Monday, March 22, 2010

Busy Mom's Bible

If you have children, then you understand the problem I have with time. There's just not enough of it. Most days I wake up to my two small, living alarm clocks and hit the ground running. There's the laundry, dishes, managing a business and two small children... I really want to exercise but it falls to the wayside most days (and as a physical therapist, I should know better!). And prayer? Sigh...

Somtimes I long for the days when I could sit on the couch alone with God for 20 or 30 minutes or more, just soaking in His presence. Life before a husband and children was so much simpler. Not better - I have an amazing life - but there were certainly less distractions and it was definitely easier to find time to pray. No one warned me of how that would change!

In walks the Busy Mom's Bible. I received one of these bibles from Zondervan's and it has quickly become my favorite. It's cute and feminine. Look, I know that doesn't matter, but it doesn't hurt either! What I love are the short reflections scattered throughout. The reflections are designed so that you can read it in just a minute, with some additional scripture and thoughts for if you have more time. So many of the reflections speak to my heart and spirit. They are practical and meaningful for my daily life. I just wish there were more in there! I've read most of the reflections already! I try to keep it in places in the house where I can pick it up and read, even if just for a minute - by the computer or on the dining room table.

If you're looking for a bible, or simply a way to incorporate prayer into your busy life, you might want to consider the Busy Mom's Bible. I still may not have 20 or 30 mintues to sit down and pray, but I find myself reading a little and going about my day in a spirit of prayer. That's the best way to live!

Read more here!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Make your own baby legwarmers

If you'd like to try to make your own baby legwarmers, rather than buying, you can! You just need some tall socks, elastic and some very basic sewing skills.

First, cut the feet off your knee-highs. I left enough at the ankle to try to still use the socks as anklets. To the right, you see some sweater sleeves I cut off and will try to use as well. They are wool, so they'll be warm for winter!

Next, cut some elastic to about the same size as your raw sock edge, plus 1/2 inch seam allowance. I happened to use foldover elastic here because I had some extra scraps around and it's really soft.

Next I sewed my elastic into loops...
Then I turned my sock inside out and sewed the sock to the elastic, right sides together, pretty close to the edge. Make sure you give it a good stretch as you sew!!!
Here's a pic of the elastic sewn on. I usually just leave it like this, with the elastic flipped inside, as shown on the left. To finish further, you could topstitch after flipping the elastic inside the sock.
And here is my handsome little model!
(Sorry - this pic wouldn't turn for me!)
Please leave a comment or question if you have one!