Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cool at the Pool in a new swimsuit!

Hey, Cyberworld, are you hot out there?  Even my dolls are roasting. Kaitlin, one of my Best Friends Club dolls, was just ecstatic when I made her a new swimsuit. The pattern was FREE (from What was fun about it was using a new material: fold over elastic. So great for projects with elasticized arm holes, etc. I got some of it very reasonably at a great etsy shop (The Trimming). I did have to adapt this pattern  with skinny back velcro as the suit was just too tight for little hands to get it on a BFC doll. I also straightened out the chest piece a bit.  I don't believe these adaptations would be necessary for the American Girl size. Now I better get back to sewing. No way, I'm jumping in the pool! Let's go swimmin all ye women!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Safe Return of the Atlantis!

I thank the Lord for the safe return of the Atlantis and for the dedication, perserverence and hardwork of all the space shuttle mission staff over the decades!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Good Final Launch

 My doll Nicole waves good-by to Atlantis as it roars off into space. We only saw a teeny flash from Ormond Beach but the roar was heard. Too many clouds today for a great view, but our hearts are with the astronauts and all the Shuttle workers.  I will really miss the shuttle flights. So inspiring! Thank you wonderful people, and thanks be to God too.
 After the shuttle was safely in flight, Nicole took a look at the sea turtle's nest. She was careful not to touch anything.  There are several on our beach.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Fourth of July, Everyone!

Today in church we said the pledge of allegiance to the Flag::

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands.  One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

I love our pledge because it reminds me that eventhough we are an imperfect nation, our sovereign is still God. He's in charge. We also learned today from His Word in the Bible that God says: 
 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

None of us are perfect and neither is our country. God loves us and wants to be close to us, but He can't be if we do bad things. So this verse gives me such great hope for the possibility of healing in our country of what as a country we do wrong and what as individuals we do wrong, as long as we humble ourselves by saying to God what we do wrong (sin) and really seek to know God and His heart which He revealed by sending Himself as Jesus as the perfect man to take the punishment we deserve. (Check out John 3:16 -17)

It 's so wonderful to live in a country where I can write this freely. It's wonderful to live in a country where I can praise my God and Savior for His forgiveness of my bad things and show my joy in knowing that He loves me forever.

We also sang a great song today:

"If My people's hearts are humbled, if they pray and seek My face;
If they turn away from evil, I will not withhold My grace.
I will hear their prayers from heaven; I will pardon every sin.
If My people's hearts are humbled, I will surely heal their land.

Then My eyes will see their sorrow, then My ears will hear their plea;
If My people's hearts are humbled, I will set their nation free.
If My people's hearts are humbled, if they pray and seek my face;
If they turn away from evil, I will not withhold My grace."

Have you ever cried outloud because you were so sorry you did something wrong? Well, God says He listens and completely heals our humble, broken hearts. Hooray!

(Please note this posting has absolutely nothing to do with politics, Republicans or Democrats, only hearts).  Hugs, Sylvia