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The Christmas Pajamas

Christmas Pajama Sewing

This is just a short up-date post.  Different ones have always been curious and have asked about the Christmas pajama sewing that I do every year for the grand kids.  And, YES, I did do sewing this year.  But we changed things up a little bit this year. Things that were different this year-

  • I did not go to M & L Fabrics in Buena Park, CA this year.  This is where I am able to buy the large quantities of fabric at a reasonable price needed for all those pajamas. This years fabric was bought at our local JoAnn Fabrics store. (They do run some good sales on flannel before Christmas.)  I bought 2 full bolts to make the jammies for the girls and choose a different print for the little boys.
  • I did not make pajamas for the 4 oldest grandchildren.  It takes a huge amount of fabric for the larger sizes and for the big boys bottoms.  I was also informed that some of the older ones did not like to wear them anymore and were embarrassed….That was fine with me,  I was not hurt, and was glad the Moms were honest with me.
  • I also did not make a pair for the youngest, Miss Adeline.  The sleeping gown may have been cute on her, but it is rather impractical for a baby, so we skipped her.  She is cute just the way she is!

So here is a blurry photo of the grands in their jammies…uhh, you will notice little Charley, in front, not in jammies-he drenched himself and had to be changed!  The girls said that they liked these pajamas the best-the flannel was a very pretty grey sprigged with red flowers, and red buttons.  They looked cute.  But…with that many jammies, some of them got mixed up-Kiera is wearing Lexi’s and vice versa, so one was too long and one too short.  Their names are inside and hopefully they get it straightened out when at home!

When I was done with the pajama sewing, I proclaimed, as I do every year, “I am not doing this again!”  So… we shall see….

We celebrated our family Christmas on New Year’s Day this year-we have to share our kids with their other families and they switch off every other year.   Oh, how we love our family and spending time with us all together!

Daniel, in his Rudolph nose-I couldn’t seem to snap the photo while his nose was lit up!

I trust that you all had a blessed Christmas!

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Joshua 24:15

But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

 

Faith · Uncategorized

Christmas Bibles

 

My husband and I are not much into giving each other gifts at Christmas time.  During the Christmas season we concentrate more on our children and grandchildren, and that is a big enough chore in and of itself to find appropriate gifts for each of them.

We never feel left out-our children gift us with way too many lovely gifts.  I do not need gifts from him to feel much loved, and the same with him. We try to be loving and giving all through the year to each other.   I do get bothered when useless, frivolous, unneeded gifts are given. I would rather that the gift giver saved the money.  I do not need a gift to feel a persons love, and I hope that others feel my love for them without the giving of gifts.

But this year we each got a gift…It really wasn’t a gift from me, as he purchased them both, and surprised me with the gift.  But we used them as our Christmas gifts to each other!

Our Christmas gifts to each other this year were new Bibles.  These are New Living Translations, from Tyndale House Publishers.

I am loving my new Bible!

Happy is the man who possess a Bible!

Happier still is he who reads it!

Happiest of all is he who reads it and obeys it!

J.C. Ryle

 

Our Home

Front Entry Tile

Entry Tile

We moved, after 26 years of living in a church owned parsonage, into out own home last fall.  It was quite a change for us, one of them being that we can do with this house whatever we wanted!  And I was, and still am, anxious to make many remodeling changes to this house.  This house was built in the late 1800s-it is very well built, and has been well loved and cared for, but it is very dated.  Think lots of dark wood paneling-it has to go!  Where to start?  Well, we started with the bedroom, because we needed a place to sleep but that is a post for another day. We soon found out how long remodeling projects take, when you are doing most of the labor yourself and with volunteers (My poor children just groan when ever they hear me say-‘You know what I’d like to do with this house?”  They know that they will likely be recruited to ‘help’!) I was foolishly thinking that the living room would be done by last Christmas, for all the family to be here, but after the bedroom remodel, and how long that took, I am setting my sights on this coming Christmas!  It still has not been started-we have 6 months yet-will the living room be done by then?!  We will see!

The entry way tile was really the 2nd. project, but here it is.  I couldn’t find the photos of the finished project, so this will have to do.

But, back to Christmas….Whenever my children ask me what I want for a gift,  I reply that I would rather have them help me or do something for me rather than be given a gift.  And when you don’t have much money for a gift, labor is a good substitute!  Son Gabriel, gave me the Christmas gift of the labor of new entry way tile.

Now, our entry/front door is at the front of our house, but is rarely used.  The front of our house faces the street where our address is, but no vehicle traffic is allowed on this street.  It has been turned from the railroad bed (I am still a mite confused about the railway and the road-did they share the same space?!)  into a walking/biking trail.  As a result, this door is little used, but I still wanted tile where you step into the house.

This entry way area was a front porch that had been enclosed and is now the sun room/sewing room. ( I am loving this room as my sewing area, lots of bright light from the big windows and lots to watch on the trail. Will share photos later.)

There was carpet-part of the carpet was removed, and the tile laid.

This photo shows all of the tender plants that need over wintered-I am always so glad to have then go back outside where they belong!  They are space hogs and I can barely keep them alive till the next spring.  The boards leaned against the window are the trim boards placed to block anyone from walking on the tile till it was done.

I am loving my new tile entry way.  Thank you Gabe!  What a lovely Christmas gift!

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Proverbs 16:9

The mind of man plans his way,

but the Lord directs his steps.