Friends, I had such a fairytale weekend. I found myself pausing to wonder and smile and photograph it's bits and pieces. That very present feeling, when the moment is everything you need - I had that kind of weekend. Such sweetness. May I share it with you?
Once a month my children have a Friday night sleepover at
their grandparent's farm. That's how I found myself on Saturday with a whole day to nest, a cozy, cozy day all rain and wind outside and fire and light inside. Aaaah.
After repairing a hole in my trusty winter slippers, I did a bit of cross stitch before getting to the real work of the day. My letter collection is growing! I'm making a collage of random letters for a nursery wall. I'm not nearly done, which is fine because these letters are addictive! Trying to keep it mostly black and white, but as you can imagine the colored threads are calling me.
And even more lucky, Brandon's work was inside too. He worked at remodeling the nursery closet while I prewashed the cloth diapers, organized our nursery dresser and stitched up some crib sheets (tutorial tomorrow!).
We got the room done just enough to assemble the crib and move in the dresser. It finally looks like a nursery! More pictures soon!
On Sunday we hosted our annual harvest time party. Since the kids are getting older, we tried lots of new things this year with a medieval theme. We set up a huge game of capture the flag. So fun! Then the kids dove in (literally) to apple bobbing while the grown ups warmed up at archery.
Sir Blake won the archery contest. He took home a gift basket prize, which included a Kona jelly roll. Did you know that "a bolt of fine cloth" was a common medieval archery prize? We had 11 archery contestants total, and I'm pretty sure the main draw was that Kona roll. Ha! Good times.
I had trouble going to sleep last night because my heart was so full of gratitude for these dear people and the opportunities in my life for beauty, laughter and love. I don't know how I've come to such a blessed place. But I am thankful to my core.
Like anyone else, I've had seasons of loss and great disappointment. They've taught me never to assume that the sweet moments will endure unbroken. When I think about the future, I hold in my heart that I may not always get to work with fabric and color and design for my livelihood and that I will not have these children in my home always, nor harvest festivals, nor fresh new nurseries to adorn. Somehow that shadow of loss does nothing to dim the present. Instead, it truly makes these moments burn even brighter in my heart.
Thanks for joining me.