During the summer months of school break, schedules are as laid back as possible, no alarm clocks or rushing around getting ready for the day and PJ days are frequent.
But it's back to school time and we are getting settled into our new routine not just at school but also at home. This is part of my contribution to seaming the ties that bind my family together. (just a little play on words, forgive the pun.)
Having been a seamstress all my life, sewing is natural part of my routine as the need rises...'Mom can you fix this, Mom my button came off, Mom these pants are too long'......but I love being needed by my kids and if my gift for sewing is one way to serve my family then It's a labor of love.
Do you have a labor of love? Do you share it with your family? Do you sew?
Here is a quick tutorial on hemming pants. Can be as simple or as hard as you make it, but after lots of pants hemming I choose simple.
I'll be hemming pants today at home and I'll share with you the process I go through both hand sewing and machine sewing. I have a mixture of dress pants and jeans
Easy enough if you know what your doing but if you not quite sure where to begin then let me be your guide.......
Proverbs 14:13 Even in laughter the heart may ache.
With some personal events that happened this week I am reminded that laughter is the best medicine. But when it seems so dark how do you find the light and lightness of a heavy heart.
One way that I have found is a funny man that my daughter introduced to me. His name is Tim Hawkins.
I love watching his little videos and watching his spin on how silly life can actually be.
I think being able to laugh at ourselves is a quality that we must all learn. Life is serious enough and if you can't find a little humor in it, even when times seem the darkest, then it must feel very lonely.
Tim reminds us that humor can be found in everything and that even God has a sense of humor. Otherwise why would there be a Tim Hawkins.
See if this sounds like you. The harder you find yourself laughing the more likely you are exactly who Tim is speaking about. I'll share a little secret, I was laughing so hard it had me in tears but I won't say anymore except...
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Psalm 126:2
check out these videos...
Yesterday was the first day back to school for us. As I hung out on Facebook for a while I started seeing post from some of my mom friends and it was evidence that we are all feeling a bit nostalgic.
Some of us have children going back to either elementary, middle or high school.
But some in my 'mommy circle' have children heading off for college and that creates a whole different set of feelings.
It may take a bit getting use to the new normal but I feel confident we will all get use to the idea of it and I believe we have formed enough of a bond that we will lean on each other if we need a little help from time to time.
Here are some of the faces that I will be missing this school year that I got use to seeing rather frequently and have grown to love very much.
Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Do you train your child or does your child train you?
This is a picture of my son's NJROTC Orienteering team 2012/2013 season.
Orienteering is a learned skill.
These young adults learn to maneuver through unfamiliar wooded territory by equipping themselves with valuable tools.
These tools are a compass for direction; a map to show the way; a whistle to alert for help, the knowledge of how to properly use each of these tools to run their course and most importantly a support system standing by.
Orienteering is both an individual and team sport.
In the shortest time possible an orienteer runs their designated course equipped with these tools to reach their goal; the finish line.
If they stay on course by using their map they reach several small goal markers along the way that lead them to the larger goal of the finish line. If they decide to take short cuts then they may run into unknown obstacles or terrain and must use their compass and map to put them back on track.
If their attempts fail and all options have been exhausted then they have a support systems to fall back on that is standing by to aid. No one leaves until all are accounted for. They are equipped with a whistle to alert for help and those standing by have an idea approximate amount of time it takes to run a course.
If time is surpassed we become alerted and alarmed, if time is way past then search teams are formed, directions are given and communication devices are used until the lost is found.
Regardless they have prepared and equipped themselves with the knowledge, the tools and a support system to complete their goal.
It is great fun watching this unfold and listening to these teenagers [excuse me] young adults share their stories, triumphs and failures of their run all while learning to do a better job the next time.
As I watch these events unfold I ask myself...Isn't this how life should work? Isn't life both individual and team oriented?
Follow me on this and see if it makes sense to you...
As life would have it time scoots along and before you know it you're eighteen years down the road and looking at your children wondering where the time went.
Our public schools start a new school year next week and my son leaves the following week for his freshman year of college.
I knew this day was coming and here it is. So where has the time gone?
Change is inevitable.
Major transitions can be a hard change in life, you become accustom to one way of living and then everything changes and you have to learn to adjust your routine and find your new normal. Children grow up and move away from home, parents pass away, a move to a new community.
"The best way to predict your future is to create it!" Abraham Lincoln
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