Paying me no attention whatsoever, Kitty took another giant leap in the opposite direction of our apartment, though it was not giant enough to prevent me from catching her mid-air with an even greater leap.
A-ha! I thought.
Riiiiiip! went the left leg of my favorite jeans. The sudden movement had proved too much for them to hold together any longer.
After bringing in (and further scolding) an angry cat, I inspected my jeans to discover no little tear: my pants were not to be mended.
Rather than sulking or being mad about it, I quickly decided to instead "up cycle" my torn pants into a new jean skirt. I'd been praying about incorporating more skirts into my wardrobe anyhow, and honestly, I was just grateful that this wardrobe malfunction happened when I was at home.
Due to the tear's location (mid thigh), I had to orient the skirt a bit differently from the last jean skirt I blogged about...
Anyhow, this time I made a tiered skirt, the bottom tier being a little ruffle-y (and, of course, lacy).
|Yes, I should have worn a lighter color on top, and yes, the camera on my computer is not as great as it could be. :)|
Having a "make lemonade" attitude is something I am working on, however. For example, Red Beard and I are still in a state of waiting for many things--one of them being children.
Now, I could sit around and sulk and feel sorry for myself or be mad at God because His timing is not the same as mine. And there are times when, I'm sorry to say, I have.
But that is selfish and sinful behavior. God gives us good things.
Several weeks ago now, I decided that while we are waiting to have or adopt kids, I will spend some time praying about our future children and actually planning for them.
I have researched how to take care of newborns and what they need. I have researched dietary needs for kids of all ages. Currently, I'm looking at different types of homeschooling material and coming up with some of my own ideas for incorporating the Bible into our curriculum.
Do I like waiting to have kids? No.
Did I like the fact that my favorite blue jeans got ruined? No.
But using what God gives us--even if it isn't what we think we should have--is part of being a faithful steward.
A homeschooling mom of 6, who is a close personal friend of mine, made a comment a few weeks ago that totally challenged my thoughts on the waiting department (without her even knowing it). I asked her how she has handled certain subjects in homeschool, while assuring her Red Beard and I are NOT with child.
She said, "I think it's great that you all are planning things now. I wish I had had more time to plan things for mine."
It made me think, Hmmm. I guess time is a blessing.
Time to think things through.
Time to conduct research.
Time to get on the same page about how to raise our kids.
And, most importantly, time to pray.
Sometimes, my friends, we think we are being punished, but honestly, God's timing is best. I hope you believe that.
Having time to plan for our future kids is good. Having an extra skirt for the rest of the summer is also good.
>>What do you have?
Make Yourself Some Lemonade,