"We write to taste life twice - once in the moment and in introspection."

Saturday, April 4, 2015

April Goal - Calendar Wallhanging

Ok. I've got my April goal already.

Several years ago I started this project with the idea of helping my kids learn the months of the year as well as the seasons. (One of the joys of homeschooling - you get to combine interests.)

It's a wall-hanging with buttons at the bottom on which to hang each month's block as the months change. The season blocks are colored with crayon and then ironed to set. The April block features embroidery and hand-quilting of an umbrella (April showers), large raindrops, and a flower quilted in aqua quilting thread.

And...(wait for it) I hoped to do each month-block different, learning new techniques as I went along so that I would have a small project on which to practice. Or at least showcasing different fiber arts.

So, this is what I have done so far:

The May block is a machine-felted piece of wool sweater with a flower my daughter had needle-felted and letters cut from another machine-felted sweater. The March block was an orphan block that needed lovin' with a large pearl button sewn in the middle.

January's block is embroidery as is February, but the colors are different. :)

So, my goal for April is three-fold:
               1. Finish the January block - batting, binding, button-holes
               2. Finish the April block - binding, button-holes
               3. Find a good place to hang the whole shebang.
I also hope to spend some time thinking through and planning the rest of the months.

Happy stitching!
Happy Resurrection Day! He is risen!

Wedding Quilt Finished

Though I've not blogged about it (because I just haven't blogged lately), my recent goal has been finishing this queen-sized quilt for a wedding gift. Just this week it came back from the quilter and I was able to do the binding during family reading times since Sarah has been doing the read-aloud lately.

So I'm happy to report both my goal and my finish in the same blog post. :) 

I will, however, come up with another goal soon to keep moving forward and to participate in A Lovely Year of Finishes.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On Faithfulness

Sometimes we have a shallow idea of what faithfulness is. Having recently seen the effects of unfaithfulness, I want to explore some ideas of what it is and isn't.

Faithfulness must go on till the job is completed. 

In the Bible we see examples of people starting out, looking faithful, but not carrying on in the way of righteousness for the long term. Perhaps "well-begun is half-done," but staying at it till done is faithfulness. So, though you may not cheat on your spouse during the early years of your marriage, if you do cheat later, you're not faithful. Faithfulness is till death do you part. And faithfulness is more than just sexual - it is also loyalty, self-giving, total commitment.

Faithfulness is cultivated in the tiny, mundane things of life.

When the first seeds of discontentment arise, "nip them in the bud!" Give thanks instead. Because, it is in the nurturing of the little evils that the big evils have their start. Replace arguing and grumbling with kind thoughts and deeds; replace laziness with hard work; replace discontentment with gratitude. So frequently marriages break up (or are a living hell) in later years because wrong thinking, attitudes, actions have been nurtured and allowed to fester and grow over many years till they are the dominating feature of the marriage. Again, they usually start small, almost unnoticeable. 

Watch little things like your tone of voice, whether or not you're willing to do kind things for each other, whether or not you can read God's Word and pray together (which is actually not a little thing), how you talk about each other and/or tease each other.

These thoughts also carry into other areas, like your relationships to your siblings, friends, church elders, or other Christians. 

Be careful of the little things, and the big things will fall into place.

Be honest with yourself; don't try to justify sin.

Be humble and correctable. 

Be humble and not so eager to correct others.

Be vigilant and relying on the Holy Spirit. 

Be faithful.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

What's Happening Around Here

New Discoveries:

Fetch Brewery

A new place not too far away, in a remodeled ancient bank. 


The floor of the "vault room" is made of  pennies.

Though I'm not much a fan of beer, I sure enjoyed their custom-made Cream Soda as well as the fellowship of friends there.

A Homeschool Co-op 

Now the girls have a chance to do some dissecting, though they have eviscerated chickens before.

While the older kids are dissecting, the younger kids do a nature study on the same creature, having a different creature each week. Toward the end of class, the youngers come in with the olders and they each share what they've just learned. I love that they do that.

That we can possibly build a log bridge across a section of the swamp to back acres.

Around ten acres of our land is swamp (thanks to beavers), so it's never really useful to us till it freezes over, which is when we cut down the dead trees for firewood. This year my husband got the fun idea of building a bridge across it to some dry, wooded acreage in back.

So, for exercise and fun, we've been trying to get down there daily to work on it. I can't wait to see it when the ice melts.

That it's fun to have Dad do the science demonstrations while he's home.

Since my husband is currently unemployed, he's taken over teaching science and this week's discovery was that a liquid will not burn, but the vapors coming of the liquid (diesel fuel) will burn. You can't see it very well, but there's a coffee can with fuel in it and a fire burning nicely.

Things We Already Knew But Enjoyed Again:

We're weird homeschoolers.

This is how Faith and I did narration this week.

We have a strange and wonderful kitty.

We've been getting a lot of snow.

We're blessed with wonderful food.

Sarah once again created a marvel of sourdough bread this week.

Here's hoping that you have many great new discoveries and wonderful old things to enjoy, too.