It may seem out of place to share this on a sewing blog, but after spending some time in tears this morning, I also spent a short while in thought. I began sewing last fall for several reasons. It was partly for myself -- I needed a creative outlet. But it was also for my family; I wanted a tangible way to share my love with them. Yet when I honestly think about how much time I devote to sewing and blogging and scouting for inspiration online...well, I feel as though my family has sometimes gotten the shorter end of the stick. That's not the way I want it to be.
I love my sewing, and I have no plans to give it up. The online quilting community will continue to be a place where I enjoy whiling away my small amount of spare time. But I don't want to forget what's most important in my life. So the next time I'm in the middle of a project and those little faces peek at me around the end of my sewing machine, I'm giving myself permission to take a hug break.
After all, some things just can't wait.