Winter. I am enjoying winter more than I usually do. I think part of it has to do with not quite as much snow to shovel this year and the joy I find in not feeling guilty about yard work this time of year. (Means more time for sewing.)
In other fun news, I got to meet Amy of amylouhou this past week. It was so much fun! She was in Utah for a couple of weeks (she lives in Virginia) and the stars aligned somehow and we were able to meet up at American Quilting for a quick visit. I was there during my son's pre-school time and she had a mother and two small kids in tow, so ours was not a lengthy visit but it was still very fun. I love the experience of meeting people in person who I kind of feel like I already know because they have a blog. So often they are real kindred spirits. Hopefully our next meet-up will be more in depth. And hopefully I'll be looking at the right camera when we take the next picture. The funny thing? By sheer coincidence my mom was also in the shop at the same time, so our moms took our pictures together (mine didn't turn out as well, so I swiped Amy's) and we had a nice little discussion of the vast number of Amy's in our generation. (On a side note - when we moved to our new neighborhood we started attending a new church congregation closer to our new house. Out of the roughly 80-90 adult women in our congregation there are 8 Amys!)
Last for now, remember the Robot quilt? All last week I meant to get it submitted to Craft Hope for Haiti and being the dork I often am, I missed the deadline for submissions. So I've listed it in my etsy shop for now and will donate 100% of the proceeds. If it hasn't sold in a week and a half I'll submit it when they start accepting donations again.
UPDATE: Mr. Roboto is sold! Many thanks again, JJ. Money officially donated tonight. The Haitian orphans thank you too.
Hasn't the response to this crisis been amazing and inspiring? It's been gut-wrenching to watch and read the coverage of what is happening there. Puts our lives in perspective doesn't it? Makes the stuff on this blog kind of stupid and shallow.
I've been thinking lately about tragedy in light of Haiti and my friend Sarah's passing, among other things. Although I've never questioned God's plan for his children, I am starting to see why he allows tragedy into our lives. It truly is the glue that draws us together. If everything were always easy, we wouldn't need each other or forge the kinds of bonds that are created in adversity. Just seeing what is happening in Haiti, I'm sure there are many who are saying, "Why would God let this happen?" when really, He is giving all of us an incredible opportunity to reach out to others and through that process, feel more of his love. It's quite amazing.
I've been amazed by how my children are concerned by what is happening in Haiti. What an opportunity to teach them about sacrificing for someone in need. I need to run with this. I would love to find something concrete they can do themselves. If anyone knows of anything I would love to hear it. Other than that, emptying piggy-banks is not a bad option either!