Fort Mountain Thoughts

photo-88Me, Davy and baby E

Back in 2010, Fort Mountain was a regular escape for me.  It is a beautiful place–a mountain state park with hiking trails, a really awesome ancient fort, and (my personal favorite) an amazing lookout point that makes you feel as if you are walking right out into the sky.  You can see for miles–probably thousands of miles.  At least it seems that way.

I had many a conversation with God there.  But somehow, through the hum-drum business of life, I have kinda forgotten about our conversations lately.

We made a trip up the mountain last weekend, and it was extremely refreshing.  Funny thing, today as I was going through some desk drawers I came across an old journal with an entry entitled “Fort Mountain Thoughts” (I had written it while sitting on a big rock on top of the mountain one day).   As I read it, something was re-kindled in my heart, and I wanted to share it with you. 🙂

I hope you enjoy.  Perhaps this will inspire you to take to the mountains for a good, soul cleansing hike in the coming weeks as fall peeks around the corner.



Fort Mountain Thoughts

How often I feel frustrated because I do not — can not — comprehend God.  But how often my lack of comprehension is made deeper by my lifestyle of self-focus and introspect.  I spend so much time running around in circles in my mind, my world gradually becomes smaller and smaller until I am practically living in a small room of mirrors — like the one the Phantom of the Opera used to drive Raoul to insanity.  It really does make you want to use the gun.

That’s one thing I hate about the city.  With all of its man-made edifices stretching out for miles, it is practically impossible to “Be still and consider the wondrous works of God,” because we can’t see them — we’ve blocked them all out with fancy sky-scrapers and cement walls.  Even the parks are, in a way, man’s works of art.

I don’t live in the big city — in fact, I really live in the country.  But I think I’ve taken on the city mentality in a way.  I don’t remember the last time I sat still and really considered the works of God.  I’m too busy worrying about my daily to-do list and being afraid that my future won’t turn out the way I want it to.


When I come up into the mountains, and sit on a gigantic boulder, with my bare feet hanging down into wild blueberry bushes, and I gaze out onto the rolling carpet of the earth — it stretches so far that the edges are blurred by the clouds — and the clouds, oh, I could just about reach out and touch them from where I sit — I gain some


How can you help considering God’s works when you can’t get away from them?

From up here, man’s great cities look puny and miniscule compared to the vast grandeur of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  There are so many trees!  Why don’t I notice them more when I am down amongst them?

I hear something move in the bushes and I feel so helpless–what is man, really, to fend for himself in the wilderness of God’s creation?  “Who is man, that you should think of him?”

I wish I could come here every morning, and start my day in awe of God, and end every night up here, gazing at the stars.

Can you imagine how many stars you could see from up here?  I feel like if I stood on my toes and spun around I could see the whole world.

In the midst of these thoughts I accidentally smashed an ant with my thumb and I feel as if it were a tragedy.  I think it was.




Vintage Baby Toys


My lovely sister Skylar and I have started a new little business.


Baby toys!


Made from vintage sewing patterns!

DSC_0062 The whole thing started with me purchasing some really cute old patterns to make little E some toys.

DSC_0076But then it became addictive.  They are quite fun to make, and do not take much time, so they are easy to whip up.

Here are the patterns I’m using right now:


simplicitystuffedanimalsUtter cuteness.

You can see our new Etsy shop here: SweetCozyBaby

We don’t have much up in the shop yet, but will be posting new toys as we make them. 🙂

Oh, and just in case you are now inspired to do some vintage stuffed animal sewing yourself, here is an AWESOME eBay store that sells copies of vintage toy patterns!  MJ’s Vintage Patterns

She has thousands of patterns–dolls, stuffed animals, doll clothes, REALLY cute embroidery patterns, and more. AND they are waaaaay cheaper than the originals, which cost upwards of $35 (and that’s the low end).

Goodness, I have got to start going to bed at a decent hour.  Bad Bessie.




Citrus Lane

Ok, this is a completely non-sewing post.  It is a baby post.  And perhaps a baby pic overload.  I hope you don’t mind. 😉


Have you mommies heard of Citrus Lane?

It is pretty awesome.  We bought I month’s subscription for $15.00 using a coupon (it’s normally $25 a month), and it was absolutely worth it.  Would have been worth $25.00 too!  Each month you are sent a package full of age and gender (if you like) appropriate toys and accessories for your child.  This month was “back to school” themed, so they sent learning type toys for the baby.


We got our package in the mail yesterday, and E was delighted in her awesome new stackable monkey toy and colorful book!


And I was delighted in the awesome bottle strap that keeps your kid from throwing her juice on the nasty ground like they like to do, and by the package of sanitary wipes that come in so handy nowadays.


There was also a sample of my favorite kind of butt cream, Waleda.  And one month’s free subscription to a children’s clothing company.


So somewhere around $75 worth of cool stuff for $15!


They have a really neat rewards program, where if you purchase a box using my link, you get $10 off and I get $10 off.  Once you have purchased your own box, you get a special coupon to share so you can start earning your $10 credits too!

You can use my coupon here.  You are very welcome. 😉


Carolina Lilies and A Coat

Look what randomly sprouted up in our yard this year!



I noticed the stalk earlier this summer, and have been watching it develop, wondering what in the heck it was.  And lo and behold, it was a gorgeous lily!  I did some research and I think it is a Carolina Lily, which is native to the south.

We have lived in our house for almost 3 years, and this is the first time this lily has grown, which is funny, because they are perennials and I definitely did not plant it.  I think I may dig it up and pot it, though, for safekeeping. 🙂

Oh, and I lied about my next project.  I thought I was going to make baby booties, but I somehow ended up working on this little baby coat…


More to come on that soon!