Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day

:: Memorial Day :: 

Memorial Day in the United States started in the year after the end of the Civil War as "Decoration Day". A day to remember those who died during the Civil War. It has evolved since then into a weekend to remember those who have died in defense of our country. While most (including us) celebrate with picnics and family gathering I always think it is so important to take time and remember those made the ultimate sacrifice. The girls are too young yet to fully understand the meaning of the holiday but I try and take time to sit and meditate on the meaning of sacrifice. Only since adulthood and the marriage to my husband have I become acutely aware of defending ones country. I know that as long as my husband wears the uniform he will be asked by his country to defend her beautiful shores. I know that he would willing do what is asked of him. I know my sister military wives who have lost their spouses, mothers and fathers who lost their sons/daughters. And for those who have faced this heartbreak of losing a loved one, a part of my heart is with them this day and every day. 

Who kept the faith and fought the fight;
The glory theirs, the duty ours.
~Wallace Bruce

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Yarn Along

:: Yarn Along :: 

I am still working on the Follow Your Arrow shawl. I am about 11 rows from being finished, finally! I am such a slow knitter that it takes me awhile to finish anything large. It is turning out beautifully and I can't wait to share it on the Yarn Along. I also picked up this shawl, Dinner at the Eiffel Tower and it is coming along quickly. I love how it feels and the color. So, I will have two shawls by mid-summer. I am kind of excited to add these to my wardrobe. I am thinking of starting a sweater for our baby boy, J. He outgrew the last one and baby knits are so fun and quick. 

I am reading, Tell the Wolves I'm Home. It is really good and I end up reading late into the night. Not such a good idea with 3 children under the age of 6 who wake up by 6am every morning. Who needs sleep? right? 

Joining Ginny from Small Things

Sunday, May 18, 2014


:: Weekends :: 

We had a pretty chill weekend after many weekends of busy events and happenings. We had a quiet Friday evening of pizza making, painting, and compiling herbal recipes for the end of Spring and Summer. We had a wonderful nighttime fire in our new fire pit. I love being able to sit outdoors at night around a warming fire. It is primal and spiritual. 

Saturday we worked on little projects around the house. In the afternoon, I had a little time to pull out the watercolors and paints before we headed off to a graduation party. 

Sunday we went to Sunday Mass and then headed into the woods for an afternoon of hiking. Dinner was a new recipe of Chicken Tostadas. 

I just love quiet calm weekends....hope your weekend was lovely and peaceful.