Sunday Stash–Darla

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I recently started following Tamara's blog. She's come up with this great idea for all of us to share our stash. This is really a great idea. . .we all get to see what each other tends to choose when fabric hunting and digging deep into our stash just may crank those creative wheels to work on choosing a project for those fabrics we just had to have. 

One of my favorite fabric designers is Tanya Whelan. I love the soft florals and anything with pink polka dots has me hooked! Her latest fabric line–Darla, shown here, a very nice Christmas gift from hubby, reminds me so much of my great grandma's linens. 

Snow Trip–New Year's Eve Day 2008

Saturday, January 17, 2009

We do these snow trips two or three times a year, we load up all the snow toys, some which are designed for the water (knee boards make excellent snow boards) a small bbq, hot dogs, marshmallows the whole bit and head to Butte Meadows. The kids have a great time.

There's a bit of history here. My family has owned property there since the 1950's, my greatgrandparents actually owned Barker's Store and built a cabin near the creek. Fast forward to 1974, Barker's Store is now the Bambi Inn and the new owners are moving in. Well, the new owners had a 9 year old son, and I being 7 thought it would be fun to have someone new to play with when I spent time there during the summer. Well, that 9 year old boy is now my husband and we love to take our kids whenever possible.

John, being raised in Butte Meadows, has all of the snow skills. He builds stairways in the snow for the kids to climb up and down and these really great tunnels. This trip, he also built a snow ramp so as the kids came down the hill on their sled they'd hit the ramp and catch air. This was a hit! 

The kids have another winter break coming in February, it may require another trip to the snow.

Friday Night Lights Have Dimmed

Friday, January 2, 2009

More than anything else, we want for our children health and happiness. We send them to school each day, on outings with their friends and to the grocery store with the hopes they will take from the examples we set as their parents and use these tools to make informed and healthful decisions. For the most part, we go along, much as they do, with the "it's all good" attitude, but then something devastating happens and a part of our world crumbles.

January 1, 2009 my son lost a teammate and my daughter, a classmate. There are few words to describe how the loss of this boy, on the threshold of life, effects not only his family, but his friends, teammates and class peers. To try to comfort my children and see the heartbreak in their eyes pulls at the very depth of my heart.

Children are precious gifts sent by God for us to love, nurture and protect; the reality, however, is we have very little control. There isn't, unfortunately, a mechanism in place to disarm being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Today, my heart is with the Garber family and Nick's family of friends. Though Nick is gone in a physical sense he will always be here in the hearts of those lives he touched. Prayers and deepest sympathy.
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