How are you coming along with your Gentle Domesticity blocks so far? Have you stitched them all, or just the ones you love best or find most relevant to your life? Seeing completed stitcheries by members of my Gentle Domesticity Facebook group has been a blessing beyond words. Their love and home-hearted delight in every stitch is so evident.
Now here we are in June and it's time for you to download block 6!
June's stitchery reminds me that every decision or response I make in my home or within my family, is an opportunity to create a memory which may last longer than my years on earth.
Have you considered that?
On Friday I spent the day with my dear friend Heather and her daughter Barb. We were discussing this very design and the message within, how it's too easy to be distracted by 'things' or 'work' and miss opportunities to build on relationships and create lasting memories.
It made us think about community and how we are not created to be alone. The saying "many hands make light work" was one I grew up with and I saw it lived out in our street through the coming and goings of my Nana and Pop and their neighbours.
While the children played in the street after dinner our parents, in my case grandparents, would bring their cup of tea outside and chat about the day, swap cucumbers for tomatoes, ask advice on this that and the other, all the time keeping a keen eye on us kids. If help was needed to stack wood for Old Mister Brown's autumn fire the men would see to it. When young Mrs Johnston came home from hospital with baby number three all the women would see to it her washing and ironing was done, the two older children were bathed, her house was spotless, and a pot of rabbit stew and steaming jam pudding were waiting on the table for the family to enjoy. People worked hard for their families, but they still took time out to care for their neighbours.
When I was 7 years old my Aunt Nita, who was 90 years old and could barely see, taught me to knit. She sat me down on her front porch in a pillow strewn wicker chair and slowly and patiently took my little hands and helped me make magic with pointed tortoiseshell needles and soft pink wool. When I was 17 and expecting my first baby I knitted an intricate lacy blue cardigan, all the while remembering Aunt Nita's gentle coaching, her soft wavering voice, and the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon sprinkled apple pie cut into generous slices which she served after our lessons.
Fifty years later I still have those childhood memories firmly etched in my mind and on my heart, and even though I cannot go back in time and live like that again, I can harness what I know and choose to care, choose to be kind, and create memories for another generation.
There's a lot of food for thought in this block, don't you think?
I'd love to hear about the special memories you hold dear from childhood. Would you share one with us in the comments? Though our Gentle Domesticity community may be online through a blog, we can still inspire and encourage one another.
Block 6 is a free download HERE in my shop until July 4th.
Blocks 1 - 5 are also in the shop as a $2 purchase.
Heather has been stitching all my Gentle Domesticity blocks ahead of time. She's been my sounding board since this idea grew two years ago, a God given friend who blesses me in more ways than I count.
I'd love for you to visit Heather's blog, At Home With Heather, and see her beautiful Gentle Domesticity stitcheries, they're gorgeous!
Just click right HERE and you'll be on your way to meet another homemaker-sister-of-the-heart.