Showing posts with label Stitching. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stitching. Show all posts

Thursday, January 22, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

~Capturing the context of contentment in every day life~

~Every Thursday at Like Mother, Like Daughter~

Sunday was such a pretty day, balmy and not cold at all.  We decided it was the perfect day to take one of our long hikes at Hagerman.  

Still stitching away at Benjamin's stocking.  I'm going backward through the family, Ben up to Pete.  I've always wanted to make these but never felt I had the time and realized if I had just started on them, many would be done by now.  The kids each picked out their stocking (except Noah, he is getting a Noah's Ark stocking) and I'm loving this project.  It's the 80's teen in me I'm sure.  I spent many a night sitting on the couch with my Mom watching Dallas, Fantasy Island, or on Saturday SNL, and Night Tracks (pre-MTV days) cross stitching while my Dad worked late nights as a Deputy Sheriff (so we always had the scanner going too).  Those are good memories and working on this project takes me back there.

We decided over the Holiday's to quit sitting on the fence about 'do we have time to add one more thing' etc...etc...  This guy really needed something that was his.  He is uniquely sandwiched between the only girl in the family and the baby. We wanted him to have something special, and have been thinking and praying about this for a while.  When talking to a dear friend and the mother of one of his good friends the idea of giving Scouts a try formed.  Pete and I discussed it, contacted the troop that his friend is a part of and they had an opening.  So voila, our guys is a Bear Cub now.

Just in time for the Pinewood Derby

He is beyond excited about this and already enjoying the activity of creating his derby car.  
I think we've made a good decision here, Scouts is already making him very happy.

We are having a fun time finding these meme's and signs on the web.

We didn't get Samwise to be an alarm system, but we are loving the German Shepherd Community..

and how protective this breed is.  Meanwhile....

does this look very 'alarm system` worthy'?
 Nope, and we like that just fine. 
 He did about bust out our window yesterday because a stranger was walking through our yard...the stranger was 2 and had gotten away from her mother.  I was like "Really, Sam - a 2 year old??" and he just kept giving me this confused puppy look of  "wait, that was wrong?"  and he continues to be scared of poodles at the park while Linus is saying "he doesn't realize he is a German Shepherd does he"...we love this dog and all the comic relief he brings to our every day.
Sam, Ben and the garbage debate...every. single. day...they could sit there for ever waiting to see if Sam will go for it or not - while Ben keeps telling him "nope, no, don't do it' and then laughs his head off when Samwise goes for it....ugh!


The brouhaha over the remarks made by Pope Francis this week caused quite a stir.  I want to clarify that the Pope did not depart from church teaching and the whole idea of having a large family has actually been supported and praised by the Pope.
I receive far more sweet and kind comments about my family nowadays, and oh my goodness do I love that. 
 I was the target of some pretty nasty comments back when I had lots of little, little boys and seemed to be consistently pregnant.  When hormones are at their worst and children are having a bad day, that is when some mean spirited person would swoop in and zing me - and the 'be like rabbits' media spin 'breed like rabbits' comment took me right back there. 
 You see, I understand all the nuances and deeper layers of church teaching and the context to which the Pope was speaking...but the person who wants to use those words to justify their saying something about my family size or 'responsible procreation (if they even know that word)' is going to now feel like they can, because they are not going to investigate all the context and nuances - they are just going to stand on their soapbox and now quote my own Pope to do so - and that is what I have a problem with.   I would NEVER pretend to think I had a right to tell someone else how many children to have or how to live their life but because I have a large family or 'a litter' (yes, that one has been used to describe my family. 'or breed like a rabbit' (yes, that one too) now their is an assumed justification by the ignorant in not holding back and zinging that poor pregnant Mama while she shuffles along her little ones...and that is what pains me about the whole thing. 
 Do not use the Pope's words to inflict pain on a Mama.  
It is ignorance that hurts the most about the whole thing, because the ignorant will be the ones to use such commentary to hurt.
~Love one another~
Besides, having lots of children....many never get to experience this and I realize how blessed I am to have been given this gift.

Who else but older brothers would help all the younger ones when a hike becomes too long...

and you just want to be held for a while.
A brother can carry you and does not feel burdened by your weakness.
We need to do that for one another~

Please join Leila for today's PHFR.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Room of My Own

As long as I can remember, I've wanted a sewing room.  A place to fix up, have all my supplies handy and most important - a place to create.  I love seeing the sewing rooms of others on the internet like Heather Bailey, Lindsay Wilkes, or Alicia Paulson and dreamed of setting one up for myself.  In the latest part of Summer, the opportunity presented itself for me to claim a room.  It felt a little selfish (we still have 7 children living at home) but I justified the space and Pete agreed - it was time.  

I didn't do much other than move into the room.  We've been on a roller coaster ride this past Fall with homeschooling and making trips to Children's hospital for Benjamin *and many, many visits with Dr.'s educators and the like locally) as well as all the 'normal' that comes with family life.  I've always been such a strong person, but this past Fall/Winter I've been more fragile than I'm used to.  All the information about Autism has been so helpful and it hasn't been the end of the world in the slightest - in fact, it is giving us answers we needed.  Yet, I'm more overwhelmed than I've ever been and as I've shared more than a few times - my coping mechanisms seem to be on the blink because I've just been worn thin by life lately.  I hate sharing that because, I've read how others are really being taken to task and all the pain they've experienced and the beauty and grace they've allowed us to glimpse into this precious window of their world...I feel, I have no excuse to be so spent. Yet, the reality of children actually growing up and moving away in addition to all that is going on within normal family life + allowing myself to accept the very 'real' of Autism has been too much.  I've been blindsided by it (well, I didn't really mean to start whining, sorry) and going into a separate room to sew hasn't felt right.  I don't want to be away from my family, and the available time to sew has coincided with family time.

*Katie Daisy*

This weekend our oldest child, living at home, requested to pay rent if he could possibly have his own space.  He didn't know I had already shared with Pete that the time for the sewing room wasn't right and even though I still want it one day, right now we should make it back into a bedroom.   We let Isaac know that while he is in college, he needn't worry about paying rent and that we would consider some room changes.

I can understand his need for a little quiet.

I posted this to Instagram recently:
I stayed up past midnight with a quiet house for the first time in years Sunday night - just to enjoy the silence.  Don't get me wrong - I love my rowdy bunch, but I crave quiet at times and rarely find it so I understand Isaac's request.
*not the actual post, but same sentiment*

Our house is perfect for us.

 The dining room has been an ideal place to set up as a school room too - but, the kids were using those desks very little and gathering around the table more often than not.  When they wanted to work independently, they went off to their bedroom to sit at a desk.  The cluttered look of all those desks was also starting to wear on me visually.

So, we did some room re-arranging yesterday with bedroom to be changed up soon.  Isaac will get his own room and I'm not sad to lose the sewing room.  I think I'll get a lot more accomplished being in the heart of the home:

The table itself is cluttered, but it is the best I could do.  

The hutch has been on the back wall for so long, moving it to the side created a whole different feel and it really does look pretty here.

Fabric is absolutely one of my favorite things and seeing stacks of all those pretty colors has always inspired me to get to quilting and creating.  I took over this bookshelf to keep my fabric close by and hope it doesn't look too strange in the dining room. We moved the computer desk out of the dining room altogether. *Elijah made both of the bird houses*

All the kids school books have been living here in baskets.  I'm moving the baskets to a closet so that they can easily be reached during school hours - and then put away.  I love having a less cluttered hearth and the Holy Family helps us refocus on 'hearth and home/family'.

I may have lost out on a room of my own, but it is fine because I wasn't really using it anyway.  Isn't it funny how you think you want something only to find out it just wasn't right for you (at least not now).  I know I'll get more accomplished on my projects having my sewing in a central location.  Isaac gaining the room is the best plan for the space and I'm happy to pass it on to him while he is still with us (and I know his time at home is very short right now *sigh*)

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Fun Gift for a 2 Year Old

My nephew turned 2 this past weekend.  
There are so many great gift ideas for this age range, but if you spend anytime with my nephew you know how much he loves story books.
I decided to make him a little book bag, for the library or any ole time he wants to bring along his stories, like to Grandma or MeMe's house.  

I used a pattern that included a pocket.  A boy needs a place to store little cars and other important items he collects, like rocks, acorns, or even crayons.

We also included 3 of our very loved books that my children have outgrown.  The copies were not worn completely out and we knew he would enjoy them.  We put in one with bible stories, one DK book on insects, and one with beautiful pictures and a great story.  Here are some examples of books for a two year old.  I like sticking with the categories I shared when giving a book gift.  
I also love to see this nephew enjoy having books read to him so much, he is a sweetheart!

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