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To be or not to be...

When I first became a parent, I knew there would be many things I'd need to teach my children.  But I didn't realize then how much my kids would teach me.  This summer, with all four kids home, I'm learning the lesson of being.  You see, I am a fan of doing.   Yet if I measured my success by what I accomplished in a given day, most days I'd be mighty disappointed.  A table is wiped, only to need wiping again.  Diapers need changing, food needs making, and the laundry - let's not even talk about the laundry.  Dan calls this work pushing back the ocean.  Perhaps that's why I enjoy sewing so much - it's one thing in my life that actually stays done.

I wondered what our days would look like this summer, the five of us spending all of our time together.   So far, they've been surprisingly simple.

Building forts has been a popular activity.  (As I type this the kids are playing neighbor puppies - in a fort, of course.)

As far as I'm concerned, Legos may be one of the world's greatest inventions.

The kids encourage me to pause from the doing and hang out for awhile.   They like when we listen to music together.  They enjoy family conversations.  Important discussions have sprung out of the otherwise mundane and ordinary.  Jude asks lots of questions about this crazy world.  Some of them are hard questions.  Sometimes, I don't have the answers but the wise sage, Google, does.  Other times we all have to rest in I don't know. 

Yesterday the girls were coloring quietly and invited me to pull up a chair.  Sit down and work on your hand stitching, Mom, while we color.  They didn't want to talk.  They only wanted me to be with them. 

It was an invitation I couldn't refuse.


  1. Your dogwood looks beautiful and your embroidery is coming along nicely! How did you stitch the dogwood shape? Thanks, Lily.

  2. Relaxing and just doing what they want to do is so hard, but so important, no? Too bad there's no quantitative way to measure how much children progress in their development in a given day. Then you'd see just how much you do accomplish. ;-)

  3. Lily -Well, it's an interesting story. ;) I stitched the whole blossom with the blind stitch in contrasting thread. I wasn't so sure, asked my fam, and they said they didn't like it. I went to pull out the wax paper and the pulling disrupted the tension of my thread. Then my stitches really looked terrible! I decided to machine sew it, keeping my hand stitches in as basting stitches. That worked really well. I pulled my stitches out after I machine sewed it. Ultimately, given my fabric choice, I think this look worked better - and definitely better than my former contrasting stitches which were sub par for sure! :)

  4. Jenny,
    Oh yes, depending on what they want to do, it can be mind numbing sometimes. ;) But often great conversations arise and that is so fulfilling.


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