Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Beautiful Ordinary. Glimpses.

The discovery of God lies in the daily and the ordinary, not in the spectacular and the heroic.  If we cannot find God in the routines of home and shop, then we will not find Him at all.  -Richard J. Foster

Hi De Ho Everyone!  Just thought I would share some day to day glimpses...

The first glimpse is of our little Guisseppe.  He is our little blind dog...He is very sweet as you can see and loves Pops.  I take him in my arms and say...Hello Guisseppe...Little Man.... 

The next glimpse is of the little skirt I made for the little grand-daughter of the checker at the store I told about in my last entry.  I made the skirt, tie belt and put a nice little new tshirt I had on hand for with it.  The little daisy appliques make things very cute I think. 

This skirt too went to that same little girl I had written about.  This was formerly my skirt, a bit billowy on me, so my handy scissors went to work! 
...And I just happened to have some fabric left from my billowy skirt.  Voila.  A bag for her schoolbooks and lunch! 
This is the pattern I used for the basic skirt.   I actually made the skirts a tad shorter then the ankle length pattern and they still may not be the correct length, I gave plenty of growing room and her grandma can hem I'm quite sure if needed.   Simplicity 9001.  I made the elastic waist adjustable so they can tie the elastic to fit her little waist.

It was nice being able to use my old skills again of fashion illustration...I was a little unsettled on how it would turn out since it's been years ago since I had done one.  But I quickly sketched the aqua outfit out with a little girl her age wearing it.  I had an un-used frame in my closet.   So, there she goes!  Goodbye little drawing, I hope your little face will bring cheer to that little girl and she will feel loved and of great worth in God's eyes.
 You are Beautiful!  I also wrote a note in the package explaining everything and shared...Always look to God.   From Mrs. Amelia. 

 The next glimpse is a sunset here at the Forest. 

Gracie enjoys the sunset too.  She is a love.  She was hairless, scarred and on the verge of death when she was found.  She is a beauty now.  I hug her and say.... Miss America Gracie Girl!!!  The most beautiful girl in the world!!!  Yes, I tell her she is beautiful too.  She is a very sensitive creature and fearlessly loyal as well.

Another glimpse is the USO Service Center I wrote about in the last entry.  You know...  ; )  The one with Joan Leslie and Robert Hutton walking out of?  Hand in hand?  This is the real place, very un-changed.  

The entire town,  USO town is very much like that too.  I say this is where Judge Hardy and Andy Hardy live with the family as follows...

There are many large two story homes here, the kind with white pillars and picket fences just like what you see in the above Andy Hardy trailer. 

...Jem and I wonder who lived here in this town years ago...My long lost third cousin owns a pharmacy nearby.  He knows everyone by name.    One day maybe I will ask him what history he knows.  So far he is one long lost cousin who I have actually met and he seemed equally as excited to meet me too.  Now-a-days, that is a breath of fresh air!  : )

The WWII USO Service Center for Those Serving Then.  Oh if those walls could speak!
The old lanterns aglow at the front...So neat.
Photos taken in a moving car! Please oblige!

The WWII era center is the iconic buff colored brick from the 40s and as I wrote on the last entry, it has all kinds of extras and wings for our precious servicemen back then.  In my last entry I also included a clip of a USO Canteen with Roy Rogers, one of many old stars who would entertain our brave troops. 

Well I guess that's about it for today.  I'm plodding along with life...I try to keep my eyes and ears wide open whether it be smalltown or bigtown or wherever, if there is a little something I can do to bring cheer and shine God's love I want to be able to do that as I see fit using my natural gifts God gives. It might be just smiling at Adolph the doorman and saying his name.  ...It might be right in my own home.  There is an awful lot of fulfillment in that. 

...One thing for sure.

I haven't time to be a millionaire!  : )

I want first of all...to be at peace with myself.  I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life...I want, in fact--to borrow from the language of the saints--to live "in grace" as much of the time as possible.  -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Jem was saying at the supper table the other night... I want to live inside-out, not outside-in.  In other words, what is in, we share, it's what is inside that counts!   ...Not seeking material things to pack in selfishly and thus never fulfilled.  We can be fulfilled by what is inside!

Me too!  : )

Have a great day, loves,    -Amelia


Linda said...

I love that last video, Amelia! And I love your taste and talent, what a lovely skirt! And I love the note you wrote about always looking to God! I actually took sewing in high school but sadly never continued it. Never had a sewing machine, either, but I absolutely love to see what others make, and I appreciate your talent! Lovely photos. And what a cute little dog! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you are having a super week!

Amelia said...

Thank you so much Linda! I too took homemaking in junior high and enjoyed sewing and it really came in handy. Have you ever considered sewing again? I have the least expensive Brothers sewing machine from Walmart and just love it!

Thank you so much for commenting, Guisseppe says hey! I hope you too are having a sweet week Linda! Blessings friend!

Marianna said...

It was so special to see that sweet grandmother beam and smile as she shared how her little granddaughter had something pretty to wear for Easter. It truly was being God's hands and feet... so very precious. God will bless you greatly, I know, as that little family was blessed. Such a good way to use your talents and time for the Lord -- you are like Dorcas in the Bible, as inspiration. ;)

Love the other pics and song too! <3

Amelia said...

Yes, it is so fulfilling to be God's hands and feet! Yes, Jesus is alive and well, His Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts and then we can use our Gifts for Him. : ) I was so happy to do this and the Lord led me in such special ways.

Isn't that song so adorable? It's so true. True riches. : ) <3

Lea said...

Your making the little dress & skirt and drawing the fashion illustration with those precious words, was SUCH a sweet, thoughtful, generous thing to do. That little girl will always remember and it will always be an inspiration of such thoughtful kindness to me. Thank you for challenging those around you to giving of ourselves to those around us!

The sunset pic is stunning!

Love you! <3

Amelia said...

Thanks Lea! I hope it really ministered to that little girl...Bless her heart, it's so bad to be made fun. When I heard the story I thought to myself...(I will fix that!) : ) Dad always tells the story of the older lady making him a grocery store apron when he was a little boy. ...He always remembered.

It's so fun being an agent for Jesus with our own special talents in our own special ways right?

Thanks Lea for commenting, that is also being an encouragement to me!

Love you too! xo