For the first time, ever, I have a spare bedroom that I have the time and resources to convert into a Sewing Room! So, I have been unpacking all of my sewing and craft totes and boxes, and organizing everything onto shelves and into drawers. It is amazing to me, how once everything is neatly folded, it takes up so much less space! Abby is sharing the room with me, and has her sewing table set up. Ironically, her space is sort of still a big mess, and mine is all neat and organized, but she is the one who has actually already sewn something! 🙂
I still need a cutting table in the middle of my room, and I’ve got plans to sew some really awesome curtains, but other than that, it is starting to really shape up.
In the process of unpacking, I have run across some stuff that I haven’t seen since Kendall and Alex were babies! Like the “Boppy” that I used when I was nursing Alexander. It is a half-moon shaped pillow (well, actually, it’s just the fabric now, the stuffing has long ago disappeared) that I would put in my lap, and then lay the baby on, to make nursing more comfortable. I also found the valances I made for Kendall’s room when we lived in the log cabin, on our little farm “down the mountain” in Mill Spring! They are made out of a space patterned material, and they still look brand new. I found a few scraps of dinosaur fabric I used to make shorts for the boys when they were little, too. I found a very yellowed sun-catcher, and a pattern for a Baby Sling that my dear friend, Bonnie Musselwhite+, had copied for me out of one of her old “Gentle Spirit” magazines, what seems like a million years ago now. And, I found all the magazines that she left to me when she passed, back in 2008.
In the midst of my excitement about getting a new room just for sewing and crafts, I had to take a little time out to reminisce, and even grieve when I found those old treasures. I miss the days when I was nursing my babies, more than I ever dreamed I would. And as much as I love the wonderful man that Kendall has grown into, I really do miss him being a little boy, rockin’ those dinosaur shorts, and so full of wide-eyed wonder at the world around him.
And, I just miss Bonnie. She gave so much to so many of us, and was such a tremendous blessing. I don’t think she ever had a clue as to how much she meant to all of us, and how she really changed so many lives, just by being, well, Bonnie. Even though we were the same age, she was a living example of a “Titus 2 Woman”.
“Bid the older women likewise to be reverent in behavior, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be sensible, chaste, domestic, kind, and submissive to their husbands, that the word of God may not be discredited.” Titus 2:3-5 (RSV)
I love finding such wonderful ‘treasures’, and am happy that the Holy Spirit places these cool little reminders here and there, for me to find and to remember the things that really matter, and to cherish my memories. I look forward to making many, many more! And, I pray that when my time comes, I will have been even half the blessing to the people God has shared with me in my life that Bonnie was to me, and to so many other women.