Lord Jesus, thank you so much for the joys of homeschooling being made
available to me. To get to spend my days with these precious children
you've blessed me with. You have given me the great honor of being
their mother. Of teaching them and nurturing these treasures you've
created. What an extraordinary honor it is that you've chosen me to
partner with you in refining and molding their hearts, so that their
character may shine all the more brightly as they increasingly reflect
your glory. I surrender my days, my hours, my minutes, my seconds to
you. Please fill them with an abundance of your presence. May these
moments I have with my children be filled with our praise in response
to your presence and involvement in our lives.
I saw the idea of framing pages of children's books in the most recent issue of Parents Magazine and I couldn't wait to put some together myself. We had an extra copy of Corduroy by Don Freeman and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to put it to good use. I picked up some frames at Target for $3.99 each, and let each of the kids pick out 3 pages that they wanted me to frame and put up in their rooms. I used an X-Acto knife to clean up the edges and also to cut some spare scrapbook paper in order to back the pages. Both kids seem to really like having them, but I think I like them even more than they do. Corduroy was one of my favorite books as a kid, and it is so fun to see these each time I go into their rooms.
I made this for a friend of mine nearly two years ago. I had made several for Aven when I was pregnant with her (over 3 years ago!)...
...and enjoyed them so much (both sewing and using them) that I decided to make one for a friend. You can find where I posted about Aven's here. I also mention how I went about sewing them in that post.
You may have seen them before here, here, here, here, or here. In case you're not interested in following all of those links, this is what one of the renditions has looked like in the past...
Ahhh, memory lane. How stretched you have become. The booties are from this sweet book...
These are fun and very quick to knit. I used Caron Simply Soft for both of the pairs pictured in this post. I have knit them in wool before too, but wasn't quite as happy with the result, as they weren't as wonderfully soft (nor were they as easy to wash) as the Simply Soft. The purple pair was knitted for a friend of mine quite some time ago (a year or so?) and I haven't made any since. But it is definitely a pattern I am happy to have on hand should the need arise for a quick hand knit baby gift.
I have been with my husband since '98 and I fall in love with him more and more each day. I adore our kids and feel so blessed that I get to stay home with them. I marvel at God's love and provision in each of our lives, which I hope to share in this space.