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September 02, 2010


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Thanks for sharing, Kelly. I'll be on the lookout for that book over the weekend. I need to remember that it's the journey, not the destination that is so important!


Very inspirational post, Kelly. I'm really excited and happy that you've found the joy you've been seeking.

I've always admired the Amish people and said many, many times that we could learn so much from them. I read a lot of books with the Amish as the subject matter and am constantly amazed.

Thank you for sharing, Kelly. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all 'figure it out'.


Oh Kelly, you have no idea how much this post has blessed me. Thank you dear one for posting this!!! I'm going to try to remember this Amish woman and learn the lesson.


I am so impressed with your post. I am a firm believer that personal contentment and joy does not come from being "busy" but from slowing down and taking joy from day to day activities. I know when you have a busy family life with young children in activities all over the city you say "huh?" to this...it took me until I was into middle age to appreciate this fact. Sometimes the best times are doing nothing with your family, just enjoying each others company. Housework will still be there tomorrow, family and friends might not.


I read each word and savored the wisdom. Thanks for taking the time to share from your heart. Means so much and that is why I LOVE this club. Yes, the quilting is great, but the friendship is a HUGE SWEET SPRINKLE on a delicious ice cream cone!!!!
I am off to a quilt retreat tomorrow and to find a copy of the book. Sounds like it is just what I need!!! Love ya sweet friend. XXX


OK....ordered the book ( five copies). Free shipping on Amazon and a great Christmas gift for my quilting girlfriends. Thanks for the recommendation!!!!

Madame Samm

Ahhh Kelly I so resonate with you on many levels, the ME time, no guilt, the enjoying everything even cleaning and grocery shopping. I have been doing that consciously after losing so much this year. The lesson learned was we don't have any control over what happens in the future, not even an hour from now, but what we do have control of is how we bless this very moment, how we feel at this very moment, how we enjoy this very moment. I have also learned that my most prized memories are those that I am living right now. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but right now. So with that I thank you for sharing your most inner thoughts, there are many who do understand. Our journey is now! And I am so glad that is another thing I share with you.
Blessings from my heart to yours madame samm


Thanks for this post. I haven't had an outside job for years and have no children at home, yet always struggle with time issues. Seems like there is never enough time & I'm always frustrated! Just requested the book from the library.


I'm really impressed with your words, we need to take time to smell the flowers and not be rushing all the time. We do need a balanced life. Keep up the great posts.

Tricia T

What a blessing! Thank you. I'll be sharing this with other women! It was just what I needed to hear this morning. Now I need to pray and see how the Lord directs in a few areas that I've piled too many things into to enjoy the journey.

I'm looking forward to the quilting the tops posts, too. This is the area I struggle with the most. I've almost stopped quilting anything bigger than a table runner because I can't afford to have them quilted. Thank you!

Liz M.

Thanks Kelly for your wisdom. It's one I will copy and read more than once. I'm so tired of being tired and overwhelmed. Looking forward to reading the book.
Thank you!


Kelly...what an incredible post. Thank you for sharing and I'm so happy that you're soooooooooooo much better! YIPPEE! Keep enjoying life!

call me crazy

Hey Kelly~ I loved this post! I'm so happy you are feeling less stress and more happiness. Have a great weekend!

Lisa C

As a mom to 5 young kiddos, this was good to read. Thank you! PS - where'd you get the very cute "sew cute" sign. Love it!!


Wow! I love this post. Thanks so much for sharing all this with us. I have being kind of going in that direction for the last few months, not really knowing that this was the selfcare I needed. I was just trying to be more peaceful with myself and trying to find joy in the things that I have. With all that life brings, I often just had to remind myself that I am blessed with a wonderful family, a roof over my head, and a good job. That all the stresses could be left behind and to think of the positives in life. My husband and I had many discusions about keeping things positive and forgetting all the negatives. Thanks for sharing this. I will probably read this post over a few times, just to keep myself in check. Hugs Ariane


Love your new approach to self care...I hope to do that too...
It's so easy to complain/not liking what you're doing and always wishing to do something different...much harder to embrace everything you do...I'll promise to work harder...


I just went on Book Depository and bought the book..I look forward to reading it!! :)

Susan Ramey Cleveland

Kelly, I just loved this post. Although I only have two dogs to take care of in my life, I still often feel rushed and rattled. I'm going to think about your post (and maybe get a copy of that book). I love the veggie soup analogy. Have a great holiday weekend.


Hi Kelly, this was the most special post I've come across in ages and I love it! A follower of your blog for some time, since this post touched me so today, I decided to be a "Charming Girl" too.

I do have several quilt tops that I'd eventually like to complete. Maybe somehow, I could find a good balance between doing them and also fit in current projects.

Will post on my blog about this soon!

Thanks again!

P.S. I'm now going to Amazon.com to order the book.

Mary Flynn

I've linked!!


Are you reading my mind again?! I had to take a minute to sit down and cry after I read this one. I am so grateful that you can express how I feel because I am not very good at it.

I am starting to like vegetable soup more and more!


Very inspiring words of wisdom.


Oh Kelly I can relate to it all... I had a few good veggie soups this summer. But I am so excited to see the fall come and get into a routine. I found myself even looking forward to a blizzard at times this summer just to have my world stand still for a bit! I posted about my limited experience around quilting.


I have been telling people for years to stop and smell the roses. Life is worth living, not just doing. Your blog hopefully will send the word out.


Wow Kelly what a great post! Thanks for sharing all you learned. I know that I am blessed in so many ways yet there are way too many times when I need to use the Vegetable Soup principle to find the good in all my situations. Blessings to you!

Eileen Keane

WooHoo!! I did it on the first shot! I was able to link to my blog. Whew!


Thanks for sharing the quote from the Amish book - definitely the way I would like to go about my everyday life. I try to find the joy in every moment, sometimes it takes little reminders.
I posted about the new theme. I will add more as September/October goes by.


Okay, just ignore everything I ever comment on. I need more coffee!


Love your post. You are so wonderful. I hope I did the linky right. Have a great day!

Gina Smith

Finally got around to posting my hints and tips for quilting.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

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