Has anyone else noticed that while we have been blogging a lot more (hello devotionals), we have been chatting a lot less? It’s basically like trying to talk while you are on a jog. Not so much lung power leftover. But, in spite of this, we have gone on living a very chatty real life. Full of small news and less than fascinating anecdotes.
Some of the small news that I keep wanting to share falls into the category of hot tips. Things that I have tried at home and found to be a big help. I thought that it would be fun to ask you all to share any of these sorts of things that you discovered in your own homes as well. Since Pinterest is crawling with suggestions like this, I want to limit it to things that you have actually implemented. Things that you can testify to the helpfulness of.
Here’s what I’ve got in random and unconnected order: Continue reading ‘The Hot Tip Exchange’
Hello there all! I thought it was about time that I did another giveaway! This is a giveaway for the set of Loving the Little Years and Fit to Burst. We will give away three sets, with a random number generator drawing on Thursday. International readers are welcome to enter, no – encouraged to enter! I will let each winner pick which two books you want – so if you want to get two of the same one to share with a friend you can.
I snapped this picture on the patio table out back, and thought it was appropriate. Little Years has spaghetti on the cover (as modeled by Chloe), Fit to Burst has straggly popcorn, and my niece Marisol’s shoes, and the picture I took of these two books shows that people ran amok with sidewalk chalk on this very inviting surface. It’s all very true to life in my life.
One quick thing about entering the contest – Just leave a comment on the post to be entered! Yeehaw, and I hope you all win!
This is something that should probably be titled “autobiographical fragments.” I’m not wanting to make an argument, and I do know that many of our readers are interested in, and serious about healthy food. That isn’t what I want to talk about, although it is. What I want to do is just tell a story from a perspective that some of you may not have. I’m sure that you have picked up on the fact that we are not into “health” food. Not that we are opposed to all of it, and not that we eat unhealthily, just that we are strongly antagonistic to a lot of things that are all about health. I’d like to take a shot at explaining that in a way that I am not sure we have ever made clear. Continue reading ‘Bossy Food’
Remember this cute little sweater I knit for Shadrach?
Well it turned into something more like this (through no fault of it’s own):
And since sweater weather isn’t exactly over yet in Northern Idaho, I had to knit him a new one. I really prefer breathable wool for smooshing into carseats – with a hat and a good blanket they are more than warm enough, but don’t get all sweaty in transit. I was in a hurry this time and thought I better use some yarn from the stash (I’ll have to tell you about that sometime). Ended up making quite the wild sweater – but it is big enough and warm enough. And the baby inside it just kills me more and more every day.
His Daddy was really pleased that the first one, worn in Fall, channeled the Chicago Bears. This one clearly is channeling the Cubs, right? With all the wooden button/ bat symbolism in play? We are just saying yes, it was totally on purpose. Of course it was.
Yesterday marked the fortieth anniversary of Roe vs. Wade in our country. There is so much tragedy and brutality surrounding that decision on the part of our Supreme Court that it is just too much to take in. The pro-life movement has had its victories, but at the end of the day, 57 million unborn babies have been slaughtered.
Something that has bothered me for a long time is the relative ineffectiveness of being pro-life. While I have worked at a crisis pregnancy center, supported Pro-life ministries, and done whatever else seems doable, there is a certain amount of frustration. It isn’t as though girls on their way in to Planned Parenthood bring it up with strangers in the grocery store first. This is something that has just been happening in spite of us, something that has been haunting our country for a very long time. Continue reading ‘One Big Ugly’
I have finally knit myself a pair of socks. Years ago I was talking to my knitting friend Casey and we were bemoaning how people are always taking bad pictures of their feet because they have knit socks. Even at the time I had a sense of foreboding. I think I said something about how we will probably do it too someday. Well, now one of us has. Sorry, Case. Let you down. In the process I also discovered that it is incredibly hard to take pictures of your own feet, but that you feel compelled to try. Continue reading ‘My Sock Odyssey’