Friday, December 30, 2005
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
I'm quite happy that it's over with. Not that I don't love Christmas, I do, but this year was particularly difficult. I'm still trying to deal with my daughter's miscarriage and the subsequent issues that has brought into our life. She has gotten an apartment and will be moving out this week, another sad spot for me. It's not that I don't want her to move out and get some life under her belt, it just feels sad to have life changing so dramatically.
I've felt quite meloncholy this holiday season. I'm so sad for all those that don't understand that "Jesus is the reason for the season". I'm sad that so many are perishing because they refuse to accept the Good News of why Jesus came. I've also been missing relatives that are no longer with us and those that live far away.
I've also been reflecting on 2005. I'm hoping to do a year-end synopsis later in the week. It certainly has been an eventful year.
I still have Christmas knitting to do.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
Friday, December 02, 2005
Two pumpkin hats, a baby bonnet, a pair of socks from yarn my mother-in-law handspun, and 2 more duplicate stitched stockings.
I haven't felt much like doing anything, but knitting. My stress is finally pouring out from the last couple of weeks. I've been struggling with my anxiety and depression, but I'm trying to keep on top of it. I've had trouble getting motivated to exercise and today I've really struggled with my appetite. I guess I could say I've binged a bit, but not much. I'm not going to put anything past my lips until 8:00 pm when I have my hershey kisses and my milk. Hopefully tomorrow will be an easier day.
We're hoping to go car and carpet shopping tomorrow. Actually, it's going to be a pretty busy weekend. We are going to the Amanas on Sunday for a Christmas get-together and then back for a baby shower for baby Z.
Next week, I have to start Christmas shopping. I really need to make a list!! I have so many things that I wanted to knit, I'm not sure if I'm going to get it all done.
Friday, November 25, 2005
On Sunday, my daughter was dealing with a fever from what we thought was a simple urinary tract infection. By the middle of the afternoon, her temperature had spiked to 105 degrees!!! I threw her in the car and headed to the hospital.
When we got there, her heart rate was 148 and her temperature was 103.6 in the ear. They quickly put her on a monitor and fluids. She was spotting and we were concerned about the baby, but they didn't seem to be to worried. By 7:00 pm, she was admitted. We found out that she had a kidney infection and, unfortunately, her pregnancy hormone levels were dropping. We held onto hope.
On Monday, we fought the temperature all day. She was spotting, but no cramping, there was still hope. Sadly, the cramping began in the middle of the night. Her boyfriend was with her, I had gone home to get some rest. She lost the baby around 5:00 am. I returned around 6:30 and we went through a harrowing morning. She ended up losing between 4 & 5 pints of blood and had to have a D&C.
She's extremely weak and sad, but we are finally home.
It was a scary experience. It was also a very sad time. I still feel the urge to cry when I think about it. I'm praying that she allows herself to grieve her little one. We will never know, this side of heaven, whether it was a little girl or little boy, but we know that Lord has a purpose and that He is good.
We've spent the last two days trying to get the house back into shape, get some laundry washed, and get some rest. I'm feeling a need to get some alone time-I need to reflect and give it all to the Lord.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Two more down! The stocking was actually knitted on my knitting machine last year, but my computer had quit working, so I had to duplicate stitch the design on. I meant to get them done much earlier in the year, but you know how that goes!! It actually went pretty quick, once I got started. I have 7 more to do before Christmas!!
Our life has gotten a bit interesting, again. Oldest dd has moved back home. Things have been going well, but it requires us getting used to it again. Since she is expecting, I'm glad that she is home, getting better rest and a much better diet.
Well, I'm going to go put in "The Bishop's Wife" and work on finishing a Christmas stocking and the baby sweater.
Oh, it finally snowed!!! It's been so warm here, I was having trouble getting into the holiday spirit. Now, we have snow and I'm feeling all warm and cozy (when I'm not battling the nasty side of PMS!!).
Friday, November 11, 2005
Monday, October 31, 2005
Hubby and I were able to get away for several hours yesterday, first time since harvest started. It was so nice! We were able to take our time and enjoy our lunch, visit several car lots, and attempt to upgrade our cell phones (I'll get to that fiasco in a moment!).
We have known for awhile now that we were going to have to start looking for a new vehicle-whether brand new or slightly used. We've been going back and forth about whether it should be a car (we currently have a wonderful Ford F-150 with almost 176,000 miles. It's been an awesome, very reliable vehicle-hard to give up!) or an SUV. Being small in stature, I really didn't want another big pickup, although I love mine, plus, they are quite expensive. We also want something that gets better gas mileage, but I don't want to go to small. We live in the country, on a gravel road, so some height and all-wheel or 4-wheel is a good idea. UGH! So, we hit several lots and have come down to the Ford Escape or a Jeep Grand Cherokee. I think we can get a little more for our money with the Cherokee, but we're just going to sit back and watch the adds and check the websites until December or January.
Oh, the cell phones! For goodness sakes! We use Cingular (it used to be AT&T). We knew that our contract was up, so we decided to go in and see what they could do for us and if we could save some money. Well, Cingular is going to this GSM technology (apparently the technology they've been using in Europe for years) and their phones no longer support analog. According to their map, we would probably not have service at our home and there were several other places in Iowa that we would not get service. Of course, along the interstates, etc., we would be okay, but probably not in the fields or our home. So, that leaves us with a dilemma. We left US Cellular after 9 years because of several things, including 3 different customer service people giving me three different answers to a question. That makes it sound rather simplistic, but the Attorney General became involved. So, our dilemma, bad coverage from our current provider, or bite the bullet and go back to US Cellular and get better coverage.
KR...what can I say that hasn't already been said. I find it so interesting that liberals like to forget what Democrats in the recent past have done, but they can vilify and berate Republicans for the same line of defense.
I spent a good part of the middle of the night considering their take on Mr. Clinton's "indiscretions" as compared to the Libby issue. I've been told that lying about your sex life and lying about a CIA agent, especially during WARTIME, is like night and day.
I'm sorry, but I just don't see it. Lying is lying. A liar can't be trusted. Mr. Clinton broke trust with myself and many others by abusing the Office of the President. He didn't have enough self-control to wait until he was out of office or even just go in a supply closet. Lying about it showed his true character. Lying, cheating, adultery, all true. His character is deeply flawed. If Mr. Libby is truly guilty of lying, his character is flawed as well. Now I know that we are all sinners, we are all flawed, but, by the power of Jesus Christ, we can live in obedience.
I'm quite tired of the witch hunt mentality of the liberals and the media. It's become a sport of sorts-kick them while they are down, find something, anything, to discredit the Republicans. The hate-filled rhetoric is getting quite old and I think that it will backfire in the liberals faces. They are like bullies on the playground and eventually the bullied with get in their faces.
I started a felted bag out of Noro Koreyon this weekend. Almost done with that, just had to do something for myself before I get serious about Christmas gifts and orders. It's time to start putting in a big push.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Yeah, another one done! This is from a Sirdar pattern. I added the different color trim and put the ISU (daddy played football there) on the side. I knit it with Dreambaby DK. I know, I know, acrylic-but, it's so nice for the mom to just be able to throw it into the wash. Being a first time mommy, I didn't want to give her anything that required extra care.
Today, dd has two interviews, one with the State Senate and one with the House. She has applied to be a page for the 2006 legislative session. She enjoys politics and government and gets pretty excited by the process. We'll find out in a few weeks if she gets the job.
She also gets to go to the Paul McCartney concert tonight. She's a huge oldies fan and was so disappointed to hear that Grandma and Grandpa were going. Boy, was she surprised when she got her ticket for her 18th birthday! Tonight is the night and she's pretty excited. Of course, she needs two outfits for the day, professional, yet young for her interviews, fun and hip for tonight. Of course, she's wearing the poncho that she knit earlier this year. It's a perfect fit.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
I'm down another 2 pounds. Sometimes working out is challenging (well, most of the time), but I feel so much better the rest of the day. I'm hoping to start incorporating a one-mile walk just before supper, I think that I'll sleep better.
I look back six weeks ago and wonder why I wasn't motivated then. Why couldn't I turn from the food? What did my p.a. say that was so motivating? It wasn't anything that I didn't already know, but I think that the Lord knew that I had to have a push and He provided that. Occasionally food still calls my name, like last night. It seems that whenever I have a migraine coming on, I crave bad carbs. I indulged a little last night, but nothing that took me over my calorie limit. My headache was gone by this morning and I feel really good. I walked my 2 mile, with the hopes of walking one more this afternoon.
I've been trying to get all caught up on baby knits. I have several machine knit Christmas stockings from last year that I have to get duplicate stitched. My machine worked fine, but the computer on my old White 1502 has pooped out and since I have no idea where to send it, I just made the stockings plain and told everyone that I'd duplicate stitch the motif on. Well, it's almost November and I haven't even gotten one done. TIME TO GET BUSY!!!
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Yesterday was one of those days that you wonder why you ever got out of bed! My hubby showed up for a steel load at 5:00 am and didn't leave until after 3:00 pm. It was crazy. Everyone passed the buck, no one really knew what was going on, and poor hubby got stuck just sitting in the truck when he could have been at home and been productive. My hubby has an intense work ethic and he can't stand wasting time! The mood that I was in, I could have really ripped into them, but hubby held me back!!
I received my new Dale Baby Book 155 today. The patterns are absolutely gorgeous. I saw that it was in the states in the Family Circle Easy Knitting magazine and I fell in love with the particular design that they showed. As soon as I get caught up, I'll get it done for darling Baby L. The colors are vivid and fun and the pattern is traditional. (It's Design 9, if anyone wants to take a look). I ordered it from www.spinblessing.com . Susan is just great, she carries all things Dale, and is extremely helpful. I try to get all my Dale yarn and books from her.
Well, I've got laundry to do and a sweater to complete so I'd better "get a move on" as my mom would say!
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
We've have some gorgeous fall weather here. Sunny, warm, breezy. It's been good for getting the crop out of the field, but, Praise God!, the crop is large and we're all running out of places to keep it! It's a good problem to have. With fuel prices so high, it's also a blessing that we aren't having to dry our corn, nature is taking care of that for us.
I am looking forward to some cooler weather. I enjoy drizzly, dreary, cool fall days. I know, I'm strange that way. I call the "sweatshirts and soup" days. I think that fall is my favorite season. It makes you want to snuggle and get cozy.
We had a strange happening with our luscious puppy, Liberty, today. Our mailman actually tried to pepper spray her. Now, I admit, she hates him, but she was in our driveway, he was across the road at the giant mailbox that we bought just so he wouldn't have to get out of his car. He seems to be quite petrified of her. Instead of giving her a treat (like the Schwan's guy), he just makes the situation worse by attempting to hurt her. Makes me crazy! This dog lets little babies crawl all over her and pull her hair. She just looks at me as if to say, "Are we done yet?" She is an awesome dog, she just doesn't like the mailman and delivery trucks. I could have understood it if she was bouncing off his car, but that wasn't the case. My husband thinks we should put a sign on the mailbox that reads, "To H*** with the dog, beware of the owners!" Might have to try that!
I'd better get knitting, these babies keep coming early and I'm getting behind!
Monday, October 17, 2005
From Baby A to Baby Z. The L family has a new addition. Isn’t he adorable. He had to come a little early too, Mommy was having trouble with her blood pressure and toxemia. He weighed in at 4 lb ½ oz, and is 16 ½ inches long. He’s doing well, nursing and off oxygen. He’s just so handsome!!!
I have news, too! I’m going to be a grandma. Just found out middle of last week. Although my daughter is young and not very settled, we will love this new little baby and do all that we can to help Mommy and Daddy. We have a ways to go, she’s only a month along. She’s due to give birth on my husband’s grandmothers 92nd birthday. Wouldn’t that be something…the oldest and the youngest sharing a birthday!
Monday, October 10, 2005
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Yesterday was a blessed day! We were blessed to share in witnessing the covenant vows of a wonderful, godly young couple. We were all deeply touched as her father not only gave her away, but gave the key to her heart (an actual key from a locket that he had given her years ago, she had given him the key to it-the key to her heart) to her groom. He challenged them to be a biblical couple. The groom sang to his bride, and sang of God "Our Mighty Fortress". They shared their first kiss on the altar yesterday. A moment to be remembered and treasured. I was doubly blessed that she carried the blessing bag that I knitted for her. It carried the blessings of many special people in her life. She is a walking miracle, she is a cancer survivor, cancer that could not be cured with chemo or radiation. They removed the tumor and then prayer warriors went into action, praying for over a year. She ate a special diet and we waited. She was declared cancer free by the specialists at the University of Iowa. A true miracle. So, to watch her marry the man God has chosen for her was such an amazing moment!
My diet is going okay, although the scale hasn't moved, my clothes are fitting much better. I've been exercising everyday (except Sunday!) and eating around 1500 calories. I'm feeling so much stronger. Not having the scale move is a bit discouraging, but I'm trusting more in the fact that I'm doing what I should and that the clothes are fitting looser.
We had a wonderful young pastor from Mexico at church this morning. He works in the LaLoma area (outside of Torreon). His father has an amazing testimony and the children have followed suit, serving the Lord without reservation. Francisco came with his young wife and their 1 year daughter. He showed us a slide show of the people and situation down there. Despite incredible poverty and harsh conditions, the Lord continues to draw people to Himself. They have a full church (which still needs windows, a solid roof, and a floor) and these people are growing in their faith and are spreading the Gospel.
It's such a testimony to the fact that our circumstances should not determine our joy or contentment. I feel for the millions of people (especially in this country) that feel that they can't be happy because so and so is in office or they don't have the latest toy from Apple. They are bitter and negative and joyless. They condemn believers in Jesus Christ, calling us every name in the book, refusing to see the truth. May the Lord bring conviction of sin to their hearts and forgiveness through Jesus Christ to their souls!
Thursday, October 06, 2005
My most recent pair of socks. I started a pair last night that are made with Lorna's Laces, Childsplay. Lots of fun!
I decided that I need to be blogging about my most recent undertaking. I had mentioned several months ago that I was doing weight watchers, well, I fell off the wagon during the summer (lots of family issues, etc.). So, I go to the doctor 3 weeks ago and get my blood work results! Everything was to high, except my good cholesterol, which was to low! So, she gave me the most motivating lecture that I've ever had in my life! I came out of the office knowing what I needed to do and totally ready.
Over the past three weeks, I've been exercising every day for 30 minutes (Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds-the 2 mile walk) and eating 1500 calories or less. I've lost 9 pounds. Praise God! I'm really beginning to grasp that I don't need to be eating 24/7. That most of the time, it didn't even taste good to me, it was just habitual. I'm so excited to be building up stamina and I can tell my body is changing. I want to lose another 50 lbs. I can do it, I've done it before.
I can't say enough good things about Walk Away the Pounds. You don't have to be coordinated, you don't have to know anything about exercise, you just do it and it works. It's quite a workout, but it invigorates and gives me more energy.
Now, that all being said, today has been a tough day. I got up at 5:30 with hubby and so this afternoon I'm sleepy and I've got the munchies. I've hung in there, said several prayers, and am patiently waiting for hubby to get home so that I can enjoy some chicken tortilla soup!
I'm still feeling overwhelmed by all the projects I need to get done. I'm trying to finish up a little vest, then I have two October babies to knit for, plus make some beaded bags to sell at the market the 15th and 16th.
I did get my vacation scrapbook done yesterday, and that was one thing off my plate. I still have tons of pictures to get scrapbooked, but that will come in time!
Sunday, September 25, 2005
I know it's been awhile since I last posted. Life has been full and wonderful.
We've gone to two showers, a baby shower for Baby A and a wedding shower for Kristen (who's bridal blessing bag is pictured below). Both showers were loads of fun. It's so wonderful amazing to have such wonderful, fun, sweet-spirited, godly friends. You could feel the joy! I pray that others would let go of their negativity and see the joy that is found only in the Lord!
Here's a recent picture of Baby A, who now weighs 8 lb. 10 oz. She's just adorable! Aunty Dawn couldn't resist another outfit for her! She'll get it at Bible study tomorrow.
We've begun working through "Created to be his Help meet" by Debi Pearl. It is an awesome book! It's not about changing your husband, it's about changing yourself. It's about understanding why men are the way they are and understanding why you are the way you are and how to change it to meet God's requirements for how we should be. It really makes a woman think and I think it goes to show just how often the demise of a marriage isn't about the man, but the woman. I'm learning to enjoy serving and life!
I've been trying to get caught up with my knitting. I can't believe how many babies have been born this year. Twins were born to the daughter of a friend of mine on Friday. A little boy and a little girl, both beautiful and healthy. I think that there are only 4 more to be born in the next 4 months, but I could be off by one or two. It's hard to keep up. They all give us a lot of joy!
So, I'm off to keep working on keeping up!!
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Luke 21:5 through Luke 21:28 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, "As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down."
"Teacher," they asked, "when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?"
He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away."
Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
"But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. This will result in your being witnesses to them. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. 1By standing firm you will gain life.
"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
Judgment is drawing near for those who continue to turn their backs on the salvation offered in Jesus Christ. Things happening today are just a shadow of the wrath that is to come. Praise God that there is salvation through Jesus Christ. He paid the penalty for my sins and everyone else's, if they just turn to Him and receive the free gift (free to you and me, but it cost Him everything).
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
My dad has been visiting for the past week. It's been wonderful to get to spend some time with him.
It's heartwrenching to watch the coverage of the devastation that Hurricane Katrina has left in it's wake. It's truly beyond comprehension. May God use this immense tragedy to draw people to Himself.
One more holiday weekend and then deep into schoolwork we go. I'm glad for the return to routine.
We have several Homespun Family events scheduled for fall. (I'd love to get my shawl done, but I'm not sure that it's a possibility!). We'll be demonstrating for a large group of 8th graders in late September-third year in a row, followed that weekend by demonstrations at Pioneer Days. In mid-October, we are part of an art fair. I'm concentrating on beaded bags for that one and some tatted pieces. So, I'd better get to my bookwork so that I can get busy on my other projects!
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Life has been busy since returning from vacation and when it wasn't busy, I've been relaxing. I'm trying to finish up some projects and trying to figure out how not to be overwhelmed with life.
Baby A's mom has started a blog and I found the picture of her with the sweater I made for her.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
It's unfortunate that these people are so blinded! They are filled with hypocrisy and do exactly what they accuse others of doing, but, of course, they are justified. How sad! May God rescue them!
Monday, July 18, 2005
Sunday, July 17, 2005
We spent Friday at an antique tractor show with our "Homespun Family". It was so hot! We couldn't spin or knit, the wool and yarn wouldn't slide through our fingers.
On Saturday, we went to our county fair where my 17-year-old daughter had three knitting projects judged for 4-H, and I judged the open class needlework entries. Open class didn't have many entries and the quality was down. This was the third year that I've judged and I'm taking a break next year.
Darling daughter faired very well!! Three blue ribbons and two of those projects are going to the State Fair. She was thrilled! Her poncho and her felted purse are going to the state level. She received Grand Champion purple rosettes for those projects as well. Ah, someone following in her moms footsteps!
We returned to the antique tractor show today, husband in tow. He has a very late load time tonight, so he was able to join us. We rarely get much time together on Sundays, usually just church and a meal, so it was nice to have him alone.
My hand is feeling better. I didn't knit for a day, wore a carpal tunnel glove and then knit on my shawl with bigger needles than my baby sweaters. That helped tremendously. When I started knitting again I wore a thermaglove and that helped too. I also got a new mouse with a track ball and a wrist rest for the mouse-it hurt like crazy to try to use the regular mouse. I'm more watchful for the symptoms now.
115.2 vs 24.4 is just the dial-up speed with which I can get on the internet! (Hey Lottie, so good to hear from you!!! E-mail me! I think of you often!)
Well, I'm going to relax a bit.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
It seems the dreaded carpal tunnel syndrome is rearing it's ugly head! A combination of humidity, tiny needles and cotton yarn. So, no knitting for a few days! We have a Homespun Family event, but I guess I'll just have to talk about knitting.
Our visit with Baby A and her parents was really nice yesterday. She's doing so well and is just adorable.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Baby A is home! Praise God! We're hoping to go see her soon and I'll post a picture.
Must be knitting!
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Gen. 9:6 (NIV) "Whoever sheds the blood of man,by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.
Matt. 5:17 through Matt. 5:20 (NIV) "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Prosecution in court is not what the terrorists need, and it certainly will put no fear into the hearts of upcoming terrorists. God's judgment is what is needed. Jesus came to fulfill the Law, and in God's Law, He calls for the blood of those who have taken blood. They have forsaken their lives.
How sad! May they seek the mercy of the one True God! Jesus Christ!
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Spent the afternoon learning how to can beef. It's much simpler than I had anticipated. I've got plenty that needs to be dealt with before our next beef goes to the butcher. I'm hoping to get some chicken canned, as well, and that will help with food preparation for the coming winter.
Hubby got called away on another overnight load tonight, so I'm on my own. I'm hoping to get some knitting done and maybe do some scrapbooking. Or, I could go run the errands that I didn't get run. We'll see!