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Today I have done a lot of knitting for clients for Christmas……and it’s been wonderful! I love knitting. There is no denying it. I heard a little blurb on the radio yesterday about men who love to hunt. And how when they come back from hunting, they are refreshed and energized because they got to spend time doing something they love to do.
The host of the show mentioned how it could be different things for different people depending on how God wired them. For some it’s fishing, for my youngest daughter it’s drawing, for my oldest daughter it’s playing the violin. And for me……well, you already know what I am going to say…..it’s knitting.
I especially love knitting for someone else. I think I’ve said this before, but while I’m knitting for someone, I think about them. If I know them (and it’s not an unknown client) I think about all the moments I spent with them. The fun times. Maybe the not-so-fun-times, too. I pray for them. I pray that God will bless them. I thank God for the time I have had with that person. And I usually end up feeling very sentimental and lovey towards that person.
One of the items I am knitting today is a Cranberry Red hat for my mother-in-law. She is such an amazing woman. As I knit, I think about the 8 children that she raised (#7 being my husband!). I think about how hard that must have been at times. Can you imagine providing meals for them everyday? Doing their laundry? And the noise? Oh, the noise they must have made (I like quiet)!
But I also think how wonderful that must have been, too. All the firsts…..first words, first steps, first hugs……I think about her kindness and her acceptance of everyone. One of the things she has taught me - just by watching her life – is how she never stops believing the best in people. Wow. I’m getting kind of sentimental and lovey.
I better get back to knitting this hat. And as I do, I will say a prayer of thanks to God for my mother-in-law and for allowing me to do what I love to do.
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One of our local public schools has something called ‘Breakfast with a Book’ every once in awhile. When my homeschooled kids heard about this, they started having school envy and wished that they were public school students. I wasn’t going to go down that road again (the road of wondering if I should put the kids in school or not) so, not to be outdone by the local grade school, I started planning for our own Homeschool Breakfast With a Book.
I found out that the school lays out books on all the cafeteria tables and the kids get to come early to school that morning, pick out a free book, and have breakfast (a donut!) with their parents.
I can do that and I can probably provide a better breakfast than a donut. Don’t get me wrong, I love donuts…..that’s donut with an S at the end. Several donuts with some coffee makes the perfect breakfast but A donut? A single donut? For kids starting their school day? That’s it? Come on….. I think I might have breakfast issues…..I’m pretty insistent that my kids have a good breakfast each day.
So, anyway! This week I really lucked out and found about 25 books at our Goodwill store that seemed right up my kids’ alleys. You really can’t go wrong at 35 cents per book. Perfect. I was all ready to try out this Breakfast With a Book thing.
On Saturday morning, before the kids got up (which is really early since my kids don’t understand the concept of sleeping in yet), I put all the books out on the dining room table and got breakfast (homemade gluten free honey and almond granola with bananas) ready.
My nerdy little crew LOVED it! They loved getting to pick out a book and they loved getting to eat while they read. I actually had to tell them to put their books down after I noticed that breakfasts weren’t being eaten after 30 minutes. I told you, I have breakfast issues.
It was a fun and different way to start our day. I haven’t asked the kids if they want to do it again, but I think we may have discovered a new favorite Saturday morning tradition.
The ‘Never Go Alone’ Fingerless Mittens in fig are on their way to Texas!
This particular client is interested in purchasing the ‘In the Morning’ Shawl/Poncho but can’t decide on what color. It can be hard to choose your color based on the small pictures on a computer screen so I am sending her some samples along with her order.
I am happy to do this for you, too, if you are trying to decide on a particular color.
Go to www.etsy.com/shop/pateandbirdie to see all hand knit items available! Some prices have been reduced AND there is still a 10% coupon code available! Simply put the code CHRISTMAS10 in the coupon code box at check out! Easy!