{Work in Progress Wednesday}

“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.”

–Coco Chanel

(work in progress: Very Easy Shawl Knit Sideways in Cascade Sauk, autumn colorway.)

We’d love to see your works in progress. Something that makes you feel simple or creative.  Something you’re making. Something you’re doing (folding a pile of laundry–again?). Something you’re planning. Share in the comments!

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Family Movies–The feel-good, and the funny

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Rounding out our family’s lists of favorites are these offerings that seem to appeal to just about everyone. Some are funny, some are sweet, some are just goofy. All are winners here, and all were library finds–so they might be on-the-cheap options for you, too. Pop a batch of ‘corn, turn down the lights, and have fun!

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Posts to Ponder

A few items for your weekend perusal. Things we found interesting, informative, useful, or thought-provoking.

  • Mumtopia shares her thoughts on creating for your kids.
  • I started to share this post from my friend Jess, then this one, then this one … at which point I decided that I’d just tell you to subscribe to her blog. You will be challenged, you will be encouraged, and you will grow.
  • Kelsi writes about the benefits of sharing her love of yarn with her kids. I’ve been pondering this myself lately, so it was a timely read.
  • Sharla and I have a ton in common– not the least of which is a mental list of all the funny things people have said to us regarding adoption. She took the time to write hers down.
  • I love it when folks share how they’ve gotten creative with the space the Lord has given them and the family He saw fit to grow there. This post made me smile.
  • I have a feeling I’ll be recommending Pam’s post on foster adoption to people for a long time to come.
  • An interesting perspective on ADHD medication; not a condemnation (despite the provocative title), but an informative look at marketing.

Feeding the People {a 2-week menu with links}

Our newest menu is a bit of an odd one. It’s a busy couple of weeks (a baby shower, Valentine’s Day, several families coming over) which calls for some creative planning, and I’m also trying out some recipes from Mary Ostyn’s Family Feasts for $75 a Week, which she graciously offered for review. So while meal planning more exciting this go round (I love new recipes!) keeping within budget was definitely a little trickier.

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{Work in Progress Wednesday}

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

– Charles Mingus

 

(work in progress: Very Easy Shawl Knit Sideways in Cascade Sauk, autumn colorway.)

We’d love to see your works in progress. Something that makes you feel simple or creative.  Something you’re making. Something you’re doing (folding a pile of laundry–again?). Something you’re planning. Share in the comments!

Extra to extraordinary

I can’t tell you how much the littles and I are enjoying Sonlight’s Core 4/5. It truly has been the perfect speed for my combination of ages and stages. Stories and topics ranging from simple to complex, hands-on ideas, engaging characters to fall in love with– it’s all there. I was among the biggest scoffers when Sonlight announced programs for the younger set years ago, so this is me eating crow right now when I say that if you have kids in this target age, check it out. It may be a good fit for you, too.

But it is winter. And in the PNW, winter is grey, and long, and dull, and marked by a terrible inability to just go outside already. Now, left to my own devices, I would weather the long, wet dark quite well. I have a library card, a tea drawer, a yarn stash, and access to ravelry. What more could a girl want? If she’s the mother of children wiggly in both brain and body, a lot.

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On patience

I never aspired to be a special needs teacher. I wasn’t one of those girls in high school or college who felt a tug towards folks who need a little extra assistance. I am not detail oriented. I am not terribly organized. I’m really none of the things that you’d look for in a professional therapist or special ed teacher.

I’m a mom.

I’m a mom with a kid who learns differently.

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Willful

Someone in this house– I won’t say who– is currently straining the bounds of goodwill.

This person is small, so a good dollop of grace is being offered, but still … it–he— is exhausting.

There are constant questions. Constant activities. A constant flow of do, go, see.

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