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Sugar and Spice

Tobin's mobility took a sudden leap over the past few weeks - he still thinks that sitting up is completely pointless and refuses to even try, but his crawling speed has improved and he can confidently pull up and stand next to things. During church on Sunday, he repeatedly escaped to far corners of the room whenever he was put down momentarily.

Brooklyn has been Peopling adorably. She calls Mimi and Papa, and Cici and Papa Alan, and Aunt-Kaytie-Uncle-Robert-Hannah on her toy phone, helps me with Tobin (bringing fresh diapers, throwing the dirty ones away, trading him toys that he can't have for toys that he can...), and takes very good care of her doll - Brianna gets read to, buckled into Tobin's car seat, worn, put to bed, and carried around and shown things.

Between the stomach bug and the round of sniffles a week later, we've still managed quite a few adventures. Walks and Farmers Marketing and a visit from Adam's parents... We're soaking up the last bit of summer and relishing the cooler hints of fall.

Brooklyn keeps getting sweeter, and Tobin keeps getting more 'venturesome - it's so fun to see the ways that they're different! It's also a joy to see how they play together, Tobin scrambling to be a part of whatever she's doing, Brooklyn rushing to console him when his adventures end in a bumped head... even with the occasional dispute, there's still a lot about grace that I can learn from them!


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31 Days of Unraveling Designs

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!

Pattern index:

Pageturner Mitts
Hogwarts House Tie
Urban Artemis
Graffiti for Humanity
Love Out Loud
Strange Jacket


In order to change your knitting, you must first change yourself. I've lost track of how many times I've said that, or how many people I've said it to. Frustrated new knitters wondering why their work is loose or tight or uneven or really anything less than perfect. But something I love about knitting is that it's a record of your inner dialogue. That swatch knit at the yarn store table with a cozy cup of coffee and a helpful (and more experienced) knitter nearby is going to be a lot more relaxed than the sweater begun a week later while sitting next to a hospital bed - just like the knitter.

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…