November Sponsor News

Welcome to my newest sponsors!

hand dyed yarnsI am a small indie dyer living in the mountains of Montana.
The beautiful nature that surrounds me, ice blue lake, mountains,
the Big Sky all inspires… I put all that love into my yarns.
Mountain Girl Yarns are made with quality hand dyed wool blends…whimsical and original…anything but ordinary.

 

handmade dollhouse miniatures

 

Cozy House Curios offers beautifully hand-crafted miniatures for your dollhouse, as well as unique hand-knit items for babies and children. You’ll find charming quilts and pillows, baskets, dolls and doll clothing and more in this collection of tiny delights!

 

hand painted wood figures

 

Beautiful non-toxic painted wood figures created in my home studio…In The Loft. Visit my Etsy shop to find atrium materials for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, saint figures for children, Christmas ornaments, and more. Custom orders are welcome.

 

kids bags

 

Mom founded small business featuring captivating, lightweight, 100% cotton, made in the U.S.A. bags sized for 3 to 6 year olds

 

Lusa Organics

 

LüSa handcrafts products for babies, mamas, and the rest of the family from ingredients you can trust and (yes!) even pronounce.

 

Thank you all for your support! If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact me!

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!