Happy Easter – 2012

He is Risen!

I love Easter and spring, and that just as that first Easter gave us renewal spiritually, a chance to repent from those things we do that we shouldn’t, spring imitates that renewal with things that were halted from growth because of the cold and baren winter and are now coming alive with growth and beauty because of the warmth and light.  That is what the Gospel of Jesus Christ does for me.  It helps me renew myself from all the trials and tribulations that I experience because I know that our experiences here on Earth are for us to learn and grow and that our time here will be short as we prepare for eternity with our Father in Heaven.  I also know that as we grow and learn how to be obedient to the Lord’s commandments that we will be able to be with all our family and friends for eternity.  What more could we possible hope for than an eternity with those we love.

Spring Has Sprung!!

Butterfly Shadow Box

I saw the male Robins last week, was sooooo excited – Spring is here, tho’ I have to admit we had a really awesome winter this year.  I always love this time of year, with the tulips, crocus, and my favorite – Hyacinths (absolutely wonderful fragrant smell!!!), and other early spring flowers coming up.  I love everything about Spring!!!!

I went to a craft get together early this afternoon that our Relief Society president does once a month so we can all get together and enjoy each other’s company.  For those not familiar with what Relief Society is, it’s a woman’s organization in our Church that is dedicated to helping others, and uplifting not only others but our selves as well.  There were several projects to choose from but I absolutely adore butterflies so I chose this Butterfly Shadow Box to do.  It was simple and fun. 😉  I’m excited to see what we can chose to do next month.  Hey Sis, you would love this one.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas

“Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the  mouth of my holy prophets” 3 Nephi 1:13

May you all have a blessed and wonderful Christmas, and may the peace of this season be with you through out the New Year.

2nd Comfort Shawl is finished!

Finally Finished and Blocked!

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Well, it is finished, blocked and given!!  As you can tell it is a diagonal pattern.  I orginally wanted to do vertical however that is just not the way it worked out.  I still have to figure out the correct number to cast on (had a little extra on one side and when I discovered it I was a bit too far to want to frog and begin again) and to cut the width down.  So give me a few days as I work this out and then I will post the pattern in My Free Knitting Patterns page for you to enjoy.  This Alpaca yarn drapes very nicely as a shawl and I’m sure it will be well loved.  I’m sad that it is a discontinued yarn tho, as it was lovely to work with and very soft.  I can now get back to spinning that wonderfully soft cria (baby Alpaca).

Well my children almost got to either come visit me in the hospital in the critial unit or to the morgue to identify me yesterday.  I was on my way to my daughter’s new house to get some steak and hambergers that were left over from her birthday party on Friday evening and as I was driving on a major street at 3o mph, a driver from a cross street didn’t stop at his stop sign and he was going about 40 to 50 mph.  I saw him out of he corner of my eye and knew he would not be stoping so I slammed on my brakes (fortunately there was no one behind me) and he came barreling out across the street and I missed hitting him by about 6 inches.  Hope it scared him as much as it did me.  I drive an older small sub compact car and the engine would have been sitting in my lap as I would have broadsided him.  Thank goodness for quick reactions and promptings from the Spirit alerting me to the other car.

Happy Easter – 2011

He is Risen!

 

Spring is my favorite time of year as new life begins to bloom and trees and grass take on their beautiful green colors, wipeing away the dreary winter.  One of my favorite things about Spring is Easter and the Atonement and Resurrection of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.   How blessed I feel to know that I can repent and try again when I make mistakes and that because Christ rose from the dead, that there will be a resurrection for all of us.

The youth speaker today told a very powerful story that gave a simple example of the atonement.  I found it already written out on this blog.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

Wishing everyone a blessed and wonderful Easter Day.

2nd Comfort Shawl Update & General Conference

2nd Comfort Shawl Update - click picture for larger image

 

Here is the newest picture.  It’s coming right along and looks pretty good so far, it is not blocked in this picture.  I promise I will post the instructions as soon as I am finished so I can make sure all the kinks are worked out.  I’m sure it will be at least several weeks out before I’m finished with this shawl.  I’ve been able to knit on it a lot the last two days as General Conference is this week end and I do have the BYU channel on my cable here.  So I’ve been able to sit on my couch and knit as I listen to the Prophet, his Counselors, the quorum of the 12 Apostles and the other General Authorities of the Church speak.  It has been wonderfully uplifting, a spiritual feast which has been so needed.  I have looked forward more than usual for several months to General Conference in anticipation of the spiritual uplift and peace it always brings to me.  What a blessing my tesitmony is in my life, knowing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth again, with living prophets and apostles and their living testimony of the Savior.  

With all the upheaval in the world today, natural disasters and personal burdens and turmoil – I wish you his peace.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

.Ok, I know it’s Jan 2nd, so I’m a day late. 😉  I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and Day and that you have an even better New Year.

I think New Year’s Day is a wonderful time to take stock of your life, the things that didn’t go so well and the things that did.  Looking back helps us determine what we need to work on and what things worked, it helps us to move forward when we can take that more distant look at our life instead of the up so close we can’t see the forest for the trees type of thing. 

Last year was a really hard year for me.  I lost my youngest son, an uncle, my previous mother-in-law (who I thought more of as a friend),  my car quit running and I had a really bad bout of bronchitis (my voice is still suffering as far as singing goes – singing is a comfort to me).  Those are just major highlights. 

I had some good things happen too (and you have to see the good things or life would be a real bummer), I found a permanent job that I enjoy, my dad is still healthy, I have very supportive siblings,  I have been able to keep my apartment through all the upheaval with temp work and that it is close to a bus line that goes to my work and house without having to change buses,  one of my co-workers lives not to far from me and gives me rides to work and home, and when she can’t I can catch the bus.  I have my faith and what a blessing that has always been in my life, it’s seen me through some pretty tough times.  Even tho my life has not been a bed of roses, I’ve always had a warm place to sleep, food on my table and family and friends, what more could I want.

Merry Christmas 2010

Christmas Eve Snow

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This is what I woke up to Friday morning, so I got a picture of it on my way out to go to work.  It snowed all day and we ended up with about 7 inches of snow.  Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas  :).

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Merry Christmas

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2 (and this taxing was the first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, unto Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger: because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country sheperds abiding in the filed, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host prasing God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  (St Luke 1:1-14)

Navuoo Temple

Early Morning Trip to Navuoo, IL

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I had the chance to go to Navuoo again.  It’s about a 2 & 1/2 hr drive and it was cold with a bit of freezing rain this morning until we were about 1/2 hr out of Iowa City.  The Temple in Navuoo is so beautiful inside. 
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On the way home we stopped at Stringtown Grocery (a grocery store with lots of bulk spices etc) run by the Amish.  I’ve been there once before and hadn’t noticed that their lights are gas lights since they don’t use electricity.  I love their bulk spices and other bulk items.   I was able to do some knitting on the way back (I was napping on the way up :P.)
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 I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas Season and that we are remembering the “reason” for this season.   May the Lord bless and keep you all.

PIF Sent

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I got all the things for my PIF ready and sent them off a week ago last Saturday.  My PIF recipient has received it.  If she posts a picture of the things I sent I will post a link for you.  I sent her some really pretty fiber to spin, a cute old fashion Easter toy with candy in it, a pen with a soft plastic sheep’s head on the top, two hand knit dish cloths, a bag that I machine embroidered “I love to knit with handspun” on, two yummy special chocolate candy bars and the knitting book “One Skein -30 quick project to knit and crochet”.  As usual the PIF was fun to put together.  I may do it again next year.  The nice thing about them is you have a whole year to put things together for your (up to 3) recipients.

I broke down and went to the Dr on Saturday because my breathing has been uncomfortable, lots of dry coughing, and I’ve been so tired I haven’t even worked very much on the comfort shawl I need to finish.  He listened and said yes, you are rattling in there (referring to my lungs, not my head ;)).  He also said that this was the sickest summer he can remember in his 50 years of doctoring.  He attributed it the tearing down of many of the houses that were damaged 2 years ago in the horrendous floods they had here and all the mold and mildew that has stirred up.  Everyone’s allergies have been much worse this year, including my own (and I have awful fall allergies).  I’m afraid it will probably be the same next year when they finish up the “de-construction” of these flood damaged houses.  He put me on some medication that will help with the coughing spasms and I will continue to take my decongestant and allergy meds.  Oh the joys of allergies.

My supervisor at my temp job told me she had extended my stay and was checking into when they could hire me on permanent.  WOOT WOOT!!  That was what I was hoping for!!!  I have been working temp jobs since I lost my job at the Title Insurance company about 3 years ago due to the collapse of the housing market.   It’s been unsettling knowing the jobs were temporary, but Heavenly Father has been kind and they have been long term while I’ve waited for a job that I enjoyed and could do well that was permanent.  I wouldn’t want to do this again, but it has been a learning experience and gives me a lot of compassion for all those who are seeking work in this awful and depressed economy.  I know that my “good fortune” in being able to support myself (even if a bit scary because of the instability of this kind of work and the change in wages with each job), is because I pay my tithing.  And I know that my ability to have a safe place to live, that is within my means, is because I work hard at keeping the Sabbath holy, leaving the worldly things to the other 6 days of the week.  Those are promises that go with those commandments.  How blessed we are when we follow the commandments, and how grateful I am to understand that.