Yarn Along

So, I’m a little behind in my knitting goals. And my quilt goals. Is this a surprise to anyone? Nope, me neither. But still making progress so that’s a good thing. Only 3 pieces of my knitting project to go. And only 2 fabrics left to cut before we start to lay out our quilt. I’ve set myself a goal of the fourth Sunday of Advent to have all my Christmas work done, so that I can enjoy the last week of Advent. And quilt and bind our quilt. And not get behind in my sleep 🙂

And then there is my pile of books, distracting me from all things boring and useful. I just finished The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson. It’s a nice story about stepping out to do good for others. Yesterday I started Snowfall by Shelley Shepard Gray. I’m expecting some good Amish Christmas cheer. With the kids I’m reading Jotham’s Journey by Arnold Ytreeide. It’s a story for Advent, with a chapter each day. (Of course we’re behind and trying to catch up but, yet again, no surprises there.) The kids beg for it every day so we should be caught up in no time!

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The blur that was November

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It’s December? How did that happen? I’m trying to slow down, to savor those little moments of peace, joy, and beauty but life still feels like a whirlwind. There really is peace, joy, and beauty that surrounds us each day. Some days it’s just harder to see. Or maybe harder to acknowledge.

It’s challenging to be selective in our commitments and to not succumb to the distractions that seep in. There is so much going on. There is so much noise. There is so much clutter – not just the stuff that the kids leave randomly throughout the house but the stuff that is strewn about the world trying to get out attention, trying to get our time, trying to get our money, trying to get our emotions.

I made a conscious effort last month to walk more and be more mindful of my walking. The Littler Boy made his First Reconciliation at a beautiful prayer service for his class. It snowed a heavy thick snow which thrilled the kids and got them outside to shovel, throw, build, and romp. We hosted our first Thanksgiving in our house. Our visit to Thanksgiving at the Farm continued a tradition of many years.

Now how to I continue to be mindful? How do I block out the clamor? How do I teach my children to manage their expectations and their emotions? Today was a rough day. But tomorrow is another. And I’m sure I wont accomplish everything on my to-do list tomorrow either. So what? I’ll finish cutting the fabric for our quilt and I’ll read Advent stories and history stories. I’ll play music and dance around the house. I’ll spend a few quieter hours in my office making plans for some fun. It’s a challenge for sure. But I know we can create a beautiful existence. I just have to take the time to notice.

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Yarn Along

With four weeks in Advent if I can finish at least one piece each week I’ll be done before Christmas… I’m off to a slow start on that piece for the first week but it’s only Wednesday. I’ve also been distracted by our family Advent project – a quilt. Maybe a little insane to be taking that on but the kids are so excited! (My back, on the other hand, which is killing me from leaning over to cut fabric is not so happy. But don’t worry, I’ll be adjusting my cutting set up today after 2 days of resting my back.)

My book pile is, umm, ridiculous. Advent reading, Christmas stories, holds that have some through at the library, you name it it seems to be in there. Currently going is Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini. The story goes back and forth between modern and historical, like some of her earlier Elm Creek novels. It’s a better balance of the historical detail and fascinating characters than some of her more recent historical fiction. I’m really enjoying it.

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Yarn Along

You might be able to predict that I haven’t managed the progress I was hoping for this week. But still making progress so that is something. And even better I still like the project. 🙂

I just finished a novel called The Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith. The first unit in the course I’m taking was Hebrew Scriptures. We spent a good deal of time discussing what interesting (and flawed) people are written about in the Scriptures so when I saw this in the library I decided to read it. It’s so interesting to fill in the details of what life would have been like in Jericho and what might have led Rahab to not only help but then join the Israelites. The author has several series like this one which I think I’ll be checking out too.

Right now I’m filling the wait before Advent and Christmas story reading with Short Stories from Hogwarts. After tomorrow I can start to get into the spirit but I am putting my foot down this year about Christmas before Thanksgiving.

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Morning, noon, night

Three peeks at a day.

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morning – 7:24am: cleaning

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noon – 2:13pm: applesauce

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night – 7:51pm: writing

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