good life – by vicki allgaier
Part of cultivating a good life is taking time for yourself even with a crazy busy schedule.
The year was early 1969. I was a new bride. I had just found out I was pregnant with our first child. I was sick…very sick. My husband was in medical school and the hours were grueling. That meant he was not home much. He was obviously very busy with school and he was also working as much as he could as an orderly in a local hospital.
It was during this time that I realized I was going to need a hobby for myself…..to keep myself occupied and busy so I wouldn’t go crazy! I saw some yarn on sale in a local dime store. After talking to my husband to see if we could manage $4.99 to purchase some yarn and a crochet hook (loved the prices way back when), I was on target to teach myself how to crochet! Of course my husband was so thoughtful and very supportive in my desire to do this.
Fast forward to 2014……after 45 years of marriage (and still counting….happily), I think back on that time with fond memories. I didn’t realize then the importance of what that $4.99 purchase would mean to me. This was the beginning of my “taking time for myself” and learning how valuable that would be for me. From the crocheting, it was on to teaching myself to do counted cross stitch, embroidery, crewel, scrapbooking (well, I learned that from my wonderful daughter, Becky Higgins!) and other fun handiwork things. I have come full circle back to crocheting.
Life is good. Life is difficult. Life is full of ups and downs. It just goes with the territory of living on this beautiful earth. There are times when we need to take a break and do something that we enjoy doing and recharge ourselves. That is what these hobbies have done for me.
Note from Becky
She’s “Mrs. Allgaier” to some. She’s “Sister Allgaier” to friends at church. She’s Mom to me. (Why on earth do I get choked up just writing that?) My mom is a remarkable woman. She gives and gives and gives. And then she gives some more. There’s not a day that goes by that she’s not doing something for someone. She is either baking a triple batch of cookies to take to a town council meeting or crocheting a blanket for a grandchild or visiting someone who is sick.
And all the while … she prioritizes taking time to keep up with her hobbies. Hobbies and service are pretty much synonymous in my mom’s world. They’re intertwined. So while she’s constantly thinking of others, she is also feeding her creative spirit. It’s the best of both worlds – and it’s the perfect blend that I’m constantly striving for in my own life.
Oh – and that fantastic picture of my mom in the 80s? Yes, that’s a dog in her lap. And a Redskins blanket. And beautiful composition by my dad who has a gift for documenting life. Together they have cultivated a very, very good life. They are preparing to serve another mission for our Church – their 3rd one in fact. They’ll be headed to Atlanta, Georgia, in June to serve the people in that area (and the surrounding region) for a couple of years.