Happy Thanksgiving

These are some of the little things I am thankful for. (And they appear little here, so click on the picture if you want to see them up close.)

But my gratitude seems kind of trivial compared to that of others. For anyone familiar with the story of Christian and Stephanie Nielsen – an Arizona couple seriously injured in a plane crash last summer – go here to see a moving video of gratitude from Stephanie’s husband. It will make you weepy. (And it’s set to one of my favorite pieces of music ever.)

And for those who haven’t heard of them go here for a background. Or to her sister’s blog for updates. I have to admit that I didn’t know about the Nielsens until after their crash, but have since grown to really admire them and their faith and love for each other and for the Lord.

I am always especially motivated by Stephanie’s love of and capacity to find joy in the role of every-day motherhood. She captures it so beautifully.

I am sad that she has to go through such a trial and have her opportunity to just enjoy motherhood taken-away so abruptly (though hopefully for not for long). But in doing so she has reminded thousands (no, tens of thousands) of other women of the gift that it is to just enjoy the simple aspects of raising our children every day. Her sacrifice and example have blessed my life very much over the past months. And I am very Thankful.

Doll Quilt by my little amateur photographers

A few weeks ago I found these pictures on the camera. I think my girls were inspired by my own attempts to take pictures of quilts outside and decided to try their own. I thought their finished products were pretty charming.
This is a little doll quilt I made with some left-over blocks after making my second daughter’s baby quilt 7 years ago. It’s one of the last quilts I hand quilted so, sadly, I don’t really let her play with it. My grandchildren are going to see that quilt in it’s glory! :) But the doll quilt gets dragged around a lot and is holding up nicely.
My favorite aspect of these pictures is that the girls took the quilt to our neighbors bridge – a place they think is very exotic and my kids’ favorite place to play. (Fortunately our neighbors are very accommodating.) My second favorite aspect of these pictures is the nice foot model. lol.
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Forever Plaid

This week I have been cutting squares of plaid like crazy. I think I cut over 3000 plaid 6″ squares. Whoa.
Last night I finished assembling 27 kits for throw quilts made-up entirely of plaid squares. Each quilt has over 100 different fabrics. Needless to say, I was excited to finish this project. Not that my own plaid projects are done. I’m doing something fun with the scraps from all that cutting. I’ll post soon. And I’m making my own “Boyfriend” quilt, so I need to actually sew something. My machine will be so happy to have the dust blown off and gears running again.

Fallish

It has been such a beautiful fall here. (Or autumn as they say in the UK. My British friends think it’s so funny/weird that we Americans call it “fall.” I had no idea that other english-speaking people thought that was strange.) I love this time of year. We’ve had gorgeous color this year thanks to a cold snap in the middle of September (that sadly killed my tomatoes.) But then we’ve had some really nice temperatures and time to enjoy being outside again.I’m having mixed emotions about winter coming. Last winter was a REALLY long one here in Utah with lots more snow than we’ve had for years. It felt to me like it would never end. I’m not looking forward to that again.
But I love when it’s cold outside and I feel like I can finally just catch-up on all of my inside stuff. Organizing. Projects. Sewing. Not worrying about yard work. [Or at least not feeling guilty about not doing yard work. :)] But then there’s the kids. Not being able to send them outside to just PLAY. Keeping them from going stir-crazy or watching too much TV. Trying not to drive each other crazy. This is the tricky part. Esp those long months between January and March. Ugh.
Isn’t this a great picture? My 9-year-old took it in a canyon about 20 minutes from our house. She took the leaves one too! Maybe I should get her to take more of the pictures for this blog.

And finally, here is a cute little piece of recent thriftiness that feels ‘fallish.’ A fun Pyrex baker in my current favorite color. Can’t you just picture bringing baked beans to a pot-luck in this cutie?