Levi woke up around 5 this morning, but I was able to get him back to sleep (hallelujah!). I knew I wouldn't be able to go back to sleep so I thought I'd share a few of my new spring items with you! Also....there's a coupon code if you make it to the end ;)
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Over the last month I've branched out and taken on some different sewing projects. One was for church banners for Advent (yes, I did say Advent). One of our pastors at church is creating the Advent banner ideas for next Advent and asked if I'd help do some sewing. I really didn't do that much, but here's an example of what I did. It'd been a long time since I'd appliqued. This is just a part of a series of 6 banners that were created.
The next sewing endeavor I have started has been more of a chore. I rarely dread sewing, but this is not something I've been looking forward to. We were given a patio table with 6 chairs. The chairs are deteriorating and either need to be thrown out or have the seats replaced. Well, thanks to my friend YouTube, I saw that I can replace the sling fabric in the chairs for much cheaper than replacing the chairs. The sewing part looks easy. Putting the sling back into the chairs and getting the proper tension seems like a daunting task! I'm a pretty determined person. I will get this done...I will get this done....I think I can, I think I can :)
Close to five years ago, the pastor at our church challenged us to read the entire Bible in a year using a book called Seasons of Reflection. This book breaks down the Bible into 365 daily readings. Each day there's an Old Testament, New Testament, and selection from either Psalms or Proverbs to read. There's roughly 2 1/2 pages to read each day, which is pretty doable! I put off reading this book for several years, but this year decided to finally take the challenge of reading the entire Bible over the course of a year. I put the book on my desk so that I see it every day. I really don't want to get behind! I think the summer will be a challenge because of traveling.
I'm not saying all this to brag on myself or anything. I've just been wanting to share a few observations I've made in the past 2 months of my readings:
1. The Old Testament is so boring to me. I think there were 3 or 4 days straight of giving every intricate detail of the materials used to build a tabernacle and the ark of the covenant. Also there are the pages of genealogy given in many chapters. Those details just don't interest me at all. The Old Testament is a struggle for me to read most days.
2. There have been 2 Sundays in a row that my New Testament reading was the exact same reading we did in Sunday School (a completely different study, not connected to my Bible reading book)! So odd! I can't quite wrap my mind around how the readings lined up twice in a row.
3. Reading the entire Bible is a goal that I'd like to achieve. I also just want to be more knowledgeable about the Bible. Even though I went to a Christian high school and college, I really don't feel like I know much about the Bible. Maybe I should have paid more attention in class and chapel....oooops.... :)
After church on Sunday, Levi was running outside through our rows of trees (which haven't and may not change this fall). It reminded me of the line in a favorite old hymn "How Great Thou Art" I thought the rendition shared below was perfect. "When through the woods, and forest glades I wander, And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees."
We're thankful for the warm weather allowing us to be outside more than usual for this time of year. October is one of those really busy months, something going on every weekend, but fun things!
The first weekend in October was the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, which I always look forward to. This year did not disappoint! It was a wonderful weekend. My sister and I spent time at the auction on Saturday. It's somewhat embarrassing to admit, but I sometimes get emotional watching people bid on items, knowing that the proceeds will benefit MCC and their efforts all over the world.
The rest our weekends in October have and will be spent catching up with family and friends and reunions and apple butter making.
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I also added a several items to the SALE section of my shop yesterday (including the skirt, pictured)!
Wow, it's July! To say that June was busy would be an understatement. We crammed vacation, church camp, neighborhood yard sale, Bible School, etc, etc.....all the summer fun...into one month. I finally feel like things are slowing down a little bit activity wise, but our garden is not slowing down so that's continually keeping us busy. This is the first year since Levi's been born that we've been able to manage the weeds in our garden. He has his "area" that he works in (he's digging a giant hole) while we weed the garden. Levi also "helps" us pick raspberries....most go in his mouth. Here's a little look at our summer and some of the items I've been working on for my shop.
Two favorite hymns sung by David Crowder. Banjos and old hymns for the win :) I couldn't find an official video, but I found this.
Lately, I've been thankful for...
those fighting the forest fire near our house. Also, I am thankful for the volunteers in our town who are feeding the firefighters regularly.
songs that come on at just the right time
our little forest and the love of playing in the dirt.
I've been a long time follower of Nickel Creek (when they have been together and apart and together again). Somehow I missed this Sara Watkins song from a couple years ago. It came up on my Google Play radio this morning! Love it... had to share