Friday, April 19, 2013

This Moment

:: This Moment ::

A Friday ritual. A single photo-no words- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. 

Joining Amanda of Soulemama

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A day at the beach...

:: A day at the beach ::

Yesterday we threw caution to the wind and set off for an afternoon at the beach. We are trying to soak up as much time as possible at the beach since we will be moving this summer and the beach won't be close anymore. It was a little overcast but the weather was so warm. The girls just had to wear their bathing suits and play on the waters edge. I love spending time at the beach because it always lifts my spirits. We have been worrying about where to live and what another move would entail and how it will all turn out. We needed this outing and the beach was just the place for release of worries. Thank goodness for little trips. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Yarn Along

:: Yarn Along :: 

No new projects finished this week but I did start writing my first pattern. It is a simple scarf for spring. I am hoping to finish over the next couple weeks and share it with everyone. I found some yarn in my stash and I searched through Ravelry and found a cute little Brioche Hood Hat. I also ordered some yarn to start some new sweaters for my girls. My needles are going to be busy! 

I am finished reading The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman. It was an interesting read of short stories that take place over time in the same town. It is somewhat magical and strange. I liked it and will definitely read another of her books. I picked up a copy of Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. I have a very old copy my grandfather gave me but it isn't a readable copy. I am looking forward to starting it tonight. 

Happy Knitting! xo. 

Joining Ginny of Small Things

Tuesday Musings

:: Tuesday Musings ::

The view from where I sit this Tuesday afternoon is peaceful and quiet, my little slice of earth. My little girls are resting and I have a moment to sit and think. We had a full morning of activities, stories, and crafts. A little mishap involving a chair, a table, and a toddler but thankfully everyone is doing okay. Just a normal morning in our home. I am just full of thanks for these days where I can remain blissfully unaware (at least for a while) of the outside world.

 I was filled with sadness yesterday evening when I decided to check the news rolls on the computer. What happened in Boston is horrific and disturbing to me. I tangle with the thoughts of something joyful and beautiful made ugly by evil that seeps from the very pores of some people in this world. My eldest girl caught a glimpse of the computer and wanted to know what had happened. I generally keep the children away from such things and I happily shelter them from most television. ( We do love PBS) I really had no explanation for her. How do you explain something so ugly to a young child? I simply told her that some people do bad things to hurt others because they are sad and angry in their hearts. It probably wasn't a good enough explanation but it seemed to quell her questions. I may not be able to protect my children from everything in this world but the most important thing is to provide a safe, loving home for them. Sometimes the only thing you can do in hard times is love. 

Tonight, I'll pray for those effected by ugliness and violence and I'll pray that this world can find just a little bit of peace. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Our Weekend

:: Our Weekend ::

Our weekend was filled with so much and yet I never feel like we did everything I had imagined we would do. I have made a habit of making a list in a small Moleskine book of all the little activities I want to do with my girls. I am always thinking back and saying "oh, we should have..." 

Thankfully, while sitting in church and trying to listen attentively to the homily, I had a moment of clarity.  I realized that we do exactly what matters at that moment. Sometimes we have to stop to tie a shoe, or kiss a boo and in that moment we discover something new like a tiny ant that we must watch or a butterfly we must chase. My eldest will sometimes ask me to come and watch something she can do or did and I just drop whatever I am doing and I just sit and watch. To be in the moment is hard in a world filled with over stimulation but I find so much clarity in that moment. It is like the fog lifts and I see how beautiful life is in that moment. Every moment is important even the ones that don't seem like much. Those are the times that make up a life full of memories. 

Our Saturday afternoon of finger painting that subsequently led to hosing down and mud-pie making.