Seth had his hair cut a few weeks ago, for the first time in about five years. I don’t know what he’ll think about me starting a blog post with that news, but of course his haircut led to a new knitting project, so I have to tell you! (I wish I had a proper photograph of him, but he’s not the smile for the camera type.) He sweated through his gardening job all summer with all that hair, and then the day after he had it cut, the hair having become a nuisance, he said, it got cold. And he missed his hair. And the hats I had knit him in previous years weren’t long enough to properly cover his ears as he wished. So, I was more than happy to knit him a hat in some of the gray yarn left over from Larkspur’s sweater. Now his ears are warm. (And his hair looks good!)
Seth is also driving on his own now, and taking regular day trips to all of his favorite places. At eighteen, it was time, and it hasn’t felt like a huge adjustment having him embrace this new independence. Now, I have Keats driving me around (and we make a much calmer driving duo, partly because of his personality, and partly because I’ve gotten used to being driven around by inexperienced drivers at this point. I accept that this is my fate, and will continue to be for many years!) Gabe is eligible to get his learner’s permit this week as well. Lots of teen drivers at our house!
Here at home, I am trying to really embrace fall, the season of change. I do love it and it’s fleeting beauty, it’s just always so sad to watch those last gorgeous leaves fall. Last week was full of color followed by a particularly windy day, and now, rain. I’m glad I took the walks I did with my little ones to enjoy the color while it lasted. Echoing the season, our family’s life seems particularly full of change this year, and I am doing my best to embrace all of it.
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I finished reading Home last week around the time I started on Seth’s hat. Someone commented on my instagram page that this is a series of luminous books, and I have to agree. (Start with Gilead). I ordered a copy of Lila and plan to finish out the trilogy. Several of you mentioned the author’s other book, Housekeeping. I’ve read that one too! So good, these books. Though they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, I’m sure. Maybe a little too slow and dark at times for all. Right now I’m reading something way outside my usual realm, but I’ll save that for Wednesday’s Yarn Along!
Today is Job’s birthday. Half of us have colds, and it will be a quiet family celebration, the best kind. I can hardly believe that he is turning five! He didn’t have any birthday requests, and doesn’t have favorite toys, so I bought him somewhat practical gifts. We’ll see how that goes over…
p.s. I was interviewed for a podcast episode a couple of weeks ago and it is available to listen to now! The podcast is called Mystery Through Manners, and it’s a Catholic storytelling podcast which explores the living expressions of the Catholic faith from the perspective of everyday Catholic Americans. (You can follow on Instagram here. It is also on iTunes.) It’s a brand new podcast, and I’ve enjoyed all the episodes so far. It’s definitely very Catholic, so keep that in mind! My episode is part of a new series on Catholic bloggers. I talk a little about the story of my blog, the fact that I write for everyone (not just Catholics, and I think that’s obvious if you are a reader), and we talk about the Yarn Along! We also talk about the fact that while I don’t write here in an attempt to evangelize anyone, beauty itself can and does. Anyway, I won’t share anymore, but please go check out my episode if you are interested!