Driving at Night in the Fog

We started the year off with a bang. The kiddos turned one, hooray for us! I won’t get too sentimental here, but gosh, they are amazing. And yes, the time really does fly by. Some obligatory (and apparently, low-res) first birthday shots:

twin first birthday

twin first birthday

twin first birthday

first birthday cake

first birthday cake

first birthday cake

Promptly after party day, everything started to fizzle. Everyone got sick, except Mama (of course). Colds, flu, ear infections, croup, respiratory distress — it all seemed to last for forever. If you need an expert snot-sucker/meds dispenser/nebulizorator, apparently I’m your girl.

All of this was compounded by a few other, um, unpleasant surprises. I don’t want to get too personal or complainey here, so I’ll just sum up by saying that mid-January to March have been very challenging for me. Very difficult, very lonely, very overwhelming.

The last few months have been a great period of adjustment in my life. I feel a shift happening, and I am doing my best to roll with it. I’m starting to feel like I can take all of this on again. It helps that I have an awesome partner and two amazing kids. And actually, that might be everything.

A small part of this shift has included little projects that I can pick up and put down easily. Little tiny bits of creativity that I can squeeze into a fifteen minute nap time or while I shovel “lunch” in.

Here’s the start of a small project that I’ll be sharing a pattern for soon (or soon-ish)(when I can):

Fabric YoYos

And here are a few other tiny things I’ve been working on. Therapy in small doses.

tiny crochet cactus

small crochet cactus

hanging driftwood garden

hanging driftwood garden

hanging driftwood garden

tiny crochet garden

tiny crochet garden

tiny crochet garden

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” ― E.L. Doctorow

Replace “writing” with “life,” and that about sums up my mantra right now. Until next time, friends.

8 thoughts on “Driving at Night in the Fog

  1. I do both fabric and crocheted faux succulents, so looking forward to you sharing. What will the YoYos become? I make quilts, and done strung through the middle (you need vatloads) making various dolls and doll like things from them.

    Glad you’ve turned the corner, spring has about sprung and may you find the ENERGY.

    1. The yoyos will be centers of a crochet motif! I can’t imagine the time it would take to make a whole great big quilt from yoyos, although very worth it! I know spring will lighten the load a lot — I miss getting the kids out on a walk every day.

      What do you do with your succulents? Do you have a shop? I’d love to see them!

      1. I will be running a truck garden this year. The succulents are mostly collecting different opuntia (paddle cactus) because I want to grow fruits for aiding my blood pressure. Also a ring of those near the fence will keep the neighbor’s three really rambunctious boys on their side… heh.

        I also have an ocean of aloe vera, both the houseplant kind and the big leaf kind that they sell in the stores as ‘food’ (they sell it by the leaf, they are 3-4″ at the base and 18-24″ long)

  2. Oh my! hang in there, friend! I’ve been there – been through that – with four kids – 8 and under – and for a couple of years, two nieces who lived with us – so six kids – and under. Two of those were 13 and 15 months old….and those two did not get along. My sanity was stretched about as far as it could go….and was greatly relieved when one (or more!) of them rallied round and gave me great big hugs and kisses!
    and that is when I decided that those tiny moments were what made the rest of it all worthwhile! I hope you have a friend with whom you can chat (in confidence, of course!) because that can also help you through sometimes – just to be able to vent – and have the strength of an understanding adult when you need it.

    The babies are beautiful….and THEY are what life is all about…completely! Grab them, hug them tightly – and know that THEY are what it’s all about…
    God bless you!

    1. Carol, thank you! Your words really ring true in my heart. Everything happens for a reason, and every moment is precious (although sometimes it’s hard to think that). Good times and bad, I’ve been thinking in my head: “this.” Like: this is meaningful, this is important, this is special. Much love to you!

  3. Happy Birthday to your sweet little ones!! They look like they enjoyed their cake, love the cake faces hehe!
    I love your little plants, the cacti are adorable, I’ve been wanting to make some like that!
    And I hope that things get better for you, I’m starting to see some sunshine peek through in my life after a rough year… I sure hope there is some sent your way!! Sending you lots of happy thoughts! <3

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