Giving Thanks For Purses, Pumpkin Pancakes, and Little People
I Am Thankful
Having just celebrated Thanksgiving, I feel the need to share a few of my many blessings. So many years of my life have been spent enjoying the holidays with family, enjoying the food and traditions but not focusing on what the celebration means to me. We all experience difficult situations in our lifetime and hopefully we come out better than we went in.
1.The last few trials in my life have taught to be thankful for God’s provision and not taking a job, food, shelter or warmth for granted. When hubby and I went through a period of job loss while having to choose between repairing a leaky roof or the heating unit for our house, God taught me that the necessities and luxuries in life come from him.
2. I am thankful for the opportunity to experience motherhood. After my miscarriage, I learned not to take my children for granted. Sure, I loved them but I didn’t really grasp that it was a privileged to be their mother. They have blessed me far more than I realized. They teach me to be a better example when I see them mimicking my actions and they put me to shame when they share/show the love of Christ to others more than I do. They constantly teach me how much I need to grow in the area of patience and self-control.
3. I am incredibly thankful for God’s mercy and forgiveness. The other day, we let our children watch the movie
I Can Only Imagine. I have seen it twice but I cry Every. Single. Time. It is the story behind the song sung by MercyMe. I love how God changed the heart of this man’s abusive father and turned him into a new creature in Christ. If you have never seen this movie, watch it! Here is the song.
Last week, I shared the bodice of my daughter’s Thanksgiving dress and here is the completed dress. Those tiered panels on the skirt are not my favorite and I always underestimate the amount to time it takes to gather. But it did not disappoint in the twirl department. My daughter loved the skirt so each gather was well worth it.
And of course every dress needs a matching purse. My daughter LOVES the color orange and requested an orange purse to match. And do you see those gigantic buttons? My daughter begged for them while I was shopping for buttons one day. I think they are really tacky but bought them anyway to make her happy, never intending to actually use them on a project. Whenever I give her the button jars to pick a button for her purse she always picks one of these flower buttons. And she loves to sort and play with them while I am sewing. I guess they weren’t such a bad purchase after all. But I still don’t like them.
Handmade By My Daughter
I mentioned in a previous post that my daughter painted and stamped some fabric for a purse. It took me a while but I finally assembled the purse. I love how it turned out! Here is the front and back.
Quite colorful and fun! And she even helped sew on the button. Here is my little sewist pretending to sew on her sewing machine (otherwise known as her Fisher Price Mixer).
The top picture is a sketch that I recently did for an art challenge on Facebook. It is a great way to pass the evening instead of spending it in my cell phone browsing FB or the internet. This side view is a sketch from my library book by Pam Carriker. As you can see, I need to work on this view. It is much more difficult than the front view. That is about all the art I have been doing as of late.
Today is tea day and I am joining the T ladies over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s. I am sharing a few of my favorite tea’s from Tiesta Tea. I drink the Fruity Pebbles everyday and save the Gotta Colada and Sweet Ginger Peach for special moments when I need a retreat in a cup.
Recently, I made a yummy Gluten/Dairy free pumpkin pancake. It was delicious! It was made from my cookbook, Necessary Food: Traditional Favorites Made Healthy from Briana Thomas’s Kitchen. It has great Gluten-Free/Sugar-free recipes.
Happy Tea Day,