Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I have connected with so many in ways that I might not have otherwise. It has broadened my universe. I am embarrassed to admit that I am a girl who has never physically travelled outside of the North American continent. But in my research, my conversations, my readings, and finally in my mind and heart, I have travelled far. This blog has helped me to communicate with so many I might have not otherwise met. My life is deeper and more rich.
So... as a sort of thank you, I want to offer up a giveaway. (Sorry for the terrible lighting of these photos. I need a professional, people!) These are a set of patchwork potholders that I've made. If I were a wealthy woman, I would give everyone a gift. Really. I would. Instead, I will make it a bit of a game. Nothing new in the blogging world, but not too complex either. Just leave a comment! I will close the comments to this post on July 31 at 8 pm eastern standard. (That's the time of night when my brain is mush and I'm sooo done for the day.) I'll announce the winner on Aug.1, Saturday. I know blogger can be tricky for some to log into, so feel free to log on "anonymous"; just be sure to sign an identifying name and email on your post. If you haven't left me an email, no biggy, but you'd better check back in. International shipping? Bring it on! (I just hope you don't cost me a small fortune. Honestly, though, I can't bear to leave out my Australian friends.) One last request, but no obligation... spread the word about my blog/giveaway/shop, if you will. I would love to connect with even more people in the next year. Life is simply an amazing adventure. Thank you for being a part of mine.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
P.S. A lovely soul left a first time comment yesterday. She said my blog "brightens her day." My heart just soared; it made me feel so good to think about being a shining part of some one's day. Every time someone comments to let me know they've been by to visit, it brightens mine. Thank you!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
All in my shop, of course! Spread the word....
Monday, July 20, 2009
One of the parts of this weekend that I most enjoyed was sharing with two women who are both close to fifteen years older than me. Each has children that are teenagers or college students now. It was refreshing to be around so much laughter and I appreciated their perspective on my life. Over and over again, they marvelled at our garden or my sewing. They made me feel as if our life was really spectacular when some days I truly feel that it is not. They reminded me how quickly this time will pass with young children.... that these young ones will soon be grown and not want to spend so much time around me. They remembered the fatigue and the fears, and they didn't gloss over the reality of that. It is really such an amazing thing when women can share their experience in a way that buoys you up and doesn't bring you down.
Friday, July 17, 2009
A variation on the first, quilted a little differently, just for grins.... in my shop as well.
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
“Much of the trash we generate comes from the packaging on the food we buy, and lunch foods are no exception. In fact, it has been estimated that on average a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. That equates to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste for just one average-size elementary school.”
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
They also taste just dandy cold. I had the leftovers today for my lunch. I didn't share a one with the kids.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
One of the greatest adverse effects it would have would be less time outside for me and for our kids. The way that we live works so well for us, with the exception that all the pressure is on my husband to be the bread winner. Both he and I have spent a great deal of time outdoors in all conditions. He works outdoors for a living. Our garden is just one big extra room to our house. We're outside as much as we're inside, whether it's perfect weather or not.
I try to hang back and let them explore. I give them a lot of space and freedom outdoors. It's always such a struggle to parent without being overprotective. I have to constantly remind myself that our kids don't need "props" or toys to play with outside. They're imaginative world so often evolves with the natural objects that they find around them.
But, I digress... which happens a lot. The last chapter was my probably my favorite. Louv discussed the "spiritual necessity of nature for the young." I was intrigued. Intuitively, I know that my kids (and myself) are at our best when we're outside. For myself, the spiritual aspect of being in nature is something I can't be without. Going to church on Sundays has never really been our thing. It's not that we don't believe in a higher power, or don't teach our children about different religions. It's really just that our spirituality is something we celebrate by being outside... in nature. (And I'm definitely not dissing anyone who does go to church. Every family has there own unique way of doing things.)
"our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. Heschel would encourage his
students to get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes
nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never
treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed."
It became clear to me that we would be the ones providing the tether while she explores the worlds of religion and spirituality. I knew that, but it happened a little sooner than I expected. And I should add that I try to embrace every one's belief system without judging or alienating. I really do think that diversity is what makes this world spectacular.
Paul Gorman said,
"As a parent, you don't encourage children to experience nature because it'sThis quote in the book struck me as such an obvious point that it is simply exquisite. Of course! I am always working towards helping my children understand that, to put it bluntly, they are not the center of the universe. I want them to know from a place deep within that there is so much more to this world than the single individual, and that they are loved immensely. I want to increase their sense of connection, so that they may not dwell long in any perceived sense of domination. I want them to live in radical amazement.... always.
pretty, but because your children are exposed to something larger and longer
standing than their immediate human existence."
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
So in the afternoon, she asked me to make up the pillow for her doll. She had already gone through my scrap bag this weekend and picked out the fabrics she wanted. Then she showed me the size she had in mind. I sewed it up, and she stuffed it. She cut scraps from my scrap cotton quilting batting and stuffed it through the hole until it felt right to her. Then she gave it back and I hand sewed it up. She probably could have done that last task, but she's a bit like her mom... always in a hurry to have that finished product. So... we'll see how today goes. Being a parent has more ups and downs than the Blue Ridge Parkway.
P.S. One last little tidbit that I can't resist... The fabric that she picked for the back of this pillow is the one that I used for the backing of her sixth birthday quilt. It' s an Alexander Henry print that I bought at my favorite quilt shop (now closed), intended for her twin quilt backing, when she was just over one year old. What warms my heart is that she loves the fish now as much as I knew she would when she was so very little.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
These volunteer sunflowers were such a lovely gift. They seeded themselves all in a neat row and stand about 8 feet tall, beckoning to us when you look out our bedroom window. I will be so sad when they fade.
Goat's beard, a native plant to this area, turns out to be a favorite of the bees.
Our honey is ready to harvest when we get around to it. The poplar flow is over and the sourwood has begun. I grinned with pride the other day when my six year old declared that "My Big Backyard" magazine got it wrong because they identified a honey bee in a picture and called it a "he." Indignantly, she exclaimed, "that bee's a 'she'!" I looked more closely and she was absolutely right. The picture was of a female worker bee, not a male drone. She wants to write them an email... that should be interesting.