{two peas had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow}

Our county fair is next week.
And the girls get an excused absence from school for the entire week to participate in fair.

They are super excited about that.  Except they aren’t actually missing the entire week.  Just a couple of days.  Remember THIS from summer?  One of the peas and her sewing 4H project.  Well, the other pea decided to do a pocket pet project so she is showing her hamster at fair.

Yep, a hamster.


No, these are not hamsters.  These are sheep.  (ha!  I know that’s pretty obvious but since I said “hamster” and then showed you a picture of a lamb, just to be clear, I’ve not lost it completely.  Yet.)

And both girls are doing the Guys and Gals lead show.  You get to dress up in a wool outfit, model while leading a lamb.  They were told if they had any hope of ever being the Lamb and Wool Queen someday for our county, they needed to participate in the sheep programs.  They promptly jumped right in.  And no, we don’t have sheep.  These girls are borrowed.  Maybe next year.  They are already working on the gardener to either get them 2 lambs OR a cat.  Or at least, this is how they posed the request to him.

Wish us luck!

DON’T FORGET – Catch me LIVE today on Fave Crafts Radio at 3pm EST.  Or listen to the podcast right after the show!

{my favorite garden meal}

This morning, I went for a run, albeit, not a very easy run, in our lower pasture.  Our neighbors horses were down in their adjacent pasture and I scared the bajeebers out of them when I came running through our field.  We talked for a bit.  I tried to coax them over to the fence but they would have nothing to do with me.  Hrumpf!

After I ran our pasture perimeter 3 times, I started up the sled hill.  We have a big sled hill that goes from our house yard down to the pasture and I walked that up and down and up and down…just trying to get my heart pumping and calories burning so I can button my jeans which have gotten, um, a little snug lately.

At the top of the sled hill is our garden.  When I named our company, Two Peas in a Pod HOMEGROWN designs – the homegrown referred to not only our two peas but also our garden which we depend on to feed us fabulous goodies.  Our tomatoes are coming on so fast that I found a bunch starting to rot on the vine!  UGH!

So, I picked all that I could and will wash them and freeze most of them for soups and chili and sauces this winter.  You can freeze the tomatoes whole with the skins on and then when you need them, as they defrost, the skins come right off and then you can crush them into whatever dish you need them for.  It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it.

My kids all time favorite tomato dish (after just plain ol’ slice of tomato and cottage cheese) is bruschetta.  I don’t measure anything but do it all to taste.  A BUNCH of tomatoes, grape, cherry or regular tomatoes, about 4 cloves of minced garlic, fresh basil minced, salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Heap that on some crusty french bread.  OHHH, my!  So, so, so, good!

Another tomato favorite of ours is open face cheese tomato sandwiches.  Just like a grilled cheese but open.  Butter your bread for grilling, lay a slice of cheese and then a layer of tomato slices and grill until your bread is toasted and cheese melts.

What is coming out of your garden these days?  What yummy things are you making with them?

{Don’t forget to come and see me at the Country Living Fair this Friday and Saturday in Columbus, OH.  I’ll be working at the Modern June booth as an honorary “Junie” for the weekend!}

{Summers last hurrah}

Summers last hurrah.  Before school starts.  And homework.  And the leaves start to change color.  And fall from the trees.  That last little chance to grab onto a bit of summer before it’s gone for the year.

As a kid, I loved spending time at my Grandparents house in Roseville, Ohio (near Zanesville).  Running around barefoot and staying up late.  Eating ice cream and playing with her dog.  Visiting around town.  Things I fall back on many times when I need a nice place to let my mind drift off to.

So this summer, we decided to save some money and take a quick trip close to home for vacation.  We stayed at one of our state parks, Dillon State Park, in a cabin for a week.  It was very inexpensive, the cabin was perfect, and we had a fabulous time together.  Which, together, is really all that matters.

We went hiking up hills.  Down hills.  Along the ridgeline above the lake.  The Gardener (aka my husband and the Two Peas Daddy), led us through many, many, many, oh yes, MANY, spider webs.  Wow, are those buggers prolific spinning their silks from tree limb to tree limb across the trails.  I pulled out my iPhone and video taped some of our hike, which had us all laughing.  One, features me, um, screaming, as I walked through a spider web with a spider in it as big as my head (ok, really it was like the size of a crumb but still…) and the other is of our Two Peas singing.  Hand motions and all.  Songs from daycamp that they had learned the week before.  Sprout got a little tired and was carried much of the way.  I mean, her legs ARE kinda short.

We biked the trail at the Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve.  We did 8 miles (and we were all a bit saddle sore the next day).  It’s an awesome level trail that takes you past beautiful rock features and along the river bank.  One of the peas needed to stop for a break and as we all stopped, a Bald Eagle that was perched just feet from the trail edge, took off down the river corridor.  We had spooked it but how awesome it was to see it that close up!

We made many stops along the way and the Gardener and I called upon our many collective years working in natural resources and taught the girls all about the rocks and plants and trees and animals we saw along the way.  “Hear that?  That’s a Kingfisher!  Look!  There he goes!  He’s fishing for food!”.  “Oh!  See that down on that rock?  That turtle with a long snout?  That’s a soft shell turtle.  He doesn’t have a hard shell like the other turtles you’ve seen.  He’s sunning himself”.  “This spiny seed pod…can you guess what might be inside?  A BUCKEYE!  Carry one around in your pocket and it will bring you good luck!”.

Sprout wasn’t exactly thrilled with the bike rides we took.  She really wants to be like the big girls and ride a bike herself but I’m pretty sure she also really enjoyed napping in her buggy behind Daddy’s bike.

She got over her bike riding disappointment when we went swimming almost everyday at the lake.  And the girls dug in the sand.   And flew kites.  And made new friends.  And swam.  And did cartwheels.  And played on the playground.  And dug, and dug, and dug (what is it about sand?  They played for hours digging and building!).

They even had a wading pool above the beach area and I think Sprout would have slept here if we let her.  The girl is a fish.  If she could swim across the pool I think she’d be ready to join swim team with her sisters.

And if you are anywhere near Zanesville, Ohio – a quick jump from the highway you will find Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl.  I imagine my grandmother must have taken me here a time or two as I was growing up.  This place looks much like it did when it opened more than 50 years ago.  Very much the old fashioned ice cream shop.  The ice cream was delish!  And everyone working there was super nice and made you feel like family!  We may or may not have stopped there one last time before we headed home at the end of our week.  Ok, we HAD to!

I took a book to read while we were there.  Not one page did I read.  I just stared off into the woods and listened to the cicadas.  And played with the kids.  Or sat with the Gardener.  And cooked lots of yummy meals that we ate on the screened in porch.  One thing I think the peas will remember forever is that I bought a lot of snacks and foods I NEVER have at home – and they were told so long as they ate at meal time, they could help themselves to any snack, anytime.  They freaked out!  That was a big treat for them!  Chips and sweet tea and oreos and frozen waffles…I never buy frozen waffles!  (that was really a plot to get them to make their own breakfast while the Gardener and I slept in a little longer.  Worked like a charm).

We visited with one of my grandmothers old friends and drove by their old farm.  It made me cry.  My grandparents have been gone for a very long time and I miss them a lot.  I have a lot of good memories about being a kid and wandering around that big farm house of theirs and running around town to visit with friends.  Many of those experiences and people that we met helped shape who I am today.  And visiting places like that and seeing them again – brings me peace.  And joy.  And makes me feel “at home”, that comfortable feeling of being where you belong and appreciating where you have been.

I’ll share more about that later.  More about our visit with old friends…for now, I have a lot A LOT of work to do.  SO MANY NEW PATTERNS…so NOT done yet.  SO close…so very close!

{ah, vacation}

Hiking.  Biking.  Swimming.  Sand castle building.  Ice cream eating.  Bird watching.  Kite flying.  Visiting very old friends.  Playing in clay and sculpting.  Vacation was good.  Gonna have to do the required purge and make you all endure a few posts about our trip we took last week with our family.  Just giving fair warning – no sewing posts this week.  Just family stuff.  You ok with that?

 

: : eat, work, sleep, repeat : :

One of the first rules in blogging is nobody wants to hear you apologize for not blogging.  Because I’m quite certain no one is waiting with baited breath for me to drop my next post so I won’t apologize for being mostly absent.

Since the kids have been out of school, I, um, apparently don’t have time to work anymore or much of anything else so that I can cart my kids around town to all of their activities.  Right?  You are in this same boat with me I’m sure…and I would not change any of it most of it for anything in the world.  There is just something about summer, unscheduled pool visits and late nights playing outside and impromptu ice cream stops that just make life very happy.

Via my iphone…and for the benefit of my kids someday, when they read this and when they complain to me about how busy they are with THEIR kids – oh please girls – your Momma has SOOO been there.

Sewed like a crazy woman in preparation for shooting a video for Simplicity for their new Deluxe Bias Tape and Piping Machine. It's super cool and I have a few giveaways from Simplicity coming soon!

The videos we made for Simplicity will be available on their website, available to retailers and my understanding, at kiosks in JoAnns where they will be selling these Simplicity machines.

I had the pleasure of working with Candie Cooper and Carolee from Carolee's Creations

Candie does amazing felt work and jewelry designs that are fabulous!  And she’s a hoot!  You should visit her blog and check it out – it was a whole new world to me to see the work she does.

Carolee was a blast to talk to – her daughters all work with her in her scrapbooking business that now includes fabric and ALSO clothing?!  She has a boutique line that I love, love, love!  You’ll find Carolee’s fabulous stuff here at AdornIt!  Click on the Boutique section to see the fabulous clothing they have – I swooned!

Carolee's daughter Jackie did the Simplicity video for their new rotary cutter machine. Awesome machine. Jackie - sweet as pie!

These are some of the adorable projects the AdornIt girls created for the new Simplicity craft books. You'll find these books in JoAnns soon (and a copy I'll be giving away soon!)

We used this banner to decorate the set for the video...made with delicious fabrics from SisBoom!

I had to promptly hang it in my peas room afterwards…please tell me your kids have hundreds of stuffed animals on their beds too, right?

We had a "how to put a fire out" clinic with our 4H club

My husband and i enjoyed an extremely rare date night - dinner and a movie. Fabulous.

The girls made mixed media collages for Fathers Day.

 

 

Swimming. Swimming. And more Swimming. Practice, Play, Meets...we LIVE at the pool

Garage Sale. My friend was hosting a garage sale and I hauled two van fulls of stuff to unload. Good to purge now and again.

The girls and one of their friends hosted a lemonade stand for charity - they had so much fun and raised $34 for the Sam Bish Foundation.

As a reward, we let the girls get ice cream from the ice cream truck.  It was funny because my girls were like, “What’s that music?  What is that??” – living in the country, they had not seen an ice cream truck before.  They loved it!

A week at Vacation Bible School - big girls were helpers and Sprout got to go to camp for the very first time! We've been rocking out to our music CD we got from camp all week!

And to top off my busiest June ever...we helped out a 4H friends handmade wedding on their farm.

Our 4H advisor was literally putting the finishing stitches into the dress minutes before the wedding and I helped to trim the tulle so the bride wouldn't trip on it. She looked like a dream.

Us 4H Moms helped to serve food to all the guests and the peas had fun helping too. It was perfect weather and delicious home cooked food!

In between all of these things in the last two weeks I tried, although not very well, to work at my day job too (had to take vacation days just to take care of my family!).  If you’ve emailed me or requested something…I will get to it eventually but it would be a good idea to message me again as a reminder.  Just sayin’…

I’d like to say things are winding down but swim, swim, swimming this week, 4H sewing clinic and sleep away camp later this week.  PLUS…I may or may not be filming some sewing classes to offer online!

What are you up to this summer?

xoxo,

Trish

 

Letter to Sprout

The first thing I asked for after you were born, for a cold glass of milk! I was so thirsty! And look at you, bright eyed and looking up at Momma!

Dear Sprout,

3 years ago today, we welcomed you into our family of four and became a family of five.  You have been the brightest star in our family and have brought countless joys and smiles to your father and me and your sisters too!
I think I may have been so busy when your sisters were little because there were two of them at once, that I missed some of the wonderful little baby things.  I am so glad I had the experience with you – to take care of you, nurse you, rock you, and hold only you.  You were a very good baby and we wondered if you would ever cry because you rarely ever were sad.

You share your birthday with my oldest sister, your Aunt, who is in heaven.  I sometimes wonder if that makes your grandmother sad because I miss my sister terribly and I know she does too.  But I think you have brought back a visible celebration to this day that I know my sister enjoys with you.  I always feel her in my heart and I know that our smiles on your birthday (and hers) would make her very happy.

I don’t really have words to describe how much I have enjoyed being your Mom Sprout.  Maybe having my “Mom” confidence from having twins first helped me to enjoy you more as an infant and now as a toddler.  But there is something about you.  I love my life so much more with you and your sisters in it.  Before you were even conceived, I knew you were out there.  I dreamed about you so many nights.  I couldn’t wait to meet you.  But I knew you were out there waiting to come to our family.  Your Dad knew it too.  We talked about you a lot, for years before you ever came to our family.

I love how funny you are.  How you make us laugh when you try to act like your sisters.  When you fake laugh because you hear them laughing and it makes us all laugh even harder because you are forcing this funny fake laugh.  I love when you say grace at dinner time with your hands folded and your pointy finger out and you say, “thank you God for this and this and this and this and that and that and this.  Amen” as you point to everything on your plate and then around the table to your Dad and I and your sisters.

I wish I could keep you little forever because this has truly been one of the most precious moments in my life.  With all 3 of my girls around, I can’t help but be so incredibly thankful for my life here on earth.  Your birth, sweet Sprout, is a gift from heaven.  My love for you reaches to heaven and back.

Your hair twirling, thumb sucking ways has all of us wrapped around your finger.  There isn’t much we ever say no to when it comes to you – you’re too cute and too sweet and too lovable.  Who could ever refuse you?  (although we do at times and you scold us terribly…which just makes all of us, including your sisters give in.  I’m sure we may regret that someday but for now, it just makes us smile).

Today is your birthday.  The day I became the mother of 3 wonderful little girls.  20 minutes after you were born, I asked if I could go home because I really was feeling quite fine and just wanted to take you home.  They made me stay exactly 24 hours…and then your Daddy packed you up and took us both home on a warm sunny Spring day where your grandparents and sisters were waiting for you.  (Your sisters were REALLY excited because they knew I had some “baby’s homecoming gifts for THEM” and they couldn’t wait to open their gifts!)  

On Easter Sunday, we celebrated your 3rd birthday with cousins and Aunts and Uncles and your grandparents.  You got a really cool Dora the Explorer bike that you squealed in delight when you saw it.  And I thought about how Easter, how we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus and the gift we were all given in that moment, a promise of everlasting life.  What better gift could we ever receive.

Happy Birthday sweet Sprout.  I love you all the way to heaven and back, infinity.

xoxo,

Momma


Knock, knock! Remember me?

Forgive me for dropping off the face of the earth.  We have been quite busy around these parts.  Doing dishes.  Homework. 4H.  Work.  Play. Etc.

I really didn’t mean to be absent quite so long.  I posted back here about our Sprout and I’m happy to say that the news does continue to improve.  Not fully out of the woods and our long term prognosis to developing complications is not all that favorable but as testing continues, at this moment, we breathe a little easier with each positive note.  We adore our neurologist and will be working with another specialist soon to be a 2nd (actually a 3rd or 4th – she has quite the team advocating for her) set of eyes on her case.  We are thankful that things are no where near as bleak as they first presented.

But that leads me to priorities.  I don’t know if you know all of what I do – much like many of you – my life is very busy.  I know I’ve mentioned this many times about how we as women are multi-taskers and not always to our betterment.  But if someone were to ask me one of my weaknesses, well, I over multi-task.

I have a sensitive and generous husband.  I am the mother of 3 children.  I have a fledgling business that grew from an artful love and family traditions.  I work outside the home in a part time in a job that I still enjoy as it has evolved over the years and where I feel like I truly touch lives in such a positive way.  I try to keep up my home though mostly unsuccessfully.  Clean but often cluttered?  And as I frequently tell myself, a messy house is a house that is well lived in and where there is a lot of love going around (well, that’s my “excuse” at least).   My kids will be grown and gone before I know it so I try not to miss too many moments.  This is what people say when they have messy houses though, isn’t it?  :>)

Blogging and all of this business stuff and the fun stuff of sewing / designing is time consuming.  I love it.  I do.  I do. I do.  But as of late, it is my hearts desire to be sure that I find just the right balance.  I’ve been working, yet again (as it seems I often attempt and fail at prioritizing) on adjusting my schedule so that I have plenty of family time, husband time, kids time, house time, sewing time, business time…in the last few weeks, I’ve just found myself snuggling with Sprout or the peas or my hubby and saying to heck with much else.  Because really, in the end, they are my entire world.  Everything else, as wonderful as it may be, doesn’t come close to filling my heart up like those 3 little people and that hubby of mine does.

I have a long list of blog topics and I’ll be working on getting those up and running and scheduled.  But if I grow quiet – feel free to chime in and check on me!  I’m just working on trying to figure out how to schedule it all in…work, fun, sewing fun, connecting with friends far and wide, family time and date nights.  How do you manage it all?  I ‘d love to hear your advice!

The first thing I’ve started doing lately is sticking to a quitting time.  Deciding on working hours and keeping to it.

I’ve also unplugged a bit.  Outside of peeking in here and there from my iphone, I’m staying offline a bit more these days hoping to sneak in more sewing time.

My husband and I are also working on making my sewing room more of a work space.  (It currently holds a beautiful antique bed and serves as a guest room too!) but soon the bed will disappear and I’ll get to stretch my legs a bit more in there.  Since I hired Courtney from our church to work for me handling shipments, etc – it has gotten very crowded in my little sewing studio / guest room.   The new improved room will have a place for packaging orders, collating patterns, and gasp, perhaps more room for fabric!

Plus, we are sorting (who am I kidding I, I AM sorting) toys and clothes and paring down.  Trying to simplify as much as I can.  And I’ve been praying a whole lot about being the person that God created me to be for my husband.  It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day and kids and work and become just Mom and Dad.  Husband and Wife come first – the family foundation, and I’ve really been setting my heart at making sure that my man is happy, content and cared for.  It’s something I pray about a lot.

SO THIS IS ME KNOCKING AT YOUR SCREEN…I’m still here.  Promise.  Just prioritizing.  Adjusting my schedule some.  I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth.  Promise.

xoxo,

Trish

 

A new blog feature I hope to post as I can…Monday Mornings Inspiration.  Just a look at many of the fabulous artists in our crafting community and what inspires them.  Mentors and friends – people I admire and enjoy their art – and I want to share that with you.  There is an artist in each of you, there really is.  Don’t say, “Not me” because YES!  You!  Enjoy these posts and then look for what inspires you.

My first feature is with the wonderful Jayne Barnes of Honeyrun Farm.  Jayne and her husband are master artists with their hands, the soil beneath their feet and what they produce from their farm.  My roots being strongly planted in agriculture and the environment, it is a pleasure to share Jaynes art and inspiration with you today.  {I can attest that you haven’t tasted honey until you’ve had Honeyrun Farms honey – it is quite simply, the best ever!}

Here is our interview with Jayne:

1) Since the feature is called Monday Mornings Inspiration, can you tell me what inspired you to a career / hobby in farming and crafting?
I grew up on a small dairy farm and always loved being outside.   I studied Sociology in college, and I never thought I would one day earn a living from farming…. but here I am!  My husband I and are both from farm families and we kind of just fell into beekeeping after I gave him a hive one year for Christmas.  What started as a simple hobby has turned into a bit of an obsession!  I love doing crafty projects, so living on a honey farm allows me to enjoy the farm life while also creating useful items from the hive and garden.

2) What continues to inspire you each day and how do you keep your art fresh? Farming follows the seasons of course, so there are always changes that dictate how our days go and what we are doing.  In the Spring, we are busy working in the greenhouse, preparing the garden for planting, and checking the hives to make sure they are strong and healthy.  The summer is our busy season with honey extraction, produce and flower harvesting, and selling at farm markets.  In the fall we are harvesting heirloom pumpkins, fall honey and bee pollen, and making sure the hives have enough honey to last the winter.  In the winter, we still keep busy making beeswax candles and handcrafted soap.

3) What 3 words best describe you?  People say I am practical, laid-back, and content.

4) What could you not live without to get through each work day?  Your phone/computer or your coffee? Computer!  We actually don’t own a TV so I get all my info/news from the computer.  Also, as a stay-at-home mom, Facebook is my contact with the adult world.  :)

5) What is the best part of your job as a farmer/crafter? Getting to do what I want every day!  That is the pleasure of owning your own business.  I do think we work harder than if we worked for someone else… we have longer hours and work on weekends, but we wouldn’t trade it for a day job.  When you grow up watching your parents run a farm, it just feels like what you’re “supposed to do”… know what I mean?

6) What advice would you offer to someone when it comes to living a creative life? Follow what you love… don’t do things because other people are doing it or it looks like it can make money.  Only do it because you love it.

7) What can we expect to see from you in the coming year in terms of new projects and design? We are experimenting with all sorts of new infused honey flavors:  vanilla infused honey, chocolate whipped honey, cinnamon infused….. etc.. etc…

Thanks Jayne for sharing your inspirations!  Check out Jayne’s fabulous products on their website and follow their family farming adventures on her blog.
xoxo,
Trish
PS I promise to get to the Birthday giveaway very very soon…our family has a big week ahead of us. Hoping for nothing but positive results and I will sort through your comments soon and post winners later this week!

Sew Sweet…

In my mailbox yesterday was one, oh SEW SWEET surprise!  I have been very blessed to have a great relationship with the editors at Sew Hip magazine.  They have published 4 of my projects previously.

That's my name on the cover even! My Mom is gonna freak!

This time, I got a full feature interview!  Wow oooh wow oh WOW!   And my little Sprout and the Two Peas are also pictured in the article – they were sort of thrilled.  One of the peas said, “It’s not like anybody except sewers reads it”.  I’m sorry…are there other kinds of people in the world?  Cuz baby, sewers..that’s MY PEEPS!

The awesome photos are by the bestest ever photographer - Britt Lakin Photography

I know that locally, our Barnes and Noble carries Sew Hip as well as our JoAnn fabrics stores.  This will be the April issue, Issue 27, which should be out on newstands in a few weeks.  Of course, I’ll be getting a stack of extra copies.  One for each of my kids for their memory boxes and one for my parents!

THIS is a super cute top in the magazine. Not mine. Super cute. I'm so gonna make one of these. Totally hide my leftover baby belly!

While trying to type up my little “toot my own horn” post – Sprout came in to snuggle.  She loves the photo booth app on the Macs.  Hence this cute pic.

If you follow me on Twitter, etc you may have heard me tweet about the tough road we are on with our Sprout.  She is experiencing some difficult medical issues currently and I probably don’t want to say much more than that as it’s very private and I’m maybe in a bit of denial.  All of the tests are not done so we are still waiting.  It has resulted in many sleepless nights and I’m trying to really focus hard on trusting that God has my back.  I can not change whatever it is but I can have faith that God will lead us.   I hired an office assistant this week to help with some of my daily tasks of running the business so that I could free my arms up for more of this cuddle time.  Immense amounts of cuddle time are now written into my daily schedule – I like it that way.

But Sprout may have also come into my office not just for a snuggle – it might have something to do with the candy jar I keep on my desk.

Who can resist Jolly Ranchers and dark chocolates?  Happy weekend all…

xoxo,

Trish

The spiritual side…

Hard for me to recap Quilt Market without touching on what it all really meant to me, spiritually.  For those of you rolling your eyes and muttering, “oh, here she goes with the Jesus thing”…yes, the Jesus thing.

If I’m to be honest about what matters most to me then sharing that is just as important as the glitz and photo ops.  I had a pastor once say that it doesn’t really matter if the whole Jesus thing is real or not – living our lives to be good to one another, to find peace and contentment in prayer – what does it hurt?  If it all turns out to be a hoax then our lives still would have been better for the faith we have had.  Well, at least that’s how I view it.

So, for me, launching our business is much more meaningful than you can imagine.  It’s been in the making for about 6 years now.  It’s been a lot of work.  A lot of planning.  A lot of sacrifice.

As we were taking off from Columbus to Houston, I had this intense sense of being surrounded by angels.  I also had a really strong feeling of being supported by my sister and my grandmother.  Both have passed on many years ago and both were wonderful seamstresses.  I never spent enough time with my sister because I was only 3 when she died but I know that my Grammy (the one whose photo is in my Patsy Ann Apron Top pattern) taught her to sew.  For some reason, my mind was flooded with thoughts of them and how excited they both would be if they could see what I was about to embark on.

For all the exciting things that happened and are still evolving from my trip to Houston, I am extremely humbled and grateful.  I have prayed for so long for answers, for a light to my path, to help our family find a way to get to where we needed to be.

One of those prayers has always been for my peas.  Twins are high risk and my pregnancy included a 2+ week hospital stay and then more bedrest and medications to keep them until 36 weeks.  I had to stay on my back 24/7.  Eat laying down.  Bathe lying down.  And when they were born, they were perfect.  They are perfect.  But as time has progressed, we have discovered small things that have been stumbling blocks in their development.  Multiple things.  And this long complicated puzzle we have slowly watched year to year as they grow, started to come together within days after I got home from Houston.

I won’t go into detail as it is quite private but it was a moment, when I was sitting watching clinicians perform assessments and I was sobbing as I watched.  It’s heartbreaking to see your children struggle and feel helpless.

And as the days progress, and our business grows, I see that the Lord HAS answered those prayers.  For that exact moment brought new realities for us and new challenges and I could see now, that THIS was the time that HE had chosen for our family.  This was, this IS the right time.  For many reasons.

Sometimes, when we pray for what we want, it’s hard to be patient and wait.  And not know if you’ll ever get what you asked for.  I didn’t exactly get what I asked for but I got what I needed, what our family needed.  And I am humbled.  And grateful.  And for the 6 years we have also waited on a diagnosis for our peas, I am thankful to know what, how, and where to go.  Mothers just want to do it all for our kids, make everything better but there are some things, I just can’t do.  Those are the things that make me cry.  Then.  And now as I write this.  Because I just want them to not be frustrated, or struggle, or to give up.

I think that since my husband and I have made certain that this business is a full on family affair, it’s given our peas a sense of pride, and ownership, and accomplishment.  They are part of the success, what little ones we can claim at the moment, and we wholeheartedly celebrate everything that those beautiful girls are to us.

This post may not have made much sense to you but the spiritual side of this experience has been very heavy on my heart.  I do feel God’s hand in all that we do and I do feel extremely blessed, for whatever may come, I know that God always has a way to provide for us.  Now more than ever, it’s an answer to a prayer.

xoxo,

Trish