Friday, April 22, 2011

Sewing an Easter Dress

My 16 year old daughter has been bitten by the sewing bug! Waaa hoo!!! I love it!  We have had fun together looking at fabric and patterns.  She has made a few bags and wallets but today she made her first garment virtually all by herself!!!!!!! I stood by for support and answered questions but she did the actual sewing for the most part. I only helped with serging the edges to give it a nice finished look.  We chose the Jamie pattern by Jennifer Panganelli of Sis Boom.
We also decided to link up to our first sew along with Sew Sweetness who picked this great dress pattern from Sis Boom.   We got our dress posted on the sew along site literally 3 minutes before it closed. I think it turned out GREAT!  We are already planning our next project with the Jamie dress pattern.

My daughter modeling the dress she sewed.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Have you sewn up the curtain?

I was listening to Nancy Leigh DeMoss this morning on the radio program Revive Our Hearts. ( I listen everyday...I love this program! You can listen here!) Nancy has been doing a series during the weeks that lead up to Easter on the Incomparable Christ.

 Today she was talking about the miracles of Calvary.  I was fascinated with what she said especially about the veil being torn.  Being a sewing enthusiast and a fabric lover, I was in awe as she described the veil and the embroidery that was on it and the thickness of it. Go here and read or listen to the desription. It is fascinating!  I know that I studied this in seminary, but I must have missed some of the details about the veil.  I just thought it was a heavy velvet like fabric but it was very obviously NO ORDINARY fabric.  Don't you love the fact that God's Word is living and there is always something new and fresh that you never noticed before?  I knew all about the veil being torn and what it meant but thinking about how Nancy taught on this subject today was very thought provoking.

  She went on to say that there is a tradition that says the priests sewed up the curtain and continued on as if nothing happened. Nancy Leigh DeMoss says, "if you're still trying to earn God's favor though your own sacrifice and good behavior . . . . then you're living like you've sewn up that curtain, as though no world-shaking event had ever taken place."  Nancy asks the question "Is that how we live? Have we sewn up the curtain as if nothing happened?".
We have access to the Father through Jesus.  Why do we put up barriers or sew the curtain back up, so to speak?  I am so thankful for what was done on Calvary for my behalf.  I know that there are times in my own life when I sew that curtain back up and act as if I can somehow earn God's favor through the way I serve, act,  sacrifice my time, etc.  Jesus said on the cross "It is finished."  So if we have sewn up the veil then we need to realize that God's Word is sharper than any two-edged sword (or seam ripper for that matter) and rip out where we stitched up the veil. We can enter by the blood of the Lamb! I love this song by the group TRUTH.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Senior Prom

Yesterday was one of those "Hit the floor running!" kind of days.  Non-stop activity. 2 major events falling on the same day.  We had an important family event early in the day that I had been looking forward to for some time.  It involved a monumental experience that surrounded the family plantation home that was part of my family for almost 100 years. You can read about it over at my other blog, the Legacy of Laurelwood.  The second big event was my son's senior prom.  We left the plantation just in time to get to the State House for prom pictures.  We live only a few miles from the State House and each year for prom the kids flock there to have pictures made.
My son and me!
The wind had picked up and it felt like a storm was blowing in but the pictures turned out ok.
Like father like son....Both handsome!!!!!!!
Most of the spring blooms had already peaked but we did find a few spots with pretty flowers.
My son and his beautiful date!
My son and his date have been friends for quite a while now.  You could not find two more committed christian high schoolers anywhere! I am so impressed with the spiritual maturity of these kids and I just can't wait to see how God will direct their paths in the future.  They both are exemplary role models to their peers. They each are involved in ministering to the homeless in our area as well as leading in our church's Youth praise band.  Below is a picture of my oldest daughter with her brother.  They are 3 years apart.  When he was born she asked if we could put him in the stroller and roll him out the door and back to where he came from!!!!  Poor thing! It's tough being the oldest out of 5.
My son with his big sister!
Here is my son with his other sister. Many people ask me if they are twins. They are only 20 months apart.
Big brother & little sister!
Here are all the children together with their brother and his date. The little brothers were doing their best to tease and be silly.
My son and his date with his sisters and his little brothers.
OK, so my youngest had been good ALL day, bless his heart!  But when we finally got towards the end of the evening he just couldn't take it any more and started the teasing and the poking and the getting in his siblings space. You know what I'm talking about.  So he and his Daddy had to start a little rough housing to burn off some energy.
My husband and our youngest child goofing off!
Me and "The Cuteness" daughter #2. We love our pearls!
My day finally ended about 1:00 this morning.  I am tired but had a great day of making lots of memories. I only had one catastrophe. I dropped the Texas sheet cake in the middle of the floor, but instead of crying I said "Get a spoon"!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Farmville and Edventure!

My oldest child has the BEST job!  She gets paid to play and have fun with kids!!!!
My oldest child at work
 When they have cool exhibits, she gets to help out with them too!  Like this Farmville exhibit that they had today.  We were able to check it out for a bit and really enjoyed ourselves.  We got to see some interesting farm animals, like this Scottish highland's long haired cow. No it is not a Yak or an Ox. It is just a long haired cow.
My oldest child and a scottish highlands long haired cow
  I bet he was wishing he was in the scottish highlands today because it was pretty warm here in the south! He was panting so hard that I felt sorry for him.
My middle child
 We were able to pet some goats and llama's and cows.
My youngest child
 Then we planted some seeds and learned about local agriculture.
 Even got to hand crank an old mill that takes the corn off of the cob.
 Saw an old grist mill work and separate the corn meal from the grits and the chicken scratch.

A 1920's grist mill at work
My two lovely daughters!
 The strawberries are coming in and we got to sample some with some cream. Yummy!
My son and one of his best buddies
 We even got to hold some baby chicks and bunnies.

Had a great day enjoying some fun and sunshine!

Relay for Life

I was impressed with the town of Orangeburg Sc last night.  They came out and rallied together in full force to fight the battle with cancer.  We went over to Orangeburg because our son was performing with a christian band that was playing during the event.  It was a perfect night for an outdoor concert.
 I was so encouraged by the atmosphere of the evening.  There were thousands of people but the atmosphere was reverent and respectful with an evening that provided encouragement and hope.
My husband in the peachy shirt getting his candle lit
 We lit candles during the ceremony and everyone was encouraged to walk around the track one time while holding their lit candles.  It was beautiful and very moving.
 I thought of my father, who lost the battle with cancer in 1995. I also reflected on close friends that I have had that have lost the battle as well.  In front of where we were standing was a section of seats that were reserved for cancer survivors.  The section was full of people of all ages and all walks of life.  Cancer is no discriminator of persons.
My oldest son
 I was so proud of my son who uses his gifts and talents to honor and serve God.
My son playing with "True Vine"
The group "True Vine" gave an inspiring concert of songs each filled with messages of hope. Our son is playing the electric guitar on the right.