My red coat came in the mail over the weekend; not to fight, but to keep me warm ... if only in my heart!
This little felt ornament is the creation of Alicia Paulson. Please do yourself a favor; sit down with a cup of hot something and read her blog, check out her books, and view her creations. She has an amazing way of making even the simplest things seem cozy and inviting.
For the past three years she has designed an ornament kit for the holidays; each kit includes instructions and supplies for three ornaments. As you can see on her blog, this year's kit includes a polar bear (with a neck warmer!), a Norwegian patterned mitten, and this adorable red coat. I worked on the coat today and it brought me a lot of comfort. It's not complete yet, but it's coming along as you can see above.
It was an emotional day for me today as I tried to reconcile my feelings about our thirteen year old son being with God already, before all of his siblings and his mom and dad! Celebrating All Saint's Day today brought a mixture of joyful, grateful, hopeful, and sorrowful feelings. How has it been four years already? I sometimes feel as though I am just beginning to grasp the reality of his absence, and at the same time I realized today, that as time passes, it is just as important to work on realizing his presence now. Of course this is the focus of All Saints Day; the reality of the communion of saints and their intercessory help. I felt very aware today of my need for more faith; to see with the eyes of God and to continue to trust in His providence. In addition to praying and asking God for help, I did what I've been doing for these past four years ... I tried to make it better, just a tiny bit, by making this tiny coat. And guess what, it worked! The coat makes me smile ... thanks Alicia!
And thanks to each of you! ... I've noticed that you still check up on me even when I disappear for a while! I am touched by that fact, and humbled. I'd be happy if my blog can bring you a bit of a smile too.