Archives for October 2014

Easy Now

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I am waiting for my insides to catch up with my outsides.  I guess that’s a funny way to start a blog post!  There’s just always so much going on and I am trying to learn how to live this particular season without feeling stressed by the weight of the neverending to-dos.  How often to I mention this?  Do I sound like a broken record yet?  By nature, I really love the feeling of completion or accomplishment when something is “done.”  These days, I typically go the whole day without stopping and still don’t have a feeling of “finished!” at the end of the day.  I have to tell myself, “Ginny, just quit.  One has to sleep.”  Or, ahem.  “One has to knit.”  And I leave those three baskets of laundry, or whatever it is.

This isn’t a situation of needing to make my children do more chores.  They have more chores.  This isn’t about anything in particular.  There isn’t an answer because the problem is all in my head.  This is simply, big family life with a lot going on.  I am meant to adapt, and not let just living stress me out. I think the answer lies in focusing on just the next thing, and doing that next thing joyfully, leaving all the rest for later.  If I let my mind start racing with all that needs to be done, I kind of lose it internally sometimes.  These are the times when my very perceptive oldest child asks me, “Mommy, are you stressed out?”  High pitched, “No?”  But yes, lots of times I am.  I want to get it all done, and do it well.  But that is no longer possible, the getting it all done.  So I have to switch gears.  I have to change my list.  I have to breathe slowly and drink tea whose name tricks me into thinking that all will be fine as long as I am sipping it.  I have to remember to pray and ask for help.  All these things though, they require for me to slow down for a second and really pay attention.  Yes, I have to make my outsides slow down.  Since when did homeschooling and housework become an emergency?  My first job is to love.  Anything that is stopping me from doing that can’t possibly be very important.

p.s.  Ever been sitting at your desk at the end of the day and turned around to see your child holding a giant hornets’ nest?  Even empty, it’s a little unsettling!

Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading (though not at the same time!), and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

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Today is the 200th Yarn Along!  If I had my act together we’d be celebrating somehow, but I don’t.  Thanks so much for joining me here week after week!

I had lots of knitting time over the weekend while Gabe and Keats played baseball.  Their team played really well, which meant that they kept moving on to the next level, and I kept knitting!  They won their tournament and I made progress on two sweaters (Leksak, and Leaves or Not) and I knit a little stripey ball for Job.  The stripey ball is from one of my favorite knitting books, Knitting for Baby.  I think it must have been the first knitting book I was exposed to, and the first I purchased.  My friend Summer shared it with me many years ago after attempting to teach me to knit.  At the time, I found the whole process way too overwhelming and beyond my ability, but the cute baby projects in Knitting For Baby stuck in my mind.  Years later when I picked up the needles for another try, I soon after purchased this book in hopes of knitting some things for my own babies.  And I did.  I’ve knit several projects from this book, and I think it is worth having for the Stay-On Baby Booties alone.  The stripey ball is a fun way to use up scraps and a great first project for learning short rows.  I need to sew mine up, felt it, and stuff it before Job’s birthday next week.  As far as the book goes, it is written with the beginner in mind and progresses in a “teach you to knit” fashion.  New skills are learned as you knit your way through.

I’m still reading Alignment Matters and I just completely love Katy Bowman!  I’m attempting to take all her advice including going barefoot more which means I have a nasty blood blister on the bottom of my right foot now where I got stabbed by a stick!  No pain, no gain, right?  Ha!


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