I really enjoy making gifts for my family. People have advised to keep things simpler. People like my husband who made me promise to never again knit scarves for all the girls in the family right before Christmas...apparently I was a little distracted. But this is tricky. Making and giving gifts is how I express care. I am not good at doing it with words. It is how I am able to spend time thinking about (and when I am able to work undistracted, actually praying for) the people that I love. Our days (and nights) are so full right now, lots of time can slip by and I do not even stop and really think about, much less actually call the people I am closest to. Making things for people gives me the opportunity to show intentional thought about who they are and what they might like. Granted, not all these endeavors have been home runs. I am pretty sure some things may be on display (or not) only because I am someone's daughter or grand daughter. Nevertheless, I hope they know that making things is my way of purposefully slowing the rest of my life to intentionally focus on someone else.
So, this year, because I did not want to give up on making some gifts, but knew I could not make for everyone, I out sourced the kids gift to their extremely talented father! Thanks to Pinterest, I was able to present him with a couple of pictures and, just like the Halloween costumes, he made it happen.
The first was a doll house for the girls.
A plan drawn from a picture.
A busy board.