Thursday, March 24, 2011

Life is full.

Life feels crazy at the moment. CRAZY. We have so much going on I feel like I can't even keep track of everything. The school play is every night this week - it's turned out very darling, but I'm kind of excited to be done sewing wizard and renaissance princess costumes for a while.  

My husband has been out of town and is basically working a second job on top of his regular job. And still recovering from knee surgery. And it's his birthday this weekend.  Oh, and he's partially responsible for the media coverage around an event where some guy named Mark Zuckerburg is coming to speak on Friday.

I've been working extra time myself on the Quilt Market Meetup and starting to wonder what I was thinking when I took that project on. It's so out of my comfort zone - I'm much more relaxed just holed-up in my basement alone with my sewing machine. But things are starting to come together and I'm getting excited, although still wondering where I'm going to pull the time from to do everything to prepare. 

On top of all this, yesterday the local Rec Center called to tell me that since no on else had responded to the call for a coach for the 6-yr-old boys team, and I was the only one who had responded to any email (I'd responded to tell them that my husband couldn't do it this time around because of his knee surgery) they were putting me in charge of the team. Wait . . seriously? 

And in the midst of all this, I had the crazy notion that I could go to a quilt retreat.  It's something I planned after getting a taste last year, but having no idea what that actual week would bring. And here we are. So I won't go to the whole thing as I'd hoped.

With all that has been going on, I've been starting to feel a little bit like a drama queen/whiner. 
from Tea Rose Home (those are my hands!)

Which is why I am grateful for events like this to put life in perspective.

Last Saturday I was able to attend the humanitarian event that April put together, assembling quilts to be sent for relief in Japan.  Here you can see April at her machine talking to Sachiko who's family lives in the affected areas of the disaster.  April counted at least 96 women who showed up to help and there may have been more. Almost 40 quilts were assembled in one day.  It's not too late to help.  April just received large fabric donations from Fat Quarter Shop and Robert Kaufman and she will send some of it to you to assemble donor quilts. Read here for information.

Having Sachiko there made the event even more meaningful.  You can read more about Sachiko's and her family's experiences and other ways to help here.
I have a couple of the quilts at my house in need of binding. 
And I need to do it pronto.

So life is full. But it's a good full. I'm reminded that as busy as my husband is right now, it's because he's blessed to have a job that provides for our family and work that he enjoys. I won't take that for granted. And the fact that my children are busy means that they are healthy and lucky to have the opportunity participate in school plays and soccer teams. I am blessed to have my kids and to be needed by them. 

And the reason I have piles of laundry and dishes is because we have clothes to wear and food to eat.  I am blessed to have a hobby that I enjoy and the wonderful associations with other like-minded friends (you!) that have come through it. I'm also blessed to have a supportive husband, who in the midst of all that he has on his own plate, supports me in my own pursuits.  

And I still have a small stash of Girl Scout Cookies hidden away. Life is good.

21 comments:

  1. I heard someone explain it like this: when you are young, you are the worker bees. You are busy raising kids and contributing to society. It seems overwhelming at times but you work on. Eventually, the babies grow up (seems like I blinked and they were off to college!) and you will have more time. You will be looking back and smiling and wishing you could have them be little, just for a few hours, to hold and snuggle. Then the kids get married and if you are lucky, you are a grandma with babies to snuggle for a few hours at a time (very fun!) and more time to pursue the things that interest you.
    You are doing great!

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  2. it's all about our perspective. my life feels the same quite a bit of the time and i find that if my mindset is right (thankful) all is well. it's when i get in gripe mode that things falter!

    have a lovely day full of busyness and love!

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  3. LOL, I love how you called Zuckerburg 'some guy'!

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  4. Thanks for sharing a great post about your busy life and how you keep things in perspective.

    Best wishes with the coaching :-)

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  5. Amy, please let me know if there's anything I can do to help with the blogger's meet-up...anything that needs to be made or that I can do from here I'd be willing to help with. Thanks for a great post about being busy and what matters most!

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  6. Ugh. I'm exhausted just reading about all that. And Happy Birthday M!!

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  7. yes life is full and busy and we can't do anythign but take a deep breath and take it one minute at a time :)

    I'm trying to figure things out so I can come to market! eep!

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  8. Phew!!! That is a lot. What kind of knee surgery did your hubby have? We just found out Tuesday that my hubby needs knee surgery (torn meniscus). Its not for a month (taking a week long trip to Moab, so it has to wait till after that). But he's a firefighter, so he won't work till he's fully recovered. I am wondering how we'll do together for several weeks. :) WE're both pretty independant (you have to be when married to a FF). Anyway, good luck with everything. I didn't realize that Shachiko was local.
    Sorry for the ramble. :) Your post must have been close to home for me.

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  9. Amy, this is such a wonderful post. Enjoy this season of life. It will pass all too quickly. It seems like we were always running here, or running there..... projects, music lessons, art classes etc, etc. But then it all stops when they grow up. It's been a hard adjustment for me (mostly because I was a home school Mom) but I know there is a new direction to take. Just savor and treasure the moments. It is an amazing time of life.

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  10. Amazing, I like it very much!

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  11. Just wanted to mention that I love the pic of the sisters in the gym making blankets, what a familiar and wonderful sight! Doesn't it warm your heart to know that scenes like that play out over and over year after year all over the world, so that those who are cold and filled with worry can know warmth and comfort! So glad you had so many come out!

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  12. What a small world! I found Sachiko's Tea Rose Home blog one night while searching on how to make a fabric flower. Come to find out that she is a good friend of my mother's and shops in my mom's consignment store. Then, I found your lovely blog on my dear friend Emily's blog because Emily is my dear childhood friend. What a small world!! Your blog is darling. I'm just a beginning quilter and have learned many tips from your site.

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  13. I'll keep this short. Hi. Hugs. Thinking of you...

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  14. Life is definately busy but also SO GOOD! Hope you get to take a break soon even if only for a few moments! SMiles :)

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  15. I know how you feel. My husband is gone a lot with work and it just makes everything that much more draining. But I like your perspective and it's one I try to mirror as well. Thanks for the reminder. :)

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  16. We changed jobs last year and moved interstate (in Australia) so that we could have a more better lifestyle and my husband was home more. We are about to head into seeding time for the crops so little Sprout and I won't see him as much but it's only for 6 weeks or so. It does get hard and you feel alone sometimes (especially here in the isolated area where we live) but you cope. And you are totally right - he does his job to provide for his family and we are truly blessed to have husbands who work so hard to support us. I am very thankful for my little family.
    Anna
    P.S. Mark Zuckerberg? I'm pretty sure he's the founder of FACEBOOK!!

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  17. It IS so full! But you know what? There will come a time when you'll miss these days...I do:)

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  18. Very well-written post! Thank you! I love, love love the end. I always try to remember that it could always be worse. It helps get through the times when it all seems piled on. Thank you and the others who worked to make those quilts for donation.

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  19. Ive realized how being busy, or having a lot of hobbies to make me busy is a blessing. Im so thankful for ever second of those hobbies.

    Im also happy to see all the quilt tying in your posts, in the Japan quilts and also the blue quilt you are working on. I feel that tying quilts is almost a lost art form and to me it is how a quilt should be, tied with love.

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  20. Sending you blessings, much-needed extra "Mom-energy-vibes" and best wishes to get through your hectic week(s)!! Keep up your great work!

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  21. Those last 2 paragraphs of this post - well said!! I am in the midst of life as a wife and mom of 3 (age 5, 2, and 5 mos) and all that comes with it. and working part time - and it's so good to have a good-full life. Blessings!

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