He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1John 5:12

Saturday, February 9, 2013

So Very Proud

Good Morning my friends! I hope you are well. I am praying specifically for some of you.♥

Last night our Jacob returned to us from the Kairos retreat he went on with school. This time he was a group leader. This retreat is lead mainly by peers, so it is secretive, you don't really get to know what it is about until you go yourself. Former participants can come back as leaders after over a dozen hours of training and developing.

Last night was the closing ceremony at the chapel at school. The parents are all there to welcome them home. I cannot believe I forgot to bring tissue again!! Each child can come up to the "open podium" to share if they choose. There were at least 5 of those students who bravely shared that they had doubted God existed. They said that God found them and they now believe. Oh geesh! I am crying again. (I cry from everything. No really, EVERYTHING!!)

The parents were asked to write a love letter to their child ahead of time. These were read aloud in front of the group at the retreat. There was one young man last night who told us because of that letter, he knew his family loved him. He said he never knew that. Stop right there friends. Can you imagine that? No, really? This quiet young man was a very troubled young man. You could see it. What is his story? I watched for him to leave later. He left alone. Where were his parents? Who welcomed him back?

So we are very proud that Jacob is moved enough, that he is Christian enough, to share his faith and to help others come to faith.

Well our Emerson has also made us so very proud.  He has won a Gold Key in the Scholastic Art Competition. There were over fifteen hundred entries from our state of Wisconsin. It is for grades 7-12. There were 325 winners of Gold, Silver and Honorable Mentions. The Gold Key winners go on to National Competitions for Gold and Silver Medals. This is Emerson's drawing.
You can click on it for a better look!
It is hanging in the Milwaukee Art Museum. The award ceremony was there as well, in this grand reception hall, The Windhover Hall.
 
 This is located directly below the Calatrava-designed Burke Brise Soleil.



Have you made it this far friends? Well, alrighty then! I made up this little sweetie.
one over one on 28ct ?pink? evenweave
This is a freebie found here. Um, that's not the exact page, but I am not truly sure I have fellow poodle stitchers out there. I may be the only NUT! ;) But if you are interested, have a look around the site. I actually, yes I really did squeal in delight when I found these. My husband doesn't see the charm in the refrigerator bottle cap magnet COLLECTION so much anymore. "Don't we have enough?" ha HA HA! Yes, remember I did say I am a poodle nut!!
I have had this teeny, tiny pom pom trim waiting for it's moment. I did change the chart colors around a bit. I have mentioned before, but I will say it again these are the large 2 inch bottle caps. They are found at JoAnn.

Still stitching on my Valentine project. It is adorable. And no, there are no poodles involved. ;)

If you have not seen, I am having my 200 follower giveaway here.

I hope your day is filled with wonderful, stitchy goodness, and more importantly LOVE!♥

Stitching and praying,
Vickie



18 comments:

Krista said...

Congrats for Jacob and Emerson! That is such interesting architecture on the museum. Love your cute poodle finish! Have a great weekend, Vickie!

Trace4J said...

How wonderful.
You must be such a proud mama.
Giant hugs and love
Trace

butterfly said...

Oh Vickie , you made me cry too, you are such a sweet friend. I love to hear about your wonderful family.
Your little bottle cap is so pretty , enjoy your day, hugs.

Margaret said...

And well should you be proud of Jacob and Emerson!! Congratulations to them both on their accomplishments! Good luck to Emerson in the national competition! Love your poodle bottle cap pincushion. I love it! You'll have quite the collection!

Catherine said...

Wonderful post!! You have so much to be proud of! You have two fine young men there. Love Emerson's drawing ~ good luck to him at Nationals!

Cute magnet! You should post a picture of all of them together!

gracie said...

Congratulations to your boys. One can never have too many of anything!

Carol said...

It sounds like you are raising such fine young men, Vickie! And I know how proud you are of your daughter as well... Really amazed at Emerson's drawing--I am always in awe of people who can draw as I can't even draw stick figures :)

Love your newest poodle--just perfect on that pink fabric. Enjoy the weekend with your family!

Giovanna said...

Well done to your kids, and to you parents for raising them so well. The bottle cap is just so cute, well done on that too.

Teresa S. said...

You have every reason to be proud of your boys!
As the mother of 3 daughters, I am very grateful to the mothers of my son-in-laws for their careful raising of their sons. My girls have greatly benefited because of that.
(I think it is hard to see that when you are in the midst of the raising! :)

Your DH's comment on the bottle caps is so funny! Mine said something similar the last time I asked him to frame something for me "Aren't there enough already?" he, he, he--if he only knew.

StitchCat said...

Very pretty wee design.

Carolyn said...

Vickie,
Wow what a story. I love to hear how those students found God and do believe he exists!

I will pray for the young man who found God and knows his family loves him. How sad he parents or no one was there to greet him. It's okay because he has God by his side.

How proud you must be of Jacob to be able to help others find their way in the truth. Thank you for sharing these stories with us.

Congratulations to Emerson. What a splendid drawing. What an honor to have his drawing displayed at the Museum. You have been blessed.

I love your new bottle cap witht the tiny pom pom trim. So sweet!

Have a wonderful stitching weekend!



Emma/Itzy said...

You must be a very proud of your children :)

your poodle bottle caps are so cute and I don't believe you could ever have enough!

Emma xo

Cindy said...

Yeah, congratulations to your family! In my humble opinion, this says so much for you and your hubby as parents!

Hugs :)

Shirlee said...

Big hugs to you & to Jacob & Emerson! I can only imagine your pride! God bless you all!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

oh que j'aime le petit chien ! Blanc un amour !!! bisous mon amie !

Nicola said...

You and your husband must be very proud of both of your boys. Any news on first choice?

Hilda said...

Dear Vicky,
congratulations to your wonderful sons. I am a mother of a grown up son and I really can feel how you must felt about them ....

Your bottle cap pincusion is a great idea!!! And the poodle is sooo sweet!

Meari said...

Adorable poodle finish!