Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I have a dear friend that has grandchildren far away, like mine are. They should be arriving at her house-with their parents- either this afternoon or tomorrow. She has a cute, cute granddaughter, Milea (named before the Obama's moved to Washington) and a new grandson, Lincoln. I wanted something special for her to wear while they are here. That way, long after the children are gone, there will be memories of their visit each time she pulls out the apron.
This cute apron is made of cotton fabric with a delightful collection of children's faces. The neck strap has 3 button holes to make it adjustable for someone short or tall. The waist ties are long--92inches from the tip of one tie to the tip of the other--so it can be comfortably tied in back or brought back around and tied in front. There are 2 pockets on the skirt that are highlighted with red piping. Red piping is also featured around the bodice of the apron. The lined top features custom machine embroidery with an appliqued cupcake.
How fortunate you are if you have grandchildren close by! My grandchildren have wonderful parents that take full advantage of modern technology to keep us 'plugged in' to our 7 grandchildren's lives. It seems they've been talking on cell phones since they were babies--and I'm so very grateful. "When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee,which dwelt first in thy grandmother, Lois. . . ." ITimothy 1:5a
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I recently had a customer contact me with a request I'd not done before. She wanted towels customized for each of her children's pets. When they go outside, many times, they come back with wet or muddy feet and she wanted something that could be kept by the door for a quick clean up.
Friday, December 11, 2009
She and Uncle Donnie always gave just the right present for birthdays & Christmas. My favorite had to have been the white soft, bulky knit sweaters I got for Christmas. I felt like a princess wearing them! They had no children until I was finishing the 8th grade. What a delight for them to have Nancy and quickly thereafter, David came along. I was fortunate to be able to go and 'help' for a week after their children were born. My 'payment' was a paisley soft side suitcase! 40 years later, I still have it! Today it's filled with the first blankets & special outfits from my 4 children.
In her 40's, Auntie Bev was diagnosed with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. Even that difficulty didn't slow her down. She got a scooter when she could no longer walk & worked in the continuing education dept. of her town's school. Now, though, Uncle Donnie is gone and she needs significant care. She has her own apartment, but has several care givers that come to help with her various needs. She asked if I could make some towels to go with their Christmas/New Year bonus. I was so thankful she asked! I laughed through the making of them thinking of how she would take on over each one. I could hear her voice--in my mind--saying "Hand over the chocolate--and no one gets hurt."
I loved doing these for her and already have it on my caledar to do some more in the spring! I am so very thankful that God ordered my life in such a way that she was a great part of it. When I read Proverbs 17:22 "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones." I think of her example of a merry heart and am so thankful I've had it to have it to enjoy!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
"Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever." Psalm 106:1
Well, it's Dec.1 and the holiday season is here. Yet, this year, I long to linger a bit in a season of thankfulness to the Lord. It seems each year neighbors have their lights up earlier; stores have out Christmas displays sooner --and rather than seeming organized and prompt it seems to me that people are in a hurry to get past thanking anyone and let's 'get right on to the feasting and bring me the presents!'
Don't get me wrong--I love the bonding time of family feasts and I love giving presents. While there's nothing I lack, I enjoy opening surprises as much as anyone. But this year, I'm keenly aware of the enormity of my need to be grateful to a merciful, holy God because without Him, I would have no being; without His mercy, I would be in a most deplorable state. I'm kind of a slow thinker sometimes, but it seems that rather than rushing Christmas, I'd like to move Thanksgiving to a place on the calendar that would give us more time to ponder God's goodness to us. I know, it's a most unpractical idea--it will never happen but perhaps the shortness of the "thankful season" will cause me to extend it into the early days of next year. I hope so.
Oh, LORD, help me to daily focus on your goodness to me. Help me to see things, experiences and people that cross my path as from Your Hand trusting that You alone know exactly what I need. Because of Christ,