January 20, 2015

He Knows

All the bitter weary ways
Endless striving day by day
You barely have the strength to pray
In the valley low

And how hard your fight has been
How deep the pain within
Wounds that no one else has seen
Hurts too much to show

All the doubt you're standing in between
And all the weight that brings you to your knees

He knows
He knows
Every hurt and every sting
He has walked the suffering
He knows
He knows
Let your burdens come undone
Lift your eyes up to the one
Who knows
He knows
He knows

We may faint and we may sink
Feel the pain and near the brink
But the dark begins to shrink
When you find the one who knows

The chains of doubt that held you in between
one by one are starting to break free

He knows
He knows
Every hurt and every sting
He has walked the suffering
He knows
He knows
Let your burdens come undone
Lift your eyes up to the one
Who knows
He knows
He knows

Every time you feel forsaken
Every time that you feel alone
He is near to the brokenhearted
Every tear
He knows
He knows

A Father to the Fatherless

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68:5-6a)

January 19, 2015

Narcissists Never Take Responsibility

Narcissists never take responsibility for their part. It's always someone else's fault. They will twist, deny, project, lie, and sweep things under the rug to keep from facing the music. #NPD #Toxic #Narcissist

January 12, 2015

Tullian Tchividjian Quote

If you do good expecting
good in return,
that's not love.
That's a business transaction.

Love is doing good regardless
of reciprocation. 
-Tullian Tchividjian

January 11, 2015

Mood Blankets for the Girls

Fiona and Kinsley decided they both wanted mood blankets this year. Kinsley changed her mind about the original granny square she thought she wanted too. Secretly, I’m glad she changed her mind because that was quite a complicated square to construct.

I asked around about crochet yarn and got some great feedback to check out the yarn at Hobby Lobby. Off we went on a Friday night to select the colors for the mood blankets.

Fiona and Kinsley selected all the shades. I picked out a couple with their approval and when we got home they showed me which colors they wanted their first squares to be.

Here are some Hobby Lobby colors the girls found. I’m excited to work with this yarn because it’s new to me. It’s called: I Love This Yarn.

Next we found these colors at Wal-Mart. This is the brand I’m used to working with. It’s called: Red Heart. Both brands are about the same thickness and are also 100% acrylic.

Kinsley's 1st Block

Fiona's 1st Block
(Sushi is supervising) 

January 7, 2015

A Granny Square Pattern for Miss K

What can I say? I’ve been busy! I know – I ought to show you how that Mamma’s Blanket turned out. I just need to snap a picture of it and post it for you. I will do that soon! I think it turned out super cute.

The granny square you see on this page is what I’ve been researching. I think this is what I’m going to do for Kinsley’s next blanket. She is due for an upgrade.

With this particular pattern I decided to use a 5.00 MM hook because the granny square is massive measuring 9 inches by 9 inches. I don’t think it needs to be any bigger – do you?

I’m also researching Fiona’s next blanket. I think I want hers to be a mood blanket. She can come home from school, take a look at the color swatches, and select the color she thinks best corresponds with her mood. She’s thinking she wants it to be a solid color with some sort of trim.

We haven’t figured out the pattern yet. That’s what the research is for. To find the pattern, test it out, figure out which size hook we want to go with, practice to make sure we have all the stitches down, and then head to the store to find some fun colors!

The girls are pretty excited about it. In the meantime I have them practicing the chain stitch. Once they get that down we’ll move on to the next lesson and go from there. Who knows – we may all turn into Crochet Aficionados before all this is over!

What have you been up to these days? I’d love to hear how you’re doing and maybe you can tell me what you think of this granny square!

January 2, 2015

If there's something about me you don't like, that's okay!

If there’s something about me you don’t like, that’s okay because God made me different from you and from everyone else. He knew what I would say, when and how I would say it, even before I knew. He is all around me and He holds me in His power. So how you feel about me is not my problem any more.