I have to humbly admit that these are the years that I have been yearning for - no more infants or diapers, just a few little kid tantrums and no teenage angst (just yet). I can actually bake a pie from scratch without interruption.
This humming is the sound of what I am thankful for this day, and every day.
|pumpkin waiting to be baked, pureed and turned into pie|
I also realized that the winter holidays are just around the corner and I pulled out the unfinished ornament kits from Alicia Paulson that I stowed last year. I surprised myself by re-discovering that I had cut out all the pattern pieces and felt last winter for the remaining ornaments - this fall I spent time assembling and detailing them. Here is the next set of 5 that I finished. You can see the first six here. I just have to complete the snowflake and I will have completed all the kits that I have. (I admit, however, that I just ordered a pattern and one more kit...that will complete everything that she has available.) I just adore her designs - they fit in our home really well. All told I will have 18 ornaments when I finish.
I know that might seem intense or over-the-top - but I am practical. With four daughters that will one day have their own homes and families it will mean that I will, eventually, only get to keep two or three anyway.