Many of us have those unfinished projects.....and I have lots of them also. I am showing a few of them here.............
We took these trips between 1 and 7 times every year...........and we did this for about 11 years. That's a lot of trips........that's a lot of travel time.
I didn't want the kids to just think of these trips as horrible trips of sitting in the van, not able to move around.... to go to the hospital and sit in waiting rooms, so we tried to make them fun - as fun as a hospital trip CAN be. :)
We have stopped at free things along the way - parks, fossil beds, lakes, rivers, historical and educational places - mainly whatever we could find that was free. Money was tight already and so many trips, hotel costs, medical supplies and more limited things greatly........but God provided places for us to visit and we had fun. Of course, we always took our schoolwork also.....one of the benefits of homeschooling.
The funny thing is that the kids have fond memories of these trips....they don't seem to remember the hours and hours we sat in the waiting room as much as the fun of the trips. What a blessing. :)
My husband and I shared the driving duties....and I tried to take projects to make my time useful....so I would cut out some quilt pieces and start on a quilt top....all by hand.
There was a problem, though. Eventually, the quilt top would become too big to spread out and work on in the van or the hospital.
My husband teased me that the one that was "supposed" to be for our queen sized bed would maybe be far enough along to finish for him to use as a lap robe when he gets old. :)
One time when we had to go on one of these trips with a 4 week old newborn.... and I forgot a bonnet - in the summer. :( I checked my sewing bag and I pulled out the fabric and made this cute little simple bonnet w/ ruffles, lace and ribbon. It was cute and protected that sweet little scalp from sunburn as we walked back and forth to the hospital.
It is fun to look at these again....and someday I plan to finish the tops and then make them in to quilts (or lap robes!!! :) . For now though, there is much more to my life and I just don't have time.....and that is okay. These projects are worth the space to save and finish at a later time. Right now, raising kids, making meals, gardening, herbal research, being a good wife and mother, etc are more important.
I have had projects that I worked on years ago, but decided not to finish....like things that were popular at one time, but weren't really what I liked....so it felt good to give them away and not keep them around. Sometimes I wondered WHY I even saved certain projects as I really didn't have a use for them. Others I finished up and I was so glad to have it done....like the braided rug that I finally finished up about 3-4 years ago and my girls love using in their room.
It is good to evaluate these things periodically - but not just in our craft cabinets.......we also need to evaluate our lives....is it time to go back to working on some old "projects"....... like being kind? being more frugal? learning to love more like Jesus wants us to? being better than the neighbors? having more than others? Hmmmmmm.........some of those "projects" need to be thrown out. As we grow and realize that being better than the neighbors or having more than others is not something we should ever do again, we can get rid of it......and turn our attention to more worthy pursuits...those that will honor the Lord. Do you have some unfinished "projects" that need to be evaluated? I think we all do and need to keep checking to see that we are only keeping the ones that are worth keeping.
"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23,24
Thank you for visiting my blog today......and I hope that you have a great day! :)
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