Tuesday, January 31, 2023

On My Needles, What I'm Reading ~ January 31, 2023

Knitting and reading in my free time and little bits of snatched time are two of my favorite ways to enrich my life. 

Foggy Gray Socks
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On my needles...

I've been knitting and pearling the cuffs of my Foggy Gray Socks. They're the first pair of socks that I will finish in 2023. The gray socks are joyful for me, because I know the pattern and can do it easily. No fretting over what to do next! But, I'm looking forward to casting on something bright for February! Gray in January wasn't too exciting. ~smile~

My choices for February Socks
Which would you choose next?

I've decided that I am Knitting for Joy in 2023. I'm not going to knit anything I don't want to knit or feel obligated to knit or finish. I'm going to enjoy the process! Join me and use hashtag #knittingforjoy2023 on Instagram.


What I'm Reading...

I am focusing on two books this week.

I'm listening on Scribd.*

I listened to The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder The Frontier Landscapes That Inspired The Little House Books by Marta McDowell and read by Donna Postel. As someone who read the Little House books growing up, and has read them frequently through adulthood both with my children and alone, this book was wonderful to listen to. I have one more chapter, and I have truly enjoyed it and learned from it. Donna Postel is an excellent narrator. Well done to author and reader. See below how you can listen for free on Scribd

I am also reading the paper version of Little House on Rocky Ridge by Roger Lee McBride. It picks up the Little House story when Laura, Manly, and Rose are On the Way Home to Mansfield, Missouri. I'm about half way through and loving it. It has the same tone as the Little House books and is written from Rose's point of view. 

Have a homemade, handmade, heartmade thrifty week! 

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? Documentary DVD and Book Review With Giveaway


Have you ever thought about that question? I know that my life would be completely different. Completely. 

I can remember as a young child my mom singing four different lullabies to me. Silent Night and Away in the Manger were two of the four. That is my first memory of Jesus being spoken over me. 

I was told that I was sprinkled in the Catholic church as a baby, because my dad's family was Catholic. I wasn't raised in a Christian home, but there were still exposures along the way. I think my mom knew of God and Jesus, but He wasn't really part of our life as far as I knew. 

I did go to a Bible club at school for a little while when I was in first grade. There I confessed my sin of hitting my little brother and asked Jesus into my heart after watching flannel graph stories. God bless the ladies who lead that class. 

Later, I remember going to at least one vacation Bible school at the church across the street from my elementary school. More flannel graph stories and songs.

My parents divorced, and I remember visiting a church a couple of times as a kid when someone invited my mom. It was scary, because the preacher seemed to read my mind from the pulpit!

Eventually, my life was changed radically while watching Jim Bakker interview a former drug addict on the PTL club January 1, 1980. I figured if Jesus could save her, surely he could save me. When I went back to school, I asked my friend Kim to take me to church. She was shocked, but I was in church every Sunday after that. I was baptized, and the rest is history. 

Jesus began changing me and my life from the inside out. I became a completely different person. One that loves God and loves others. One who has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus and is learning to walk in His ways.


God only knows where I'd be or what I'd be doing.

And that's just me. 

What about the entire world?  

That is exactly what this DVD by D. James Kennedy Ministries and Dr. D James Kennedy's book are about. Dr. Kennedy laid the groundwork in his excellent book, WHAT IF JESUS HAD NEVER BEEN BORN. This documentary builds on that groundwork and addresses many attacks on the Christian faith including The Crusades. This is a documentary that I believe every Christian should see. Many experts are interviewed in investigating each of the topics included. I'm reading the book now, too, so that I can see a more in-depth treatment. 

I highly encourage you to see this video and read the book. You can order the film and/or a copy of the book for a donation of your choice. Your donation supports the screening of this film on a digital platform to reach a larger audience. Just click the link below.


From the Publisher:

Jesus is the greatest person who ever lived …

But what if He had never been born? In our cynical age of unbridled slanders and attacks against the Christian faith, one powerful truth is undeniable. If Christ had never been born, this world would be far more miserable than it is. But most people don’t know it.

What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?

Based on Dr. D. James Kennedy’s best-selling book by the same name, it features scholars and experts who investigate the positive impact Jesus Christ has made upon every area of life, including

  • the arts
  • modern science
  • education
  • charity
  • the sanctity of human life
  • the elevation of women
  • and many more

#whatifjesuswasneverborn #jesus #jesusisthereason #djameskennedy

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Monday, January 23, 2023

"He Maketh the Barren Woman to Keep House, and to Be a Joyful Mother of Children. Praise Ye the LORD."

 I was a barren woman.  I know the pain and anguish of longing for a baby that I could not have.  It took about 2 1/2 years and fertility medicines to conceive.  The result was my son, Matthew.  I absolutely adored him.  I quit my job to become a full-time mommy.  Matthew was the kind of baby that really required full-time.  I felt like I was always nursing, changing, singing, and rocking.  He was a fussy baby and did everything early, very early.  He rolled over for the first time at two weeks old!  We had to take him out of his bassinet shortly after that because he would work himself from one end to the other in the night and end up with his head pressed against the end of the bassinet.  He required a lot of energy night and day.  We also went through some pretty significant financial troubles.  My husband and I were pretty stressed most of the time.  These things and a few others led to our final decision.  We were confirmed one child parents.  No cute little baby could sway our decision. 
It was absolutely final. 

But God.

The year I turned 30, I went to a regular monthly women’s meeting at our church called Women of the Word.  At the end of the evening, I went down to the altar to pray about some long forgotten problem.  What I do remember is the way God took the whole encounter in a completely unexpected direction. 

Me…praying along about whatever was on my heart and mind at the time…minding my own business
God…”You’re going to have another baby.” 
Me…”What?” (Surely I didn’t hear that right.)
God… “You’re going to have a baby.”
Me…”We’re confirmed one child parents!”
God… “You’re going to have another baby.”
Me…(A little slow in getting it, but understanding that God was messing with me.)
"But…" followed by every excuse and every reason why it absolutely wouldn’t work to     have another baby.  
Every time I said anything, HE said, “I’ll take care of it.”
Finally, I gave Him the big one, “Lowell is NEVER gonna go for this.”
He just said, “I’ll take care of it.”
By this time I’m on the floor.  I tell him, “You’d better give me confirmation on this.”  The lady on the floor next to me rolled over and said, “God says you’ve got confirmation.” 
“No, but God says you’ve got confirmation.

Oh boy.  I went home afraid to tell Lowell what had happened.  The next morning, I woke up, and it was just as settled in my spirit as if I’d taken a pregnancy test.  I didn’t like it, but I knew it was going to happen.  BUT, I would NOT take any medications to help it along.  That afternoon, I decided I had to tell Lowell.  His response was “He didn’t say anything to me about it!”

Months passed.  Lowell agreed to go to the doctor with me to find out what we’d have to do if we wanted to conceive.  More months passed.  Finally, the issue was settled…at a garage sale on top of a mountain!  Lowell was working in Branson.  I was there for the weekend, and we stopped at a garage sale.  Lowell waited in the car with Matthew, then 5.  I saw a wind-up baby swing and remembered how sometimes that was the only way to get Matthew to sleep.  One night I slept on the couch and kept winding the swing every time it stopped.  Well, I went out and told him about it.  Lowell said he’d buy it if they’d sell it for $15.  He came back with it.  I knew then that pregnant or not, we were expecting.
I tracked temperatures and other important things.  It took two weeks!  God is certainly able to perform His plans in our lives in His timing.  Little Emily took her time getting to us.  She was two weeks overdue when I was induced.  She didn’t want to come out.  It was nice and cozy and warm.  So, after around 24 hours of labor, I had a c-section.  We were instantly in love.

A few weeks later, the doctor wanted to talk about birth control.  How could we say no to God after what we’d been through?  We decided let God decide about another child.  Big step, very big step for us.  Over time, Michael and Amy joined our family.  They also have miracles surrounding their births.  Space won’t permit me to tell all.  Suffice it to say, that I look at our children in this way.

Matthew was the child we prayed for, our first-born.

Emily was the child of our obedience.  We obeyed God even though it wasn’t our will at the time.  God was so sweet though.  By the time I became pregnant, we wanted another baby so very much.

Michael was the child of our submission.  We decided to be submissive to God’s will regarding another child whatever the outcome.

Amy was our “exceedingly abudantly above all we could think or ask” child.  Mind you, when I was two or three weeks pregnant, I went to the doctor for my yearly exam.  Neither of us knew yet.  He asked if we wanted more children, I said we didn’t know.  We were praying.  After two babies born without the assistance of medicine to get pregnant, he said I’d have to take something if we wanted another child!  A month later, I was in his office and we were laughing about it!

The biggest miracle was not the children being born.  The biggest miracle was the change that God wrought in our hearts.  We became much more open to His will for our lives, even if He didn’t fall in line with what we thought we wanted.  He conformed us and transformed us.  I am eternally grateful and blessed.

I know the anguish of barreness.  I also know the stubborness of heart when one doesn’t want children.  I also know the peace of surrendering to the Lord and His will for my family.  If you are barren, do not give up.  Continue to pray without ceasing while pursuing the care that your doctor prescribes.  Know that God loves you deeply.  He knows every tear you cry.  Trust in Him and His perfect timing. 

"He maketh the barren woman to keep house,
and to be a joyful mother of children.
Praise ye the LORD."
Psalm 113:9

Follower of Jesus Christ
Joyful Mother of Children

P.S. I wrote this years ago in August of 2011, but I thought it worth sharing again to the glory of God! The joy I have now is grown children and an empty nest. One day, I look forward to the joy of grandchildren. 

May I suggest?

Saturday, January 7, 2023

The Sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen ★★★★


I have to admit, I didn't even read the description when I ordered The Sisters of Sea View. The name Julie Klassen was all I needed. I always enjoy her books so much. I prefer a hard copy, but I ordered this one for my Kindle. As it turned out, I decided to listen to this book on my Scribd app instead. I just had too much knitting to do for Christmas!

Julie Klassen never disappoints with her books. This one had more than one storyline. There was an overarching story, but there was also, skillfully tucked in, a story for each sister and the mother as well. It was a gentle, calm novel that had plenty of interesting characters and enjoyable antics. It's what I think of as an abiding novel. When you open the pages, you go for a visit with the people within. Sometimes you feel like a quick stop for a cup of tea, and sometimes you feel like spending the afternoon getting to know them better with all their quirks and conundrums.

While I don't consider this to be a mystery, there are a couple of mysteries within these pages. It's more of a drama infused with mystery, the problems of a family whose father has passed, and a sprinkling of romance. It's all wrapped in the semi-formality of historical fiction.

I think The Sisters of Sea View is very pleasant way to pass some time this winter as we're dreaming of spring!


Some guests have come for a holiday, others for hidden reasons of their own . . .

When their father's death leaves them impoverished, Sarah Summers and her genteel sisters fear they will be forced to sell the house and separate to earn livelihoods as governesses or companions. Determined to stay together, Sarah convinces them to open their seaside home to guests to make ends meet and provide for their ailing mother. Instead of the elderly invalids they expect to receive, however, they find themselves hosting eligible gentlemen. Sarah is soon torn between a growing attraction to a mysterious Scottish widower and duty to her family.

Viola Summers wears a veil to cover her scar. When forced to choose between helping in her family's new guest house and earning money to hire a maid to do her share, she chooses the latter. She reluctantly agrees to read to some of Sidmouth's many invalids, preferring the company of a few elders with failing eyesight to the fashionable guests staying in their home. But when her first client turns out to be a wounded officer in his thirties, Viola soon wishes she had chosen differently. Her new situation exposes her scars--both visible and those hidden deep within--and her cloistered heart will never be the same.

Join the Summers sisters on the Devonshire coast, where they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, love, and new beginnings.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Thrifty Knitting!

Hello everyone,

Perhaps you've seen every bit counts challenges around the internet lately. Those challenges embody the attitude of use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. That's something that I have focused on quite a bit in the past, because frankly, I had no choice. I believe that those times are here again.

Many of you know that since my children are now grown and have graduated homeschool, I have been doing some substitute teaching. I am more convinced than ever that homeschooling is the best option for families that feel called to do it and who are willing to commit to God and to their children. 

You also may know that I took a long-term assignment teaching K-3 special ed kids. I just fell in love with the kids. And so when the school called me back in the fall for another long-term assignment, I accepted. They offered me the job full-time, but after prayer, talking with my husband and considering the implications for our health insurance, I chose to continue substituting. I love the flexibility of it. 

There is just something about K-3 that I really like. Strangely enough, my certification was for secondary English. I hadn't even thought of teaching small children.

I had the privilege of training my replacement when the full-time teacher was hired. That also gave me the opportunity to see just how much she cared for the children. I still think of them as my kids and visit. After 4 months of teaching them, I had a period of sadness that I wasn't going to see them everyday. So, I poured love and prayers into knitting for them.

While this was a very time consuming project, it was completely thrifty. My friend, Jill, gave me two big bags full of acrylic yarn. My knitting friends know that I like to be thrifty, and I like to do charity knitting. This time, I decided to knit striped hats for each of the children. It gave me a chance to use up small bits of yarn, which always makes me feel good since acrylic will outlive me, and to enjoy the scrappy process. 

I enjoy Helical or Helix knitting.  It's a great way to use up many small balls of yarn. It's also fun to watch the color patterns emerge. 

In the midst of all this hat knitting, I knit Christmas socks for my family as well. I knit four pairs of Lady socks and three size 13 pairs of men's socks. That was a lot of sock knitting! Nearly all of the yarn that I used was in my stash. The majority of my stash has been given to me by friends over the last few years. 

Can you believe I forgot to take photos when they were done?!

These are the Scrappy Socks that I made for myself. I finished them New Year's Eve. Well, I have just a few loose ends to weave in.

I finished 2022 with nothing on my needles. I'll share my first cast-ons of 2023 soon. Be sure to check out my Ravelry page. Link below. I'm determined to keep it up to date this year!

Be blessed! 
Happy new year.

Happy at Home

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