This is Lent

I’m the one who does our devotional planning for holidays. Christopher leads the day-to-day spiritual formation, but when it comes to holidays (Easter, Christmas, etc.), I’m the one putting together the readings and plans. Because frankly, I enjoy it– and also, I’m the half of the couple who looks ahead far enough to say, “Advent starts in three weeks. What should we focus on as a family this season?”

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Preparations

How does one even begin to ready the hearts, the minds, the belongings of nine people for a move to the other side of the world? How do you peel away from the habits of American life? How do you prepare for intermittent electricity, not being able to drink the water that comes from your tap, needing to rely on others for transportation? How do you say goodbye to the friends and family that will stay here and watch your family’s journey via email, Skype, and phone calls?

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Feeding the People {a 2 week menu with links}

Here’s the truth: there is no typical week. Ever.

This particular (not quite) two week-spread comes close, but right smack dab in the middle we have Phin’s Gotcha Day. Now, I can’t speak for every other adoptive Momma on the planet, but to me … well, that Gotcha Day is right up there with the boy’s birthday. I can still tell you how it felt to parade out of that mall (yes, I said mall) with my boy on my hip, his face smeared with ketchup and his legs thumping my side with every step. I remember holding him on my lap at home, memorizing the soft skin at the back of his neck. I remember handing him Cheerios and trying to elicit a smile. It was a good day. A very good day.

To celebrate, we’ll be enjoying an old-fashioned icebox cake. If you have never tried one, you really should. They are super simple to make, and so yummy. Phin’s favorite has strawberries in it. I’ll assemble it the night before to make sure that the flavors have the chance to mingle. Meanwhile, my own thoughts will be mingling … looking back over the past six years … wondering what the next six hold … and feeling very grateful indeed to have been given the chance to mother a very special blue-eyed boy.

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Gold is one thing, God is another

We’re not the biggest TV watchers but when the Winter Olympics were in swing, we made it a nightly family viewing event at our house.

Except for the late time start for primetime coverage on the West Coast (none of us could stay up to finish a night’s coverage!), it was a lot of fun watching athletes compete at their highest levels, regardless of their country.

We watched the figure skating, the hockey, the curling, the biathlon (a personal favorite), the downhill skiing, the half-pipe, the speed skating (short track is another favorite), slopestyle and more.

These athletes are amazing and have such amazing stories and incredible talent.

But what I wish I’d seen more of is a willingness to give credit for such talent where it’s due: God.

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{Work in Progress Wednesdays}

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
―Albert Einstein

(Work in progress: yet another Collande Dishcloth, this one in pakucho organic cotton, forest mist colorway.)

We’d love to see your works in progress. Something that makes you feel simple, full,  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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Asia: Its People and History {review & giveaway}

I used to write reviews. Correction: I used to write a lot of reviews.

There was a time when I was reviewing four or five items each week; mainly curricula oriented, but also just your general, run of the mill products/games/stuff that a homeschooling, Christian mom might find handy. Not to be braggy or anything, but I turned down a lot of offers. Good stuff. I even got my name on some really well known products in the endorsement areas. It was a good time.

Until it wasn’t.

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Treasure

Every day moments.

Oh, how the magic and the mystery of the mundane threatens to escape me at every turn. Caught up in the needs, the meals, the clashing egos, the busy, it’s easy to lose sight of the overwhelming blessing of being. Those things that happen all the time, every day … one day, it will be the last time. I will wake up some totally unremarkable, completely average day and not even realize, “Today, John Mark will call you Mom. And he will never again say, ‘Momma’ with that almost-lisp. It will be gone.” There will be a final diaper for Simon. An end to the way Birdie clutches her hands beneath her chin and squeals, “Adorable!” A last time Phin clenches his teeth and grinds his face into my neck with utter joy.

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{Work in Progress Wednesday}

“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”
―Robert Henri 

(work in progress: still working on the  Very Easy Shawl Knit Sideways in Cascade Sauk, autumn colorway. It’s such an easy pattern, but to be honest, it’s getting dull. Maybe a Very Easy Shawlette?)

We’d love to see your works in progress. Something that makes you feel simple, full,  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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