...but another year wiser is debatable. Today is my 32nd birthday. I was thinking this morning of some wisdom I might have gleaned over my 32nd year to share with you, but I couldn't really come up with anything concrete, except this: Be in this moment, this day, this year. Be in this situation, good or bad, and savor it. It astounds me that Elizabeth will be 9 in 6 months, and Finn isn't really my baby anymore. I used to hear people say that, and I thought it was so contrived. I don't think that now. Now that I'm 32 and each year flies faster than the last. I'm the world's worst for being goal-oriented to a fault. Always looking toward the next activity, next holiday, next vacation...not enjoying today as much as I should be. Just my 2 cents. :)
For my 32nd birthday, Paul asked me if it would be ok to send me to the Steiner Institute in MA to take a workshop on Celebrating Festivals with Children for a week. My first thought: "um, no. That sounds lovely; maybe another year, but NO." The more we talked about it and I thought through the logistics (and there were ALOT of logistics) the more I warmed to the idea. Oh, not the idea of being away from my family. I'm especially wistful at the notion of being away from Finn for a week for the first time. But ultimately, I think this workshop has the potential to enrich our family and bring new meaning and new traditions into our home. As such, I guess I can miss my family immensely to learn these new skills and bring home new ideas. (Quite the martyr, aren't I, considering I'm the one leaving for a week.) Also, it is quite a generous birthday gift from my dear husband who will be mom and dad, taking care of all the responsibilities of our household while I'm gone for the week. And I immeasurably appreciate him, and this gift.
Last, but not least, I just wanted to share this photo of a wonderful kit that Paul bought me from She's Sew Slye on Etsy. How cool is that French material with the 1977 calendar? The kit includes several vintage fabrics and instructions for making a bag. I'm so (or is that sew?) excited to work on this project! probably after I return from MA :)
**photo #1 is from the Steiner Institute; photo #2 is from the She's Sew Slye shop on etsy
Happy Birthday!! And your festival workshop sounds amazing. Can't wait to hear all about it when you return.ReplyDelete
Happy birthday Joy! The birthday gift sounds lovely, I'm so glad you decided to go. :)ReplyDelete
what an adorable sewing kit! i recently purchased a sewing machine while pregnant with my now 6 mo. old and still have NOT used it! ugghh. perhaps i need an inspiration kit like yours! lolReplyDelete
Happy Birthday! I hope you love the workshop. It sounds really fun.ReplyDelete
We're the same age - my birthday's in February! I can't imagine having a nine-year-old daughter, but I'll be there in just a few years. Yikes.
Happy birthday! Enjoy the workshop!!!!ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday Joy! I wish you all the best in this next year of your life. How cool that your get to go to that workshop! Have a wonderful time...and maybe you could share with us a little of what you learn on your blog. ;)ReplyDelete
Happy birthday Joy! I hope you had a fantastic day, and that your trip goes wonderfully!ReplyDelete
Happy birthday Joy (and many more!) Enjoy yourself at the Steiner Institute-it sounds like it will be a very rewarding trip! I'll look forward to hearing all about it.ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday! You've put a lot into a few years... and I can't wait to see what you learn at the workshop!ReplyDelete
happy (now belated) birthday!! wow!! what a present!! i can not wait to hear all about it!!!ReplyDelete
i think we'll be in the middle of our cross country move on my birthday this year. maybe i'll get a gas station ice cream cone or something asa present. LOL
i hope it was a great one!!!
Happy 32!!! So cool that you are attending that workshop! I don't think I'd be able to resist that workshop!ReplyDelete