Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Living Vs. Existing

Submitted by Linda
Hello all of our dear girlfriends in the blogosphere!

It's true, what they say about time going faster as we grow older and that time flies by before I get to all the things on my to-do list. It's also true that teaching is a never ending job. When I make these types of excuses, I remember that my dad used to say, "We all have the same 24 hours". In other words, use your time wisely. Take care of people. Take care of yourself. Feed your soul. Live, don't just exist!

I haven't posted regularly in about 2 years. Yet my family and I are still cooking and eating. Michelle and I are still crafting and stitching. But somehow getting it posted on the blog has been a challenge.

Recently a friend of a friend mentioned how she has enjoyed using our recipes. Our faithful follower Gaby mentions the blog when I see her in passing, or in a text. And I miss having the virtual archive  of our projects and our lives. So, I am back, for now, typing away.

Here's the update from my past two years:
*my mom got a new knee and I was the chief care-giver during her recovery.
*Nick graduated from college, moved to Portland, moved back, and started his teaching credential program at APU.
*Craig made a big job change, still at APU but in a completely different role.
*We got a puppy (I'm sure I'll talk more about this again - because getting a dog was the best thing we did in 2015!!)
*We hosted our 2nd annual Front Row Friends crafting retreat in March of 2016
*Michelle and I both continued teaching the tiny scholars (though Michelle learned to read and got promoted to first grade, while I'm still in kindergarten).

I still spend several nights a week at my mom's house (two miles away - how great is that?), and we stitch away. I have continued being a 'dishtowel' factory, until I found a bigger project to tackle!! Bareroots Designs has an embroidery pattern for each month of the year, which features a darling little house. The queen of all things 'girlfriends', Susan Branch, speaks and writes of darling houses and little homes and how much the image speaks to us and makes us thankful for the places and people we call home. I love flying this flag with Susan's signature house:

The picture below is my August house. I had so much fun picking out the fabrics, and doing the hand stitching. For the actual sewing machine work, I say " Wish me luck!", then I head to the sewing machine and get 'er done (you may remember that the sewing machine and I are not the best of friends.)
Oh, how I love this little house. It appears like this in every month's design. I can't wait to share the other months with you!

The title of this post is "Living vs. Existing". I have to give credit to my fantastic teaching colleague, Jessica, who recently called me out (in the kindest way) of just existing, rather than living. She inspired me to quit saying, "I'm too tired" or "I'm too old" and encouraged me to fully engage in all that life offers. I hope you can do the same.  Until next time, 


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