When Ruby was born we planted this Ruby Magnolia in our garden and it never flowered. When we moved to Canada we dug it up and Grandad planted it in his. My mum sent me this picture yesterday of it flowering.
I've been feeling a little frustrated by the lack of crafting time in my life lately. We seem to be entering the busy years of family life - you know when suddenly you realise that your little lovelies have social lives busier than your own? Gone are the days when being at home with a baby could often make for a long and never-ending, clock-watching day.
The delicate act of balancing work, family life and crafting has been tricky and my house is a tip, disorganised and pretty grubby. The garden is looking worse for wear with more weeds than plants and we seem to be running from one birthday party, chore and family visit to the next with little time for respite in between.
I need to keep a little perspective on it though, we're happy, healthy and living life to the full. There'll be plenty of time in the future for a quiet (and clean) house so I'm trying to let go a bit and enjoy the children before they grow up even faster. We've a hit a few milestones this week - Tommy writing his name for the first time and Ruby taking her first few strokes by herself in the pool. Now I just need to chill, relax and soak it up. The crafting can wait.
Happy Mother's Day to all that celebrate on Sunday.