The Fruitful Season: Part 1

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 family’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 haven’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.

Anna and I Sunday in the jumpers she made.
Anna and I

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple” (Proverbs 31:22).

Mother’s Day

Mom
Mom
Dad and Mom
Dad and Mom

Children ARE a precious gift from our Lord. How grateful I am that the Lord blessed our family with eight.

Nathan (Melanie and Abigail) -- the firstborn
Nathan, Melanie, and Abigail
Christopher --
Christopher
Sarah
Sarah
Joseph
Joseph
John
John
Anna
Jesse
Jesse
Mary
Mary

Sarah for the family

“… but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).

Chore Book Morning

This morning, several of us worked on compiling Chore books, which involves putting the kit together, shrink-wrapping it all together, and packaging the books into boxes.

Compiling the Chore books...
Compiling the Chore books...
Hmmm... Out of the three of us, two are posing :-) .
Hmmm... Out of the three of us in this picture, two are posing 🙂 .
Jesse packed the boxes, but he also helped compile Chore books so we could stay ahead of Anna, the shrink-wrapper.
Jesse packed the boxes, but he also helped compile Chore books so we could stay ahead of Anna, the shrink-wrapper.
Mary
Mary measures out the paper with a "paper grabber."

There is always such a feeling of accomplishment after a “compiling” time! Now, we’re stocked up for awhile.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms!

Sarah

“I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works” (Psalms 9:).

Projects

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!).

Yesterday, Dad painted the first batch of windows.
The result: beautiful, white windows 🙂 .
THe rest of the family did miscellaneous projects yesterday, and Mary cut out a new jumper.
The rest of the family did miscellaneous projects yesterday, and Mary cut out a new jumper.
Anna also worked on a jumper.
Anna also worked on a jumper.

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