Thursday, 25 January 2018

January Musings...

 I have just returned from a good refreshing walk...
During the summer months I find walking anywhere exhausting and we have been experiencing so much humidity lately which makes walking virtually impossible. 
However, today is much cooler, so Beth and I put Caleb in his pram and took him and the dogs to a nearby park for half an hour or so.
 
I cherish these quieter days at home...
 
My dad will be arriving on Sunday for a month long visit!  Oh, how excited we are...  Words cannot express how eager we are to be reunited!  Thus...I will purpose to be at home more while he is here so that we can enjoy some precious family time during his holiday. 
 
January has been a busy month for us thus far...it began with my 21st birthday which we celebrated by going out to supper as a family.  Three of my dear friends joined us which made the occasion extra special!  It was such a memorable birthday... 
 
A week later Beth and I left on camp...  I was privileged to be a counsellor at youth camp again this year, and this time Beth came along as a camper.  We had a wonderful few days learning more about our Saviour - what a blessing to be able to play a small part in the lives of girls younger than myself...
 
After camp I thought it would quieten down somewhat, but it just seemed to just get busier!   
Thus, I can't say I have managed to keep up with sewing lately...in fact, I can feel the withdrawal symptoms setting in... {{winks}}
 
Here are a couple items I made for a client sometime ago...they are a little more modern than I am used to making, but oh my, they were fun!
 
Snuggle Bunnies...
 
Bunny Rattles...
 
A few more Snuggle Bunnies...
 
 I have done very little leisure sewing over the past few months, so I am hoping to set aside time for that in the next little while.  Back in September I participated in a teacup exchange...  Well, my sweet partner in Australia sent out my teacup at around the same time as everyone else, but for some reason it got delayed along the way...  I was so excited to receive it two weeks ago - I think Peta was beginning to wonder if it would ever reach me! 
 
Oh my...what a sweet package she put together for me!  I was so touched by her kindness...  Not only did she choose the most beautiful teacup to bless me with, but she included delicious lemongrass, lime and ginger tea, a pretty handmade pin booklet as well as a selection of Tilda quilting fabric...  I simply cannot wait to put them to good use!  {{Smiles}} 
 

My teacup package went to a sweet young lady in New Zealand.  This is what I sent her... 
 
 
I believe putting together packages for sweet friends to be one of the most enjoyable things a person could do! 
 
And now for a few photographs of the family taken on the day of my birthday...

Just look at how this precious boy has grown!  Caleb is now 21 months and continues to fill our lives with joy and laughter...
 
Caleb and Sofia (6) have recently become the best of buddies.  They love playing together which is so sweet to see!

 Caleb is talking ever so beautifully...he is fascinated by anything that has an engine and particularly obsessed with trains.  It is incredible how innate his boyish nature is despite having six older sisters!  {{smiles}}
 
Rebekah and Sofia...
 
Beth and Gabrielle... 
 
What a special picture...Mom with her eldest and youngest child...

 We finally had a photograph taken of us all together!  We are just missing Dad in this picture so I think we need to schedule a photoshoot for while he is home...  {{Smiles}}
 
And now for a few pictures to make you smile...


 
 Aren't these so precious?
 
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Thank you for visiting today, sweet friends...it is always such a delight to have you!

I hope to stop by again soon with pictures of the beautiful tea cups my mom and dad gifted me with for my birthday...

Love and blessings in Christ,
Kelly-Anne

20 comments:

Daniela said...

It's always such a delight to come and visit you, my lovely girl, you always touch my heart and bless my day!

Sending blessings to you and your so wonderful family
with heartfelt gratitude

XOXO Dany

Debby Ray said...

What a beautiful family and wonderful photos...everyone has grown so! And a belated Happy Birthday to you! Ah...to be 21 again! Well, if that were even possible, I would certainly do many things differently...LOL! Enjoy having the time with your father and many blessings to you and yours! HUGS!

Elizabeth said...

This was a purely delightful post, Kelly-Anne! Oh, I'm so glad you had a lovely birthday with your family...and I think that picture of your mom with all her children definitely needs to be framed {{smiles}} It's so sweet! You can just see the love your mom has for her children and family in her face! What a precious lady she must be ♥ I'm sure she and my mom would get along splendidly!

Your sewing projects are wonderful, too! You certainly have a gift, my friend. I got back to sewing a bit over the weekend, by finally sewing a cover for my Bible. I had ordered some fabric a couple weeks ago and got to enjoy an evening of creating and sewing on Saturday, with hopes of doing a bit more sewing soon. I'm wanting to make some bookmarks to match and perhaps another cover.

I hope you all have a marvellous time with your Dad when he arrives...soak up every single minute of cherished family time!

Thinking of you, sweet friend, and I shall be responding to your email very soon {{smiles}}

Love to you,
Libby

Sylvia said...

I am so happy to see you post again, Kelly-Anne. You have been busy. I love those little bunnies. Those photo's of your family are so precious. Good to see how much little Caleb has grown. Take care and Happy Belated Birthday!

Sylvia

Mari said...

Caleb is so cute! Glad you will be able to spend time as a family. I know you'll all be blessed!
Love your package!

Mrs.T said...

Love the photo of you, your Mom, and Caleb! So sweet. The other family photos are all so lovely too. I'm sure you are so looking forward to seeing your dad, and I'm thankful he can come for a month!

Happy belated birthday. So happy to see you have been doing some sewing!

Cheryl said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Kelly-Anne! May the dear Lord bless you with many, many more!! Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of your Mom and family. It looks like all of you had such a wonderful day together. :) I know you will be so happy and thankful when your Dad is home safe. God bless all of you in a special way!!

Cecilia said...

Happy birthday, Kelly-Anne! The family photos are so sweet. The snuggle bunnies are very cute. Enjoy the time with your dad; I know you all miss him!
Hugs, Cecilia

Sarah said...

Happy Belated Birthday Kelly-Anne! January is my birthday month too. : )

The pictures of you and your family are so beautiful! Little Caleb has grown so much over the past few months. He is such a sweet little boy!

The tea cup you received is lovely and what you sent is so pretty too!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful time over your dad's vacation!

-Sarah

Olivia Bell said...

What a beautiful family you have, dear friend, and knowing your Dad is going to arrive on Sunday is such a joy! I've been praying for his return, I know a month with him will be so wonderful! I hope you will get to do the photoshoot with him! {{smiles}} I loved seeing what you sent and received in the teacup exchange, everything was so elegant and beautiful, I especially loved the teapot/cup combination you sent, I love those!

I'm so glad you have been having a lovely January, it brings me joy to know that. {{smiles}} It's been far too long since I emailed you, I'm going to do that later today. Know I love and pray for you and your family always!

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Paige said...

I'm so glad to hear that you and your family are doing well! It sounds like your life has been full of good things. Happy belated birthday! :D
Your new teacup is beautiful - it's wonderful that the package didn't get lost forever! The package you sent was also so thoughtful.
Enjoy the precious time with your dad this month! I hope you make many family memories. :)

maria's cottage said...

Dear Kelly-Anne... a happy belated birthday to you! 21 years old is such a milestone. I am sure your lovely mum, made you feel so special and so did your siblings. Your photos show the love for your family and how beautiful they all are... what a joy to visit your lovely place... May our Lord continue to bless you and yours dearly... Maria

Vicky Hunt said...

Hello Kelly-Anne. It has been so long since I stopped by for a visit. Life has certainly been busy here. I am so happy to hear your family is doing well and you have settled into your new home and life. I know your family must be so eager to see your dad. That must be so difficult for all of you. I can hardly believe how big Caleb has gotten. Oh my...he is so precious! Your whole family is so precious and beautiful. I do hope you all enjoy your month with your dad. It was nice catching up. Have a blessed day.

Hugs, Vicky

Roxanne said...

What a lovely post! Glad to hear you had a good birthday :) I like your package from Australia! What a pretty tea cup! Good to hear that your dad is visiting! I know what a relief it is to have a dad at home after he has been away! Oh,and I absolutely adore those bunny rabbits! Very Cute! Much love and blessings xx

Jeanette van As said...

Thank you for sharing this, Kelly! It was precious to share your birthday with you and I was honoured to be asked :) I hope this special time with your dad is richly blessed for all of you! Love to you! <3

Margie said...

I'm so glad that you had a wonderful birthday month! Your beautiful teacup was definitely worth waiting for. I always enjoy seeing photos of your sweet siblings. I'm amazed by how big Caleb has grown! Enjoy the visit with your dad.

sarah said...

Awe my sweet friend, It has truly been a while since I have visited your blog. I was just thinking about you and decided to see how you were doing! I saw that your Daddy had to get a job oversees. I know that must be very hard for your family so I will be praying for you all during this season. God brings us into different circumstances even though it isn't what we always want. Your photography is simply wonderful! I truly believe you should start your own photography buisness! Right now, I am back in school! School is truly wonderful but also extremely difficult. I am taking Medical-Surgical Nursing, Advanced Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Nursing Informatics, Old Testament Survey, Microbiology and a lab that goes with that, and last but not least clinical. Clinical is once a week and this semester we will be going to the hospital for the first time. We will be going there for 10 weeks which is super exciting and scary at the same time, since all the skills I am learning are needing to be recalled and practiced correctly. The Lord teaches me that even though it seems like it is all about school it is not. It is also most importantly about having a relationship with Him despite the business of life. This was hard to learn for me last semester and I trying not to make the same mistake as last semester. School just teaches me so much more than about Nursing but also about life. Well I really need to finish a quiz I am in the middle of taking right now and then got distracted and decided to write you! I miss the times when we would write back and forth. I hope you have a wonderful day friend! Maybe someday we will meet!! Sarah Spies

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Sweet Kelly-Anne! Always a joy to visit with you, and how thankful I am to hear that your father is returning home to be with his family! Such a joyous reunion that will be! Such amazing and precious pictures you have taken of your family, and oh my, how they are growing! Just beautiful pictures of Caleb and his momma, and you with them too! I'm so sorry your teacup was delayed in the mail for such a long time, but glad that you finally got it and what a beauty it is! I know you will enjoy many sweet cups of tea out of it! I pray the Lord's most precious blessings on your life now that you are 21, and celebrating being in your 21st year :) Many hugs and blessings to you dear friend!

Sheryl S. said...

Thank you for sharing such wonderful photos of your beautiful family. Lovely gift exchanges and cute snuggle bunnies.