Thursday, May 27, 2010

Life is like a box of chocolates....

Hello my dear friends and readers.....
I thought I had better fly in to let you know we are all still kicking...I've not crossed a single stitch in days, no make that weeks and with the following rendition in pictures and words, you'll see why.....

This young man....
celebrated his 40th birthday at the beginning of May. In my opinion, he's like fine wine and age only improves him. Keith, my love, here's a toast to many more years of health, happiness and putting up with me. Plus, look on the bright side, "vintage" is hot and 40 is the new 20.

My husband Keith and our daughter Katie

And not only have we had birthdays....
but since April we've had: our 14th wedding anniversary, Keith was on business travel for a week, Katie dislocated and fractured her finger (which resulted in endless X-rays, CAT scans, Doctor Appointments, etc). We've had baseball practices and games to attend, Tae Kwon Do tests to pass, school carnivals to help organize, end of year Staff Appreciation Luncheons to host, Talent Shows to practice for and attend, a 6th grade Graduation Picnic to throw, a Graduation Reception to plan and decorate for and finally a 6th Grade Graduation Commencement Ceremony to enjoy. But even though the past 8 weeks, I've met myself coming and going....the past 24 hours have made all the hectic, hellish days of ups and downs worth every step and every minute. I'll share with you why....

Our Daughter....
Katie graduated last evening on May 26, 2010 from Summit Elementary School. She now will move on to Batchelor Junior High School and is officially a 7th grader. Knowing that this "big day" was coming, we searched high and low for the perfect dress for this occasion. During Spring Break in March, we walked into a store in our local mall and the very first dress we saw we knew was "the" perfect dress. She tried it on and it was true. Here she is prior to the Ceremony:


Katie said "yes" to the dress

With much anticipation....
the families awaited the arrival of the young, fresh faces of the graduates - the future class of 2016. Finally, the time arrived and they marched in to take their places. Katie had been on pins and needles all week. She was so excited to be graduating from elementary school and the night before the graduation day, she said to me as I was tucking her into bed, "I just wish it would hurry up and get here!" How many times in my life I've felt the same way....


March of the Graduates

Academic Awards....
were announced and passed out. Katie was the recipient of High Honor Roll 4.0 GPA, The President's Award of Academic Success but the best award of all....the one that made Mama cry and Daddy's heart to swell with pride (O.K. Mama's heart is swollen too).....was that my sweet girl was awarded the "6th Grade Exemplary Girl Student Award". This award is given to one boy and one girl in the graduating 6th grade class. It is voted on by all the students in the class, all the teachers in the school and also the school principals. And although I know in my heart that my daughter is exemplary, to know that others know it too, makes me cry and fills me with pride. Here she is shown with the Boy Exemplary Student. They received Award plaques engraved with their names stating them as the Exemplary Students of 2010 and you'll see that one of the teachers is holding up a plaque explaining that each student will have their name engraved on the large plaque that is displayed in the front award case in the school with all the previous Exemplary Students.

Exemplary Students
In this day and age....
it seems that academics sometimes isn't the goal that many parents push for excellence in their children nor is it necessarily recognized in the public arena. I mean...have you read in the paper or heard on the news anything positive about education? Lots of funding at the national level is being cut on education which has slowly filtered down to the state level. Our state is seeing monumental cuts in educational funding. Teachers are being cut from our school district...but coaches are not. Regardless, my husband and I have always stood firm with our children on one thing, that we all have to work and work hard to make a living. Daddy goes to work, Mama works at home to support Daddy in his efforts outside the home and our children's "job" is to go to school, work hard and get good grades. Every morning I tell them as we walk to school, that they are "To be a friend to all and enemy to none" and that " we are Pfeiffers and Pfeiffers excel"....and so they do now and so they will in the future. I am proud of all my children, but today this post is for Katie and for her accomplishments.
In life....
there are certain necessities. The ones that we teach our children to seek are: Faith, Family and Friends....
Friends

Give Honor....
to your elders, seek righteousness, be an upstanding citizen, be firm in your beliefs and always be willing to learn from others.....

Katie and her 6th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Ambrose
And....
you know what? I think that it is working, because as Keith and I were congratulated on Katie's success last night by all the teachers she's had past and present one summed it wonderfully when he said, "Katie embodies the award. There was no question - she was the exemplary student."
What else....
can I say? God blessed us mightily the day our little girl was born. I am proud to be her mother and I thank God for her. And although I'm an imperfect human being and I've made many miscalculations, missteps and mistakes as a parent....I may be doing a few good things for our daughter and her siblings. I truly take this responsibility as a parent very seriously and frequently feel I'm screwing up the works. But last night, the rewards of my efforts and those of my husband was so sweet.
Katie knows....
that family is important and so are little sisters, even if they do mess up your room, ruin your lip gloss, bother you and want to hang out with you and your friends when they come over to visit....
Sisters...
But the best thing Katie knows....
is that her future is bright, she has success within her reach, her family is here to support her and that her Mama is not only her biggest fan, but she would do anything to help her attain her goals. And as we went through our bedtime ritual last night, she looked up at me with her big blue eyes and said, "Mama, my heart is full of pride".....and Mama's heart is full of pride too, Katie, it's full of pride too. I love you my sweet, sweet girl!

Our Young Lady, Miss Katie


Thank you....
my dear friends for sticking with me through this long story. Thank you for your visits. Thank you for indulging me in my pride for our daughter. The road of life is traveled with many mountain peaks to conquer and many valleys to pass through. Last evening we reached a summit of a mountain together, and I know there will be valleys yet to travel, but also many more peaks yet to attain....however doing it together as a family makes the burden lighter and the joy greater.
Until next time....
I'll be putting my "Hands to work and heart to God".
Love and hugs,
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P.S. And as for the title....Forrest had it right, didn't he? Life IS like a box of chocolates and you never know what you're going to get. But I tell you what....I got caramel...pure caramel!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

My Nest...

A little finish....
that I stitched up as a gift to myself for Mother's Day....
"The Nest"
Designer: Lisa Bongean and Carole Charles
found in the "Summer Gatherings" book
*Wool Applique on primitive dyed Muslin; framed by me*


I loved this design....
from the moment I first laid eyes upon it. The quote on the piece is a perfect representation for my life, for the greatest deed I have ever done is being open to God's blessings in my life and being responsible for the four small souls He's entrusted to my keeping. It is an awesome responsibility and one that I knew I was called to from a very early age. I am blessed.

Robins....
are my very favorite bird and I have a little, well we'll call it a "ritual", that I do every fall and every spring. I write down the date when I notice the robins have gone for the year. And then I anxiously await their return back home in the spring and write it down. It varies by a few days each year. I don't know why I started doing this, I just do. :)

Chicks....
you'll notice that I put 4 little chicks in my nest (there were only supposed to be 3). My kids have had fun figuring out which "chick" they are. You'll notice I have chick number one with a big mouth...that's for Katie cause she's always bossing....ummm I mean advising someone (and I mean that in the best way possible)! The boys are the nestlings made from the same color textured wool. You'll notice one of the brown nestlings is sort of tilted sideways kind of dreamy looking....well that's my Jake. And the littlest nestling. Well we all know who is represented by that one, and here she is with her own nestling from the Children's Farm Festival that we attended on Thursday this week:



Ellie with the duckling

Mother's Day.....
couldn't have come at a better time for me, because I wanted to rearrange my finishing "studio". Plus I wanted to organize my reserve skeins of DMC in a workable way for me. My "studio" is in our basement and I've re-purposed a lot of drawers, desks and tables for my little area. So for Mother's Day I asked my husband for those little nuts and bolts drawer sets from the hardware store and he mounted them on the wall for me. Yesterday I spent making little placards for the inside faces with all the DMC numbers on them. I also rearranged and organized my trims, material, sewing machine, etc. (and made a cat bed in the window sill for Chatty and Red - they like to help me finish and sew). My sewing machine is a newbie too, I got her for Christmas - it's a Janome Magnolia 7330 and sewing with her is a dream.

Well....
I guess that does it for me for now. Please know I'm terribly, terribly behind in reading and visiting blogs. It isn't because I don't want to, it's because many times I meet myself coming and going. I also want to thank you all for you continued visits and for especially the comments that you leave to me. You don't know how much I appreciate them and how they fill my heart. Thank you! Happy Mother's Day to all the Mommas in blogland. May your hearts be full and contentment be great.

Until next time....
keep your "hands to work and hearts to God"!

Love and Hugs,
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