Monday, December 25, 2006

My great-nephew's new stocking, completely created by me. It was fun to make.

Baby C was only awake for a short time during his first family Christmas, but I got the perfect picture. This one is getting blown-up for his grandma. We were able to get a 5-generation picture for remembrance and the paper!

J got his first pheasant today, so we'll be having pheasant for supper. Liberty wasn't much of a help, but she enjoyed the walk!

Our Christmas Eve service was very nice last night and it was great to get to see friends that we hadn't seen for awhile. We have several who are either recovering from cancer surgery, dealing with cancer treatment or preparing for surgery-it was good to see them all. Life has been quite challenging for so many over that past couple of months and it looks to continue. Praise God that He is in control!

May you all be blessed this Christmas! Take time to go see "The Nativity Story" and remember the Reason for the season!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Well, picasa doesn't seem to be working for me. I thought I'd posted these photos last week, but alas, no. I tried again this morning, but it still didn't work for me.
I finally finished the stockings. The Red Heart yarn makes my hands ache, but to get the look of the originals, that's what I've got to use.
We were able to spend the day with my niece and great-nephew last week. He's growing good, seems quite content, but is already saying "ewww" when Aunt Dawn gives him a kiss.
I'm down to a few small projects for Christmas, but I've got a bit of baking to get accomplished. I think it's going to be a pretty low-key holiday and I'm grateful for that.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

I wish I knew how to slow things down. I feel as though I've been going non-stop since the end of October. I look ahead at my schedule and it looks like there might be time to finish my knitting, wrap gifts, clean, bake, and spend time with my family, but I'm afraid that something else will come up or that I'll sit and stare at the wall because I'm not sure what to do with myself.

I'm struggling with my oldest dd's issues. There are rumors going around her place of work that she claims she knew nothing about but others say she was the one telling the stories in the breakroom. I hate that I'm not sure what to believe. She's been known to make up wild things in order to draw attention to herself, regardless of what it does to her reputation. It's almost as though she wants to have a bad reputation-that she wants to look bad to those that are living a bankrupt lifestyle. I don't know how to advise her when I don't know if what I'm hearing is the truth or not. Lord, help!

Monday, December 04, 2006

My niece and her little one. He's absolutely adorable and mommy is beginning to adapt to her new son. It's amazing how quickly our lives can change. There has been so much heartache in recent years, but Baby C is bringing joy to us all. Posted by Picasa

Liberty feeling militant!
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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Well, things have changed dramatically in the last 28 hours or so. My neice, who just found out that she was pregnant 3 1/2 weeks ago (she'd been in deep denial), when into labor on Friday evening and our new little family member came just after 2:00 pm on the 2nd. Despite my neice being frightened by the whole process and the sudden thought of being a mother, everything went well. The labor progressed very quickly. This little guy was ready to join the family, I think he wants Christmas presents!! He weighs just over 6 pounds. We will be heading up again to visit this afternoon. They haven't got anything ready yet, so we'll do a little shopping on the way!

I feel for my neice, 18, a senior, denying the possibility, finally accepting the truth, and boom, she's a mommy. God has a purpose and a plan. I can trust in that.

Last night, we went to see "The Nativity Story". It's a beautiful movie. Gives you a wonderful idea of what life would have been like in Judea at the time of Jesus' birth. There is a gentleness and peace to the whole thing. An understanding that God has a plan. Some of the timing of certain events could be somewhat disputable, but certainly doesn't deter from the story of His birth and it's power. I would recommend it!

So, I have knitting that must get done. Life keeps interrupting my progress! A certain someone's socks are partly done and I've got 2 out of 4 Christmas stockings completed (at least the knitting, I've still got to the the embellishments). I've decided to make a stocking for our new great-nephew and make his sweater after the first of the year.