Hi I’m back! (Again)

It’s been awfully quiet over here. If you’re still subscribed to this small corner of the internet, thank you for sticking around. 🙂

I’m doing alright. The Quilted Rose Co. has kept me very busy. I’m currently working on restocking my shop. I can’t believe that I’m doing what I have prayed for and dreamed of for several years. Etsy definitely wasn’t what I had in mind when I thought about starting this endeavor but it made sense the more I prayed about it and so far it’s working out really well!

I’m still at the trophy shop and I still love it. I’ve got two of the best jobs in the world, y’all. I can celebrate people’s achievements during the day and I can create and quilt at night.

I *do* sleep eventually. There have been a lot of nights when I have had trouble sleeping. The worst is when I’m exhausted but sleep won’t come. My mind will race and I’ll be thinking about my next project or my next task. Or I’ve stayed up too late working on something and I’ve caught a second wind. During those nights I’ll talk to the Lord or I’ll sing in my head until I drift off. Waking up the next day is a struggle though, I’m not gonna lie.

I just finished a Bible study on God’s Priceless Woman with a dear friend. We looked at the Proverbs 31 woman and the godly woman described in Titus 2. Then, each week following, we studied a different woman in the Bible and a characteristic mentioned in the above passages. I’ve really enjoyed having someone to study with and pray with on a weekly basis. It has helped keep me accountable in my personal study time and in other areas in my life. The fellowship has been sweet and encouraging to me and it’s been something that I’ve needed in this season of life.

I just came back from a whirlwind family reunion. The whole family drove up to Chicago for the weekend and we saw all of our cousins on both sides. It was wonderful to see everyone and the best part (at least for me) was to give my grandmother her new quilt.

She had asked me to make her a quilt about two years ago and sent me all of the fabric for the fans. I had worked on it off and on, in between moves, school, work, and The Quilted Rose. Now it’s finally completed and in its new home. My first custom order as The Quilted Rose Co. 😊

I am in the process of looking for a car and getting my license. It’s been a slow process, mostly because it’s not a priority for me. 😜

And for those of you who have been following the saga of our nasty next-door neighbors, we have gotten word that they have put their house up on the market! Mom says there will be no premature celebrating…but we’re all praying they move out fast and better neighbors will replace them.

That’s it for now, I think. Hopefully there will be more to share in the coming months and perhaps more sleep(?) Thank you again for sticking around!

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The Quilted Rose Co.

I am SO excited to announce that The Quilted Rose Co. is {FINALLY} opening Saturday, March 3rd (3/3)!

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It has been my dream to open my own quilt shop and now I’m pursuing that dream.

Here are a couple sneak peeks of what will be listed. Let me know what catches your eye!

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I’ve started a blog in hopes of sharing the stories behind each quilt I’ve made in the past and the quilts that that are yet to be made in the future. Feel free to check it out here!

A Bottle of Glass Hearts!

I’m watching the snowfall today. What I thought was only going to be > 0.1″ actually turned into a winter wonderland. Needless to say, I’m happy to be home. I’m just trying to figure out what to do on this unexpected day off. 😉

My friend, RJ, is releasing yet another book! This time, a collection of five short stories. Check out her blog to read the descriptions of each one. (A Bottle of Glass Hearts!) Then come back and tell me which one is most intriguing to you! (Mine is Gem because Soleil is an ESFJ like me!) 😁

***If you absolutely cannot wait to read Lucent Sylph, you can download the kindle version for FREE here. (Read Lucent Sylph) It’s one of my favorites written by RJ.***

I’m Back! (And Merry Christmas)

I’ve been kind of quiet over here. A lot has been going on…too much to try to bring y’all up to date. But here are several things (in no particular order) to kind of fill in the gaps of my absence.

  • My aunt came to live with us for two months before she started her new job…and it was amazing and wonderful to have her here! (Wish she never left. 😉)
  • I celebrated my one-year anniversary at the Trophy Shop!
  • I am in the process of launching The Quilted Rose Co., my new Etsy shop! (Stay tuned for details!)
  • I went to see a For King & Country concert on my birthday. They were outstanding as usual. I cannot wait for next year. (Album #3 is coming out eventually!)
  • I still don’t know how to drive. (I still have not been behind the wheel.)
  • Princess O graced us with a five-day visit and we made cookies and watched movies and colored. She has grown so much and she’s such a treasure!

  • My cousins from NYC came for Thanksgiving for the second year in a row!!!
  • We have a new cousin on the way and it’s a girl! 😄
  • We had the privilege of watching the life cycle of four black swallowtail butterflies. E. was the main caretaker.
  • I’ve got all my presents finished and wrapped. (No staying up past midnight to hustle this year!)
  • We saw The Last Jedi and it was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • I still love my job. 😉
  • On that note, I am on vacation (stay-cation) for two weeks.
  • My sisters and I have been trying to exercise together every day and we’re still alive.
  • Travis and Angel took me to Big Church Night Out last weekend and we watched the Newsboys, Blanca, 7eventh Time Down, and Sidewalk Prophets perform along with a couple other acts. It was amazing. We had a wonderful time together. Angel picked awesome seats and I got a picture with Blanca!

One thought that has been on my heart this Christmas is that I am so thankful Jesus did not stay a baby. He was born. He lived. He grew in wisdom and stature and favor with God and men. He died for me and my sins. He died for your sins too. He rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven. And now one day He’s coming back. This is what brings me joy this year.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

I hope your Christmas is merry and bright. (To my quilty friends, may your bobbin always be full.)

A Little Motivation

The most wonderful thing happened last week.

Saturday evening, I opened a package from Mrs. Terri. I knew it was a graduation gift. Mom asked me if I wanted to open it now or later. She was like, “maybe it will motivate you to finish school.” and I was like, “Mom, I don’t need any more motivation to finish.” But Mrs. Terri wanted me to open it, so I did. And I am so thrilled.

Y’all, the Pin Pals made me a quilt.

Several of the ladies made quilt blocks and embroidered a message, or just signed their name in the corner of their block. They picked such beautiful fabrics. There are pink and red flowers. There are text fabrics with different quilt terms. There’s a block with “Baby Ruth” embroidered in big red script letters. (That’s what all the ladies call me!) The backing is a green and white triangle pattern. Mrs. Terri quilted the entire thing with meanders and stars.

It is so perfect!

No one has ever made me a quilt before. I have always been the giver and maker of quilts! Being on the receiving end, I understand now how special and meaningful quilts truly are. They are the product of love, kindness, and generosity. To me, it’s a reminder that though distance may separate us, it cannot lessen the love that I have for my Pin Pals and the Pin Pals have for me. It is a comfort and an encouragement (not to mention it keeps me warm at night!).

That Saturday, I was sad that the sewing guild will not be here to celebrate my graduation with me. When I look at this quilt, and as I’ve read the messages they wrote on my card, I see that they’re already celebrating. They’re already proud of me and they are already excited for the next chapter of my life to start.

I think Mrs. Rose said it just right:

“I will be right there with you in spirit as you graduate and you will know we are all there with you when you wrap yourself in the quilt. You are loved.”

I can’t get over how amazing this gift is. I’m never letting this one go.

Now I really have to finish. I said I didn’t need any more motivation, but the Lord knew I needed this.

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Physics is finished. I took my last test yesterday! All I have left are two writing assignments for English. I’m almost done.

The Best Is Yet To Come

So there was this song I heard a long time ago when I was visiting Jami. We were in her car driving home from The Big White House. Windows were rolled down and the sun was setting. I remember now that we had Pandora’s music on shuffle and this song came up. I never caught the lyrics or even the name of the song, but I really liked the tune.

I found the song yesterday.

It’s “The Best Is Yet To Come” by Sheppard.

The lyric video is here.

This has been floating around in my head for years. I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am that I found this. 😄

The Goodness of God

{Past}

It’s been a while. A long while since I saw him, or heard from him. And then, there he was. Smiling, staring at the ground with a girl by his side. Their faces frozen forever in a perfect little picture.

I shouldn’t have been stalking her. Now my heart hurts. It’s not broken. I remember what that feels like. It was so horrible. I felt shattered, crushed into a million pieces. I never felt so small and insignificant in my whole life. No, this time it’s a dull ache that burns in my chest. There’s regret. So much regret.

I’m relieved that it’s over. I finally have closure. But I also feel sad and disappointed that things didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. I desperately wanted him notice me. I tried so hard and wasted so much time and energy trying to get him to like me. But it was all to no avail. He wasn’t the one for me.

Thank God.


{Present}

The past three years have been one heck of a ride. It’s amazing how far the Lord has brought me and just how much He’s done in my heart.

15. That was not very long ago. I was young and crazy and head over heels for one guy, and then another guy, and then another. (None of which liked me back the very least.)

I spent so much time and energy trying to make boys that just weren’t the ones for me, the right ones for me. I had tried so hard to give my heart to each one. Mom warned me about the consequences of doing that. It would hurt and it’s a waste of time and affection that is so very precious. I would regret it because there were so many other things I could pour my energy into other than boys. But I didn’t listen. I still gave my heart away and every single time, I got hurt.

I let myself go until I became someone I didn’t recognize. I was unhappy with my image, with my personality, with all of me because I felt like no one liked me for who I really was. I tried so hard to be someone else for a guy. A guy who didn’t care for me. I spent so much time and energy wishing, wanting, and trying way too hard to get him to like me. Every night, I prayed that he would be the one for me. I said, “God, please let him be the one!” when really I meant, “God, please make him the one!” I am so thankful God did not give me what I wanted!

Then I moved.

And then the healing began.

I came to face some really hard truths.

Truth is, I wasn’t ready to date. (And I’m still not ready to date.)

Truth is, I wasn’t ready for marriage. (And I’m still not ready for marriage.)

Truth is, every guy I really liked was actually a terrible match for me.

Truth is, the distance away from my friends and all the guys I knew has actually been really good for me.

Truth is, I really need to get to know my Savior first before I ever get to know any guy.

Truth is, I have a really good God who has protected my heart in so many ways, it makes me cry every time I really think about it.

For three years, God gave me acne. The kind of acne that you just can’t hide no matter how much makeup you put on. It was big, red, painful, and pretty much all over my face. I hated it so much, but now I’m pretty sure those mountains were what kept the boys from falling in love with me during a very vulnerable time.

You know how I know?

Three years ago, in the middle of my boy-craziness, my acne was just awful. Like I went to a dermatologist because it was so awful, and she said it was awful. (Okay, she said it was very severe, not awful.) It was bad. Up until the time I moved, it had stayed that way. But ever since I’ve been living here, my skin has healed! It’s unreal. As I have grown in the Lord and let Him heal my heart, He has healed my skin too. It’s so amazing.

Ever since I moved, I have not met a single guy who is remotely close to my age. (Okay, that’s not true. There are boys here but they’re young and wild.)

God gave me ladies like my mom and Mrs. Nancy. Ladies who love the Lord and who are the kind of wives that I want to be when it’s time.

God gave me a handful of good, Christian girlfriends who have encouraged me in my walk with Him.

God gave me such a good daddy (and mommy) who will guard my heart even when I won’t do it myself. And they will continue to guard it until God brings the man HE picked for me. I’m so thankful for my parents. They counseled me when I was heartbroken. Now they’re encouraging me to pour my energy and time into the people I love and the things I like to do. To be busy instead of sitting around wishing for a boyfriend. They reminded me to be myself and to love myself because God made me the way I am: Complete. Perfectly and wonderfully made. Exactly the way He wanted me to be. And God doesn’t make mistakes. And finally, they told me to wait on the Lord’s timing. For His timing is perfect, and He always, always, has my best interests in mind.

So that’s where I am now. Waiting and trusting in the Lord.