Monthly Archives: June 2014

My dear daughters-in-law, the two Jennifers, and my ladies book study group


This summer I have had the pleasure of meeting once a week at a friend’s home to discuss a book we are all reading:  Twelve Extraordinary Women (“How God shaped women of the Bible and What He wants to do with you”) by John MaCarthur.  This group is made up mostly of women who meet during the school year for the structured Ladies Bible Study (LBS) at HPBC but others have joined for the summer.  The group has become so close and thrive so well on the weekly study that they decided to continue meeting during the summer in the home of one of the willing members to do a book study.  Last summer they studied One Thousand Gifts.  

Each chapter features a different woman in the Bible.  We have already studied Eve, Sarah, Rahab, and this week Ruth.  This morning I reread the chapter on Ruth and reflected on the blessing of my two daughter-in-laws.  They come from two very different backgrounds but each have taken their gifts and talents and developed them in commendable ways.  They both are teachers with some training in the education field; one teaches college students who need help making up deficiencies in basic study skills (English, math, study methods, writing. etc.) and the other teaches her young children whose deficiencies are their natural bent to selfishness and laziness set in our immoral society.  

My greatness joy comes from seeing the way my Jennifers love my sons.  Lord knows, I could never have selected or arranged better matches for each of my young men.  I know it isn’t easy to live with hard working, strong willed, driven men yet that is what makes them leaders in their careers.  Their backgrounds are similar and not perfect either but God has used their specifics talents and gifts to develop them into the “teachers” and leaders they have become.  The neatest thing is to see how they have become more like friends; respectful of their differences.  They both chose women who are very attractive yet have an inner beauty that is commendable.

I read this morning on page 80 of our book of Naomi’s reflection on Ruth, the “faithful Moabite girl who had so graciously proven her loyalty, generosity, diligence, and strength of character.”  I wrote in the margin, “these are the characteristics of my Jennifers.  Naomi stated that her daughter-in-law, who loved her, was better to her than seven sons.  So on a lighter note, I will say I only have one more son, who I would even allow to marry another Jennifer, if she would be as wonderful has these two but Lord knows, I don’t think I could have survived living in a house with 7 Hulehan boys.  Three almost did me in!

Speed Sewing and my brother, Paul Singer.

Speed Sewing and my brother, Paul Singer.

I was so excited today when I sewed the third dress like this for the store Little Pampered People. I wasn’t pleased at all how long it took me to sew the first dress off this pattern. Another seamstress turned the project down because she said she didn’t “do” zippers. I guess that is equivalent to a house cleaner who doesn’t clean windows. Well, I needed a sewing project because my sewing drawing account was almost empty. The first day of sewing seemed to take all day. I did some studying on speed sewing and got some ideas. I tried the sewing tips on the second dress and cut my time in half (now 4 hours). Today I mastered them and finished the machine sewing in 2 hours! Yes!! Now I might be able to earn minimum wage. I just reminded myself that it is all for the cause of sewing so I can buy supplies to sew and send dresses to orphan girls around the world. It is timely that I am reminded of my mission because four years ago today my brother, Paul, was ushered into the Lord’s presence. Paul’s love of orphans and their care inspired me to use my love of sewing to create this ministry of The Samaritan Sewer and sew for orphans.

Mother’s Day Dresses

A new friend who saw my Etsy dresses asked me if I would make matching dresses for her and her 5 daughters for Mother’s Day. She said she liked the navy and white chevron peasant style dress on my Etsy Site. I ordered 10 yards of the fabric and started doing lots of sewing. Only 8 1/2 yards of the fabric came initially so I suggested the Mom’s dress be made out of a solid fabric. She selected all white and I made the scarf and pin to decorate her dress. The girls wanted the ruffle on the bottom of the dress and I added the ruffle around the neck to balance out the hem ruffle. So I finished them within the 2 weeks that I had and she sent me a picture of the group dressed and ready for Mother’s Day 2014. So cute!