I know it’s past St. Patrick’s Day, but to be honest, I don’t really care. I have cute pictures of my kids and I intend on sharing them 🙂
I decorated the kids’ shirts this year. I got all of the shirts on a clearance sale at Walmart for a dollar and I already had the supplies to decorate them at home… Super Score!! Each child has a different shirt. Sporty, Pork Chop and Bubba all had freezer stenciled shirts and Short Stack had an appliqued shirt.
For Pork Chop’s shirt I did a freezer stencil of the words “Lucky Girl” and then added some polka dots with a sponge brush. After it was dry I added little hand painted hearts to the center of each polka dot.
I appliqued a shamrock onto Short Stack’s shirt and then painted some gold fabric paint over the top of it. When she wore it, she had braids with bows tied in them from the same fabric. This is her “new” smile… She said she’s trying to look “dreamy”.
Sporty is getting to the age where he doesn’t really like all the bells and whistles on his clothes so I just did a simple freezer stencil of the phrase “Pinch Proof”.
Bubba had a freezer stencil shirt that said “IT’S YOUR LUCKY DAY” with the word “lucky” done in gold fabric paint. He’s wearing a pair of seersucker pants I sewed him last week (so proud of myself) from a tutorial I found on MADE. It’s such a great tutorial and easy to follow!
One more picture and then I’m done… My husband asked me to sew him a kilt for St. Patrick’s day. That’s just the kind of guy he is. I have never sewn a kilt before, nor did I have a pattern for it. I burned the heck out of my arm ironing pleats. PLEATS PLEATS PLEATS!! I am tired of pleats that is for sure! Anyway, I think it turned out pretty awesome and I made sure not to remind him that kilts are Scottish and St. Patrick’s Day is Irish. Why ruin his fun?
*I was recently invited by my friend Kamille over at Redeeming the Table to participate in a Gathered Thoughts Link Party for LoveFeast Table using the following quote from their new 365 Gathered Thoughts Box as a writing prompt*
“We all have our own life to pursue, Our own kind of dream to be weaving…
And we all have the power
To make wishes come true,
As long as we keep believing.”
–Louisa May Alcott
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” The question is not an unfamiliar one, the answers, too, are ones that we recognize. Doctor, princess, firefighter, teacher. As children we have no concept of limitation. We firmly believe that one day we will walk on the moon, be in a rock band or rope cattle. I myself had a deep desire to train killer whales. I could see myself in the cool neoprene suit, tanned and confident and totally in charge of a giant animal (my back up plan was rock star). These desires often change as we grow. We find our interests shifting, our circumstances changing. Sometimes we stumble upon a path, other times it’s the same one we’ve walked diligently since childhood.
I watch my children grow, I see their personalities continue to form and I wish for them the ability to hold on to their dreams. We live in a world where the glut of the day-to-day threatens to snatch our dreams away. “Get real” people say. “Be realistic!” Is there room for our dreams? Must we give up our deep desires? Or do we fight for those moments, those precious moments where anything and everything is possible!
I think that the desires of our hearts are gifts from a loving Heavenly Father who understands the value and importance of a dream. Whether it seems a mundane dream or an unobtainable one, God places these dreams in our hearts as a way of revealing Himself to us. Following our dreams gives us the opportunity to watch God work in amazing ways.
So don’t be afraid to dream big. You can be a superhero (even if only to your children), a princess (even if your husband’s the only one who sees it), a rock star (even if it’s only in the shower).
I only have one last question… what do you want to be when you grow up?
*Please stop by LoveFeast Table and check out all the other wonderful writers who have been inspired!
Yesterday it was 70 degrees and sunny and wonderful so Bubba, the Pork Chop and I all headed out to the deck to catch some rays. I grabbed my camera and got a couple really cute pictures of my littles. Then I had a sad moment when I realized that next year, Bubba will be in school and I will just have Pork Chop at home. The time goes so fast!