Super Saver Brand Yarn in Red, Flesh (light beige), White
Crochet Hook size G
2 -⅝ “ (16mm) black buttons
1 red button
Embroidery thread to sew features
Skill Level Moderate
Slip stitch -sl
Single crochet- sc
Double crochet- dc
Hat fits 17-22” circumference
Starting with red yarn ch 4, 10 dc in 4th ch from hook, join to first dc, ch 2.
Rnd 1: 2dc in each st around, join to first dc, ch2.
Rnd 2: 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st, repeat around, join to first dc, ch 2.
Rnd 3: 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2 sts, repeat around, join to first dc, ch 2.
Rnd 4: 2dc in first st, 1 dc in next 3 sts, repeat around, join to first dc, ch 2.
Rnd 5: 1 dc in each stitch around, join to first dc, ch 2.
For the next 3 rows the yarn colors will change, making the face.
Rnd 6-8: 1 dc in the next 17 sts, change yarn color from red to flesh, 1 dc in the next 19 sts, change color back to red, 1 dc in each of the remaining sts on the row, join to first dc, ch 2.
Rnd 9: 1 dc in the next 14 sts, change to white yarn, 1dc in the next 26 sts, change color back to red, 1 dc in each of the remaining sts on the row, join to first dc, ch 2.
Rnd 10-11:Change back to white yarn, 1 dc in each st around, join to first dc, fasten off.
Weave in all ends.
With white yarn ch 19, skip the first st, 1 sl, 1 sl, 1 sc, 1sc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 tc,1 tc, 1 dc, 1 sl,
(repeat backwards) 1 sl, 1 dc, 1 tc, 1 tc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 sc, 1 sl, 1 sl, cut yarn and sl st to tie off. Weave in ends.
With white yarn ch 27. 1 dc in each stitch, 4 dc in 27th st. Working down the back side, 1 dc in each st. At the end of the row, 4 dc in the first st. (creates an oval) Fasten off and weave in ends.
Looking at the picture for placement, using embroidery thread attach brim, moustache, eyes.
Add a pom pom at the top if desired.
Right now, I can probably think of quite a few things that I am grateful for. Sure, life isn’t always easy but for the most part it’s pretty great! However, I can think back to times when life wasn’t so peachy. Like freshman year….. Ah poor little freshman me. In my first semester of college, I had a broken foot and was known as the “girl with the boot”. I also totaled my car and landed in the front yard of a frat house, I left my wallet on a bus that drove off and my computer consistently kept crashing and deleting my papers. Yeah friends, I was the queen of the struggle bus! Or should I say… the handicap struggle bus.
I remember constantly calling my mom and whining about some new disaster story. Then, my mom shared something very insightful about the year before when she was battling breast cancer and going through a rough time herself. She told me that during her difficult time in life, she wrote a list every morning of things that she was thankful for and she encouraged me to do the same (Moms are so wise!) So… that’s what I began to do.
As I started to acknowledge my blessings, my outlook on life began to change. It made me realize that no matter what adversities I am facing, His blessings far outweigh my struggles.
Paul reminds us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” That says in ALL circumstances, not just the good times when it is easy and convenient. It is amazing to me how Paul was able to praise God throughout his rough times of being persecuted and imprisoned. David also suffered much in his life, yet he also remembered to praise God in all situations.
Psalm 103:1-5 says:
1Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits--
3who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
This morning, I went back to my notebook and found a few of the lists and prayers of things that I was thankful for. It is amazing to see how God has worked with those blessings in my life throughout the years. It is also cool to think back on harder times and see what God has shown me and how I have grown closer to Him. God never said that life would be easy, but he did say he would always be with us, and for that I am most grateful.
I have some great news for you!
Of all of the gifts that God has given you, today is your day to use it, spend time with it, but most importantly, enjoy it. You might be thinking, “Which gift is she talking about?” That’s the best part. God has given us so many blessings that we can’t choose which one to enjoy first.
Whatever we are feeling in our walk through life—joy, sadness, grief, or anger—we should always add grateful to the list. No matter what we are going through in life, there is always something to be grateful for.
In fact, Psalms 118:24 nudges us to be grateful in just a few words, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
All my life I have been raised to live with a grateful heart, and after being a cancer survivor, I have been given the opportunity to see the world with a different perspective. Cancer has showed me that there are so many reasons to be thankful for the day we have lived, the people we have met, and the opportunities God gives us to be grateful.
After twenty-six months of treatment, I was able to celebrate being cancer free! The day we celebrated being cancer free, we had a huge celebration at my house, and we sent “thank you” balloons to God for all of the blessings we are thankful for, and for all of the miracles He has granted us with.
As we go through life on a day-by-day we should remember all the great things God has given us—a healthy life, a car to drive, family and friends who love you, and most importantly that God has a plan for each of us, He is smiling down at you and is excited that you are enjoying His creative plan with His people.
God has given us so many reasons to send balloons to Him! One thing we could do every day is take some time and recognize at least five things that God has given you today specifically. We can keep a journal of our thanks or recognize them and share the five things at the dinner table, or even thank God for the five things he provided us with today.
So, let us leave our fears and troubles behind, and rejoice in the day the Lord has made. Let us understand that this exact moment we have today will never be had again, and that we should live each day with a happy, grateful heart.
Let’s make a plan for today and every day. Let us vow to open our eyes more often and take a step back from our crazy, hectic lives, to take the time to recognize the gifts that God has given us. Let us live with a bag of balloons in our pocket and send God a balloon throughout the day, the week, the month, and the years to thank Him for every obstacle He has brought us through, every person he has had us encounter, and every blessing he has given us. Let’s make having a grateful heart a habit and rejoice in the day the Lord has given us.
Comment below and share the blessings you are sending your balloons to God for, but most importantly, let us give thanks in prayer to Him.
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