To say "what a year" would be a very immense understatement. The past month has been a whirlwind of stress, heartache, sorrow, and a bit of rejoicing. On the 22nd of December, at about 2:30 AM, my father was taken to the hospital via ambulance, and would spend 16 days in the ICU as the sickest patient on the floor. On January 6th, the day after my parents' 46th wedding anniversary, my dad passed away and went to be with the Lord, surrounded by his family and friends. It was a long journey, but we never expected him to go so soon. Much heartache and sorrowing has occurred, and will continue to occur, but we are rejoicing over the fact that he is in heaven and is pain-free, never to have another sorrow or pain. Praise the Lord for that.
It has been such a short amount of time since it happened, and has been so incredibly busy and stressful that my mom and I really haven't had a chance for the truth of the situation to actually sink in yet. It will soon though, I suppose, and that will not be an easy time. In the mean time, we have enjoyed having family around us almost constantly, which has been such a huge blessing. It has been a time of unification and closeness with my siblings, and that has been wonderful. But nothing can or ever will fill the void that is so suddenly evident.
My dad worked from home for the past 30 years, up until he retired 3 years ago, and hence was always home (practically speaking). My siblings and I were homeschooled, so those two facts combined made for a parent-child relationship like no other. We were such a close family, and in the past years since my siblings left home, my parents and I were such a threesome, that it is going to be an unbelievable adjustment for Mom and I to suddenly find ourselves as a twosome. God is so good and gives just the right amount of grace as we need it, but it is still an incredibly hard thing to realize and accept.
I'm so thankful that the Lord gave me the best dad I could ever imagine. He was loving, supportive, thoughtful, encouraging, taught me how to work, how to write, and pretty much everything that I know. I love him so much, and always will. And I'm going to miss him so very much!! <3 I love you, Dad!!! I'll see you again someday.
The rest of this post was written in early December, and I'll leave it as-is.
This year brought about the opening of a vintage shop, going to our first Civil War reenactment with Sarah (and all three of us winning awards for our outfits!), multiple weddings and bridal showers to work in/photograph, learning how to quilt, taking a couple of custom orders in my Etsy shop on top of good sales there this year, plus seeing the Lord work in marvelous ways in so many people's lives, including my own. In short, the Lord is so good. :)
Now on the blogging side of things; it seemed like I hadn't made very many things, and especially had not blogged about very many, but I was happily surprised when compiling my usual collage! There are quite a few of them there! The photos in the collage are of projects that I blogged about in 2016 (except for the last picture in row #3; that was a custom order in my Etsy shop). All but 2 of them were made in 2016. Shown in the collage are my mom's and Sarah's Civil War dresses; I did about 85% of the sewing on my mom's dress, and Sarah's was a joint effort between the three of us, so I went ahead and cobbed that for my picture too. ;)
On top of all of these projects, I also made 7 dresses, 10 blouses, and 4 skirts that have not yet been photographed and/or blogged about, as well as 2 quilts, more UFOs than I would like to admit, and some other smaller projects. So I guess it was quite a productive year after all!! :)
My mom sewed up a storm last year as well, but there is a sad lack of evidence thereof on my blog. We are terrible about getting pictures of her outfits, so she doesn't appear on here as often as she should. We'll have to remedy that in the coming year!! :)
On top of these outfits, she made 7 dresses, 6 blouses, a quilt, aprons, various 1860s underpinnings, a few UFOs (she has a whole lot more perseverance than I, haha), as well as other random projects.
So all in all, it was a great year sewing-wise, and I can't wait to see where it goes in the next year. There are already plenty of sewing plans in the works, and fabrics in the stash that are just *begging* to be made into just the right things, so there will be no lack of sewing around here. ;)
Lastly, thank you all for your wonderful support and sweet comments on here! You don't know what an encouragement and delight you all are!! I look forward to another year of blogging, Lord willing! It is so much fun, and I hope that it provides some good inspiration for all of you, and especially those who are learning to sew their own clothing. My whole mission in having this blog has always been to encourage those who are new in the realm to see that they too can sew anything their heart desires, with a little time, a little fabric, and a little patience. :)
And moreover, I appreciate your prayers and thoughts for my mom and I as we begin this perilous journey without our husband/dad. It's a new experience, and not an enjoyable one, but we are of course so thankful to have each other. We're a team, we have an amazing family, and we have the Lord, so I know we can get through this.
<3 Thanks for stopping by, folks.