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This is day 19 in my 31 Days series on sustainable dwelling. For an introduction and more posts, head here!

This hasn't been the best week for adventures - there have been lots of jammy days, and lots of stuffy noses (I shouldn't complain - last year during 31 Days we all got a stomach bug...)

We had one jammy day to recover from our warm adventures at the Fair - and then one because the temperature dropped 20 degrees overnight and we didn't have any appropriate clothing. So I braved baby clothes shopping by myself with Brooklyn and Tobin (it helped that Brooklyn found her winter coat herself - pink and fluffy, and she picked it up and hugged it and looked up at me like it was a stray kitten she wanted to bring home, then happily carried it around the store). And I finally admitted that at least one sock in every pair I own now has a hole in it, and that ankle socks aren't really designed to be worn with boots, anyway {yay, Pact!}

Properly clad {love this Boba hoodie from Terra Tots - it goes over Tobin/the Boba carrier, and keeps us both warm!} we did venture out on Saturday, but only briefly before the sniffles drove us back in.

So we'll spend the next few days (hopefully) recovering - we've got a trip to Fayetteville planned later this week (Adam needs to go for work, and we get to come!) and it would be nice to feel like a little local love while we're there!

Because I'm going through my stash at an incredible rate - what's your favorite hot tea for comforting a cold?


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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
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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…