Friday, February 14, 2014

7 Quick Takes (vol. 10)

1. I had my biopsy on Wednesday. I will see my doctor in two weeks to go over the results of the biopsy. We will also discuss what to do next. I appreciate any prayers that you say for me!

2. I finished my secret knitting. I can give details about it because I gave the gift today. The gift was for my sister-in-law, Kelly. Her birthday was yesterday, but the snow kept me from getting it to her on her birthday.

Pattern: Marilla's Apron

I love Green Gables Knits, written by Joanna Johnson. I want to knit everything in the book. I did have some trouble with the lace portion of the apron, but that was my fault and not the pattern. Once it clicked in my brain, I was able to fly through it. 
To add to the gift, I cross stitched a little gnome and sewed it onto a small felted bag. Also, I purchased two small gnomes for Kelly's garden. Last but not least, I bought a couple chocolate bars to complete the gift. 

Kelly loved her gift. It is fun to give gifts to that people enjoy!

3. Themes are big in knitting circles. When Harry Potter was huge, well, there were patterns and hand dyed yarns named for people and places from the books. These days it is very easy to find Dr Who, Jane Austen, and Downton Abbey inspired patterns. If I am being completely honest, I probably would not have knit an apron, but how could I, a true Anne fan, resist knitting Marilla's Apron for my Anne loving sister-in-law! Knitting is fun, and popular themes keep it even more exciting!

4. Earlier this week I finished reading A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live. I enjoyed reading it. I kept returning to this paragraph from chapter five:

  "You are art and you make art, but you are not your art. Your are God's art. As you continue to embrace the Spirit of Christ in you, as you continue to bend your ear toward the deep desires of your heart, trust that God is intuitive enough to move in and through you no matter your fear or insecurity."

And this paragraph from chapter eight: 

  "We arrived here as art and we spend our lives uncovering the beauty we have to offer - not just the work of our hands but the shape of our hearts. We are here as expressions of God to reflect his glory in the world. As the community of humanity, we will do that in a million different little ways. There is no formula to living life with Christ. There is only showing up as we are, trusting he is not only with us but with in us, and believing he wants to come out. "

                                                          Emily P. Freeman, A Million Little Ways 

If you have not read the book yet, I think you should add it to your reading list. I found it to be full of encouragement and inspiration.

5. Now I am reading Orthodoxy (Moody Classics), written by G.K. Chesterton. It is free for Kindle.

6. The local skating rink hosts a homeschool skating day once a month. It is a lot of fun, and this year we are making an effort to go every month. Ralph has moved up to the big kid sized skates. This is an unfortunate thing for him because it means that the wheels on his skates can not be tightened. He falls all of the time. I was trying to take a picture of him to send to Chris, but I could not get one because he kept rolling around and falling.

7. In January, I wrote about fearless being my word of the year and my commitment to memorizing bible verses about being fearless. I wrote: The Bible has a lot to say about being fearless. Every couple of weeks I am going to pick a verse to memorize and study. 

My first verse is Deuteronomy 31:6, "Be brave and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the Lord, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you."

I have memorized Deuteronomy 31:6. My new verse is Isaiah 41:10, "Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your god. I will strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of justice."

That is all for now! Joining Jen for 7 Quick Takes

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  1. Prayers in abundance coming your way - we will add it to our family prayer book and rosary too! You are such a talented knitter...and patient! I absolutely adore that apron - it is so delicate and beautiful. I would probably be afraid to wear it, of course. :) It's interesting that you mention A Million Little Ways - a friend recommended it months ago and it's been on my "to read" list. Perhaps I will finally have to get it. I love what you are doing with your word for the year...and the word. So encouraging! Thank you for sharing...

    1. Thank you, Rakhi, for your prayers and kind comments. I knit the apron with sturdy cotton, so it should last through the years. My sister-in-law told me that my niece, Caroline, was trying to repurpose it as a tunic top and a headdress and a leg wrap! Ha! Yes, please read A Million Little Ways. It is a great book.


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