Thursday, March 26, 2015

Do you Apologize to your Children?

     So, as I sit down to write this I've prayed over what to say and how to say it. Hoping that is all comes out right and can be understood. The question is...Do you apologize to your children? I know I'm not the only mama out there that had a baby up most of the night, the alarm didn't go off, you forgot to prep your child's lunch the night before so now you are even later than you could have been because you have to take the time to fix it. Things spun out of control at work or home the rest of the day and when the evening comes you are so beyond frustrated out it comes.....harsh words to our kids. I've lashed out many times before, it's like you just snap and it can't be controlled. You know what? It's ok! We all have bad days, you're doing a terrific job, Mama! Don't let it ruin you! It's what we do during the next few moments that I as a parent have come to view as extremely important and necessary! I stop what I am doing and I pull Zoe into my arms, I hug her and tell her "I have had a bad day. Everyone has bad days, I am sorry that I fussed at you for....Will you please forgive me?" I believe it is pertinent that she hears me apologize during these situations not only for myself but for her. I'm reminded of Ephesians 4:32 "Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you because you belong in Christ." So take a moment to let them know you are having a bad day, apologize. You will be amazed at the relief you feel and the love they shower over you. Set the example for them.

     It is important to us that Zoe and Pennie Jo be given a firm foundation in Christ as they grow so they can make their own choices and see the world hopefully through the eyes of Jesus. I know the innocence will fade as they grow but if rooted in the word I pray they will  grow to be beautiful young daughters of the King. With this being said, this is why I believe it is important for us to apologize to our children when things happen and for them to see us apologize to others if the occasion arises. It is very rare for my husband and I to disagree in front of them, we will usually wait til they are in bed to discuss things. However, each time it has happened we make sure they see us apologize to one another and hear us make amends. They learn so much by watching and listening to us, let's make sure we are setting a good example for them to follow in.  It's ok to have bad days, it is how we react and overcome them that our children will see and imitate.

     You are doing a great job, Mama...Don't give up if you have a bad day, you are not a failure...you are human! God showers us with his grace and love, bask in it then show your children the same love!

Friday, March 6, 2015

5 Love Languages

     My husband and I are leading ( I say this loosely as I feel we are just hosting and God is moving through us) a 5 Love Languages group with the most amazing 5 couples. Everyone has been putting forth such effort to read and learn from these chapters so far.  We are diving in to each love language now and over the next few weeks we will be actively trying to learn our spouses love language in order to help develop a deeper intimacy with our spouse. I know from speaking to everyone we are all in different seasons of marriage; some have children, some have newborns, others are expecting and we have all been through our share of trials an adventures. So each are taking away some new tidbit of information to put forth in their marriage to strengthen and renew that lost "love" feeling.
    Throughout the past weeks we have issued a challenge to the couples. The first week was to sit and talk with no children, phones or interruptions for 5 solid minutes.(For Quality Time Love Language) This may not seem like a lot of time but for some it was, if you have lost that connection and communication with your spouse it is hard to talk about your desires, hurts, work or anything in general. I was so excited to hear that some made it through the 5 minutes fairly easily and others ended up talking for hours. It is easy to get swept up in daily life and forget that you married your best friend for a reason!
     The second challenge was to spend 1 minute in some type of loving physical contact.  (Physical Touch Love Language) Some chose a hug, kissing, hand holding, some even took a nap together which I find perfectly sweet because you need refreshment sometimes and what a great way to embrace and rest!
     This week's challenge is to surprise your spouse with a special gift. (Receiving Gifts Love Language) It doesn't have to be expensive just something thoughtful to let them know you are thinking of them and willing to apply things that are being learned through this study. Although everyone may not be one of these languages we felt it was important to hit on each one because your spouse may be that language and you will need to learn to speak your spouses love language in order to deepen your relationship and intimacy. I am anxious to hear what everyone does for their spouse and how it affects their week! So with all this being said I wanted to share what I made for the ladies in the group as a gift. (We broke up in to men/women this week so I prepared this for my ladies!) It is just a simple book mark that they can use to mark where they are in the 5 Love Language book or in their Bible as they strive to dive deeper into the Word each day!


Arial posted this of her using hers today while she was in her daily quiet time!! (Thank you Arial for sharing with me!)

I simply sewed up some fabric, used a laminating iron on and my Silhouette to personalize!! I love getting to be crafty and sharing it with others!!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Photo Silhouette

     I just love a great silhouette, whether it be my own child or someone I don't even know from long ago! Either way I think they are sophisticated and enchanting to look at and have in my home. So since I enjoy embroidery so very much I worked up a little silhouette of my daughter. She is 6 now and I just adore how it came out. I am about to begin one for Pennie Girl. She has a little cupie curl in her hair that I think will make for an adorable look.



I also tried my hand at some tiny embroidery for a necklace. I did one for myself and one for a dear neighbor who bought those most adorable hoops for me!



Sunday, February 8, 2015

Come on Springtime

 Gearing up for the spring and summer I am cutting these patterns to have for Miss Pennie Jo to wear and her precious cousin Miss Priss (Amelia). These two will be so sweet and these are the best airy, comfy, ruffle butt rompers!! Here are a few precious models showing off some different ones I have made over the last few summers. If you want the pattern hop over to The Tie Dye Diva it is the Ruffled Baby Bubble Romper! It is so simple and the absolute cutest thing on!






            



Saturday, February 7, 2015

Thanks Brownie-Goose

     I have to rave about this new pattern that a dear friend brought to me! It is by Brownie-Goose and is the Bay Dress/Top, Check out all of her cute patterns here at Brownie-Goose.
     I made up a dress for her daughter this evening and I can hardly wait to do more. I have a stash of fabric that has been waiting for that perfect dress and top. Our daughters will have these for just about every day of the week! I am itching to get started, come on summer (or just warmer weather). I think pairing these with a great pair of leggings would be ideal for springtime!






















  This back is just incredible, I'm still swooning!



These two girls are such sweet friends and want to have the exact same clothes! Of course they are the best models! LOL I've got my work cut out for me!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Happy Tuesday!

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday!
   It was a very eventful weekend in our house! We had a ton to do and we were kicking off our Missional Communities with our church. Jason and I are hosting/leading one based on Dr. Gary Chapman's The 5 Love Languages. We are both excited and nervous since this will be the first group we have led but also because we want the couples within our group to gain knowledge to help strengthen their love and marriage. That to me is a HUGE deal and can put a lot of pressure on one to succeed and do the book justice! So we have been praying over the group and reading through the book again and talking about each chapter and our views, I am excited to see how others interpret the book and receive it! So if you think about it during your prayer time, please remember us and the group we will be leading!!

  So with spring peaking it's way around the corner! LOL (Well for us here in the lowcountry where it has been hovering around 60-65 and sunny!) Although I must say those up north with all that snow I would have liked to see at least one snowfall this winter season, however I will take the warm sun any day! Makes me feel happy and active! With all that being said I had a point...being I am gearing up for all of my PennieGirl's spring/summer wardrobe! Starting with this darling little romper .(Pattern by Sara Norris, Sweet Baby Jane you can find her amazing patterns here Sara Norris LTD.)  So this is the one I whipped up yesterday for PennieJo, I adore it. It's hard to tell from the photo but it's a baby pink seersucker material with these delightful blue crabs. Gets me in the mood for the beach and some she-crab soup!


It's hard to get my little peanut to sit still sometimes, but I just thought she was too adorable in it!!! Come on Summer!!! She's going to have one of these for just about every day of the week!

Oh a back view, I am infatuated with the ruffle tushy!!!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Embroidery and the Steal of the Year

    I am fascinated by hand embroidery (well any needle work to be exact), the tiniest details and the intricate stitches that are used to form a stunning piece of art just amazes me. I dabble in hand embroidery, I don't know a lot of the different stitches but for me it is a simple, quiet moment of meditation for me where I can escape the chaos of the house! I like to sit and embroider with my headphones in listening to my worship songs, I feel closer to God in those moments for some reason. I am forever researching and finding new ways to embroider.
    Just this past weekend while I was out thrift hunting I ran across a large package of embroidery thread neatly wrapped and color coordinated. Upon further inspection the containers underneath actually held different gorgeous colors of pearl cotton!!!! Oh I was oozing with excitement, I know the other women around me must have thought I was crazy; but this was the steal of the year and I had it in hand for only $6.96 (and I got 15% off military discount!!!!) 1 container of embroidery floss, 3 containers of pearl cottons, 4 standard punch needles and 2 brand new never used Cameo Ultra Punch Needles, a book on punch embroidery and a stack of iron on designs with fabric!! I'm telling you I was so very excited to try my hand at Punch Embroidery. I am working on a project now and will show the completed piece very soon!!! Until then I am still working a bit each day on this piece, it isn't anything fancy just a simple piece I am doing for a precious neighbor of mine!!!


Can't forget my photo of the Great Find!!!