Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fabric and a Coffee Date

This morning, Paisley and I spent some quality time together cruising up and down the isles of JoAnn Fabrics. Over the course of 1.5 hours, we visited the bathroom twice, loaded up the cart with far too many fabric choices, and texted my sister multiple "Help! I can't decide!" messages. Fabric stores make my head spin in a plaid-polkadot-flannel-cotton sort of way. Around every corner I see something that I like. The problem is that my "likes" don't always match and then the process of elimination needs to happen, and that's just not easy. Honestly, I hardly even know why I bother because once I finally decide on the fabric and bring it home, things don't get any better.

See, sewing sounds like a nice, relaxing thing to do but, when the rubber meets the road....or say, the fabric meets the sewing machine, relaxing is not what happens. Instead of smiling while I happily zip along, my machine jams and I sweat. It makes me want to cry. It's not fun.

Honestly, sewing almost makes me swear, kind of like how my Mom was when she was teaching me to drive. I wish I could blame it on my sewing machine or on the fabric but, it's not them, it's me. I don't measure anything. I've read the owners manual that came with my machine once. I don't know what I'm doing and therefor, sewing is not exactly my thing. Not right now anyway.

Maybe someday I'll get inspired to actually try to sew correctly. In the meantime, I'm planning on sticking with really easy projects. Hey- maybe I'll pin lots of great sewing ideas, that'll bring me one step closer, right? I wish.

After I finally narrowed my fabric down to 5 good choices, Paisley and I headed out on a little coffee date. It's starting to really hit me that soon, she will no longer be my baby. She's been the baby longer than Judah was, because we welcomed her to our family when he was just 21 months old. The realization that soon she'll be our middle child is making me want to savor these last few moments with her and enjoy them in the fullest way possible.
She's almost 2 1/2 and she's a busy as they come. As I sat with her, sipping my Americano, I watched her enjoy her doughnut while constantly squirming in her chair. Sister doesn't sit still. Literally, if she's awake, she's moving. She literally bounces off the walls. She falls off a chair almost everyday. If I had high blood pressure, I'm sure she'd be the cause. But, for every ounce of her that's busy and full of two-year-old sass, there's an ounce of sweetness.

As we get closer to welcoming another baby, I want to sing to her longer, hold her tighter and intentionally create moments just with her. I remember feeling the same way when Judah was our only child. During the month or so before Paisley was born, I took him to the park extra. We played more and we did the things together that I knew would be more difficult with a newborn.

It's all about enjoying the present to the fullest, while preparing for what's ahead. Right now, we go on coffee dates and wander around the fabric store. We sing extra songs, while I dream about rocking the new baby in that same chair. We talk about the new baby lots and prepare ourselves for what's ahead, in the best way that we know how.



  1. I sure enjoyed remembering coffee dates with you before your sister was born and our special times in our private meadow! You are a wise mother to fully enjoy these precious days....oh, sorry my language got so colorful while you were learning to drive! LOVE...Mom

  2. I sew alot.. not always sure I like it. The quick fun projects make me the happiest. Pillow cases are fun and you play with fabric, they make me feel like I have accomplished something and they are also pretty (someday I will finish my post on them.
    Also make your daughter skirts w/ matching head bands, twice her waist measurement, elastic band casing waist and a contrast band at bottom. She will love wearing them.
    The 2nd baby makes the 1st baby be easier. You will amaze yourself when it happens.
    Have fun sewing.


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