For many years, I sewed for a half hour a day. With that amount of sewing time in my schedule, I could keep up with making matching dresses or jumpers for myself and my girls every few months. When Sarah was about twelve years old, I began to teach her to sew. Eventually she became a proficient enough seamstress to take over the family sewing. For many years she has made our matching outfits.
Now we have entered another phase of our familyâ€™s life. When Anna was about twelve, I put into both of our schedules time for me to teach her to sew. Now at sixteen, she is undertaking her first set of matching jumpers, ones we will use for singing outfits. She has already made a jumper for herself from the pattern she will use, but it was a bit too small for me. I tried on another jumper we had made that was the next bigger size of that pattern, and it was too big.
We decided we needed to make a test jumper to get the size correct before she tackled my jumper from the matching fabric. Anna discerned how to alter the pattern not only to make it fit, but also to make it look better. The test jumper came out great, and she is ready to begin sewing the four matching jumpers.
As you invest in teaching your children in various areas, it can sometimes be discouraging and wearying. However, with perseverance, the fruitful season arrives. I havenâ€™t had sewing time on my schedule for ten years now, but we continue to have many hand-made outfits to wear. The fruitful season has arrived and is being handed down from daughter to daughter.
Trusting in Jesus,
“She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple” (Proverbs 31:22).
Saturdays are filled with various and sundry projects. A sampling of those projects would be taking bus parts to the dump (from the tear out of the bathroom), washing/cleaning out a car, sewing, and restacking a wood pile (the ground is sloped, and it has fallen over twice, so this time, we used stakes!).
Christopher shared a very good message today (at church) from Colossians 3 verse 2. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2). He challenged us in what we are thinking about during the week. At the end, he used an tangible illustration. I noticed how our dear friends were very interested and loved this example. Christopher showed us what it was like to have someone (Jesse 🙂 ) trying to walk toward a “goal” (a piece of paper on the floor), but Jesse was looking at a different object. It was hard to stay focused and get to the goal when Jesse was looking away from the goal. Then, he had Jesse look right toward his goal, and he reached it easily. May each of us set our affections on Jesus this week!
Sarah for the family
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