November 18, 2014

On Felting and Life

I knit Megan a Sunday Sweater two years ago this fall.

She loved the color, I loved the pattern.

She lost the sweater, I found the sweater.

She rolled in leaves in the sweater, I picked bits out of the wool.

She learned to wash and dry her own laundry. I breathed a sigh of relief at having a couple less loads to do.

She washed and dried the sweater. We both cried.

A summer went by. And a fall.

Now, on the cusp of our 'winter' I decided to try wet blocking it to see if it would 'un-felt' a bit and return to at least a little of it's former beauty and fit.

I soaked it in cool water. I squeezed the excess out. I rolled it in a towel and stood on it to press out the last of the water. Normal procedure. Nothing new.

I unwrapped the soggy towel, I looked at the sweater--same size as before all the soaking and squeezing.

So I took a sleeve and stretched and stretched again. Then stretched the other direction, all the way to the cuff. Then the other sleeve. Then the back and the fronts. Slowly, her sweater--the one I'd spent hours knitting and caring for--began to show itself out of the felted fibers. The lace panels once again opened up and the stitches showed definition.

As I was pinning it to the blocking mats, I began to think about how I often 'felt' things in my life. How I take over a job I'm ill-equipped to perform because someone has to do it. How I oh-so-often do things without really giving them my full attention. How, when I 'felt' things in my life, God has to reach down and make things uncomfortable in order to stretch me back into shape. How, if I would simply keep my eyes on Him, focus on the tasks He sets before me, and give thanks in all things (even the laundry piles of life) I wouldn't need so much 're-shaping' in this life.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

August 18, 2014

Quote :: August 18th

"I cannot imagine a world without spoons."

December 16, 2013


August 6, 2013

Simplify :: Home School

Education Atmosphere Discipline Life

Though I haven't done much with my One Little Word Binder this year, I have done quite a bit with my Word-in my life.


Ministry :: I am down to three commitments. From approximately six.

Home :: We are here most of the time. Less running around makes for a simpler life.

School :: We have adopted Charlotte Mason's philosophy and teaching methods, which make for a simpler, yet more full, school day.

It's like coming back home after a long, long vacation.

Why did we wait so long?

I Am I Can I Ought I Will

August 5, 2013

Poetry & Tea :: An Afternoon Ritual

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The beginning of a {hopefully} daily ritual. Tea, a bite and some poetry...

August 5 :: Second Grade

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Such a joyful morning with this sweet, clever and very lovable little girl...

February 6, 2013

Leaves :: Again

Leaf Jumping Template

February 2, 2013

Hoover Dam

Pickle at Hoover Dam Visitor Center1 Visitor Center2 Hoover Dam What a fun morning...and what a lot of stairs! Yes, that's a women's rest room half way across the dam and, yes, Megan had to use it! The restroom was upstairs, the beautiful floor was in the entry way. We chose to go through the Visitor's Center, but if we go back, we'll definitely go on a Dam Tour instead!