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Yuri Pullover

Most of the knitting that I do is for my granddaughters, so this Christmas I decided to surprise my daughter and knit a sweater for her. I spent months hiding it from her. Every time she came to the house I would gather it up and hide it in my bedroom. I really wanted this to be a surprise.

And surprise it was! She had no clue and it was totally worth the months of knitting, hiding and waiting, even though I was tempted more than once to let her see it.

I loved her reaction.


You can find the Yuri Pullover pattern here.


There were three things that drew me to this particular pattern.

I love the 3/4 sleeves. This sleeve length has become a favorite of mine over the past few years and I am drawn to any pattern that has them, both in knitting and sewing.


The second thing that I loved about this pattern was the cabled pattern down the outside of the sleeves. I not only love seeing cables, but I also love to knit them.


The last thing that I loved  was the wonderful turtle neck, which I am a huge fan of. This sweater had all of my favorites.



It was knitted in her favorite color and I used my favorite yarn, I Love This Yarn, purchased at Hobby Lobby.


That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ

Colossians 2:2

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She drew her Christmas dress design and handed it to me. She was very specific about what she wanted, even though this picture was all I had to go by, it gave me  no clue at all what  exactly it was that she wanted,  so we began to talk it through.


I finally understood that she wanted her dress to be a red plush fabric, with short sleeves and a full skirt. She also told me that she wanted a diamond glittery belt and buckle to match, but it took us a while to get the details ironed out.

I did order that fabric early on but was hard pressed for time, so I did not start her dress until a few days before Christmas.


The only diamond glittery belt I could find was exactly the same one that I used on another dress, so I couldn’t bring myself to use it again. I found this pearl belt buckle at Joann’s, along with the circle lace, so that was my new plan.


Although she was a little disappointed that it wasn’t glittery, she was fine with my substitute belt.


The dress was red velvet plush and very soft. She was happy with that because she does not do itchy very well at all.

The full skirt also met her approval as she twirled around and around.

The short sleeves were also a winner, not only because she likes short sleeves, but also because it ended up being in the mid 70’s on Christmas eve.


I cut it close this year, but at least I got it done in time. Hopefully I will have more of a head start next year.



“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,    Matthew 13:45



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The Year Of Firsts

“This is the year of firsts,” she said as she choked back tears. She was broken and my heart and voice turned tender as I asked her.  “What do you mean, mom?”

The tears started then, slowly running down her face, and her lips trembled as she spoke the words.  “This is the year that everything we do will be the first time without dad.”

His birthday had already come and gone, the first birthday without him, and we were quickly heading into the main holiday season.  So I wasn’t too surprised when she called the day before Thanksgiving and told me she couldn’t do it.

Everything was different now, especially for her. After 48 years of birthdays, Thanksgivings and Christmas’, this year she was spending them alone, without him.

“I can’t go through with it!” she cried over the phone.

My heart ached for her as I tried to encourage her, and I stumbled over my words, searching and grappling for the right thing to say, anything that would soothe her hurting heart, even if it was just a little.


We talk about our Lord, and His love and how He had covered her so completely.  And we talked about her family that loves her and has gathered around her, loving on her and supporting her. And she gathered her strength and she held on tight, and she celebrated Thanksgiving this year with her family there . . .

but it was the first without dad.


The Weaving

My life is but a weaving, between my God and me;
I do not chose the colors, He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow, and I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper, and I the under side.
Not til the loom is silent, and shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why
The dark threads are as needful in the skillful Weaver’s hand
As threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.  



“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23 

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This outfit is an original from my children’s clothing line The King’s Daughters.




The peasant style has always been my favorite style and I like to change it up as I design; adding ruffles, elastic, trims and laces.




Aniyah is wearing an Autumn Peasant outfit, rich in the vibrant colors of fall that I love so much. This fabric was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

The top is gathered at the neck line with elastic, as well as the bodice, giving it a fitted look. The top of the sleeves are also gathered with elastic. A thin row of ruffles finish off the bottom edge of the top.

The top is tunic length so it can be worn with the pants or it can be worn as a dress. I see it with cabled sweater tights and boots.


The sleeves are trimmed with a vintage tatted lace. I actually removed this beautiful lace from the bottom of a old tea towel, making it the perfect finishing touch to this outfit.


The pants have full legs, made with the contrast polka dot fabric that is in the background of the main pattern. I put a reverse polka dot piping trim and added a leg band with the main fabric.


With Fall upon us with all it’s beauty; filling our senses with it’s brilliant colors, who can resist partaking in the surroundings, joining in with the grand design of Autumn.


Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness   2 Corinthians 9:10

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Turning 13

The question has been in every conversation for the past few weeks. What to get our sweet Hannah for her birthday? Officially turning into a teenager tends to make the gift portion of a birthday a little challenging. No more cute little pink dresses or barbie dolls, being a teenager changes everything and your thoughts have to shift in that direction.


We discussed her love language and what really, really mattered to her, and finally settled on a gift.

The gift of our time.


Our plan was to take her out to dinner, so steak (her love language) at Logan’s was our first stop.


Then we moved our party to the main street in Weatherford to Painting with a Twist.


We spent the next couple of hours painting one of Hannah’s favorite things, an anchor.


The class took us step by step through this painting.


We had a couple of breaks allowing for drying time, and some photo shots of the birthday girl.


We painted, and talked, and laughed and of course I took pictures. Sometimes we worked in silence, concentrating on fine lines and steady brush strokes.

With determination we continued on until our paintings were complete.


Hannah’s painting.


Happy Birthday to our precious Hannah! I pray that Jesus will always be the anchor of your soul, your constant hope and strength, both sure and steadfast.  We love you.


so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:18-20

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A Productive Day


May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us– yes, establish the work of our hands.  Psalm 90:17

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Summer time is here and the heat has settled on the Texas soil.

Windows are closed and curtains are drawn tight to keep the hot sun from baking you from within. The low hum of the air conditioner runs steady on and my heart turns to my most beloved season.




He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting.  Psalms 104:19

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For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.                 Song of Solomon 2:11-12


Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; His going out is sure as the dawn; He will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”                                     Hosea 6:3


You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills;                                Psalm 104:10


IMG_7479IMG_7665Ask rain from the Lord in the season of the spring rain, from the Lord who makes the storm clouds, and He will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation in the field.           Zechariah 10:1


He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.                                                                     Psalm 1:3


The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; …

Isaiah 35:1-10


“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.                 Isaiah 55:10-11

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The Birthday Journal

What do you get a 12 year old for her birthday. An age that dangles somewhere between beautiful girlhood and the ever changing pre-teen.

One hand still loves barbies, tea parties and games and the other packs up her beloved dolls and stores them deep in the closet.


The lines blur and ruffles and frills are no longer a part of the wardrobe and big bows and tiaras are totally unacceptable.


Public display of emotions—hugs and kisses are always discouraged. But there are still moments-in private-of cuddles and secrets told, bonding moments of heart felt laughter and contagious joy.


Embarrassment comes easily now so it’s always best to watch what you say, for these years are tender and they can break under the weight of our words.


But still . . . the need is there, even more so, to encourage and to love deeper than ever before. The fragile heart beats with modern day battles, torn between the two worlds and it’s our constant love and acceptance of the beautiful souls that will make the difference and hold them up.

Our approach changes: It’s in a look, a smile or the quiet prayers that are sent up that can change the outcome. It’s in the foundation of His love that gives “hope” and healing and gets them through.


And soon . . . glorious womanhood will flourish and shine through and it’s then that we will see the love and prayers that carries and protects the most precious hearts.


for g’ma Bert and her beloved Hannah.

Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  Romans 5:5

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Apple season is upon us! I am joyfully gathering up apples everywhere, preserving them in any way I can.


Sustain me with cakes of raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am lovesick. Song Of Solomon 2:5

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