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30 Days of Gratitude….Day 30

Today I am so grateful for everything that God has given me. My children, my family and the beauty that surrounds me. I am thankful for the sights I see everyday. The water and the trees and the sky. I love the clouds. I am grateful for my health and the fact that we as a family rarely get sick or injured. I am grateful that I have been given so many new and wonderful days to make my own. 

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Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized



Right now, I am trying to work on finishing up some projects that have been started and neglected. I started with the doll shown in yesterday’s post, and I actually finished the face, and the face of the boy as well. I am in search for his other leg to get him all put together. Two or so years ago, I planned to make some heated rice bags and matching eye masks. Well. I have a stack of rice bags without their covers and a stack of quilted fabric. Well, not all of it is completely quilted. My sewing machine is kinda crappy, and so I just stopped, and now my mom does all my sewing after I cut and pin everything. Anyways, I have a stack of 7 quilted pieces. They are 6″x12″ in size, and quilted with two layers of batting and a thin layer of muslin making them a quarter inch thick. I have no idea what to make out of them, as I really don’t care to make the eye masks. Any ideas???? Please help.

I just don’t have a clue, besides maybe making a doll quilt, by piecing them together. Wish me luck in finding the other leg or at least a scrap of the right fabric to remake it, and keeping the momentum up to finish some projects!

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Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized


working on a project

Well, I am not the best with follow through. I hate that about myself. I started some uber cute dolls a year or more ago from a wee wonderfuls pattern. I have finished “Olive” except for her face. I pulled it out today along with her currently deflated and separated pal “Archie”, to finish them up before Isabella’s surgery next week. She has seen them, and she knows that they are way not done, but hopefully I can finish them up and wrap them up for her to open before she goes in for surgery that morning. At least “Olive” because really I think she can only take one security thing in with her. Here is my progress on “Olive”. I am trying to figure out how the heck to sew the felt eyes on when she is already stuffed. Hmmm. Her legs are sewn on wrong, because I am not the best at following directions either. {Her feet point out instead of straight ahead}. Wish me luck in finishing this!!!

Those are rice heating bags behind her, I am working on a stack of those for Christmas presents.

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Posted by on November 29, 2010 in Uncategorized


30 Days of Gratitude…Days 23-29

Geesh, I need to do a little bit of a catch up here. Holidays are so very busy, huh?

Day 23:: I am grateful for what we consider the basics. Clean water, shelter, food at every meal, clothing to cover our bodies in this cold weather and boots to keep those toes warm.
Day 24:: I am grateful for a low key night. Pizza with the kids, baking cookies & watching a movie.
Day 25:: Happy Thanksgiving! Today I am very grateful for the clear-ish roads {rain, but no ice} that made it easy for me to travel to my Grandpa’s house about an hour away. It was a wonderful day to visit with family and I enjoyed it greatly! My Grandpa’s getting pretty old, and this summer was the first time that he has really been in the hospital. I think that being there on Thursday was the greatest blessing I could have.

Day 26:: I am grateful for a company that treats their employees great. My Target is wonderful, and I know that I have already been thankful for them, but I wanted to put in an additional thank you, to Dawn who is the clerical person at Target and always puts together wonderful events. They ordered pizza, pop and chips for everyone all day long on Black Friday. Then Subway all day long on Saturday. Dawn also transformed the breakroom into a wonderful Christmas-y scene!  I am also thankful for Ashley who braved the cold and snow and early morning hours standing in line to buy herself a personal dvd player, which we later found out that there was no need to because they didn’t sell out for quite a while. BUT we did score some good deals with the gift cards! Get a $10 giftcard for buying a wii game, a $10 giftcard for your $100 or more purchase and a $10 mall gift card with a $100 purchase!
Day 27::I am grateful for Isabella who has a beautiful voice and a beautiful imagination. She is creative and fun. She loves to play and can spend hours playing in her own little world. She likes to make things. She loves to sing. When she is by herself playing, you can hear her sing and sing and sing. Sometimes it’ll be songs she has learned in the Northwestern Michigan Children’s Choir, or in Choristers at church, but most times she will be singing out her thoughts. I think I heard her singing about chocolate yesterday. 

Day 28::I am so grateful for the generosity of others and that there really are good people. I saw a man return a wallet that he found on the ground and he said there is money and credit cards in it. The girls at Guest Service were shocked and weren’t quite sure what to do. They said Wow! You don’t see that anymore. Isn’t that sad? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? That you would be shocked that someone didn’t return it with all it’s money enclosed? Because that’s how I feel! I witness a lot of young girls who come in the fitting room and then come back because they had set their wallet down or some money down or their gift card down, and may they go look to see if it is still there? Sadly, it never is, and sadly I have never witnessed another guest come out of the fitting room and say that they found that item in there. The generosity was plentiful at church this day. With people taking the tags off the tree to purchase a gift for a child in need, or off the other tree to purchase a gift card for a low income senior volunteer for gas and/or groceries.

Day 29:: I am grateful for a morning of hot cocoa and addressing Christmas cards, planning our advent activities and cutting some fabric to finish up some Christmas presents.

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Posted by on November 29, 2010 in Uncategorized


30 Days of Gratitude….Days 20,21, & 22

Day 20: I am grateful for my parents for watching my kids while I work, for taking them fun places like Sam’s Club, for taking them up to see my Grandpa, who was in the hospital this past week, for watching them while I was ill this weekend, for helping Isabella finish making a doll that she started at Brownies. The list goes on and on and on, for I am most grateful for them.

Day 21:I am grateful that my family lives close by and my kids get to spend time with their cousins, and birthday celebrations that can go on for a whole week!

Day 22: I am grateful for fun bloggers who come up with super fun ideas and share them with the rest of the world! Isabella and I made a whole batch of these to share with her classmates as they leave school for Thanksgiving  holiday.

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Posted by on November 23, 2010 in Uncategorized


30 Days of Gratitude…Days 17, 18 & 19

Wow this month is flying by huh?

Day 17:  I am grateful for great conversations with new friends.

Day 18: I am grateful for fun celebrations.

Day 19: I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given.

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Posted by on November 23, 2010 in Uncategorized


30 Days of Gratitude…Day 16

Today, I am grateful for my camera. I like that I have the tools to be able to remember such wonderful events in my life. 

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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Uncategorized