Tuesday, February 2, 2016

reading & yarning along...

Me thinks I've got too many books going...
  • Amish Knit Lit Circle: light, easy, yet filled with yarn, books, community, and encouragement. Kind of like our weekly Yarn Along, right? :)
  • The Betrayal: historical fiction about John Calvin that is almost finished but has been neglected.
  • The Poisonwood Bible: Haven't even opened this one. Yet. But I'm determined to join Amanda's read along 'cause this book sounds so good.
  • Face to Face: a primer on fellowship, friendship, and hospitality and our need of all three. Excellent!
  • At the Water's Edge: The only one of my current reads that has a due date (the rest I own), thus it's the one receiving the most attention. Truly enjoying this read (another one recommended by Amanda -- thanks!). 

And I'm having lots of yarny fun...

Having finished my slouchy beanie knit with a skein of Ginny's yummy black-walnut-dyed worsted merino, I cast on another with Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in heathered aqua which is a gorgeous, gorgeous colorway. This one will be a fitted beanie rather than a slouchy which I'm hoping leaves enough yarn for a pair of fingerless mitts. We'll see. I've also been working to replenish my washcloths which are rather worse for wear. So nice to fill my kitchen drawer with a fresh stack of dishwashing cloths! Funny how knitting something so utilitarian can be so satisfying. Ravelry notes are here. :)

How about you? What's on your needles? What books are you enjoying?

Joining Ginny :)


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an abundance of blessings...

It was a weekend filled with all things wonderful!
  • Friday evening was knitting and sipping wine while watching Gosford Park with Dan. 
  • Saturday was granddaughter #2's first birthday! Happy birthday to our sweet Linnea Darlene!!
  • Sunday was worship followed by a stop at Costco for the kids' passport pictures followed by a nice long walk all by myself when we got home. 
So thankful to live in such a beautiful place, to live close to my grandbabies, to be planning a trip to Scotland to see our daughter and son-in-law this summer. Sometimes I just can't believe how blessed we are to have our lives so overflowing with God's grace, mercy, and provision.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Weekending with Karen :)


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

tending my yarn garden -- oh, deer!

As I stepped out the back door to take advantage of the daylight for my yarn along photo, I realized I was interrupting someone's late afternoon snack...oh, deer!

Face to Face has been such an encouraging read:
"Hospitality need not involve spending a great amount of money on a fancy meal, although a fancy meal certainly enhances it. It does not requre a nice home or a nice setting, although these are fine and pleasant things to have. The focus of hospitality is neither on the full table or the large room but on the open door. An open door is more than sufficient evidence that you have a godly concern for your friends, and that is better than any feast."
An open door...

How often do I hesitate to extend an invitation due to any variety of reasons? Too often. I really need to work on this. :)

My knitting has been all over the place. Quickie washcloths, a Steelers' beanie for my sister, new beanies for the granddaughters, and something new! That gorgeous walnut merino I picked up from Ginny is finally on the needles. I thought I was done with beanie knitting for a while, but I was wrong...

One more thing I just had to share with you is my new pencil/knitting tool holder -- my latest Goodwill find. And only 99 cents which is a great deal. :)

Joining Ginny :)


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

...learning to drive

This, my friends, is Daniel. 17 years old and a little late to be learning to drive, but learning to drive he is. Makes me a tad bit nervous to be the passenger, but I've done this before. Three times to be exact. He is improving which means I'm beginning to feel comfortable knitting a few stitches while he's at the wheel if there's no other traffic. A good sign. :)

The youngest of my three boys, this one graduates this year. C-R-A-Z-Y. Really, it is beyond my comprehension to understand where the years have gone.

We're talking, which is a good thing...college, work, interests. Thoughtful conversations about life and the future and how scary and exciting it is to be on the cusp of adulthood. I'm loving this phase.

But sometimes it's difficult.

AnnaLynn and I recently took the "Which Downton character are you?" online quiz where I learned that I'm Mr. Carson (she's Anna -- so funny!). If you watch Downton, you know who Mr. Carson is and that although he has a soft side, he likes to keep order and is therefore not too lenient in the running of the abbey. My kids think this is funny. In fact, if you asked my older kids to complete this saying: God is a god of order, not of _________. They would all answer, "Chaos." Because that's what they grew up hearing from me.

Truth, but expressed a little too Carsonesquely, I'm sure.

I think one of the hardest things about homeschooling boys is the fact that they grow to be young men who really don't want to spend all day at home with their mommas. The transition between being a boy and becoming a man seem to take forever, and then again, it happens in the blink of an eye.

This year I blinked. It's been a good year, but it's been a hard year, too. Hard for him. Hard for me. Sometimes. But mostly it's good, and for that I'm thankful.

I'd like to think I've grown up along with my kids and that I've learned to be a little more lenient, more patient, and more grace-extending than I used to be. Love before order, right? Better late than never.

Letting go of the wheel and trusting God to work His perfect will in my life and in the life of my kids has been a long road for an order-seeker/sinner like me. Sort of like letting my son take the wheel so he can learn to drive. It's all about trust. And love. :)



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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

at the water's edge {yarn along}

Hello! Here I am for my weekly post!

On my needles is a humble cotton washcloth being knit on size 9 needles which seem huge. Several other projects are on the needles; feel free to take a peek over on my Ravelry. :)  My days have been filled with office work which leaves me little knitting or blogging time. I'm training my Anna to help with filing and other sundry office tasks which will eventually make running the office side of our electrical contracting business take less of my own time. I'm looking forward to the day when she can enter invoices into QBs for me. Until then, I'm counting my blessings and am thankful for an abundance of work! I am on IG (DoleValleyGirl) throughout the week if you want to see what I'm up to...

At the Water's Edge, having been borrowed from the library has moved to the top of my reading list as it will need to be returned soon. A page turner for sure, so finishing it by the due date shouldn't be a problem.  :)

What's on your needles this week? What are you reading?

Joining Ginny :)


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