Little Things Thursday

I’ve been stitching.


I have two needlework projects currently underway, and a couple waiting for me in the sidelines.  I’m not entirely sure why the renewed interest in stitchery, but I envision many quiet nights this fall crafting in front of a roaring fire.  Maybe a cuppa tea to compliment the coziness?

I’ve been thinking a bit about threads lately.  Threads are necessary for not only stitchery projects, but also for binding.  I am thankful for the days that I am home with my children binding relationships with them. I hope my presence will always be a source of comfort for them.  I consider the time spent with them greatest use of my time.   It’s equally important for me to facilitate binding the relationships that my children will have with one another.

During our car ride home tonight my boys were talking about the future.  Jasper told Aidan that he would one day be an uncle to his kids.  Jasper then added that Aidan would one day be an uncle for his kids.  He also expressed that he would like to see where Aidan will live.  It made me smile.  I was overjoyed that they were planning to love one another and be part of each other’s lives.  They are already planning to be the best uncles ever.  They already plan to love each other’s children.

And then Aidan accidentally punched his brother in the eye…after a few tears and apologies all was right in their brotherly world again.  Love was back on the table.  A frayed thread was mended.

I haven’t grown up connected to a tight-knit family.  So it’s important for me to knit these three into an unbreakable thread.  One of my greatest hopes for them is that they would always choose family.

My broken threads make me an avid stitcher.

What’s on your heart this week?

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  1. such a lovely post! I agree with you – I want my littles to be as close as possible. I didn’t grow up with a normal family either. My little brothers and I learned to stick together AND to this day – we are still extremely close. (Like I talk, text or email them daily!) I want my kids to fiercely protect and love each other as much as I do my own little brothers (who are not so little any more haha)
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  2. Oh, this is a beautiful little read!
    You managed to get a powerful message of family across here – in such few, simple, honest words.
    Delightful & heartwarming. Thanks for this reminder, of the importance of our daily stitching.
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  3. beautiful post, Kim!

  4. That is so sweet, and I love your thoughts about threads and binding and family!

  5. My kids alternate between war and love, never having had a sibling myself I am bemused by this but I have decided that despite all the war there is a strong bond that will endure.

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  6. Awesome hyperbole in your post Kim — my boys didn’t get along well when they were growing up, but as young men, they are great friends and talk/see each other frequently. 🙂 recently posted..Wordless Wednesday.My Profile

  7. I love this. We are stitched together with common threads. I used to do a lot of needlework but haven’t done any for years. Perhaps I will start something this fall.
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  8. Such a great analogy, Kim…and your projects are coming along beautifully!
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  9. Thank you for hosting and sharing your family insights. It’s a beautiful thing!
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  10. I can totally relate to this. I grew up with family all around and so want that for my baby too. It’s nice to hear that your boys are already dreaming of being together when they are older. Too cute!
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  11. What pretty colors!! The boys are just too sweet!!! That made my heart smile!
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  12. Oh, I hope and pray that I am doing a good job of cultivating those ties. Sometimes I wonder whether or not I am, but recently I asked Nathaniel who his best friend is and, without skipping a beat, he responded, “Brennan.” I think half days of school help to cultivate that closeness as they are together so much and play together so constantly. I imagine home school would magnify that effect even more. Enjoy your stitchery. Lovely threads!
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    • I’m sure you are! I think every mother questions if she could do more and we cause ourselves great anxiety in the process. Not a day passes where I don’t ask myself if I’m doing enough, praying enough, trusting enough, etc… Lots of resting to be done in grace. I hoping that a series of small actions daily will be those things that are big later.
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  13. What a beautiful post on family Kim…. I love the thread metaphor, it’s perfect in every way. Being able to break a cycle and pass on to our children a solid fruitful love is so crucial… I know that firsthand as well. Beautiful macro, love all the colors and detail in the fiber.
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  14. Kim, such a heartfelt post. Since I have been there and done that already, I can confidently tell you…that your kids are on the perfect path for a great long relationship with each other…how precious that will be.
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  15. I have to agree with Laurie, you always share wonderful heartfelt posts! I lovely the textures in these embroidery threads, I love to you to share in the Texture Twist 😉
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  16. Oh I love seeing you letting your creativity out though the needle. I can’t wait to see the final creation. I always loved picking up a new batch of embroidery floss & creating something pretty.

    LOVE hearing about the discussions of your kids about their future. I was an only child until I was 11. So I never had a sibling bond quite like normal siblings that grow up together from early on. I too love seeing that between my kids. It’s heart warming & I pray that they will stay close throughout their lives.
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  17. “and then he accidentally punched him in they eye”…..literally made me laugh :). Too cute! Soo normal! Your family sounds amazing, I feel I “know” them thru your words and photos. And I also know they are fortunate to have YOU as their mom. Altho, I am also sure you would view it the other way around 🙂

  18. Such a sweet post and thank you for hosting .

  19. My family history is…interesting. I am pleased that we broke certain cycles, and that my nuclear family is intact and very close. I think one of the things that knit my kids together was shared experiences that neither my husband or I were a part of. They traveled together every summer and spent several weeks with grandparents without us. This wasn’t anything we did with the intention of knitting them together, but it sure did. They have a relationship that doesn’t need us in the center of it or to orchestrate it…and it’s a nice thing to watch!! Also, I ordered a new needlepoint project…so excited!
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  20. I love the mother example you are and the amazing kids you are raising. They truly are building bonds that will last and be so very strong for their future and families. Love this post 🙂
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  21. And I´m sure they will, they will have the right values! 🙂
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  22. Yes, lovely photo, very nice colors, excellent composition with that exquisite texture!

  23. I just found your blog recently and love it. Your photos are beautiful! Love the writing and how it speaks so truly and beautiful!

  24. Knitting and crocheting is right for this season and the winter. Beautiful motiv: Small, cute and so colorful.
    Thanks for sharing, for hosting this nice project and happy weekend, Wieczora (◔‿◔)
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  25. Beautiful colors in the photo 🙂

  26. Beautifully written …. I bet you have some sweet boys 🙂
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