"LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." Psalm 16:5-6

Ours is a story of what God can do with two silly teens, starting off with no clue;

And baby thrown in, just for good measure. We didn’t know that God would increase our treasure

With four added on in rapid succession, filling our lives with joy and hard lessons.

We’ve had our share of valleys and hills, of times of abundance, and unpaid bills.

We once thought success would bring us bliss; we’ve learned that loss does a better job of this,

As we lean on our Savior, Who always delivers, regardless of the size of our quiver.

Although we’re grateful for the times of ease, the hard times are useful for learning to please

Our Heavenly Father, learning to walk in His Truth, of which we often talk.

May the Lord help us humbly and faithfully serve, staying mindful that the next generation observes.

Prop up your feet and grab a cup of coffee or tea while I open up

The book of my life, without further ado, and narrate the musings of my heart to you.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Bags, Bags, Bags!

I'm doing a "turbo" post because we're on our way out of the country today, which means that we'll be away from internet service for the weekend. (I'm sure it exists somewhere in Nelspruit, but we haven't found it yet.)

Anyway, I didn't want to miss posting something for Amy's Sew & Tell Friday, so here's what I've been doing this week.

This is the rear side of the above tote. I call it The Three R's Bag: Reuse, Recycle, Remember. I've reused the burlap that I procured from a local cafe for the main body of the bag. The straps are recycled labels from pillows that I purchased in South Africa. And the floral fabric that forms the front pocket is to remember my Grandma Betty, who has just gone to a nursing home. The fabric is from her sewing box, which I'm sure she hasn't used in a very long time. I miss her very much and wish that I could visit her in the nursing home to play cards or read to her.

I had a blast making this very easy tote a couple of days ago. I've made two others using the same tutorial, but this is my favorite.

I made this little bag just this morning. Many thanks to Caelyn for making the braided strap. Our girls had a surprise birthday party for a friend who attends the American school here. It was so fun to make. I found the instructions here. It took no time at all, and I can't wait to make another one! Julianna was so surprised to arrive at the cafe and find all of her friends hiding behind the counter. She loved her bag, too. What fun!

I'll have to wait until our return to see what everyone else has made for Amy's meme this week. I hope you'll all have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for reading.



  1. beautiful bags...thank you for the links to tutorials

  2. The buttons are a wonderful touch to the bags. The texture on the first bag is great. I'm going to give the tutorial a try. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Great bags all! Thanks for posting the tutorial sites. I've got a budding interest in bags.

  4. Great bags! I especially like the first one where you recycled all the fabrics. Great idea!

  5. Thank you, ladies! I'd love to see your bags once you use the tutorials. Isn't this fun??

    By the way, I should clarify something about this post. After re-reading it, it sounds like my girls gave the surprise party, when they only attended it. I just wanted to make sure I didn't try to give credit for something that they didn't do. :-)

  6. What great stuff! Love the buttons on the gusset.

  7. I love both of your bags!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. That scrappy strips bag is so cute!! I may just have to make that for a niece's birthday!