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.