I have three quilts I'm finishing up the binding on right now! Yay!!
Two are very overdue baby shower gifts for a friend who had twins back in May - eep! I love how they turned out though so guess it was worth the wait :-)
We are counting down the days til everyone comes home...
Hubby has texted us a few pictures:
I took a few pics outside the other night of these two....
I should do it more often!
I'm having TONS of fun playing with this new app on my phone - Rhonna Designs. Have you guys seen it?! It's only for Apple products right now but hopefully she will be releasing an Android version soon!
OK we are headed off to the beach since it has been HOT here! Guess summer finally arrived!
I read the best post over on Jennifer's blog and then clicked on the link to the article she referenced and thought....this would be a fun post to do.
So here I am.
38 - that's a big number to me. It's that much closer to 40 and that much further away from 30. I certainly don't feel old but I know the term "young adult" has not applied to me for a while.
38 is realizing I am more like my parents than I ever thought. I hear things come out of my mouth and I think, my mother (or father) has said that exact same thing. And not that it's a bad thing (sometimes - ha ha). Just eye-opening.
38 is feeling comfortable in my own skin, for the most part. Yes, it would be nice to lose those 10-15 extra pounds that I've carried around since I had kids. But hey, my husband thinks I'm hot and what else really matters. Maybe it would be nice to have that back fat gone and fit into those jeans I keep in my closet "just in case" but really, it's not one of the more important things in life.
38 is being so happy I don't have to change diapers, chase around after toddlers or wake up for middle-of-the-night feedings. It means having great, meaningful conversations with a child that is now taller than me. Cracking up at how witty and hilarious some of their jokes are. And enjoying my kids and having fun with them without worrying about getting home for naps.
38 is being a bit more sensitive to things. A bit more wisdom (ok who am I kidding, a lot more). A bit more compassion. At 38 I've been around a while. Stuff has happened. I've grown as a human being. And that's a wonderful thing.
38 is being married for 17 years to the most wonderful man I know. I had no idea this is what we would become 17 years ago but I am so, so thankful. He is my best friend and I cannot imagine my life without him. 38 is living through some hard times and coming out on the other side wiser and stronger.
38 is enjoying my kids while they are still at home and looking forward to that time when it will just be the two of us. We have some plans :-)
38 is realizing how amazing God's grace is in our lives. How un-deserving we are. And how loving and gracious He is. Grace - it's all about grace these days. His grace for us and our grace for others.
38 is still trying to navigate my way through friendships, old and new. But boy am I loving all the new ones I've formed through this blog and on the internet. My life is so, so full. And I love it. And am looking forward to many years ahead.
(I got this awesome luggage tag fabric from Spoonflower)
I've also done some destashing (on Instagram - it's where I hang out these days it seems)
The biggest reason for the destashing was to help Hubby and my two eldest go to Mexico on a mission trip with a group from a few local churches. And it's been miracle after miracle and they are all going!! They leave on Monday!
I'm so excited for them and am just praying my kids get to see how blessed they are in the US and that they have SO much compared to most of the world.
I'm hoping it's life-changing and a real eye-opener for them. And Hubby gets to share a lot while they are there since he won't need an interpreter :-) He's a little nervous.
I'm slowly crossing off that big bee block to-do list!
I sewed this simple patchwork top up (as soon as these fabrics came I had to cut them out and play with them).
Now it needs a backing and then I'll throw it in the to-quilt pile.
I'm working on some more knife cases for my dad for his knife show this weekend. Can't wait to show them to you!
I whipped up some key fobs today too.
These are so fun to make and great for using up scraps.
I ordered a fun new toy which came today - a new lens!
I'm pretty excited to learn how to use my camera more too!
I also made a laptop case for a custom order - it has an adjustable/removable strap too.
Think that's about it for things on this side of the world right now...hoping to get a bit more sewing in this week but my cousin is visiting from TN so I may be forced to take her to the beach instead - life is so hard :-)