Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Yarn Along :: December 28

The wrap is finished aside from a little fringe being added and doll number two is just about done. Finished up reading The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory. Love her writing.

Now just perusing the new knitting book my dear man gave me for Christmas, planning my reading list, and waiting on some patterns to arrive. So looking forward to creating and reading this coming year.

For more inspiration head to small things.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Merry Christmas!!


I will be taking this week off from blogging as our family prepares for Christmas and works toward restoring some balance and rhythm to our days after a crazy month and a half. Have a blessed Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesdays Unwrapped


a day late due to revised plans :)


It's been a day of nothing going right. Well, if by right I mean the way I want. Yet, as I finally had five quiet minutes to myself I could hear God saying....give it to me, rest.

"I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you......" This day may not have been according to my (chaotic) plan, but I would much rather live in His peace.

For more gifts head to chatting at the sky.

Yarn Along :: December 14

While I wait on the pattern for the Mother Bear Project to arrive I am working on another little doll. It's simple and easy and I can knit without too much thought. (this lovely bug I can't shake has required meds that make me a bit loopy)

On the reading side I have taken a slight break from Grace for the Good Girl. Why the Nativity seemed to be a fitting distraction for the season. Also, I just finished Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire. Great way to end the Wicked series.

Next week with it being term break I am hoping to get in lots of knitting and reading in all my "spare" time. :)

For more inspiration head over to small things.

Education Bits and Pieces

Our family homeschools for many reasons with one of the chief reasons being the state of our public school system in America. And I am not saying it's the teachers. There are so many rules and standards to meet along with too large class sizes, not enough supplies, lack of extras like music that it effects our children's education.

Lately there have been a couple of articles put out that convince me even further that homeschooling (for now) is the right choice.



Also, if you haven't checked it out yet you must watch Waiting for "Superman". It is a fantastic documentary on the state of our educational system.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Counting God's Unending Gifts :: December 12

from almost two years ago :)

More of His poured out graces......

snow still holding off
shots made
finding unity once again
the car whole.....again (praying it stays that way)
an angry mob of smurfs
childhood memories
listening to little ones sing la-la-lalala
{lots} of extra sleep to fight off flu
twinkling tree lights
wrapping gifts
a new pack of toilet paper
talking with the landlord
reminders.....to live in the moment
to cherish the sweet children
to speak with grace


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Weekend Links :: December 10

May you all have a lovely weekend.....

A Year of Graces :: A Holy Experience
lovely printable calendar to record God's blessings year round.

The Most Important Place to Be :: A Holy Experience
trying hard to live in the here and now.....great reminder. And really, just read everything Ann has written over the past week. Beautiful words that speak straight to the soul. Every time.

10 Free Gifts to Give and Receive :: Chatting at the Sky
definitely giving some of these this year.

The Messy Table :: Simple Mom
this ocd, recovering perfectionist mama is learning to embrace the mess and all that it symbolizes. great read!

A Carriage Ride with God :: In the Heart of my Home

Friday, December 9, 2011

Just this for today......


God appoints people who do disappoint......to point to a God who never disappoints. -Ann Voskamp

Not that I strive to be a disappointment, but oh, how I pray that my failings show God and His grace to those around me.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Yarn Along :: December 7

same as last week.....too many issues to have time for a new pic

Still plugging away at the wrap and Grace for the Good girl.....illness and other stresses have kept me from much knitting or reading. Really hoping for a peaceful week to remedy that.

I did find a few projects for my new stash of yarn. First up is a bear for the Mother Bear Project. Then a sweater for World Vision's Knit for Kids. These sweet little children need so much and I have so much extra that I feel compelled to share. Then hopefully a sweater for myself.....still looking at patterns for that one. And a hat for the hubby and little girl. In the midst of all this knitting I am hoping to finish Grace for the Good Girl, Simplicity Parenting, and Three Cups of Tea.

So, lots of knitting and reading on my plans for the week. Praying they are not derailed.

For more inspiration check out small things.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesdays Unwrapped


all that 's missing is the small man wreaking havoc :)

The clutter, piles, cramped spaces, and general mess that typically annoy me are evidence of a full, well lived life. Rather than complain that we don't have enough storage space or tell the kids to pickup for the umpteenth time I still myself and quiet my tongue. Instead, I enjoy the mess (knowing it won't be here forever) and enjoy the life I have in this moment.

head over to chatting at the sky for more unwrapping of gifts

Monday, December 5, 2011

Never Alone

Our life has been going full-tilt lately with numerous emergencies, illnesses, commitments, and about a thousand other things. In the midst of all of the crazy there has been no time for simple, intentional living. It's been chaos and busyness going from one mess to another. The peace we long for our family to have has been tossed aside this past month.

Resting in God, just rolling with life has not been something I have done. Instead anxiety, stress, control, and anger have consumed me and made an already frustrating time even harder. There has been no peace.

The breaking point came last week as our car sat smoking outside the main gate. Why could our life not be easy? What was God hoping to accomplish by giving me so much more than I can handle?

And that's when His voice was heard. "Give it to me." That's it.

This pressure and stress was not from Him. My need for a carefully ordered, controlled life had made me try to carry all of the burdens on my own and try to fix them under my own strength. And no matter how hard I try I can't "fix" our life right now. So, it was decision time......rest and trust in Him or me. I chose Him.

With that sweet release of just letting God be God again there was peace. Life is still crazy and there are still serious issues to be dealt with this next week, but God is good. He will carry me and my burdens. I need not go alone. Ever.

Counting God's Unending Gifts :: December 5

Sometimes I'm on the mountain holding on to Your hand
Sometimes I'm in the middle holding the best I can
Sometimes I'm in the valley and I let go long ago
When my hand is weak and tired
Your hand still has a hold


Even in the midst of walking through the valley He is still there giving good gifts.....

chapstick and kleenex
fog
cheesy lasagna
entering the season of Christ's birth
dead car....again
safely getting out of dead car
venting anxiety to far off family
a night with my man
releasing all anxiety and stress to Him
resting in God
night with the girls
froggy potty
wrapping gifts with my little girl



Saturday, December 3, 2011

Weekend Links :: December 3

May you all have a joyful weekend with your loved ones.....

Love comes down

a lovely way to use up some of my yarn stash

Friday, December 2, 2011

Advent.



Five Minute Friday :: Tired


Readjusting to life with Daddy in our midst. Two, almost three, weeks of illness preventing normal life from occurring. Holidays. Family back home needing help and being unable to provide. No car for a month as it is repaired. The newly fixed car dying a horrible death at the gate. Being given the bill by the polizei for cleanup of the road due to said horrible death. Basketball season beginning.

The stress has mounted this past month. Sleep has been stolen by moments of worry. Tiredness, exhaustion have crept in. Giving up and falling into sleep so I can forget all that has happened sounds so lovely. However, life keeps moving. Step by step I continue to journey on this path God has laid out.

And I give it all to Him. Too broken and tired to continue on alone I give Him all the burdens and feel the release. The rest may not be the way I want, but it has come.

More five minutes at gypsy mama.