As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

EXTREME Thrifting

You kind of have to know my Bekah to understand the idea of extreme thrifting. This is the child who NEVER (I did say NEVER) wants to throw anything away or use something up. This is the child who once kept a beautiful lollipop for months...because if you eat it, it's gone. This is also the child kept the chocolate bunny from her spring basket for an entire year, only eating it (with tears) because she was not going to get one in this year's basket if she still had the old one. Bekah wants to keep sewing scraps, outgrown clothing, every worthless little toy that has come in a fast food kids' meal...and the list goes on. (In hindsight, our first "heads up" was probably the day that we threw away an old mop head, and one-year-old Bekah cried upon seeing it dropped into the trash can. Yes.)

I have been saving some of Bekah's old clothes to use in quilting. I knew that, once she could get past the idea of them being cut, that she would enjoy the idea of seeing her much-loved dresses reworked into a keepsake quilt. Inspired by Anna's scrap quilts , I broke the news to Bekah that I was cutting up her old clothing, and began cutting squares. (She took it fairly well.)

But that's not "extreme" thrifting. I'm getting to that.

As we started choosing our fabrics, Bekah discovered an old dress that had not yet been touched by the scissors.
Bekah: This looks like it could be a shirt.
Me: Yes, it does, Bekah. But it would never fit you. After all it is a size 2T! (Bekah wears a size 10 now.)
Bekah: I'm going to try it on.
Me: Well you can, but it's not going to fit.

Guess who was wrong.

So now Bekah has a new shirt in her wardrobe. I guess we really didn't need hot pink gingham in the quilt anyway. :-)


  1. Oh, Cheryl .... I didn't know this about Bekah. I think this is one of the most precious postings I've read in a long, long time. Something about it just really touches my heart. How amazing that that 2T dress is now working as a blouse on a size 10 little girl! Wow! ---


  2. I, too, am amazed that the shirt fits. Looking at her wearing it I have to wonder how it ever was a 2T! The "mop throw away" story is so funny, Cheryl. I knew it was bad.... but not that bad! Just think if she could take care of all our recycling needs. When Bekah is older, she might be able!

  3. oh my gosh...that is too precious!!

  4. Have fun with your quilt! It's such a nice way to keep beloved fabric in your life, don't you think?

  5. Gotta love our Bekah! It really does fit her, too. I guess it will get re-passed down to Maddie and she will have a chance to wear it for the second time, too! That IS extreme thrifting!!!

  6. And some time from now it could become some tassles for the quilt! Time to read some quilting stories!--Joanie who thinks Cheryl very patient!

  7. What a great trait to possess! Many people spend years perfecting what she has been God given.


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