18 August 2008

Sisters-in-law

Amber, Brittany, DaNae, & JeuneElle on their fun trip to New York

The old saying goes when you marry your spouse, you also marry his or her family, right? So perhaps you can imagine my initial apprehension upon finding out that Jeff had four, yes four, all older sisters.

Now, in my family there are also four girls, so the lucky girl to marry our one brother probably had the same apprehension. In fact, once, we sisters decided that it would make things much easier if we just chose our brother's wife for him, so as to avoid any potential discord in the family if we didn't like who he chose. (Lucky for us, he chose better than we ever could have and she makes our family so much better than it was before she was around).

Perhaps Jeff's sisters had the same pact--and perhaps they were much more nervous to meet me for fear of the potential disruption of their sister bonds, since Jeff, like my brother, also ended up choosing for himself. And again, lucky for me, I couldn't have asked for better sisters-in-law (including Jeff's brother's cute wife, who came along later)--they were immediately kind, welcoming, accepting and in the 7+ years that I've been their in-law, I have developed a love, respect, and individual relationship with each one of them. They are all strong, independent women (with very different personalities), great mothers, and examples to me of righteous living and service. Each of them deserves a post of their own, but today, since the gift at the bottom of this post is in celebration of her new baby girl, the rest of this one will be about JeuneElle.

JeuneElle, the oldest of the four, probably has no idea how she has inspired me as a seamstress. On my first Halloween as a Fuller, I got to see the amazing costumes she stayed up all night sewing for her boys, made without a pattern, as is her specialty, and I decided I wanted to be like her when I grew up. For James's 2-year-old birthday, she found out he loved Super Grover and whipped out a cape in an hour that, three years later, is still the favorite item in our dress-up box. Although she doesn't have a lot of time to sew in her busy life, the things she makes are unique and very well-crafted.

She has always been incredibly generous--in fact, we were the lucky recipients of much of her baby gear 5+ years ago. Since much of it is too used and grungy to give back, we have been trying to think of the perfect baby gift for the little girl joining their family soon.

When she requested a limabeanhome custom diaper bag, I was absolutely flattered and have been nervous about making it perfect ever since. Jeff helped me pick out some great fabric when we were in Portland, and here is the final product. I really hope she likes it and it suits her needs.


It will be in the mail very soon. Jnel and family--we're so excited for your baby to arrive, and wish we could be there to welcome her. For now, this bag will have to suffice. It is made with much love.

12 comments:

Emilee said...

wow. that is sooo fabulous! i might have to have you make me one too. i think i could use 2. i sometimes get sick of just having one bag since i used to have like 50 that i rotated between. also, i picked neck's wife for him. :)

Lima Bean said...

i know--i was going to give you credit for jess, but the post was already getting too long. :-)

if you find some fabric, i'll make you one too. the outside has to be pretty heavyweight and the inside can be whatever you want. it's kind of the same style as the one you have already, right?

Emily said...

Sisters and sister in laws are totally the best! You're lucky to have so many!

And your bag is waaaaaay cute...you're so talented!

AMY AND MIKEY said...

what a sweet blog. I love the bag! It is so so so cute. I want one and I don't even have a baby! That would be really intimidating to enter a family full of 4 girls. There's 6 in my fam, so that's how my sister in law feels about us- but I don't ever think about it. yowsa. Well I'm glad you've managed to make wonderful relationships with each of them.

Debbie said...

Hi. Cross commenting here after you found my blog and were sweet enough to leave a comment. I am an only child and married into a family of five - it can be intimidating but when it works, it's great. Glad to have found you and happy you share my sentiments about my volleyball gals. I couldn't even watch the men last night - I knew I'd get sucked in and really needed some sleep!

AMY AND MIKEY said...

OK_ I was not aware that you were into LOST, we NEED to have a conversation about this- I want to knwo your opinions on everything-

Lambert's said...

Hi Kristine! Cute sewing projects and congratulations on your "store". Thanks for leaving me a comment so I could find your blog. Take care...Desiree

dogey said...

thanks bean! no, they don't pay me to go to away games, but i can cover them from here, because i'll just need to hear what coaches are saying, who is injured, what happens, etc. and i can pretty much find all of that out from news, the game, etc. so yeah! i'm way excited :) i'll send you the link when the articles are on!

BJ and Aimee said...

We love the bag! You are amazing. We are so excited to have you design our very own lima bean bag! We like the colors. A dark outside is nice to hide the messes. We are open to any colors. We were thinking if possible, could you do a flap on the top? and are there pockets on the inside? But seriously you are a very talented person and we are super excited and open to suggestions.

Lis said...

First, you are so right about our sister-in-law being the best treat.

Second, the d.b. looks fantastic. Congrats to Jnel!

Tara said...

That bag is awesome Kristine! You really have such a great talent

Macbeth's said...

I don't think that we could have chosen anyone better than you for Jeff. We love you guys so much - and it has to be said - you are a far better example to me than I am to you. we miss you guys! Hope to see you soon(ish). Love you
-Britt