Tuesday, May 10, 2011

i can't find the off switch.

For my tired old brain that is.

Craig and I have been in quite a bit of turmoil about the recent job offer he's been given.

We haven't stopped talking about the possiblity of this job for about 9 months.
This job opportunity has been something that we have been hoping for and praying for.
We have been wanting to get back to Utah since we moved to Arizona 5 years ago.
Now that the choice was ours to make......
......we felt it was finanlly going to happen.

At least that's what we thought.

We wanted this.
We prayed for this.
Seriously, I felt like I might die if I couldn't get back to Utah.
I missed our kids.

And for reasons beyond our control, the new job  just.wouldn't.fit.
And, suddenly, Craig's present job seemed to fit perfectly.

Now, although I will continue to miss our families, especially our grown children,
I feel a peace that I know, comes from my Heavenly Father.
I feel he is letting me know that he is aware of our feelings.

He knows me.
He knows my family.

And more importantly,
He knows what we need.

All of us.....

What you need.
What I need.
 What everyone needs.

For that perfect knowledge, I am exceptionally thankful.

So, we begin our journey anew here is sunny (and decidedly hotter than I prefer)
Tucson, Arizona.

With all of this decision making, I haven't felt much like creating.
There isn't anything that sucks the creativity out of me more than a stressful situation.
It seems like I've had my hands in several different projects but haven't completed hardly any of them.

Sooooooo, I decided I would show some of the things I am almost done with! :)

Here are two quilt tops waiting for me to finished up.
I sure hope they don't have to wait too long!

 I joined a pinkeep swap over at Ravenwood Whimsies.
My swap partner is Patti from Raspberry Lane Primitives. This is a little sneak peek for her.
I am sending this off to you tomorrow Patti.
I hope you like it! :):):)
 And here is a finish that I just got done today.
This is my "sewing chair" It is also the "hair cut chair" and the "extra guest at dinner" chair.
A long time ago, I started painting it red, but I didn't like it so I cleaned it all off.
 But, it seemed that it was meant to be red, because this is how the old gal looks now.
I believe she's much too pretty to have her "after" picture taken in the garage,
 but, due to her smelly stain smell, that's where she'll stay for a little while longer. 

I have big plans for all of these chairs I have been making over.
Now that I know we are staying put, I have to get busy filling up these empty bedrooms.

I'm thinking a guest room........and a sewing room........and a master bedroom re-do..........and a whole house paint job........and a......................


Raspberry Lane Primitives said...

Hi JoAnne: I can't imagine living in Arizona...too hot for me...you'll make a perfect home anywhere (it sounds like). The sneak peak pin keep looks great!....I'm still working on yours too and also hope that you'll love it....I already want one just like it...hehe! Looove your red chair!
patti :)

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

I don't envy you having to make that kind of a decision. It isn't easy and it truly does seem to take over everything in your life. But I am glad you have come to a place where you know the current job is just what's meant to be. Hoping you can get back to your creating !! hugs!!

rachel said...

I don't blame you for being stressed out ~ hopefully now things can "destress" some & your creativity can begin flowing freely! I'm anxious to see what you are sending your swap partner...i bet it's great! Your quilts are looking great too! Hope you have a good week!

*Kountry*Porch*Primitives* said...

Funny how life gives you what you think you don't want but it ends up being what you need in the end...hope you can start enjoying your projects again soon! ~Kriss~

Loafer Mountain Primitives said...

Hey JoAnne!
I'm so glad that you can find some peace in your choices. I too loose my creativity in times of stress. That in it's self is frustrating. I'll miss the we could haves but am happy that things are looking up for you!

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Hello Jo-Anne - Sounds like you have been very mentally stressed, but it also looks like you have keep pretty busy with the quilt tops and that chair. I love the color you picked - it certainly makes the chair stand out....very good choice.
Have a great rest of your week.

Angela said...

Good morning Jo-Anne. The most important thing you did was listen to what God was telling you was best for you and hubby. So Many times He does give us answeres but we don't like what we hear and follow our hearts instead of the plan God has for us. You will definetely prosper by following the voice of GOd.
Have fun decorating and making your place home. Love the red chair. Haave a great day.