Monday, December 19, 2005

Our First Try At Making A No-Sew Fleece Blanket...

Our First Try At Making A No-Sew Fleece Blanket...

I have a beautiful story to tell you.

My hubby's great grandmother made each of her great-grandchildren a baby quilt when they were 'on-the-way'. We have four baby blankets, one she made my oldest daughter to fit her twin size bed when she was about 3 with a matching pillow, and a big quilt she made for us when we got married.

She is now in a nursing home and no longer able to do much. In fact, the last time I saw her she kept repeating the same questions over and over, asking for family that wasn't there and even for one that had died years earlier.

We were telling the kids about their blankets the other day when one of their cousins came over to spend the night and he brought his blanket from great-granny. Since then, none of our little ones have put their blankets down. They sleep with them every night and carry them around throughout the day.

Soon after telling them about great-granny our 6 year old son came to me and asked if he could buy her a ring. I told him that was very sweet and thoughtful of him, but great-granny can't wear jewelry anymore. He then asked me if we could make her a blanket like she had made us. He even had tears in his eyes. What a tender heart that little guy has.

So, we made our first 'no-sew' fleece blanket today (since we don't own a sewing machine... boo hoo... and so everyone could help make it). The kids picked out the two pieces of fleece we used. They said the yellow would bring her a little sunshine each day. *sniff sniff*

We were going to take it to her tonight because a group from our church is going there to sing Christmas carols to the residents, but we have two sickies... one being daddy! So we have decided to go later in the week, hopefully before Christmas.

Here's a picture of how it turned out. I'll post more when we actually get to take it to her.

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Father's Love Letter

My Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you... Psalm 139:1 I know when you sit down and when you rise up... Psalm 139:2 I am familiar with all your ways... Psalm 139:3 Even the very hairs on your head are numbered... Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image... Genesis 1:27 In me you live and move and have your being... Acts 17:28 For you are my offspring... Acts 17:28 I knew you even before you were conceived... Jeremiah 1:4-5 I chose you when I planned creation... Ephesians 1:11-12 You were not a mistake...Psalm 139:15-16 For all your days are written in my book... Psalm 139:15-16 I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live... Acts17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made... Psalm 139:14 I knit you together in your mother's womb... Psalm 139:13 And brought you forth on the day you were born... Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me... John 8:41-44 I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love... 1 John 4:16 And it is my desire to lavish my love on you... 1 John 3:1 Simply because you are my child and I am your Father... 1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could... Matthew 7:11 For I am the perfect Father... Matthew 5:48 Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand... James 1:17 For I am your provider and I meet all your needs... Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope... Jeremiah 29:11 Because I love you with an everlasting love... Jeremiah 31:3 My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore... Psalm 139:17-18 And I rejoice over you with singing... Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you... Jeremiah 32:40 For you are my treasured possession... Exodus 19:5 I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul... Jeremiah 32:41 And I want to show you great and marvelous things... Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me... Deuteronomy 4:29 Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart... Psalme 37:4 For it is I who gave you those desires... Philippians 2:13 I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine... Ephesians 3:20 For I am your greatest encourager... 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles... 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you... Psalm 34:18 As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart... Isaiah 40:11 One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes... Revelation 21:3-4 And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth... Revelation 21:4

I am your Father and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus... John 17:23 For in Jesus my love for you is revealed... John 17:26 He is the exact representation of my being... Hebrews 1:3 And He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you... Romans 8:31 And to tell you that I am not counting your sins... 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled... 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you... 1 John 4:10 I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love... Romans 8:32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me... 1 John 2:23 And nothing will ever separate you from my love again... Romans 8:38-39 Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen... Luke 15:7 I have always been Father and will always be Father... Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is... Will you be my child?... John 1:12-13 I am waiting for you... Luke 15:11-32


Your Father

Almighty God