My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #906: Making Memories

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-17-2012 12:24 PM 1281 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 905: A Good Day Awaits Me Part 906 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 907: Stealth Mode »

Another weekend is behind us and those of us who celebrate Christmas are more likely than not scuttling around trying to get things ready in time for the day. I have memories of those days when the children were small and the family was large and I sometimes find myself looking back and wishing that I had slowed down a bit and taken the time to enjoy it a bit more.

But we know we aren’t like that. When we are in the moment, with our hands full with young ones and keeping up the house and for myself doing as much work as we can on the side to earn a little extra, it is hard for us to think that it will be any different.

However, our lives change as time passes. Children grow up and have their own families. For whatever reason, life scatters us across the globe. And we begin to realize just how special those times were.

As I wrapped the things that I am sending to my daughter, I felt sense of longing for those days when we were all together. The memories of those holidays long ago spent not only with Danielle, but also with Phil and my dear friend Cari and her family burned bright in my mind.

Those thoughts mostly brought feelings of happiness, as they were filled with love and joy and a sense of family and togetherness that would fit well into any Christmas story. I still remember the decorations and the wonderful food and seeing the kids’ faces when they opened their gifts. One year we got Phil a Nintendo game and I don’t remember ever seeing him so happy over a gift. He played that game the entire day, and all through the Christmas holiday. It was just as much fun for us watching him and we wondered if he would ever stop.

I like reliving those memories. They still stir many of the good feelings that they did at the time they occurred. They are stored in the back of my mind and I can pull on them whenever I need them to fill my heart.

I can tell I am getting old, because young people don’t think like this. Perhaps they are too busy with day to day life to realize that children grow and lives change and that one day they too will find themselves reminiscing.

But I am not sad about this. I feel very fortunate to have these memories to look back upon. I think of my children now – both grown adults with busy and productive lives – and I know that they also have these memories that they look back on with fondness. And I think it makes them appreciate the things around them just a bit more.

Last weekend, my son’s participated in “Shop With a Cop” program. Thanks to donations to “Santa’s Cops”, the Joliet police department was able to treat over 108 kids to a Christmas shopping spree at WalMart. Here is a picture of my son and the two kids he took shopping:

He said the look on their faces when shopping was incredible. I am thinking it is similar to the same look on his own face many years ago when he opened that Nintendo we got him.

I am glad he knows the feeling of joy you get from giving and helping others. To me, there is nothing that compares. I am so proud of him not only for this one event, but that he gives to others ever day of his life. As a mom, nothing is more rewarding than seeing that your children are happy and successful.

I miss both my children a great deal. But I know that part of being a parent is letting go. It does my heart good to see both of my children flourish and become responsible, giving and happy adults. And I know that whether we can be together or not, each of us lives in the others’ heart.

I look at my families that I have here in Canada. Bernie and Ellen and their family as well as Keith’s family who has brought me into their own with open arms, and I realize just how fortunate I am.

If I have learned anything over the years, I have learned to appreciate each day as it comes. Treat each person in your life with care. Savor every moment as if it were your last.

We never know when our days here will end. Or those of the people we love. These past few weeks I have rather slowed down a bit with my work in order to take some time to enjoy the things around me. I have still been getting things done, but at a pace that has allowed me to enjoy not only the people around me, but my life in general.

I am fortunate in that my work allows me to do this. And I know in my heart that I will once again be more diligent in working on new projects. But for now, I will enjoy taking the time for the important things in life like my family and friends. And making some new memories to add to my old ones.

Remember to take time to enjoy your day.

This is a picture of Ellen and Bernie with their great-grandson Tucker. Tucker is visiting all the way from Alberta to spend this Christmas with his family here in Nova Scotia. What a beautiful picture and a wonderful memory being made!

Happy Monday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 12-17-2012 01:05 PM

that’s what Christmas is for me … the connections, family, sharing stories, laughing, celebrating all the precious moments and the relationships that we have. It is about the “we” and the possibilities to come, whatever they might be.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 12-17-2012 01:12 PM

I know I sound like a dork, but I DO celebrate these things every single day. People ask how I can be so positive all the time and I do believe that much of it has to do with how we approach our lives on a daily basis and look at things. I have certainly had my hardships and things haven’t always went the way I would like, but I feel I could either focus on that and be cranky and sad or find the things that ARE good about my life (and there are many!) and decide to be happy every day. Some days I had to look hard for them. But most days now they are overpowering.

I apologize if this blog is a little off-topic for LJ’s, but I do believe that our attitude spills out to all we do in our lives, including our work.

Thanks as always for your thoughts, Debbie. :) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 12-17-2012 07:46 PM

Good morning Sheila, it’s great to see people give back to their communities especially at this time of the year. Kudos to your son for giving back in his community. I love this time of year for getting together with friends and family and sharing good times and good memories. It energizes you when it’s time to get back to creative projects.
Enjoy all the prep! A baking day for me today.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 12-17-2012 07:50 PM

Thanks, Anna! I did some baking too. I find I am on a surprise “mini-sabbatical”. Busy making, wrapping and sending gifts. Baking and doing other holiday things too. In past years, I felt a bit guilty when I wasn’t constantly “working” but this year I am taking pleasure out of just doing these day to day things. I know when the time is right I will be back working as hard as ever. Until then, I am taking each day as it comes. Enjoy your baking too! :D


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 12-18-2012 01:24 AM

thanks for sharing the wonderfull picture of Ellen and Bernie with the grandson :-)
you did a great job raising your son … lol

me and Silke was once again in Århus to her dentist and stayed the weekend over
at my mom it was a blast when both my sisters came with children for a Dinner saturday evening
and sunday … the time went tooooo fast … I knew I talked way tooo much
but what can we do since we tinkering around in the shop the hole months
without talking to anyone …. LOL
it was great to see my mother behave like a teenager again
she has met a new man …. I think she is in love … :-)
I wish her the best about it and so did my sisters … we are all agree she is old enoff now
to do what she wants …. :-))))

I finely came around my mail acount ….. thank you so much Shiela … that was a surprice
I havn´t downloaded it yet but saved the mail in a most not be deleted folder
I want Silke to be the first to see it tommorrow
it can maybee get her the bug again for woodworking ….. at the moment its all about
learn to cook and eat the disastre as she says … LOL

the return to the island with train wasn´t a pleasure I looked like a heavely
overloaded packeasel with four exstra large bags more in my hands than when
arived to my mother filled with gifts and chrismas cookies

that was a weekend I will remember along time

take care

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#6 posted 12-18-2012 11:48 AM

Hi, Dennis! It sounds like you had an absolutely perfect weekend. I am sure that it is not only a wonderful memory for you, but also for you sweet Silke (and her grammy and aunties and cousins!) What a nice story to hear.

Yes, it is different being out there with ‘real people.’ While I visit many of my friends here on most days, there are days where I don’t venture out into the world at all. Last night we were at Keith’s parents’ house for his dads birthday. It was just the four of us, but it was a wonderful time. We had lasagna and birthday cake and a nice long visit. They had their Christmas decorations up and it was all very beautiful.

Christmas will be small for us this year, which is rather nice. We are seeing Bernie and Ellen and their family on the 23rd and then we go again to Keith’s mom and dad’s house where his brother and new wife will be staying. Our group is small, but that makes it cozy and relaxed with no stress. That is how things should be.

I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday. I am glad you have such wonderful memories already and I am sure there are more to come. Wish for snow in Nova Scotia! It is cold enough, but we now need it to fall!

Thanks for sharing your story. I love to read about it! (((HUGS))) to Silke too! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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