In the busyness of my daily life, I have to work hard to be in 'the moment' - to take the time to pay attention to my children, my husband, our guests....
Yesterday we had a home economics class here for Rachel and Sarah and two of their friends. The girls were working on sewing skills by making a simple skirt.
They did really great - cutting out their fabric, sewing them up, learning to use the seam ripper, finishing their projects. I'm really proud of them.
Each of the girls, chose fabric that was as unique as each of them are.
Our friends Mama is beautiful too, isn't she?
Their grandma was visiting this weekend, and she came along to encourage the girls and help out.
As usual this one was so dramatic while sewing! She loves the creativity but wants to do everything perfectly at all times...so you can imagine how that went! LOL!
I'll show you photos next week of all the girls together in their skirts. They are waiting until the Sunday we get back from Florida to wear them to church.
As is usual in our home it was a revolving door Monday - Emma and Kyle went to help some folks from her work do yard work and clean up at another co-workers home. Tim went to the church (in the morning - he had to go to work at 4:00pm) to help with tearing out a wall to expand the sanctuary. Our friends came for the Home Ec class, our friend Denny came over. Later in the afternoon as the girls were finishing up their skirts, our other friends came by for my friend Amy to give Sarah her piano lesson.
My friend who was here with her girls for sewing, said to her mother in law, "It's always busy here. I love that." I smiled.
I love it too, and we are happy to allow the Lord to use our home to be a blessing to others.
In the evening, the seamstresses headed home, the piano lesson was over, and we settled in for a movie night. Lindsay is in the middle of a courtship with a fine young man, Joseph and he came for the movie. It is fun to see them enjoy spending time together. They are very similar in interests and temperament.
Tonight they went to dinner and I snapped some photos before they left.
Pardon my iPhone photos. I went to use my regular camera and just as I went to snap a picture, the battery died. But I guess the excitement and happiness is evident anyway.
We are happy for them.
This afternoon I sat in the shade of some trees in our backyard with my Momma and Daddy and enjoyed watching my son and my granddaughter playing together.
It is these moments that I take in, and hold in my heart. It is these moments that, along with the Psalmist, I am lead to praise. I thank God for His grace to us, and for joy in the midst of our very real lives that can be challenging.