Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Potential

Not a big commitment--just a few fat quarters that I thought were cute. Small pieces of fabric with huge potential. It'll be fun to see what they end up becoming. Kind of like my hopes for this year. I have some ideas of what I'd like to see happen, but I'm sure there will be dips and turns, the need for a seamripper, and some successes--with a little luck, maybe even on the first try.

I'm not big into resolutions, but I do have some desires/wishes for 2007.

1. You know the old grandma in church who presents new babies with afghans crocheted with red heart acrylic? I've decided that I want to be her. Minus the old, minus the red heart.

2. My mother-in-law, on Sundays, always seems to have a pot roast in the oven. If she or my FIL see someone new in church, they make a point to introduce themselves and invite them over. Hospitality--welcoming people into one's home and showing them love. That's what it's all about. I want to be more like that. I want to care less about whether my home is clean enough and more about whether my heart is open enough to help create a sense of belonging.

3. That's about it. I could write a whole litany of things to do and ways to improve myself. But I'll spare you. Really, you'd be bored. It'd be stuff like: get my teeth cleaned on a regular basis, be more organized, be more patient with the kids...you get the picture.

4. One more: get my oomph back. I used to have oomph. I've lost it somewhere along the way--between potty training, shuttling little ones around in the van, and being sleep deprived. I want to find something this year to be passionate about. I'll let you know if I find it.

Happy New Year. I'm looking forward to seeing how this year unfolds for all of us. :)

31 comments:

Megan said...

I am so in love with that top fabric. Gorgeous.

I hope you find your oomph. I am sure it is tucked away safely in there somewhere, waiting for when the time is right to re-emerge. You're doing so well already, I think you're amazingingly oomphish for a Mom of three such little ones. A round of applause for you!

Soo said...

I like your resolutions, and I'm sure you will find your oomph....especially with those fun fabrics, Ilook forward to seeing what you make out of them!

kirsten said...

i totally get the church goals. i'm afraid we do that, too. not invite people over because our house is clean/our kids are crazy. good luck with that.

beki said...

I *love* those fabrics! I also love your goals. I'm really feeling #1 and #2. I want that too, though you said it better. And #4 - I'm so in touch with that. I think that's why I'm so ready for this new year. I'm ready to move on and make good things happen!

lera said...

your "resolutions" sound a lot like mine!!!

happy new year!

(love your fat quarters. i've been thinking about doing a sewing challenge with fat quarters. i was waiting until january to figure it out, but i'll let you know when!)

Alicia A. said...

Wonderful goals. Good luck- Especially with finding your passion.

Happiest of new year wishes!

Katie said...

I had some of that top Peas & Carrots fabric that I got in a charm pack, and I've already used each colorway of it! Love it. I also like your list. Hospitality is important to me too, but I do always worry that my house isn't clean enough or cool enough. Need to stop worrying, but it's easier said than done.

capello said...

and i want to mimic you, those are all such very good ideas

(that orange fabric on top, is that from the same line? because i've never seen it before and i'm seriously loving it.)

Betsy said...

those fabrics are darling...good luck with your goals in 2007! I have been searching for the tape measure fabric forever...where did you find it?

keri said...

I really enjoyed reading your list, happy new year!

lindiepindie said...

I've got that building blocks fabric, too - and a post coming up about it. Hee hee. Great minds...

I always thought I'd be an energetic, fun mommy, and look at me - run down and slow. I got no oomph either.

maggiegracecreates said...

I love being the lady who gives handmade gifts at church. It is wonderful to have that signature. I love having my friends and my childrens friends into my home. We may eat PBJ sandwiches but we have fun doing it.

I wish I could find my ooomph again too.

Beautiful fabrics.

Belinda said...

Happy new year!!

I'm really feeling your goals for the year. Good luck with them.

Betsy said...

thanks for the info!!! I found some! yeah!

Leslie said...

Imagine what this world would be like if everyone had resolutions such as yours.

shiso mama said...

i love the sentiment of your resolutions. even though i stopped making official New Year's resolutions some years ago, i still find myself reading everyone else's and thinking, "oh yeah, that too!"

good luck finding your oomph. i think that's a hard one, especially when if you don't have too much free time.

Cathy said...

I think your heart is bigger than you realize! Also, it is very hard to have oomph when you have small children and are sleep deprived... I know. I want my oomph back too! Happy New Year, and I know your oomph is there waiting for you!

estea said...

inspiring and humble. i love your thoughts on the months to come -

Carol said...

mmm...yum, love the fabric sampler! happy new year!!

Mijk said...

wishing you OOMPH!

Heather said...

Great goals for the new year, I'm sure you'll be able to reach all of them. I'm so not ready to let go of the house clean thing but I really wish I could. I freak out about the mess daily but never seem to get a hold of it.

joyce said...

happy new year!

Eren said...

Oh, when you find your oomph, can you tell me where you found it? I seem to have had mine sucked right out of my as well.

helen said...

Those fabrics are fab. Lovely and bright. I think oomph is generally scarce in January...I hope you find yours soon.

maggiegracecreates said...

thank you for visiting with me - moisturizers or not - your hands are beautiful. Every one has unrecognized beauty in them - one of my resolutions is to purposefully celebrate tiny beauty everyday this year.

kimberly said...

I also like your goals but, to be honest you are those things already, at least from what I know of you. You are such a giving wonderful person.
Losing patience with the kids is what I tend to do much too often. I can so understand losing your oomph as well. Being a mom is THE hardest job there is. Hang in there, your passion will show, I know it!
Does that all make sense?? It's late and I'm tired but I had to write one last comment. :)

African Kelli said...

Beautiful choices all around!

mari said...

i am totally in tune with your resolutions - esp. the ones about patience & having people over & looking for the oomph. i also love the fabric (and have a stack of fat quarters wondering what will become of them)... i am so in love with the measuring tape fabric - would you mind sharing where you got it (like i need more fat quarters...) --mari

Lora said...

Love the fabric! Who makes the second one with tape measures look!?! too cool

Sarah and Jack said...

Man, potty training will take the oomph out of anyone!

mrspilkington said...

fist time commenting -- you and your sister have such inspiring blogs. love those fabrics, and love your goals. did you ever read "open heart, open home" by karen burton mains? i love it, now just have to live it!