had a different feel and flavor and of course the quilting bug bit both my niece and myself very hard! She had plans to go home and buy a sewing machine, and I started purchasing fabric at the first shop. It was so much fun, I can't wait to do it again. I made a great new friend, enjoyed the time with family I don't get to see often enough, and I have so many new ideas in my head it actually hurts. Here are pictures taken on various days of the hop. Bet you can't tell which was the last day?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
I finally am posting the owl I made from the pattern in the book I found (earlier post) at the thrift store.