Thursday, September 24, 2009

Traveling Kinfolk

The Historian has been interested in family history since his boyhood. As a child, he looked through old family albums collecting stories and connecting the family tree with little boy zeal. Digging up relatives is a hobby that he had more time to devote to before God blessed us with our own the little kinfolk that we lovingly refer to as Dreamer and Storyteller. I'm sure that some day he'll have more time for family history again and we'll be traveling all over the land visiting local history rooms and doing research. Forgetting to eat lunch or use the restroom because he's on the trail of a long lost great great great ever so many greats grand so-and-so! I'll get to wander around towns discovering odd little museums and quint little shops while I wait, handwork at the ready. I loved those days!

Connecting with living distant cousins who love family history makes the search even more interesting. A wonderful couple from Tennessee that the Historian has corresponded with for almost 20 years was motoring through our area today and blessed us with a surprise visit. We were so excited! What else could we do but recommend a historical local eatery for our first meeting? They graciously treated us to lunch and wonderful conversation - and afterward we all agreed it was fitting to take a few pictures before the Historian had to return to work.

One of the things that I love about small town living is the friendliness of folks. A kind lady jumped out of her truck and offered to take our picture all together! So here we are.

The best part of all is knowing that because we all have a wonderful personal relationship with God through a saving faith in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, means that we are someday going to spend eternity in heaven together. Glory!

After supper tonight, the Historian was sharing a unique family history book that his cousins put together in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary 7 years ago, and low and behold, we discovered that Mr. C celebrated his birthday yesterday ... and he didn't say a word! I shared my blog address, so when they get home and have access to a computer, hopefully they will see this and know just what a blessing it was to meet new old friends today! We would have loved to wish you a happy birthday, you know!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A little joy to share

Do you ever find yourself so stumped by one insurmountable obstacle in your life that you just throw yourself into another project just to avoid facing it for a bit? That's what I've been doing!

The schedule puzzle thing ... it's coming together, but there are pieces that just really don't fit simply because I'm not feeling well enough to make them fit. It's as simple as that. I've got about as much energy as a wet dishcloth and I'm going to be very interested to talk with my doctor next week and find out just what's up with my liver.

That's next week. This week I'm playing. With fabrics, wood and trim! Oh my! Hmm. Just the thing I need to take my mind off myself - a new baby boy at our church is in need of some boyish kind of things to welcome his sweet self to this crazy upside down world.

I borrowed a book from the library and for once the pattern pieces were still there! This is a book I will definitely want for my shelf when I gather up enough Swagbucks to trade in for Amazon gift cards! Simple Sewing for Baby by Lotta Jansdotter is very basic - perfect for a new seamstress or one who needs to do cute projects in a hurry. You know, I always pick a simple pattern and great fabrics because I would rather have a project finished than ... not! I know me too well. Great fabrics make all the difference! The patterns are easy, can be made in a very short time, and the whole book is just inspiring! It's been so long since we cradled a baby in our home, I had forgotten how little fabric and time it takes to whip up something C.U.T.E.. Too fun!

I had so much fun making these little rattles with scraps! They are just the right size for gripping and gnawing! I made a quilted roll out change pad, some burp cloths, a cute oilcloth bib, a soft gnome hat out of pure organic cotton fleece, and a simple red' flannel on one side cotton on the other' blanket.

I don't know this family but I've been told that Hunter's Daddy is an avid hunter, so I avoided the baby blue thing and went with strong colors. Red, green and chocolate brown! Yummy! I found this Debbi Mumm fabric with bears out fishing, canoes and cabins and just had fun adding in thick red flannel and red cotton sateen.

I even made a tassel for Hunter's room. I have no idea if it will fit in his room decor, but I figured at the very least they could throw it on a Christmas tree and enjoy it then.

I painted up some blocks. All non-toxic and very chewable. With his name, naturally.

Now, I have to tell you that I never intended to go so overboard with this gift. Honestly, I didn't! I just was having too much fun to stop.

It was the first baby gift that I have made in years that was just pure joy.

If the family who receives it gets half the blessing I have had in making it for them, that would be just fine.

If you're a new reader you've probably not gone very far back in the archives. There is way too much there to plow through and it is like the rest of my thoughts - poorly organized! Last fall, I was enjoying the blessing of a sense of God's provision in taking away the long held desire for more children. If you'd like to jump back HERE and read about it, you're welcome to!

After years of infertility and heartbreak, one failed adoption, one wonderfully successful adoption, miscarriage, and one difficult but rewarding pregnancy, you might get a glimpse of just how horrible baby showers used to be for me. I made gifts, bought gifts, and sent my poor husband out to buy gifts when I just couldn't face it. I spent lots of time praying and generally tried to just put aside the bitter-sweetness of it all and just be glad for the new parents, but there was always just a little something that hurt.

This is the first baby gift I've made since God completely took away my longing for more children last fall.

It was pure joy!

I did not expect this added blessing.

I think I'll be looking around at church to see who else might be

needing a few wee things for a blessing on the way!

There is just one draw back to this - that's the sense of sadness I feel about all the friends who didn't get my very best gifts at the times that their wee ones entered into the world. I did the best I could at the time, but I wish I could have done better. If you're my dear sister or a sweet old friend looking at this happy parcel going to a virtual stranger and thinking 'hey - that's way nicer than what she gave us when little Buford was born' - you're right. I'm sorry.

I promise though, that if you'll just go ahead and birth another wee blessing, I'll do better.

Especially if I'm in the process of actively avoiding an insurmountable obstacle in my everyday, run of the mill life!


I didn't think so.

Love ya,

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Monday, September 14, 2009


Another peaceful scene from our time with Dad and Mum.
Soon this hill with be blazing with color, and there is a train that goes by right along the hillside.
It's beautiful!

I'm working on a very complicated puzzle these days. I don't have a picture of exactly what it's supposed to look like yet, but I have an idea. All I can say is there are a lot of pieces, and many of them don't seem to fit in the frame.

Sometimes these kinds of puzzles just fall into place for me, and I am overjoyed. More often they are slowly worked out over time - or reworked when one piece is obviously out of place.

The puzzle pieces include 'church', 'AWANA', 'school work', 'soccer', 'family time', 'ballet', 'sewing', 'piano', 'co-op', 'appointments', 'meal planning', 'grocery shopping', and 'clean-up'.

The end result should be a harmonious weekly schedule for our current school year.

A very pretty picture, indeed. I have to factor in things like extra rest for the chronically ill mama, caring for the needs of others, and margin time where nothing is scheduled, but we have room to relax or fit something fun for everyone in to the puzzle. I cannot live with chaos, or in filth. I am not one to thrive under pressure or pull things off at the last minute. I can no longer 'push myself' beyond my limits and get things done, so careful planning is essential, along with being flexible as needed.

I've been trying to work it out, but one puzzle piece that I just can't seem to fit in right now is 'blogging'. I hope you won't be disappointed if I take a little break. It's not like I'm great at regular blogging, so there should be no cause for with drawl!

I'll be back just as soon as I find a wee space for 'blogging' - until then:

2 Corinthians 13:11

Finally, brethren, farewell.

Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace;

and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

My 'almost fall' digs!

When I was running out the door this morning to grab some groceries for the weekend, I noticed that it wasn't only the air that had changed ... some of the leaves on our trees had also made the transformation into fall!

I'm not quite ready to haul the bins of fall decorations out of the attic yet, but I have packed up my summer shells and I am ready to do a good cleaning before fall takes it's rightful place in our home.

In the meantime, I am enjoying the slightly bare 'edited' look - it's kind of like a little breath before we really plunge in to all of the business of the school season!

I decided to send Dreamer outside with the camera to capture the brave ash tree - scrambling to be the first bright foliage in our yard for 2009! I thought she did such a fine job - I decided it was time for a new header!

So thank you, sweet girl for taking such pretty pictures - and for my visitors, I hope you enjoy a wee change of 'scenery' as we move quietly into fall!

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Just a little co-operation ...

Today was the first day of our home-school co-op! Yeah! The children are so excited about getting together each week with their friends and learning something from a different teacher other than mom for a refreshing change! They practically talked my ears of on the way home - filling me in on all of the most important happenings of their day. Dreamer is over the moon about art, and the Storyteller is sure Spanish is going to be his favorite subject! And so it begins for the year - and I love it!

I love that as a community of Christian home educating mothers we can co-operate with one another for the betterment of our children's educational experience and our own encouragement. It is a blessing to see mom's making friends and gaining new respect for one another as we share our God - given gifts and abilities. We're all from unique back grounds, and have different reasons for choosing the home education lifestyle, but just a little co-operation, we're working hand in hand!

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