You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Psalm 23: 5-6 NKJV

Saturday, January 21, 2017

God's Great LOVE and my super heroes

He Will Never Let You Go

(Max Lucado)

Then the Lord said to me (him), “Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover[a] and is committing adultery, just like the love of the Lord for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans.” Hosea 3:1 NKJV

He has handcuffed himself to you in love. And he owns the only key. You need not win his love. You already have it. And since you can't win it, you can't lose it.

As evidence, consider exhibit A: the stubborn love of Hosea for Gomer. Contrary to the name, Gomer was a female, an irascible woman married to a remarkable Hosea. She had the fidelity code of a prairie jackrabbit, flirting and hopping from one lover to another. She ruined her life and shattered Hosea's heart. Destitute, she was placed for sale in a slave market. Guess who stepped forward to buy her? Hosea, who'd never removed his wedding band. The way he treated her you would have thought she'd never loved another man. God uses this story, indeed orchestrated this drama, to illustrate his steadfast love for his fickle people.

Then the Lord said to me (him), “Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover[a] and is committing adultery, just like the love of the Lord for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans.” Hosea 3:1 NKJV

This is the love described in John 3:16. Hasaq is replaced with the Greek term agape, but the meaning is equally powerful. "God so [agapao] the world ... "

Agape love. Less an affection, more a DECISION; less a feeling, more an ACTION. As one linguist describes, "[Agape love is] an exercise of the Divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself."

Stated more simply: junkyard wrecks and showroom models share equal space in God's garage.

We had great plans to make our own super hero costumes.
(Kitty's design above)

Some of the adult kids who were raised here continue to criticize me for my failures and promises that never came to fruition. But these four are different. They forgive me. A gift I cannot repay. This was Kitty's drawing above of the costume she wanted to make.

Altho; (pausing and reflecting here)
broken promises are not the sign of bad parenting. (I cannot escape being human.) Ignoring their spiritual life is a sign of neglectful parenting. And I have been shamed by those same adult children for being "too religious". They've also said that I shame and use the bible to guilt them. If you read the story by Max above I think you understand the true way I use my faith to encourage those adult children who chose to wander into dangerous places. I have prayed daily. I love them.

                 This is Lysa's superhero costume design above.
They drew these 2 years ago. I can't believe how their artistic talents continue to grow.

      Faith our Steve Irwin fan's superhero costume design above.

Zay is a minimalist when it comes to drawing. So he just wanted a tshirt cape kind of thing. :o) Easily found on aM*az*on. No drawing needed.;o)

In the meantime I homeschool 9, care for the 10 children at home  AND work 24/7 full time with my 2 Group Home gals. All that I absolutely love- but time escapes me.

We had the costume pattern, I just never got the time.

BUT we did have the internet. ;o) So in my spare time I got to work searching for each piece of the costumes.

I found tutu skirts, tights, dance leotards. (ordered in larger sizes to go over a tshirt, and for modesty purposes) I even found superhero cape socks! There is fleece patterned with different super heroes, I ordered some in 1 yard pieces for capes. Masks were ordered blank, they decorated them themselves.

Each costume cost under $25.00.

The older two wanted to have a superhero tea! LOL! The younger two wanted a "full dress" tea. :o)

                                     Lysa to the rescue!
Lysa's superhero fights for- verse 1Tim. 6:6 "Godliness with contentment is great gain."
Definition= "ease of mind, a being pleased, and satisfaction." Lysa is fighting for thankfulness.

             Faith's super hero is "Victory and Justice over evil".
                     Faith is fighting for Victory in Christ!

Faith tucked her cape socks under her tights! LOL! Crazy kid! We are making the hero designs in felt, to glue on the front. But that project is on hold as life throws curve balls. :o) The designs are drawn and ready to cut.

                   Beautiful Katherine in her tea party finest.

Hmm, well this is the "boy" version of everything.

Oh how I love boys! 
Zay is in full dress for the tea party. Since everything is black you can barely see his bow tie :o) 

His superman cape shirt is somewhere in a rumple on his bed. 

Getting him to "dress" up with us is difficult when he has other interests like building electronic circuits! And he never spends more than 2 minutes contemplating an outfit. :o) 
In fact he thinks dressing up is putting a camo shirt with matching  camo pants on his brother Julius. Or helping his big brother Samson match all his clothes for the day in the same color!! LOL! Love it!! 

Kitty's superhero uses Proverbs 23:26 "My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways." She wants to fight to be the best Christian example to others! 

LOVE-LOVE-LOVE my superheroes! PRAISING God!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Making a DIY "Busy Blanket" for my Love MA

You can see it here :o)

And this is how I made my version of a "Busy Blanket" for MA. ;o) I wanted to share in case you have a Love to make one for too.
I had 2 pieces of pink fleece left over from other projects.
I used pink because MA loves pink. I used my olfa scallop blade to cut my pieces.

The thickness of the 2 pink rectangles were ideal to sew on. The thread/knots held better. I used silver sparkly thread. If I'd had more fleece I would have made the blanket with 2 pieces back to back instead of one piece.

I raided my bits and bobs sewing/craft boxes and pulled out what I knew MA would enjoy fiddling with.

This is the whole finished blanket. Zay held it up for me. Three edges were "finished" with darker pink fleece. The bottom was left "raw" with just the scallop. That scalloped edge is her favorite.

I sewed the rectangles on with pink baby yarn. I always tie off yarn with a bow. (right corner)

The little "dots" are seed beads, scattered to hold the back of the finished edges, on the backside.

I wrote my name on the tag so she can "see" I made it. She forgets.
That's a little pewter lady bug on the right corner of the "label".

This is the unfinished edge. Each corner has a little something to catch her eye.

 I HAD to add the googly eyes! I knew they'd crack her up! I fabric glued them on.

A little snow flake with lots of bling!

 A sheepie, flowers, a pearl, and a heart.

 I had this leftover piece of fleece with hello kitty. I embellished her.

 The back side showing the 3 finished edges and the one unfinished edge.

Little stitches from front to back holding the fleece down.

You can't make mistakes when you are creating for someone you Love. Fleece is a very forgiving fabric. This can be washed on gentle and air dried.

I hope and pray it inspires your creativity!

I found this quote recently and loved it! So true isn't it!
"Conversion is not the smooth, easy-going process some men seem to think… It is wounding work, this breaking of the hearts, but without wounding there is no saving… Where there is grafting there will always be a cutting, the graft must be let in with a wound; to stick it onto the outside or to tie it on with a string would be of no use. Heart must be set to heart and back to back or there will be no sap from root to branch. And this, I say, must be done by a wound, by a cut.”
― John Bunyan

Friday, January 6, 2017

Freezing temperatures and home made scarves

(photo above, my trusty olfa cutter, a must have. Also my trusty cutting board, bought with a 40% off coupon over 20 years ago! Its been beaten, abused, painted on, chipped, still going strong!
This scarf was cut first using an old scarf as a pattern. Edges are choppy on the end not re-cut yet with the olfa.)

It has been -18 below here today. It is so COLD!

This December we went through our snow pants, gloves, scarves and coats.
The 3 teen girls got new coats for going out, and now use their old coats to play in the snow. They outgrew their old snow coats.

We shopped online for gloves and hats since the stores were so crowded with holiday shoppers. Gloves we had great luck finding. Hats not so much. But we did find enough of those for now.

Scarves online every where were overly priced and that was ridiculous.

So I made us new ones~
All scarf edges above were cut with the olfa scallop blade.

I had a surplus of fleece. I was going to make the kids blanket/throws. But we already have more than we need. So I was going to make the boys pajamas. But the boys don't need pajamas right now. Their growth spurts have slowed. The bigger boys now fit in Zay's hand-me-downs.
Scarves are perfect from this fabric! The fleece above are snowmen and reindeer prints.

I've had this brown and blue fleece forever. Always planning to use it, but never finding time.

I also crocheted 3 adult sized scarves. They turned out nice too. But much more time consuming. Scarves are not my favorite to crochet. :o)

I was able to cut enough fleece scarves to take up north too, and still have enough here so the boys can get a clean scarf each outing. Scarves tend to get quite dirty after each boys use.

This is a wider scarf made for Lysa. It fell on Sassy as I carried it to the bed. Lysa loves sheepies.

 On the left you can see my olfa cutting blipp. But you can't make mistakes on these. I don't have time to cut them perfectly. When the scarves are worn blipps don't show! :o)

I didn't have time for making tassles on the ends. :o) A few boys would chew them off anyhow! So I did a running stitch around the whole thing instead. I used baby yarn.

A blanket stitch would have covered the pretty scallop.

 They are long enough to wrap around well and tuck in coats.

 Pretty fleece patterns for my 4 girls ages 9,13,14 and16.

 For Zay and Samson I freehanded a wavy cut on the end with the olfa. I could have done some "fringe" on it with the olfa too. I did this to save time and "look" finished. :o)

I have them all in a pile next to my bed. I sit stitching them in between correcting Homeschool books for the teens. It's always nice to have "mindless" work to do while you wait in between their school tests. Most often I crochet. This is a fun change. After my cancer surgery I got quite a few done. I was "off" my foot 6 weeks.

I leave you with a poem my Faith wrote me. She just turned 16. She has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. (FAS) She has social issues like giving out personal information on herself and all of us to anybody!! Yikes!!. She tends to tell others what she thinks they want to hear, which could also be called lying, except she can lie as well. With FAS her telling people things to make them happy without intentionally lying is a bit of a gray area. OY! LOL!! Make sense?? ;o) She also has learning issues. Her IQ scores are extremely high but she cannot apply it to her benefit. I can't imagine having her challenges. I adore her from head to toe. Her heart is HUGE! She wrote this poem about a rough patch I was going through. She asked me to share it.

To the best Mom ever

When they laugh and criticize you,
you will remain strong.
Then you ask for God's help,
to keep on holding on.
You're true to yourself,
shielded in His Grace.
You even help the little ones,
to help them find their place.
Your faith in God is precious,
just like the love you bring.
You'll know the way to Heaven,
let all the angels sing.
You're a virtuous woman,
who works to follow God's rules.
While others be mean and selfish,
and not to mention mean and cruel.
But I say now it's time to shout,
and celebrate your name.

Because in God's eyes He sees you,
like a shining, burning flame.
We pray for all those listening,
to come out of being bored.
And like my Mum who says it well,
Come and join the Lord!