Holding Them Loosely

     I’m having to heed my own advice these days.  I am so thankful that the Lord has taught me to hold my plans loosely.  Holding onto our own plans too tightly can lead to disaster, while holding them loosely yields more peace.  

     My plans for this week were to get everything back onto our normal schedule and pace, beginning yesterday.  Sunday night, though, Aaron came down with the nasty cold that my husband has been fighting.  Will’s cold was still hanging on as well.  I woke up early Monday morning, hoping that everyone would wake up feeling fine and that we’d be ready to greet the new year with a bang.  Instead, we’re meeting it with a fizzle.  The boys were still under the weather and slept until after 9:00.  We made the decision to put off our return to normal for another day.

     As I sat in the living room this morning, reading His Word in the quiet of a sleeping house, I began to not feel well myself.  One by one the children came in, and I continued to feel worse.  Dani left around 8:15 to help in the home of church friends for a few days, and by 8:30 a.m. I had crawled back into bed!  I slept, soundly, until 11:30!  I felt better after my snooze, but I spent the day not quite feeling up to snuff.

     And so my plans for the week have unraveled a bit.  Guess what?  It’s no big deal!  There’s always tomorrow.

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     If you’ve clicked over to Dani’s blog, you know that we had way too much fun last night.  My husband took us out for dinner last night to celebrate my birthday, and I was surprised at the restaurant when Corin, Rob and my grandbabies came in.  We enjoyed a fun evening, with a good meal out together and then back here in my home for cake, homemade ice cream and way too much fun!!  Birthday cards from friends and family grace my mantle, and I enjoy looking up and seeing them there. 

 

 

 

 

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     My husband and children spoiled me rotten  blessed me with a pretty, pink Zune , a gift card to purchase some downloads and a pink leather case .  Friends and family blessed me with pretty greeting cards and gift cards to Starbucks, Jo-Ann’s, and one of my favorite rare books dealers.     Copper’s dad and dear wife gifted me with a beautiful lighted house in the theme of my china pattern. 

 

 

 

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     It’s gorgeous lit up at night, and the detail on it is amazing.  If you’ve read here long, you know that I inherited my mom’s Old Country Roses china when she passed away, and it is very dear to me.  Lu & Meg have blessed me over the years with some lovely collector’s pieces to match the china.  I’ve loved each and every one, but I believe that this lighted flower shop is my favorite!

     Though I haven’t felt particularly well today, I did manage to get a few things done.  With my little Zune tucked into my apron pocket and my earbuds in place, I worked my way through a few loads of laundry, made a loaf of our everyday whole wheat bread, ground some more wheat flour for the freezer drawer next to my baking center, and read a bit.  With everyone sick over the weekend, I did not make out a menu plan for this week.  I decided to pull some cubed ham, left from Christmas, out of the freezer this afternoon.  I put together a casserole for this evening with the ham, pasta, broccoli and a creamy cheese sauce, topped with buttered bread crumbs.

     I don’t do resolutions, but I do enjoy making notes for some things I’d like to accomplish during the year.  As the year passes I refer back to those notes and begin setting some goals for implementing them.  Some goals are set early in the year and take the full year or more to accomplish.  Other ideas require short term goals to accomplish.  Some of my notes and ideas are to be implemented during particular seasons of the year.

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     I’ve wanted to learn to quilt for years.  This year, at last, things are coming together for me to really get started.  My husband bought me a great Thimbleberries book for Christmas.  I chose two different projects before I went fabric shopping, thinking I’d decide which to do first when I started choosing fabrics.  As it turned out, I changed my mind entirely in the store and have decided on a completely different project.  This star studded table topper, in patriotic colors, is perfect for my home!

 

 

 

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     I used a Jo-Ann gift card I was given for Christmas to purchase the fabrics for the table topper.  The large piece on the bottom of the stack will be the backing for the table topper, and I bought enough for another project.  (I’ll share that one, too, when it’s time to get started.)  My goal is to have this completed before the 4th of July.  The deal is, I have several other projects that I must finish first.  This table topper will be serving as both a goal for the year as well as motivation to finish up some lingering projects!  My dear friend, Bren, has been a great encourager to me to dive right into quilting.     

      I’ve certainly enjoyed reading the goals that you all have set for the coming year as you’ve entered my little giveaway.  The brown woolen hat is almost off my needles, and I have a few cotton dish/wash cloths ready to include, too.  If you haven’t yet entered and wish to do so, simply leave a comment on the New Year’s Drawing post before Friday at 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time. 

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     My plans to meet the new year head on were not to be.  Instead we are meeting 2009 slowly, and at a relaxed pace.  Time is never wasted.  The guys tended to a much needed, and long dreaded, job with our sheep today, and then enjoyed a game of Doodle Dice .  We’ll hit our stride, by and by, and most likely within the next day or two.  My plans are still intact, and I do not feel led to make any changes.  It just hasn’t been time for them to be fully implemented.  I’ll continue to hold onto them, but I will hold them loosely enough that we can roll with the punches and watch for what the Lord may have for us intead.     

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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17 comments to Holding Them Loosely

  • I too had a rough ‘first day back’.  Actually, I think it was my worst homeschool day ever, but I could be wrong.  It at least seemed pretty bad.  I trudged through it anyway, and ended up feeling like crying!  I would think that God would like for us to plan out our days, but maybe not.  I don’t know.  Yesterday was better!  Hope your second attempt at getting into the swing of things is better as well! 

    Monique

  • I too had a rough ‘first day back’.  Actually, I think it was my worst homeschool day ever, but I could be wrong.  It at least seemed pretty bad.  I trudged through it anyway, and ended up feeling like crying!  I would think that God would like for us to plan out our days, but maybe not.  I don’t know.  Yesterday was better!  Hope your second attempt at getting into the swing of things is better as well! 

    Monique

  • So glad you had a good time for your birthday. I am sorry you guys have been feeling under the weather. Sounds like you needed that extra rest. Congrats on your pretty gifts. I have an Ipod and I really enjoy it. (Of course, mine is purple as that is my favorite color lol). I have been able to listen to sermons from our old church in AL on it. Its such a blessing.

    The lighted flower shop is so pretty! I have a weakness for the lighted Christmas villages, so your flower shop that can be displayed all year long is right up my alley! 🙂 Its very pretty.

    Oooh! Quilt fabric!!! I luuuuuuuve quilt fabric. 🙂 You picked out some great ones. I can’t wait to see the finished table topper. I think you will enjoy quilting. I haven’t tried to do any in several years. I am a very basic beginner. I do enjoy it, and hope to return to it (with more skill!) in the coming years.

    Love hearing what you are up to. I know you are busy with your home and family, so I appreciate the time you take to share your life with your readers/blog friends.

    Have a blessed 2009!
    Melody

  • Oh that fabric is wonderful. I actually have the red with gold stars in my stash…my local fabric store carries it in navy blue also. The topper is wonderful. I am deathly afraid of machine applique, so I am impressed with your choice! I would be hand appliqueing those puppies on there! I can’t wait to see it in progress….though I will be patient as you finish your other projects first.

    The lighted house is beautiful!!! I am so glad your birthday was a blessing! Your boys look intent on that game!!! I pray Dani will be a blessing to the church family and be home to you soon. Take care of yourself and don’t jump on those plans too quickly…take the days to recover.

  • Happy Birthday, belated! 🙂  So glad it was a lovely evening for you, and yours.  I must say, since I love PINK, my china pattern is Old Country Roses, and my favorite places are Starbucks, JoAnn’s, and bookstores, I can completely relate to how very pleased you are with your gifts!!  I’m so happy for you; what perfect choices made by those who love you.

    I recently checked out a “Thimbleberries” quilt book from our library and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Their “square a month” idea is fabulous.  With 4 little ones under 10, I cannot begin quilting right now (except simple patchwork), but I will surely enjoy reading about your experiences and seeing your projects come to life!  Love the fabrics you chose!  I have a red/white/blue patch quilt top that I need to tack and bind before Summertime…such lovely, seasonal choices for tabletop!  Or for a picnic, as my “quilt” will be designated for.

    I do not read a lot of fiction, but I have found, at the library, a lovely series called “Elm Creek Quilts” books by Jennifer Chiaverini…they read simply but are quite inspiring–I read and find myself wanting to drop everything and pick up a cutting wheel and fat quarters!  (I don’t).  I’ve not read them in order, but it hasn’t mattered a bit; they are well-written and often contain history, along with lots of “quilting” talk. 🙂

    I’ve had a cold for a few days, too–I surely hope your family heals quickly; school has started off with a fizzle and not a bang in our home–but–that’s OK.  Kinda nice to ease into things, isn’t it?

    Anyway…sorry to blog your blog…enjoy your week and God bless your day!!

  • Happy Birthday, belated! 🙂  So glad it was a lovely evening for you, and yours.  I must say, since I love PINK, my china pattern is Old Country Roses, and my favorite places are Starbucks, JoAnn’s, and bookstores, I can completely relate to how very pleased you are with your gifts!!  I’m so happy for you; what perfect choices made by those who love you.

    I recently checked out a “Thimbleberries” quilt book from our library and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Their “square a month” idea is fabulous.  With 4 little ones under 10, I cannot begin quilting right now (except simple patchwork), but I will surely enjoy reading about your experiences and seeing your projects come to life!  Love the fabrics you chose!  I have a red/white/blue patch quilt top that I need to tack and bind before Summertime…such lovely, seasonal choices for tabletop!  Or for a picnic, as my “quilt” will be designated for.

    I do not read a lot of fiction, but I have found, at the library, a lovely series called “Elm Creek Quilts” books by Jennifer Chiaverini…they read simply but are quite inspiring–I read and find myself wanting to drop everything and pick up a cutting wheel and fat quarters!  (I don’t).  I’ve not read them in order, but it hasn’t mattered a bit; they are well-written and often contain history, along with lots of “quilting” talk. 🙂

    I’ve had a cold for a few days, too–I surely hope your family heals quickly; school has started off with a fizzle and not a bang in our home–but–that’s OK.  Kinda nice to ease into things, isn’t it?

    Anyway…sorry to blog your blog…enjoy your week and God bless your day!!

  • @moritchey –  Yes!!  I do believe that the Lord would have us plan our days so as to make the best use of our time and to be good stewards of our days.  However, as I often say, we need to remember to hold our own plans loosely, allowing Him to alter them as He sees fit.  Sometimes we do have to just plow through those tough days, knowing that things will be better the next day; but sometimes we need to pull back and just mosey through the tough days, again, knowing things will be better the next day.  Blessings, dear one, and praying that today will bring you joy and peace.

    @frugalmel – @tjsNana – Thanks for the quilt love!  I’m quite excited to get started, but won’t even pre-wash the fabric until I’m ready to get started.  Must. finish. other. projects. first. 

    @SimpliciTea – I didn’t realize we had so many things in common.  I have to confess, though I do really, really like pink, that red is the color I love.  Dani received a pretty red Zune for Christmas, and I wanted a different color so pink is what I asked for!  Good for you for working on patchwork quilts while your children are little.  I’ve never even made a patchwork quilt, though I have one of those on the back burner, too, to be shared soon, Lord willing.  Yes, sometimes easing back into things is a nicer approach, especially with many little ones.  In my home, the more relaxed approach has been necessary as we muddle through a virus.  I’ll have to check into the Thimbleberries square a month book. 

  • Oh, so sorry you caught the “yuckies” too.  You managed to get a little bit done, anyway, just like I did.  It just took me a lot longer to do everything.  I kept getting so winded! 

    I do feel some better today, although I didn’t get that sleep I was anticipating – Isaac decided to party all night.   Oh, well, he’s finally asleep now, so I can putter through my day at my own speed, except for when it’s time to feed him.  I could skip those…lol…but he’d get hungry…and wake up!   And we certainly don’t want that!!!

    Take care of yourself. 
    Alesha

  • Happy Belated Birthday to you.

    May God Richly Bless you.

    CAGmomof2(Mrs.Garcia)

  • I hope you all feel better soon. Such a pretty little china house. I hope we get to see a picture of it lit up one of these days!

    I am going to be getting a breadmaker from Craigslist and I was wondering if you would do, or if you have done a post on the basics of bread, wheat grinding, kind of like a explanation for those of us who are very unknowledged (new word!) about it all. God bless you all as you look to the ways of your household.

    Carrie-Lee 

  • I used to make quilts but once homeschooling started taking my time, I let that skill decline.  I must get my sewing machine fixed and start again. LOVE the Thimbleberries (sp?) books.

    I smile whenever I see your “George” picture since we have the same, only with a brown-ish mat.  I love to read on the sofa and see George looking so regal but humble in prayer.

    Take care of yourself.  That cold that has been going around here has been hard to get rid of quickly.

  • Hi Cheryl,

    Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. I am learning to quilt this year too. I join a Block of the Month club . I thought if I only had one block at a time to work on it would less over whelming.

    I love the Little House. I bought a Old Country Rose teapot clock last week end at the consignment shop.

    I am so impressed how you take care of yourself. I have made it one of my goals this year to learn how to take care of myself. You inspire me.

    Have a very bless day.

    Hugs,

    Elizabeth

  • Quilting is a dream of mine too for one day!!  Glad you had a fun birthday and it sounds like you were well taken care of with some very nice gifts!!  What kind of music do you like to listen to on your zune?

  • Happy Birthday Cheryl!!!  You give great advice.  Glad you are following it!  : )

    Love,~Rebecca

  • I’m excited to see what you do with your quilting project! Kelsey (my 9 year old daughter) and I have been doing some quilting. It has been quite fun!

    I think that cold has been going around quite a bit. I was down for a few days here, rest, hot tea and extra vitamin C were just what I needed. Hopefully, you are feeling better now too!

    Sounds like you had a great birthday! Hope you have a great rest of your week!

    Yvonne :o)

  • Some day I am going to learn to quilt, but this isn’t my year for that!  LOL  This year, I am working on canning.  I did OK with it this last summer and fall but I am wishing to be a little more proficient.  We’ll see how it all works out.

    Sounds like you were blessed tremendously on your birthday!  Happy belated birthday!

  • THIMBLEBERRIES!!!  I LOVE Thimbleberries! The fabric is wonderful!  Welcome to the world of quilting! It has to be one of the most relaxing things I know of  ~ and the results are pure treasures for generations to come!

    Good luck with it!