Friday, January 28, 2011

Today I am Celebrating … TGIF

Thank God I’m Female!
Today I am rejoicing in my femininity. I love that I was made in the Creator’s image as a ‘female version’ and all the radiant roles that entails.
  • I love being the heart of my home. I love to create that warm atmosphere, cook amazing meals, make sure all is in order and needs are being met.
  • I love that I get to be the wife of Lowell. I love his love, being spoiled, serving him and walking hand in hand with him, taking his lead over the rough spots and reveling in life’s beauty by his side.
  • I love that I am the Mom to our four fantastic kids. Bringing them into the world was amazing, and teaching, guiding, sharing the joys and uncovering the mysteries in every day has been and continues to be life at its best.
  • And now, I have the treat of being a Grandmother – how blessedly lovely!
  • I love that I got to be my Mother’s daughter. She was my best teacher, confidante and friend and I am so happy to be allowed the privilege of following her pattern.
  • And my sisters’ sister. The most incredible relationship – intense, intimate, sharing, cooperating in all of life’s adventures because you were born to each other.
  • I love that I am girlfriend. I love the amazing sisterhood of true friendship – being chosen to share the loyalty, love and comradeship that is unique to women.
Yep – today is TGIF and I celebrate I’m female.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Creative Juices

Way back over a year ago I gave my granddaughter, Emily, an apron that was made for me when I was a wee little lass. It is green with silver rick-rack and tiny. Was I ever that tiny? Anyways, we cook a lot together and I knew then that I wanted to make her a apron myself – a full apron, not just one that is covers the lap. I haven’t sewed anything in years although I used to make my own clothes and even made for the kids when they were little enough that styles didn’t matter. Could I even still remember how to thread a machine?
But I digress, I knew I wanted to make Emily an apron. Now that Madelyn helps me with cooking too, I wanted to make an apron for the both of the girls. It was going to be fun! So, while we were in the States my sister, Faye, and I went on an outing to Hancocks for supplies – for her, more necessities for her wonderful felting projects and me, just what I needed for 2 cute aprons. I got some darling fabric, matching rick-rack and some binding to use for trim and ties. Oh, these were going to precious. But before I even got to get started, our trip to Farmville, VA came up and I left everything in NC with the promise to myself I would get this project done before our return to Honduras.
Our trip to Farmville was for the express purpose of our Honduras presentation to the Piedmont church family. Also, a big part of this was Jake’s time with his life-long ‘Farmvegas’ friends. Both were accomplished and even more. Lowell and I were privileged to stay with the Trans – to know them is to love them! Within several hours of sharing conversation with George and Kathy my apron project dream came up – “Make them here!” Kathy exclaimed. “I left my materials in NC.” “No problem!” Before I knew it, we were up in their bonus room and Kathy had a big box of fabric out on the floor for us to peruse – and a smaller box of trims and ribbons. Wow, what a delight! – these are courtesy of Kathy’s Mom – a remarkable seamstress.
Kathy is an amazing seamstress in her own right, and had her sewing machine and tackle box of supplies ready for me to sit down. (What a special friend!) After careful consideration, I decided to make 4 aprons, one for each of my girlies plus, Abby, and Jobey. Wow, this was going to be fun! Later, after I went to bed, my creative juices were flowing. I knew just how I was going to design the aprons and it was all could do not to hop out of bed in the middle of the night to decide on material and trims. Morning couldn’t come soon enough.
I was able to get all 4 aprons cut out Saturday morning and one by one got them sewn up and was finished by Sunday afternoon. It was a terrific time – different ones of the family came and went as I worked merrily along and I still got in excellent visiting time – even supper at the Baileys!

As you can see, with the fabric I had purchased, I made ‘grown-up’ aprons for my ‘big’ girls – used ‘flour sacks’ to make them reversable as well. Now, this was fun!
It felt so good to create again. It’s been a long time. When’s the last time your ‘creative juices’ were flowing?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wednesday’s Word

Wednesday’s Word is “fallow”.
I looked out our bedroom window and saw the family garden. It’s January of course and so the ground is dormant right now. Not being used but, not useless. A resting state. What came to my mind was seriously, the word fallow. I felt drawn to look it up and here is what I found:
World English Dictionary
fallow 1 (ˈfæləʊ)
adj 1. (of land) left unseeded after being ploughed and harrowed to regain fertility for a crop     2. (of an idea, state of mind, etc) undeveloped or inactive, but potentially useful
I like that. I really like that. It also reminded me that it has been used in the Bible as well. “Fallow-ground”. So, I went to look that up too. Here is what I found:
The expression, “Break up your fallow ground” (Hos. 10:12; Jer. 4:3) means, “Do not sow your seed among thorns”, i.e., break off all your evil habits; clear your hearts of weeds, in order that they may be prepared for the seed of righteousness. Land was allowed to lie fallow that it might become more fruitful; but when in this condition, it soon became overgrown with thorns and weeds. The cultivator of the soil was careful to “break up” his fallow ground, i.e., to clear the field of weeds, before sowing seed in it. So says the prophet, “Break off your evil ways, repent of your sins, cease to do evil, and then the good seed of the word will have room to grow and bear fruit.”
How totally cool is that? It goes right along with how I’ve been feeling. Like my creative juices have been dormant for awhile, I’ve been ploughed up, not in use; inactive.
My creative energies have lain fallow this year.
However, this is not a bad thing. This is a very good time in my life. You see, just like the family garden, my heart and mind have been in a state of upheaval, broken, and then laying still but all the while being cultivated by God’s own hand. Resting is beneficial. Waiting for renewal is redemptive. I am being prepared for the seeds of righteousness, the seed of the Word so that I can become fruitful and creative once again. The hand of the Father is in my heart planting seeds, covering them faithfully, and allowing nourishment from the seasons of life to have their way.