What joy the gospel gives me. I can approach the throne of God with confidence, not because I've done a good job at my spiritual duties, but because I'm clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. ~ C.J. Mahaney

I'll Be Home For Christmas

I don't know about you, but I have barely sat down for the past few days.  Every time I thought I had my act together, I'd remember one last thing that needed to be done.  Yesterday was spent mostly in the kitchen, well, excluding the quick trip to Target and Aldi.  And also excluding the hour or so in the sewing room making Hannah's last minute stocking to hang with all the others from the mantle.

So today, I shall sit.  I shall sit, and read, and relax.  But first, I wanted to show you a Christmas sampler quilt I designed six years ago.  It is one of my all-time favorites.

This quilt I call "I'll Be Home For Christmas."  You see, six years ago, we were waiting for our sweet Maggie to come home from China.  We were also waiting for my brother, Doug, to come home from Iraq.  So, we were missing a couple of very important family members that Christmas.


My thoughts turned sentimental as I stitched up this quilt--thoughts of home, family, prayers, stockings, mittens, Christmas trees, snowmen, American flags, and bright, starry nights.



I stitched some lyrics from one of my favorite Christmas songs all around the border:

"I'll be home for Christmas.  You can plan on me.  
Please have snow and mistletoe, and presents on the tree...."

This year we are waiting again....for a very special little boy to join our family.  He'll be home for Christmas, if only in our dreams.

We love you, Caleb.  Merry Christmas, sweet boy.

And Merry Christmas to all my friends and family!



Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas from Yo Mama! I love you.

Anonymous said...

Got a little teary-eyed reading this....Sweet! Merry Christmas!!!!!

JoyinChina said...

Laura, your skill with a needle never ceases to amaze me. Using fabric, batting and thread to tug at the heartstrings is a really special gift. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is one of my all-time favorite songs. It has brought tears many times over the years. May the Lord bring your sweet boy home soon, so his face can join those around your table next year!