“Although brain development is subject to significant individual variation, most experts suggest that the brain is fully developed by age 25.”https://mentalhealthdaily.com/2015/02/18/at-what-age-is-the-brain-fully-developed/
If your brain is not fully developed until you are 25, then you are not an adult until then. If you live to be 100, you are not middle-aged until 50 to 75 years.
I had a birthday this week, and as much as I hate to admit it, I am middle-aged. At my yearly physical, I found there are perks. I will never need to take another pregnancy test, LOL! I am grateful to report my mammogram was clear. I will not be undergoing another lumpectomy. It was all good news
I wondered if there was something new, I should be doing. My daughter-in-law has more faith in me than I have in myself. She approached me last weekend and asked me to make a penguin costume for my grandson.
She sent me a link to look at the costume she wanted. After I agreed to make it, she ran to Hobby Lobby for supplies. She dropped them off that evening. There was no pattern!
To make the job even more difficult, my sewing machine stopped. I oiled it but it would only run for 30 seconds and then just stopped. Luckily, my daughter Laura lent me her sewing machine.
I was up at 4:00 am reading the directions and looking for shortcuts – Velcro dots instead of a zipper! Zigzag stitch instead of bias pieces to reinforce the openings.
Gideon thought I was crazy when I measured him from hairline to the end of his nose, shoulder to fingertip, shoulder to the elbow, shoulder to knees, around his elbow, and his ankle. To confuse him further, Rachel took off his shoe and I outlined it on the back of the instructions. Then I measured the hole in the shoe!
I said a prayer, and using a pair of his pajamas as a guide, I cut out the front piece and two back pieces. I cut out 2 left sides. (Sigh.) I cut a right side out.
I cut out the center white panel and tried to sew it to the black, front piece. Laura’s machine was temperamental. It sewed a straight stitch no matter which one I selected. It has one speed – slow. The flannel kept folding over. I had to stop every half-inch to move the presser foot! I stuffed the white panel and called it a day.
My confidence was lacking. Then I read today’s chapters and saw this:
Exodus 27:8, “…You are to make it just as it was shown to you…”Christian Standard Bible
I said another prayer and asked God to show me how to make the costume. I put a piece of paper over the shoe outline and held it up to the sliding glass door. I traced the outline of the shoe. Then I measured out 2 inches around it. I cut out the oval. I folded it twice lengthwise and made an angled cut. When I folded it flat, I had a pattern for the webbed feet.
I cut out four. I folded the pattern in half and found the center of the shoe hole. I cut out 1 1/4″ to make a 2 1/2″ hole. I sewed one bootie together and stuffed it.
I used the measurement from the nose to the hairline as a guide for the length of the beak. I sewed it together. God nudged me to a drinking glass that was the perfect size opening for the whites of the eyes. Then he reminded me of the cookie scoop that was the size of the blacks of the eyes. I cut out patterns and laid them on the beak on top of the knit hat Rachel had provided.
Derek brought Gideon over after work for a fitting. Everything worked! He even liked the large eyes.
It’s my birthday and I am determined to finish the costume. I sewed together the flippers, second bootie, and sewed the beak and eyes to the knit hat before lunch. I started to relax.
After lunch, I hemmed the body of the penguin. I didn’t leave enough room for the elastic in 2 places. I had to rip both of those sections out and stitch them again. Then I threaded the elastic in. I sewed the flippers on with three rows of stitching. The final touch was a small bow tie that I made and sewed onto the front.
I took it to Rachel after church. She said “Happy Birthday! What did you do today?” I looked at the costume.
God reminded me that I am appointed by name, filled with His Spirit, wisdom, understanding, and ability in every craft. I can design artistic works and am a wise, skilled artisan, see Exodus 31:1, 2. That is why, with His help, I was able to make a penguin costume without a pattern! His Holy Spirit guided me.
Like Moses, I had to cut out the pattern to the back twice, see Exodus 34:1. But I look forward to what He will have me create next, see Exodus 38:23.
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