When Waffles Turn into Worship

“The days are long but the years are short.”

This is the truth.

Yesterday was one of the long days.

Who am I kidding, it has been a long week. One of those weeks that just keeps taking from you and not giving you any time to pause, breathe, and refresh so you can keep going. At least not in your usual ways.

My usual “pause-and-refresh” is during naptime. I fill up my mug with coffee or hot tea, turn on some music and dig into a craft, a project, or my bible if I didn’t get to read and study that morning. The littles usually cooperate and nap during the same time so it gives me an hout or so to do what I would like to.

This week, I have not been able to find my refresh moment, until this morning while I was making breakfast.

Still feeling tired, raw, and spent I was trying to get a grip on my day. My time in God’s word this morning was being drowned out by tears and whining. For some reason the truth in the words of my Father couldn’t permeate my heart and wash my tired soul of negativity.

Until making waffles turned into worship.

Worship (VERB): the act of showing extreme adoration and/or reverence for God.

Music is powerful; at least for me. I not only hear it, but feel it too. It has helped me find comfort and peace. It has helped energize me and make me feel good. And I am thankful for worship music at church. It helps me to quiet my head and prepare my heart for the message that day.

Music reached me this morning, too. I turn the radio on in the kitchen and dial it to my favorite Christian radio station. As the songs play and I start to sing and sway, I can feel a shift; a shift in my attitude, a shift in my posture, and a shift in my heart.

As I sing along while making waffles for my sweet family, I lift up my thanks to God. Thankful for a new day, a fresh start, the sweet faces that need me and love me. Thankful for the kiss on my cheek from a husband who loves me (Even when he comes home to me wearing full-on raccoon eyes because everyone else was crying, why not me). Thankful for the food I am able to cook for my family in the home that keeps us sheltered. Thankful for the pile of dirty clothes at the foot of the stairs that need to be sorted and washed. Thankful for the yard that needs mowed. Thankful for everything and everyone that He has blessed me with.

My eyes are closed, my voice sings and my arms are raised. A sweet moment of worship that resets my mood just in time for my 6 year old to sneak in and stick his finger in my armpit.

My days are filled with serving. Serving little humans who thank me with sweet kisses and hugs, a husband who works hard for his family, and other moms who are walking this same journey with me.

I was reading in Colossians 3 and it talks about holy living. In the first part of this chapter it talks about removing what belongs to your earthly nature, to literally put it to death so you don’t pick it back up again. Whatever entices your earthly self and keeps you stuck in a pattern of wanting and chasing after unimportant things or bad behaviors and habits. To instead set your heart and mind on things above, on heaven and the riches promised in eternity. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you will also appear with Him in glory (Col. 3:4) We are a new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Christ is all, and is in all (Col. 3:10, 11b).

Now, read this…

Colossians 3:12-17: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you we called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

This passage was the perfect encouragement for me today and I hope you find some in it as well. This season of motherhood is a big teaching period. I know that God is refining me and helping me to see less of me and more of Him. May my eyes be open and my heart obedient.

Go in peace my friend and may God bless you, your family, and your home.

Love,

Casey Renee

 

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Tutorial: Customize the Function of Your Prefold Diapers

During my quest for a simpler cloth diapering routine I found Imagine Baby cotton prefold diapers. I had tried the Osocozy brand and was not impressed with the fit. They were really long and narrow and that made them hard to fit on a small, squirmy bottom. But the Imagine Baby prefolds were so soft and had a better width and more manageable length to them. I became an insta-fan.

The thing for me about prefold diapers though was when I folded them I ended up with a very bulky section in the groin. There had to be a better way!

Insert my Customized Prefold Cloth Makeover.

I began with my washed and dried prefolds. Mine had been used several times before so they didn’t need prewashed but if you are starting with brand new prefolds you need to follow washing instructions before you begin.

Laying my prefold out flat, I used my rotary cutter to cut into the prefold toward the center where the absorbency is but not all the way to the stitching. I measured 3 inches down from the serged edges and then drove the cutter in at a very slight rounded angle.

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*I apologize for the horribly focused photo. My camera is a little fickle*

Make this exact cut 3 more times so you have 2 on each long side. These will become flaps that you can then customize your fold and fit with.

Next I stitched along each of the cuts. You make choose your stitch based on your machine and skill. You can do an overcast stitch, a zigzag stitch, or a straight stitch. My first round I tried a zigzag stitch and after several washes seemed to have missed fabric in places and had lots of fraying. This time I just did a straight stitch.

It is simply dropping your needle and foot at one end and stitching in to the corner of your cut. I back-stitched at the beginning, the corner, and the end of each cut. Do this on all four cuts and there you go! Super easy!

Now, for the folding…

You can tri-fold the flaps, just as if you would do it before but without the added bulk.

You may also use the jelly-roll technique for added protection from blowouts!

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You can also still adjust the rise just by folding the front down (shown above).

By doing this to my diapers I keep all the function and absorbency that I had before but with much less bulk. It also keeps our diaper changes quick and easier to do one-handed.

Here is my stash! It makes for easy laundering and packing a diaper bag!

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Do you use prefold diapers? Would you try this with your diapers? Leave a comment!

 

Custom State Love String Art Gift

I recently got to craft a gift that a friend ordered from me. Their neighbors moved away and she wanted to create this piece for their daughters since they were so close with her two daughters.

After sharing some of my hand-lettered decor that I made for our new home like this…

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And some more art like this…

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As well as the string art I made for our house.

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She asked if I would be interested in combining the two arts on a piece of wood that we can then mod podge a photo of all 5 girls together to.

Of course!

I sanded and stained a piece of wood and then applied a light coat of polyurethane to add an even sheen to it since we would be using mod podge later.

Then, I roughed my layout of the the lettering, states, and photo. It was a lot to put on a 12″x14″ piece of wood!

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Once that was all figured out I completed the lettering with a paint pen and then began the nail art.

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Once that was all finished we decided to add a loop to connect the hearts.

Here it is! (Not with the final photo though)

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I hope this family enjoys this gift as much as I enjoyed turning my friend’s idea into a piece of art.

Do you have any string art hanging in your home? Leave me a comment!

Tutorial: Customize the Function of Flour Sack Towels as Cloth Diapers

We have been what I would call “hybrid cloth diaperers” for almost 2 years now. We use disposables when we travel, when kids are sick, when we moved, sometimes at night, and sometimes because family is visiting. Beginning with Alva Pocket Diapers and adding in some BumGenius pockets and All-in-ones, as well as a few other brands here and there, I felt we had a good stash of about 35 cloth diapers for our (then) one child in cloth.

Then, as I joined cloth diaper groups and learned more, I noticed a lot of love for prefolds, flats, flour sack towels (FST) and covers. I already had a Rumperooz diaper cover so I decided to try out the FST and prefolds and see what the fuss was about.

I purchased my FST from Walmart as a pack of 10 for about $7. We also use Imagine Baby prefolds that I ordered off of Amazon.com (I customized these, too! Stay tuned for that tutorial)

A little practice, a couple of Snappi diaper fasteners (they replace the use of safety pins) and I was hooked! They fit so trim, were super absorbant, easy to launder, and quick to dry! The only “downside” for us is all the origami folding at each diaper change. Especially for my husband, who willingly changes any diaper but not as often as me, and for on-the-go.

Enter: customizing my FST by stitching the first few folds of our favorite diaper fold, which is most commonly called the Jelly-rolled Kite Fold.

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*(Not my original image…can’t find original post to give full credit)*

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By folding and stitching my diapers in the first couple of folds it saves the awkward origami session at the public changing table and helps be get a wiggly toddler back in his cloth quicker! I can still customize the fit between our 25 pound toddler and our 14 pound infant, and they wash easy and dry fast…just like before.

Here is what I did:
I laid out the (washed-worn-washed) FST and folded in the adjacent sides that make up the first two folds in the Jelly-rolled Kite Fold. I tested how the next fold would land before I moved on to placing a few pins.

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Next, I placed a few pins since I was doing about 20 FST assembly-line-style.

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~ Let me take a second and add that other than washing at least once before doing this, I wouldn’t bother with any other fabric prep such as ironing. Of course, you could, but these are not perfect square cuts to begin with, the edges roll and THEY ARE A POOP-CATCHER! Don’t stress about a perfect edge or stitch, just worry about function. ~

Okay, moving on…

After all my FST were pinned and ready to go, I was able to whip them through my machine in one stretch with a few turns, only cutting the thread at the end.

Beginning with the fold going in from the right start on the fold corner, stitching the fold closed, and stoping and turning at the edge of the fold.

Then, stitch down the fold all the way to the end of the diaper. There will be some funky and bulky places but just keep going.

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Once you reach the end, with needle down, turn and stitch to the point.

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Then turn again and stitch to the end of the left fold.

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Turn again and stitch down the open edge of the left fold.

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Finally, turn and stitch your left fold opening closed. Back-stitch and finish.

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This stitch closes all your edges and keeps them from trapping stool, lint, or anything else.

I stopped here on my diapers. On the first one I went so far as to fold in the corners and stitch down the middle but felt that was too much.

For us, once laundered, we will “prefold” the next step and stack them so they will be ready to roll! (Pun intended)

And there you have it! This one small step will really help our efficiency in diapering our two in cloth.

Are you a fan of the Flour Sack Towel cloth diaper? Leave me a comment!