Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
...my arms won't be able to hold all of the angels waiting for me there! Oh what a happy day it will be when I get to meet all of those babies that I mourn for now. God has taken another baby to be with Him. I will go in for surgery in the morning. Please pray for us tomorrow....
Saturday, November 7, 2009
We have winners!!! Jennifer said that it would be impossible to pick just one so I added a runner up prize (a pattern from the shop) and she picked the winners this morning!
This is what she wrote:
Picking a winner was tough with so many great entries. I'm really impressed and inspired that all the projects were made with scraps. Very nice work, everyone!
I was especially impressed with Kelli's candy cane ornaments because she made use of the tiniest of scraps using an original design. Using a muslin foundation and the flip and stitch method she pieced together small bits of fabric and achieved a delightful result. I appreciate that this project is one both beginning the veteran sewers can enjoy and validates my personal obsession with keeping the smallest bits of fabric because "I can use them later." I'm so going to make some of these! Congrats to Kelli. She is the winner!
And because I couldn't pick just one winner from a field this strong, I picked Dawn as the runner up. (Thank you Samantha, for allowing me to pick two entries.)
I LOVE "Tom" the turkey that Dawn made completely from stash supplies. From scraps of fabric and cotton stuffing to ric-rac for his waddle, velvet ribbon for his bow tie, and a knitting needle in his neck to make his neck stand up straight, Dawn did a great job of creating a scrap turkey with personality. Great job!
Thanks for asking me to participate, Samantha. The contest entries were very inspiring."
Congratulations guys! I will email you tomorrow for details about your winnings!
Here are all of the entries ready to be judged tomorrow by the wonderful Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood ! I will announce the winner as soon as I hear from her! Good job everyone!
"I sat my little girl down with the scrap box and asked her to choose the fabrics and trims she'd like to use for her skirt. Was she ever excited! She (and I) happens to be a SisBoom fan and all of the fabrics she picked are SisBoom fabrics. We have others in the bin, but this is what she asked for. She also picked some ribbon and ric rac, and of course she finally got to put pom poms on something. She's been waiting months for that opportunity."
"This is the “Charlotte” pattern, from Children’s Corner. The Green corduroy fabric and gingham lining were scrap pieces from a dear friend who cleaned out her sewing room and gave me buckets of fabric. The momma hen, eggs, chicks, scarecrow and crow were all drawn out free-hank and cut completely out of scraps I had in my stash. I must say, this is probably the most fun I’ve had in a long time sewing. I felt like a real artist! I decided on the “chicken theme” because we had recently taken a trip to the country and my youngest daughter, Indea (4), had taken quite well to the chickens, chasing them around the coop and then to my surprise picking them up to give them “hugs.”
"It's a scrap bag and weighted pin cushion. I haven't finished the matching pattern folder cover & notion holders yet."
It was fun to go through my scrap bag and remember the things I have made this past year. I chose some scraps based on the patterns that would fit across the button, added some rick rack and then glued on a bead or two from my scrap bead jar.
The Prudent Homemaker
"For the scripture bag that I made. A tutorial should be up by tomorrow. It is made of 3 small scrap pieces of tapestry that my Mother-in-law gave me. The tassel is from some curtains that were given to me from another woman (I cut the curtains into a dress for my daughter)."
Friday, November 6, 2009
....that is exactly what I have. I have had a wonderful week since Tuesday afternoon. I have not been worried or fretful, not even weepy or sensitive, I am at peace.
I've just realised this week that in the last four years of walking through valleys I have learned a very precious lesson in faith. I used to pray for what I wanted and then pitch a fit like a mad toddler when I didn't get my way. I called asking God for what I wanted and believing that he would always give it to me "having faith"....but it's not....I've learned that having faith is being able to fully trust that He has a plan for me, and just like any father, he knows what is best for me even if it hurts. I don't have to run to him and tell him what I want, he knows the desires of my heart. Faith is being able to say "God I don't know why I'm here and I don't understand your plan, but let your Will be done....I trust you". Now of course I'm not perfect, and it took me a day or so to have enough faith to pray that prayer and mean it after the news I received on Monday, but ever since I did I have had the sweetest peace in my heart and mind.
Thank you all so much for your prayers! I have been so touched, I have an inbox full of the most beautiful comments and emails from mothers all over the world. There is no way that I will be able to thank each one of you individually, but please know that each one meant so much to me and my family. I just can't express how blessed I feel to have so many wonderful people who care about us! Thank you so so very much friends, your prayers have been so appreciated. Please continue to pray for us in the coming days. Love, Samantha
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I have been planning this post for weeks now, thinking about how much fun it was going to be.....I was going to show you my first ultrasound picture from yesterday and tell you how excited and grateful we are to be expecting another little angel, but this little one is already in trouble. We need prayer and a miracle. The doctor didn't see everything he needed to see on the ultrasound and the outcome doesn't look good. He said "the odds are stacked against us and statistically it doesn't look good" but he also said "I'm not ready to throw in the towel" and "We know God can change things".... I am so heartbroken today. I'm scheduled for another ultrasound on Tuesday, if they find what they want to see we will move on cautiously but if they don't see a change I will be scheduled for a D&C on Wednesday.
I have so many different emotions pulsing through me this morning. My heart is not at peace, I'm still struggling to find where I should stand and what I should feel. Should I prepare my heart for the heartache I know so well, or should I hang on to that shred of hope and wait for a miracle? I wish I were strong and decided on how to feel.....at least I know what I believe. I may not always be able to control or understand my feelings (especially when they are so charged with hormones) but I will always know what I believe.......I believe that no matter what happens His grace will be sufficient, I know that "all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28), and I know that He has given me a very precious gift, a beautiful family, a wonderful strong husband, three precious biological children, and more children waiting in an orphanage in Bulgaria.