A little Sabbath sewing. And a request.

It's been awhile since I sat down long enough to sew something, but today Mark was playing with our three oldest in the yard and I had Adelia with me. She was content to sit on the floor in my sewing area and play happily, so I was able to get some sewing done.

*a little red skirt that I'll be giving away as a gift, and
*some yellow flannel pajama bottoms for Ella for Christmas. [Woo hoo! One handmade Christmas gift completed, and it's still October.]

I'm going to make a matching pair for Adelia, too, out of the same yellow fabric. And the boys will get some matching pajama bottoms, too. In their stockings. It's going to be a new tradition around here. [Imagine with me, if you will, the cute photos that will result!]

I'm a little nervous about the pj bottoms for Ella, because I was using a size 4T pattern and she's a size 6x. Unfortunately, because it's a gift for her, I couldn't let her try them on for size. I simply lengthened the pattern a few inches, and I'm hoping that's all I needed to do. Guess we'll see come December. If they're too small, we'll give them away, and if they're not long enough, I can either add a ruffle or make them into capris. :) So at least I have a few options.

And now I would really love it if all of you could please help a girl out. I am aching for a good book to read. It's been months since I've read a good book, and I really do love to crawl into bed each night and read for a few minutes before I go to sleep. And- in the bathtub. I need a book in there with me, too. It has gotten so bad that last night when I took my bubble bath I brought a Reader's Digest in with me. And that was after I'd already perused Mark's side-of-the-bed-stack (and passed up some sports books.) As you can see, I'm desperate.

So, leave a comment and tell me the best book you've read in the past 6 months.


  1. I love love love "Homemaking" by J.R. Miller written over 100 years ago.
    You can order it a visionforum.com


  2. The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt. Or his book Lizzy Bright and the Buckminster Boy (though this one is heavy.) Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. Or Susan Cooper's series beginning with Over Sea, Under Stone. (Clearly I like the Young Adult category.) Happy reading!

  3. P.S. I like your new photo of YOU.

  4. i just read "keeping house" by margaret kim peterson. it has renewed my love for home.

  5. Cute skirt and pj bottoms! And I can't wait to see the pictures of all 4 children with their matching pajamas :-)

    Do you like historical fiction? One of the best books I've EVER read is To Have and To Hold, published by Vision Forum (www.visionforum.com). It was written by Mary Johnston in the 19th century, set in colonial Jamestown, but revised by Vision Forum to include more of a Christian worldview. I simply could not put it down when I read it-- and then I lent it to my mom and then my grandmother, and they were hooked, too.

  6. Fiction or Non-Fiction? I'm enjoying "Family Driven Faith" by Voddie Baucham. As for fiction... I could use a recommendation, myself! :)

  7. Best books the past 6 months? That's so hard! I have read dozens of stinkers...(don't you just hate that?)

    I loved Marley and Me. (has some language, etc but hilarious read)

    I loved The Bronze Bow. (kid book that had me glued and inspired and crying until the end)

    Witch of Blackbird Pond. (what is it about kids books that you read as an adult? They're magically different!)

    I can't think of anymore off the top of my head...

    your new picture is adoreable. I like your long straight hair...looks similar to mine. (ha...that came out conceited!!! hahahahaha)

  8. OK, top three thought-provoking books of past six months (since you asked...):

    1. Shane Claiborne, Irresistible Revolution (his story of working with Mother Teresa, then working at Willow Creek, and how those two worlds clash...)

    2. Rob Bell, Sex God (um, you can Google that one for a summary, also I'm just a huge Rob Bell fan)

    3. Richard Dawkins, God Delusion (no, not the host of Family Feud, he's an atheist who takes us to task - a good read to ask, "How would I respond to that argument?" A warning: I did throw the book across the room a few times.)

    Or..... I would love a review of that book I told you about - Hanna Rosin's "God's Harvard," about Patrick Henry College. She takes a look at the life of the students there, most of whom have come from home-school families. Is she fair? Is she accurate? I'd love some other perspectives from you and your bloggers.

    Or just stick with Sex God.

    Your favorite brother-in-law, Dan

  9. Jan Karon's Mitford series... about eight of them in all, with a great, heartwarming story that makes you want to MOVE to Mitford. It's an easy, light, enjoyable read ~ like someone is telling you a really good bedtime story.
    LOVE them!
    The whole series is at our library, but I am two shy of having my own set by checking out used bookstores and garage sales.

  10. Read Hannah's Gift, by Maria Housden. It will make you cry, I promise. But it is a page turner and will give you a new perspective on life and parenting.

  11. Read Hannah's Gift, by Maria Housden. It will make you cry, I promise. But it is a page turner and will give you a new perspective on life and parenting.

  12. Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison!

    It's the first book I've been able to CoMpLeTe in years! It's that touching. For me at least. I finished it in just over a day. That's saying a LOT!

    And very cute skirt! I need to make some for my Audrey as she has outgrown ALL her dresses...

  13. not sure what genre you like but "family driven faith" by voddie B. is a great book. I enjoyed the Glass House- though I can't remember who it is by. and any of the Lancaster County book series are good. Carolynn

  14. Thank you for all the recommendations. Keep them coming!

    I can't wait to read some of these. Some, I have already read (Cold Sassy Tree, Family Driven Faith, Another Place at the Table (I even have a blog post somewhere in the archives about that one!) and some of the Mitford books.)

    Dan? Thanks for chiming in. I'm pretty certain that's the first time the word "sex" has ever been posted on my blog, too. It might be difficult for me to get past the title, though.

    Like I said, keep those recommendations coming!


  15. Well I am always SO impressed with people who can sew. Great job!

    I know you've read Francine Rivers, but have you ever read her Mark of the Lion trilogy? I haven't, but it's on my list next as I keep hearing people rave about it.

  16. I've been reading Little House (only because I never read them as a kid!) but I'm sure you've already read them. This summer my fastest read was probably Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I can't wait to see what you end up reading!

  17. Cute stuff!! :)

    Hmmm... really liked The Book Thief and City of Ember (upper elem/young adult)

    Kite Runner was amazing yet so sad. I know I've read a lot more lately. I'm drawing a blank. I get a lot of my ideas from Sarah at Small World; she even has a book blog. LOVE it.

  18. Look at you! Such a killer seamstress!

    I have HomeMaking by Miller. I like it, but have been reading it for over a year now. Should finish in another year if you want to borrow it then :). But I do like it. I am just slow!

  19. Well, I do have a favorite bathtime book :-)My bath books are usually fiction for some reason. The Gresham Chronicles by Lawana Blackwell had me spellbound for the past month. I got them from the library.

    Also - I'm with the above commenter about the Mitford series - I LOVE them. I have the whole series and reread them periodically.

  20. Such a great post! Love it! I vote for the Mark of the Lion series with Jodi...by Francine Rivers. It may put you in a homemaking funk for a few days...its THAT good! So, then I would borrow Amy's Homemaking book by Miller. Its beautiful and a good night time read. I just read Shane Claiborne too, absolutely amazing.
    Have you ever read the play,"Our Town"? So awesome and for fiction, the C.S. Lewis Space trilogy is pretty fun and written for adults. LOVE the sewing!

  21. This is my first time to comment here... just can't pass up recommended reading! I always enjoy your words.

    I'm enjoying Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen at present. Also, have recently read For the Children's Sake - Susan Schaeffer Macaulay and Till We Have Faces - Lewis. Are you familiar with Honey For a Child's Heart and Honey for a Woman's Heart? Both GREAT books about books.:)

  22. I want to make pjs for my kids for Christmas too, but I've never done it before and haven't sewed in years, and don't really know how, so I'm skeptical! ;)

    For your reading pleasure, I recommend A Girl of the Limberlost and Laddie by Gene Stratton Porter. EXCELLENT!!!

  23. The best book I've read in the past 5 mos was Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Painful, intriguing, tender, thoughtful, eye-opening. If you love books about human rights, you will like this. Some parts are not easy to read. Made me thankful for my freedom in America, and to not take that loosely. It was one of those books I stayed up reading past 2 a.m. for. (Not that I think you *need* that right now, but the book was so good.)
    Highly recommended. Tell me if you read it, I'd love to hear what you think.


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