Thankful for Birthdays
Birthdays are something we should all celebrate. I'm not meaning the big parties with balloons and gifts and a ton of attention. Those things are nice, but not what's important. It's a time to celebrate life, to celebrate who you are, to appreciate someone important and amazing - and that's you!
I was born in February and every year on my birthday, my grandpa would tell me the story of how he was building the addition on my parents house and the winter was really bad that year. When my mom's due date was close, they worried about how they would get her to the hospital which is about 30 miles away. There was talk about taking her on a snowmobile to the next town (heaven help her if that had happened!) It was always fun to hear their thoughts surrounding the day I was born and to know that others were willing to help her out if needed. Thankfully, the weather cooperated and everything turned out ok.
To give you an idea of where I grew up, this photo is a beautiful shot of my hometown. Winters were brutal back then and there were many, many days where we were snowed in. Snow drifts where HUGE which made for fun sledding!
As each of my 4 girls were born, I've tried to remember the events surrounding their day. I like to tell them about how we felt and how we knew their little personalities and how they are each beautifully unique. I was a single mom with my oldest daughter and she was so tiny and sweet and looked just like a porcelain doll. She was my little buddy for years and I appreciate that time together.
My 2nd daughter was the 1st baby for my husband and it was so sweet to watch him with her when she was first born. He would talk to her while I was pregnant and she would turn her head to listen to him. My 3rd, well, she did NOT like her dad! He would try to talk to her while I was pregnant too and she would immediately flip to kick him away. The first year, she was such a mama's girl and it was a big struggle for me to do the simple every day tasks. And my 4th is definitely the most energetic. She was constantly twisting and turning and kicking while I was pregnant and we teased that she would be part of a circus. She's still our little ball of energy and we love every minute of it. Each one filled our hearts with more love than we could imagine and each of them mean the world to us.
Fast forward 22 years from that photo above...
My oldest daughter is due this month and you may be reading this as I'm holding my new grandson. I am going to be a grandma!!!! I'm so excited to record the events of the day that my new little first grandchild enters this world. I want him to know how loved and special he is.
No matter your background, I want you to know...
We ALL have something in common! We ALL have birthdays. We ALL are unique. We ALL are important. We ALL have a story. We ALL can celebrate that we are here. Though our lives may be very different, we still have some things in common. I for one am glad that you are here! I hope that you will take a moment to think to yourself on your birthday - "I am unique", "I am important", "I am the best me there is" because you absolutely are!!!
Now, for the $1 crochet patterns of the day
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Don't you just love to snuggle with babies? I know I do! Back in 2012, I designed the Bubble Baby Sweater with comfort and warmth in mind. I loved the texture of the stitch used and style of it when using a different color for the sleeves. It reminds me of Leathermen jackets from High School and I think it would be a fun option to do in local school colors for baby photo props. It's a quick and easy project to work up whether it's for your own sweet little one or an opportunity to serve others.
I hope you'll enjoy this crochet pattern as much as I do. Be sure to add it to your favorites on Ravelry by giving it a "Heart"!
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Skill Level: Easy
~350-400 yrds 4ww yarn such as Caron Simply Soft, Red Heart Soft or Deborah Norville Everyday yarn. Other yarns may be substituted though your end size results may vary.
~Size G and Size J crochet hooks
~4 (7/8") Buttons
~needle and matching thread
Finished Size: 0-6 months (19.5" chest) Remember - this is a sweater so it's meant to fit well over other clothing
Gauge: With J hook 14 sc & 14 rows = 4"
st(s) - stitches, sl st - slip stitch, ch - chain, yo - yarn over,
sc - single crochet, hdc - half double crochet, tr - treble crochet
Hdc Foundation Chain: If you're unfamiliar with how to work foundation chains, this photo tutorial here on my blog may help
Loop: (sc, ch 2, sc) in same stitch
Single Crochet 2 Together (sc2tog): [Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop]2x, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook
Half Double Crochet 2 Together (hdc2tog): [Yarn over and insert hook into next st and draw up a loop]2x, yarn over and draw through all 5 loops on hook
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