Monday, August 31, 2015

The Last Year












We are in the last year of our tour in Alaska.  I have such a happy heart that we get to live here one more year.  This is a year filled with lots of excitement, nerves, and anticipation.

Our family has gotten to live in such great places and meet such great friends and this place is no exception.  A big piece of our heart will always stay on this island.  But...I can't help but get excited about what is ahead.  We have a whole new story waiting to live and it's fun to be safely tucked away in this place while dreaming of the next.

The start of school always feels so full of excitement.  This year is especially exciting because the kids have found their groove and now they just get to live in it.  Next year will be a whole new story..but right now they get to have a year filled with great friends in a very special place.  They do not need to worry about what is ahead.  That is my job...but not yet.

God has brought so many great people and places into our life and I trust that will be the case for the next step..if anything I plan to appreciate this process more now than ever before.  We may be coming close to the end of living this adventure with the Coast Guard ....and I know I will miss it!!

But for now...we are very much living in the moment....with 6 kids that's about all I can do.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Knitting Notes












August was a big month for me this year.  I think the most exciting thing I did was finish my Georgetown sweater.  That was so exciting I just about could not contain myself.  I had no idea the amount of joy that came out of that project.  I made the sweater longer than the pattern called for and I am such an impatient knitter that I am always making small mistakes that I just ignore.  So the finished product never is guaranteed to look that way I hoped.

I tackled another knitting hurdle in August...I knit socks.  Pete has been DYING for me to knit socks.  He is not sure there is a point to knitting much else...but I don't see it that way at all.  I did not enjoy knitting the socks at all.  I do think they are adorable and they were not hard at all.  You do have to pay attention in certain areas...which can be a problem for me.  Not sure when the next pair will be on my needles.  I do feel a bit bad that I did not knit them for him.

And then there has been my failed attempts at dying yarn.  I can't even get into how bad of a fail it was...just trust me.  Burned yarn was involved and maybe a moment or two of hopelessness. I have to remind myself that any worth doing is worth doing first at least.  I did it badly and I am trying again, and again, and again.

I remember when I knit my first scarf.  I was kind of bummed that it felt like it took a lot of work and I was not exactly in love with the finished hand hurt and I never felt relaxed when knitting it...the opposite in fact.  I wanted so badly to be good at knitting!  I have that same desire with this new venture.  I want to be good at this.  I am working in very small steps to get there.  And it seems with each step forward I seem to be getting no where...

Not a problem...just a challenge!  How exciting to await the outcome.  I never would have thought that a knitting class in Mobile, AL, making a blue garter stitch scarf out of cotton yarn would eventually bring me to where I am today as a knitter. I am grateful to be here.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Summer's End












It just wrapped up today..not the official end of summer, just our summer from school.  What  a great summer it was.  And we ended on such a great note with a sunny two days and lots of time with friends playing for hours on the beach.  It was a perfect end to a really great summer.  Getting to be with my kids everyday is so wonderfully challenging and I love every minute...except the ones that I don't love, and those I quickly forget.

This year is going to be a great year for all of us. I am excited for so many things to come and I can't help but feel grateful for this beautiful life God has given me.  These kids are growing up.  Our family seems to be growing up and I am overwhelmed that I get to be part of that everyday.  I am home.  This is home.  I'm pretty lucky!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My Finishing of Various Things











I can describe myself as easily distracted.  I love this about myself ...and kind of don't.  I'm not sure if you are supposed to say what you love about yourself, but I just did..and the world is still turning.

So I guess I can say it.

In one day I can go from finishing my Georgetown Cardigan for my very first KNAL, to cutting wood to make a chalkboard, to then obsessing over learning to knit socks.  I will then suddenly feel like I have not done enough reading and go to the library and check out various books that are somewhat boring.  I love that I love so many things...but I can see the downside too.

I will often seize up and get nothing done because I have so many good choices and if I don't choose wisely I waste my time..which usually wastes my time...

But, the up-side...I can pack some stuff into a day.

And I am pretty excited about my cardigan, that  I actually wore wet the first day after blocking, and had to re-block because it got pretty tight as the day went on....

And I figured out how to make a frame...and I have made several now...

And those picture hangers..I made them...and even sold a few locally...

My yarn for the sweater (in the first picture) was Quince Owl yarn..this sweater needs a whole post.  I should get on that...but I can't seem to get a picture of me in it that does the sweater justice.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Nights Like This























Last night we got to have  little get together.  I have been waiting for a get together for awhile.  I have been fixing up my rock pit, knitting shawls, painting benches, making pies, all summer long just for a night like this.  And finally the first day of August it all came together.

Under my sweet little lights, two, not just one person needed my shawl.  The shawl I knitted in June just for this very purpose..somebody saying they are cold, and me RUNNING inside to grab my farmhouse shawl. I'm not sure my summer could get any better than that right there.

And most of these sweet pictures were taken by my friend...who grabbed the camera early in the night.  It was fun seeing the party through her eyes.

There were kids everywhere.  My kids just love nights when friends are all over, a mess is as far as the eye can see, dirty hands reach into every bowl and moms are always helping out with a boo- boo or two.  And after several days of absolute pouring rain we were all glad to be outside.  Yesterday was a definite score in the best memory category...