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Little Critters

I had to go back and see how many weeks were on last week's picture when I was doing this one's - fifteen didn't seem right!

His little/big personality continues to grow and evolve - he's getting a little more motor control, so he can respond to his environment in adorable ways.

He's also discovered the joy of rotating. It disturbs Brooklyn - she wants to help him, as he squirms and grunts and tries to move himself forward by pulling on his own shirt.

Brooklyn has been wanting to walk more. She's so sweet about it, though - she won't move unless you're holding her hand. If you let go, she freezes, arm extended, and says, "Hand? Hand!" until you offer a finger for her to hang onto. I've also been letting her climb the stairs to our apartment - slower than just carrying her, but she likes to count the steps and she has to learn somehow.

We took Tobin to the zoo for the first time this past weekend - he was unimpressed, but Brooklyn had a glorious time. While we were out, we also tracked down a paleo food truck that Adam had heard about on the radio (paleo = gluten free and dairy free!) and had a delicious lunch. Next time we're going to try their breakfast - the tacos were amazing, but I'm curious about their biscuits and gravy.

I love going on adventures with this bunch! Today was cool and damp, but the stars are starting to show - I think it will be sunnier for the rest of the week, and we'll be able to get out some more.


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It's that time of year again... the 31 Days writing challenge starts today! Bloggers from all over will be writing every day of the month of October on the topic of their choosing. This will be my fourth year participating - the first year I did 7 for 31, and spent a month going through Jen Hatmaker's book 7. The second year I did 31 Days of Sustainable Dwelling, and wrote about local and fair trade living. Last year I was busy but still wanted to participate, so I went the easy route with 31 Days of Everyday Beautiful.

This year I'm diving into my greatest passion: knitting! I'll spend this month looking at past designs and talking about the inspiration behind them, so there will be plenty of regular life mixed in with the stitching - and there may be discount codes for the patterns that I write about. You'll just have to read and see!

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Unfortunately, this also applies to my own knitting. For years, I was apparently unaffected by the shifts and turmoils in my own life, so I assumed that I was exempt from the rule - when the reality was, in fact, that I wasn't really experiencing any of those on anything deeper than a surface level because everything was deadened by depression. When I finally started to really…


A few years ago, I was introduced to the concept of replacing the traditional list of resolutions with a single word. It appealed to me - I am not a big list person, but I love language and words and meanings and etymology and metaphor and... ahem. Ennyhoo. I liked the idea.
I've never chosen the word. It's always presented itself to me - and last year was no different. Pacific was very insistent, even though I tried to argue with it. Pacific? What does that even mean? What am I supposed to do with that?
But I accepted it, and I'm glad I did. I learned about depth and calm, about storm and nurture, about faith and adventure - and about the unstoppable ocean of God's grace, that overwhelms to fill and cleanse and bring blessings unasked.
So I'm bidding pacific a very fond farewell, and welcoming spark and whatever lessons it would like to bring. I invited it in with a copper wire punctuated with tiny lights and wrapped around my mood board, and I've got an empt…