Monday, August 27, 2018

back at it

Well, hello there! I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. (Thanks to those of you who checked in on me....I appreciate it!) I didn't intend to be away from this space for the entire summer, but it was a lovely break. My one goal this summer was to enjoy my kids while they were home and I was able to do just that. I'm so thankful! (Some days that is a miracle, you know?) They headed back to school today, which is bittersweet. They are in grades 7, 10 and 12 this year!!! (I have a feeling there will be a lot of tears in the next 9 months, with a senior in the house....) Anyway, I'm excited for this year and I'm thankful to watch my kids grow up into great young adults.

I'm also excited to get back into the routine of sewing on a regular basis. I have a lot of things to finish (ooof!) and more ideas in my head than I can ever execute, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

I'm super excited to say it again....Happy Monday to you! xoxoxo

41 comments:

Sam said...

Glad you are back. Looking forward to hearing from you. You have inspired a few of my quilts. Happiness is family and those memories, so I am glad you took the summer but I missed you.

Linda Swanekamp said...

Glad you are back! Looking forward to what you are cooking up!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Welcome back. I'm glad you were able to take the time to enjoy the summer fully!

Design Originals by KC said...

Enjoy all the moments you can with your kids for sure... they will be living their own lives quick enough for sure... but looking forward to seeing some of your quilty ideas come into reality too.. Welcome back to blog land too <3 Kathi

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Glad you had a great summer - you need to enjoy those times with them - they (obviously) grow way to fast!!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

I'm so glad you took the summer to really be WITH your kids, AND glad you're back to posting - you always give me great ideas to think about and try!

Laura said...

Yay, you're back! Missed you, although spending time with the kids takes priority.

Suzanne said...

Welcome back! It’s alwsys so nice to see you post. Happy first day and peace be with you as you ease back into the routine. Tread lightly. I always forget how much time it takes.

tink's mom said...

Welcome back. Great that you and yours had a wonderful summer and that you are ready to take on senior year. Looking forward to seeing some of those ideas of yours take shape.

Lyndsey said...

Taking time out with your kids is so important. You blink and they're grown up and off to university. Here's to a really good school year for them. It's great to have you back posting, I'm looking forward to enjoying reading your posts and being inspired.

Tracie @ Riceford Streams said...

Welcome back! I’m so glad you took time off for your family.

Judy said...

I'm glad to read you enjoyed your summer with your children. Keep your camera handy to record that senior year. There are lots of milestones in the making this year for both of you.

I can't wait to see what wonderful projects are banging around waiting to come to fruition.

Tami Von Zalez said...

I sorta took the summer off too - https://thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com/2018/08/i-took-summer-off.html

You will be an empty nester in a few years, good thing you have your quilting/crafting to keep your mind occupied and not worrying about the kids.

Hope we will have a linkup soon - I miss all of the other quilters (and you, of course!)

Robby H. said...

Welcome back! I think we all need breaks to rejuvenate and refocus. Glad your time was good.

Mama Urchin said...

Whoa! What happened... how did those kiddos get so big. The same thing is happening here. Such a cliché but so true too. I hope everyone has a great school year.

Lois Bates said...

So happy you are back and I look forward to seeing all the Finish up Friday posts. It is wonderful that you were able to spend so much time with your children. Time flies and when you blink they are grown up and gone! Enjoy them while you can.

Celia Ambrose said...

We have missed you! Glad you are back. Your sweet kiddos are growing up. I am always glad for the inspiration you share with us.

beth s said...

welcome back to blogland. :) Fun picture of your kiddos. They grow up so so fast.

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty said...

Can't wait to see what you'll create this fall! : )

Laura Sailer said...

So happy you are back and that you had a great summer! We have missed you!!

Pattie D said...

I let out a little squeal of delight to see you at the top of my blog list! it has been a long summer without you! So glad you enjoyed those kiddos though, because you are right they grow up and are gone way way too fast! Those boys have grown into handsome young men! And your daughter is a cutie! Welcome back!

quiltnlady said...

So glad you are back!

tubakk said...

So happy to have you back again. Looking forward to seeing your next projects.

Jessica Christensen said...

Welcome back! But so glad you got to enjoy your kids this summer!

Jocelyn said...

Boy , Did I miss you. I am glad you were spending time with children. I cannot wait to see the things you have created.

piecefulwendy said...

Welcome back! I'm so glad you had a good summer with your family (the years fly by, don't they?) Fun to see a photo of your kids (your daughter looks like a mini you). Enjoy some sewing time soon -- looking forward to your posts!

pam said...

Good to see you! Our school here started last week. Will be checking in regularly now. Not a whole lot of blogs still around. At least the ones I followed. Maybe I will have to find some new ones to read along with yours. Pam

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

What a great looking bunch of back-to-schoolers! I'm looking forward to your sewing studio hurricane coming up!!!

Liz said...

Amanda Jean ~ I've been going to your website daily for the past couple of weeks checking in on you (school starts at such random times across the nation) only to find your darling daughter in her lovely Geranium dress...receiving your email in my box today was a lovely surprise! Welcome back!

There is nothing better than spending time with your family and you will never look back and regret that you did (if anything it would be the other way around). Time goes so whizzing by us and there's no way to recapture any of it. So, good on ya!!!

My youngest son (27 years old) was married 3 weeks ago. It was an amazing day. I thank God for the relationship I have with both of my boys and have no regrets looking back.

I'm looking forward to once again being inspired by you. Take the time you need, when you need it. You've got an exciting year ahead of you!

xo
Elizabeth

quiltonia said...

So happy to see you back and look forward to your blogs. Taking the time for family is very important as they'll be off on their own before you know it.

Carole said...

What a nice family. I'm glad you got to enjoy them. They grow up so quickly.
Welcome back.

Lorinda Davis said...

Welcome back! I also have my first senior this year; so I'm with you on the crying boat. I bawled like a baby at the beginning of the year when I put his 18th birthday on my calendar. Everyone tells you how fast it goes, but you never really believe them until you've lived it! Glad to see you back posting again!

Anita Dualeh said...

Happy back-to-school. Hope everyone had a good first two days.

grammajudyb said...

Glad to see you back too! This year will be a momentous one! Senior year is intense. My kiddos are way past that, but I remember it well. Looking forward to seeing your Bright Birches...I have been checking in with you on Instagram!

Mary in Peoria Handmade said...

Glad to see you are back blogging, but happy you spent quality time with those cute kids. They are growing up so fast. You have been an inspiration to me with your quilting and great words. Enjoy! mary

us said...

Ahhh, the first Senior! I remember when my son was a senior and then he graduated and then the other two came up through the ranks. By the time the youngest graduated 10 years after his brother, I felt like I'd been in high school for 14 years straight. While it was bitter-sweet to see the "baby" graduate, I was also very ready to be *DONE* with living high school parenting over and over ala "Groundhog Day Movie" style. Same issues, same meetings, same dramas over, and over, and over....

I hope he has a wonderful year and that college applications aren't making you all crazy!

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Sandy Panagos said...

Love back-to-school photos! Thanks for sharing. Those expressions tell a lot about their personalities. I think you're going to have a fabulous year!

Katherine said...

I am happy you enjoyed a break this summer, my friend! So good to spend that time with your family (which I can hardly believe are suddenly so grown up! goodness, time flies!).

Here's to the changing of the seasons and a wonderful year ahead!

Brookie said...

So happy you had a wonderful time with the kiddos, they grow so fast!!

Kristin said...

Welcome back! I hope you had a great summer and refilled your personal well and made you and your family a priority. xoxo