Thursday, February 24, 2011

Random Moments

Last night I had an Our Town moment.  We have all just gotten over the flu, and maybe I'm just tired and feeling sentimental...but I was eating dinner with my family, and wanting to just freeze the moment.  It wasn't a special dinner, but I was looking around the table feeling extra-blessed at what God has given me.  And when you feel these moments, you really do need to bask in them, because all too quickly they go.  As I was scanning the pictures I've taken the week or so, I realized this sentiment must have been building, because I had a lot of pictures in the moment- unplanned, not set-up, sweet moments that I observed.  So without further ado, a little snapshot of our moments...



Sunday, February 20, 2011

A gift from Canada?

Yes, that is snow!

Only an  hour later...
Two posts back, I was chatting with some new Canadian friends about the beautiful peach blossoms in my yard, as opposed to their winter wonderland up north.  We awoke to this beautiful surprise, and I had to wonder... :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Laundry, Anyone?!

At least it's clean!

Does anyone else have laundry piles so big that they swallow small children whole?!!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


The other night I went out my door, and was greeted by these beautiful peach blossoms.  They caught me off guard with their beauty- it was something unexpected.  Like a gift from a friend, just because- not because it's your birthday, or Christmas, or any other special occasion.  In that moment, I felt like it was a Valentine from God- a little gift of beauty, just to let me know that He loves me and is thinking of me.   Have you ever had a moment like that?  I hope you have.  And if you haven't, keep your eyes open.  He sends us little love notes all the time, I think a lot of the time we are just too distracted to notice them- and that is a sad thought!  His love overwhelms me sometimes.  It never fails.  He loves me unconditionally- I can't do anything to make him love me any more, or any less.  He knows me inside and out, and yet He still is interested in everything I have to say.  He speaks to me words of comfort and strength when I need them.  Maybe not in an audible voice, but through His word, through the kindness of a friend, through a show of beauty that He has made, just for me.  He has blessed me so much with love in the form of my husband, my children, my family and friends.  He loves me enough to gently speak truth to me when I am wrong and need to change, and gives me the courage to trust him to help me make those changes.  His love is better than anything else...because it is where all true love comes from.  I guess I've been thinking about love a lot this month, along with everyone else.  I'm so thankful for those peach blossoms- a little reminder of the greatest Love there is.  xoxo

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mondays with Margaret

I'm so excited!  Last night was my first night with my neighbor across the street.  Her name is Margaret.  She will be 79 in May.  She is an avid quilter, has two Bernina sewing machines, a newly acquired Pfaff, and a wonderful husband who is ornery, funny and full of stories.  We have been talking a while about getting together so she can show me some basics and work on some projects.  And it finally happened last night. 

I went across the street with my meager supplies:  pieces of fabric that I was planning on turning into napkins (super-easy way to practice sewing hems), a smallish cutting mat that I just picked up at the thrift, a new rotary cutter, and a camera. :)  We chatted for a bit, and then she brought out her bin of extra, pre-cut squares and had me pick out some.  She wanted to teach me how to machine sew the squares together.  We were just going to do a few rows, so we didn't lay out a pattern or anything.  Once I started going, she sat across from me (on her new pfancy Pfaff!), and was playing with it while I learned to put the squares together.  I ended up making a place mat, with batting and a backing!   I thought it would also make a really cute pillow, so I haven't hand stitched the last square together yet until I figure out what I'm doing. 

I'm excited about these Mondays for a few reasons.  It will be nice to spend time with her.  Older generations have so many stories- so many things they've experienced and learned from.  It will be fascinating to hear them.  She also has great skill, and I can't wait to glean even a bit of her knowledge.  And, it will be nice to have some girly crafting time on a regular basis...especially since it only requires a 30 second trip across the street!