Monday, March 30, 2009

Baby Eli

I wanted to post these pictures of the sewing I did for Eli & Leah a few weeks ago. But I was waiting until I could deliver them, well they are delivered. I hope they love them as much as I did making them! The material for these is all from my stash and loaded with memories! Adam has been a Peanuts fan for years and quite a long time ago I made him a large quilt from these very prints. Last fall I came across Baby Linus in a bin while searching for something else,I rescued him and brought him downstairs, gave him a good wash and decided to make a doll quilt for him and give them as a gift to Leah when her new brother came. Baby Linus is just about 23 years old! I used this pattern from Sew, Mama,Sew for the doll quilt. It was a lot of fun and I still had a ton of the Peanuts fabric left over so I cut lots of squares and made a baby quilt for Eli to match Leah's doll quilt.
The appliqued onesies were fun and quick. The only challenge was making the appliques small enough!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

What Part of Spring

You Are Blooming Flowers

You are an optimistic person by nature. In even the darkest times, you are hopeful about the future.

You feel truly blessed in life and can sometimes be overwhelmed with emotions.

You have an artist's eye. You are always looking for beauty in the mundane.

You have a good sense of aesthetics, especially when it comes to shapes and color.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Week Three

In my lunch time prayer walk, I couldn't think what to say. I remembered this prayer/poem by Amy Carmichael and then after a time the words came.

Father, hear us, we are praying,
Hear the words our hearts are saying,
We are praying for our children.

Keep them from the powers of evil,
From the secret, hidden peril,
Father, hear us for our children.

From the whirlpool that would suck them,
From the treacherous quicksand, pluck them,
Father, hear us for our children.

From the worldling's hollow gladness,
From the sting of faithless sadness,
Father, Father, keep our children.

Through life's troubled waters steer them,
Through life's bitter battle cheer them,
Father, Father, be Thou near them.

Read the language of our longing,
Read the wordless pleadings thronging,
Holy Father, for our children.

And wherever they may bide,
Lead them Home at eventide.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Peace Like a River

Or what I read in February.

I started to post about this book back when I finished it a few weeks ago. I planned to mostly include some quotes and ideas I loved in the book. But, first let me tell you the story line/plot is good but what you come to love most are the characters. The story is told by 11 year old Rueben Land and is a witness to his father's miracles. That's the long and short of it , but what an amazing story and what memorable characters!

"Let me say something about that word:miracle. For too long it's been used to characterize things or events that, though pleasant, are entirely normal. Peeping chicks at Easter time, spring generally, a clear sunrise ....Such things are worth our notice every day of the week, but to call them miracles evaporates the strength of the word.

"Real miracles bother people, like strange sudden pains unknown in medical literature. It's true:They rebut every rule all we good citizens take comfort in. Lazarus obeying orders and climbing up out of the grave- now there's a miracle, and you can bet it upset a lot of folks who were standing around at the time...A miracle contradicts the will of the earth.

"My sister, Swede, who often sees to the nub, offered this: People fear miracles because they fear being changed- though ignoring them will change you also. Swede said another thing, too, and it rang in me like a bell: No miracle happens without a witness. Someone to declare, Here's what I saw. Here's how it went. Make of it what you will.

"The fact is, the miracles that sometimes flowed from my father's fingertips had few witnesses but me. Yes, enough people saw enough strange things that Dad became the subject of a kind of misspoken folklore in our town, but most ignored the miracles as they ignored Dad himself.

"I believe I was preserved, through those twelve airless minutes in order to be a witness, and as a witness, let me say that a miracle is no cute thing but more like a swing of a sword.

"If he were here to begin the account, I beleive Dad would say what he said to Swede and me on the worst night of all our lives:
We and the world, my children, will always be at war.
Retreat is impossible.
Arm yourselves."
Highly recommended.

What else I read in February:
Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas
This is for our next bookclub meeting but also our Sunday School class is reading and discussing a chapter per week. I have read it straight through once and am now purposefully re-reading one chapter at a time and taking the short tests at the end of each chapter to judge my strengths in these areas. Breezing through the first time I was able to identify myself in several pathways- almost all- except three. I expect to find myself strongest in Intellectual, Ascetics and Sensates. We'll see.

Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck
If you haven't read anything by Richard Peck you are missing some fun. The Washington Post describes him as, "America's best living author for young adults." This story was fun and quirky about growing up to be what ever you want- the giving yourself permission.

"Oh, " I said, not knowing. "Do they let women be one of them Ph.D.s?"
Irene drew up. "They don't let women be anything, Eleanor. You have to give yourself permission."
Don't worry it's not militant feminism or anything, just a strong, sweet message everyone would want for their daughter. Last year I read The River Between Us by Peck and it was excellent, Civil War fiction.

And, finally, I read Leif Enger's second book: So Brave, Young, and Handsome. Very good in it's own way. A western, and I'm not much into westerns- but again the characters are intriguing,even winsome. I read the first 4 chapters or so in one sitting and I was positively charmed. Naturally, many of the characters are anything but charming as the story progresses...but I was hooked. One of the things I really appreciate about Enger is his realism. Actions have consequences and an individuals actions almost always involve consequences for others as well. That is real life, he doesn't white wash that- but he doesn't exploit with gore either. He is a gifted story teller. I hope he writes more. Here's Janet's review.

I know I have rambled on mostly about what I think about the books and not so much what they are about... that's what the links are for!