A VALENTINE WREATH AND SOME ROCKS

Over the past year, the importance of spending time with my kids has become so much more important to me. Not that is wasn’t before, but when you have looked the death of a child in the face, so up close, and so personal, your perspective changes entirely.
This past week I was reminded of the rocks in the jar analogy. Have any of you ever heard this? My pastor has shared it numerous times and it gets me EVERY time. If you take a jar, some small rocks, and some really big rocks, and you put the small rocks in first, the big rocks will not all fit inside the jar. But every time you put the big rocks in first, there is ALWAYS plenty of room for them all. The small rocks just fill in the gaps around the big rocks.Those big rocks obviously represent our main priorities. For me they represent my family’s 4 things I talked about here. They are things like God, family, relationships, fitness…..whatever is THE most important things in your life. The little rocks are things like time on facebook, watching TV…the frivolous things….you get the idea.
So today, my sweet 3 year old wanted to stay home from preschool.  I let her stay home and we snuggled up and watched playhouse Disney, printed out a Cinderella wand to make off of the computer that she has been asking me about, and we made a valentine wreath out of scrap fabric. I know that these special times are moments she will always remember. At the end of the day it was much more important than the piece of furniture that needs a coat of paint in the garage. I don’t ever want my children or my husband for that matter, to think that my work is more important than they are.

I was a little low on supplies and it was raining, so I went and grabbed some scrap burlap from Christmas and a dry cleaners coat hanger. I made the hanger into a heart  and we just started tying small little strips in a knot around the frame. I had those tie fleece blankets in my mind when I started this.

It was super easy and it looked so cute hanging on my black cabinet when we were done!
I may not have gotten what I needed to get done today in the house or on my projects, but the time spent with her today was priceless……

On another note, Brent from Linky tools is having to charge for the Linky Tools Website use as of February 7th. It’s 2.00 per month but the enjoyment I get out of seeing all of your projects are totally worth the cost. It’s just one less cup of coffee per month at Starbucks right?  If you are looking to host a blog hop or a link party, Brent’s tools are super easy to use and he is so nice to work with! Thanks Brent!

Linking with:
At the Picket Fence, Just a girl, weekend wrapup, saturday Soiree, making the world cuter,
Monday - Amaze Me Monday – Dittle Dattle; Metamorphis Monday; Making the World Cuter Monday; Market Yourself Monday; Made by you Monday;Polly Want a Crafter

Tuesday – Sugar BeeGet your Craft On;

Wednesday – Wow Wednesday; Show and Tell Wednesday; Show and Share; Whatever Goes Wednesday

Thursday - House of Hepworths; Transformation ThursdayStrut your Stuff; CSI Weekly Project 

Friday – At the Picket Fence; Weekend Wrap Up , Funky Junk Interiors

Comments

  1. Okie Chic says:

    You are so right!!! Enjoy your little ones while you can, this past year I gave my little one (now 24) her dream wedding!! They grow up so fast. When I look back I really don't remember all the things I've made over, but I do remember every Halloween costume I made, song we sang and book we read. That's what you will treasure.

  2. Okie Chic says:

    You are so right!!! Enjoy your little ones while you can, this past year I gave my little one (now 24) her dream wedding!! They grow up so fast. When I look back I really don't remember all the things I've made over, but I do remember every Halloween costume I made, song we sang and book we read. That's what you will treasure.

  3. Kelli! I love that little project. O.k., I am thinking the parrallels are getting wierd. Just this week, I put off working on my blog, (which is something I truly wanted to do) and started making a Valentine Day banner with one of my twins. The crafty one, that I think is me incarnated…..Anyhow, my husband sat down to play Scrabble with my son, my older child was at Sports practice. It was a lovely, quiet evening, everyone doing something they loved. My husband and I both remarked that it had been a long time since we had just relaxed on a weeknight with our kids and did something fun. I needed reminding that life isn't always about "producing" something, or accomplishing something. My kids will be gone so fast. My oldest one is counting days until she starts High School in the Fall. My baby would have been about 3 almost, so yes, I need this reminder, daily, that time with our little sweet blessings goes fast. I am printing off this post and putting it up on my inspiration board. Thank you!

  4. Kelli! I love that little project. O.k., I am thinking the parrallels are getting wierd. Just this week, I put off working on my blog, (which is something I truly wanted to do) and started making a Valentine Day banner with one of my twins. The crafty one, that I think is me incarnated…..Anyhow, my husband sat down to play Scrabble with my son, my older child was at Sports practice. It was a lovely, quiet evening, everyone doing something they loved. My husband and I both remarked that it had been a long time since we had just relaxed on a weeknight with our kids and did something fun. I needed reminding that life isn't always about "producing" something, or accomplishing something. My kids will be gone so fast. My oldest one is counting days until she starts High School in the Fall. My baby would have been about 3 almost, so yes, I need this reminder, daily, that time with our little sweet blessings goes fast. I am printing off this post and putting it up on my inspiration board. Thank you!

  5. Geat post! Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Geat post! Thanks for the reminder!

  7. slommler says:

    It is good to remember to take the time to enjoy the gifts we have…each other!!!
    The heart wreath is adorable
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  8. slommler says:

    It is good to remember to take the time to enjoy the gifts we have…each other!!!
    The heart wreath is adorable
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  9. Jenny says:

    I love this Kelli! What a great idea! I am definately going to do this with my kids! Thanks also for the reminder of P. Chris's great message on priorities.

  10. Jenny says:

    I love this Kelli! What a great idea! I am definately going to do this with my kids! Thanks also for the reminder of P. Chris's great message on priorities.

  11. Darling!! I love it- and what a great post. Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from Inspiration Friday – nice to meet you!

  12. Darling!! I love it- and what a great post. Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from Inspiration Friday – nice to meet you!

  13. Hi Kelli! I am so thrilled that you came over and joined our Inspiration Friday party! My daughter is also 3 and it is just so fun when they reach the age of being able to do little crafts together. This wreath is darling and I can't wait to make one with her! My kiddos were longed for and prayed for and did not easily come to us so I fully understand what you are saying about slowing down and enjoying them! We play together A LOT and those are precious times. Laundry will always be there, but those little faces will grow up and leave me! Thanks so much for speaking such great truths. I hope we will see much more of you in the future!
    Vanessa

  14. Hi Kelli! I am so thrilled that you came over and joined our Inspiration Friday party! My daughter is also 3 and it is just so fun when they reach the age of being able to do little crafts together. This wreath is darling and I can't wait to make one with her! My kiddos were longed for and prayed for and did not easily come to us so I fully understand what you are saying about slowing down and enjoying them! We play together A LOT and those are precious times. Laundry will always be there, but those little faces will grow up and leave me! Thanks so much for speaking such great truths. I hope we will see much more of you in the future!
    Vanessa