Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Friday, April 24, 2015

It's still Easter!

I've been away for far too long, but it's only busy-ness keeping me away (although I had a PE scare this week -- false alarm, thank you Lord!). I still have the pain that scared me, but am hopeful it will go away soon (I did see my doctor). After several readers checked in on me (mwah!), I thought I'd just pop in and let you know I'm still sewing (three of the dresses have already needed altering -- a pattern-maker I'm not), and three left to sew, I have a couple more First Holy Communion rosaries to make, and I'm knitting like a fool to help my anxiety. But, I'm still here.

I really wanted to share this song, from Easter at Ephesus. I listen to this song over and over, I just love it. This is the story of the Passion and the Resurrection all in one song, and it's so, so beautiful. I hope this is what heaven sounds like. I tried to find the lyrics, but the interwebs have failed -- I discovered something that could not be found on the internet. Ok, I couldn't stand it, so I typed the lyrics in for you.

And I promise to try and come back before the weekend is over with something more substantial (although it's kind of unlikely, now that I think of my schedule). I just wanted you to know I had not keeled over (yet).

Her Triumph from Benedictine Sisters on Vimeo.

The crowds that waved palms now deride,
He is by Peter thrice denied
And faithless, the apostles flee.
God ruined, who could stay to see
The Passion of the Church begun
His Body mystic set upon
Defiled by ruthless hands
In blows, and curses, spit and bands?

Crucified in sorrows great,
His truths are posed as crimes of hate.
When His commandments none will teach
His Blood cannot His members reach.
Disfigured and of beauty reft
He sees below a remnant left
And in His gasping pleas, 
He entrusts you, faithful Mother, to these.

Three days of darkness He lies slain,
No semblance of His Church remains,
Extinguished by the blindness of sin
And the betrayals from within.
O Mother, will your triumph be
Now, when His foes claim victory? 
O will He find faith upon the earth
Apart from you, who gave Him birth?

While it appears the faith is gone
Alone in you the faith lives on.
I will not dwell in faithless gloom,
Nor hasten to an empty tomb.
He came all-glorious to you, 
His wounded hands outstretched anew.
And I believe, with my whole heart, 
I believe His Body will rise and receive
The victory!

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Yarn Along with Ginny

Just popping in quickly with a few knitting project -- one finished and one almost finished.

I have been busy knitting a pretty wisteria blanket for my secret project. It was a great pattern -- something to work on in the evening. And the yarn was really nice -- Knitpicks Shine worsted. I really like that yarn, especially for baby items.

It was Lent while I was working on it.

When I finished the blanket I started a baby sweater for a baby shower I was invited to. 

I have only given a handful of handknit items for baby gifts, so I hope it's appreciated. I am on the second sleeve now and then the button band is all that's left. It's been a nice knit and I really like the moss stitch, which I used in a sweater I made for Faith (you can see it better in Faith's sweater). I probably should have made the baby wren version of Faith's sweater because it's a summer baby -- not sure what I was thinking in starting a sweater, but I hope the baby will have a need sometime over the summer until he or she grows out of it. I went with the Shine worsted in white because the mum doesn't know the sex of the baby.


Obviously since I have one and a half sleeves on it, I have more than this much knitted, but it was dark with rain all day today and I couldn't get a photo.

I'm still reading A Girl of the Limberlost, but mostly my spare time is spent sewing, working on the wedding program, and helping at the costume department at the dance studio. At night I have no more time than for prayer and a decade or two of rosary (or the Divine Mercy chaplet, until Sunday).

Join Ginny for more knits and books.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Happy Easter!

photo by Noah

The weekend was just too jam packed with  busy to stop and blog, but thank the Good Lord, and our Church, yesterday was just the beginning of this beautiful season of Easter!

Pax! (And more Holy Week and Easter to come.)

Friday, March 27, 2015


I'm in between dresses right now, and though I still have a long to-do list, I thought I'd pop in for a moment before we head into Holy Week and I try to keep things a little more quiet in my head.

As I said, I'm in between dresses. I have two bridesmaids dresses, one junior bridesmaids dress and the flower girl dress finished. I have to make hand stitched button loops for the two bridesmaids dresses (because I discovered hooks and eyes are itchy), but then they will be complete. I found a nice ribbon for the waist, and it will be tied at their natural waist in a bow, like the photo on the pattern. The reason I'm in between dresses is I have to wait until tomorrow evening to measure two more girls.

I am working on three special rosaries, one for a young boy who asked Doug to be his Confirmation sponsor, one for our transitional deacon at our parish, whose family is at our parish and who will be ordained in a couple months, and one for my husband's niece's First Holy Communion. This is the rosary for the young Confirmand. He is attending school at the all-boys Catholic high school next year and the school colors are red and black. His patron saint is St. John Paul II. The center is nice with his crest on the reverse. The young boy's heritage is Irish, hence the Celtic crucifix.

I also have three First Holy Communion veils to make. Got sewing?


Long ago I promised photos of Faith's new bedroom, so I'll post those here. It's just about exactly what she wanted, so we're pleased.

The tree came from here and was very easy to apply (I purchased the cloth version)

The dark purple is Behr Romantic Moment and the light purple is called Confetti (sorry about the shaft of bright sunlight).

The quilt and sham are from Kohl's. They are very nice. And the drapes are left from the pink and green bedroom.

There is still too much junk in Faith's room, but at least we got rid of some of it. And I bought two of these to store all the stuffed animals in the closet. After the paint spill accident, Doug swore he would never paint her room again, so she might be stuck with all that purple forever! When we moved into this house we painted it for Noah -- he was two. I hand-painted all these cute trucks, buses, cars, even a tow truck on the walls -- all in a row like a border mid-way up the wall. Then we painted it for Faith before she was born, then again when she was six, and now. So it's been painted four times by us -- I guess that's a lot. But, with the exception of when I was pregnant with Faith, I painted it every time, so I don't think Doug's words will stick.


The swimming was going well until this week when I developed UTI symptoms. I asked my uro-gyn if she thought swimming would put me at risk and she said "no, as long as you swim in a clean pool." Our rec center is pretty clean, so I really hope this is just a fluke. Faith and I went three times last week, but only once this week. She swims around a little in my lane, while I swim laps. I have to tell you that modesty has me wearing quite the get-up for my swims. I bought a regular suit (as modest as I could find), and a pair of swim capris, and a swim skirt. I feel a bit like a 19th century swimmer, but none of it is cumbersome, so I like it. It is, however, not much fun to take off soaking wet to get a shower. I bought one of these to tote our suits home in and it works well as long as it stays right-side up. And then I had to buy a duffle large enough to put towels, change of clothes, toiletry bag, and hair dryer in. Swimming is not a cheap sport, nor is it convenient. I think I get just about as good a workout dragging it all there, changing and showering after, and dragging it all home, as I do in the pool.

Best be getting some work done now. Take care and I pray you have a meaningful Holy Week.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Daybook

In the garden...

...um, nothing, unless mud counts. Our snow melted in a big way and now we're back to brown, and not even a smidge of green. I'm so anxious to see the green, and since Doug and I planted boatloads of daffodils and tulips in our Mary gardens, I'm anxious to see them come up (please, oh, please little squirrels, don't have eaten my tulips!). I bought some green pea and sugar snap pea seeds because I always associate planting peas with St. Patrick's Day. I have no idea where I'll plant them, so I doubt they will be planted today, but I bought them anyway. The bunnies eat every vegetable I grow, so I will have to fence off whatever area I chose. And we have so much shade, I have limited choices. 

I'm thinking about...
...I've been rather absent here, except for the occasional photo and quote post. Partly it's because every spare moment I have is spent sewing. Partly it is denying myself, a bit of Lenten sacrifice. I decided to follow our sweet Sister Margaret's advice and occasionally have an unpublished thought. {wink}

I am wearing...

...a green shirt, a gray skirt, a green floral scarf, tights and black loafers. I rarely own green, but this St. Patrick's Day I happen to have something.

I am reading....
...I'm finishing  Radical Hospitality: Benedict's Way of Love, because it's due back to the library. A very good read -- very thought-provoking.

I've listened to many books since I last wrote (because when I'm sewing and listening it's so much more pleasurable than just sewing), but I'll just give you the best titles: Against Medical Advicean excellent true story written from the perspective of a boy, diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome at age five. His childhood was spent going from doctor to doctor, medication cocktail to medication cocktail. He was ultimately diagnosed with an combination of Tourette's, OCD, and anxiety disorder. As a junior in high school he suddenly stopped experiencing the extreme symptoms (after several therapeutic, but not prescription, therapies), and as he went off many of the medications he became better and his symptoms were much more manageable, which leaves one wondering if it was the medication cocktail worsening his symptoms, or his brain chemistry. 

Survival of the Sickest -- this book I have to listen to in small bits because there is so much medical information I have to digest each bit for a while. It's fascinating information though, and I might listen to it over again just because I want to retain some of it.
One Hundred Names -- sort of garbage lit (chick lit?), but good and a happy ending, and sometimes you just need a happy ending.
Not the Last Goodbye -- sort of depressing, but sometimes when I'm dealing with something difficult, it's helpful to know that other people are going through much harder trials (I hope that doesn't sound callous)

I am creating...
...dresses, dresses, more dresses, and a few First Holy Communion veils for family members. 

I finished Faith's dress. If you are at all following this saga, I will update you by saying the pettiskirt did not work out. It was as full as a professional ballerina's tutu. So I made the dress the way the pattern was written and if it's a bit itchy on the girls' legs, too bad (the pattern called for a double gathering of tulle at the bottom 12 inches of the dress lining).  I also finished the flower girl dress. It's darling, I just hope it fits. I made a bodice and tried it on her, but it was too small, so I made it larger and decided not to try it on her (such a risk-taker). I will try it on her at the end of May when I know there is no risk of her growing any more (wedding in June).

As it turns out, each of the adult girls (and the littlest girl) have to have the pattern re-created for them. None of them, so far, fit the pattern the way it is made, so I am pattern-making, too. Why, again, did I agree to this?

I am also knitting, at night when I need to wind down and do something mindless, and I owe someone three scapulars, but after they are finished -- no more sewing unless it's dresses, or a veil.

I am going to place the order for the bridal tulle and lace trim from a shop in Georgia and when it arrives, I'll be sewing lace to tulle.

St. Anne pray for me.

In the kitchen...
...the male members of my family vetoed all Irish food for today -- no Guinness stew, no shepherd pie, no Irish soda bread, so we're having hamburgers on the grill, O'Brien potatoes (snuck one in there on them), and fried cabbage and bacon, with homemade Shamrock shakes for dessert.
For the remainder of the week:
Wednesday: Shredded Beef Tacos
Thursday: BBQ meatballs, mashed potatoes, slaw
Friday: Grit Cakes, with poached eggs and gravy 
Saturday: Saturday night pizza

At the school table...
...not much new there, just trying to keep up. Faith did declare the other day that she plans to be the only child in the family to never attend school. Ahem. She doesn't know that she doesn't get to make that decision, but it is something I have been thinking about a lot. I never planned to homeschool high school but there are a lot more options now than there were when we first started this journey. And the only reason I will agree to homeschool high school is if she continues to be dedicated to dancing. At the rate she is going she couldn't go to high school and dance as much as she is -- she'd never keep up.

Around the house...

...it's still pretty dusty, but the projects are finished for the time being. Doug was out of town last week and I could have spent my spare time cleaning, but instead I sewed. There are also some piles of fabric and patterns here and there, and sewing paraphernalia.

I forgot that I owe you photos of Faith's bedroom, so I'll try to post them this week.

Plans for the rest of the week...

...there is an international Christian dance group coming to visit the studio where Faith dances, and they are having workshops tonight, tomorrow night, and then on Thursday there is a performance by them at a local high school theater. Faith is participating in the workshops and we will be at the performance as well. Much ado about dancing.

At the advice of my doctor, I started swimming, so I'll swim a couple more days this week (I went yesterday). She suggested I need to leave home to exercise because when I am at home, I allow my family's needs to get in the way of taking care of myself. If I could just walk out the door and go for a walk, that would be great, but since I can't (nerve pain in my leg), swimming was the only other option for me. I started last week and it was a lot less difficult than I imagined. I thought it would be so time-consuming to drive to the pool, swim, shower, dry my hair, and drive home. But even with Faith with me, it only took about an hour. We went again yesterday and seem to have found a good time to go when the pool is practically empty.

A few of my favorite things...

...some warm sunshine on my face. I learned from Survival of the Sickest  that our bodies use sunshine to convert cholesterol into Vitamin D. I always knew we needed sunshine to make vitamin D, but I never knew our bodies used up cholesterol to do so. That could be the reason my cholesterol was high and my vitamin D was low when I was tested a few weeks ago. No sunshine, no conversion.
...swimming -- whodathunk that after all these years of sitting by the side of the pool with the kids that I would enjoy swimming laps?
...cracking the windows and feeling just a hint of spring, and listening to the wind chimes 

Prayers sent heavenward...

...for my husband and children, to do God's will every day
...for all priests and religious, especially our priests Fr. Sill and Fr. Schmit, and for Fr. Howe
...all babies whose mothers are contemplating abortion, for a change of heart
...for friends who have asked for prayers

Photos for the day..

...what else? Dresses!

Faith's dress

After I finished the dress I thought it was too plain, so with Taylor's permission, I added a bow. It's stitched on one side and hooks with a hook and eye on the other (so it can be zipped all the way down).


Flower girl dress

All the dresses are made with the same fabrics -- just purple crepe and lace for the bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids, and white crepe and lace with purple sash for the flower girl

Linking up with Jenny at The Littlest Way

Friday, March 13, 2015

Monday, March 09, 2015

Hang on

photo by Geoffrey Stein

Friday, March 06, 2015

Monday, March 02, 2015