Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Merriment, Change, A Giveaway

"An ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow."


The trick is to not lose sight of the present while planning for the future....and not to give up planning the future when you can't see past the present.

I'm a girl that likes a good plan. Sometimes life just doesn't cooperate and allow one to plan too far ahead. What to do? For me, it's keeping some merriment in each day.

I'm finding joy in little, spur of the moment things these days....a new blog post, a late evening walk with the hubby, time in the garden, at the sewing machine or with the needles, and just yesterday the beginning of a new book. My daydreams are filled with the merriment of making all kinds of plans.... future trips, new furniture and some home projects, to name a few.

Now that my mom is home, our life here has changed yet again.....Mom needs 24 hour care. At first I planned to take a leave at work, but then an angel spoke to me and said, "Mom, I'll take care of Grandma on the days you work." Another blessing....thank you Emily for your help and love....I am so appreciative and Gram just loves having you for a "nurse."

Prom, May 2006

For those of you interested in vintage items, Emily is having her first giveaway and there's still time to enter. Visit Livin'Vintage and leave a comment for a chance to win.

I am heading down to the sewing room while all is quiet to snap up a few moments of that joy I was just talking about. If all goes well, I plan to alter a pair of pants for a friend, cut out a couple of clothespin bags and, well, just putter in one of my favorite places.

"I know there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live."
Ecclesiastes 3:12

9 comments:

glorv1 said...

Hi Amy. Emily looks beautiful in that dress. How great that she has volunteered to help in caring for her Grandma. That does help you a little. I think going in your sewing room and spending time doing the things you love to do will ease some of your worries. My best to your mom and tell Emily she is a great nurse. You take care Amy, you are a good daughter.

Niki RuralWritings said...

what an angel she is!!! (obviously a good example of selflessness in her mama)

One of my favourite poems is Take Joy by Fra. Giovanni..google it if you don't know it..it's beautiful

blessings,
Niki

Thimbleanna said...

What a wonderful daughter you have to offer to help out -- she's just beautiful. I hope your transition to full time care goes well and that you manage to eke out a little time for yourself.

YayaOrchid said...

What a sweetheart your daughter is! She is made of good stock. And yes, she is a beautiful looking girl!

Praying your Mom gets better, and your family gets lots of joy and blessings in your lives. Take care of yourself Amy!

Elaine said...

Well, Amy, it is almost midnight here....I'm tired from a long day...definitely ready to get some rest. I just read your blog post, though, and wanted to let you know that just reading it gave me one of those "spur of the moment joys" you're talking about. I realized that even though I've had a tiring day, there were quite a few of those moments built in. It made me happy to just stop for a minute and think about them. I'll bet that as I go to sleep tonight I'll still be thinking about them, and looking forward to all those little "joyful moments" I'm sure I'll come across tomorrow.
Thank you! :)

Wool Winder said...

Being able to find joy in the little things will get you through this challenging time.

Susie Homemaker said...

Hi Amy...
I know how much relief you must feel that Emily will be with your Mom so you can work. It will be good for you to have that outlet.

I am praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

Love,
Susie

Sharon said...

What a sweet blog you have here! Your daughter is a sweetie and she is so pretty too! I put you on my follow list! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you have a great weekend!

:0) Sharon

YayaOrchid said...

Hi, Amy! Pls stop by my blog for an award!