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Beauty From Pain : Personal

I meant to write this blog post a few days ago. Then I saw another friend had already done it and I figured I didn’t really need to. I mean, am I really even reaching anyone here?

This morning I heard the song Beauty From Pain by Superchick on the radio. My thoughts immediately went to my sweet friend and her family who are going through something I can’t even imagine. After a long road of adoption to bring three beautiful children home from Haiti, they learned this week that their adoption has been “thrown out”. These children know this family as their own. There are several options but the only one that seems feasible is to keep fighting. To start over. Listening to this song, thinking of my friend and feeling a little guilty that I haven’t personally shared her story, the DJ came on to lead listeners to yet another blog post about her situation. It was pretty much at that moment that I knew I had to write this post. I may not have that many readers but perhaps I can reach someone who hasn’t heard of this story yet and if that’s the case then I’m in!

The short story is, a lot of money needs to be raised in a very short amount of time so that these 3 kiddos can come home to their family. My friend has started a Facebook event page, asking people to sacrifice their Sonic drink or Starbucks coffee for just two days and donate that money to their adoption. You can join the event here. If you scroll down on the page you can see some personal posts that will help you get to know the family and their story.

I don’t feel very equipped with words and I know that there are others who have already shared this story in posts that really moved me. Please go see my friend Lauren’s post The Good Samaritin In Modern Times. It’s good stuff, y’all. Janelle also shared the story on her blog and I completely agree with her… Only God Can.

The deadline is looming people. Can you help?

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Fabric destash!

The first step to recovery is admitting the problem. Right? Well, I have a little bit of a problem. I have a fabric addiction. Some people might say I’m a fabric hoarder.


I’ve got to get rid of some of this so I’m selling it off. Destashing the fabric stash. It sort of hurts my heart. Seriously.

If you would like to give any of my treasured fabric a new home just let me know! I have um, multiple yards of most of these fabrics. Price is PER YARD. I will do cuts in half yard increments and the price will be half of the full yard price. If you have a specific number of yards of a certain fabric that you’re interested let me know and I can check to see how much I have. Most of this fabric was purchased at between $5 and $20/yard so this is all definitely priced to sell!

Lime green with pink embroidered dragonfly’s. 48″ wide. Cotton, has some stretch to it. $5

Denim. 58″ wide. $5 SOLD

Pink and green toile with children playing. 100% 7 ounce cotton. 58″ wide. $5

Pink with bright dots. 100% 7 ounce cotton. 58″ wide. $5

Funky with pinks, green and black. 100% 7 ounce cotton. 58″ wide. $5

Shades of red, white, blue and yellow. 100% 7 ounce cotton. 58″ wide. $5 SOLD

Pink with brown. 100% 7 ounce cotton. 58″ wide. $5

Blue with sports. 100% 7 ounce cotton. 58″ wide. $5

Blue with white stars. 100% 7 ounce cotton. 58″ wide. $5 SOLD

Dinosaurs. (Sorry they are upside down!) 100% 7 ounce cotton. 58″ wide. $5

Yellow, green, pink and white paisley. 100% 7 ounce cotton. 58″ wide. $5

Blue with little green dots. Sheer fabric. 42″ wide. $3

Coordinates with above fabric. Blue with larger dots in blue, yellow and green. Sheer fabric. 42″ wide. $3

John Kaldor Fabricmaker. 100% rayon. Paisley print. 54″ wide. $5

Red and white gingham with embellished/embroidered farm scenes. ONLY 1 YARD AVAILABLE. 42″ wide. $10

Light green. Linen. 56″ wide. $3 SOLD

Cream and brown zebra print fabric. Kinda suedey like. :) 56″ wide. $5

Girlfriends “Sophie” by Jennifer Paganelli. Sisboom. 44″ wide. SOLD

Girlfriends “Carole” Jennifer Paganelli. Sisboom. 44″ wide. SOLD

Black with pink floral print. Stretchy. 36″ wide. $2

Aqua background with fun bright floral print. 58″ wide. $3

Black suede feel fabric. 60″ wide. $3 SOLD

Green with bright floral pattern. Cotton with some stretch. 46″ wide. $3

Nuala by Sisboom. 44″ wide. $3 SOLD

Blue background with green and red flowers. 56″ wide. $3

Green and white stripe. 58″ wide. SOLD

Denim. I think that’s just dust on the fold lines but it may be faded. Still great for cut projects. 56″ wide. $2 SOLD

Blue and white check with little fishies! 58″ wide. SOLD

Pink and white gingham. 58″ wide. SOLD

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Freaky Friday

It’s Friday the 13th which generally doesn’t really do much for me. I don’t buy into the superstition that is associated with the day. Today though, I’m feeling a little bit freaked out. Having lived in tornado alley for the better part of my life I’m pretty used to the meteorologist’s warnings and crazy weather that we experience. However, I can count on my fingers how many times my family has had to take actual shelter from the storms.

There were a handful of times as a child that I can remember heading down to the basement to ride out a potential storm. (I think our creepy basement and the fear that Freddy Krueger might be hiding in the crawl space near us was more terrifying than the thought of a tornado taking my home.)

Then there was the time when Madi and Eli were little when I actually saw my first tornado. Knowing the weather was going to be bad that evening, we drove through Taco Bell to grab dinner and then were stopping at a gas station to grab a few quick groceries when we realized the employee’s were locking the store and leaving. We asked if they were closed and I just remember them being all “Um, there’s a tornado.” We hopped in the truck to head home and as we approached the stop light just a block away, we looked to the west and there in the sky headed right down the street like a car was a tornado. I don’t know why, but we went home. I think we were just planning on hanging out in the bathroom. As we got out of the car all the hair on Brad’s arms stood straight up from the lightning and electricity in the air. He wasn’t as worried about the actual tornado as he was about the electricity surge that he felt. So we drove to his office where we knew we would be safe in the basement and rode the storm out there. I think one of the things I remember most about that night was that when we got to Brad’s office a car pulled in behind us that turned out to be two college girls that lived across the street from us. They got out of the car and followed us in saying, “We had no idea what to do or where to go but when we saw you leaving we figured you were headed somewhere safe so we just followed you!” Bless their hearts, they were so scared!

About three years ago, during what is always a very long night at my daughter’s dress rehearsal for dance, the siren’s sounded and we were sent to the basement of the building we were in. I’ve never seen so many teenage girls standing in awkward positions with their arms held high just searching for cell service. I’m not sure if there was an actual touch down that day or not. If I remember correctly the sirens sounded because there was rotation but no actual funnel.

Then just last year we took cover at Brad’s office once again. On Monday, I kept hearing on the news and Facebook about how we were in for some pretty bad weather the next day. I wasn’t too concerned at first but as the weather broadcast interruptions increased and weather man Mike Morgan pretty much dominated the television screen on Tuesday I got worried. When just the potential of a tornado is compared to the recent deadly weather in Joplin, MO and Tuscaloosa, AL it’s a little bit concerning. Ok, a lot bit concerning. I recorded the following news clip on my iPhone to send to Brad.

We rode out the storm in the basement and when we came out we learned that a tornado had touched down just a couple miles from our home. Our former dentist’s home was destroyed. Our dear friends lost their barn and had damage to their home and several other homes and properties sustained damage. On the way to a session a month after the storm I saw some of the damage firsthand. If you’ve never seen tornado damage up close then it’s hard to believe. Huge mature trees completely uprooted is just astonishing. Even more mind boggling is seeing the path that the tornado took. A perfectly tall tree, completely intact while it’s close neighbor is broken in two like a twig. It’s just crazy!

I’m not certain yet but it’s looking like tomorrow evening might be another one of those days when our family once again takes shelter from the deadly storms. I woke up to messages all over Facebook with warnings about the potential for severe storms tomorrow. Like, serious warnings. The technology is there for the meteorologists to track these things and when they talk like they are today…well, I for one listen. This guy says, “Now, the really bad news. The Storm Prediction Center rarely issues “high risk” outlooks (purple) a day in advance. This one maxes out the severe weather probabilities (lower map) — I’ve never seen that before!”

Hans, a former co-worker of my husband also posted a link to the SPC saying, “Saturday will be a dangerous day. If you don’t have a weather radio, get one. If you do, check it’s operation. Watch the news. I’ve been told this is only the second time in history the SPC has issued a high risk on the day 2 outlook (the day before an event) and the first time they’ve done it in the morning. It’s possible (likely even) tomorrow will be a historic day for destructive weather. Keep your eyes open.” Hans has been a storm chaser for as long as I’ve known him. When one of his friends posted about looking forward to “chasing” with him tomorrow someone else commented about it being a “fun” day. Hans replied with, “Not sure it will be a “fun” day. Looks like it will be a historic destructive day. Don’t go chasing unless you are with an experienced chaser. Normally I have a light/fun mood, but Saturday will not be a day to kid around with. People will die. It’s likely we will come across some stuff that may scar you, so be prepared. I’m not chastizing anyone here, just want everyone to be prepared and get the word out.”

So there ya go. I’m “freaked” in the sense of just being anxious about what could happen. It can just be so devastating. Every single time we have weather like this come around my thoughts go to what I will take with me if we have to seek shelter. Obviously the main goal is for my family to be safe. Our “stuff” doesn’t matter at all when you really think about it. However, there are things that can’t be replaced. Mainly, photographs. As a photographer, I know the importance that a simple image can hold. My mom died when I was 19 and I have memories and the hope and promise of heaven but for now? Now I have pictures. And every spring when this weather comes around I think “I have GOT to scan all my photographs!” They are truly irreplaceable. And, um, I have a lot of photographs. I can only carry so many in my arms to our safe spot!

I have a newborn session this afternoon. After that, I think I’ll start scanning! Stay safe out there everyone. This is serious stuff.

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