Thursday, August 6, 2015

17 revolutions around the sun...

The world is rated R, and no one is checking IDs.
Do not try to make it G by imagining the shadows away.
Do not try to hide your children from the world forever,
But do not try to pretend there is no danger.
Train them.
Give them sharp eyes and bellies full of laughter.
Make them dangerous.
Make them yeast, and when they’ve grown,
They will pollute the shadows.

-N.D. Wilson



Happy 17th birthday to Daniel, my youngest son...born to me in my mid-30s when I least expected to reenter motherhood.

One who reads (and reads, and reads) and ponders.
One who thinks in ways that challenge my own thoughts.
One whose pen scratches, filling page after page.
One whose fingers dance, coaxing beauty from ivory
and filling our home with magic.

Continue sharpening your weapons, dear son,
and wield them for the Kingdom...

With much love from your teary-eyed mom :)

xo

~~~~~~~~~~



Dan & Daniel are off this morning for a long weekend in Moscow, Idaho, where Daniel will be attending a writing workshop with two of his favorite authors (along with Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis). Can't wait to hear all about it!

AnnaLynn and I have registered our fair entries and are looking forward to seeing how we did when the fair opens Friday (tomorrow) morning...I did manage to finish my recycled yarn project in time! My girl and I have fun plans for the weekend, so I won't be here until next week when I'll share how we did at the fair. Wish us luck!

~Lisa

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

on top of the world!



Tuesday morning of our "staycation" found us on top of Silver Star Mountain, the highest point in southwest Washington (4364 ft.)! I took the photo; that's Dan, Daniel, and AnnaLynn along with Mt. St. Helens in the background with Mt. Rainier just to the right of Anna's leg (it's there...squint a little and you'll see it!). Praising God for the glorious country we live in!

Happy Wednesday,

~Lisa

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

when it rains...







When it rains, it pours!

Dan and I were drenched, literally soaked to the skin, when out for a walk Sunday afternoon after church. It was sunny when we left the house. Who knew those dark storm clouds were just over the mountains out of sight? After a hot bath, I discovered that Daniel had the kettle going for tea and a slow fire was crackling in the woodstove. Crazy way to spend a late-July afternoon. It was all of 60 degree outside, and although the sun reappeared, I opted to curl up on the sofa to finish my Mitford story rather than to venture back outdoors.

Other weekending included:

Transforming AnnaLynn's room from one suited to a young girl to that of a young lady...she picked out new bedding at Ikea which inspired the new paint color.

While I was busy painting, the guys busied themselves with the building of a rabbit hutch for Anna's bunny.

The kitchen got a much needed deep cleaning.

We watched a old, kinda corny, yet fun Heath Ledger movie with the kids on Friday night:

A Knight's Tale (2001) Poster

(Yes, we forgot about the lack of clothing on Geoffrey Chaucer who had lost them while gambling -- "Ooops! Anna, don't look!!")

Finally, we enjoyed yummy pizza and wine at the Rusty Grape with Jess, Zack, and his folks on Saturday evening. Only about three weeks before J & Z leave for Scotland, so we're taking advantage of every opportunity we have to spend time with them. :)

Lots for which to be thankful! How about you?

Joining Karen :)

~Lisa

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Friday, July 24, 2015

moments & gifts...

However many blessings we expect from God,
His infinite liberality will always exceed
all our wishes and our thoughts.

~John Calvin











This morning...
  • Enjoying another chilly morning listening to the birds sing as the sun rises
  • Recovering from a day spent at the river in which we all got a little too much sun (trying this remedy (will update))
  • Creating project lists for what has become a five-day working staycation rather than a camping trip. That's right, our camping trip has been cancelled due to much-needed rain in the forecast; it's ok 'cause we desperately need the rain
This week's...
  • Discovering a close-up captured by AnnaLynn's steady hand
  • Krispy Kreme -- a rare treat
  • An incredible Goodwill find (commemorative tea cup and saucer) (!!)
  • Healthy, home-grown chicken
  • New Ikea dishtowels & glasses
  • Zucchini from a friend
  • Homemade soap :)
Capturing moments & gifts and wishing you a weekend filled with God's abundant blessings,

~Lisa

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

recycled yarn project update!
{tending my summer yarn garden}




It's been a couple weeks since I've shared my recycled yarn project [Ravelry], and with just two weeks to go before the fair, I figured I'd better share to keep up my enthusiasm and to give my attention to this project a nudge. It's coming along, and I just love the yarn (it's 55% cotton, so it's super soft). Since it's a moebius, I had to buy a 47" cable needle, this according to Cat Bordhi's excellent tutorial on you tube (which you can watch here).

Have you ever knit a moebius? Not me. Until now, that is. :) I found Cat's awesome video and was quickly on my way to moebius happiness. And just in case you're wondering...

"A Möbius strip made with a piece of paper and tape. If an ant were to crawl along the length of this strip, it would return to its starting point having traversed the entire length of the strip (on both sides of the original paper) without ever crossing an edge." [with thanks to Wikipedia]
I'm about three-fourths of the way through Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good  and wish I had more time for some lazy-day summer reading. Did you know another new Mitford novel will be released this fall?!!

Joining Ginny -- looking forward to seeing what you've all been knitting and reading :)

~Lisa

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