Monday, February 26, 2007
The pattern is the Diagonal Ripple Dishcloth and I used King Tut cotton for the first time and LOVE it! I had gotten this yarn some time ago and after winding the yarn cake I set it aside for something special. That sort of thing is so silly! I got it out and let me just say that knitting with it was just divine. It felt so good on my hands. I'm very happy with how it turned out and plan on putting another one on the needles right away for ME! :)
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
During the race I finally finished this sock and it fits! Always a heart stopper when pulling on the sock after knitting it. I do believe that this one silly sock was my least favorite knitting project ever and really could've even turned me away from knitting. The reason is that horrible wad in the picture. It took me at least twice as long to knit this sock as it should have because I kept having to stop and untangle. I have the second ball of yarn ready and waiting in a yarn clam and do hope it goes better. I'm still claiming this finish as a victory though!
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday was time for another all day crop with friends. You know the day is going to be fabulous when it starts with meeting everybody at Starbucks - LOL! With coffee, coffee cake and cupcakes in our hands we headed out in the convoy. The hour drive was over before we realized because, at least in our car, the talking never once stopped!
We were at the crop for twelve hours and the only thing I have to show is the layout above. And, truth be told, I will mention that I already had a good portion of this finished before I even packed to go to the crop! That's ok - the fun of a crop to me is all the talking and so much laughter. It's good to spend time with Christian girlfriends.
And this is the prize I won from one of the drawings! Lots of laughter when I got this as well because I am the only one in our group without one of these bags, so we decided it was meant to be.
There were several ladies there that I hadn't seen in way too long and it was awesome to catch up. I am still amazed that sleepyhead me was able to be awake and alert for that length of time. :)
Last night as I lay in bed thinking about the day, what came to my mind was a moment last week while I was at a doctor appointment. I was sitting in my 4th floor exam room waiting for the doctor when I noticed a group of trees. They were very tall, rising above my vantage point on the 4th floor, but very narrow trees. This day a cold front had come through and it was quite windy, causing the trees to sway back and forth. What struck me while watching these trees was the tree in the middle. I do not have a green thumb whatsoever, so I can't explain why, but the center tree seemed to sway the most in the wind. With each gust of wind this tree would blow back and forth. It never toppled though, because each time it swayed it would knock into one of the other trees around it. Over and over I watched this same thing occur.
And now I know that I was witnessing something important about our lives in those trees. Many times things happen in life that cause us to stumble or sway. But the Lord places family and friends around us to catch us and keep us from falling. Even when a particularly strong "gust" might blow against us, there are those that keep us upright. And He is there with His arms around us all to keep us safe.
What a blessing to know that we are never alone.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
"You are just a sweet person. When a friend needs a shoulder to cry on, you are happy to offer yours with a box of tissues as well. Once in awhile, you wish you could be a little more dramatic but then sensibility sets back in and you know that you are perfect the way you are."
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monica from The Homespun Heart had the great idea to have a Blog Tea Party this Valentine's Day and I have decided to take part. The rules are simple: Share photos and details about our wedding and share positive qualities that we enjoy and appreciate about our husbands.
The second part is very easy for me. We have been married almost 27 years now and I can honestly say that it just keeps getting better and better. Right now we are entering into another new season of our life where we will soon become grandparents. Sometimes that's hard to believe...especially when I think of last September when the two of us were out riding motorcycles together and playing Evil Knievel! We are young at heart though and eager to share our love and excitement and joy in life with our new grandbaby.
And it's so easy to love this man! One of our favorite phrases to each other is "I chose you" and that really says so much. When you think about marriage and realize that out of all the people on the planet the two of us chose each other to spend our lives with, well that can be a pretty amazing thought. We truly are soulmates and best friends. And this line from the song always makes me think of Keith: "God bless the broken road that led me straight to you."
The other part of the rules was a little tougher for me and actually was good to motivate me now - thanks Monica! I couldn't tell you where any wedding pictures are and I'm a little embarrassed to admit that! So now when things slow down a bit around here I plan on finding our wedding pictures and getting some displayed. I did pull out our Marriage Certificate though and scanned a portion of it to prove we really are married - LOL!
I guess I've always been somewhat of a rebel and this side of me came out when we got married. Keith and I met on a blind date.....and we eloped to get married. We headed west and stopped in to visit a friend of mine in a very small town in New Mexico. Our hope was to be married in a Lutheran Church and we did go and visit one and talked to the pastor there. I remember him wondering about the young couple sitting before him and he expressed his concerns over our choice of marrige ceremonies. I would love to be able to let him know that the wedding really did "take" and that we are still married today! He did agree to officiate and the day of the ceremony we headed to the church - me in a wool skirt and maroon velvet blazer and Keith in his denim suit. My friend insisted we stop at the grocery store and get some flowers on the way, so I really did have a bridal bouquet. And we had a little instamatic camera (126 for those that remember them) for our wedding portraits.
Though the pictures may have faded and the flowers and wedding attire are long gone, we are proof positive that the size of the wedding does not necessarily foretell the success of a marriage. We had the Lord's blessing and the love in our hearts and it has lasted all these years. He truly is my beloved....and I am his.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
When I got home from work Keith had dinner waiting and after we ate and cleaned up the kitchen we took Joe to the park to play. Truly had a grand time. He put his nose up in the air and had a kick in his step. And yes, I even jogged a bit with him! Keith made me stop real quick though because he said I'm an accident waiting to happen. Ya think??? :)
And last night's knitting group at Starbucks was so much fun. Really a great group of ladies that I thoroughly enjoy. I was sitting next to Eunice last night, who is expecting her 18th grandbaby soon, and she was showing me some different baby yarns and what she liked best as far as baby afghans. Good information to know and I see a yarn store trip in my future! And Dawn was kind enough to help me out with my yarn barf mess. I was surprised by how late I stayed, which does show what a good time it was!
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. - 2 Peter 3:9
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
It was Sunday morning and Keith and I had decided not to go to church because we were tired. We were laying in bed when mom called to tell me that daddy had had a heart attack and they were waiting for the ambulance and my brother. She called again to tell me they were on the way to the hospital. My sister-in-law called to tell me that he didn't make it.
I remember hanging up and my legs collapsing, with Keith there to catch me. I remember hurting so bad and so deeply. And I remember that hurt lasting so long. And wondering if it was "ok" for it to hurt so deeply.
Two years have passed though and the physical pain isn't there so much. I still have times where tears well up in my eyes at inopportune moments. And I still think of him every day. But now it's more with a fondness and a sort of bittersweetness instead of the sucker punch of before.
In those two years I think I've changed from this experience. I'm hoping that I'm more compassionate towards the people I know when they have lifechanging experiences. Yet on the other hand I know I'm less patient towards many things that just don't matter. Life can change so dramatically in just an instant and I hope to live all those instants rather than waste them.
In all that time I never questioned whether or not daddy was better off now. I know that he is in heaven dancing at the footsteps of Jesus - and is now dancing with his mother as well. And I know that he is no longer in pain. But I do miss him.
I'm thankful in those two years that I have had a strong faith to see me through. For I know that without faith it would have been even more difficult. And I'm also very thankful that I had a relationship with my father that enabled me to miss him so much. I have been very blessed in that way.
And we move on. I now have a much closer relationship with my brother than ever before. Mom and I have been close for a long time - I've been lucky that way - and our relationship is even stronger now. You reach out to the ones that are close to you, that love you, and that you love. And you do survive.
I feel secure and honored by the love of my husband, who has stood by my side through it all. Both literally and figuratively. Through thick and thin. Even during the times he didn't really understand what I was feeling. His strength helped guide me.
This year the pain is not nearly as intense, but it's there. And I imagine I'll think of my father a lot today. And that's ok. Because I no longer will be concerned about those that say I should be "over it" by now. They simply don't understand.
I know that each year will continue to be better. And on significant days we'll all think of the ones we've loved and lost - and perhaps pine for them for a bit. Then we'll turn to those we still have and love and rejoice in them with every ounce of our strength. And praise God for all we have and for all we've had.
Life is good.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
My little Joe is surely getting old. This was taken yesterday while he was sleeping on the bed with me. My real camera was in the other room, but luckily my cell phone is always by my side and I was able to get this picture of him.