Monday, July 21, 2014

All You Need To Do To Help Reach The Wildfire Families is Blog and Write

If you can't quilt, can't knit or crochet, I know you blog and can write and I am asking you to please, please help me get the word out that I am collecting quilts for the Washington Wildfire families and first responders.  

It is so easy, just head over to Layers of Hope blog and grab our button and pass it around so others can see what we are doing. Tweet about it, Facebook about it, send out Emails, call your local quilt guilds or just blog about it and help me get the word out.

Alone, we are one, together we are many!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Washington Wild Fires

I am once again asking for quilts for victims of a disaster that is close to home.  Please consider sending a quilt for this disaster and when I get the all clear, I will begin to deliver them.

Check out my Layers of Hope - Quilting 911 Blog at or click on the link on the right side of this blog!

The Winthrop Police Chief asked us to share this warning. They have no power, limited phone service and gasoline. They are in a state of emergency. Lake Pearrygin State Park is already evacuated. This warning applies to surrounding areas: Pateros, Brewster and Malott also evacuated. Do not visit. Evacuate if you can. ‪#‎WAwildfire‬

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

If Dreams Came True...Wait! Sometimes They Do!

So, for years we have been praying to get our youngest grand daughter up here and together with her siblings and on Friday, that wish came true.

Now, we are trying to acclimate the family and the kids who right now are not exceptionally thrilled...she pinches, scratches and doesn't believe her dad is her dad and that is very upsetting to her siblings.

I keep telling them, she will come around, but they are very wary. I think they also worry that as soon as they get close to her, mom is going to call and say..'put her back on the plane,' so being hurt by mom is a huge thing right now.

 This morning, birthday girl turned 12 and for her gift she photo bombed her sister, I love this picture, but oh, did baby sister get a bit miffed...we will adjust, she will find her Mojo and they will eventually let their guard down.

Now, what I want more than ever is to find a small travel trailer that can be pulled by hubbies truck and be able to take us all on a week-end camping trip in July and one in August.

As you can imagine, they are not cheap, but I have been posting on Craigslist to rent one from perhaps someone that is not using theirs this summer.  I hope to hear back from someone soon.

I know it is a risk to the person that owns the travel trailer, but I also know it would bless us immensely and they will get it back cleaner than when we borrowed it.

So, I will let you know when I have to pinch myself and the dream comes true.  In the meantime can you say a prayer for our family, this is an adjustment for all of us!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sisters Together Again

These girls have been separated for to long, it is so awesome to see them together again as a family.
 We have had the oldest three for many years and we have had sole legal custody of them since 2008.  They always ask us why their sister can't live with us and I tell them the same thing, her mom has her and there wasn't a way for us to get her, but God will bring them back together.

I have no idea what is going on, just that mom called a week ago Friday and asked if we could take her, she did not want her to go to anyone but us and stated something was going on in her life and she needed to be with us.

We picked her up at the airport Friday at 3:00, she got off the plane with a smile, carrying a little bag with what she said were her most important things (broken crayons, color book, some paper, some change she is saving, etc.)a bag of dirty clothing and a pair of sandals she said she found in the trash (2 sizes to big for her).

We took her to lunch and to JC Penney where we got her 3 cute tops, socks and a pair of shoes that fit.  So glad we went to JCP because she wears a girls plus size 14/16 and they had some nice tops.

Then it was off to Sears for 3 pair of shorts as it is hot here and I had no idea what was in her bag and I wasn't about to dig through it.

Got home, started laundry, had the girls clean a spot in their room for a small plastic dresser with 3 drawers and Shyann said she could have her bed to sleep on (Shy has always preferred the couch and right now until we know what is going to happen, it works and everyone is happy).  

I have a birth certificate for her and nothing else.  The paperwork mom sent does not help me in Washington state as it is not notarized and I need legal guardianship status to get her medical insurance or she gets sick and CPS steps in and we don't want that to happen.

After dinner, more shopping at Walmart for water shoes, under garments, personal items  and home and everyone was exhausted.

Yesterday we went to the water park several hours away from here as my husband gets tickets every July and the kids had a blast while hubby and I chilled out on a blanket under a shade tree.  Oh my! I even took a nap! Well, grinning sheepishly, I actually took two!

Today we are hearing a bit more from her, but not much and I am not pushing it.  She told us she has three last names because her mom has been married three times.  I told her, that she only has one last name and it is the same as her sisters, her brother, her dad and yes, her mom because she has never legally changed it like she was court mandated to do.

I also told her that her mom never married either of the other two men she was calling dad and she only has one real dad and not even a step-dad.

Sadly, she looked at me like I was crazy, but you could tell she was taking it all in and processing it somewhere in her little head trying to figure me out.

She has been told so many stories that are not true such as we just 'snatched her brother and sister and took of with them, uh no sweetie that would be kidnapping, we have them because a judge knows we take good care of them.

While coming back from picking up a few things for lunch today and stopping at Dutch Bros coffee in Centralia, I heard her say, 'I am glad to be here, you have good things and Ranny and Papa take care of us.'

How long this will be, I do not know, but please pray for all of us!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Quilting Again, Whoo Hoo!

Wow! I was beginning to wonder if I would ever get my Mojo back and sit down and quilt. So much has gone on that I just couldn't focus on anything but sitting on the couch lately.

Today, I got a few rows done, not much but enough!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Looking for Frequent Flyer Miles

Some of you may be offended by this request and if you are please know I do not mean to offend anyone, but my family needs help.

As you may or may not be aware of, my husband and I are raising 3 grandchildren ages 11, 12 & 13, they have another sibling who is 9 and who we have prayed for many years to be joined with all of them as siblings should be.

I just received a telephone call from their mom, she is getting all the paperwork ready to send her up here, however, she wants her up here by Saturday, July 12th and as you all know, short notice flights are out of this world.

If anyone has any frequent flier miles they could donate to us to help us get her up here, I would so appreciate it.  As it is, she will be coming up with one suitcase and we will need to start getting her clothing as well as purchase a new couch so we have a place for her to sleep.

Normally I would not post this here, however, if I post it on Facebook, her mom's family will see it and a small war will break out.

Thank you so much for reading this.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Easy Peasy Reusable Grocery Bag

I cannot for the life of me figure out why I cannot get my videos to load onto blogger or I would do a very quick and simple tutorial on how to make this grocery bag!

Reusable Grocery BAg
 I dislike having to purchase those cheap made in China, sometimes funky smelling grocery bags, and besides that, I like cute.

So today, I decided to do something with this adorable fabric I had purchased by Timeless Treasures while visiting and picking up quilts at Town Square Fabric and Yarn in Burien awhile back.

I took apart a plastic bag I received from a local outlet mall store by cutting up the sides and across the bottom, then I ironed my fabric, turned it wrong side up and traced the bag handle.

I lined this bag to ensure it would carry anything and used the pink Timeless Treasures fabric that matched.  I sewed them together, trimmed the corners and flipped them right side out using the circle in the handle.

It went together quickly, but the circle was a bit of a challenge until I clipped the curves a bit and then I added fray check just to be sure.

I will have 2 of these and give hubby 2 of the recyled denim bags for him when he has to go shopping.  He works hard enough for what he brings home, I cannot see him giving it away a nickle at a time.

It isn't a quilt but it was fun to make!