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Watering Can With Hearts Machine Embroidery Design

I’m slowly coming along in the machine embroidery digitizing world.  My latest design allowed me to get a little creative and add some special touches ala changing the water droplets to little hearts.  I guess all the spring planting along with Mother’s Day coming up has got me thinking about how as mothers we tend to sprinkle a little bit of love throughout our days.  This design would also be pretty perfect for Valentine’s Day, dontcha think?

Watering can with hearts applique machine embroidery design
Watering can with hearts applique machine embroidery design

For $2.95 it comes in 7 formats and 2 sizes, 5×7 and 6×10.  You can see the listing here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/188782823/watering-can-with-hearts-applique.

Blessings,

Alyson

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day

I hope you all had (and are having) a wonderful Mother’s Day!  I hit the jackpot this year and woke up this morning to truffles, cookies, roses, and handmade cards.  Oh, and we can’t forget the solar  powered dancing daisy from Eden :).   It was just sooo Eden.

The kids had been whispering and shuffling around papers and things all week, and it was very precious to me to see them work so hard to have something to hand me on my special day.

At church this morning, they had all the great-grandmothers, then grandmothers, then mothers, then daughters come up until we were all lined up together.  They gave us a rose, and then they prayed over us.  It was a holy moment to be there among the generations, and a blessing to see my daughters participate in the very early preparation for motherhood.  I think preparation for motherhood starts very young, while our little girls are busy changing their baby dolls and rocking them to sleep.  It starts as they watch their mothers love and tend to their baby siblings with joy and tenderness. We are teaching them what motherhood is all about by our actions.  For no matter how many times they hear Psalm 127:3-4

“3 Behold,  children are a [c]gift of the Lord,

The fruit of the womb is a reward.

4 Like arrows in the hand of a  warrior,

So are the children of one’s youth,”

when they see mama cranky, irritated and short-tempered with her children, they are likely to view those children and others as burdens rather than blessings. When they see mama gazing into their eyes and oozing joy and affection, they know they are loveable because they know they are loved.

My children have been irritated with each other lately, and frankly it irritates me.  Don’t they know how precious each one of them is?  Don’t they realize that for all the sharing, compromising and adjusting they have to do for each other, they bless each other by their companionship and mere presence in each other’s lives 100 times more?  Hmm.  And when I’m irritated, do I remember?

This Mother’s Day and always, may you celebrate your children and may you celebrate the One who gave them to you.

Blessings,

Alyson

 

When More is More

I admit it.  I’ve never recovered from Spring Break.  The term “Spring Break” insinuates that one is taking a break from activity and then is going to resume said activity.  I’m mentally still in the taking a break stage.  I just can’t seem to catch my breath.  Fortunately the children have slowly been finishing their curricula for the year, which is great; but we’re not having full school days.  Life is getting in the way.

But you know what?  That’s OKAY.  We’re together, we’re happy, we’re all pitching in to get all the have-tos done, and we’re taking things one day at a time.

So before I launch into a monologue on homeschoolers who start off their journey with really high expectations and high standards and then ditch them one by one as life gets difficult, let me just tell you what I realized today.

Noah isn’t just signing “more” any more.  (I think that has been his most utilized sign since he was 2.)  Now he is puckering his lips and saying “more,” right along with the sign, and sometimes even without the sign.  No prompting, no reminding, no modeling.   If he wants more, he says “more.”

Some things are more important than lesson plans.

But don’t worry, we’ll try to hit the books again tomorrow.

And unless I can sneak in a post tomorrow, I’ll be taking a break from posting until Sunday night or Monday.  But I promise, I’ll fill you in then on what I’m up to this weekend.

In the meantime, to all the moms out there, have a blessed Mother’s Day.  The time, love and affection you are showering on your children is the costliest and most important thing you will ever do.  It will impact not only this generation but many generations to come.  May you each reap a bountiful harvest from the love you have invested.

If your children are lucky, they will have a mom as wonderful as mine, one who loves even when it hurts, one who loves even when it is inconvenient, and one who loves through good times and bad with words, prayers, encouragement and comfort.  (And one who reads my blog posts even when it’s a recipe for granola.)  I love you, Mom.