Just in time for the April debut of the new movie Smurf: The Lost Village-They Were Never Alone
Super Saver Yarn in white and blue
Crochet hook size G
2 black buttons for eyes
single crochet- sc
half double crochet- hdc
slip stitch-sl st
With white yarn, ch 4
Round 1- 8 dc in the 4th ch from hook, sl st to form a circle.
Rounds 2-4 1 dc in each st around, sl st to join.
Round 5- Ch 3, 2dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts, repeat around, sl st to join.
Rounds 6-7 Ch 3 , 1 dc in each st around, sl st to join.
Rounds 8-9 Ch 3, 2 dc in first st, 1dc in next st, repeat around, join with sl st
Round 10 -Ch 3, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2 sts, repeat around, join with sl st.
Round 11 - Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts, repeat aroumd, join with sl st.
Round 12 - Ch 3 1 dc in each st around. Change to blue yarn.
Rounds 13-17 Ch 3 1 dc in each st around, sl st to join.
Round 18 - Ch 2, sc in each st around, fasten off and weave ends in.
Ears: (make 2)
With blue yarn ch 4, 10 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st.
Round 1: 2 hdc in the first st, hdc in next st, repeat around, join with sl st.
Round 2: sc in each st around (causes ear to curve in) Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew onto hat.
With blue yarn ch 4, sl st to join.
Round 1- ch 3, 8 dc in the ring, sl st to join.
Round 2 - Ch 3, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join. Fasten off and weave ends in.
Eyes: (make 2)
With white yarn, ch 4, 8 dc in the ring, sl st to join. Fasten off and weave ends in. Sew black button in the center of each eye.
Using the picture for placement sew ears, nose, and eyes to the hat. Lightly stuff the top of the hat and fold over and sew to the hat.
Patient Spotlight: Brody’s Story
Recently, on a lunch outing with a few co-workers, I had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Dotson. She is the Founder of 818 Ministries and told me about her ministry and what they do. It was a surreal moment, because I realized that I had received one of the hats that her ministry donates while my son, Brody, was in the NICU. Brody was born 3 months early, at 28 weeks. It was so unexpected and I had an emergency C-section before he was rushed to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. He spent 6 weeks in the NICU continuing to grow and develop.
I remember thinking when he was born, “I haven’t even had my baby shower yet, I don’t have anything for a baby.” We had only gotten 2 onesies, a pack of diapers, and a couple of bibs. We didn’t know what to expect or what a premature baby needed. On our second day in the NICU, we were given a gift bag with different books, blankets, and encouraging words to help us through our journey ahead. One of those gifts was a preemie-size knitted hat with a sweet note of encouragement. Brody was born when the weather was still cold and he didn’t have enough body fat to keep warm. He wore the hat while in the NICU and even after we brought him home. It was so nice to feel supported by not just friends and family, but by our community as well.
I’m so glad I got the chance to meet Rebecca and tell her how her kind work impacted my family. Brody will be 1 year old next month and couldn’t fit in the hat if he tried now, but we will always keep it as a reminder of how our tiny super-baby jumped into our lives when we weren’t quite ready and taught us what it means to fight for life and come out happy and healthy.
-Brandi (Brody's mom)
What if? By Robin Dotson
John 16:33, I John 5:14, Isaiah 41:13
Do you ever ask, "What if?"
What if this happens? What if that happens? Even what if this doesn't happen? I think we all worry about something.
I haven't totally conquered my tendency to worry (actually I think I may have inherited that tendency). But in the pasta, I have worried about things in my control and things out of my control. Then one day I read an article about the subject of worry and the author asked the question, “If we worry constantly, do we really have faith and believe God is truly in control of our lives?”
Fortunately, I read this article before my cancer diagnosis and treatment. I believe God put the article in my path to prepare me for what I would eventually face and put life into perspective. I can truly say I put one foot in front of the other and trusted God to see me through my situation. I am not patting myself on the back because it was totally out of my control, so that made it easier to rely on God solely and not on myself.
Then came life afterwards. After I finished treatment, like most patients I realized I had been fighting for months and months and suddenly said to myself, what now?
Do I just go home and worry about if this disease will return?
My sweet and caring oncologist said to me..."You go home and live your life!"
Those were profound words to me that day. That is exactly what I decided to do.
I thought it would be interesting to look up synonyms and antonyms for the word worry.
Synonyms for worry:
None of these words sound very good to me.
Antonyms for worry:
These words sound so much better.
I have come a long way the last couple of years in realizing I don't control my life. I want to live my life to the fullest every day and let God work in and through me. I don't want to live a life of "what ifs" that may or may not happen.
I am striving to become a prayer warrior rather than a worrier these days.
God has shown me some verses in the Bible that have given me the assurance of peace and direction in my life. These are verses that are comforting to me and calm my fears about the things of this world.
John 16:33 - These things have I spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
I John 5:14 - And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.
Isaiah 41:13 - For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
I can call out to God in times of worry and He is faithful to hear my prayer.
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
The courage to change the things I can, and
the wisdom to know the difference.
"What if" we put our total trust in the One who gave this life to us to live in Him and for His purpose?