My First Quilt

I started quilting in the summer of 1999, the quilting bug bit me good.  At that time I was VERY into rubberstamping.  I have a dear sister friend, Ms. Sarah Kate, who at the time was interested in my hobby.  So, one afternoon, she and her two littles, at the time, came on over and we set to stamping!  It was fun on overdrive.  When it was time for her to go home and get supper started, she invited me over for a quilting lesson the next week.  Well, I thought I’d never be able to figure it out, but we’d had such a good time that afternoon, what could it hurt?  Hehehe…. little did I know!!!  Seriously, stop and laugh here!  The next week I took my two littles, at the time(the one in the oven, too ๐Ÿ˜‰  ), and headed on over not knowing what to expect.  I was in wonder at her quilts, and at that time she was even selling to a gallery in Chicago.  HOW would I ever learn to DO that?  Weirdest thing happened…she pulled out a piece of paper.  Then she told me I was going to sew the fabric to the paper, and that would make a quilt block? Really?  I had seen my grandmothers and great-grandmothers quilt, and that was NOT how they did it.  But since I knew nothing, and it looked like she did, I decided to trust her. ๐Ÿ™‚  Ever so glad I did.

Paper piecing was a perfect way for a young mom to learn to quilt.  It required no math, even though I thoroughly enjoy that aspect of the process now, when your about brain dead from pregnancy and preschoolers, it’s kind of nice to just enjoy the creative process, without too much critical thinking. ๐Ÿ˜‰

She kindly sent me home with patterns and fabric.  Sarah Kate, have I ever said, “Thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart.”? 

Well, it wasn’t long(read *within the next two days) before I was out buying fabric, and I haven’t stopped yet!  Hehehehe…..

And, so, within a couple of weeks, I had made my first quilt… and it is entirely paper pieced, borders included. Lol  This quilt has been loved, washed, dried, thrown up on and I don’t even want to know what else…  So, the colors are a little faded, and my color choices certainly have changed, but here it is…

And the girl I made it for “then”…

And “now”….

My sweet Bonnie Love!  Who just happened to turn 13 last week.  Oh, how time goes by…

What Homeschooling Looks Like…..on a good day

I get lots of questions about homeschooling. While it’s becoming more popular and socially acceptable, many are still baffled by the whole concept. We home school for many reasons, too many to get into on what is supposed to be a “light-hearted” blog. I will share a verse, though, that completely corresponds to the title of this blog.

“Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”
Psalm 37:3
(emphasis mine)
๏ปฟAs a homeschooling mom, that’s what I’m working toward, hoping and trusting God for. I fail so many times, but He is faithful to take my mistakes and turn them for His good. Really if you’ve got time today, and your wondering what God has for you, I’d encourage you to read all of Psalm 37. In my Bible, I have written at the top of the chapter “God’s job description for me.”  Here’s a picture of my Psalm 37.
Obviously, by the underlining and markings, this speaks to me. If you let it, it will speak to you, too.
Oh, yes! Homeschooling….chased a rabbit there, didn’t I?  Well, I do come from a long line of hunters. ๐Ÿ˜‰
One thing I love about homeschooling is that I get experience most, if not all, of my children’s first.  Especially sweet is the light in their eyes as the decoding of letters and sounds evolves into reading.  Just this morning Little Guy was having his reading lesson, and missed a word, he gets frustrated when he is not successful on the first try sometimes.
  This is the face of the child who rubbed his head and said, “I think I’ve just had too much sugar, this morning.” Lol!  Wonder where he’s heard that before?!

And this is the moment I get to encourage him, that we all make mistakes, and you just gotta keep trying.

He said some more funny things, but I think I’ll save those for a later post, as I will need permission to quote from another blog, for you to get the joke. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you have the best day!  I’m off to enjoy my VERY blessed life. ๐Ÿ™‚  Thank You, Jesus!!!

*If you’ve been following the blog, this week, you are probably thinking, “Boy, this chick is all over the place!”  You would be right.  Welcome to my life.  It’s a roller coaster around here, might as well hang on and enjoy the ride. ;))

Where Has it Gone!?! (installment one, it’s getting long! Lol)

Where has it gone? October, that is…  This month has been a roller coaster, highs and lows, firsts and lasts.  I’ll try to catch you up on the highs and firsts, and since this blog is meant to be encouraging, we’ll leave out the lows and lasts.  ;p

Goodness where to start?  I’m not promising these are in any kind of order, but they did all happen in October. :))

Day one, I got to go to the airport and check the arrival board

AND……use the award winning restroom!  Lol.  If you’re ever in the Fort Smith airport, be sure not to miss it.  Hehehehe.  After all, I’m sure it’s on your bucket list,  “Use an award winning restroom.” 
Picked up my sweet Honey, and we headed to Market Place for lunch.  Since she had never had it we ordered the Flaming Queso! 
No, this is not my Honey, it’s me, she’s taking the picture.  Really it’s supposed to be a picture of the queso, I just happen to be in the way. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Later that day we got to cuddle a Little Bug! ๐Ÿ™‚
This child has stolen my heart!  I love being her aunt, and cannot wait until she is old enough to come and stay for the week.  I have plans to spoil her rotten! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Alas, the day was not over, we had a birthday to celebrate!
Happy Birthday, Little Guy!  For the first time in sixteen years, I am driving the “lamest car in the world”(inside joke, leave a comment and I’ll share ๐Ÿ˜‰  ), with no carseat.  The first day this happened I posted it as my status on Facebook, with the tag, “I don’t know whether to cry or jump for joy.”  The consensus was JUMP!!
My sweet Brother and Sister In Love, did just happen to come along with Little Bug

El Lorito’s, the perfect ending, to a perfect day!

More to come!
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