First, I want to apologize for my lack of posting lately. It's not that I don't want to post. . . it's just that 'life issues' have been filling up my days, & time, & thoughts & heart, & I'm trying to be. . . careful & thoughtful in what I post about.
I think that most of your know that my Dad lives with me. . . & he means the world to me. I consider it an honor to be able to spend my days with him, & although I knew that things would eventually start to change as he gets older. . . I guess that I didn't consider how that would cause me to reconsider some things that I had thought were important. . . things that now are being put (willingly) onto the back burner, as time is showing me that for now, plans & goals that I thought were so important just a few months ago. . . really aren't. Family is.
I think this is one reason why I really like binding my quilts. Not only is it a sign that the project is close to completion (a time to celebrate!) - but I also love the fact that it makes me sit down, slow down a bit, because the process of binding takes a bit of time to do it well.
. . . Kind of like life. There are simply times when life lets us know that we need to stop rushing so & to slow down & appreciate what we have before us.
When it's a quilt. . . the binding process gives me time to think & to pray. Sometimes I think about my Grandmas, & this handwork process somehow makes me feel more connected to them. . . & sometimes I think about what is filling my days & calling for my attention & I am able to better sort through what is really important for me to do. The binding process reminds me that everything has it's time & place & that it's important to take that time. . . & to celebrate & enjoy each part as it comes.
When it's life requiring me to slow down. . . I am reminded to celebrate & enjoy each part & each event. . . as it comes. . . not matter what comes. I must admit, there are times that I would have wished that I could skip over some parts of life. . . but that would be to skip over some of what I have found to be the most precious times. . .
So today, (& for the next few days. . .), as I sit with my quilts to be bound . . . I am looking forward to thinking, & some time to simply slow down. . . stitch. . . remember. . . & be oh so thankful for it all.