Monday, January 12, 2015

Happy birthday, Ada!

Today is the third birthday for the girl belonging to this beautiful, expressive face.  Happy birthday, Ada!  We love and miss you!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A legacy

Having not only our children and grandchildren around this Christmas season, but our parents, my siblings and extended family, the families of several of my boys' high school friends, and several former students popping by has made me very aware of the passing of the baton-- of the great blessing God has given us in a legacy.

My prayer has always been that God would be gracious to include some of this family in His remnant until He ends time.  And I have a glimpse of His fulfilling that dream as I see my sons father their children.  I am very blessed.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Christmas Projects

I had fun working on a few little projects for Christmas, and thought I would share. First, a grove of Christmas trees. These are the ornaments I made this year, using mostly antique buttons on top.

Ezra got a whale

Carys got an elephant

I made a small wall-hanging quilt of the Minneapolis skyline for my sister Jeni.  She claims she recognized it right away!  :-)

The big girls got some play dresses for being princesses, or whatever else those fertile minds can imagine

Each of the older girls also got sleeping mats to bring to Grandma's house when they come. These are like long pillow cases, with room for four bed pillows. The pillows can lay flat or fold up for a variety of shapes.

The littles got a play mat with a wooden car made by Pampa.  Ezra'a is a race track, while Carys has a farm.  I forgot to get pictures of these, but Nikki  kindly sent this one of Ezra with his set.  The cars fit in a pocket at the bottom, and then the whole thing rolls up and ties for easy transport.

My niece Zoe loves to sew, and I made her a little sewing kit in a small zippered bag

And for Ada's upcoming birthday, I made a crayon caddy to go with a couple of coloring books she is receiving. It also rolls and ties for ease of transport.

It was such a blessing to feel well enough to complete these little, fun projects.  Now waiting in the wings: finishing a quilt for my day bed and for Emma's twin size bed, not to mention many more projects waiting to be completed or started!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday

 Christmas 2007 was the Christmas-Before-Christmas:  It started out with a  lovely Minnesota wedding...

Continued family time for the Hanson clan at Lampost in Cedar Falls where we shared lots of laughs (and the stomach flu as I recall...)

 And my brother and his family treated us to one of their dinner show performances. They are a talented and generous group, and I will be missing them this year!

And time with my siblings always makes me laugh until my sides hurt.

Miss you all, Hanson siblings!