Reformed Grits

I feel the need to win
October 28, 2008, 8:08 pm
Filed under: Sewing

I'm missing soccer.  But only kind of.  It was COLD out tonight, and I took Jojo's face in my hands when he complained of being cold… INSIDE THE HOUSE… and I said, "Your team has practice tonight!  Aren't you happy?"  He pouted for about, oh, 1.3 seconds then skipped away. 

But I really WOULD like to win here.  I love sewing stuff.  And these outfits are so precious!  Can't you see Bee in them? 

I really love to read sewing blogs.  I think I sew until I read them.  I lack good fabric and a good pattern.  I've had those disasters where I've attempted to sew without one.  Not pretty. 


January 8, 2008, 7:23 am
Filed under: Life, Sewing, What's she up to now?

I have the sewing bug.  It’s the LAST thing I need right now.  I don’t have fundage to be buying cute, cute fabric.  I want to sew for my little girls, but honestly I’m currently itching to actually try to sell some simple dresses.  There are so few dresses that I could actually make to get my "money’s worth" but the pattern I came up with for Bee’s snowman dress is so quick, doesn’t take a ton of fabric, and is CU-UTE!  (If I do say so myself, I mean…). 
Why can’t there be more hours in the day?  Ugh, no seriously, it seems I can’t ever complete a task.  I’m CONSTANTLY cleaning the kitchen.  I’m about to enter my "zone" of gearing up for the crazy season at work, which will be helped by the fact that they are hiring help for me, but I will still have to train which will be time-consuming.  I am looking forward to it because I know they will hire someone I get along with which will make it fun.  But I would love to sit for hours at a time in front of piles of adorable fabric sewing my heart out.  I’m thankful for my "other jobs" ( you know, like laundry, cooking, and educating my children…) so I suppose it boils down to selfishness.  I want to do what I want to do. 
I suppose I just need more love.  I mean, if:

…God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us…  Romans 5:8

I’m sure it’s wasn’t what gave Jesus the warm-fuzzies.   Dying for dead, filthy sinners.  Ew.   But He set aside Himself, out of His boundless love for us, and died for us.  Motivated by love. 

So I pray for more love.  Love for my sweet husband who serves me so selflessly.  Love for my precious children who amaze me everyday.  Love for the opportunities to care and nurture my family.  Love for the life I’ve been given.
Yep.  This is an itch I think, by God’s grace, can be scratched. 

Even though we love them,
April 9, 2007, 3:14 pm
Filed under: Sewing

Copy_of_dscn0048 Copy_of_dscn0043 … no one cares what the boys wear.  (sorry!)


So where HAVE I been?
April 5, 2007, 4:26 pm
Filed under: All things Scottish, Family, Life, Sewing, What's she up to now?

I have gotton some nice comments, calls and emails about where I have been?  Well, frankly not here:Dscn0005_2

or here:Dscn0006

or even here:Dscn0003

I’ve been dealing with this:Dscn0001

And doing this:Dscn0004 

And making my girls’ Easter clothes, bookkeeping for the school, trying to keep up with this diet and feeding my crew, doing by "beginning of the month" shopping, getting our Scotland support letters ready to mail, getting ready for Resurrection Day, getting ready to go to my sister’s house tomorrow night, chauffering, soccer, and basically trying hard to keep my head above water. 

That’s why my house looks like those pictures and why I haven’t been around. 

You asked!

Sugie’s purse
March 25, 2007, 10:05 pm
Filed under: Cute kids stuff, Family, Sewing, What's she up to now?

Sugie turned 4 today.  Where did my "tiny" 9 lb 14 oz baby go?  It’s hard to believe I’ve registered her for 4K this fall.  Time flies, to be sure. 

She still loves all things Dora, so in that spirit I made her a some-what cheesy purse that I hope she enjoys.  I am NOT a lover of "character" clothes and accessories (although I will make allowances for PJ’s!) but considering I was able to pull this gift off for her for about $4 I thought I’d go for it.  I need to get it monogrammed of course, but her birthday being at the end of the month– well, it will just have to without!  Sorry for the not-so-great picture but the better lit one was actually fuzzy so oh well, -here’s her little purse:


The dresses
March 23, 2007, 4:54 pm
Filed under: Sewing, What's she up to now?

Dscn0003_3 Here are the dresses.  Meg got them today Dscn0004 and seemed pleased, so here they are:Dscn0002

Are YOU depressed yet?
March 9, 2007, 12:04 am
Filed under: All things Scottish, Family, Food and Drink, Life, Sewing, What's she up to now?

Ok, so it’s a lot easier to take a minute to blog if you drink a margarita first.  I’m just sayin’.  Also, I’m writing this Thursday night and posting it Friday just so there’s somethin’ new for you to read.  So here’s what I have to say…

–  We had another planning meeting for our trip to Scotland this summer in July.  I can’t tell you how excited I am, and how already the Lord is changing ME in preparation.  Up until this point I had felt, unnecessarily, like a majority of the planning was up to me since I had been there before.  One of the things shared during our last meeting by Mark Wallace was 1.) not to overplan because you are essentially not leaving God any room to work.  Now I know that sounds very Saddleback and Seeker but let’s just go with the thought.  You see the intent, right?  God can do whatever He wants despite overplanning but the point was well-taken.  I want to prepare and be ready but the other thing he said was, 2.)  make sure you have no personal agendas.  It wasn’t so much that I had a personal agenda as much as I thought that if I don’t do it, no one will.  Well, that’s not true.  There are lots of WONDERFUL folks going on this trip who are just as called and JUST AS CAPABLE.   I told my awesome friend, Lisa who is going (hi Lisa!!) that I’m taking a week to do nothing in preparation but pray.  That I’m going to pray that God will help me release my grip and for HIM to lead.  My other awesome friend, Katie (Hi Katie!) who went last time with us but can’t go this time because she married some ol’ boy and moved to Louisiana sent me a portion of Scripture that is very important to me but I printed out and placed on my desk this particular verse, which is Ps 73:26 "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."  Thanks, Katie!  I can attest, that if I try to do it myself it will not be excellent.  But GOD alone, is excellent.  I’m going to let go and let HIM receive the glory.  Way to go, Kim!  🙂  And if anybody wants to help send me there to be used by Him, make your tax-deductable donations to Evangel PCA… hahaha… 

–  I have finished one of Meggie’s girl’s dresses and have put together the second; now I just have to smock it which is the FUN part!   I do need to try to get something for my OWN girls to wear for Resurrection Day this year, though I suppose!  I am going to take pictures before I ship them to her but won’t post them until she sees the dresses herself so she can give her stamp of approval. 

–  Pray for my sweet, wondeful overworked husband.  He is so stressed out.

–  I am considering weaning Bee a wee bit early.  I usually nurse past the one year mark if possible, but if I do that I would be missing the opportunity to go with Sister on her class’s trip to Washington DC in May.  Mr. Grits went last year with Jojo, and with our trip to Scotland which will take 7 vacation days, that would only leave him with 3 more days to use the rest of the year with the whole family!  I really don’t love the idea of weaning my forever baby early but I do have a whole family to think of here.  Ok, and selfishly, I’d really love to go and get away with her!  That would really be wonderful!

Must attend to the pots on the stove, but at least you have a blog to read now!  I’m still here!