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10/31/08
Pictures from the week


---Concordiayouth.com- to view pictures click link---
Just yesterday we cleaned out gutters at the church. It was past due. :) When trees start growing in 4 inches of dirt, it is time.


I learned how to actually crochet... and to read patterns. This was no small feat. Thank you Daine! So granny squares that will eventually turn into a rug. Kind of fun.


My first pot holder. :) This was my first true crocheting project. I just laugh cause I realized how off I was when crocheting all my rugs!! :) They still work and were a "form" of crocheting... but now I should no longer struggle with edges rolling up and turning into sombreros!


One more Farmer's Union quilt in the works. Again these are being donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Bismarck.


Deer hunting is just around the corner. Getting prepared. :)


And one last picture... A extensive "map" of history from the beginning with Adam and Eve to the 1900s. It is simply fascinating to see all of it together in chronological order.

Happy Friday to you!




10/27/08
The weekend has come and gone once again...


One more photo from last weekend with the family...


Wow, time flies. So I got home last Monday and now all of sudden it's Monday again. Plenty happened this weekend. Mostly a deep spiritual drink for me. Getting to hear the Gospel shared in ways that reached out to me. Meeting up with dear friends again from all over the state... and getting to see and hear Pastor Yonker again. He's so great! The love of Jesus Christ just oozes from him. I love seeing how he interacts with the youth. And then again tonight... the Youth for Christ Banquet where we got to hear from students that come to the center and how the relationships built have positively affected their lives. We also got to hear the parents who thought they had lost their daughter in the Taylor University accident, but came to find 5 weeks later their daughter was still alive and they had buried someone else's daughter. We got to hear how God was working in their lives through out this whole ordeal. It wasn't a stellar presentation, but it was real. Real lives, a real God who is still working in our lives in big and small ways each day. And even in ways we won't see now until we look back later and are able to clearly see his hand at work.




10/20/08
Home again, home again...


Went home this weekend for my friend's wedding... It was fun for me... catching up with her family... and remembering how much time we did spend together growing up. We were next door neighbors growing up... plenty of sleep overs, night games, tree fort, playing with Joe-Joe... good times. The word nostalgia comes to mind. Here's what the dictionary had to say about it.

Function:noun
Etymology:New Latin, from Greek nostos return home + New Latin -algia; akin to Greek neisthai to return, Old English genesan to survive, Sanskrit nasate he approaches
Date:1729
1: the state of being homesick : homesickness
2: a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition ; also : something that evokes nostalgia


I'd say it was more of #2. Sentimental. Flashbacks of stuff we did, moments we shared. And honored that I got to be a part of the day.
The rest of the weekend... quilting with mom. Here's a few pics of the projects.





10/14/08
Reusing...


I LOVE reusing things. I thoroughly enjoy finding old stuff and finding new ways to use it. If I had enough room, I probably not recycle. I'd keep most of it and find ways to reuse it. My friends from college can attest to this. They knew to bring their old cards and wrapping to me. I kept a bin in my room which collected paper, ribbons, front of cards, old calendars, string-- even those bags of air for packaging- random stuff. I know that's why I enjoy quilting so much. I like the concept behind it. Taking what you already have on hand and using it for something else. I have the hardest time actually buying fabric to make a quilt. I can buy it at a thrift store, but not at a regular fabric store. Only in emergency situations- or where I've been told their favorite color (which I don't have on hand) and I'd really like to make them something they'd actually like. I'll give in then and buy fabric. But otherwise- give me the old, the already worn, the used and I'll be so much happier about it. I also like making rugs from reused fabric. I went nuts about making rugs for a year, but now have slowed down a bit. You can only have so many rugs and only so many people like rugs as a gift.

What started this blog was my desire to reuse all the old crayons I have. In my online search I found this website full of reuable ideas- haha get it reusable? ah yeah... so... moving on. It is entitled Recycling Ideas. I think it's called that because it argues how recycling isn't always the best thing and then goes on to share how reusing can actually be way better!!
Here's a list of arguments why Reusing is "better" than Recycling:


  • Reuse keeps goods and materials out of the waste stream
  • Reuse advances source reduction
  • Reuse preserves the "embodied energy" that was originally used to manufacture an item
  • Reuse reduces the strain on valuable resources, such as fuel, forests and water supplies, and helps safeguard wildlife habitats
  • Reuse creates less air and water pollution than making a new item or recycling
  • Reuse results in less hazardous waste
  • Reuse saves money in purchases and disposal costs
  • Reuse generates new business and employment opportunities for both small entrepreneurs and large enterprises
  • Reuse creates an affordable supply of goods that are often of excellent quality.
You can read the article from which this list came from and decide for yourself and your area.
I like reusing so much because of it's a call to good stewardship. I recognize that God gave me all this stuff and I want to respond to his gifts by using them in a honorable and wise way. And what fun it is when you discover the possibilities of your "trash"! :)
More Sites on Reusing
Ruby Glen- Candles
WikiHow to Reuse Broken Crayons- making into new crayons
Dollar Strecher
Reusing Everyday Stuff
Stay-at-Home-Parents: Recycling and Reusing Tips
And to end this rambling, a completely different blog and topic: A Revelation... that I felt was worth sharing with others too. I'm not a mom nor will be one in the near future, but somehow I still understand. And maybe more so, a longing to truly understand kindled.




10/12/08
Watching...


It has been another rainy cool day here for us. It snowed in the western part of the state... and you feel the possibility of snow looming in the not to distant future. My motivation for crafts and creativity was replaced by a nasty cold this past week. So to bide my time, for health and motivation to return, I went to the library to find some company as I laid in bed. I picked up some recommended books: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, Poisonwood Bible and Animal Vegetable Miracle- both by Barbara Kingsolver. I devoured Peace like a River and even read some to D from it. We enjoyed that the majority of the book was set in ND. Familiar names jumped from the page, historical and geographical. The other 2 books haven't caught my attention as much. For one, the Animal, Veg miracle is breeding discontentment- I so badly want to do what she did in that book- to live off the land- have a garden namely... and it won't work well for me now- one who lives in a small apartment in town. So for now, it's sitting. And Poisonwood, I started too, but I can already tell there is going to be complete disaster, tension, chaos... and right now I don't care to get all worked up by a piece of fiction. So today... another wet cool fall day- was spent watching. We don't have TV, so watching is a treat for me. D and I watched numerous documentary like films on PBS.org. Videos on China took of the majority of the day. I saw one short video on the province that I visited. Watching these videos were good for me. I've struggled ever since my one month venture with the complex giant- China. These videos helped me understand more of what I was experiencing- history behind it. It also gave me some perspectives from the people. If you ever have some time and high speed internet, I'd recommend checking out this site: PBS Videos . We spent most of the time in Frontline- World. We also watched videos on the "war on terrorism"... how powerful language and small groups of people are. We watched the history of the credit card and "The Last Abortion Clinic".




10/3/08
Blue Crazy 9-patch Quilt



It's done!!!




10/2/08
A Michigan Pontiac Star Quilt


From Projects

For more pics of how that came together... click on the photo above.
I've become some what of a internet junkie... always looking for good sites. Well I found one tonight: Pandora.com It is internet radio so to speak. You type in the genre or artist you like and it finds music that match your entry. And then you can vote whether you like or dislike it. D and I like it a lot, cause we've been trying out online radio stations for the past week and haven't found a good one yet. Tonight was the jackpot!!




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