All last week I had thoughts running through my head, crafting an epic post devoted to Mother’s Day. I was recently speaking with some friends that I admire (one of whom made this beautiful little bundle) about balancing motherhood and pursuing our own talents and dreams. It’s a tough balance some times (okay, all the time) as pretty much every mother can attest – balancing sacrificing for someone else vs. filling your own bucket so that you have something to give each day. We kind of came to the conclusion that it’s pretty much just an ongoing, day by day process.
Well, that post never got written. In fact that I ended up not even touching my computer -or my sewing machine – for 2 straight days. Which is pretty rare for me. But as I’ve looked back at a few phone snapshots of the weekend, I realized, I’d made the right choice. I spent Friday night having a girls night with my daughters while my husband took the boys to a church Father’s and Sons campout. The girls and I went out to dinner and went to the Beehive Bazaar. I snapped this pic on our way home. It was an absolutely glorious May evening!
The weekend also included Saturday soccer game, a lunch date with my husband to pick out a long-anticipated bike (for me!), helping with a dear friend’s wedding, Mother’s Day with my mom, my mother-in-law and my 89-yr-old grandma.
Monday night I got to take my new bike for spin on one of, what I hope to be many, future family bike rides. It could not have been a better weekend. Lack of computer time, included. (We are also having gorgeous weather right now, which pretty much makes everything awesome.)
And now it’s back to the craziness. I’m finishing a few projects and getting ready to go to International Quilt market this coming weekend. As I’m writing this post, I realize how glad I am that I spent all that time with my family last weekend since I’ll be away from them this weekend. Back to that ongoing balancing act. I’m so grateful for their support.
(And also for their humor. When my husband saw the pieced diamonds late last night he looked at me and said, “Did YOU make that?” When I answered yes, he commented that it was a diversion from my normal quilting style. Which I was actually kind impressed that he noticed – because, yes, this was the first time I’d tried anything like this. Then he dramatically joked, “Who are you? It’s like I don’t even recognize you anymore!” I assure you it was all silliness, but it made me grateful for his ongoing support of the constant fabric projects he’s subjected to.)
I also made my block #5 from the Virtual Quilting Bee! Block #6 will be available this Friday! And then I will come back and tell you all about Quilt Market. After I ignore my computer and sewing machine for a little bit and hug my homies.