Well it was bound to happen sooner or later, right?
Today I had my first real "selfish moment" about being a foster mom. When I kind of wondered what I was even doing and if I really wanted this kind of life. And this is really silly, but it was all because this morning I really wanted to go skateboarding and I couldn't. Because I had two babies. You'd think it would have been brought on by thoughts of sleeping through the night or maybe even just taking a shower without having to turn off the water every 2 minutes (because for some reason the white noise of the water sounds to me like babies are crying), but no, just a little urge to get out and practice. I'd been wanting to go to the skate park for a while, but there is never a good time and suddenly I had a little panic attack and realized that it would probably be years before I have that kind of freedom again.
I looked over at my husband and said: "Remember how easy and nice it was when we just had Paige? I really miss that..." He was like: "Actually, I think you were busier then." at which point I told him to shush because this was my fantasy moment and I wanted to remember it the way I want. ;o)
But seriously, I do kind of miss it. A little bit. I have this "free as a bird" temperament and mentality that makes me want to be able to fly around here and there without anyone else to worry about and sometimes that just gets in my way. To be fair, I did feel this way when it was just Paige sometimes, too. I suppose it's just my younger, more me-centered self still trying to hold on for dear life as my worldview continues to change and look outward and upward. And I can't blame old Disney for trying, but frankly, I just don't want her around. :O) Reminds me of that song: "So Long Self" by MercyMe--have you heard it? Good song. Anyway, I'm glad these selfish moments don't come too often. 'Cause I really do love these little souls.
Today I am thankful for you, God. In the deepest parts of my heart, you and you alone are what I truly treasure. All my blessings-my home, my country, my luxury, even my family, my life-are nothing to me in comparison to even the knowledge of you. You are everything to me. Everything.
I am thankful for you, Creator, and every day of my life is Thanksgiving Day.
OK, not quite. But with two baby boys who are only 5 months apart it sure feels like we are twinning over here!
Remember how we had a second foster baby for three weeks and it was the hardest thing I'd ever done? I specifically remember turning to my husband about half way through and saying "Never...again." And I really meant it. Really, I did! At the time. Haha, but then they called last week and said that the same little pumpkin needed a long-term foster home...so he's with us again! And he's been much easier this time...soooorrrt of. :o)
Unfortunately they both have croup. And the rest of us are sick, too. And it's a little bit hard to wake up infinity times a night when you're sick! I can't wait until we are all well again and things are back to normal. It's so fun having two boys! I love watching them interact together, they are fascinated with each other! Baby "B" loves Ace and wants to grab his face every chance he gets.
I'm not going to lie, I am thoroughly exhausted right now. But pretty happy! I just wish there was a little more time/energy in the day. Not even coffee is saving me these days. :o)
Happy Thanksgiving week to my US readers! And happy regular ol' week to all of the rest of you dears. :O) I hope it's a good one for you.
So you know how I've done work in several issues of Fresh Style magazine? Well guess what is cool? They've gone from being a quarterly publication under the umbrella of Southern Lady to being their own independent publication! Yay, Fresh Style!! I'm so proud and excited for them! This first issue as their own publication, the November/December issue has some of the best projects yet, I loved it to death. And the kid's crafts section was once again created and photographed by yours truly! Holla!
Pick one up! They're everywhere. Walmart, Lowes...probably even your local grocery store! :O) Or you can get a subscription online, of course.
And a special thanks to my friends for loaning me their adorable children for this issue. (You all did great, cuties!!)
Yay, it's here! I've been waiting for my friend Katie's book to come out for months and it was such a thrill getting it in the mail the other day. She and I are book twins because we were both writing a sewing book at the same time and it was so neat emailing back and forth and comparing experiences. Every time one of us hit an author milestone we were there to cheer each other on! Katie is such a sweet, sweet lady and I just love her sense of humor. She blogs over at The Red Kitchen, so be sure to check her out!
OK, blah blah blah, about this book!!
Katie Lewis' book, titled: "Simple Sewing: 30 fast and easy projects for beginners" is a darling little collection of projects that are sure to make even the newest of sewers feel confident. In fact, I fully plan on doing a few of these projects with Paige-she'd love them! But even if you're an experienced sewer, like myself (uh...if time counts as experience, 'cause Imma be honest, I'm still scared of buttonholes) the book is still so fun! In fact, I was amazed to find that I actually prefer a book of simple projects like this over more specific designs because it gives my mind a jumping off point to think of creative embellishments or unique combinations to make the projects my own. I like a blank slate to work with sometimes.
The project I picked out to share from the book is the easiest-project-ever pom pom garland. Ugh, you guys, this was so deliciously easy to make. And what is it about pom poms?? They're basically polka dots, which means I need them everywhere. I want to make 1,000 of these garlands!
I've had this beautiful box of pom poms in various sizes and colors that I've been saving for just the right project and I was so excited to use them!! I strung them on mint green embroidery floss and hung them over Paige's bed. It's the perfect little pop of happy color in the corner of her room! And I love it hung with clear fishing twine so that it looks like it's floating. The pictures don't do it justice, it's so cute in real life!
Isn't it so cheery?
I was also supposed to share some of her baby bibs, but I didn't quite have time to finish them, so that will have to be a later post. Something about two baby boys and projectile vomiting... (Did she say TWO babies? Yes. We're doing that again! More about that later.)
Besides the super easy projects, what I love about this book is that the patterns in the back don't have to be enlarged. I know you guys will appreciate that! It's just all-around lovely, and I'm so proud of Katie for the incredible job she did on it!
Do you need this book? Yes you do. :O) You can order it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books and Things . And you can also enter the giveaway right here! Katie is using Rafflecopter, so just sign in and get yourself all entered! :O) The giveaway is just for US readers this time, though. (Sorry friends in other places!)