Tuesday, October 30, 2007

no time for melancholy

First let me say that I adore Melissa, but I have to say her post this morning left me feeling a bit sad. No, not exactly sad. Wistful, maybe.

She talked about how she finished up her kids' costumes, and how she was getting ready to start on a few Christmas gifts. *Sigh* Just a few short years ago, I made tons of Christmas gifts...pajamas for all three munchkins, lounge pants for Rich, my dad, and my brother, a nightshirt for my mom, cross-stitched sweatshirts for each kiddo, a set of handmade cards for my mom, 4 little doll outfits for one sweet little girl, 4 handsewn felt "Christmas family tree" wall hangings, several bags for art supplies with fabric covered matching drawing tablets, several little cross-stitch "peace trees", and probably even more that I'm not remembering...and that was just in one year. Last year, how many gifts did I get made? Zip, zilch, nada!

I really, truly believed that as the monkeys grew older I would have more free time, not less! But I guess that comes with the territory of parenthood...one never really can predict what the future will hold. Heck, I guess that can be said about life in general, huh?

Homeschooling. If someone had told me that's what my future held just a few short years ago, I surely would have laughed. But when it turned out homeschooling was what Annie needed, well, of course, that's what I provided. That's what parents do. They provide their children with what they need to grow and be happy. And they do so willingly. Even when it's not so easy.

Please, don't get me wrong...I don't mean to sound like I'm complaining. Honestly, I know how truly lucky I am to be able to homeschool my precious girl...it's not an option for many people. And you know what, I actually love homeschooling her! Not only do I enjoy the time we spend together, but I enjoy all the prep work and planning, too. (I just wish it didn't take sooooooo much time.) And I know the day will come when these sweet peanuts are grown and I'll have more free time than I can imagine...so I'd better just enjoy every second I've got with them here, huh?

But just a heads up...please don't expect a homemade Christmas gift from me this year, okay?

And now I'm off to finish sewing feathers on Annie's witch's hat and boots, get Gray to his annual check-up, and make those cupcakes for tomorrow's school party. Oh yeah, and we'd better sneak some "schooling" in there, too.

6 comments:

Rebecca said...

I'm having that sad feeling,too. There's definitely no way anyone is getting handmade Christmas gifts this year, which is a departure from every other year. *sigh*

Melissa Garrett said...

I wish I had the time for some really GREAT handmade gifts, but the extent of the gifts made by me will be a few fabric-covered button hair ponies for the girls and a doll quilt for Bridget (recycled from an old bedspread). Nothing too fancy . . .

Jennifer said...

I so understand what you mean! My problem is I can't even get my house clean right now - much less work on anything homemade. And the business that I'm supposed to be doing? Well, maybe eventually I'll get there! I had planned to be so much further along but for some reason I can't even find motivation these days. That's a much bigger problem than time these days! Ugh!! I feel your pain Debi! And I'm not even going to go read the post you mentioned, because it will probably make me feel even more inadequate!!!! LOL!

gail@more than a song said...

I can't believe how many gifts you made that one year for Christmas, impressive!
You'd think you have more free time the older the kids get but I'm here to tell you it probably won't happen like that...I thought the same thing and I have less time now that they're gone than when they were here! Which, you're right, it passes waaaayyy too fast and I know you're enjoying it all; the busyness and everything.

kreed said...

What do you mean I am not getting homemade christmas gifts from you - see if I speak to you again! You are so crazy - as if anyone would expect you to sew and stitch your little heart out all year when you are trying to homeschool and keep your house and family running!

I do understand your desire to have the time to do it...it would be nice to have some free minutes now and then that don't have a "have to" or "I should be..." attached to them.

Looks like Gray (and Baker!) had a good birthday...Gray's present is actually in the mail, so it should be there soon!

Now I'm going to check out Aanie's readign challenge...

Jean said...

One does have more time when the kids get older and somewhat fly the nest, but it fills up quite rapidly. In terms of holidays, especially Christmas, before kids it was all about the prepartion, the buildup, the Christmas look and feel. After kids, well, it's the night before and the morning of that are special. Decorating and preparing? I'm lucky to get the gifts wrapped neatly. But the day itself is even sweeter than it was before my life changed so totally.