Sunday, August 26, 2012

How this girl spent her weekend.


Camped out getting to know my new sewing machine, and couldn't be happier about it.
I love to sew. (I am so my mother's child!)

There are several precious and very prayed-for babies being born this month...
I am so happy every time I think about them I almost don't know what to do.

My ADD self always prays easiest with my hands busy.
(It's why I love walking the labyrinth in the valley,
and knitting, and chopping vegetables.)
I had sweet time this weekend,
as I tried to weave fabric and thread into something useful and beautiful for these new babies and their parents,
sitting with God and holding them before Him.
With Him.

I am also trying really hard this year
to turn time alone into
not time which is lacking: people or plans,
but into solitude:
its own space,
its own goals,
time with a different and intimate way of hearing Him.
Sewing, making and creating, is one way I am loving that.

(...Although I also love it when friends stop by and sit in my big soft chair drinking tea and talking to me while I sew. Which happened several times this week as well.)

I experimented today with this fun project for one of my favorite buddies, who is turning FOUR tomorrow!
The pictures aren't great because I snapped them as I was running out the door to his party,
but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
Colored thread on the hems and glitter glue for the letters!
(It was frankly inspired by the beautiful prayer flag Sarah sewed me when I left for HNGR,
which has hung above my bed now in five different houses on two continents.)

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