Monday, June 28, 2010


Angie and her son are finally home from their separate hospital stays.

Alex's main complaint about being in the children's hospital in St Louis............Too many Cardinal baseball fans! :-) Alex and his family are die hard Cubs fans but we still love them. Go Cards!

Alex has a short cast on his left arm and a high cast (up to his shoulder) on his right arm. The right arm is also braced with a sling and a Velcro band that secures his upper arm to his body.

So needless to say getting a shirt on him is impossible right now. After visiting with them yesterday I did some alterations to a couple of shirts for him. I pray that these directions and ideas never are needed for your family.

I picked up some shirts from his closet and I went out and bought some too. The first shirt I altered was this Star Wars sleeveless shirt. I went up a size in the shirts to help deal with the bulk of the cast.

I took out the right side seam and sewed a 12 inch zipper in the seam. I also added side zippers to two other sleeveless shirts. I did not bother with adding a hook and eye at the top of the zipper like I would have done if this was an evening dress.

This shirt is a cotton button down from his closet. Again I took out the right side under arm and side seam. But this time I added 10 inches of snap tape to the seam.

All the alterations are reversible. When Alex gets back to normal, all I have to do is remove the snap tape and zippers and sew up the side seams.

Continued prayers for this family are greatly appreciated as they heal physically and emotionally.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Prayers needed

I was going to post a sweet old photo of my father and myself yesterday for Father's Day but we had an emergency in my family.

My niece Angie and her family were in a head on collision yesterday after church. They were in their brand new van heading for Springfield IL. A man with a revoked driver's licence crossed the yellow line and hit them head on.

Here is the article

Their 6 year old son was air lifted to St Louis. He has been operated on for a broken arm and a broken wrist and separated shoulder. His head injury was not as bad as they first thought.

Their 6 month old son was in an infant car seat and was not harmed.

Angie's husband , Matt had moved to the back seat to give the baby a bottle. He just has cuts and bruises.

Angie (who was driving) is in surgery as I write this for a broken shoulder and a broken arm and a fractured knee.

The miracles in this accident was someone had already called the police about the other driver because he was driving erratically. So the police were on the scene of the accident almost immediately.

The other driver was treated and released pending toxicology reports.

Angie and her father are Methodist preachers.

All prayers are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Updated to add a picture. Thank you so much for your prayers and support!
The person that hit them is now in jail for driving with a revoked license. Which probably means he did not have insurance.
One of my next sewing projects will be altering clothes to accommodate casts~janet

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Coaches Lost..........

And the team won!

Our softball team colors are Hot Pink and Lime green (chosen by our sponsor, the local Subway restaurant and not the coaches).

For the last year the girls have been bugging the two coaches/dads about why they were not wearing the team colors.

So a bet was made.........If the girls won then the coaches would wear pink pants.

So here they are in their pink "loud mouth" shorts from (The one in the red hat is mine.)

So now if the girls win then the coaches wear the pink shorts. If they lose then they don't. So far they have won 4 out of 5 games.

I want to finish this post by making a public service announcement. Every Youth softball and baseball program should make it mandatory to wear a face shield on their batting helmets!

It has been required in our county for years. We played a team in another county last night where it wasn't required to wear face shields. Pitchers from both teams accidentally hit their batters.

When our player got hit in the head, the ball bounced off her face shield and she walked to first base. When their player got hit in the head, she went to the emergency room and lost two teeth. Nuff Said.