Saturday, April 19, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Here it is Wednesday again (okay do I'm writing this Tuesday night because I never have time to post in the mornings...)! That means it's time for Yarn Along with Ginny!
This week I am still reading On the Banks of Plum Creek and knitting Rosie an "In Threes" cardigan. Not much time to knit this week since we have a few extra activities ahead of us but I've made some progress on the cardi. You can tell its a busy week when I rely on my phone for pictures for a post- no time even to plug the camera into the computer and look through photos there... just the kind of night when I snap one quick before climbing in bed to type the rest of the post on my tiny phone keyboard.
This Saturday our friend and the leader/founder of our ministry is receiving an Indian name- a huge honor! We get to attend the ceremony as a family. We are really excited for Chris. Then, of course Easter on Sunday (as a side note, do any of you exchange goodies with your spouse on Easter? We aren't this year but I think we have in years past) and the next weekend there will be a birthday celebration at our house. Our family alone has three birthdays in 2 1/2 weeks!
So April is a whirlwind:
I'm hoping to get a few seeds in the ground this week so our garden can start.
The chicks are growing fast and got moved to temporary housing until they are full grown and we can attempt to move them into the big coop with the rest of the flock.
Our genius dogs have found crazy ways to break through our gate and are driving me crazy.
We planted a cherry tree start, a weeping willow start, and a maple start out around the property. I hope they make it. We have a few other starts to put in the ground as well- a couple pears, a couple more maples, and another willow. The tiny willow is already leafing out so that's a hopeful sign. We desperately long for more shade on our property in the summer so maybe down the road we'll get there.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Do you ever have a day when you are really counting the minutes to kids' bedtime, not because of any one kid or one situation but just because you're tired of noise? I felt like that tonight; a little like maybe I'll should just make dinner and then hide in the bedroom while everyone fusses or grumps instead of eating. It doesn't matter whether I am making kid-friendly food or not, dinner time is just kind of exhausting, especially because it's smack in the middle of Rosie's fussiest time of day. I don't know why, but that adorable sweet baby turns into a screeching machine through the entire meal, right in my right ear and I can't even eat a bite fast enough before she's yelling again. And then someone spills their milk which slides in a big white puddle across the table, dripping onto the floor through the crack for the table leaf, and then someone whines that they don't want that corn, and then someone fusses because they wanted the pink bowl and then someone... well, you get the picture. Most days I can handle it, but every once in a while I just want to get a pair of earplugs and pretend I can't hear the whole thing, eating my own dinner (which I have worked hard to prepare deliciously and creatively) in silence.
Someday I will miss the noise and chaos and mess. I know that's what everyone says, so I know it must be true and so I remind myself that this is Blessing and these pictures remind me too, even the ones that capture messy hair and piles of papers on the counter, and runny noses. I hope they remind you of beauty and light and God's goodness in answered prayer the way they do for me.