I have found myself quite busy with the new Bible study [that wasn't planned by me! lol] at my home on Wednesday mornings. I have lead many a Bible study over the years, and several in my home, but honestly it has been a while, and I had forgotten how much extra time it takes to prepare and be ready to share and teach I guess in comparison to just attending and participating in one. And it's another one of those things that with the older I've gotten I don't multi task the way I used to, lol. And I have no doubt in my mind of all the things I do with my time, THIS is one of the most important, and I want to give it my all. Don't get me wrong....I am LOVING every minute of it, and feel humbled and honored that the Lord has placed such a task in my hands, but I am still feeling a little overwhelmed and yes, behind.....in other areas, lol. I am mentoring a couple of the young girls as well and I feel soo grateful for the opportunity, and covet your prayers that the Lord might use me to help them begin to grow and mature in Him. One of them is going to spend a couple of days this week with me and I am downright excited about it. But I did warn her I will have to spend some time at least embroidering on my PJ's if I have any hope of all of finishing by Thanksgiving.
I guess you must have figured I decided to go ahead with the Christmas jammies after-all. I debated not doing that this year as I have 12 grandchildren and it DOES take a good deal of time and yes unfornately money as well, lol. But I did make a few changes in that I decided to eliminate the oldest three [got to draw the line somewhere and Christmas pj's to them probably doesn't hold the same appeal as they did in the past, lol] and I figured a way to make them MUCH less expensively. I waited until I had a sixty percent off coupon [one of those is rare these days, lol] and then bought several yards of a rich plain red flannel, and am making them ALL out of that same fabric. I had an additional 30 percent of my total purchase that day as well making it REALLY a bargain. I of course still needed thread, some new patterns [they do keep growing, lol] elastic, buttons, and some interfacing, but it cut the cost SOOO much I felt really good about it. But! I did decide to embroider some little Christmas something on the front of all the jammies just for a little extra fun with them. I had to get all of their measurements so that I can hope to have them fit them as best I can, and even that part took some time to pull off. I got started last week and have six out of the nine pairs almost done. I want to get all nine pairs put together BEFORE I begin embroidering, and then the last step will be the buttons and buttonholes. I did make nighties for Capri and Donatella though, so NO buttonholes needed there I guess, lol. I am hoping to have ALL nine pairs COMPLETELY done by this Friday....not sure if I will pull that off though. I still need to make one more Advent Calendar too though and it takes quite a bit of time as well. And I need to organize my ornaments and decide if I have enough of all the kinds I need. I guess one of the things that makes my sewing a little different is that I need to have MOST of it finished by Thanksgiving, not Christmas!, which considering it is around the corner is why I am feeling a little rushed. I like them to have their new Christmas things by the first of December so that they can enjoy them for the whole month instead of just a couple of days AFTER Christmas.
So that's pretty much what I have been up too. A movie here or there and some lunches and dinners with family and friends, and my grand daugher's Lindsey's final volleyball game of the season filled in the rest of the time. I will share pics of the pj's when they are done, and for now will share some grandkid pics I can't resist being in my journals. Hope you all are enjoying these Fall days, and your days are full of joy and blessings! Debbie
|OLDEST SON'S CREW WHO TRICK OR TREAT WITH MY SISTER'S GRANDS. LOVE JEFFIE AS A BANANA...SOO CUTE!|
|MY YOUNGEST SONS GROUP. WE HAVE AN ENGINEER, A PEACOCK, AND A COUPLE OF POKE-MAN CHARACTERS|
|AND MY DAUGHTERS FAMILY AS THE INCREDIBLE'S, LOL|
|ADORABLE ENGINEER....CUTEST VIDEO OF HIM YOU'VE EVER SEEN BUT I COULDN'T GET IT TO WORK. IN THE PAST I'D HAVE PRESSED ON TILL I HAD IT BUT I NEED TO GET BUSY!|
|CLAIRE AS A KITTY TOO....LOVED THIS!|
|BOYS IN THEIR PUMPKIN SHIRTS|
|AND THIS WAS OF CLAIRE THIS MORNING....SITTING UP LIKE A BIG GIRL NOW. SHE'S GROWN SOOOO MUCH SINCE GRANDMA HAS SEEN HER. SOO EXCITED FOR THANKSGIVING TO GET MY HANDS ON HER!|
|DON'T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER WHEN I MADE THIS LITTLE JACKET FOR CLAIRE, BUT THIS WAS HER FIRST TIME WEARING IT. SHE LOOKS ADORABLE THIS GRANDMA IS THINKING! AND I LOVE THE GREY AND CORAL COLORS ON HER!|