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Another New Grandbaby!

Charley

May I introduce to you another new grandbaby?

Charley Kenneth, born February 8.

He is a sweet and fine little young man,

Mom  (and Dad!)  are doing fine.

And his big brother loves him!

How thankful we are for Charley’s safe arrival,

and the addition of a new grandson to the family.

All of my children that are parents are such

good Mommies and Daddies!

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Proverbs 17:6

 Children’s children are the crown of old men;

and the glory of children are their fathers.

 

 

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Winter Days

We have passed the mid-point of our winter.  This has not been a severe winter for us here in south-western Pennsylvania, (so far!) and it is even beginning to feel like the stiff back bone of it has been broken.  Though today is a teaser of warmer weather to come,  it is still very much winter.

I do like the seasons of our part of the country, but the children really do love it.  I had 2 little girls at my house for the afternoon last week, and after snacks they informed me that they had their snow play clothes, and could they go outside and play in the snow?

They were not outside long before they came back in saying they were done.  Come out and look Grandma!

It has been a long time since there has been a snow man in our yard.

As I went out to photograph their work, I was informed that this wasn’t a snowman, it was a snowgirl!  Of course they were right- How could I make that mistake?

She will soon be gone, and we will be left with a muddy mess.  But spring is coming!

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Psalm 84:12

Oh LORD of hosts,

blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

 

 

 

 

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Back Home

 

The month of January is ending, and for us, it is back home to Pennsylvania, from our California trip, back to the regular routine of life, and back to blogging for me.

While we were in California, we got to be a part of the ending of their years-long drought…it was cold, windy and rainy…. while the weather back home (in PA) was unusually warm.  Not exactly ‘vacation’ weather!  Many days, when I checked the weather for both locales, it was warmer in California than in Pennsylvania.  Go figure!  But what ever, it is always nice to come home!  And Pennsylvania has greeted us with cold and snow.  As I type, snow is gently falling, covering all in its mantle of white that is so beautiful.

It is always so wonderful to see our California family. We were able to see everyone that we wanted.  I will be posting more later about our trip.

And it was good to see that everything was well cared for while we were gone. We are thankful to every one that helped carry the load  The church was in good hands.  And all the animals survived!

Unpacking is done and now to attack the waiting chores.

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Psalm 138:8

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me:

thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever.

 

 

 

 

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The Christmas Pajamas-Done!

The Christmas pajamas got done in time…for Christmas.  (You can read about the sewing of them HERE.)

How challenging it was to get 10 very excited kids gathered for a group photo-no one could act normal!  At least, they all look happy!

Little Tommy wanted in the picture, too….but, sorry, no PJs for him….next year!

Of course, all they wanted to do was play.

 

Belated Merry Christmas from us to you!

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2016 Pajama Sewing Marathon

The 2016 Christmas Pajamas

The Christmas pajama sewing marathon is in full force right now.  And the rush is on!

For a number of years now I have made home sewn pajamas for the grandchildren-10 of them, the same number as last year.  Next year this number will change-add 2.

It always turns into more of a chore than I imagined, and I never seem to start on them in a timely fashion so that I am not feeling rushed-will I get them all done in time!?  (sigh, such is life for me!)

The fabric was purchased while on vacation in California last winter, at M & L Fabrics in Anahiem, California. You can read about the store HERE.   I love that store!  I can always find good quality flannel in the quantity that I need.

One of the things that I have done to streamline the sewing process is to change the pattern that I use.  I originally started out with a traditional pajama pattern, for the boys, that included a full button front with collar and facing.  I found that this was too time consuming and I switched to this pattern that is for both boys and girls.

It is a much more simple style, and can be used for both boys and girls.  No collars, simple bias tape at the neck instead of facings, pull over style with just a few buttons on each.  I also eliminated the elastic at the wrists for the girls, just a straight hem on the sleeves like the boys.

I eliminated the pockets on the boys but kept them on the girls-1 pocket each with eyelet trim, just for pretty.  I am sure that the pockets are never used!

One big lesson that I learned when I first started sewing the Christmas Pajamas: At the beginning, I thought that it would be time efficient to cut all of the pattern pieces out at one time, and do an assembly line style of sewing them, such as sewing all the sleeves at one time, etc.  BIG mistake -it was utter confusion!  All of these pieces, and what goes with which one!  The sizes were literally stair steps-size 3, 5 (2), 6, 7 (2), 8, 10, 12, 14

Now, I cut each individual childs pajama out and sew it completely up before I cut and start on the next one. This way I can keep in mind whose I am working on and have all the pertinent measurements right on hand for each one.  And I write the name of each one on an inside seam allowance.  It does not take any longer, I can probably sew faster doing each one by one.

As of this writing, 6 done, 4 to go.

So how are your Christmas preparations going?

Christmas shopping!?  You mean I still have to do my Christmas shopping!?  (Yes, You do!)

Clinging to the peace that God gives…..

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Psalm 29: 11b

…the Lord will bless his people with peace.

 

 

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Child of God, pastors wife, mother of five, grandmother of ten (and counting), gardener, quilter, homemaker, reader, homebody and dreamer…

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