Archive | July, 2012

Sunday Thanks

22 Jul

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
-Psalm 135:1

Every Sunday lets give a little extra thanks to God for our gifts.

I’m thankful for breastmilk. No, really. It’s amazing, and I feel truly blessed that God has given me a body capable of producing this amazing liquid to feed my children. If you didn’t realize it yet, I have twins. So not one, but two infants to feed, and I’ve done it exclusively with breast milk AND have donated something like 500 oz. to another child. It’s truly amazing stuff, sustaining, healing…. Let me put it in perspective. My twins, as many twins are, are “preemies” they arrived at exactly 36 weeks. They were perfect and ready for the world. We were blessed not to spend a day in the NICU or any extra time in the hospital. Baby A came in to the world weighing 7lbs 1 oz, and Baby B came in at 5 lbs 15 oz. Great sizes for preemie twins, but baby B was a tiny little thing… That boy today weighs almost 18lbs at 5 months, 1 week. That’s a lot of gain. All from “booby juice” he’s healthy as can be and a great big chunky monkey hitting all the milestones and then some. So today I give thanks for this AMAZING gift God has given women.

I’m nursing as I type this (yes, I am multi-talented) so will add photos later when I can get my memory card. 🙂

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corn and wool

20 Jul

Fluffy

18 Jul

Well, the fleece is finally clean and dried and taking over my dining room table. 

…That’s what those things are for right? Craft projects? Sewing, fleece drying, you know the good stuff? 

Surely not for dining… that’s what the living room floor is for. 

 

Anyway.The server is acting up so here’s one pic and I’ll finish this all tomorrow… Goodnight Kids. 

 

It’s Dried. 

 

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Messy Mondays are back….

16 Jul

Each Monday I’m going to post a picture of a room in my home just as it is on Monday morning- no straightening, no organizing, no setting for the camera. It is just how it is. If you want to play along link to your blog/ page so we can all see. 

 

First, a confession… I took this photo last night before bed so I would be able to get going on this. I’m sorry. lol. I swear, there was no cleaning before bed and this is pretty much exactly how it looks this morning!

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This is our “office” or den area. It’s now the catchall place to be- hubby’s computer for work/school/gaming is in here, as well as the “big” TV (since we moved it out of the living room- no TV for little brains!)

All in all… this is not so messy. I mean, it is… but considering the rest of the house, it’s not bad! It’s a work in progress, we just added the sofa pallet bed thing there that’s covered in pillow. A neat little project and a comfy place for me to plop, pump and work on crafty bits while hubby is doing his coursework. On the pallet couch is actually a vintage quilt with a fun story. This quilt was made by Santa’s mother. I’m not joking. Years and years ago, before I was even born, my grandmother was approached by a man- an older gentleman with a plump figure, white beard and red sweater. His name? Kris Kringle. No lie. It was on his driver’s license. Anyway, he had this quilt top that his mother had made, and wanted it finished, so my grandmother took it to finish but the poor man passed away. She tried to track down relatives to no avail. Honestly, I don’t quite know how the quilt ended up with me… but I love it and am putting it to use. 🙂

Aaaaaanyway.

There are bits that need to be organized and put away… but at the end of a long day sometimes I just plop down and pretend not to see them! Though I imagine I will be much more relaxed once I get all those things in their proper places!

How’s your messy Monday?

Sunday Thanks

15 Jul

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
-Psalm 135:1

Every Sunday lets give a little extra thanks to God for our gifts.

 

I’m thankful for my generous mother who came to stay with me for a whole week to help and visit her grandsons. We got so much accomplished. We put up jam, did some shopping and she got lots of snuggles with her grandsons. I love you, Mommy! 

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On a side note… She also brought me two special rocking chairs which belonged to my grandmother. One, an old fashioned rocker, is now in my bed room. The glider, which my mom is sitting in for this picture, is stationed in my living-room, like it was in my grandparents’ house. I remember my grandmother teaching me to knit from this chair and cuddling us littles. It has been sitting in the attic since she passed, and I feel very blessed that it is rocking again. I love that my mom has rocked my sons to sleep in this chair, just as her mother rocked us. I plan to move my knitting basket near the chair, and spend many nights rocking my babies and lovingly knitting them sweaters, hats and mittens. I like to think my grandmother (and grandfather) are looking down on my little family with pride and love. Who knew a chair could be so important. 

Count your blessings this Sunday and every day. ❤

Hope everyone has a beautiful day, come back tomorrow as messy Mondays get back on track. 🙂

Yarn from the beginning- Post #1.

13 Jul

Though I didn’t raise the sheep, I’m starting pretty much at the very beginning.

Long story short:
My friend went to a winery with her husband, the owners raise sheep “just because” and just GIVE AWAY the fleece. She mentioned she likes to knit and poof! They hand her a bag of raw wool, she accepted it gratefully, telling me later her first thought was “oh, Ashley will be able to figure this out.” Of course. I mean, I am the google queen…

NO ONE TOLD ME JUST HOW GROSS IT IS.

When I say raw wool, I mean it. It was literally, shaved off the sheep and stuffed in a bag. It smelled. There was poop. There was (is) dirt and debris. I’m on my third soaking and the water is still muddy. I’ve followed the basics that I found online, I’ve been soaking, then rinsing, soaking and rinsing aggitating it a bit here and there. I finally pulled off a smaller more manageable piece to get it clean, and that piece cleaned up rather quickly, so I have hopes for the rest of it. It was a large bag. 🙂

Tomorrow… I pick up the cards so after the mess is clean and dry I can start carding and spinning. I’m reasonably comfortable with my top whorl drop spindle, and hubby seems to think we can rig up a kick spindle which makes me super happy, probably working off THESE instructions. It’s a lot of work, but so far, even though it’s still messy… I find it very gratifying. I’m very excited to have this project, and will be very excited to knit with yarn I’ve created from such a raw state!

Bag of fleece- see all the debris and dirt?

First soaking… ew, the water is just gross at this point!

Drying a bit of “clean” fleece… The lanolin content is AMAZING. Still full of debris, but much cleaner… 

 

Today, Homemaking is….

10 Jul

 

A hand braided rag rug  in a basket to be worked on in spare moments….

 

 

Making preserves from available fruits… (strawberry-rhubarb jam… yummy)

 

And sooooo much more. 🙂