"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

30 October 2011

Crafting Bug

Our church is nearing the end of this year's all-church devotional study. One of the aspects of this year's study that I like very much is the practical application of each week's lesson. This past week focused on helping our "neighbors," and the practical application was aptly entitled, "Neighbor to Neighbor." There was a variety of service projects we could be involved in, and I signed up to help sew crib sheets for a local pregnancy center (the same one I used to volunteer with as a peer counselor when I was newly married and not allowed to work in this country - boy, THAT seems like a lifetime ago!).

I have to admit, signing up for this project wasn't entirely out of my altruistic heart (ha!). Firstly, the woman who was heading up the project, Jill, is one of my favorite people at our church. She and her husband, Pete, are truly wonderful, godly, funny, wise people. They have a beautiful daughter, Sam, who is currently adventuring in Spain with her brother, who is stationed there with the Navy (doing much of the same type of work that Nich did when he served in the military). Their oldest daughter lives out in California with her husband (who happen to share our wedding day) and adorable cherub who is just five weeks older than our little guy.

Pretty much, we like any excuse to hang out with these people.

Secondly, I've been wanting to learn how to sew crib sheets for Brennan for a long time for several reasons:

1. Last winter (Brennan was born in February), the regular cotton sheets would get so cold that Brennan would startle awake when we put him down in the crib.
2. Flannel sheets are so cozy. We love ours.
3. Stores do not sell cute flannel sheets for babies. In fact, they're boring and ugly.
4. I love to create things.

Which brings me to my current dilemma. I have too many projects going. This happens frequently to me. I won't have a crafting project for a long time, and then I catch the crafting bug. A million ideas of things to create fly through my head, and all of a sudden, I have a long list of projects. I can't talk about them here, because a few of them are gifts, but it's so exciting! I'll try to remember to post pictures of the projects as I finish them (or after I gift them, since I have little idea who among my friends pokes around my blog).

Now, if only an elf would build me a crafting corner table in my dream woman-cave where I could sew, scrapbook, make cards, and store my crocheting supplies, I could really get some good crafting done! A girl can dream...


  1. good for you for being crafty! I have tried so many things over the years---scrapbooking, crochet, counted cross-stitch, quilting, sewing, stamping, etc. etc. because I thought it went along with being a woman.
    I think I finally am coming to the realization that it is no use trying to fake it. I'm just not crafty,no matter how much I would LIKE to be! When those things invariably ended up on my "procrastinate" list, well, it was a good clue :-)
    I like to read and meditate and write and keep the house simple and organized...and on the whole I'm good with that. But I must admit I still feel slight pangs of envy at reading your post!

  2. Thanks, Hannah for the lovely things you said about our family! We love you guys :) So glad you could join in the sewing project!