Monday, December 31, 2012

A Good Name

I thought long and hard about what to call this new one. Over the last couple of years or so, I had been thinking about starting a craft blog. I've enjoyed reading the posts of other crafters and have learned so much from them, so I thought it would be fun to join this very creative online community and share some of my own work.

I kept putting it off, largely because life is busy but also because I was so hung up on what to even call it. But the death of my most favorite aunt changed all that.

"Titi America" was, without a doubt, one of my greatest encouragers. I always walked away from a conversation with her feeling more confident, loved, and appreciated. She loved to tell the story, over and over, of how I took my very first steps in her apartment. Even as a toddler, I felt more confident around her.

Me taking my first steps. :-)

And in regard to my work, she always encouraged me to keep up with it, often saying something like, ''Millie, use your gift to bless other people."

So when she passed away this year, the thought of never hearing her call me ''Millie'' just about broke my heart. But in that grief, I found a way to honor her memory and remind myself of what she used to remind me of. And so I found the perfect name for this blog: MILLIE MADE.

My beautiful aunt. 

I love it. I loved her. And I'm so thankful for her presence and influence in my life. My prayer for this blog is threefold:

1. To honor God with the gifts and talents He has given me.

2. To honor my aunt's memory by growing and using those gifts and talents daily.

3. And to be a blessing to my friends, fellow crafters, and anyone else who happens to stop by.

Be blessed!