When Nancy's staff asked me to read her book, Seams Unlikely, I was delighted to learn more about her life and the health issues she has overcome throughout her childhood.
Chapter four was the most interesting to read for me as she talked about her family life on the farm. My mom grew up on a farm, and it helped give me incite into my mother's childhood through Nancy's biography. She talked about her mother's role as the frugal farm wife, that did everything for her children and provided them with structure and love. She was not only a homemaker, but a 4-H leader and took pride in her everyday responsibilities. She helped her children learn important skills that they would carry on into their lives. Nancy stated that 4-H helped boost her confidence and the skills she obtained helped her throughout her life. Her mother would sleep at her children's footbed if they were sick so she could nurse them back to health. Nancy even expressed how her mother would can foods from their farm to sustain them through the winter months.
She learned from both parents how to budget without be taught how to budget. It was never talked about in her family. Her and her siblings just watched how their parent's would make sure they wouldn't buy anything that was going to make them go into debt. They never saw their parent's argue, and they were always raised in a loving home with high standards.
Nancy stated that being raised on a farm never allowed for boredom, they always worked side by side with their parent's, which helped them to have a close relationship. The stagger of ages in their family also helped bring different maturity levels that helped bring harmony to their home. One of her favorite days were Sunday's. That day gave them oppoturnities to visit with family or friend's. After their chores on Sunday they were able to make popcorn, drink instant Tang, and watch a TV movie. Sunday's were meant for family time and nurturing their relationships.
One of the scariest moment's was when their father had to leave from Texas to attend to his father's funeral. Her mom had to drive three children home from Texas to Wisconsin. Luckily her mom had an impression to ask a family that was traveling the same direction if they would be willing to caravan so they wouldn't be alone. You can tell that Nancy has much love and respect for her mother, and the courage her mother had to step up when she needed to. What a huge responsibility she had to take her little family home by herself, in the worst snowstorm.
I have much respect for Nancy (and her mother), and as I am still reading and finishing Seams Unlikely, I find myself to be in awe for all the obstacles and triumph's she has had in her life. I would definitely encourage you to read this book, and to be open to learn from such a courageous lady.
I have an extra copy that I want to give away, please leave an comment below and you will entered into win a copy for yourself! Comment before the 15th of February. Winner announced on February 17th!
Today kicks off the Seams Unlikely Blog Tour. Twenty-eight talented bloggers have been sent an advance copy of Seams Unlikely. Over the next two weeks each blogger will share a review of the book at their blog. Mark your calendar to click below each day and read new insights into the book. Here’s the schedule:
February 4 Nancy Zieman http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
February 5 Eileen Roche http://dzgns.com/blog/
February 5 Pat Sloan http://patsloan.typepad.com/
February 6 Melissa Stramel http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com
February 6 The Long Ladies http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/
February 6 Tori Thompson http://totallystitchin.net
February 7 Amy Barickman http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/
February 7 Melissa Mora http://mellysews.com
February 8 Shari Butler You are Here!
February 8 Vicki Christensen http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/
February 9 Carolina Moore http://alwaysexpectmoore.com
February 9 Kate Mclvor https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com/blog/
February 10 Amy Ellis http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/
February 10 Melissa Mortenson http://www.polkadotchair.com
February 11 Ilene Miller http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/
February 11 Liz Hicks http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
February 11 Rachael Pannepacker http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
February 12 Bill Gardner http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/
February 12 Elizabeth Evans http://www.simplesimonandco.com
February 13 Amy Webb http://www.amylouwhosews.com/
February 13 Lindsay Wilkes http://thecottagemama.com/blog/
February 14 Gertie Hirsch http://www.blogforbettersewing.com
February 14 Veronica Philips http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/
February 15 Jenny Gabriel http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com
February 15 Laura Wasilowski http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
February 16 Frieda Anderson http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
February 16 Rita Farro http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com
February 17 Cindy Cloward http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
February 17 Joan Hawley http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
February 17 Patty Young http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com
February 18 Nancy Zieman http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/