Monday, October 7, 2013

A Happy Weekend

Man.  This little guy melts my heart.  Except he's not so little anymore.  11 years ago, yesterday, he made me a new momma.  I waited four years for God to give him to me.  A long, emotional four years.  But in retrospect, God knew what he was doing in his perfect, my-timing-is-not-your-timing kind of way.  He needed me to wait, to prepare, to learn and grow.  To depend on Him more.  To grow closer to my husband.  And when it was time, he arrived.  A 7 lbs. 1 oz. healthy, blonde baby boy.  This little guy is super smart, crazy good on the soccer field, so sweet, thoughtful, funny and well like I said, he just kind of melts my heart.  And did I say sweet?  Yeah, he's super sweet too.  I'm so thankful for him and thankful to God for giving him to me.
We celebrated with a dang good, Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake - recipe from the blog, Cookies and Cups.  My little guy loves anything with marshmallows in it (like he can eat half a bag of jumbo marshmallows at any given time) so I knew he'd love this cake.  It had GREAT flavor and it's now my official "go-to" chocolate cake recipe.  Yum.

Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake | Cookies and Cups

In between birthday festivities and watching LDS General Conference I snuck in a little "me" time :)  It felt like I was preparing a football fields length of binding but in all actuality it was only half that amount - about 60 yards.

  I like binding but I have a feeling this might take a while.

 What about you?  Did you have a good weekend?  I sure hope so!

~ Amber


I am Just One Mom said...

A favorite movie scene is when Frodo is so overwhelmed by the task before him (getting the ring to Mount Doom to destroy it) and unsure of his ability to complete the task, that he says to Gandalf:
"I wish the ring had never come to me – I wish none of this would have happened." And, Gandalf, in his great wisdom replies:

"So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."

I do have the free will, the agency, the human choice to decide what I'm going to do with the time that is given to me each day. And this is why I love the grounding/centering/the harmony General Conference is every 6 months. I am renewed in my divine purpose and my joy-filled choices. And, I am grateful to be surrounded by family & friends on the same path.

I am Just One Mom said...

Oh, and Happy Birthday to your 11 yr old! Time flies. Enjoy the moments!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooooh, whatcha gonna do with all that binding????

Happy Belated Birthday to your cute little guy. That cake looks delicious!

Annalia said...

Oh, your binding looks lovely! Mmm...I've got some binding envy going on here...

We were watching conference too...and then running to Home Depot between sessions so that we could put shelves up in one of our new closets.
Shelves! I love them!
They make everything tidy!

Marilyn S said...

I love your attitude about the timing of his arrival. You show maturity and knowledge. I also love your blog and posts. Keep them coming.

susan said...

happy birthday to the boy. can i ask what fabric the salmon stripe is?? its yummy

Victoria said...

Congratulations! I think you must be the Queen of Binding Stash! How great to have so much ready at hand.

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday to your son! My eldest turned 10 in August. Where does that time go?

Jen O said...

Happy birthday to your boy. Mine is turning 8 this fall and will be getting baptized...can hardly believe it! I wanted to ask what method you use to make binding. I like the look of bias binding, but the method of marking the lines, sewing the tube together, and cutting on the lines doesn't seem to work out very well for me. Maybe I just need practice? You make beautiful quilts.

Amber Johnson said...


I have heard of that method but have never tried it. I just cut strips, sew them together on the bias, press it in half and sew it on. I have an old tutorial on my blog but I've learned a few new tricks since then so I should probably update it. Alot of it is the same though. You can check it out here if you'd like:

Good luck on your future bindings and thanks for your kind words! Have a great day!