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Sunday, November 12, 2017

My Sunday Best #19: The Beach and New Boots

Happy Sunday!

Thomas has Confirmation prep class after Mass on Sundays. The class isn't long enough for us to drive home and back to church again to pick up Thomas by the end, so we try to find fun things to do around town while we wait for the class to end. Today we stopped by the beach. The weather was beautiful and a little warmer than I expected. 





I snapped a quick picture of Chris and Ralph and then asked Chris to take one of Mary Rose and me. Apparently, we were more concerned with our lovely surroundings then the people whom we were photographing! I am wearing a Lularoe dress and a cardigan from Kohl's (both have made an appearance in previous My Sunday Best posts). My boots are brand new though! I got them for a very affordable price from Amazon. 

Chris and I thought Mary Rose was awful during Mass. She entertained herself by pinching us and singing when everyone else was silent. Not a mean look did we receive, though. All of the older ladies who turned and looked had a friendly smile on their face. As we walked out of the door, Father smiled a huge smile and said enthusiastically, "There she is! She was so good today!" 
I am very thankful to be members of this parish that is full of kind and joyful people.

Please visit Rosie at A Blog For My Mom for more My Sunday Best

Monday, October 30, 2017

Five Favorites: Knitting Socks

After years of saying I was going to learn how to knit socks, I finally did it. In March I cast on my first sock. So far I have finished one pair of socks and a single sock. Currently, I have three socks on needles that are almost ready for toes. Some people knit socks exclusively, but I like to have sock projects to knit on when I need a break from my larger shawl and sweater projects. Plus, a sock project is very portable because it is so small.



I wanted to knit socks, but I kept putting it off because I am not a lover of double pointed needles or the magic loop method. I would not be a sock knitter or enjoy the process so much without these five things.


1. This YouTube tutorial by Tina of the Simply in Stitches channel.



Tina has a total of nine videos that take you through the entire process of knitting vanilla (plain) socks from cuff through toe on nine-inch circular needles.

2. ChiaoGoo 9-inch circular needles
I love these little needles. I love them so much that I own four pairs of them. They are sharp but not too sharp, and they are affordable.

3. Bulb Stitch Markers
I did not have these locking stitch markers when I first started knitting socks. I did not love using a slip on stick marker on such a small needle. A couple of months after I started knitting socks, I received a few of the bulb stitch markers in a yarn purchase, so I switched to using them. I love the way they clip onto the stitch instead of hanging off of the needle. Plus I use them to mark every twenty rows so that I know my socks are the same length.

4. Self-striping Yarn
I can confidently say that I will cast-on all future socks projects with self-striping yarn. It is thoroughly enjoyable to watch the stripes form, and knowing that the color change is only a few rows away encourages me to keep knitting. Knit Picks sells an affordable self-striping yarn called Felici, but they do not offer it all year long. Etsy has a lot of shops with self-striping yarn from independent dyers. Two of my favorite self-striping indie dyers are Nomadic Yarns and The Yarn Jar.

5. Fish Lips Kiss Heel
The tutorial above follows a pattern that uses a slip-stitch heel flap with a heel turn and gusset. I enjoyed knitting it the first two times but not as much the third time. I decided to try the Fish Lips Kiss heel from Sox Therapist, and it was a game changer. I have knit the Fish Lips Kiss Heel several times now, and I will not go back to original heel flap and gusset.

Are you a knitter? Do you knit socks?
If you are not a knitter, you may want to check out my Fall in Love With Knitting post.



Please visit Ashley of The Big White Farmhouse blog for more Five Favorites.



This month I am participating in the Weekly Writing in October challenge hosted by Bobbi at Revolution of Love. My goal is to write eight blog posts this month. This post is post #8.

post #7 Fall Fun: A Visit to the Orchard
post #6 I Am Grateful: Meeting My Father
post #5 My Sunday Best #18: A New Dress
post #4 My Sunday Best #17: Mary Rose Turns One
post #3 Day Trip {September 2017}
post #2 Blogging Like it's 2011
post #1 My Sunday Best #16: Hurrah! It's October!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fall Fun: A Visit to the Orchard

Monday morning Mary Rose woke with a runny nose and a cough. By Tuesday evening the rest of us were coughing and sneezing. I worried that we would have to back out of our homeschool group's scheduled trip to a local orchard at the end of the week. As the week progressed our symptoms remained the same, but we kept up with our schoolwork, including getting together with another family for science and Latin class. The moms that I talked to about our cold symptoms didn't mind that we might pass the cold on to them, so we kept our plans to meet at the orchard this morning.














The weather was a lovely sixty-six degrees. It wasn't busy, so there weren't lines, and the kids got to play on everything freely. The highlight of the orchard's Fall Fest is a corn maze. The older kids made it through the entire maze, but the moms and the younger children only made it about a third of the way before giving up. While we waited for the big kids to finish the maze, we sat under a tree and ate snacks. As we left, we stopped in the store to buy donuts to take home with us. We had a wonderful time! 


This month I am participating in the Weekly Writing in October challenge hosted by Bobbi at Revolution of Love. My goal is to write eight blog posts this month. This post is post #7.

post #6 I Am Grateful: Meeting My Father
post #5 My Sunday Best #18: A New Dress
post #4 My Sunday Best #17: Mary Rose Turns One
post #3 Day Trip {September 2017}
post #2 Blogging Like it's 2011
post #1 My Sunday Best #16: Hurrah! It's October!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I Am Grateful: Meeting My Father

Last Monday I met my father for the first time in 41 years. I didn't cry, despite being positive that I would sob. Every day for eight straight days we spent a little time together, talking, piecing together the years that we had missed. I enjoyed my time with him.

It is hard to express my feelings and thoughts over the last twelve weeks. It is a difficult situation, and I believe it has to be lived to be understood. Since the first time my father contacted me, my feelings were all over the place, from hopeful to uncertain, annoyed to tranquil. Underneath all the wavering emotions, was one worry. Could we have a relationship together as father and daughter?

Seeing my father's face quieted my concern. The DNA that he gave me is no longer just words on a screen, but flesh and blood standing in front of me. Finally, I can acknowledge who he is to me and appreciate our shared connection.

I am grateful that my father overcame his rough childhood. I am thankful that he has a loving family, friends he enjoys, and hobbies that keep him busy. I am glad that he made the time to visit with my family and me and introduce us to some of his family. I am thankful that we have the time ahead of us to learn more about each other, build relationships and be a family.

I am full of gratitude to Chris and my mother for the emotional support through the hard years of insecurity and angst. They encouraged me to keep moving forward with the meeting when I let the worry overwhelm me and were physically there for me (and the kids) last week.

I am thankful for my friend, Julie, for buying me the DNA test in the first place.

I am full of praise to God, the author of my life. With His grace and peace, I continue on this journey. My story is unfinished. May God's will be done.





This month I am participating in the Weekly Writing in October challenge hosted by Bobbi at Revolution of Love. My goal is to write eight blog posts this month. This post is post #6.


post #5 My Sunday Best #18: A New Dress
post #4 My Sunday Best #17: Mary Rose Turns One
post #3 Day Trip {September 2017}
post #2 Blogging Like it's 2011
post #1 My Sunday Best #16: Hurrah! It's October!

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