We have not been out of the house with Grace much in the last three weeks. I find myself far more protective of her than I was with the boys, which I did not expect. I expected Caleb to be the most protective of her, which he is, simply because she’d be “daddy’s little girl” and I would not necessarily have the same type of bond with her. Of course I knew I would love my baby, but I simply assumed my special bond would be with the boys and Caleb’s would be with his little girl.
The one thing I was most excited about when we found out we were expecting a little girl was shopping for fabric to make her first quilt. I just couldn't wait to put together that first little creation with her in mind. I started googling quilt block patterns and knew generally what colors I wanted to use. Nothing overly pink and girly would be right and I wanted it to be something she would still like when she got older so cutesy baby fabric was out.
Okay, I still have a box of apples in my kitchen that need to be taken care of, which reminded me, I still need to get to this post as well. We got our apples from Tonnemaker Hill Farms in Royal City this year and let me tell you, they are delicious! I got a box of Honeycrisp and a box of Gala apples. I have to put in my two cents here to say that I love buying our fruits and veggies locally for a couple of reasons, mainly, I know where my food is coming from and I know who I am supporting. Plus it's so much more fun to get stuff farm fresh. I also bought pumpkins-which, you bet, I use in cooking-and a box of acorn squash, Caleb's favorite.
One of my favorite things to grow in my garden is tomatoes. There is nothing quite as wonderful as a sun warmed tomato fresh from the garden. A dash of salt and pepper or a drizzle of oil and balsamic vinegar- I can't think of a bad way to enjoy a tomato-even green ones are great fired and dipped in zesty buttermilk ranch. It's a good thing dinner will soon be ready because I am getting a bit hungry now!
I saw a friend's Facebook post this evening and was reminded that today, October 15, is pregnancy & infant loss awareness day. It was originally signed into existence by the House of Representatives during the Reagan administration-kinda cool, and something I probably would have never known about. I know because, I am 1 in 4. You never think it will be you until it is the life you are living and especially if you are someone like me who began life as a mother with 3 healthy boys. It's almost ironic, as I am now 1 in 4 women statistically who, has experienced the loss of a child during pregnancy, that it was my 4th pregnancy that suddenly threw us all a curve ball we weren't expecting.
Today I had planned to take the kids out to Tonnemakers Farm in Royal City, together with a couple other moms and their kiddos. However upon waking I found that the rain, that had lulled me to sleep, was still here creating a gray and soggy day-not quite ideal for taking kids to a farm. So we will reschedule for another day and instead enjoy a cozy afternoon indoors. With the extra time I have, I thought I ought to post a few updates on the projects going on around our home this past week.
*I wrote today's post originally on July 30th 2011*
Today as we perused handcrafted items at the Sequim farmers market, I noticed something very unique to pottery. As we looked at pieces in one particular booth, the artist encouraged us to pick up the pieces, remarking "they are meant to be held and touched." It was not the first time we had heard this today- a lady at a previous booth selling pottery had, moments before, told us the exact same thing.
Hi, I'm Sharon
...and these are my adventures as a mom, as a musician, and as a writer using my creative abilities to navigate this life. It is my hope that in some way my life is an encouragement to you. Come join me as I strive to embrace contentment and gratitude amidst this busy, exhausting and wonderful life.