Friday, January 10, 2014

This Moment

:: This Moment ::

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. 

Inspired by Soulemama

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Yarn Along

:: Yarn Along ::

Puerperium Cardigan (short-sleeved version) 

Reading: The Palace of the Snow Queen 

Starting one of two baby bonnets with some yarn from a LYS

Big Lace Scarf also being worked on currently with Cascade Yarn Magnum

So, I have been on a knitting spree post Christmas holidays. I think now that all the busy preparations and celebrations are over I can focus again. I finished the Puerperium Cardigan for our son's first trip home. I was going to make sleeves but I really don't want to fuss over putting tiny arms in long sleeves then a coat and then a carrier. I am so excited to see him in it! I am going to begin another sweater in the near future but I am debating on whether or not I should wait until I see what size I will need. I just started the first of two baby bonnets from some yarn that my oldest gal picked out for her baby brother. I also decided to make a quick pretty scarf for myself. I am participating in a mystery yarn along being led by Ysolda Teague Designs. I think it be the coldest weather I can remember but the needles are hot these days!

Joining Ginny of Small Things

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Be Satisfied

:: Be Satisfied ::

Up unto this point I have used this blog mostly for documenting and sharing our humble attempt at living simply, homeschooling, crafting, and raising a family. I don't always share my personal opinions or thoughts with the internet or people in general because I try and maintain my personal space. But this year, I want to use my blog for more than just the recording of the daily life. I wasn't really sure where to start. But on Sunday during Mass when there was actually a quiet moment with our youngest happily looking at books and our oldest off at Children's Liturgy of the Word (it is sometimes hard to maintain a reverent attitude when you have small children to worry over and I am sometimes overly worried with our children rustling about during Mass). I was able to absorb what Fr. Smith was saying to us. To me. 

He had many wonderful points but when the words "be satisfied" were said it hit me like a lightning bolt. My mind began mauling over those two simple words "be satisfied". I realized immediately that these words for should be my guiding words for 2014. We live in a world of accumulating more and more yet our satisfaction with those "things" are never fulfilled. We are always hungry for something else. Never being satisfied in our personal relationships, home life, professional life, or social life.  I am just as guilty as the next person with wishing we had "more" of something. It is hard to step back and say my life is good and I don't need to compare myself to others especially when social media makes it so easy to dissatisfied by comparing yourself to others. My husband and I had a talk recently about how things like Facebook can make you feel like it is a constant competition to achieve more and gather more and fall into the trap of negativity. But these words "be satisfied" can quell those feelings if I keep them in the front of my mind. I am right where I am supposed to be in my life. God plan has a plan for me and I must be to give up some control to let that happen. When this happens I can begin to feel my soul and heart open up and really receive the beauty of daily life and the gifts that this life has to offer. 

This year I want to walk down the path that leads me to "be satisfied".

Monday, January 06, 2014

A Weekend in a Few Photos & Words

:: A Weekend in a Few Photos & Words ::

This weekend was our last weekend before it was back to proverbial grind. We eased into especially since it snowed on Thursday and Friday. Saturday was spent celebrating my husband's grandmothers' 91st Birthday near his hometown. It was so fun, relaxing, and nothing beats great Mexican food. We even stopped at a yarn shop on the way so I could pick up something soft and sweet for baby hats. Sunday was spent with time at Mass celebrating the Epiphany and then evening at my parent's house celebrating my brother's birthday. Even though it was cold and dreary most of the weekend, we seemed to celebrate a lot of truly wonderful people. 

A great way to end Christmas vacation.