Gracie's Box Of Love, An Apron Swap, And Life...

A cheerful Monday and happy May to you, friends. :)
My, how the last few months have flown by-
doesn't it seem like it should still be January?
It would appear spring has arrived in our neck of the woods. . .
warmer days, blooming trees, and budding flowers 
have been our enjoyment for the last month.
I truly hope you are enjoying this beautiful season, sweet friends.

I have a few things I wanted to share with you today
and the first and closest thing to my heart is the box of love
that YOU put together for my dear cousin Gracie.
Many of you have written me to ask if Gracie received the letters and gifts
that you sent back in February and the answer is yes :)

I sent the package off in March and it arrived safely to her doorstep.
I apologize for not sharing about this sooner, but since the time Gracie got the parcel 
I have been waiting for pictures of her opening the box.
I wanted to share with you the joy that was on her sweet face when she saw the love. . .
the love that you, precious friends, shared through letters and gifts.
I am sorry to say I still don't have any photos and I feel terrible for keeping you in the dark
for two months so I thought it would be best to go ahead and share
that Gracie was extremely blessed by each one of you.
I have a few pictures of the items that were sent her way. . .

As you can see MANY of you came together to bless a little girl you don't know.
I was overwhelmed by your generosity and love
and I know Gracie and her family were just as overwhelmed.

My sweet friends, a simple "Thank You" is not enough for what each one of you did. . .
When I think of your selfless love I am brought to tears.
Gracie is a precious young girl and I know that what you did for her 
will be something she carries in her heart for the rest of her life.
She will never forget your kindness. . .

{ An Art class also sent many beautiful handmade creations }

Next on the list is a lovely apron swap that I participated back in March.
{ How have I gotten so behind?! }
The swap was hosted by Jenny of Elefantz.
It was such a delight to join the fun and I was paired with a wonderful lady
who greatly spoiled me with the apron that she made.
Carol {my swap partner} made me this beautiful blue and red cherry apron
and may I just say it looks perfect in my vintage blue and red kitchen :)

Carol's sewing abilities are phenomenal
and I was thrilled by each little detail she added to the apron.
The apron has a lovely story behind it. . .

"My nana wore a full length apron
 that matched her house dress every day {but Sunday}.
Her aprons always had two pockets on the skirt to hold the odds and ends
we women use throughout the day.
But what was unique to my nana's aprons was the small pocket on the top.
This special little pocket always held a pretty hanky.
This special hanky was for the runny noses or teary eyes 
of all her little ones she loved so much!"

Carol also sent along a recipe for Sugar Jumbles. . .
yummy in my tummy!

The apron I made Carol was a half apron. . .

You know me and fabric flowers. . .
they always make their way to my projects :)

You can never go wrong with buttons and lace, right?

And I sent my sweet Grandma's Banana Cake recipe to Carol
I thought it was interesting that we were both thinking of our grandmothers during this swap.
It was a blessing to meet Carol and I truly appreciate the care 
and love that she put into my apron.

Now I will wrap this post up by saying that life has been rather busy as of late.
Many of you know my son and I got the dreadful flu
and I must admit that it took about a week to get back to being "normal" 
if there is such a thing as being normal *smiles*
A few days after being hit with the bug my poor husband came down with it.
Ah, the joys of being sick with family! :)
All this to say that trying to recover, finish up school with my son,
and keep up with every day activities 
has pushed my blogging to the back burner for the last two weeks.
I feel absolutely awful about not visiting you, dear friends,
and I want to apologize for my absence.
It is my sincerest desire to get back on track this week and make my way to your beautiful blogs.
I greatly appreciate each one of you and your faithful visits and emails.
You make my world extra special!
Love and great big hugs to you!
May the Lord richly bless your life.

One other thing. . . my precious Grandpa Don 
is having open-heart surgery as well as bypass surgery sometime this week.
If you think about him would you please lift him up in your prayers.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful apron you received :) aprons are just perfect for everyday. My prayers continue to be with your family as your grandfather awaits the surgery. Mari

Anonymous said...

I am praying for your Grandpa Don.

The aprons are precious. I have fond memories of my grandma wearing one every day. After her passing, my dad (her son) would often wrap one of her aprons around his tummy to make his famous banana pudding. A sweet memory.

Conniecrafter said...

How wonderful all the goodies Gracie received, sorry we couldn't see pictures but I can imagine her excitement. That is wonderful the stories behind the aprons and recipes, neat swap. Good to hear that your family is back on the mend, it is so understandable that you needed to take out time for them, you already go above and beyond. Prayers being sent up for your Grandpa, May God guide the doctors hands in all they do and give him peace and strength in the days ahead. ((HUGS))

Debby Ray said...

Hello Stephanie...and thank you for the update on Letters to Gracie! The aprons, both the one you received and the one you sent are just beautiful...what a fun exchange! There are no apologies needed my dear...life happens and you have your priorities exactly where they should be. I don't know how you do it all even when everything else is going fine!! My prayers are with you and your family as your Grandpa Don has his surgery this week. Hugs and blessings!

Bobbie Lynn said...

I will say a prayer for your Dear grandpa Don.
Thank you for sharing the wonderful parcel that was sent to Gracie. What a beautiful thing all of you have done.
Just love those aprons. The fabric on both are beautiful. I need to out my patterns and make a few more. The ones I have have just about seen their last days. : )
Have a beautiful Day Stephanie and glad to hear that you are having warmer weather.

Kelly-Anne said...

Sweetest, dearest Stephanie...how you bless my heart each time I open your pretty blog! It was such a great joy to send a smile to dear Gracie - my heart aches for her and what she is having to go through right now... Thank you for allowing us the wonderful pleasure of blessing her with a few simple cards!
Aww...what a gorgeous apron you sent Carol and the apron she sent you is just too lovely! What fun it must be to participate in an apron swap...I think I will need to take a peek at the lovely blog behind the fun as aprons are one of my favourite things! They're so simple, yet bring so much joy and delight to the lady wearing them! Ah...simple pleasures...
I am so sorry to hear your poor family all suffered the flu - not nice at all! I hope you are much recovered now and even though you were missed, we know that sometimes a little breathing time is very good:)
Have a sweetly blessed week - I am just so happy to be home once again and look forward to resuming blogging sometime this week! Hopefully I can even join the party tomorrow...:)
Your grandfather is in my prayers too!
Hugs and much love!

Anne Payne said...

God's family is far-reaching! It was a pleasure to send sweet Gracie a little something to encourage and delight her.

Those aprons are quite stunning! When I get my craft room set up I am planning on making me one or two because I'm always getting strange little spots on my shirts. :)

Enjoy spring coming to your area. It sure is perfectly beautiful in my neck of the woods.


Alex said...

Dear Stephanie ~ be fully recovered soon! Sorry you had the horrible flu...
Prayers for your Grandpa...

Kim said...

Both those aprons are darling, Stephanie; what a fun swap. Life is all the better with the sprinkling of a li'l lace a few buttons and oodles of flower fabrics! Praying all goes well with your grandfather's operation.

Lorrie said...

Beautiful aprons both given and received. You'll enjoy wearing yours and thinking of Carol as you potter about your kitchen.
Praying that your grandfather's operation will go well.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Sending positive thoughts and prayers to your Grandfather, Dear Stephanie!
The aprons are so sweet! I just love the fabrics and all the little details. It's so wonderful to have memories of Grandmothers in their aprons. Love the little hankie pocket. So glad that you and the family are feeling better. Blessings to you, sweet friend. Hugs xo Karen

Elizabethd said...

Dear Stephanie...what a time you have been through lately. I will of course pray for you dear grandfather, and for your family's health.
I love the aprons!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stephanie,
So glad to hear that Gracie had a wonderful time receiving her letters and gifts. It was a blessing to participate and I pray she has a blessed and bright future ahead.

Love your beautiful apron swap with recipes. You and your swap partner designed gorgeous aprons. So much time and talent goes into something so precious.

Prayers for you grandpa and your mother traveling to be by his side.
God be with all.

So glad you and your sweet family are on the mend and feeling better. Don't worry about visiting. Life happens and there is no need to give apologies. Happy May!!

Hugs and Blessings, CM

Jeanna said...

You have the best blog friends, Stephanie. It is because your blog is such a blessing to us all.

I love the apron Carol made you and you made the sweetest apron for her.

I hope you are all feeling much better and I will certainly pray for your grandfather.

Have a wonderful week!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

What a beautiful post & so happy that Gracie received such lovely letters and gifts! I love your apron from the swap. I love the one you created too! So glad you are all feeling better. I pray the survey will go well. Take care & have a lovely day! Julie xo

Diane said...


I have (stashed away) the apron that my Great Grandma wore. I just love it. Your apron from Carol is the most darling! That's the king my Great Grandma wore. The apron you made for Carol is just the sweetest!

I wish I could sew.

I truly hope all is well in your house. I always love your posts. I get a smile every time.

D : )

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Hi Stephanie! I'm so glad Gracie received her box of love! How exciting for her! Love the apron you received and the one that you created. Both are gorgeous! I hope you and your little one get better soon. Have a lovely week!


Anonymous said...

The aprons, both yours and Carol's are gorgeous. I've sewn myself one, and when I see cute ones in the Thrift store I'm drawn to them to buy. My grandmother always put on what she called her house dress and the apron went right over it. I forget, though, to put one on when baking and I am kind of a messy baker, and once I look down at myself, I think why did I not put that apron on. hahaha
Glad your family is feeling better. The month of March was a blur for me as I had it the worst in my family. I felt terrible pretty much the whole month up to Easter.

Jill said...

Hi! I'm new to your blog and it is lovely! The aprons are just wonderful and I will add your grandpa Don to my prayer list. Have a great day!


Debbie Harris said...

HI!! I'm at the doctor with grandma so I had time to pop my head in. :)
What a wonderful post sharing so much with us.
Gracie sure was lavished with tons and tons of love.
Those ladies all out did themselves as you did too.
My my what a delightful care package to receive.
Bless your sweet heart for thinking of her and putting all that together for her.
May her heart always remember the love and care that others showered upon her, and may she be blessed.

Your apron exchange with Carol was lovely! How special that the two of you were thinking on the same lines. Isn't God fun?

Bless you for mentioning grandpa so others could pray.
The faithful prayers of His people have a way of reaching far away places and bringing such peace and comfort to one's soul.

Have a blessed day my dear.
Love you~ Mom

kathyinozarks said...

what a lovely post-friends are so special aren't they? sickness seems to be going around here as well-many locals here are getting a resperatory flu and hubby just got home from hospital from pneumonia-which came on really fast-like a day and a half.
take care my friend Kathy

Vee said...

So glad that Gracie was blessed by her gifts and cards! And, oh my, you had to be blessed with your darling apron. Bet you look darling in it!

Vee said...

Oops...left before saying that I have prayed for your Grandpa Don and will as often as he comes to mind.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Praying the surgery goes well for Grandpa Don. I totally forgot about Gracie's box. How nice to know it arrived safely. So happy to have had the opportunity to be a part of that. I just love the apron you received and the one you made! For some reason I am so in love with them lately even though I don't wear them! So happy to hear you and your family are better. We had a similar bug go through our house and it is almost gone. Spring is just starting to arrive here so I have a lot of yard work to catch up on! This was a lovely visit with you!

sarah said...

So much love here. what a blessing. Best wishes to your Grandpa, I hope he comes through his surgery easily.

Sheryl said...

Hope you and your family are fully recovered. Gorgeous aprons both given and received. What a lovely swap idea.

God's Grace Overflows said...

Hello Stephanie, long time. I am truly sorry that I haven't been by in awhile. It has been crazy busy here and I just haven't felt like getting on the computer. Now with summer approaching, I won't be by as often. :) Lots to do!

I am so happy that Gracie got all of her goodies. What a nice treasure for her to have and all that gave.

I will be lifting up your grandpa in prayers. God has him encircled with his strength, love and protection.

I love both of those aprons.. The full length is a nice one that won't ruin your entire outfit while cooking, but I also like the 1/2 length one as well. Such a cute idea to do that. I think we can never have enough lace, buttons and flowers. After all, aren't they suppose to be soft and feminine?

I hope you have a lovely week!

Hugs, Amy

Sola Scriptura said...

I'm happy to hear that Gracie was blessed with a big box full of love! The aprons are gorgeous! I hope all goes well for your grandpa, I'll be thinking of him this week.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Dearest Stephanie, life really can send you through the ringer some times, and that's okay. Don't fill guilty you and your family must come first. I have had to learn this the hard way.Believe me most of your blogging friends understand it. You have a beautiful day and you grandpa is in my prayers. Hugs, Jo

Marilyn Mathis said...

Lovely Stephanie, Your blog is such an inspiration. Although I cannot participate in your swaps, etc. I love to see the results! Praying for your grandfather and the family as they wait. Hugs.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I'm sure Gracie was truly blessed by all the love and kindness sent her way.
I love both of the aprons, Stephanie. You both were so blessed and influenced by your dear grandmothers. What a delightful swap! Love to you and I hope everyone in your family is on the mend.

Lady Linda said...

Dearest Stephanie, how are you feelling? I hope you are back to normal now. I just adore BOTH aprons. What a darling darling post. I love how you reach out to others and bless those who get to know you. Have a great week dear friend!

Mari said...

Sorry your hubby got sick too. Hope all of you are healthy now! I loved seeing the package for Gracie, but I'm mad at myself because I forgot to get my card out in time. I think it's wonderful how all of you blessed her.
I love the aprons!

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, I am glad that you and your son are on the mend. The flu has hit everyone so hard this year. That apron is adorable! Praying for your grandfather's surgery!

Billie Jo said...

Prayers for your intentions my friend...and yuck to that nasty flu! So happy you are all over it...
Do you homeschool? I can't believe I don't know that!
Anyway...enjoy this beautiful weather!

Kim said...

Lovely aprons! Are those red pom-poms on the one you made, Stephanie? Adorable!! What fun to have an apron swap! Does Jenny do these from time to time, or was this the first time?

So glad you're getting back to normal, but I'm sorry about your hubby. Isn't he fortunate to have you well enough to care for him?

Your posts are always so lovely, Stephanie!

By the way, I've got your grandfather on my prayer list. May God be with him.

Gail Dixon said...

I'm so happy that Gracie felt blessed with all the cards, nots and presents. Thank you for the update. :) Praying your grandpa has a successful procedure and is fully restored to good health. Great post today, Stephanie!

Margie said...

Wow! I got excited when I saw all the fun items in Gracie's box of love so I can just imagine her delight when she opened every single item!

The aprons that you gave and received in your swap are very pretty!

I'll remember your grandpa in my prayers. Best of luck with his surgery!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

What an amazing apron your apron partner made! Just loved the little hanky pocket - and the story behind it! Your apron was fabulous too with the gorgeous fabric flower! I know Gracie feels very loved with the box of love that was sent to her. Hope that all in your house get back to feeling better soon!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

What a terrific swap, both aprons are fabulous. So glad to see Gracie's box of love. It just reinforces how terrific bloggers are. Glad she enjoyed receiving all that love.

Stephanie, I really don't know how you keep up with the comments, and they surely are not expected. Give yourself some well deserved time to catch your breath. Hugs.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Prayers for your grandfather, and what a nice thing to do for your niece. xoxo Su

Merlesworld said...

Lovely apron.

Anna said...

I'm glad to see that Gracie received her big box of Love !!!
Hope you are better and your grandpa too !
The aprons are beautiful !!!
Have a shinny day !

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning sweetest friend! I am so sorry for not having contributed to this darling girl's box of love. The months have been nothing but work, work, work....it is quite stunning to see LOVE in action, and yet, that is what love is: action. And I fail to materialize what is in my heart at times.

I am hoping that your dear grandfather will enjoy the presence of his family and know that the love surrounding him will sustain his spirit. Keep us informed!

Things and Thoughts said...

Dear Stephanie, how beautiful those aprons are! I have a little collection of aprons of all my travels around Europe. Strengh and good luck to your grandpa, God bless you all!

mamasmercantile said...

Buttons and lace the perfect combination. Gracie is still in my prayers and also prayers for your Grandpa.

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magnoliasntea said...

Wow, I love how your pretty apron will give great coverage to keep your clothes clean. I need one from head to toe when I'm in a flurry of cookin'. ;)

Debbie said...

both aprons are just gorgeous, cute and colorful!! you two seem to be on the same page!!! i think the grandma influence is so natural. i always thought my grandma invented the apron, i never saw her without one!!!

best wishes to grandpa don, scary stuff, i hope it goes well!!!

Linda Walker said...

Hi Stephanie,
So happy to see the amazing "parcel" you sent off to Gracie! I can imagine the look on her face!

An apron swap! what fun! I love the apron you received and the one you made and sent off! What a great idea!

So sorry to hear your family was ill! Glad to hear you are all better!

Scrappy quilter said...

Such a pretty apron. I'm so glad that Gracie got her box. So sweet to have been a part of it.

Anonymous said...

So glad that Gracie received such a fun package. :) Both aprons were beautiful! Sooo happy you all are feeling better now. Praying for your Grandpa.

Jazzmin said...

Dear friend, I could not agree with you more that it feels like it should be January still! I remember New Year's like it was yesterday and starting up school again and now I am almost done and it is nearly summer!?? How did this happen? Time amazes me.

My heart smiles soo, so much to read your post. I am so happy to hear about Gracie and how much everyone's letters and wishes for her could be a blessing to her! I'm so glad to hear that this could make her smile and feel the warmth of all of the sweet ladies who wrote her. She is in my thoughts and prayers, and I can't help but smile as I think of what her face must have looked like as she opened them.

Your apron is absolutely perfect. I can see why you love it so much, so do I! What amazing workmanship and fun, lovely details and colors. It is sewing inspiration to me as I admire it, also :)

Thinking of you and hoping your week is going so very well!

Love and blessings!
Many hugs,

Bethany Carson said...

Glad to see Gracie received the package! Your Grandpa Don will be in my prayers.

The aprons are gorgeous! And spring is such a beautiful time of year. Just seeing the color green and hearing the birds sing makes me happy!

Feral Turtle said...

Praying for your dear Grandpa Stephanie. Such a lovely apron that you've created and a beautiful apron made for you!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Praying for your Grandpa Stephanie. Love the sweet aprons you've shared today. I hope you have a wonderful Mothers Day friend!

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