Thursday, October 27, 2016


I've been trying to be more mindful of documenting my days lately. There is so much beauty when I slow down to notice it. I've been taking pics of my high school senior and her friends this week. I asked the worker behind the counter where I went to vote this morning if now the awful television and mailer ads would stop coming to my house. I think she thought I was serious until I cracked a smile. As she was showing me how to operate the voting machine I asked if she could adjust the lighting so that my selfie of me voting would turn out better. I'm pretty sure she knew I was joking right away but I cracked a smile nonetheless. I hear rain falling outside my open windows. That's a sound I haven't heard in weeks and weeks and weeks. Our house will be full tomorrow with a team and their families eating spaghetti in preparation for the big race on Saturday.

So much beauty in the everyday.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Learning from others

We hosted a student from Denmark last week and did our best to show her what United States of America is all about. It included a local pumpkin festival, a haunted house (The Halloween kind.  Not an actual haunted house.) and a local sporting event. We took her to a diner, a mall, and some fast food joints she was curious about. The county fair and it's spinning rides left us all dizzy as did the trip to WalMart. The activities were fun but the best parts were the conversations. Learning about her and sharing ourselves. We've hosted many foreign students throughout the years and always leave the experience grateful for the time and connections made. Recognizing that curiosity and kindness make us the same no matter where we live made the hurried week meaningful and utterly unforgettable.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mise en place

Although mise en place is a cooking term to describe all the preparation of ingredients before starting the cooking process, I think it's an accurate and useful term in quilting too. So much prep before you actually start sewing.

I made this star earlier this week. People on Instagram had such great suggestions for a name for the block too. I think I'm calling it Old Red Barn Star. And now I need to make hundreds of them in every color combination possible!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

These mountains under a darky and moody sky

These green and blue mountains. These rain forest mountains. These dry, parched mountains. Sunny sky. Cloudy sky. Moody, temperamental sky. There is hardly a day that I don't round a curve and catch my breath at the view.

Hurricanes and presidential elections. It all feels like too much. I'd rather nestle down on a quilt under the vast open sky. Feel the cool breeze blow across my face. Watch the leaves turn from green to orange.

And just feel rooted. Right here.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Fall Festival and the pesky SAT

I waited in my car nervously. According to the numerous outcomes laid out in her spreadsheet, she should be busting out of those door any minute. 12:35. 12:45. I started biting my fingernails in anticipation. Show time was scheduled for 1:20 but apparently the SAT test administrators didn't get the memo. I flew down the road. She rolled around the back seat pulling on white jeans and lacing up her clogging shoes as I screamed around the curvy roads to the closest entrance to the Festival Barn stage. We arrived in the nick of time.

The Fall Festival marks the season just as clearly as the sun, moon and stars around here.

I'm so glad she got to dance in it the final time before she's off to college next fall.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Chasing after them

Teenagers. They are busy people. Seems they take on more and more. And require far less sleep than I do to function. I thought the toddler years were the ones where I was chasing after them. Certainly I was. However, this feels kind of the same. But different. More complex. More fleeting. More final.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Project update

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had five quilts in progress and I asked you to hold me accountable to get them finished up before starting anything new. Since that time I've finished three which I've even documented here. That means that I still have two in the works. Well, make that three because I started a Halloween quilt now too. 

Though, honestly, all I really want to do is work on this National Park Centennial cross stitch. You can find it here. I'm not a cross stitcher. Well, I guess I can't really say that because I'm making this. And I'm not so patiently waiting for the mailman to deliver a new Halloween cross stitch kit too.

What are you working on?