I grew up in a home where we were constantly creating. My mom is still an incredible source of inspiration when it comes to living a handmade, homemade life. She always made our lunches and dinners from scratch and we always sat down at the end of the day as a family. My dad, the happiest man alive, would always ask us..."What was the best part of your day?," which we loved to answer, up until our teenage years, where we would respond by rolling our eyes and shooting him a death stare.
We always had a garden on the side of our house, and I still remember the year that our pumpkins grew down the entire length of the driveway. In the winter, my dad would flood a section of the field next to our house and we would hold hockey games with the entire neighborhood. We grew up in a community where we could ride our bikes over to our friends houses, where games of Kick-The-Can would be played late into the summer nights, where we walked to school in large groups...laughing and dallying the entire way, always getting to our seats just seconds before the bell rang. I remember riding my bike to school in my middle school years, and I decided one day, to take my helmet off right before I got to school (not wanting to look nerdy, obviously). Unbeknown to me, a neighbor spotted me and when I got home from school, my mom was all ready to give me the safety talk. I was SO mad at this tattling neighbor, and to this day, my mom still won't tell me who it was. But looking back, I am thankful that our neighborhood was as tight-knit as it was, and that someone was always looking out for my best interest.
Finally, I remember my mom teaching me to love sewing. We made doll quilts, little purses, matching pajama pants for me and my best friends. I still have some of my childhood handiwork hanging in my home today and every time I pass it by, it reminds me of the playful joy that I created with as a child.
I try every day to bring that childlike sense of wonder and joy back into my life, one stitch at a time. As I am obviously feeling sentimental this morning, I would love to know some of your favorite childhood memories!