"Mother Love" is one of my new designs for the June Stitchery Club and was inspired by my daughter Blossom and the closeness we share, becoming best friends and confidantes these past few years as well as mother and child.
This new design also reflects her budding role as mother to Cully May and any babies yet to arrive.
Today Blossom turned 23.
Mr E and I dropped in very early around breakfast time to give her a big hug and lots of love because Blossom's beloved was just about to whisk her away for a few days with their little Cully May. This will be their first family holiday and I'd love it if you prayed for them to have a wonderfully peaceful time, especially as Cully May is teething again.
She, Ross and the baby came over on Wednesday night for a family birthday dinner as we knew they'd be away on the actual day. Blossom has never swayed from what she wants me to cook for her birthday dinner and this year was no different.
Silverside, mashed potatoes, honey carrots and mustard sauce for the main, and cinnamon scrolls for dessert.
She then takes the remaining scrolls home for supper that night and breakfast the next day (which makes Ross very happy as since becoming a part of the family he's also fallen for my cinnamon scrolls!).
Our gift to her this year celebrates the path she intends taking with her budding home business, sewing and designing baby and toddler clothes.
Both her and Ross want her to be a stay-at-home mama so she makes clothes in the evening when Cully May has gone to bed. An Overlocker was on the "one-day" purchase list for her business so she was VERY thrilled to receive this from her daddy and I.
A home business is hard work (I know) but she is smart, talented, creative and a lifelong learner of new skills so I'm praying the Lord blesses the work of her sweet hands.
Blossom was sharing with me recently about her study of the Proverbs 31 wife and how she worked from home with fabric to bless her family and her husband, and Bloss said she loved that example for her own dream.
I think having a purpose, a dream to do good and bless others is precious.
In fact, my dear young daughter made me look with fresh eyes at my own work and why I do it.
To be honest I'd not been as appreciative of the Lord's gift of creativity and design as I once was, having begun to feel this work was burdensome...but now I 'see through a glass clearly' and my heart overflows with gratitude for how this work has blessed my family, helped to dig us out of much debt, and allows us to contribute where there is a need in spreading the Gospel message.
Every good gift comes from God above and I know there are many other gifts He has given me which I'm not appreciating as I should so with the help of the Holy Spirit I'll hopefully uncover them and take stock of my blessings.
We're babysitting Blossom's two dogs, Bobby and Elmo, while they're away.
This displeases our Sophie-cat immensely.
I can see some fun and games between the feline-ruler-of-the-house and our visiting canines this weekend!
I hope your weekend is blessed with laughter, grace and much peace.