Victoria T.:

I thought this was worth repeating. When I look into my daughter’s face, I thank God the Father for His Son.

Originally posted on Beloved Brown-Eyed Girl:

Imagine you have a debt–multiple credit cards maxed out, a home mortgage, student loans, a business loan, car loan. One lender and a huge debt. A debt so exorbitant–$50,000; $100,000; $1,000,000–you could never pay it in your lifetime. It is a debt your children’s children will be paying off. Your grand- or even great-grandchildren will be burdened by this debt, spending their hard-earned money whittling away at it through the years while the interest continues to mount against them.

Imagine it.

For some, this is a nightmare they face even today. Many others know that one slip, one moment of slack judgment or diligence could catapult them into this kind of hell.

Now imagine that lender who has loaned you all of this money–which is really his money, his hard work and diligence–calls you into his office today. You stand before his huge oak desk trembling. As he gathers his…

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Sprout has Sprung

Sometimes I still can’t believe it: she’s here, at home, tucked into soft blankets wearing clothes I washed for her.

And I still can’t believe that I birthed her. Amazing. The most humbling, awesome experience. There are no sufficient words for the emotional highs and lows I experienced during those 12 laborious hours and the first few hours that followed. All I can say is that God brought me through it all, and He has blessed us beyond measure with a healthy, beautiful baby girl.

Praise the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
his love endures forever.
(Psalm 106:1)

She Crochets: Sprout’s Rainbow Ripple

I hadn’t intended on making a baby blanket for Sprout because I had knit so many clothes for her already. But when a friend’s mom gave me this yarn in rainbow pastels, I changed my mind.

Started: February 18
Completed: February 28
Days to Completion: 10

These dates are estimates. I started this on a whim one afternoon soon after the baby shower and didn’t take notes about it right after I finished like normal.

Pattern Info
Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket by Celeste Young

I had this pattern in my “Favorites” on Ravelry for a long time. It is easy to remember, which makes it faster to work.

I could have worked another repeat of pink and yellow, but would have run out of green and blue if I tried to repeat those again. It finished about 36″ across, which is small for a baby blanket. The smaller size, I think, will make it a nice blanket to keep in the car.

Yarn Info
Bernat Baby Coordinates (discontinued)
75% acrylic, 22% acetate, 2% nylon
Baby Pink, 0.06 skeins
Soft Blue, 0.45 skeins
Lemon Custard, 0.2 skeins
Iced Mint, 0.26 skeins
White, 0.35 skeins

This yarn has been discontinued, and that doesn’t really disappoint me. I don’t know that I’d ever buy it after having worked with it once. It is loosely plied with a very loose twist and a single ply of a shiny material (maybe the acetate portion), which yields its characteristic look. However, it is difficult to crochet with, as the plies tend to get caught on the hook. The finished fabric looks nice, though.

I can’t give the yardage amounts here because the labels do not specify yardage, only weight.