I just got back from the most rejuvenating little getaway. My cousin got married in Kansas City so my family and I spent a couple days there, followed by the usual time at Grandma’s house in St. Louis. It’s hard to describe how much I look forward to this every summer. While our vacation indulgences have evolved from soda to wine, there’s an incredibly comforting continuity to this experience– first and foremost, my grandmother, who I can say without exaggeration the person I most aspire to emulate in life. She doesn’t just participate in the party, she brings it. There’s also something about her house, which has gone through occasional renovations over the years, but which stays fundamentally the same– there’s an aura and a rhythm that simply never changes. And every visit reminds me that amidst all of life’s distractions and shifting priorities, family and home float above everything else. So my latest little Nest Quilt comes at an opportune moment.
I always have a hand stitching project when I travel, but to be honest the majority of the work on this little quilt was done after I returned home. Gossiping, pool floating, and drinking wine trumped stitching for the majority of the time.
I have many reasons to be in a nesting mode these days. In about a week and a half, I’ll be moving into my new home! (Which is actually longer than we originally though, but hey, it’s going to happen…)
And I’ve got big news: I’m going to be an aunt! I’d sort of seen this coming, but nothing quite prepares you for the amazingness of realizing that your older sister is literally growing a child inside of her– a little girl, no less. And especially while at my grandmother’s house with my sisters, I couldn’t help but anticipate the fact that we’re going to have a new family member entering into all these traditions, and all of our homes.
Yep, it’s definitely time to nest.