Sometimes It Takes A While…

Sometimes it takes a while for you to really appreciate all that your parents have done for you. 

  • After a few sleepless nights with a brand new baby, you realize your parents once did this for you.
  • After delving deep into your reserves to gather enough patience to be kind to your trying toddler, you realize your parents once did this for you.
  • After making sacrifices to ensure your child is raised with lots of love and attention day after day, you realize your parents once did this for you.
  • And after spending hours making a stocking for your little one, you realize your mama once did this for you. 

We have somewhat of a stocking tradition in our family.  When Kristin & I were little, mom made us these really awesome stockings.  I always knew it was a really special stocking – unique, handmade, and perfectly sized to get lots of goodies on Christmas morning.  

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Once Kristin started her family, she made the same type stockings for her family. She even made one for Doug once he joined the family (I wasn’t sewing then).

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Naturally, this year I set about making a stocking for Johnny keeping in this same style that our family has used.  While I always loved my stocking, I never realized the level of detail or how much time it must have taken to most of it by hand.  The whole thing has patches of embroidery, ribbon, lace & a fancy cross-stitch for the name.

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Now, after all these years, I have an even greater love & appreciation for something that has always been special to me. 

Through this process, I also learned I’m not as patient as my mom!  But I still love how the stocking for Johnny turned out.

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And I hope Johnny will love it too. 

Thanks again, mom.  =)

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9 thoughts on “Sometimes It Takes A While…

  1. Awesome job, Carly! It turned out awesome! Never could have guessed it was your first. It looks professional! I know Johnny will love it! It is funny how my boys still like to hang their ornaments on the tree and talk about when they made them. I love that part of Christmas!

  2. You did a really great job on Johnny’s stocking! I like doing crafty stuff too at Christmas and all the other holidays. Hope you and your family have a great Christmas!

  3. Carly, I can say “ditto” to all that. You and Kristin have taken up your mom’s crafty skills!! Renae likes to do the craft – cross stitching and such (which I used to do) but she hasn’t gotten into the cooking as much as I do – but she’s getting there with some awsome dishes and cookies!! Love reading about your family!

  4. Pingback: Happy Birthday, Mama! « johnnybug

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