~ Greetings and warm welcome to ~
today I have to share with you a finish that I absolutely adore!
May I present:
designed by: With Thy Needle and Thread ~ Brenda Gervais
Stitched over 1 on 25 ct. coffee stained evenweave
I was a little worried about finish one of these sweeties, but truly it was a breeze! Just sew along the traced lines, stuff, close, satin stitch a beak, french knot a eye, cut a scarf out of felt, find some old Christmas sheet music and make some "feathers" and VIOLA! One French Hen!!
~and she looks SO darling snuggled in the branches of our main tree~
a Holy Feast Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church. It is the Immaculate Conception.
Many people get this confused with the conception of Jesus within Mary, however it is a dogma of my faith instituted by Rome, that Mary herself was conceived within her mother (St. Ann) without the stain of original sin. If one ponders on this, it isn't hard to believe that God would want the vessel that would carry His son to be free from sin. Also, according to St. Bernadette Soubirous, who is famed to have seen the apparition of Our Lady in Lourdes, France in 1858, said that Our Lady spoke these words: "I am the Immaculate Conception".
Its a special feast day...
for Catholics and one that is special to me personally. It is special to me because: 17 years ago, I was pregnant with my first baby. I was so eager to have my baby and snuggle it close. The days seemed to drag! I went to this feast day Mass thinking I had 6 weeks left before my baby would be born. I can remember kneeling and praying for the Blessed Virgin's intercession on my behalf for a good delivery and a healthy baby. Little did I know two days later...I'd be in labor and my darling baby girl would be snuggled in my arms within 18 hours! Healthy and perfect, although she was 6 weeks early.
Katie and I will attend Mass together at noon. We attended together 17 years ago, just she was in my belly :) Since her birthday is around the corner, we are going to celebrate Mass together and then I'm taking her out for a "girls lunch date". She never misses school, so missing a half day is not a biggie. I'm looking forward to spending time with my daughter in God's presence and then having a great lunch at Olive Garden! I'm really excited about the lunch out because....I've been doing a very strict diet for the last week and I'm ready to blow it out! LOL!
That is Day 8 folks!
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God, just like always!
Love in stitches,