Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thankful Thursday

What surprised me this week?
We've all heard the phrase "timing is everything." That expression has been driven home to me these last few months. In the months of June, July and August I sold only two items from my Etsy shop. That seemed a little strange because the two months preceding June, I sold 26 items. You'd think come summer I would have been a little upset over this turn of events, but I was so relieved. You see, I really didn't have the time to devote to my Etsy shop this summer, because I was so busy with a variety of family obligations. The phrase "timing is everything" crossed my mind occasionally during that time, because I was so appreciative that my shop seemed on a customer-imposed hiatus! It wasn't until last week, that I got the bug to start sewing again, thus building my Etsy shop up a bit. Coincidentally, I've sold three items in the last two days. A surprising turn of events. Again the phrase "timing is everything" is playing on my mind. I'm very grateful.

What inspired me this week?
My mom often inspires me. She's quite a lady. Everyone who knows her says so. She's 86 years old and has the stamina and enthusiasm of someone 60 years younger -- seriously. Lately she says that she can feel herself slowing down. That makes me chuckle. I might be able to keep up with her now. This week she took one of her lady friends, and they drove up to San Francisco for a few days. They had a great time walking up and down the streets, shopping and eating at a few of the charming restaurants there. One night there was a fire-drill at the hotel she was staying at. She and her friend were on the top floor. They had to walk down 14 flights of stairs to get to the ground level and outside. She didn't even complain. She inspires me with her vitality and energy!

What moved me this week?
I was moved today as I watched my husband go out the door for his latest flying adventure. When he was 18 years old he started the necessary classes to gain a pilots license. He acquired enough hours at that time to solo, but in spite of his desire to do so, he was never able to finish the hours required to obtain his license. College, work, seven children and a demanding wife booted that aspiration right out the window for a good long time. Recently he has started flying again. Today he went on his first cross-country. To say that he was excited at the prospect and buoyant when he returned home is an understatement. What moved me was the thought that he is finally able to fulfill his life-long dream -- especially since he has always supported and encouraged so well the dreams and desires of his loved ones.


Anonymous said...

These Thursday posts are my favorite. Always inspiring. Thank you.

Anne Fannie said...

I love your posts on Thursday.
I also love your BAGS! LOL

Jan said...

Lovely thoughts, as always. You inspire me.

Jean said...

Sorry I haven't been around much lately. I love the new bag design. Can you also make them with longer handles? I'm a shoulder 'bag lady'. lol! I alos love your fall blog design. Jean

Suzanne said...

Jean, The new bag design has handles long enough to wear over a shoulder. To answer your question, however, "yes" I could make them longer still.

MiaKatia said...

What a beautiful post. I love your mom. And I am SO excited about Mark flying cross country.