Real Heroes

Thank you to America’s Gold Star and POW families. The sacrifice you and your loved ones have made has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Grace, peace, and unending gratitude from my (former military) family to yours. May God bless and comfort you in your sorrow.

Quick Tee Embellishment!

I love shopping! Not because I like buying things (unless it’s yarn!) 😉 I just really enjoy the inspiration I find while out and about.

This tee was actually pretty ordinary until I noticed the crocheted pocket on it. What a delightful idea – and a fantastic way to use small swatches that are too pretty to throw away but hard to use in another project.

I have a drawerful of swatches and way too many tees, maybe it’s time to combine the two? What a fun and fast way to spruce up my wardrobe!

What fun and interesting ways have you seen crochet used while out shopping?

Walking In Faith

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity getting ready for my son’s wedding. It was a beautiful day and my new daughter-in-law is a blessing to us all. No one tells you how hard it is to let go though. Where are all the blogs for moms with grown kids? There are plenty of mommy blogs but once you get into the nitty gritty down and dirty hard work of being a parent the blogs taper off. Why? Because being a good parent is hard. No warm fuzzy way to word that.

If you love the Lord and want your kids to follow Him it gets even harder. It’s not always easy to convince kids that following Him will give them the best future possible. You have to walk the walk. What you do is by far more important than what you say. Even as adults they are watching. That’s how we pass on our faith – by living it. I know my faith grew by watching my grandparents actually live it.

We live in a pretty messed up culture. I can’t imagine how hard it is being a young parent or even child today. How do we survive the sludge of filth thrown our way every second of every day? We don’t give up or give in! It’s going to be hard. You’re going to cry – a lot! But in the end, it is all worth those prayers you said through those tears.

Then just maybe you’ll be celebrating that your child has grown into an adult you can’t believe you are lucky enough to call your own. I know I am blessed and I know that we are reaping what we have sown. Praise God they were good seeds in fertile soil.

Proverbs 22:6 says it best: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Don’t give up! The payoff really is worth the hard work! Keep praying, keep believing and most of all, keep walking in faith.

 

Ten Ways To Love

I found this pin on Pinterest and thought it was the perfect reminder of how to live the best life. So much wisdom and happiness are packed in these ten ways to love! I hope they bless you like they did me! Happy Monday!

Devil’s Tower

I recently saw someone on Twitter call Devil’s Tower a hill. It made me literally laugh out loud. It’s one massive rock that truly towers high into the sky! This photo was taken about 5 miles away – that should give you some idea of just how big this puppy is.

I’ve always hated the name – I think it deserves a nobler one. (The name is based on an old folktale that we all learned about in grade school.) It’s absolutely stunning with the jagged multi-color rock. There is also a very cool hiking trail that circles the entire rock!

If Wyoming or the Black Hills are on your radar for summer vacation don’t let the opportunity to visit it in person slip by! It’s worth the extra time to stop and see this beauty for yourself!

Do You Want A Career In Crochet?

Many of you know Ellen Gormley as the fabulous designer behind the Go Crochet brand. She has authored several books, edited Crochet! magazine, published over 300 (and counting!) patterns, tech edited,  is an online video teacher, and is the crochet expert on the tv show Knit & Crochet Now! Nice resume, don’t you think?

Ellen has held a position in pretty much every way possible in crochet. She also mentored others during her career — and I was fortunate enough to be one of those she mentored! I have my career because I had the help I needed to begin moving in the right direction. It was an invaluable experience that helped me define where I wanted to go and exactly what I needed to do to get there. I learned how to put together a proposal, found out how to find the contact information for submissions, and was given feedback on my ideas.  Everyone could use a gifted mentor, especially one who cares if you succeed. That’s where Ellen comes in.

Right now Ellen is offering to mentor/coach anyone who is interested in taking their crochet career to the next level. If you are serious about finally turning your hobby into a career hop on over to Go Crochet and get started today!