Here I go again, but I have to tell y'all what a wonderful, Godly young lady my Abiah is.
She's firm, but she's a peacemaker. She's loyal and devoted. She's witty and very loving. And did I mention the way she can belt out a song?
I love this 4th born daughter of mine -- with her long red hair and big blue eyes. She's amazing and I'm overwhelmed with the blessing of being her mom.
Abiah, you are the cats and my love will always pour over you.
We couldn't have said it better ourselves! We love you to pieces, and think the world of you. You're one of our very favorites, and we are forever grateful to God for making you our baby sister.
We love you!
xoxo Apphia, Achaia, & Abigail
PS Did we forget to mention that we love your killer red hair and killer fashion sense??!
And, of course, we can't help but mention our wonderfully awesome Nanny, who Abiah gets to share a birthday with! Nan, you are one of our very favorites too, and we love you to the moon and back! Wish we could have celebrated your birthday in person. Hugs and kisses!
Well, it's time for another of my gushing birthday posts and I have to quote a favorite movie, "It ain't bragging if it's true.".
Apphia Jade - my first born daughter - a daughter I've prayed for and praised The Lord for - How can I possibly describe how very much this girl means to me? She's responsible and fun loving all at the same time. She is loyal beyond belief and she has always been the best big sister anyone could ever ask for.
My girls and I have been through very tough times together and The Lord has used these trials to bring us closer and closer. No Mom could ask for more. I am blessed indeed!
Happiest of birthdays to my beloved Apphia! xoxo Mommy
PS I will be missing you and praying for you every day that you're away. May The Lord work in your life in an awesome way!
Happy birthday, Phi! You know we love you to pieces and can't imagine life without you! We pray that this year will be filled with beautiful things for you.
We are SO excited to announce to you the launch of our brand new website!!! We are just thrilled with it, and hope you are too. Now, let's gush over for just a bit....
~The site is there exclusively to showcase our patterns! So there's lots of pictures and info all about them. Of course, if you don't see an answer to your questions, just shoot us an email.
~Easy to navigate!
~Free shipping on orders of $50 or more!
~We are also now offering Pattern Collections! This option allows you to purchase multiple patterns together at a discounted price.
~An updated About Us page allows you to learn a little more about each of us. Simply click on individual names and read about each of our specialties and personal pursuits (more going on there that we hope to share soon!). You can contact us individually or read about some of the things we love, which includes everything from country music to Mexican food to cold sheets.
~We will still continue to have our Etsy shop, and don't forget to keep an eye on it. If we have any fabric bundles, boutique clothing, or specialty things for sale, you'll find them there.
We girls recently had the happy opportunity to host a Valentine's Day luncheon for the ladies at our Church! Our Church is small on the people side, but big on the love side.
It was so fun to plan our menu. The main course was manicotti, French bread, and salad, with three different yummy desserts -- homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie, Cream Wafers, and Creamy Strawberry Dessert.
Our pastor's wife supplied the drinks (raspberry lemonade and water). We decorated each place with a special party favor bag, complete with candy hearts, red & pink Hershey kisses, and York peppermint patties, all tied up with red and white twine.
We dipped into our Mom's vast (and gorgeous) collection of vintage tablecloths for all the tables, and borrowed her ruby red vase collection for all the flowers.
We had mood music on (of course). How is it that music softly playing in the background can make such a difference??
It was such a wonderful experience for us, and a great time was had by all! It's amazing how taking just a couple hours out of one Saturday to spend time with others can be so refreshing. We are already planning our next luncheon (picnic theme!), and can't wait.
A few years ago when our Grandma was still living and writing us letters regularly, she passed along the recipe for these yummy, fancied-up Club Crackers. We hadn't made them for years, until just recently. It's amazing how simple they are, but oh so good... what do you expect from something that's coated with butter and sugar and nuts? Enjoy!! xo
Grandma's Coated Club Crackers
Take a large cookie sheet or jelly roll pan and cover with aluminum foil. Place Club Crackers in a single layer on pan. (Grandma used about 42 crackers.)
Melt one stick of butter and 1/2 cup sugar. Once mixture comes to a boil, let boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and quickly spread over Club Crackers. Sprinkle with chopped nuts (we use pecans).
Bake in 350 degree over for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool and remove from foil. (Grandma always stored hers in the cookie jar.)
Our Abi wrote a fun tutorial on her blog, The Modern Prairie Girl, for this adorable, simple t-shirt dress. Run go check it out and make your own version with and for the special little girl in your life!
Those of you who have read our blog for awhile can probably remember back to lots of different birthday posts I've written over the years. You might even think that all I've said surely can't be true - no girls could be so perfect. But I am truly blessed beyond measure by these daughters of mine.
Today I am especially thankful for Achaia - my second born daughter. She is so dear and precious to me. When I was expecting her, I sincerely hoped she'd be another girl... and how delighted I was twenty-five years ago today. And I am still delighted. Achaia is so organized! She's efficient and handy. No one in the family can hold a candle to Achaia when it comes to needlework - cross stitch, embroidery, needlepoint - you name it. But what would any of that matter if she didn't love and serve Jesus Christ? Achaia is joyful and has a servant's heart. Awesome? You bet she is! And I love her with all my heart.
XOXO Happy birthday, Achaia!
Okay, so now that we've read what Mom had to say, we're all trying to sniff up the tears. But of course we have to tell our favorite Kay that we hope she has a wonderful birthday! Because we are pretty crazy about her. It's funny how one person can take up so much room in our hearts. Maybe it's because we love her so much.
Happy birthday, Achaia! We've always got your back.
We're Kristie, Apphia, Achaia, Abigail, and Abiah - a mom and her four daughters. We love Jesus, we like to make things, we love to be together, we talk a lot, and we design sewing patterns. So glad you've stopped by!