A Stitch In Time…

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Sep 242013

I grew up in a time when sewing was still an important part of a girls training. My mom sewed clothes and things for my dolls when I was young, but after her divorce she quit sewing. My grandmothers and aunts and cousins all sewed and made their own clothes. My Aunt Edith made gorgeous wedding dresses for a living.

A Stitch in Time at www.habitsforahappyhome.comAbout the age of ten I developed an interest in sewing and started out doing decorative stitching. Making pillow covers and crewel work pictures. Then I got hold of my mom’s old machine in high school and taught myself how to use it. I made a pair of pants (hideous) that I never wore and a beautiful sundress which I had my class picture made while wearing for tenth grade.

A Stitch in TimeFunny thing is, I was never taught directly by any of these wonderful women, but I learned a lot by watching them and by. I have seen them make mistakes and rip them out and start over, any and listened as they talked about outfits they had messed up and then corrected.

After high school I went my own way and didn’t sew again until just before my one and only child was born. Since then I sew at least once a week and many weeks I will sew something nearly everyday. It connects me in a wonderful way to these ladies who were an influence to me not only as seamstresses, but also as lovers of the Lord. Each one, in her own way, left a stitch on my heart their love for Him, and left me with a longing to know Him.

A stitch in time quiltI have made many mistakes in my life and had to rip them out and start over. It’s an ongoing process! My Mamaw used to always say ‘a stitch in time saves nine’, and she was right. I wish I learned that lesson much earlier in my life. There would have been far less ripping out to do. But God has been gracious and merciful and given me the time and the opportunity to rip and redo.

I pray that I will make right choices as I go forward and that I will encourage my daughter to do the same. But, also that I will show her that nothing is ever ruined. You can always rip it out and start over.

~ written by Amy W.

Nov 142011

Today we are thrilled to welcome Amy Waters, beloved friend and fellow homeschool mother. Many of you may have enjoyed Ann Voskamp’s free Jesse Tree Advent Devotional last year? Well, Amy, shares a fresh way of looking at it…
Last year I was contemplating what gifts to give my sister and her family.  Should I give something to each of them or a family gift?  They had recently moved in with Dad to regain their financial stability.  So there was not a great deal of room and I didn’t want to contribute to the clutter.  Not to mention, that we are trying very hard not to get ourselves into debt.  Thankfully, the Lord sent me this scripture.

2 Corinthians 8:12
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

But still, what to give?  My nieces 6 months and 2 ½ years old, would, I knew, receive many expensive and space consuming toys from their grandparents.  So, I decided to try a family gift for them all.  And almost as I had made this decision, Ann Voskamp released her free Advent Jesse Tree Book!  Don’t you just love her and her way with words?  With The Word!  We have a Jesse Tree at our house and love it.  It really keeps us focused on the true gift and reason for Christmas.  My sister had always expressed a degree of sadness about this season, based on childhood experiences.  Tons of toys when they were little and less each year as they got older had led her to be disillusioned with Christmas.  She wanted to be able to give her children more every year so that they would not have this experience.  I was hoping to give her a tradition that lasted a whole season, instead of endless hours of shopping and overspending that culminated in an hour long frenzy of unwrapping and then the inevitable end.  Again, The Lord supplied the wisdom in a verse. Continue reading »