Except when I don't. Oh, and there are time when I don't. Times that I'd rather tell him to go to sleep already. When I'm tired after a long and full day with the kids. When we've done our hour-long routine of bath, books, daddy's made up bedtime stories, then prayers. Often I'm ready for my time, when I can fill my own cup by doing the things that both energize and relax me.
Then I discovered bedside hand sewing.
The rhythm of the stitches relaxes me. It gives me just the patience I need at a time of day when my patience can wear thin.
I'm energized as I watch this creation become ever so slightly transformed, flower by flower, stitch by stitch.
It requires only that I follow along the lines. I can fully absorb the conversation with Jude while my hands are busy doing their work.
Or I can soak in the quiet. He is supposed to be sleeping after all.
Jude gets what he needs. And I get what I need, too. Because I don't want to miss out on these moments with my boy. Wasn't it just yesterday that I was rocking him to sleep?
And Evie? Well, she gets a dress infused with a little more mama love.
The hand embroidery on this dress was inspired by this Anna Maria Horner pillow and her new needleworks collection.