Warm bread, full heart! 

One of my most cherished passages of Scripture is from Acts 2.  Jesus had just ascended back to heaven and the Apostles were following Jesus’ last command and the Church was growing.

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe[d] came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Last night, as I sat in a leader’s training, the first thing the speaker said is that “Relationships are the most important part of our lives.”  This passage kept floating around in my head and filtering down to my heart. (Side Note: I may have gotten a tad bit giddy when he spoke of mirror neurons and how relationships can transform us.)

I cherish the community we have, and the people we’ve had in our home over the years, sharing meals and our lives with. Must be hundreds, maybe thousands of meals together! When I think of all of those meals together, I get excited about heaven.  It will be one great big fantastic feast with so many we love and people from everywhere we’ve never met!   We get to practice now, building relationships, being present in people’s lives, breaking bread,  serving on another, growing together, suffering together, celebrating together.

It is always a delight and a joy to share meals with others, and as they say in Texas “Y’all come back now, ya hear?”

No offense intended to school cafeteria workers.

Last night I dreamt had a nightmare we were living on a tiny boat on a big river! A fire was barreling down the canyon toward us. We were ordered to evacuate.  I kept looking everywhere for our school books.  I know they are replaceable, but that takes time. My kids would need some routine, an ordinary pace.

I always try to figure out what my dreams mean.  Sometimes they represent something great.  Most of the time it just means I had pizza
a too late.  HA! I think this one means I’m owning more of my homeschool mom status!  

My oldest has just started her last year of elementary! Wait? WHA??? I.JUST.CAN’T!!! Before this year started, I had to revisit what in the world I was doing and why.  I thought I’d share a bit of my process for those of you who believe you might want to homeschool, annnnd, you don’t know where to start.  I get his question from time to time.

WHERE DO I START?

Your heart, that, THAT is the best place to start.  It will drive you on long hard days; it will be your fresh cup of hot coffee when you are dragging.  It will be your breath of fresh air in a paper bag when you are overwhelmed by “mom guilt.” (Not that I know anything about that!)   It will also help make all of the of the decisions easier. It eliminates many of your options, and there are sooooo many options!

What does it mean to start with your heart?  Concisely said, “what is your vision for your children’s childhood and their education?”  Now, this cannot be to get away from something.  Vision is not what you are trying to avoid or escape.  Wanting to avoid something (like a crazy cafeteria lady) can be and often is the impetus, which is fine.  It won’t carry you through in the long haul. Running away from something is not sustainable long term. You have to determine why you would homeschool. What you hope to gain from it.  What you want out of it. These should be positive things. Not negative. (Example: I want to have close interactions with my children. Not: I want to keep my kids away from crazy cafeteria ladies.) Write down your vision, add to it, revisit it, change it from year to year, allow it to grow over time, just as your family grows.  Always keep the vision something that pulls you forward.  Avoiding, running, and escaping, will not sustain you in joy and perseverance.  It will load you with fear and feed negativity.  It will keep you from being able to decide on curriculums and programs, and it will be a thief to focus. There will be tough uphill days, but what drives you will be your vision.  Now, go start visioning and chase HARD after it with all your heart!  ~T

What *sweet* dreams are made of…

Look closely at this photo…do you see it? The larger area that is a neutral off white?Take a closer look…That texture!!! That’s the stuff sweet dreams are made off! It is also what separates any ole blanket from a quilt.  Oh YEAH!

It is there in spirit when the quilt is finished, but the first wash, that’s the magic.  I live for that magic! So every quilt I make, gets the first wash…in baby laundry detergent. Because, HELLO, babies are also pure magic!

Ebbs, flows, and Tornadoes…

Last night I was dreaming an angel was in my room…then I heard the sweetest 6-year-old voice in the dark calling to me from the foot of my bed… This girl has been making tremendous strides in reading.  My third and final bébé I  get a front row seat to watch the magic of learning to read.  I’ve observed a few things in big milestones such as reading:

1. Fast/rapid growth in one arena requires all other personal resources shift to that arena.  Temporary regressions in other areas will likely ensue.  (Tantrums/unusual emotional outbursts, forgetting other subjects already mastered, out of the norm bed wetting)

2. Learning is rarely a straight line to be plotted in an upward & to the right direction.  At times it will look like the 3-year-old marked on the lovely graph chart planned; back and forth, up and down, and a big blob right in the middle. This chaos is real life!

3. We cannot judge progress on daily or weekly evaluations.  We MUST step back, look at the big picture, then see those crazy points charted are more like a tornado that you can see the path, not whilst you are in it, but once it’s gone.

 

Weekend Pattern Writing

Tiled Indigo Block of the Month Club for September will be dropping on the 15th.   My second block for the year will be in the batch! Whew.  I’ll be releasing both blocks as patterns very soon. Have you tried machine appliqué before?  I learned on the fly after selling a quilted stocking.  Youtube to the rescue.  I practiced on fabric watching video’s till we hours of the morning to figure it out. It certainly didn’t come easy, hours of practice and now it doesn’t frighten me.  Does it bother you?  Maybe you are an expert?  I’m all about venturing out, trying new things. It helps generate creativity.  It is also a great time to slow down and be kind to yourself with where you are in the process.  Perfectionism can creep in and steal away your creative juices.  If you’d like to learn, machine appliqué, please be sure to allow space for the learning process,  which means you likely won’t master it the first time.  You might have to start over.  Additionally, you might have to try it out, then let the process marinate while you do something more familiar for a few days, then come back to your appliqué.  This break often allows our brain to make new connections with new learning.   If you haven’t tried appliqué before, I’d be delighted to share this block with you.  Just leave a comment letting me know you’d like to step out of your comfort zone and give it a go.  It comes with three different motifs, and I’ll share more ideas on how to make it uniquely your own.