Personal

Purpose, Calling, and Obedience

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Warning: This is long, rambly, and very Jesus-y. #sorrynotsorry You can’t say you haven’t been warned.

A friend sent me this article the other day. Go ahead and read it. I’ll wait.

*insert Musak here*

Okay, you’re back.

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School, Yarn, and Books

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The last two weeks have just about killed me.

School is officially in session for all four kids. The youngest started on September 1, the freshman started on the 8th, and the junior and the 7th grader started on the 9th. And it’s been quite a ride so far. The oldest three went from a small private school to a large public high school and medium-sized public middle school. All the kid activities are in full swing, too. Lots of changes–lots of stress. We’re still working on settling everything down.

On top of those things, our freezer is dying, and the kids’ bathroom has a leak somewhere around the bathtub. We haven’t found it yet. I’d move, but the quality of the neighborhood has taken a nose dive, and I don’t see it improving any time soon. Plus, moving with four kids just really isn’t appealing at all.

But the biggest thing is that I seem to keep bumping up against conflict every time I turn around right now. (more…)

Managing the Limp

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So fall is almost gone.

Clearly, I have not managed to get back on the blogging bandwagon at all since emerging from my cave. Forgive me. I will make this a goal in 2015: “Blog more than once per season.”

Today I am busy catching up on administrative work for my two volunteer positions, but as I work on the mundane, I’m also meditating on my faith journey of the last two years.

For those who don’t know, I had a bit of a “crash” in August 2012. (more…)

Begin Again

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Well.

It’s September.

How did that happen?

I don’t know what happened to my summer. It blew by in a whirlwind of errands, appointments, campouts, projects, events, and kid ferrying endeavors. What quiet moments I did have were spent largely on volunteer work. (more…)

I Am “N”

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letter N“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” – John 15:18-19, NASB

This is a hard post for me to write.

It’s not because I’m ashamed of what I am. I’m not.

It’s not because I fear retribution. I don’t.

It’s not because I think I will lose business or audience. I might, but I’m okay with that.

No, this is a hard post for me to write because I’m a nice person.

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Why Knitting?

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Some of you may be curious why I would mention some of the more personal aspects of my life on this blog. “Why on earth,” you may ask, “would you blog about motherhood and knitting? And I understand how you are powered by coffee, but good books? How is that possible?”

Excellent questions. After all, I am a commercial writer, not a fiction writer (at least, not a publishing fiction writer). There’s really no reason for me to get so personal, is there?

Except that there is. (more…)

On Adventure

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“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.

— J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I have been fortunate in my lifetime to have many adventures.

Not all of my adventures are extraordinary. Some, in fact, have been quite small.

The first time I knitted a sock was an adventure. (more…)