Sunday, December 21, 2008

My life so far

Hi, my name is Sachiko. "Sachiko" means "Happy child" or " Blessed one" in Japanese. Growing up, I didn't like my name at all. It was a very common name and I didn't think the name fit me very well. I was born with a disorder(actually, three rare conditions)and because of that I had my leg amputated at age two. Since this was not curable, I was in and out of the hospital all the time. My family was disfunctional too. After high school I started working to save up money for collage, then, my condition got worse, so I had to quit my job. That was a very dark time for me. I had no idea how I was going to support myself or how my life would turn out, and again I thought how ironic my name sounded.

I am sorry to write such a personal and heavy stuff, but there is a point to this.
It has been many years since I felt so sad and scared. Now I am married to the man of my dreams; I don't know what I did right to deserve him. We have three beautiful children who make my life so busy and full. I am doing what I love to do which is designing and sewing. I have been blessed with a wonderful extended family and friends!

Recently, I thought about my name and realized the true meaning of my name. Yes I had rough patches in my life growing up, but because of that, I am where I am now. I can appreciate more what I have been blessed with and share that with people around me. When I forget about my own hardships and try to make others happy, I ended up being happier.

I could not shake this thought of mine for a few days now; I just wanted to tell you who are so nice enough to take time to read my blog that "everything is going to be ok." If there is someone who is worried or sad and you feel like your rough patch of life is never going to end, I just want to say that you never know what kind of great blessing are in store for you unless you just hang in there and keep trying.
My life so far, is a great ride. When I look back at everything, both the ups and downs, I am happy and I can honestly say I am truly blessed in life.

These wonderful pictures were taken by our good friend and rising photographer Michelle Kemp over at Rusty Bucket Photography.


Heather said...

Sachiko, thanks for sharing that. I truly believe you are so blessed because of what you went through earlier in life. After our trials the Lord gives us great blessings. You are an example to me of this very truth. Beautiful pictures, by the way. Michelle did a fabulous job!

Jodi and Jesse said...

Nice post. I love love love your pictures. What a beautiful family!

Elisa said...

I loved your post. It made me cry. Thank you!

The Soares Clan said...

Why do you have to make me cry?! I don't like to cry. Anyway, is there anyway I can barrow your friend to do pics like that? How much does she charge?

Jen said...

You are a wonderful person! Thanks for sharing and giving hope.

Steve and Sue and posterity too said...

Dear Sachiko,
You are a blessing to everyone who knows you.
Aunt Sue

Steve and Sue and posterity too said...

Dear Sachiko,
You are a blessing to all who know you.
Aunt Sue

SBZabriskie said...

Thank you for sharing-what a moving post! And beautiful pictures!

Mycurlyhairdays said...

I miss you! Your pictures look amazing! Especially the one of you and Aaron! (Nice job, Michelle!)
You are such an amazing and beautiful person! I am sad that I didn't get to spend more time with you before we moved! I love to read about you and your family and everything you are doing (and making!)!
Thanks for reading my blogs, too! I appreciate that you care about me and my family!
Please have a Merry Christmas!

Jessica said...

You have a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing your love for crafting too. Chris and I really enjoyed reading your family letter that arrived in the mail.
Thanks for sharing your love for crafting too! It motivates me to pull out my sewing machine and start sewing little clothes for my baby boy.
We hope your family had a wonderful Christmas!

Deborah Goodman said...

Sachiko, that was exactly what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you for always being a bright spot in my life! I love and adore you.

{natalie} said...

hi sachicko! i didn't know you had a blog. thank you so much for the cute handwarmers you gave me, i've been using them often in this cold weather. hopefully we can get together soon.

Melissa said...

It is so good to hear from you! You guys all looks so amazing! Your kids are so adoreable. I wish we would have planned our trip better and come to Provo. We didn't leave my mom's house at all. Next time for sure.

Rachel D. said...

Dear Sachiko, what a great lesson of life. Thank you for this. And thank you for sharing your happiness and your creations in this gorgeous blog I just dicovered. I'll be back very often.
Hello from Belgium

Heather said...

i just happened to find your blog today and have spent the last FOUR hours reading through it. LOVE it. you are so creative and i want to make everything! anyhow, i came to this post. how beautiful. what a positive and cheerful perspective you have. God has truly blessed you!! -heather in rochester ny

my name is heather... said...

beautiful pictures, and what a lovely story on faith and endurance! recently stumbled upon your blog....I'll be stopping by frequently!

HOPE said...

You have a PRECIOUS family...and how the LORD has been so very gracious in your life. Nothing is without purpose in this life..and most are to draw us to the Saviour the LORD Jesus Christ. He created you just as you be an encouragement to others..perhaps with a similar condition.

I love your name...and I know you do NOW.

Blessings more to you..

Bird said...


What a beautiful lifestory and what a beautiful life and family!

I believe that even the bad patches were necessary to bring us to where we are!

I loved hearing a little more about you, and how you have surpassed the bad to get to a higer and better place! You all look soo happy, it's contagious!

You have such an amazing talent! I love your stuff, and it never gets boring..

Have a great weekend!

Amie Kelp said...

God is good and faithful! this story touched me! Thank you for sharing!

I too am a self taught sewer and love figuring out how to do things! I have found myself coming to your blog daily to see what you are doing for it truly is an inspiration to me!

Thank you for sharing your passion and teaching the rest us! We are all blessed by your gifts!

hannahzuzu said...

Thank you for writing this lovely post. :)

teresa said...

thanks for sharing your beautiful heart with us. you have been blessed with a wonderful husband and dear children. thanks for your encouragement for those going thru the difficult patches of life.

i'm new to your blog and love all of your creative ideas. =)

Ariel said...

Sachiko, it's so nice to know your blog. I've been watching it almost daily. You deserve the happiness with your husband and three angels

ingrid said...

Hello Sachiko,

I just wanted to say how comforting your words are. I just discovered your blog, by way of Disney's. I'm already a fan and thank you for sharing!

Hi! This is Lisa*** said...

Thank you so much for sharing such personal pieces of your life with us all. I put you on my Favorites to view your blog often. I found your blog by searching up crafting ideas, and was blown away by your talent the Lord has blessed you with!! It makes me inspired to try some new ideas...and your pictures of family/crafts are very well done. Thanks so much for the time you spend doing all this! Lisa from Texas.

LJR said...

Sachiko san, o genki desuka? Gosh, my Nihon go is rusty already :D. Found your web and find it empowering. You done a great job, love love love your craft. Proficiat on your coming project' LR

Justine said...

I had no idea that your name was common. I actually thought it was uncommon because I never hear of Sachiko before. Regardless, I like your name.

I truly believe that you are truly blesses and you are right, if you hold on through the hardships, great things happens will happen. Thank you for sharing with us.

Just Better Together

Corrie said...

ohhhh I just found your blog today and love it! I love japanese craft and cute things so am so glad to find your cute blog and your adorable family.

thank you for sharing something so personal with us, am a new follower and will be sure to visit again tomorrow!


Bettsi said...

Hi Sachiko, I just found your blog this morning and want to thank you for sharing your story. As I am going through a rough patch right now, it's been kind of hard to remember that better things can be achieved. Your candid and thoughtful post has reminded me that it's what we do next that will bring us to a better place. BTW, your blog and crafts are beautiful!

amy smart said...


I had never read this post before - it is so beautiful. You have been a long time inspiration to me (I bought one of your stitchery patterns 7 yrs ago to make a birth sampler for my first boy - I still love it.) Now my admiration is even more. Thank you. Keep it up!

Marie said...

Sachiko, you strike me as a beautiful person, inside and out. I am so glad you are happy after going through a dark time. You are inspiring. :)

Thank you for sharing the pictures of your lovely family.

jessxdriver said...

I am new to your blog and I must say that you have such a true genuine spirit about you. God has blessed you so much. Your faith radiates through your words and I deeply admire how you have no shame in proclaming your faith. Thank you for being an inspiration to me today. I know this is an old blog post but God uses anything to speak to people. I love the tutorials and am off to the fabric store to stalk up and give some of them a try. lol.

Terzi -mankeni said...

Dear Sachiko;
You have very nice blog and I think you ripen from bad experience and you have successful in school of life.
In my country, people's personalities and lives is considered to be related with their name. In think it is same in Japan.
loves from Turkey :)

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