Life in General, Quilting Projects

A Quilt for ……..One Heck of a Fighter

Oh, a few months ago, give or take, someone that is dear to the heart of someone who is dear to my heart was diagnosed with the dreaded and hated, it will never happen to my child Cancer. Just a little guy, only 7 or 8, who now has a long road of recovery before him. He’s not the first child to be diagnosed as there are thousands plus of children who are diagnosed with cancer in any given year and as such, he will not be the last. The numbers are heartbreaking, but rates of survival increase with each year. No matter how many times I hear of a childhood cancer diagnosis, the news doesn’t get easier to bear. However, until such news is knocking on your own backdoor or within your personal circle, it seems so distant and unreal.

Upon learning of this little boys’ diagnosis, I cried for days and will continue to pray for him and his family. I wanted to do something for him that would let him and his family know that he and his family are in the prayers of many people. There wasn’t much I could do by way of money, but I could take the time and supplies I have on hand to make him a quilt. The other day, I finished it and it got delivered to the awesome little fighter it was made for.

Here is the finished product:

In the midst of such trials in our lives, people begin to question God. It seems unfair for this type of heartbreak to happen. We don’t understand, may never understand, but God’s plan is way greater than what the human mind can ever fathom. He’s a loving God who, through every trial we face, is there to be the strength that gets us through, the heart that doesn’t give up, and the love that carries us when we can’t seem to carry ourselves any longer. We only have to let Him know of our pains, heartaches, worries, fears, and weaknesses. We have to trust in Him and have Faith that He is working for us during these times.

The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health. – Psalm 41:3

God is the true healer of all illness. So, please pray for this little guy to be healed and to provide needed strength to his family during this time.

I hope you all have a blessed day.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Exciting & Fun Creations, Life in General

Fun Photo Friday: Come and Gone

Giminy Crickets! I am late posting the fun photo for this past week.

Please forgive me for my absence. I have not been in the best of moods of late which has resulted in very minimal posts from me.

However, I meant to post a photo for Friday, but time just got away from me.

But, I guess it’s better late than never.

Fun Photo Friday: Sewing

My mother-in-law has been sewing since she was a young girl. She taught all of her children the basics of sewing — much applause to her and my father-in-law for raising such wonderful children. They even made a career out of her talent and have owned a sewing shop for more years than my husband and I have been together. A few years ago I made my first quilt with her teaching me. And now, quilting is a hobby that I enjoy very much (when I have time). This week’s photo focuses on my own daughter learning to sew. Just out of nowhere she came to me and said, “Mommy, will you teach me to sew a quilt?”

And lo, we now have a budding quilter in the house. As a quilter, I have a ton of fabric scraps that I’ve saved from quilts I’ve completed over the years. A quilter never gets rid of their stash! My daughter and I gathered some of the scraps (piece sizes vary — all different shapes and sizes) so she could start creating her very first masterpiece. Throughout the time that she has been practicing (today was the first day), she has sewn together quite a few pieces. A few times she got a little down because she messed up, but not completely out. I just reassured her that we all makes mistakes, mess up, have to restitch, and get crooked but we just fix it as best we can and keep moving along. I am by no means proficient at quilting as I have much to learn, but I am able to teach her the little that I know and maybe grandma can teach her what she knows, too.

All in all, I’d say we’re off to a pretty great start 🙂

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Daily Encourgement, Life in General, Motherhood, Wifehood

Happiness – 101 Simple Things

Happiness is what we all search for. We look for it in everything we do, everyone we meet, and everywhere we go. Scale Simple created her own and is asking for other bloggers to create their own lists of 101 happiness’s in their lives.

Happiness 101 Simple Things Challenge rules…

  • Write 101 Simple things that make you happy

  • Tag 5 bloggers who you would like to invite to take part in this challenge

  • Mention ScaleSimple in your post!


101 Simple things that bring me happiness…Pretty much everything under the sun, but I shall credit each one individually 🙂

  1. Happiness is…Sunday Mass
  2. Happiness is…Wednesday Mass
  3. Happiness is…ONLY the very first fresh fallen snow of the year (i hate winter, but that first snowfall is beautiful)
  4. Happiness is…the first cries of a newborn baby
  5. Happiness is…glasses that help me to see the world clearly
  6. Happiness is…cool, crisp Dr. Pepper 
  7. Happiness is…smell of bacon in the morning
  8. Happiness is…squeals of a happy toddler
  9. Happiness is…mutters of an aggravated teenager
  10. Happiness is…the smell of my husband 
  11. Happiness is…curling up with a good love story minus the in-depth sexual details….Nicholas Sparks is my fav!
  12. Happiness is…the first rays of the morning sun….such a peace it brings
  13. Happiness is…loud crashes of thunder
  14. Happiness is…the smell of lilacs
  15. Happiness is…whines and complaints of my pre-teen boys
  16. Happiness is…watching my little girls conversate with one another….it’s quite entertaining.
  17. Happiness is…sleeping with my fan. every night.
  18. Happiness is…camping in a tent on a stormy night.
  19. Happiness is…the neighbor kids over to play in the sprinkler.
  20. Happiness is….noticeable improvements in myself and my loved ones.
  21. Happiness is…my daddy’s devilish grin.
  22. Happiness is…my mama’s cooking.
  23. Happiness is…getting together with my sisters, feeling almost like kids again.
  24. Happiness is…snuggling with my hunny bunny.
  25. Happiness is…my hair straightener on date nights.
  26. Happiness is…hosting a social gathering of friends/family in the backyard.
  27. Happiness is…my neighbors.
  28. Happiness is…God’s presence in our home.
  29. Happiness is…my husband being able to get home each night versus the once-a-week that it used to be.
  30. Happiness is…soft breezes.
  31. Happiness is…chirping grasshoppers.
  32. Happiness is…singing birds.
  33. Happiness is…croaking frogs.
  34. Happiness is…my favorite flip-flops.
  35. Happiness is…creating a quilt.
  36. Happiness is…putting the last stitch in the quilt.
  37. Happiness is…being on the water, near the water, or in the water (bathtub excluded)
  38. Happiness is…a 5-10 minute soak in the hottest bath I can stand.
  39. Happiness is…watching reruns of my favorite romantic movies.
  40. Happiness is…memories of my children as babies.
  41. Happiness is…memories of family vacays as well as the stolen getaways with just my hubby.
  42. Happiness is…the sights of a horse (wild or not) running freely, its’ mane flowing carelessly in the wind.
  43. Happiness is…having conversation with the pastor at my church.
  44. Happiness is…listening to stories of older generations.
  45. Happiness is…snuggling all night with a sick child. if you’re a mom then you will understand the reasoning behind this one.
  46. Happiness is…childhood memories.
  47. Happiness is…traveling.
  48. Happiness is…the beautiful flowers blooming in my yard.
  49. Happiness is…celebrations of any kind.
  50. Happiness is…giving to others without expectation of a return.
  51. Happiness is…lots and lots of laughter from adult and child alike.
  52. Happiness is…encouraging others in their own lives.
  53. Happiness is…Christmas, Easter, and the 4th of July.
  54. Happiness is…red hair dye.
  55. Happiness is…getting all dolled up for a night out with my favorite guy.
  56. Happiness is…one on one time with each of my children.
  57. Happiness is…Red Lobster.
  58. Happiness is…the color purple.
  59. Happiness is…witnessing someone in their enjoyments.
  60. Happiness is…the colors of summer.
  61. Happiness is…the feels of summer.
  62. Happiness is…the sounds of summer.
  63. Happiness is…the smells of summer.
  64. Happiness is…summer.
  65. Happiness is…freeze pops on a super hot day.
  66. Happiness is…capturing life’s joys through my photo lens.
  67. Happiness is…walking barefoot through a mud puddle after a heavy rain.
  68. Happiness is…falling asleep in the car as my husband drives down the road.
  69. Happiness is…to watch my children try and try and try until they succeed.
  70. Happiness is…seeing my husband pull into the drive in the evenings, even more so if he’s home early.
  71. Happiness is…heart to heart conversations with my loved ones.
  72. Happiness is…watching my children grow and change.
  73. Happiness is…the sauciness and know-it-all attitude of my 4 year old (once they reach 10+ that same attitude is aggravating).
  74. Happiness is…watching my son interact with his girlfriend.
  75. Happiness is…the day my son gets back home from his dad’s.
  76. Happiness is…playing backyard games with my kiddos.
  77. Happiness is…working together as family to accomplish our goals.
  78. Happiness is…sleeping in.
  79. Happiness is…writing in my journal or on my blog.
  80. Happiness is…the smells of rain.
  81. Happiness is…putting together a puzzle.
  82. Happiness is…perusing the fabrics in a fabric store.
  83. Happiness is…meaningful tattoos.
  84. Happiness is…sitting in peaceful silence every so often.
  85. Happiness is…watching the sun rise or set.
  86. Happiness is…catching a fish.
  87. Happiness is…winning at pull-tabs.
  88. Happiness is…chances to be creative.
  89. Happiness is…adding something new to or making a change in decor.
  90. Happiness is…the smell of clean laundry.
  91. Happiness is…reading my girls their favorite story.
  92. Happiness is…saying nighttime prayers with all the kids.
  93. Happiness is…singing my girls their only, most favorite, not anything else but this one song: Down in the Valley.
  94. Happiness is…George Strait on the radio/cd player
  95. Happiness is…thoughts of love, kindness, and encouragement.
  96. Happiness is…reading my daily devotionals.
  97. Happiness is…family prayer time.
  98. Happiness is…prayer by myself.
  99. Happiness is…taking the kids to the waterpark.
  100. Happiness is…relaxing on a blanket under my favorite shade tree watching my children play.
  101. Happiness is…babies, babies, babies.

 

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Can you name 101 simple things that bring you happiness in your life?

I challenge…

  1. The Richness of a Simple Life
  2. Shell’s Shizzle
  3. From Emma With Love
  4. Miss Mae’s Days
  5. Just Add Grace
Daily Encourgement, Life in General, Motherhood, Wifehood

Coming Soon

Hey y’all. I hope everyone is having a marvelous day!

With all the changes occurring in my life, I would like to start making a designated post for each day. These posts will consists of different things from throughout that particular day. For instance, Meaningful Monday will focus on all the meaningful things that happened in my life, the life of my family or how something contributed to my life or that of my family most recently.

The following shows the name of each of the seven days. I am hoping to spice up my routine a little bit and draw more readers. If you already follow me I hope you continue to do so. If you don’t please join…things here will hopefully be a source of entertainment and encouragement for you.

Here goes it:

  • Meaningful Monday
  • Testimony Tuesday
  • Whatever Wednesday
  • Thankful Thursday
  • Fun Photo Friday
  • Scrabble Saturday
  • Lord’s Day Sunday

Beings we are a Christian family, Sunday will be more of a day for religious focus. However, each day will include some faith and God-centered appreciations.

As I said, if you follow me now, tag along with me. If you don’t then I hope you join.

Quilting Projects

A Quilting Project

I am starting a new quilting project for donation. I think I have someone in mind, but if not for the person I am thinking then just to donate to a local hospital or shelter. If you’ve been reading any of my posts, then you know that I am faithfully trying to find some way to give. I have prayed and prayed and prayed about it and have found that this is something that I can do. As we learn through our faith, we are encouraged to give…..give to the sick, give to the needy, and give to the elderly. I pray that this will bring a measure of cheer, a beautiful smile, or an ounce of strength to a young child that is hurting, lonely, or scared.

Keep in mind, this is only the beginning. I have already cut most of the pieces (still have some cutting to do). Shown picture of the right above, I have put together a row of three. I will be adding 3-5 more rows. As I said, it’s going to be for a child, so I’m making only a crib/toddler size quilt.

Life in General

Things to Accomplish in May

May is quickly approaching which means Mother’s Day, birthdays, end of the school year & graduations, upcoming summer vacation, upcoming change in my work schedule, and did I mention summer?!?

Beings that summer is MY MOST FAVORITE season of the year, I have decided to set some goals for May to get the summer off to a wonderful start.

First Goal: A March for Babies walk and a week later, A Walk to Cure Arthritis.

  • This is pretty cut and dried. It’s a 3 mile walk and I walk that most days in the summer so I’m pretty comfortable with this goal.

Second Goal: get a reunion BBQ planned that’s scheduled for the middle of May.

  • make the guest list  √check
  • clean the yard and house
  • decide a menu
  • music or no?
  • BBQ will be pretty laid-back so no fancy planning as far as venue, dress, etc. etc

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Third Goal: do some volunteering at the hospital as well as donate some items such as a quilt or blanket. I am currently waiting to hear back from the Volunteer Coordinator.

  • gather information  √check
  • pinpoint what I’d like to do
  • gather needed supplies for choice volunteer activity
  • set up dates and times

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Fourth Goal: I am the process of making one quilt, but by the end of May, I would like have 2 or 3 quilts completed. I have about 5 quilts that I have bought the material for, but haven’t started.

  • decide on patterns  √check
  • gather needed materials  √check
  • set times aside each day to work on the projects
  • step-by-step process: cutting, ironing, sewing, ironing, so on and so forth

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Fifth Goal: Spend some time getting to know my neighbor.

  • set up a play date for the kids
  • invite her family over for BBQ

All of this sounds pretty easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy, right?

But with 6 children in the house, although attainable the goals are, we will stop at 5 just so I’m not taking on too much at a time beings I still have a month of home-school left as well as my job (only part-time). Plus, my older children have schedules to keep so I have to sometimes drop what I’m doing to meet their schedules. It’s okay though, cuz they are definitely worth it ♥