My Place

T'was in a city where I was born, but there I never found a home.
My heart had known before my past, that in a city I would not last.
Could it be these feet of mine, would find the sand the place they'd pine?
Alas the beach was not the place, for that my forlorn heart would race.
Canopy of trees, shines filtered sun, a breathe of honeysuckle where I run,
T'was a hoosier I'm meant to be, with clay soil beneath my feet.
Just one acre, my little woods. But this place does suit me good.
And here I'll be a hoosier best, and live my life til time to rest.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Big Eyes ah Becky

My Aunt Pauline had a nick name she gave me.... Big eyes ah Becky. That was because every time we sat down for dinner, I always looked in awe at all the yummys and would put heaping amounts on my plate. She told me my eyes were always bigger than my stomach. lol  What fond memories of my childhood days, when I lived with my Aunt. She was so precious. She must still chuckle over the banister of heaven peaking down at me. I'm still Big eyes Ahhh Becky. But with lots more than food. With everything I see and everything I want to do.
When it comes to crafts....I always take more to do than what my hands can possibly manage. When it comes to devotion to God...I try to do way more for Him than I can accomplish, blessidly He knows this, and often tells me, My yoke is easy... And of course in my 30 days of commitments for 30 days. You knew that though, didn't you?! It is a dilemma I am surely guilty of...always trying to do and be more than I can possibly manage. But.... I am not so sure that is such a bad thing. Because I often do make changes that are for the better, though not nearly as perfect as I hoped. Being totally upfront and honest, I did not accomplish even one of my 30 commitments for 30 days. But....I did do better than I was doing, on most of all of them.
My biggest disappointment, is my church attendance has been nilche. Partly because of dealing with medical issues, and the meds I was on it states to stay away from anyone sick, because your highly susceptible. So...I do forgive myself for that. Just Satan sure can have a hayday with me, cuz truth be told I enjoy being home best. Is that awful to admit, I really would rather be home then attend church? I attend church because it is the right thing to do, because I know it is good for my soul and it pleases the Lord. But I am most comfortable at home. I enjoy talking to the Lord just me and him, I enjoy singing at home, I enjoy my own company and my families. I don't enjoy large crowds, I don't enjoy getting dressed up. Welll enough of that.
Back to my 30 days. I will post a pic of my hula you can see the end of 30 days of that. But, I did not practice every day, and I did not do sooooo many minutes of it. I just picked up my hoop as often as I had a moment, and gave it a whirl. Sooooo that is coming up as soon as I can get hubby to record it for me!
Sooooo do you have Big Eyes?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Silly Hubby

My hubby is a darling really. He is so sweet. He was looking at my knitting while I worked, with this quizzical look on his face. I could tell he was really struggling. Then finally, he comes out with it. Honey? Don't you think that is a bit big for a sock?

I should have soooo played this up. But...I didn't. Yup honey it is a bit big for a sock, because it is a fuzzy slipper. Pattern here fuzzy feet from Ravelry. It is supposed to be big, because you wash it and felt it, then it shrinks to magically fit your feet.

A wonderful look of relief comes over his face....He really does love me. He knew how long I had worked to pluck the wool off our bunny, dye the fiber, blend the fibers, spin the fibers, knit the yarn and all to come up with this huge sock!
I'll update when I have felted the slippers. :)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A Cute Idea

We were discussing on ravlery, in our Sisters Crocheted and Knitted in Christ Group SCKC, how to keep track of where we are in a pattern. The wonderful idea of blue tape, is working absolutely wonderful for me. So much better than post it notes, marking on my paper, or even the magnetic boards.
But I also wanted a better way to view my pattern. I thought to glue the copy to a piece of cardboard. Then I thought, card board is so ugly... I should first glue a piece of scrapbook paper...well I went on from there in all my creativity to come up with this pink beauty. Then I made one for my daughter. Then we talked about making several as a keepsake of my favorite patterns for her to have. So, I shall begin another craft adventure. Thought I would share our idea with you. Perhaps you have someone that would love to have beautiful copies of your treasured patterns. Just as side note...I did not create the pattern listed on mine. It is the pattern Half a Dozen Hearts, 6 inch block that you can find here halfknits 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Our Jeffersonville Home

(this picture is a bit old, the vinyl is finished, I'll try to update soon)
 I feel so blessed to have so many care about our housing situation. We have wanted to go "home" for so long.
As many of you know, when we started our remodeling project. Calvin and I where both working. We had 2 children at home, well...teens at the time. We moved out of the house to make the repairs as this was to be a major overhaul. We planned to stay in Charlestown for 3 months. 
Then our world turned upside down, inside out and just threw us for a loop. From my sisters illness and then her death, losing a baby, hospitalizations for Calvin, 3 surgeries for me, foster parenting our great nephews , then adopting...we had to change our plans over and over. To care for our boys and their special needs, I left the work place. Then the bottom fell out of Calvin's hardwood flooring business. It has just been a wild ride. I am amazed at how we have made it through. I know the Lord has kept us. The people that have reached out to us has been truly amazing. I am in awe at the compassion others have had. From praying with us, to giving gifts to the boys, providing a car so I could visit my father in the hospital, to sharing informational resources, and a shoulder to cry on...
I thank you deeply from the bottom of my heart!

I thought I would share our progress on savings. To get into our home, we need to finish the electrical work, plumbing, heating and have the bathroom walls and walls for our bedrooms. We are just trying to get enough done to pass inspection for being able to live in the home. 

Thank you once again for your continued prayers and encouragement! The Lord has truly blessed me with the most awesome people to call "my friend".

I would  like to thank R.M. for your donation. What a blessing you are!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My Word for the Year


I’m reaping the harvest God promised me 
Take back what the devil stole from me 
And I rejoice today, for I shall
recover it all. 
By Hezekiah Walker (Faithful is our God) the way


A loss of 13 pounds so far!

Beginning of my Mini Hula Hoop Adventure

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

30 Commitments for 30 Days

The title really says it all. I am picking 30 things I want to be doing every day, and committing myself for the next 30 days to make sure they happen. I hope to add some pics and videos to make this a bit more interesting. But...I am going to be very busy for the next 30 more doing than blogging about what I want to do ;)
1. God first always right? A bible study from the book The Tree of Confidence. I have the work book to go along with it.
2. Memorize Scripture. Since I am studying the tree of Confidence I will pick scriptures from this book as I go along in the study. I am not so good at memorization, so I don't intend to try to pull off 30 scriptures in 30 days. I just intend to work on memorization for 30 days. :) Lets be a little realistic shall we!
3. OK...this one is something I want to do, should have been doing all along, used to do when my older kids were growing up, and have no idea why I stopped. Yet I know for some reason it will be hard to commit to. I have got to where I don't like to do this, and I really don't understand myself. I just tell myself that's not the real me... the true Christ in me wants do it. Attend Wed, Friday, Sunday services and 1 prayer meeting every week.
4. Getting up early. 5 a.m. Why 5 a.m. Cuz....that's the number that came to mind. I am not a morning person,and if it is 6 am 7am it isn't going to matter, it's still going to be hard to get up and stay up.So, lets try 5 am for 30 days. But...on day 31 I am sleeping in I tell you. ;)
5. Write a letter. I used to write letterse all the time. It was something I truly enjoyed and I have gotten away from that. Time to get back to it. Yes 1 letter every day for the next 30 days. I can do it. :)
6. Feed the pets in the morning. I usually wait until the evening to feed all the animals.It will be better for everyone if I do this chore early in the morning.
7. Oh...almost forgot already, take my vitamins.
8.Only kennel Gigi at night or when we are gone.  Sigh....this will be hard. She gets into stuff pretty badly so it has been easy to just kennel her to keep her in line. So...that has got to stop sometime. I think this will be the one that drives me nuts, and I will be tempted to not complete for the full 30 days. But I must be strong and do it. Time for Gigi to get her manners on. I may keep her on a leash near me though if she gets to out of hand...
9. Make Big guy wear his glasses and eye patch. I don't know how I will accomplish this...he hates wearing his glasses and "loses" them all the time. I may have to duct tape them to his head...just a joke, don't go haten on me.
10. Clean something that hasn't been cleaned in a while. Yes...I know I have at least 30 things that have not been cleaned in a while in my home. Sad isn't it.
11. Exercise every day. Normally I hate that word. But my exercise of choice is the hula hoop... This should be fun and yes... I'll try to get a video at the beginning and a video at the end of my efforts. Should be good for a laugh anyway.
12.Read to the boys. Big guy will loves this. Bam bam will fight this. Can't please everyone.
13. Make the boys do their piano lessons. No this doesn't count as someone else doing something. Have you ever tried to make someone do something. Much harder than doing something yourself I tell you. sense in taking lessons if they will not practice.
14. Greet my husband at the door when he comes home. No, I haven't been doing this. Won't he be pleasantly surprised.
15. A random act of kindness. It doesn't have to be a big RAOK. But something nice, unexpected for someone else every day for 30 days. I have no idea what yet...but I know it will come to me.
16 Knit (no I don't do that everyday, funny how people think if your an at home mom all you do is fun stuff every day...but for the next 30...oh yeah!)
17. Spin I don't do that everyday either. Boy, I really like this one. But you know it is hard to do stuff like this daily cuz so many must do's call your name.
18. Make my bed. Hang my head in I don't make my bed...perhaps everyonce in a while...
19. Work on Gigi jumping through a hoop. Wouldn't that just be the cutest thing!
20. Wear perfume. I haven't done that in so long....sigh...looking forward to it.
21. Not eat fast food. Wow....did I actually put that on the list!
22. Sweep the kitchen floor.
23. Vacuum the living room floor. (boy my house is going to look nice)
24. Brush Pokey...not because her fur needs it, but because her lonely heart does.
25. Go out side for at least 15 minutes solid. I tend to stay indoors as much as possible during winter.
26. Ask Calvin if there is anything he needs. Wouldn't it be nice to have someone offer to do something for you every day for 30 days... I think he will like this one.
27. Drink that water...8 8oz ever day. Ugh
28. Sing the lullabye to the boys at night. I have gotten out of this since I had a respitory thing going on. Time to get back to it, even if I sound like a frog...or have to whisper/sing.
29. Clean the I haven't been doing this everyday. Shouldn't everyone.
30. Last but not least in any sense, just making sure I end my 30 the right way. Thank the Lord for this day. It's a gift from Him. Lets not waste it.