Misfits

The land of misfit toys….how I adored all those little mistakes who felt unloved.

A favorite Christmas movie, a story of finding a place to belong, even in the  truth that you were clearly one of the unwanted.  As I look back I realize I didn’t so much love the misfit toys but as my heart broke for them, I wanted to fix them. Continue reading

Commitment~Part 2 of Our Adoption Story

July 17, 2014 by Pappa with thoughts from Nama

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Today we celebrate the gift of those gorgeous chocolate eyes.  9 years ago today we received our referral for N.Doumoundo B. Lamien.  We will share the very first images that arrived in our inbox of our 5th child and the miracle of Love that filled our hearts and home that day. Continue reading

Timothy’s Mamma Shares more of their journey~a follow-up to We Choose

June 17, 2014 by Kristi Beth

The Last Year

If you are close to Parker and I, you probably know how crazy the past year of our life has been. If you’re not, let me fill you in on the incredible journey we’ve been on!

June of last year, Parker and I started looking for new jobs. We were both full time employees at Barnes & Noble. We both came to a realization that if we were going to be working 40 hours a week, we could find jobs that would pay us more to do it! We both loved Barnes & Noble, but we knew we could be making more money elsewhere. We were wanting to get ourselves in a better position to start a family, to start working towards the next step we knew we wanted to take as a family.

By July, Parker had already had an interview at Charter, and I had just submitted an application to Starbucks. On the 4th of July, our lives changed forever. We got home late that night after watching the fireworks with friends and hanging out at their house afterwards. I had felt a little “off” all day. I was notorious for being paranoid about getting pregnant, so I had taken my fair share of pregnancy tests in the previous months. But that night was different. That night as I watched the test change, there wasn’t just one line, but two. A faint second line appeared. I sat in shock. We hadn’t planned this. I wanted it desperately, we had many discussions about when, and the only answer we had was “not now, but soon.” I had always felt a twinge of disappointment when the second line never appeared. But this time it did. I gathered my thoughts, pregnancy test in hand I walked into our bedroom, where Parker was laying in bed. “I want to take another test in the morning, but I think I’m pregnant.” He was just as surprised as me, and very skeptical to say the least. If you know Parker, it had nothing to do with not wanting it to be true, but his logical mind needing more proof somehow, because when you’re on birth control, it’s not something you are truly ever expecting, despite the slight possibility. The line was faint enough for me to think a second test was wise, and morning is supposed to be the best time (hormone levels are highest when you first wake up), so the next morning, first thing I did was head to the bathroom. There was no second guessing, that second line was as clear as day now. We were going to be parents.

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there it is, the proof our lives were going to change, big time.

We were ecstatic. We knew it was clear direction from God. Our whole marriage to this point, we were constantly in prayer for directions for our lives. What is our next step? What should we be working towards? While we waited for an answer, we just kept plugging away. Working full time, paying our bills, building relationships, and growing in marriage.

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the day we found out we were going to be parents

A few days later, I got a call from Starbucks for an interview. My heart sank. I had always wanted to work at Starbucks, but now, knowing I was pregnant, I knew working in a fast-paced environment, that would become increasingly difficult as I became increasingly pregnant, was not the best idea. I still went to the interview, but when the pay she could offer didn’t even match what I was currently making, luckily it was an easy no. A few days later, we were at a wedding and a friend’s mother came over to tell Parker about an opening at her job. She had heard Parker was looking for a new job and LHI, where she worked, was hiring a lot of people for a new position. Parker was already scheduled for a second interview at Charter and felt confident that was the direction God was leading. But as she described the job to him, I couldn’t help but think, “Wow, that sounds like something I would really enjoy!” So I decided to pursue it. I found the opening on their website and applied. I heard from them just a couple of days later; they wanted to set up an interview! I almost cancelled on them, I was such a nervous wreck. I was so intimidated by LHI, I knew it was a great company, a nice business, and I didn’t feel qualified.

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it was pretty fancy. who wouldn’t be intimidated?

But thankfully, Parker talked me into doing the interview. The day after I interviewed, I had a job offer. Just like that, Parker and I got new jobs that increased our monthly income by about $1,000.

Three months after Parker started working at Charter, he got a call from his brother Tylor. Tylor is the Sales Manager at Dave’s Guitar Shop, and he needed a new employee. Working at Dave’s had been a dream of Parker’s for quite some time. Being so passionate about music, and the incredible success of Dave’s Guitar Shop made it a pretty ideal job for Parker. They were able to offer Parker more money, so after a short period at Charter, Parker started ANOTHER new job. After he made the transition to Dave’s, I remember him asking why Charter even happened if he was just going to leave a few months later. I didn’t think much of it, it was three extra months of significant more pay, that was a good enough reason for me. But God’s plans were more intricate than that. It was all for a much bigger reason than just a better paycheck for a few more months.

In the midst of all the job changes and the pregnancy, we also moved. We weren’t planning on moving. Our lease was up the end of March, and with Timothy due in March, it was not the ideal time to move. We were totally willing to make our one bedroom work for however long we needed. But one morning we got a phone call from our landlord. It was the second call like this we’d received. A complaint. Our upstairs neighbor did not like us very much. He worked nights, so if we made any noise during the day when he was trying to sleep, he complained. Our landlord was very nice and gracious, she admitted she had gotten many complaints but tried to ignore him most of the time, realizing the noise we made was in the middle of the day, not late at night. But she could only ignore him for so long, and informed us we could no longer play music in our apartment. Well, when you have a musician for a husband, that just doesn’t fly. We knew right then we had to move. It was January, and we had a limited amount of time to find a place and move. We decided we wanted to try and move before Timothy’s arrival, and would pay double rent the month of March if we had to. Talking to Parker’s cousin Randi, she mentioned they were looking for a new place and would be moving soon. I knew they had a two bedroom apartment, so I asked her for more information about their place, and when they thought they’d be moving. The timeline seemed to match up with what we were looking for, and the price was only $5 more a month than what we were paying for our 1 bedroom. We knew it was a good option to consider!

Randi and Jeremiah were so gracious and accommodating, they invited us over to check out the place, and communicated with their landlord on our behalf. The landlords are very laid back, and when Randi and Jeremiah told them they had family interested, they told them we could have it if we wanted it! It was pretty amazing how it all came together. Just like that, we knew there was a very good option for us. Other places we looked into didn’t work out, or were outside of our ideal budget, so we were able to move into a 2 bedroom duplex in West Salem. We almost doubled our living space, and we found a used washer and dryer to put in the basement – we no longer had to drag our laundry out to Parker’s parents’ house in Holmen! Our new home is a huge blessing from the Lord. We were willing to stay in a very small space with our new baby, but he created a situation for us that led us to a much bigger home – and I was even able to create a room for Timothy! It was so sweet to prepare a space especially for our bundle on the way.

 

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our sweet boy’s room

We moved in one week before I was due, March 2. Timothy was 9 days late, so we had 2 weeks to unpack before Timothy finally arrived. We couldn’t have timed it that perfect ourselves. It was truly all God’s timing, all God’s planning. And on top of it all, our landlord from our old apartment filled our apartment halfway through March, so we didn’t have to pay March rent there – they used part of our security deposit to cover the couple weeks it was empty, and we got the other half of our deposit back. Praise the Lord!!

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this sweet face made it’s late arrival on March 18, 2014 at 7:24 pm.

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 a peek into our new home

Three months at Dave’s, and Parker got some news that was potentially life changing for our family. The lady who was his boss at Charter was leaving, and the boss of that position wanted Parker to apply. Parker made an incredible impression at Charter in the three months he was there. They LOVED him, and they were very sad when he left. His numbers were the best in the region, in just a mere three months! He left on good terms. It all started to come together – why he even had that job in the first place. Parker applied for the position as soon as it was posted online, and quickly had an interview lined up. When he learned the ballpark of the salary of the position, we were floored.

Parker’s and my heart has always been for me to be a stay at home mom. It is actually the reason I didn’t finish school. Parker and I weren’t even married yet, but we had a conversation about how my desire was to be a stay at home mom – nothing else. So I decided to drop all my classes, because accumulating debt and obtaining a degree for something I would do for maybe a year or two just didn’t seem wise. We knew God was calling us to paths other than school. But that’s another story

Our plan since we found out I was pregnant was for me to find something part time after the baby, and hopefully sometime in the near future I would be able to transition to being home full time. But with this salary, we knew I could stay home full time. No question. It seemed too good to be true. I dare not let myself get too excited, in fear that he would not get the job. Parker is only 21 years old, a position of this magnitude is putting a lot of confidence in him and his abilities. I knew he was more than qualified, and would be stellar in this position, but did Charter see that too? After a second interview, we had a long wait until we finally heard the news. Those three months gave them enough of a glimpse into the incredible hard worker that Parker is, and they knew he was completely capable of tackling this new position. The job was his. Parker called me to tell me the news. I was still on maternity leave, Timothy was in my lap. After we hung up, I cried. I cried and hugged my baby close to me. I was going to be able to stay home full time with my sweet boy. Our hopes for our family were realized.

 

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the door of Parker’s office.. yeah, he has his own OFFICE.

The last year of our life is nothing more than a testament of God’s divine plan and direction for us. Parker didn’t seek out Dave’s, he also didn’t seek out Charter the second time. They sought him out. My man is that good. The LHI job was perfect for me. I loved it, I honestly wish I could have been there for many years before – but God answered our prayers. He gave us direction, and He gave us the resources for me to become a stay at home mom. I went back to work for two weeks – I didn’t feel comfortable not coming back. I felt I owed them two weeks, and I also had insurance costs I wanted to make sure were covered. I went back for two weeks, and then I was done. Now, I get to love on my sweet boy all day long. We aren’t rolling in the dough by any means. It’s not a liberal budget. But it is sufficient for our needs. All of ours bills will be paid, we can save, and can still have a little bit of fun. We. are. blessed. Sure, we could do a lot more with an extra $1600 coming in a month, and Nama would watch him for free. But no amount of money is worth more than spending my days with Timothy. Nothing can replace watching him grow, watching him smile and start to giggle, and start to figure out the world around him. Nothing is worth more than being the one who gets to raise him and help him grow into the type of person we want him to be. And really, what more do you need when you have this little guy to entertain you all day long?

I get to see smile…

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after smile…

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we have one happy boy!

I get to keep our house organized, clothes washed, dishes clean (no, not all at once) I love my job. It is so fulfilling. I love being a stay at home mom. I don’t understand why God chose to bless us so hugely. I am so undeserving of His incredible blessings and provision. But I am so thankful. My motto for our life lately has been “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow” – lyrics from the hymn of the same name. Our life is overflowing of His blessings. New home, new jobs, new life. He has given us the desires of our hearts. We are thankful. We are blessed. We are loved by our God.

 

 

Travis and Melissa’s Adoption Update

june 14, 2014 by Melissa reblogged by Nama

This is a post our Melissa put up on their Blog yesterday.  i am reposting it for a few reasons. 1. Namafish is primarily a testament of our Lord’s faithfulness for our children and their children.  The kid’s adoption journey is a big part of what our Lord is doing in the Fish Pond.  2. Having lived the joy of adoption through bringing home our Blessing this Nama could not be more excited for the addition of this little Fish to Travis and Melissa’s home and to our Fisch Family.  Adoption Rocks!  Adoption is a beautiful snapshot of our Lord’s redemption, if i am passionate, i HAVE to share, there is no option.  3.  Our kids have committed to something big here, as most of you have seen in my Nama posts Travis and Melissa have two gorgeous, healthy biological kids.  They could take the more known path and build their family through biological birth.  They are choosing adoption, the financial and emotional cost is high.  Travis and Melissa are choosing this path not because they “need” a child but because there is a mamma and a baby who need His Hope, who need His Love, who need the security and promise and forever of a family.  Travis and Melissa are postponing much earthly comfort and security to invest in a little life that doesn’t have a “backup” plan or an insurance policy to cover all the expenses.  If just one person reads their journey over here and commits to pray for HIS perfect direction and provision in bringing Travis and Melissa’s 3rd baby home, then that is exactly why i am posting their journey over here.  You can get to know Travis and Melissa much deeper by clicking on the “Second and final home visit!” link below.  If your heart is tugged, please commit to pray for Travis, Melissa, Kingston, Raena and their third little Fish as we watch the Lord write HIS story of making them a family of 5.  Please read Melissa’s exciting update.

SECOND AND FINAL HOME VISIT!

June 13, 2014

This week we completed another huge step in our adoption process! We had our second and final home visit with our social worker for our home study. This means we are {pretty much} home study approved! I say pretty much because our social worker still has to finish writing our report, and then she has to pass it along to her supervisor. However, we have done everything we need to do, and she told us at the end of our visit Saturday that we are approved! The rest is just crossing the t’s and dotting the few remaining i’s.

I can’t begin to tell you what a relief it was when our social worker spoke those three words to us, “you are approved.” I think I must’ve been feeling more stress about it than I thought because it felt like this HUGE weight had been lifted off of me. It feels so good.

The second home visit was a bit different than the first. We spent the first portion of the visit receiving some adoption training from our social worker. This included information on grief/coping with failed adoptions, a bunch of books, websites and other adoption resources, lists of community activities adoptive families can take part in, information about how adoptive children process adoption and at what ages they will experience various stages of processing, medical information for children exposed to drugs or alcohol, the legal documents that will be filed throughout the process, what the process will look like from here on out and much more. It was very insightful to talk through these things with our social worker. She has experienced so many different situations in her career, and she was able to give us real and practical information.

After we completed our training, we did the walk through of our home to make sure all of the safety requirements were met. If you were wondering, yes, we locked up our knives and medicines and changed our child locks. We bought fire extinguishers and that earthquake kit we’ve been meaning to purchase for four years. If nothing else, Travis is grateful this home study forced him to finally prioritize buying that kit.

After the inspection {which we passed with flying colors}, we moved on to individual interviews. This was the most in depth portion of our interview process. Prior to our first visit, we had filled out a series of questionnaires. These questionnaires covered a multitude of things from family history to how our parents raised us to what our relationships with our family members are like to Travis and my relationship with each other to how we parent our children. At our first visit, we turned these questionnaires in to our social worker. Since then, she reviewed them, and during our individual interviews we addressed any questions she had about our answers as well as filled in any gaps that were unclear.

This was the portion of our home study that I felt our social worker gathered the most information about us. We knew that the homestudy would take an in depth look into family history, but we were surprised to find out how extensive it was. She were very thorough finding out information about our family members and extended family members. This information spanned from medical history to lifestyle choices to illegal activity. I think the point of it all is they want to know who our child will have contact with when he/she is a part of our family. Nonetheless, we were caught off guard how far outside of our nuclear family she gathered information and how much time we spent talking through all of that.

After we finished our interviews, we turned in our last few remaining items of paperwork. We talked through what the next steps in the process would be. Then our social worker uttered those sweet, sweet words, “you are approved!” {Praise the Maker!}

SO, what happens now? Well, the home study was probably about ⅓ of the entire adoption process. Now that we have that done, we will start submitting applications for grants and loans in order to finance the rest of this process. Then we will start applying to agencies and presenting our family profile book to birth moms which will {hopefully} lead to a match sooner rather than later!

AGH!! Things are getting real! And it’s SO exciting!!! {and a little bit crazy}. Please keep praying for us as we continue to move forward. It feels like things are moving fast, but we are trusting the Lord’s timing and that He will sovereignly work out all of the details. Also, please be praying for our baby and birth mom. We don’t know who they are yet, but there is a good chance that by now our child has been conceived. Pray for their hearts, health and safety. We treasure them so deeply and pray the Lord’s protections over them everyday. We can’t wait to know them.

 

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 We just can not wait to see Who our Lord has added to this mayhem by the end of  2014!

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Nama loves every word of this! We pray for His supernatural provision for the finances to bring your third baby home. We know your family could have chosen to move forward with a third biological child, meaning insurance would have provided the funding for the majority of those expenses. Yet you have chosen to trust our Lord to provide a home and family for a tiny life that does not have other options. You have said yes to giving a birth mamma the hope and promise of love and security for her little life. The call on your hearts is not in vain, He will bring to your home the child he has planned as your third little Fish and He will provide all that is required to complete that process.

Being a Family

june 5, 2014 by nama

Yesterday i had an appointment that conflicted with my daycare bus schedule.

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Our Sweet Kristi Beth offered to wake her Timothy and drive to our house to handle the bus loading situation.

Our kind and caring (Blessing’s words) Tiffany said yes to playing with Blessing for hours, freeing me up to make my appointment without my 3 ring circus.

While relaxing for hours getting my hair cut, colored and styled, i read Melissa Marie’s latest post at  The Fischer Family blog.  i was simultaneously humbled and filled with pride as i soaked in our children’s hearts of surrender and trust.  Click the turquoise link and read Melissa’s words, you will be challenged and encouraged.

Proverbs 31:28 says “They will rise up and Bless her.”

These girls are gifts, they bless me, they are brand new at this business of  being a family and they are doing it like Rock Stars, (i wish i could make those words sparkle and flash).

Hillary Rodham Clinton says it takes a village to raise a child. I say, it is beautiful when that village just happens to also be FAMILY.

AND…

Blessing to Boot…

those three girls have given us these 4 Jewels

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Our little King is discouraged because for 20 minutes he has been obediently doing this

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waiting for those little girls to get a grip (the baby girls are both very sick, plus Fin doesn’t like grass and it is touching her toes)

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so he may run and play football with his Pappa and Uncles. (note to daddy in California, Kings is not sassing Nama)

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Does Black and White improve the situation at all?

I have a large gallery of this attempt at a picture of  Nama, Pappa and the four.  On a day when i have nothing to say stop the chatty chat chat i will share them with you.

How to make our weighted blanket

june 4, 2014 by nama

Here we go friends, this took longer than i had anticipated, i want to post it tonight because i promised you that, it may need another edit or two.  Please message me or comment if you find errors or the instructions are not making sense to you, i want to fix my human-ness.  i know you are all way too intelligent to need this explanation but some have asked…..any teal turquoise words are links to other information or posts, hover over them with your mouse and an explanation will  pop up. Click on the words and you travel to a whole new story or earth shaking information.

Blessing’s gift blanket is a wonderful fluffy soft pile of warm snuggle.  i suspected we would need a cooler option for the hot humid summer in our not air conditioned home.  We came up with this version, we are very happy with the finished product.  i would recommend this approach.  You could add a fleece duvet if you find you want more warmth or soft fuzzy snuggle.  This blanket is compact and will be very easy to launder. The streamlined design also made the construction process very manageable on a standard home sewing machine.

Our first weighted blanket is on the left,  the summer version is on the right.

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Blessing’s gift blanket is perfect.  This is not an improvement but rather another option.

Materials list: for a 42″ x 79″ Blanket

4 ½ yards 100% Cotton Fabric, 45” wide

Matching Thread

4 ½ yards 100% cotton thin quilt batting, 45” wide

Poly beads

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How many beads?  The standard is 10% of your body weight plus one pound.  More is fine and additional weighting will bring deeper comfort to some.  The only caution you need to consider is being certain you are able push the blanket off and get out from under it.

For Blessing i took her weight: 55lbs x .10 = 5.5 pounds + 1 pound = 6.5 pounds. Our beads came in a 9 pound lot; i chose to use all of them as she has proven she is loving the intense weighting.  Our finished blanket weighs a total of 11.5 pounds.  It is perfect for our girl.

i chose to layer fabric, batting, beads, batting, and fabric for my design.   i wanted the beads sandwiched between layers of batting to soften the feel of the beads against her skin.  Blessing has intense sensory challenges and i was concerned the firmness of the beads may be irritating for her.

Cut the fabric in half, this will give you two pieces that measure 45” x 81”.  i bought our fabric in two 2 ¼ yard pieces as i wanted different fabrics for the back and front of the blanket.  You could make the blanket shorter,  i wanted this one to be twin quilt length.

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Take one piece of your fabric and draw a grid pattern on the right side of  the fabric.

You could avoid this step if you chose a fabric with a grid pattern on it.  Use a fabric pencil so these lines will wash out.  This is forming the pattern for the pockets that will hold the beads in place.  You may make the pockets whatever size you wish.

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 This picture shows you that the pockets on Blessing’s winter blanket (pink) are larger than what I chose to do for her yellow summer blanket.

I used a 10 x 20 grid, giving me 200 pockets.  My squares are approximately  4”x 4”.  This step took me 3 hours, less squares = less time.

SEW LAYERS TOGETHER:

Pin the fabrics with right sides together on three sides.

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Sew these three sides (red lines) using a ½ inch seam allowance.  i chose to sew both short ends and one long side.

i found it easier to add beads using this design.  Add both layers of your batting and re-sew the same three sides.  It will be easiest to do a neat job if you put both layers of batting on top of the fabrics.  After you have sewn the batting to the fabric on all three sides, turn the quilt right side out.  You should have a large envelope that consists of fabric (right side visible) on the bottom, two layers of batting in the center and fabric (right side up) on the top.

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Top stitch (blue line) 3/8 inch from edge on the three sides you have sewn. This adds durability.

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These are the shorter vertical lines in your grid pattern, pin through all 4 layers of fabric and batting on line.  Sew on the lines you drew earlier to create columns for beads.  I pin and sew three lines at a time, working from the center out.

ADDING THE BEADS:

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I used a home crafted funnel to help the beads fall to the bottom of the column.

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Once you have placed beads in one column, pin that column shut on the first  horizontal line locking those beads in place, move on to the next column, add one measure of beads, pin that pocket shut.  Once each column (20total)  has its first measure of beads, you will sew the first horizontal line across the quilt which will lock the first row of beads in place.weighted-blanket-how-to.jpg //namafish.com  Move up the quilt adding one row of beads at a time and sewing one horizontal line to lock them in place. Sewing over a bead will break your needle, be careful!

How do I know how many beads go in each pocket?  Using a kitchen measuring cup measure the volume of beads that you want to use in your blanket.  My 9lbs of beads measured 28 level cups.  There are 16 tablespoons in one cup.

I had 28 cups x 16 tablespoons = 448 Tablespoons.

I had 10 squares  x 20 squares = 200 pockets

Number of Tablespoons of beads (448) divided by number of pockets (200)

448/200 = 2.24 (2 1/4) Tablespoons of beads per pocket.

I used a 2 Tablespoon measuring spoon and made sure it was generously full.

Because I am neurotic, half way through I measured my remaining beads, this allowed me to adjust my per pocket measurement at this point.  I did a final measure and adjust with just two rows (40 pockets) remaining.  It would be possible to get to the end of the filling and not have enough beads for the final pockets or to have beads left over making your blanket lighter than you had planned.  All of this would be easier with fewer pockets.  The large number of pockets made a very smooth evenly weighted quilt, i like that but it is not necessary.

FINAL FINISHING:

There are many options here.  I was going for simple and functional on this quilt.  My backing happened to be 2 inches wider than my front fabric. i simply trimmed the extra batting to match my front fabric size, i folded the back fabric over the front edge and top stitched through all layers.  My edges were both factory finished (salvage) so I did a simply single fold, if you have a cut edge you will need to do a rolled hem.weighted-blanket-how-to.jpg //namafish.com  I tend to be asymmetrical so I happen to like the one sided look this created.  I may add a strip of rick rack trim down the yellow stripe.  Cute!  Right?

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

This project is not technically difficult.  A beginner sewer could accomplish it.  If you are a new sewer be prepared to stick with it, it is time intensive.  You could use larger pockets to make the process easier, i feel you could go as large as 8”x 8”.  Your final quilt may not be as perfectly square or smooth but it will be perfectly functional and comforting.

My materials cost me $60.00.  A comparable quilt would cost $200.00 – $400.00.

My total time invested in this project was about 12 hours.

A dear friend of mine, a brand new seamstress made a quilt along side me and it is perfect for her little man.

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Blessing continues to be HUGELY helped by her weighted blanket.  It truly has been miraculous for us.  If i can answer any questions or step you through this process, please leave a comment, a facebook message or send an email.  i would be honored to help you however i am able.

Links: Batting

Beads   or  Beads

Here are a couple Youtube videos for your entertainment.

Happy Grandma Blanket

   

Easy Peasy Pillowcase version