I had this funny idea the other day which involved me dusting off my hand-me-down sowing machine, and giving it a well deserved second chance. It's been about 6 years since I've touched that thing, and sadly, there are more memories of frustration than fabulous. But some craft bug bit me and I gave in.
From experience I know now more than ever, that one's things certain - Where there is nothing ventured, nothing is gained. Perfection need not be attained, success may not come over night, but I suddenly feel more domesticated than I did two weeks ago and I want more of that! I do find myself rather surprised at being able to do more than I ever would allow myself if I still feared failure like I did once not so long ago. So get out there, do something... start with one step, then add the next... you just never know where it may lead.
With that I want to say, Happy Thanksgiving... or rather Happy giving thanks... Since it's not just about the turkey and an amazing nap which inevitably follows, but about truly taking time to appreciate, to stand in awe of life, to smile with gratitude just because you can.
Here are a few things I am thankful for this year:
Alone time. And writing. I love that I found writing.
Together time. I have an amazing family, and so many super duper friends.
Walks with my dog. If you've never tried it, you really should.
Clearance racks. Any store, any time. And ikea. Even though I wish I could get away from that place, it's easier to just go back.
My new job, which allows me to work while the girls are at school, and only then, with plenty of time left over for my real life: domestic bliss.
My camera. And photoshop. And a husband that can teach me how to use photoshop to rescue my picture taking abilities.
The unconditional love for and from my kids. As you may know, we all have bad days once in a while. Yet they still keep coming back for more lovin. I suppose that also goes for the love of my life, Paul!
Canada. What a beautiful home we have. And to think we celebrate Thanksgiving at the right time, shortly after harvest and while Fall colours are at their prime! (a-hem)
Road trips. Especially spontaneous ones.
Dinosaurs. Because they make my sweet Sydney so happy.
Music. Especially when Hannah sings to it. Wow, that takes me over the moon.
Hair straighteners. These make me happy.
My parents, who embark on a long cross continental trip to visit with us every year.
Toothpaste. I'll forever be thankful for toothpaste. If you ever feel like you have nothing to be thankful for, start there.
My security in God. There's just something very freeing about that.
Felt. For making me feel like I can sew. Even if my oh-so-hip Hannah Banana hands me Sewing for Dummies.