Friday, September 26, 2008

Latest Family Portrait

I was going to order one of these bumper stickers today, but decided to wait until the baby is born, just in case the ultrasound was wrong :) In the meantime, I had a little fun, and made it look as our family does today.

It is a dreary day in my corner of the world, but it is very comfy and warm at home (I don't mind that it is rainy and dreary! I love it!). I'm very grateful for my husband and son who are out working and learning, as me and the littlest stay here and just be cozy.

After cleaning the house this morning, I started knitting - what I won't say - as it may (or may not) be part of a Christmas gift, for someone who reads this blog :) At the same time, I'm washing some flannel material and shirts to make my little girl some winter dresses. I can't wait to share with you the finished product. I was contemplating taking pictures of the process and posting it as a tutorial, but if you do a search for "t-shirt" dress tutorial, you find plenty already on-line. So rather than slow down my process, I'll let you do the searching :) Instead of t-shirts, I purchased some nice, peasant-like, long sleeved shirts, to be sewn to the flannel. I'll just say, it should be darling, and I can't wait to see my little girl wearing them :) Next week, I may purchase some end of the season t-shirts (if there are any left), both in the size I anticipate my 2 year old daughter will be and in the size of about a 6-9 month old. Over the cold winter, I can prepare a summer wardrobe for them (and should the ultrasound be wrong, I'm sure there will be some baby girl I can gift them to). Although I'm undecided what to do for underclothes for my daughter's winter dresses (I may make bloomers, or buy stretch pants); for next summer, I definitely plan on making bloomers in coordinating (or not so coordinating - I LOVE mis-match fabrics on little girls!), since I love that look oh so much.

The other night, we had a delightful surprise. I'll let my daughter show you:

Look up in the sky!

Ironically, it was almost exactly one year ago, when a hot-air balloon landed in our front yard! We know this, because we were at a BBQ at the school last year, and didn't get to see it! The other night was the school BBQ, when this went over head.

The great thing about this, is I had one of those days on Wednesday. Overly tired from not sleeping well, as I posted. It was simply gorgeous out all day, and yet we just didn't get outside, and I was feeling quite bad about it. Afterall, the nice warm days are limited at this time of the year. We didn't go out at all, until my husband came home around 5:30 to tell us about the hot air balloon. And though we only had 45 minutes before we headed over for Wednesday night church activities, that 45 minutes was fun, and showed me that no matter what, whether it is over-eating, over-spending, spending too much doing anything but what you should, it is NEVER too late to redeem the days, with the Lord's help! Too often, I, perhaps we, are guilty of just giving up because we've blown today already. I'm learning as I grow older and grow in the Lord, that nothing is too late. With the Lord's strength, anything can be redeemed!

Here are pictures of the few blessed moments we had outside on Wednesday, for which I'm very thankful.

He is so handsome! He makes me swoon!

On the way to church, we didn't have to look hard to find where the balloon landed - it was only about a 1/4 mile from our home. One last treat before heading to church.

Oh, and about dinner that night. Thankfully we had bagels and cream cheese in the house, and we ate on the way to church :)

Have a blessed weekend seeking Jesus, and serving your family!

God bless!


Liz said...

How nice seeing a hot air balloon so close to your home! Much blessings with the sewing. Becca is learning to sew this year...I am so excited for her. I never learned how to sew and wish I could. Maybe Becca will teach me someday. I too, enjoy these rainy dreary days here...only in the fall, and winter. Not in the summer....but my little boy needs to get outside everyday to get his energy out...he loves jumping in the puddles with his boots on. Love your blog....Liz

Lara said...

I borrowed your "family portrait" idea to announce my pregnancy! I also wanted to say thanks for the "teaching them about God in public school" post. I just discovered your blog, though I can't remember how. I love it though.

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
To stay at home is best.

Weary and homesick and distressed,
They wander east, they wander west,
And are baffled and beaten and blown about
By the winds of the wilderness of doubt;
To stay at home is best.

Then stay at home, my heart, and rest;
The bird is safest in its nest;
O'er all that flutter their wings and fly
A hawk is hovering in the sky;
To stay at home is best.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow