Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Bless the Feet of Those Who Bring Good News

What a privilege to bless and honor someone!  Really, is there anything greater?  This week as I got my house in order to leave for two days with "Ethel," I stopped to take time to honor my sister-in-law.  For the past 32-plus years, I have celebrated her birthdays with special "somethings". I would watch for the right gift, either made by my hands, or store-bought.  She is my husband's only sibling and the WORLD'S BEST AUNT to my children.  She never misses anything.  She has always celebrated my kids.

So when I saw this material, I knew it was for her.  You see, she loves children.  She served as children's director for BSF for decades.  When others were retiring and starting new chapters in their journey of life, she picked up her music bag and headed out to become a teacher for a private school.  Her love for the Lord, children and music qualified her beyond her lack of college education and she began work in a new private school in her late 60's.

I made this bag for her new school year.  She will turn 71 this week.  I entitled the bag... "Beautiful Feet."

How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!"  Romans 10:15

She spreads the good news through her actions and her life.  She isn't verbal, she just does the good news.  She attends to my 97-year-old mother-in-law, is grandmother to three girls, ages 20 to 3, while teaching others' children to love the Lord and music.

She is a scoop of inspiration and a Woman of God, who has been faithful.

After picking more grapes and canning six quarts of grape juice, I turned back to the sewing room inspired by my friend...also a blogger, who lives across the highway from me...Angie of Collected Yarns. (she can tell you if what is on my blog is true or not...LOL!)  She has been nudging me to sew my own clothes again...I have been protesting.  I gave in when the patterns dropped to .99 cents and material was 1/2 price, info she texted me to nudge me on further.  Her inspiration led to a new top. Now it is huge...I could float in it....well, I could hide a nine-month pregnancy, but they don't hide them anymore, you can now tell if they have an "innie" or an "outtie" belly button.  So somewhere in time, I missed the years of fitted clothes and now I am back to covering up!  I enjoyed sewing. I heard all my sewing instructors' voices in my head as I sewed.  I started lessons in sixth grade....my mother taught me as well, she is a very talented seamstress.  I knew to slow down and do it right....and this time I was patience enough to do just that.

I will take my floating top to Waco for my weekend with "Ethel" and I think...I will sew something else when I get back.  Ethel is an awesome seamstress...she is now working on a Wedding Dress...and no, she is not talking me into making my daughter's wedding dress.

I also went on an interview and will be working part-time in the fall.  I am looking forward to this new season that God has opened the door to....I hope I am as faithful as my sister-in-law.

Enjoy your weekend....and all your projects from this week.  May you be blessed as your feet carry the Good News.

21 Joining in with more words:

Debbie said...

Good morning! Well first of all Happy birthday to your SIL! What a wonderful woman she sounds like. Loved your purse. Such cute fabric! And the top looks darling...I have been thinking about making myself up a couple too. Congrats on the job! How exciting for you! Enjoy your week-end! HUGS

Sue said...

What an Awesome tribute to your SIL, Janette, sending Happy Birthday wishes to her. Anyone who can sew a beautiful bag as this one will have no problems making clothes for herself, or even a wedding gown. Your top is beautiful, enjoy you weekend with Ethel!
Congratulations on your new job, that sand pail just keeps getting fuller and fuller!

Pom Pom said...

Your sister-in-law DOES sound like a wonderful scout for Christ! You are a dear sister-in-law, too!
Good for you, sewing up a storm, Janette! I do like to sew but there is something about the mess (the cutting out part) that holds me back. Your top is very cute!
What does your part-time job entail? Way to go!

Sue Anne McKinney said...

oh, I love, love that bag and mostly your name for it!! I love my sweet sister in laws...but true confession, mostly my husband's sister, Pam. She loves on all of us, never forgets a birthday...just got her Master's and will be teaching political science at DBU this fall! She is a joy...plus she has 3 kids and 3 grandkids and she's only 52.
Can't wait to hear more about your job!! Have a ton of fun in Waco with Ethel. GREAT idea. Love that top, too. cute, cute. Did it have a zipper? Zippers scare me. haha.

Christine said...

Wow,did you pack this post with a lot of info!

Have fun on your get away "Lucy".Your home will have a void and you will be missed.
You will be dancing pretty in your cute, get away top.

Job!?! That is news!

Theresa said...

Gorgeous! I wish we were closer and you could teach me to sew. I just saw a pattern for a tote bag that I was tempted to buy but have a feeling I wouldn't have a clue what to do! Your sister-in-law sounds very special :)

Maryann said...

Loved the bag and the blouse. Convinced more and more that there is no such thing as retirement as a child of God. Our jobs or roles may change but I beleive he has a "work" for us to walk in no matter what our age. I was encouraged to read about your SIL and I will be praying for you as you start a new season in your life. Have fun with your friend

Vee said...

I didn't know that Angie was your across-the-street neighbor! How cool. I really like this top. It looks cool, comfortable, and a little sassy, too.

Your sister-in-law sounds like a peach. What a great gift for her!

Working part-time in the fall? Interesting...

Farm Girl said...

That is a very pretty top and looks so summery. I love what you said about your SIL what a wonderful woman of God.
You got a job??? That is fantastic!
I can't wait to hear about the new door God has opened up for you. That is awesome.

Sarah Jane said...

I LOVE the bag!!! It is PERFECT for Aunt Betty. She will enjoy it and proudly use it I am sure!

And the shirt you made is awesome! It fits your personality so well. I love it with the pearls. I am glad you are having fun creating and using your gifts, you are very talented.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

YOUR feet ARE blessed, Janette... and your creative hands and heart. Your thoughtful consideration for those special gifts must mean the world to your SIL. And, you are both so lucky to have each other. BLESSED to have each other! LOVE your floaty top in those happy polka dots!! Hope you have all the joy you can stand while wearing it! blessings ~ tanna

Angela said...

Love the bag and the top! You are going to have a lot of fun this weekend! (And we have a lot to catch up on:)

Angela said...

Love the bag and the top! You are going to have a lot of fun this weekend! (And we have a lot to catch up on:)

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

What a wonderful tribute to your sister-in-law! I hope you both have a delightful weekend together. Happy Birthday to her!

Your new top looks both classy and comfortable. Great job! Blessings as you begin planning for going back to work. That will be a new journey, won't it?

Sandy said...

Congratulations on the job! What will you be doing, if I may ask? Also the bag and blouse are both great looking. You should also be commended for being a wonderful SIL yourself.

Toia said...

71 - Wow...thats a blessing and she is doing what she loves. Love the bag. It seems like you are just as much of a blessing to her, too. Thanks for sharing...Have a safe trip.

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

I'm thinking your own feet are looking pretty wonderful too. It sounds like you deserve a nice trip with "Ethel."

Have fun!

Debbie Petras said...

How wonderful to hear all about your sister-in-law. I know I would love her as we have BSF Children's program in common. And she went to work at a private school later in life; just like me. And she's an aunt! I'm wishing her a happy birthday too. :)

Enjoy your time with Ethel. Did I ever mention that my mom's real name is Ethel? She never liked it though but eventually just gave in. I want to hear about this part time job though.

Love you,

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday to your SIL! I love that passage of scripture, and I love the bag you made. The fabric couldn't have been a better inspiration.

I also love the festive and spunky top you made for yourself. We really are kindred souls I guess because I was just looking at a skirt pattern that I have and contemplating making myself a new skirt with some fabric I have here. (Would buy new fabric but I would have to wait until August...)

Hope that Waco is wonderful!

Canadagirl said...

I LOVe love love all your creativity. I am hoping to sew a skirt this summer. Pray I can cut the fabric right. ((biting nails))

Miss you!
Blessings and ((HUGS))

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Janette, I love to sew as well. I used to sew all my clothes, not so much now with the price of the patterns as you pointed out. Love your new top!

Congratulations on the part-time job! That is awesome.

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