Thursday, December 23, 2010
All I Really Want for Christmas
We spent our Thanksgiving day with our wonderful neighbors. They have been there for us so much; so much more than we could ever ask. It was very comforting to have them join us for the day. I was very emotional, missing my family, but at the same time I felt like something else was missing, I felt like the rest of our family was missing. A part of us wasn't there, there were empty chairs at our table that should be filled with more of our family. I had never felt like that before, I felt kinda funny even saying it out loud, but it felt so true. We discussed it with our neighbors and I was comforted. Our neighbor said something like; "be patient, you've heard the call, just hold on... just watch what God's going to do!"
I have to admit, at times I do feel anxious about when and/or if we will be able to add more to our family. Thoughts like;
Why aren't we able to have them join our family now?
We have more room at our table.
We have more room in our house.
We have more room in our hearts.
We are now surrounded by three families, three different neighbors, three of our friends have or are in process of adopting, I mean, it's gotta be our turn by now, right?
And then I am blown away by what God has done with adoption in our community and I'm honored to even be able to watch families grow by God's design. It's simply amazing. Wait, that makes 4, I just remembered that another neighbor has adopted their grandchildren. Oh, I can hardly wait to see who is number 5!
Now, Christmas is right upon us. The tree is decorated, the presents are wrapped and all I really want for Christmas is more to my family. I just really want to give the gift of family.
I stumbled upon this song while searching for "holiday specials" on the dvr. I downloaded it, intending to watch it once and then delete it. Well, now I've watched it about 10 times and plan to show it to Erik and the kids.
It's called "All I Really Want For Christmas" by Steven Curtis Chapman.
My heart breaks for those without parents, I so want to help, my time has not yet come. I pray desperately that it will come. I pray that we can be "family" to many. I pray that we can be "family" in whatever form that may be. I pray that God will guide us and lead us and I pray that we will be obedient. I pray for God's grace and peace. I pray for God's continued healing of our bodies, hearts and minds. I pray that our lives and hearts will be filled with more of Him. I pray for family.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Greta on GretaBag
I'm wife to Erik, stay at home Mom to Elena and Deacon, sister to many, neighbor to few, friend to any. I love fabric. It’s a special day when I make my way to any fabric store. I love to peruse the remnants, sometimes I’ll pick up a yard simply because it’s interesting and I have a feeling that it will soon become my favorite, I know it will grow on me… until the next one comes along that is. I sew for pleasure, I am happiest when I am sewing. I don’t know if I could live without my sewing machine. We don’t hang out together every day, but like a good friend, I’m comforted to know my sewing machine is always there for me. For the last several years, I have been making homemade gifts for my friends and family. As a I sew the item, I think of the
person and my love for them and it transforms into a creation made out of love. I’ve been trying out my patterns and designs on my friends and family and they have lovingly dubbed my bags as “Greta Bags.” I hope you’ll enjoy my homemade items and most of all, I hope you’ll treasure your family and friends!
I have an Etsy shop! http://www.etsy.com/shop/GretaBag
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I guess I'm in the mood to sew... ;)
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Happy trails "striped bag", I know you will be well loved.
Thank you, sweet relative, you are well loved!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
I did it!
Here are the first 5 up for sale.