Welcome to the Homemaking Link-Up Weekend here at Hope In Every Season. I'm so excited to report that last week, my very first week hosting the party, was a total success! As promised, I've chosen a couple of participants to feature who especially blessed me with their posts. I'll introduce you to Lydia and Mary Joy in just a moment!
Today, I'm sharing the sweet Colonial-style dress that I made for my daughter, Lynzie, a couple months ago.
I love this pattern and have made several dresses for her with it over the last few years. She wanted an outfit to look just like the American Girl doll, Felicity Merriman, from 1776. We made her a mob cap from a simple pattern I found online.
We made a shawl from a curtain I found at Salvation Army. There was even enough fabric for a shawl for each of her three sisters! (and thirty more sisters!!)
We had two little munchkins, Avalon, 2, and Liam, 1, hiding behind the scenes during our photo shoot...
Lynzie, 11, and Michael, 9, are headed to the Oregon state piano recital this Saturday in Albany and they're very excited! Here they are on the day of the local recital in which they placed as alternates to State. Since one winning team was not able to go, our kids get to go in their place!
We are so proud of our sweet kids, but not so much because they're excellent piano players. Each one of our children is kind, compassionate, creative, honest, and striving to live a life that is pleasing to God in the state of maturity that they're in. What a blessing our eight children are to us!
Here are a couple other blessings I'd like to make mention of:
First, I'd like to introduce you to Lydia of The Vintage Mama. Lydia linked up to my Homemaking Link-Up Weekend last weekend and shared with us her great ideas for cooking with Pumpkin Puree. Some of my favorites included great recipes for Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer and Pumpkin Spiced Rice. I was especially excited to hear that she's had success freezing pureed pumpkin because I've got a honkin' one on my porch now that needs to be taken care of! Be sure and stop by real quick to read the rest of her ideas and tell her you read about her here on Hope In Every Season!
Secondly, I "met" a lovely lady this week who has written such inspiring and uplifting posts this week! I could just read her blog for hours and come away feeling so blessed! Make sure and stop by Learning to Live a Surrendered Life to meet Mrs. Mary Joy Pershing and spend some time being encouraged by her thoughtful writing!
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