Friday, January 30, 2015

With Sadness





My heart has been heavy this week.  My beautiful Goddaughter suffered a tragedy in her life.  Her boy friend of just a few months died in his sleep over this past weekend and she was the one to discover.

It has been a week of much prayer for both families.  And more so because this young man, only 26, was not a man of faith.  My Goddaughter was bringing it to him though and so we ask God's mercy on his soul.

We can ask ourselves many questions why situations like this happen.  Truly, we will not have the answer until we meet God ourselves.  But, in our human form and with our human thoughts and faith, we believe that " all things work for good for those that love Him".

And so we offer up this trial for the glory of our God and pray His Will Be Done.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Yarn Along




First I must apologize for being so absent.  From here and other blogs in Yarn Along.  Wednesday mornings I am in bible study and have a short break before I do grandchildren carpool.  So hopping on to all the blogs is hit and miss.  It takes me a few days to be able to make the rounds.

These last two weeks have been consumed with wedding planning and the sewing is about to commence.  You see I am making the four flower girl dresses.  Yes, four.  All the little nieces will be walking down the aisle ahead of the bride.  Such a sweet site.  This is the first time one of my daughters has married and  her sister's children will be in the wedding.  A new memory:)

The ceremony music is in place.  Because we have experience with music, the daughters have had special pieces they prefer.  This youngest is particularly choosy. But it is going to be gorgeous and meaningful and sacramental.

Secret knitting is moving along.  I'm having thoughts on a giveaway at the end of this.  Of course not the knitting, but maybe a bag?

No reading this week.  I have fallen into bed each night exhausted.  Netflix has been my friend.

Linking up with  Ginny!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Contemplating









" There are six things which the Lord hates,
seven which are an abomination to Him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that makes haste to run to evil,
A false witness who breathes out lies,
and a man who sows discord among brothers."

This week in my bible study class, our discussion was drawn to this verse.  Proverbs 6:16.  I had not read this before, but it has resonated with me these last few days in a huge way.  A somewhat repeat of the Commandments, it is that last phrase that captures me.  The Lord hates those first six vices, but He abhors the seventh.  Sowing discord.  Planting problems.  Being the accuser.  Not listening.  Not understanding.  Thinking of your own happiness.  Not walking in another's shoes.  I could continue, but those come quickly to mind.  That one little phrase captures so much.

I'm pondering these last days of how I can sow peace and happiness among those who are seeking the opposite.  How to see and plant the joy.

That chapter continues though....

" My son, keep your father's commandment,
and forsake not your mother's teaching.
Bind them upon your heart always;
tie them about your neck,
When you walk they will lead you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
and when you awake, they will talk with you.

I've been thinking as I watch others these days at how many of our young adults in this culture of relativism have turned away from what they were taught at home.  Exposure to other thoughts and lives become bright when the culture of " having more" takes over.  When the idea of " what feels good is right" is pronounced as the Truth. This always cause me to turn back to scripture in search of the real Truth. What it says here is so profound though.  What you were taught should be so close to you that it NEVER leaves you.  It is always with you.  That I have to draw comfort from.  Knowing that even when I see what is painful, that what has been taught is somewhere in there and it will come back.

Someday I will tell my real story. It is not one I like to dwell on, but as I age I find myself thinking more and more about where I came from. As parents, we always hope that our children will not repeat our mistakes. I've  been blessed that my own children have escaped some of those mistakes, but cursed that they have wrapped themselves in others.  I think it is that sadness that has drawn me to these verses.  Isn't that the emotion of all parents?

Well, a little " downer" post today, but I felt called to write it and I have to remember that really this blog is to record those thoughts for myself and the rest of you just happen to stumble here:)

Oh.... and that bible!  A FB friend posted about it and my jaw dropped.  I have longed hoped for a bible that would connect scripture to Catechism.  After all, that is our Catholic faith; sacred scripture and the teaching of the Church.  Well here it is!  Didache means" The Twelve Apostles".  I love how that names these teachings for us....from the apostles.  The text size is very good for my aging eyes and the commentary is truly wonderful.  It references the verses and the Church's teaching together.  What a gift!  There are maps and spaced throughout the bible are apologetical explanations. The paper is thin but not too thin, but that kind of page that feels good in your hands.  I think this is perfect for me!









Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Yarn Along



Yes, that top picture is the same from last week.  Little knitting has happend.  My last blog post will tell you why.

But in the background I have spent hours on Ravelry, hours pouring over my knitting library, and today hours in my LYS.  You see I am planning a special gift.  Usually I know exactly what I want when knitting for someone else, but this time I literally hit a block.  And part of the problem is I can't share with anyone because it is a surprise. So all the suggestions and inspiration I would look for just aren't there.

I thought I knew 3 times what I wanted.  Three times I began the project and 3 times I changed my mind.  Crazy!

But today I made a final decision and will stick with it. It's all you will see for a while.  I hope you'll keep coming back.  Because of your patience there might even be a little prize at the end:)))

Linking up with Ginny.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Pardon Me........



for being away a few days.   My good friend at my knitting group " reminded" me I had not posted in a few days and she missed me.  So Beverly, this is for you:)))))

I have done a small amount of home sewing this past week.  I love buffalo check and I found this fabric for sofa pillows.  There is a small amount left over for a few tiny accent pillows and I may tackle that this week.

Most of last week was all wedding.  The guest list is final and although we are 15 guests over what I would like I know there will be those who will not be able to attend.  All in all I feel good about the number.  The venue the couple chose is so beautiful, but it is meant for smallish gatherings
(comfortable is about 250).  I am hoping we are under that number as I am planning the seating chart for 240.

The table decor is divided into 3 different centerpieces and one of them we actually have been collecting ourselves.  I can't share what they are, but my engaged daughter and I share a love for it so we have had fun shopping.  We have one piece left to purchase and that part is finished.  I just have to store them all until September:(

Yesterday, Mr. Golfer, myself and the bride to be went on a hunt for old windows.  Before I go any further let me tell you a story.  My second daughter was married during November and her favorite fall dessert is pumpkin pie.  She decided she wanted each guest to take home a miniature pumpkin pie as a favor.  I spent months buying small pie shells and cans of  pumpkin.  The Wednesday before the Saturday wedding we assembled the sisters, my best friend, and all the ingredients in my small kitchen.  For hours we mixed pumpkin pie ingredients, poured into shells and baked. We had soooooo much fun!  I think actually it was the highlight of the wedding.:). My 8 foot dining room table was covered with 360 mini pumpkin pies!  We placed them into cute boxes, tied with ribbon and affixed a sticker and toted all of them down to the reception venue to be put in their refrigerator.  Sooo, this bride to be has her own DIY project and it involves antique windows.  And it can't be accomplished until the week of the wedding!  As stressful as it sounds, I know it will be fun.  And because I am not working there is more time to be prepared as we go.

We met with our florist this past Friday and went through the list once more.  Some items we had taken out we put back in. We took some of the centerpieces that were collected so she had an idea of size.  She just fell in love with the idea.  It's so nice when professionals see and share your vision.  Our wedding planner was there as well and have I said enough how I think that is the best spent money?  She makes the week of the wedding so relaxing and fun for us.  This is our third wedding with her and she has become such a good friend.  Love you Betsy!

This week is a week of lists for me.  I know the major tasks that need to be accomplished in the next 3 months, so I will be making phone calls and emails this week to get those set.

The bride to be is just a little overwhelmed with all the tasks and decisions.  She told me last week that when we need to do something to give her 3 choices and she will choose from that.  I love that idea and actually it makes it very easy for me:)))