Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter in pictures

For three consecutive Sundays, we have had to split up and go to Mass in small groups thanks to what may or may not be the flu. Someone tested positive, someone did not and then I decided to stop trying to find out. Either way, this illness takes their fever to frightening levels (over 104) for a couple of days and then lingers on  for way too long. So this morning I sat in Church by myself, missing my children and wishing this would just end already.

We did try to keep with some Easter traditions even if we are not feeling well. We colored eggs in the traditional way, with little metal egg holders and fizzy little tablets. We also tried onion skins again to be more natural. Then we tried something new. We wrapped some eggs in silk ties and tried to dye them. It was a mediocre success and I don't think we will do that again. Plus our house smelled a little like an old man in a sauna after boiling those ties!

May your Easter be blessed. Doesn't it feel great to say enthusiastically a great big "Alleluia"?

Happy, happy Easter to you all!

such a happy color

such happy children

I love this one!

Little fingers are impatiently checking those eggs

These are the experimental silk tie eggs. Not nearly as pretty as the tutorial.

His first Easter

This is my candy-a-holic. She was over the moon with all that sugar!

I stayed up til 2:30 last night making the doll's dress. Hers I finished a couple of days ago. The look on her face was worth every minute of lost sleep.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Yarn Along- The "I made a sweater!" edition

Oh my goodness! I made a sweater that I really like! The color is truer in the first photo. The pattern is available on Ravelry and is called Pull Me Over. I have not blocked it yet.

I have a new appreciation for people who can take a good photo of themselves. If I wait for Tony to snap a picture, it is always too dark when he gets home and I never remember to take pictures of my knitting on the weekends. So there you have it. Me wearing my sweater with a camera in my face.

As for reading, I am still working my way through Chesterton's "Father Brown Mysteries".

Now, off to tend to the latest sick child and praying that we will all be well by the time we are supposed to board a plane for the west coast.

Hop on over to Ginny's, our host.

Monday, March 25, 2013

A thought as I enter this Holy Week

I opened my Magnificat to the morning offering today and two phrases leaped off the page as I read. The first from Psalm 116: "The Lord protects the simple hearts;". The second is from the closing prayer: "protect us against the forces of sin and death against which our own strength cannot prevail,".

That is me. Simple. I do not have great intellect. What I know is that I must have faith that God, who is perfect and knows all things, will lead me. And how am I, a simple heart, to know God's way? By simply following His rules. If I examine all actions and ideas of mine, I can know whether it is right or good by asking if it is in line with God's law. Oh! How far I have to go! Every day, my own selfish ways lead me from His way, His love. I hang my head in shame. I cry out. I pray. I try again. That is all I can do. Try again to show my love for my Lord by living every day in a way pleasing to Him.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Not in the forecast, but oh so beautiful, even if it is March 24. I doubt it will last til the morning. The kids and I ran from window to window, taking in the magic of an unexpected snowfall.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

before and after



Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Yarn Along- the spring edition

Since I seem to have very full days and very little time to write about those days, I am going to fill my yarn along post with other things as well. Please forgive me.

My sweater is being neglected at the moment and I am so close to finishing. We will be celebrating a bit late Ben's birthday in a couple of days. We will be heading to a place where the kids can splash and swim and not get cold. My secret plan is to "volunteer" to stay with Peter for all his naps and knit away. We were originally detained from our plans by a stomach bug that swept in and hit every one of us in one way or another. Then knowing that Sophie's spring break was approaching, we decided to delay a bit longer so that we could all spend some time together.

I am giving another peek at a gift for a friend's new baby girl. I am praying that I get this done before the big day arrives! I also strategically framed this shot so you could not how much laundry needs to be folded. I really should be folding and not writing, but you can see how my priorities are all unordered at the moment. I have also been spending way more time in front of the computer than I planned during Lent. It is for a good reason though. My sister is getting married next month and I have been looking for flower girl dresses, suspenders and hats for ring bearers, and dresses for myself and the bigger girls. It is so exciting, getting caught up in the wonderfulness of a wedding.

There is nothing like the first tender shoots of seedlings to make you know that spring is just ever so close. The kids and I planted these about a week ago. I love watching them all lean toward the sun, craving that warmth and light as much as me.

We planted the lettuce seeds in the eggshells. We shall see how this little experiment turns out.

 I can't believe how fast this little guy is growing and advancing. I found it so funny how he crosses his little legs and braces himself with his arms while I feed him. He still slides too much in the high chair, but I am hoping to sew a little fabric cover to secure him a little better. The straps on my high chair have been missing for so long now.

Here is my happy little guy. He brings such joy into my heart every day.

As for reading, I am really enjoying Chesterton's Father Brown stories. They are short enough that I can generally get one read while I nurse Peter to sleep for his nap in the afternoon. I am trying to not sit in front of the computer so much with him. I either put on "Save the Last Dance for Me" by the Drifters and dance around the room with him (he loves that song and it immediately soothes his most fussy moments) or snuggle into the cozy chair with him and my book.

The last bit of news before I wrap this up is that I now have two children who are licensed drivers. I am still a nervous wreck while they are on the road. A mother's heart is in so many places all at the same time, isn't it?

Now, if you are even still reading, you should go visit Ginny, our host.