Catching up...


Things are so much quieter on the blog than they used to be, aren't they?  Some days I sit down to write, load up a photo or two and begin a post, and then get interrupted and set it aside only to forget about it.  Then by the time I do remember, it's old news.  Other days I think about writing and then think: are many people even reading here anymore? 

If you do read here, thank you.  I appreciate your patience when there are days and days and sometimes even weeks between posts.

Things have quieted down here on the school front (the whole month of December off!  YAY!) and I should have more time to write this month, and when the new year hits, I hope to carve out regular time in my schedule to write more faithfully here. 

I forget when we began this tradition of taking this whole month off, but I love it.  It's such a crazy time of year, and this affords us some quiet in the midst of a busy month.  There are gifts to make and our home to decorate and things to bake and- also, this is the perfect time of year to curl up on the couch with a good book-- when it's so chilly outside and the fire is cozy.


Before all that decorating took place, we made a Thanksgiving tree.  I cut out leaves of varying fall colors (from some scrap paper I have on hand) and sketched out a tree on a big piece of poster board and we all wrote things we were thankful for, then we colored in the tree and hung it up.


I don't think I've fully settled on the best way to document the things we're thankful for (here's a post on what we've done in the past), but I guess the important thing is that we're doing something to give thanks.

We celebrated Thanksgiving at my mom's this year with my brothers and sister and their families.  It was so nice, and my kids always revel in all that time with their cousins.

My sweet Ella had a birthday.  She's now twelve.  I love her so much, not just because she's my daughter, but because I really like her, and I love the young woman she's becoming. What a sweet blessing she is to all of us.

These days I'm trying to sneak in some time on the couch myself to finish knitting Ella's sweater.  I'm using this pattern and so far I love it.  There are a couple of things on this pattern that will be new to me: knitting the sleeves on dpns and adding button bands to the front-- but I hope to figure those out when I come to them. 

Blessings to all of you for a wonderful day!


  1. I read everyone of your posts, my friend. I am close to writing again but part of it is how to break out of almost 2 years of not posting. I should just show up with something random and just keep

    love the sweater! I just taught myself to knit about a month ago. making a sweater like that is a long off dream. I now have dish clothes down and finishing my first cowl. one project at a time.

    love your fire place too!

    1. Thank you, sweet Sandi-- for your faithfulness to read AND comment! Love it. Yes. (Re: your blog....) Just start somewhere and keep going.

      Hooray that you taught yourself to knit! I've only recently begun making sweaters; it's still rather new to me. (But it's FUN!)


  2. I too love reading your blog!! It's so homey. Your Christmas decorations are beautiful! Keep writing friend.

    1. Sarah,
      Thank you, sweet friend. Love to you (and we're praying for you guys!)

  3. I am actually a "newer" reader to your blog, and I enjoy it! Thank you!

  4. I read and love it all. I love you all.

  5. Hi there! It's been a while I know... but I do still check back here now and then. I always enjoy the little glimpses into your sweet family's life and happenings.
    (And I just have to say, I am just now finishing up a Tea Leaves Cardigan myself, and I really loved the pattern as well! I'm not that experienced, but it was lovely and easy to follow.)
    Much love and many blessings to all of you!

    1. BEKA!!!
      What a treat to hear from you here! (And, oh! I'm relieved to hear you say that about the sweater pattern. I don't consider myself experienced, either.)
      Blessings to you and yours, sweet friend.


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