I have been meditating and thinking on this post by Sally Clarkson.
There has been much in life that has caused me to find my hope in Him and not other things. It is easy to start to drift through life and take it for granted....to take Him for granted. To slowly start backing away from how you want to live and how you know you should walk your days out simply because it is easier. Finding the rut and following it takes little effort or thought. Sticking to your convictions and forging a new path takes loads of energy.
This post gives me fresh hope each time I read it. Hope not in changed situations, nor dare I say even a changed heart in me but Hope in all He is and has done. This my friends NEVER changes therefore there is always hope no matter what shakes down around us. And trust me there has been some shaking going on around me :)
I have hummed and hawed about ways to start blogging again. It has a been a good long while that it has been silent around here. I considered stating a brand new blog. I have changed in many ways over the last two years. A fresh start was appealing. Yet the more I thought on it I realized a story has a beginning, middle and end. There is still much more of our story to tell. And the story includes where we have been, where we are and where we are going. I am hoping to give the ole blog a face lift but really my day to day life will always take priority. I will get to it when I get to it. I am ready to connect and share in this space again. Not sure if there is anyone still reading but I am looking forward to writing again. I have missed it.
So without further ado.....I present my new found love of knitting. I have made handmade gifts for our family this year. I think I am now addicted to making dishcloths. I take it with me everywhere I go. I recently knit through a church service. It helps me think.
This is my sons new hobby. Making felt monster pillows. He loves designing them and stitching them together. He is working on two more. This one is for his cousin for Christmas (they don't read here). The other two are for babies in our community.
My first knit toque. Two cowls (I might keep the blue one). And every one gets 2 dish clothes. I just taught myself to knit a few weeks after my ACL surgery in October. My next project attempt is baby booties.
You cant really see it but this one has some sparkle in it. So warm, soft and cozy.
I love making things with my hands. It has been good for me especially since my physical abilities are limited right now. I think or listen when I knit. I find it relaxing and the rhythm of it is comforting to me. I love that I can give away some warmth and colour when I am done.
I have been re-reading Sally Clarkson's book Seasons of a Mother's Heart. Only one chapter in and I am seeing my biggest struggle is lack of contentedness and gratitude. I have let the responsibilities and tasks to become the master instead of the gift, beauty and love of being together.
"So make the choice to celebrate life with your family. It is so easy to think that life consists of assorted responsibilities, tasks, and crises that fill up the hours of each homeschooling day. But it doesn't. The parts of life that matter most are the unexpected moments and memories that happen each day - the ones the won't be forgotten. Choose to be thankful, and learn to be content. You'll find the joy that God wants you to know."