Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thankful Thursday

decaf, please blogspot has posted a Thankful Thursday. That sounds wonderful to me.

1. I am thankful that my husband is feeling stronger and more like himself as each day passes.
2. I am thankful that the Lord has provided us with exactly what we need today.
3. I am thankful for my children and that when I peek in the living room, each one has their head in a book.
4. I am thankful that my husband has work today.
5. I am thankful for libraries.
6. I am thankful for being able to hear my children's laughter.
7. I am thankful for music. Music that brings back memories, music that is ridiculous and makes me laugh, music that brings a tear to my eye.
8. I am thankful for the times that I can have a needle in my hand. (sewing needle)
9. I am thankful that the Lord saw us through another crisis last weekend.
10. I am thankful for fresh starts.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Happiest Girl in the World

My son attended his first High School activity at church this week and my daughter attended her first Jr. High activity last night. It was a messy, food, game night. She came home covered in eggs, bananas, SPAM, chocolate sauce, a mysterious green substance, and giggly happiness. She was still beaming today. My husband and I absolutely can not understand where all of the time has gone. How did our little ones get so big? I hope that you are having a good week!

I am thankful that my husband got a good report at the doctor's office yesterday and that he was able to work a few hours today.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Oh Happy Day!

We were able to spring my husband from the hospital yesterday. I am so use to being the sick, fragile one over the years that I hardly know what to do here on the other side! Every day there seems to be improvement and we are Thankful!

I finished Blackbirds by Calico Printworks from their book Scraps Again. It was a good weekend to just do mindless binding. I am in a Blackbird funk. I am also stitching another Blackbird piece. For this quilt I used what I had and only had to buy a $10 spool of thread to quilt it. Finishes are so great! I started this years ago and I am glad to be done. I will try to get a label on the back tonight. I have been pouring over old magazines and books and making a pile of things that I would like to work on. I am drawn to a lot of basket quilts which I have never made, or finished. I need to remain focused though and keep working on a few things that I have out. I am working on a Joined at the Hip quilt. I have one more block to do and then I am stuck. There is suppose to be an American flag on the top and bottom but I am not wanting the quilt to go in that direction but I think that it will need something. I have the flags made already. I could just throw them on and be done with it...we'll see. I have been digging and digging in my fabric boxes for fabrics to use on these projects and I am refamiliarizing myself with some old projects. Maybe I can learn to love them again! :) I hope that you are having a good day whether it is starting something, finishing something, or bringing a loved one home!

I am thankful for my family!

Saturday, June 13, 2009


we never know what a day will hold, do we? I could say that 2009 has brought with it an incredible amount of bad luck for our family, that we are living under a dark cloud of misfortune. I could say that we are slow learners and that whatever lesson God is trying to teach us, we have yet to learn. But I think that Romans 8:28 says it best. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." God is a good God. I love Him and trust Him. I may never understand His ways or plans for us but that is okay. He continues to care for us and provide for all of our needs and that is enough for me. My daughters are still reading to their father. It is just not here at home but at the hospital. He is never sick and this is his first stay at a hospital. Hopefully he will be able to return to us soon. I am thankful that our hospital is not far and I have been able to enjoy 2 long visits with him today, well, three I guess. I am thankful for our family and friends that so often are so caring. It is time to draw this day to its conclusion. Good night!

Friday, June 12, 2009


My husband is very sick with some icky crud and I am not posting a picture of a sick husband because that would just be cruel. (Isn't he handsome even when he is sick?)(A person must be sick when they are wanting to wear their wool hat in the middle of June.) My little one has been reading to him for over an hour and a half. She has shared some of her prized softies and I can't help but feel that my DH must get better soon just from all of her love. I think she will grow up to be a nurse or teacher, someone who cares for others.
I am going to start binding my quilt Blackbird this weekend. Binding, my favorite part of quilting. I just love how it feels in my hand and the stitching and the anticipation of being almost finished with something. I didn't hand quilt it. I just did not love it enough to spend the next 10 years of my life putting a few stitches in it every now and again. I am also going to remain positive and not mention all the mess that I made of that thing. :) Maybe by early next week I will have a finished quilt to post. The sun finally came out here. I hope that you are all well and have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Another Crisis Averted

My daughter came home from the doctor today minus one grubby, foul cast. Her arm is sore and weak and she was emotional about that. The lizard that is usually in her good care and death grip went missing while she had it out on her. Wall-e was too distracting I guess. More emotional distress. Lizard was recovered, another crisis averted. Lots of tears. I asked if she is missing her daddy. Yes, more tears. I talked with my son and he is sick in WV. Sick, tired, and sore. I wanted to cry. We are going to go to the mall and walk. "I don't have any money"...she said. More tears. There is too much estrogen around here today. Exercise and window shopping might be just the distraction that my girls need.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Makes Me Giggle

This place cracks me up. The sign on the door says "No Children Allowed". I don't know what goes on here but children obviously interfere. Shocking!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Many Hands

Many hands do make light work. Isn't this beautiful? What I love most about this is that the whole family helped with the chopping, loading, hauling, and stacking. My lumberjack husband had a hard time keeping up sometimes. There is even more than this so we will have enough to share with our parents also. I look at this and see cozy evenings by the fireplace or comfy days homeschooling by a warm fire (if I can get it lit!) and yummy hot dog roasts too! It has been so cold here still and I refuse to turn the heat on again until fall. Sorry family. I call for a fire in the fireplace tonight. The children will start placing bets as to whether I can get a fire lit or not. Have a warm cozy evening wherever you are!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

They're Back!

Itttt MMMMust BBBBe SSSSSSummer (teeth chattering). We put on all of our layers, winter hats, blankets, and grabbed our lawn chairs and got down to the beach last night to hear the municipal band kick off their summer series. This is one of the highlights of summer for me. No, we weren't the only ones there. There were other crazy folk there too. And like other summers, I trust it will get warmer. I don't understand how their fingers could fly through those notes. It had to have been painful. I love the conductor. He tells corny jokes and gives historical backgrounds to each of the pieces. I love a good corny joke.
The girls and I are going to head to Menard's with my husband's gift card to buy some plants for our garden. I guess I get a garden after all. Never say "Never". I asked the children yesterday what they would like to put in the garden. All I could get out of them was "Venus fly traps" or a "pitcher plant". I think that I will have to do all of the work in the garden too. Happy Planting to you today!