I am Bri, an 18 year old sinner, saved by the precious grace of God! I am the oldest child in a wonderful family of 11, with four younger sisters, and 4 little brothers :)! My parents have homeschooled us all from preschool up, and I graduated in May of 2016 :)! I have several hopes for the use of my time after graduating, but am waiting in the Lord to see what he works out :).
I opened up an Etsy shop in 2015, Under the Tapesty, which you can visit here at https://www.etsy.com/shop/UnderTheTapestry. I love crafting -sewing, crocheting, knitting, tatting, quilling, pretty much anything- so this is a fun way to use my crafting constructively :). I have also enjoyed using these hobbies to help raise money for the cost of adopting special needs children on several occasions. I have a passion for both adoption and for those that the world considers "the least of these", so these opportunities blessed me :).
Some of my favorite things include bible study with coffee; early morning quietly reading before my family gets up, and late nights laughing at things, that only we could ever get, with my family; rainy days spent with a book or a project, and sunny days getting random things accomplished; snuggling little ones and talking for hours; And the small moments. A baby holding your finger. A coffee cup in your hand, and a book in your lap. Sunlight shining through the windows, and hearing that something you forced yourself to do even though you had doubts was just what someone needed during a tough time. Heart emoticons -which are pretty much the hug of the internet world. Tender smiles and quiet acknowledgements, with a hug that says the words that can't be found at that moment. Taking walks in the fall. Little ones loving to see you. Memories that are laughed at for years. Little things that remind you of people you love. And so much else!!! I love music and singing, though I'll admit I'm not the best at either, and my sister and I enjoyed being a part of our church choir for a little over a year before we moved "back home". And I love spending time and making memories with loved ones! I have many faults, and I don't want to hide that fact. I simply praise God that "he who began a good work in [me] will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."
I love writing, and my prayer is that this blog, though a place to enjoy that, would first and foremost be a place to give glory to my Redeemer. If anything you read here is a blessing to you, may God get the glory!
Rejoicing in Hope,
Me with my family, May 2014
Back, left to right: Daddy, Josiah, and Mama
Middle, left to right: Me, Bethi, Andrew, and Tori
Front, left to right; Emmi, Peter, and Abbi