This morning I told you that the Barbara Bush quote really touched me….I’ve been thinking more on all of that when when I was cleaning my sewing room I found a stitching thing that said this…
I’ll admit it. This has been me at times. It’s hard. It’s an easy spot to get into. Hubby and I bought a house late in the game and we need to have it paid off and finished being fixed before we retire….if we retire.
One time when one of my kids was a teen they said, “so I have to get a job to get a car and I have to have the car to get a job and I have to have the job to pay for the things the car needs…” Yep. That’s pretty much life. Even as a teenager my kids could feel the ridiculousness of it all….working to have. I feel like I’ve been doing the running around in circles a little too much lately. I’m jumping off the hamster wheel!
I don’t want anyone to think I’m sad…I’m not. I love my life but I want more.
The other day Kalissa was talking about a book she was reading. It’s called “The Gift of Imperfection” by Brene Brown. She was telling about the book and was telling about a concept that the author was saying that a person’s value doesn’t depend on how much they product. WOW…that one hit home a bit for me.
I love and enjoy completing things but sometimes, I think it finishing things more seriously than I should. Often I’m so focused on the goal of completing something than I am to enjoy the process of it…
…sometimes things happen so quickly that I forget to stop and be part of the story.
I’d rather take Carver for a walk than hurry-hurry to get more done. I’d rather sit a few minutes more at the supper table with Hubby than hurry to do the dishes, to do this and to then do that. What fun is there it that? What meaningfulness is there in “doing the things” and not really deeply enjoying the things?
Between my cancer check up and scare and the time I’ve recently spent on the treadle….
As I stitch these little sayings, it’s easy for them to settle my mind into them. This one says, “Embrace the Journey Life is Good”. For me, I’ve always thought the “Life is good” part but, I don’t think I work enough to “Embrace the Journey”.
Buck recently sent me this picture of our grand daughter Little Lucy. Isn’t she a sweetie?She’s laying on one of the Perkimon Daydreams quilts I made with Kelli (Bonnie Hunter pattern). I’ve not seen her enough. I need to see her more.
…and I’m going to. Wednesday is a Lucy and Scottie day. I’m skipping off from work and making it happen. I’m bringing Carver along with too. It’s going to be a grandma day. I can’t wait. It will be my first time ever to have all three grand kids at the same time. BLISS!! I felt bad leaving my childcare families in the lurch to find alternate care but I decided that I didn’t be a stay at home mom for all of those years and will then now miss out on my grand kids…NO WAY!! I plan to take off more often too. Life is to short to miss this little girl!! I’ve been given so many blessings in life, I want to enjoy them all.
I asked Hubby how I can get get all the gifted quilts finished if I cut back and change my ways a bit….he promptly said, we’ll do more gifting of cash. I think I’m okay with that.
As I’ve been working on reorganizing my quilting room I’ve found so many things I want to do…or have done in the past that have hit the wayside being I do so much quilting. My wool. I miss doing wool projects. I have some awesome wool and some awesome ideas of what to do with it.
I designed and drew out an entire week of embroidery towels with chickens on them. I did that five years ago. I’ve never stitched on them. I found the towels and LOVE them!!
I do think I’m sticking to my idea of little less quilt making in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be making quilts but I’m going to be doing some other things too…cross stitch, bag making, baking, painting, decorating, spending time with the family, antiquing with Hubby, thrifting…walking Ruby….and doing things in a slow down appreciative kind of way…some treadling…some hand stitching…some porch sitting.