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A request for prayer for a very special man

When you are a kid, you think your parents are invincible. You think they know the answer to everything. At least I did. I thought my mom was the best cook, the best seamstress, the best cake decorator. I thought my dad could move mountains. I thought he was the best gardener, the best sportsman, the hardest worker. I don't remember when it happened that I thought I knew more than they did. When I started being  embarrassed by the big full-size station wagon picking me up from school or my dad's car that was ever needing repairs. But I still loved them fiercely with all my heart and thought they were invincible. The day I realized otherwise was a shock to me. We went bowling and for the first time ever, I beat my dad's score. I felt like I needed to apologize. Somehow it scared me that I had beaten him. Like there was a chink in his armor. This past January, I was once again reminded that my dad is human and not invincible. He was diagnosed with cancer. They removed t

Bunny has a new dress

One of my favorite knits ever.

Yarn Along- the bunny

The little bunny needs a dress, and I will get to that, but she is finished! And we all think she is adorable. The pattern is so well written, with lots of links and other helps, that I highly recommend this pattern. Plus, did I mention how cute this little bunny is? Still reading C.S. Lewis' 'The Screwtape Lettters'. Love it too. Joining Ginny .

7 Quick Takes

-1- There are many drawbacks to being of small stature. I constantly have to use a chair in the kitchen to reach things on the shelf. Since I can't take a chair to the commissary, I sometimes rely on the kindness of tall strangers to assist me. Once, when trying to reach an item in vain, a woman in one of those motorized carts offered me her cane to knock down the can I could not reach. It worked. I have seriously considered buying a cane just for trips to the store.  -2- Driving my car, though, is not usually a problem. I can just push the little button on the side of my seat and magically my feet and the pedals meet and we are off to wherever we may be going. Not so, yesterday. I pushed the button and the seat moved forward, but the kids had been "adjusting" the seat and had made it go higher. I pushed the button to lower the seat and nothing happened. My feet were still dangling in the air. Yes, my feet could not reach the floor! To get to the pedals, I ended

Yarn Along

Knitting: a little rabbit. Reading: The Screwtape Letters. Gratuitous Peter photos because he always wants my attention when I try to take pictures. This is how I see him lots. Pulling on my skirt, wanting to be held. But who can resist those big brown eyes? Not me. Linking up with Ginny .

A New Do

Two months ago, Anna tried to donate her hair. She was one inch shy of the required ten inches. Patiently, or not :), she waited. Today, we returned to the salon and the scissors cut through her hair. Being the great blogger that I am, I forgot  to take a before shot.

Yarn Along

I usually do not have so many projects going at once. I finished Peter's sweater. The neck is horribly too wide and I know that I want to change it. I have never tried to go back after I have already finished a project. It is daunting, and I know I will need to work undisturbed. That undisturbed part is almost more challenging than the repair itself! I started making a bunny . I have been admiring her sweet animals for a long time, and when she finally published the pattern, I knew I wanted to try and make one. The purse is the thing that has been the longest in completing even though the knitting part is done. I need to make the lining and sew it in. Once again, undisturbed time is hard to come by, so this project could be lingering on for months yet. I am reading 'The Screwtape Letters' for the second time. This time around I am reading it with a friend and we will try to do our own little book club type thing. I think it will be fun and I am really l

A Breath of Fresh Air

After a rainy, stormy night, I awoke today to a typical cool fall morning. Last week, October showed up and it was still in the mid 80's. It made for a wonderful time in  Historic Jamestowne. This is the actual site of the original colony. It is a good thing we visited on this day, because the government shut-down closed this park the very next day. The sun was dancing through the trees, the skies were painted with thin white clouds, a nice breeze would blow and swirl around us every now and then. I truly believe we were outside more than indoors that whole week. Breathing in the air, the change in routine, the company, all made my stress melt away. I felt a calm and a laid-backness wash over me and it was good. I tried experimenting with some black and white shots with the camera. One day, I will learn how to use my camera. One day, I will not have all these little ones always needing me. Then I will be sad that they are not always needing me, but right at this very moment, I wo

Only the Beginning

The wise words from my few readers last week was to step back and regroup. I can be silly and stubborn at times and probably would have continued on in a bad mood. Sometimes God knows how to help us put aside our own pride and follow that good advice. He sent one of my dear friends and 7 of her children to stay with us for a week. We got a week long pass to the Williamsburg historic triangle and had the best time. At least I did. Believe me when I say that I am bone tired, but in such a beautiful way. In having their family stay with us, I was shown how to live out my faith as God intends. Not just when things are good, but in every moment. I somehow had this crazy idea that I was failing my family if they were not perfect all the time. But instead of using those moments for gentle reguiding, I was beginning to yell and be anything but Christ to my family. Not good, I know. Oh, but being with this friend helped me find Jesus in my heart, buried beneath all that sinfulness and pride, an