Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Shelby's dress

Here it is finished and blocking. Instead of botching the yoke trying to embroider flowers I added some beadwork. I should make a swatch and try the embroidering before I make another. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Norman Ward 56 Years Serving the Lord

Last night the church (Eastview Christian Church) honored Norman for being in the ministry for 56 years. He is just one of the most soft spoken (although they teased him about not needing a microphone) gentlemen we have met. He not only planted churches stateside, but was also into missions. Serving in Burma and Thailand and many other places (where one of his sons also is a minister/missionary). Congratulations Norman and Joanne. It was pointed out that the only way he could have been available to so many was because of his wonderful and generous and gentle wife. She is a joy to talk to, inspiring me (and others) to be a better helpmates also.

And here is such a beautiful site, I had to show it. God loves us sooooo much that He gives us His Masterpieces to look at and admire for free. If we would only stop and take the time to view them. I am so glad that most of the time, I have my camera with me. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Ps 1:3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whater he does, he prospers.
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Monday, October 23, 2006

A Called and Saved Knitter

here is a new flybaby. not doing too bad either for old lame lady

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Shelby's dress

Here is the heather Wool-ease that I am making the dress of
and here is a picture of the dress. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


I have started a new pair of .........er....................mmmmmmmm...........aaahhhhh socks. Didn't see that one coming, did ya. lol and I started the little dress for Shelby. I am doing it in Wool-ease Heather. I will instruct that she is to have a white blouse and onsie under it because I know it will probably be "itchy".

Don't you hate it when they say that after all the hard work you put into something? I may go and see if I can find a blouse and send it on with the dress. I know Janet will like it but will Shelby? Did I mention that she is a "strong-willed" child. Cute as a button, but boy does she give everyone a run for their money!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

A Called and Saved Knitter

“Keep one thing in view forever- the truth; and if you do this, though it may seem to lead you away from the opinion of men, it will assuredly conduct you to the throne of God.”
— Horace Mann

This is so true. We think because a man has graduated from seminary that he is the authority when he speaks to us from the pulpit. But I heard once that treasury agents learn to spot counterfeit money, not by looking at the bad bills, but by studying the real thing.

You can't know if you are being "fed" sermons that may have started out wonderful but the longer you listen, the more uncomfortable you are with the whole sermon. But, if you study the word for yourself, you will be able to discern truths of man vs. God's truth. (And this can only happen if you believe the Bible as God's inerrant truths.) Press on.

Monday, October 16, 2006

My local library is kind of sad when it comes to knitting books. So my hunny bought me a PLAC card and it lets me borrow from all the librarys. This was a great find. Some really sweet pieces. I think that top right dress is right up Miss Shelby's alley. Posted by Picasa

1 Lone Paragrene Falcom

In the spring I checked in on the falcom cam and sure enough, Kathy was in there laying eggs. well eventually she laid 4. one of them was not viable and was later removed. The three remaining eggs produced 1 male and 2 females. Since I had saved the site in my favorites, after they had all fledged, I would check into the site occationally just to see downtown Indy. Well after checking sever times I realized that one of the falcons is still hanging out at the nest box on a real regular basis. So today I am going to try and find out if this is normal. That falcon sure looks very lonely to me. Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 13, 2006

Grandparents night for Madison

My sweet granddaughter wrote this poem for me for Grandparents night at her school on Tuesday. I know I promised a picture of the shawl, but this is so much nicer. Thank you Maddie. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 12, 2006

A Called and Saved Knitter

I should have a photo of a finished shawl later today. It is so yummy!

“The secret of Christian quietness is not indifference, but the knowledge that God is my Father, He loves me, I shall never think of anything He will forget, and worry becomes an impossibility.”
— Oswald Chambers

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Sometimes when I make a mistake in knitting, I can just let it go and try not to do it again. Buuuuttttt, I made such a blunder yesterday and didn't see it until like 3 inches later that I frogged the whole shawl and started over. It is one of those patterns that you cant just rip it out and pick the stitches back up and start again. It has about a million yo's and it would just get worse. but I am better now. the old blood pressure was up but i think im a little more stable. gggggrrrrrrr. <><

“Should we feel at times disheartened and discouraged, a simple movement of heart toward God will renew our powers. Whatever he may demand of us, he will give us at the moment the strength and courage that we need.”
— François Fénelon

Monday, October 09, 2006

The Shepherd

I was listening to the daily message of John McDonald http://www.walkintheword.com/broadcast.aspx

It talked about being broken, and why we must be broken once in a while. He gave the analogy of a shepherd who has a lamb that is so rebellious that it wont stay in the green pastures. it keeps running away to danger. He keeps chasing it down and bringing it back and he knows that if it continues its rebellion it may be lost forever. So he takes the lamb on his lap and breaks one of its legs. I never knew this.

Sometimes we must be broken too, of pride, and self-reliance, stubborness, defiance.

He does this through breaking relationships that aren't healthy, through the loss of health, jobs, the loss of possessions, etc. And while it isn't comfortable, it makes us totally dependant on Him. And He is not correcting or punishing us for no reason. It is to perfect us, making us totally reliant on Him. We really can't "do it all". But He can, and will. We may not like the way He does it, but that is the part of being broken. He can and will do what is profitable for us. It is His plan, a perfect answer to all that we are going to be, not what we were.

I know that when I got sick, and couldn't get down on my knees physically, I certainly did spiritually. because when I was brought down to the lowest place in my life, there was no place to look but up.

Monday, Monday

I finished Alex's socks and started a fall shawl to wear next Sunday. This yarn is Lion Brand Homespun in Harvest. It just reminded me of the glorious pumpkins that grow in the fall.
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Saturday, October 07, 2006

More socks?!?!?!?!?

I have enough of the smore yarn to make Alex a pair of socks too. That is so great that I can make all three boys socks our of this yarn! And I also finished Madisons blue jean socks.
I swear the next pair are for me!
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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Maddies socks

the color on here is almost exact. she wanted socks for bluejeans
And I thought I would give you an update for Darby:
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 03, 2006 04:14 PM, CDT
Darby is very tired. She was given blood again yesterday. The doctors are going to begin giving her iron and tring a few other things to help build up her red blood cells. The red blood cells become low due to the amount of blood that is needed each day for lab work. The blood test to check for antibodies came back negative. That is good and bad. Good news is that it's negative, bad news is that we have had to give her blood at least twice since that test so we must wait an additional two weeks to see if she can be listed without a cross-match.
A terrible tragedy occurred Sunday. It was not discovered until around 10 pm so it appears it may be too late. I know you're dying to know, "What happened!!". Darby's baby blankie was accidentally thrown in the hospital laundry and is now unable to be found. The nurses have called every shift to help find the blankie. Darby is mortified. She has cried (as much as she can cry) several times over this horrible situation. This is not a good time to lose your blankie. May God return this blankie!
People from the Methodist Rehabilitation Center are coming to visit Darby. They are better equipped to handle stroke victims. They are going to advise us to what to except and how to proceed with her therapy from here. Darby is not able to actually go there to stay because of the VAD but they may be able to treat her here or even allow her to visit there. We will see.
Lindsay and Beth (Child Life) brought more decorations today. The room looks awesome. It is very bright and colorful. What everyone needs when they don't feel well. Jennifer (RN) is bringing some 8 X 10 photos she took in Hawaii back in July. The room is going to be everyone's favorite place to be. Relaxing, warm, and friendly.
Thank you for continueing to support and care for and about us. We are doing well and I know it's your prayers that make that possible. Thank you again. With love, Dawn Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

5 weird things about me?????

o.k. i'm doing this for you leah!
5 weird things about me or my pet

1. I am a born again christian

2. i am a knitter who does just enough crochet to be dangerous

3. I teach a home schooling group american sign language

4. My dogs name is Jazz (she's a bichon who thinks she's a rotweiler)

5. I am a clutterer.

Sweet Darby

I thought I would give you an update on the little (now 9 year old) girl from our church who is waiting for a heart. She of course is taken off the heart list every time she has a stroke and she has had 3 within the last two months. This is what her mom wrote:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 01, 2006 03:20 PM, CDT
Darby is well. Heparin was increased slightly. Her last PTT was around 59. Another PTT will be ran at 4pm. (every 6 hours)
We have been practicing speaking. She is able to say, "Jennifer, Dana, mama, daddy, I Love You, Amen" and few other words. It is difficult to say "S" words. Her voice is very quiet and sometimes hard to understand.
The children were all here so we took a walk downstairs. Darby rode in her wheelchair. We took her outside but only for a few minutes. Darby grew tired very quickly. The walk just to get her into her chair is extremely exhausting.
Tomorrow Darby is going for a swallow test. It is at 9:15am. If she does well, it will mean she will be allowed to eat and drink some. Even though she has IV feedings and NG feedings she still seems to get hungry and thirsty. It is getting better since they increased her NG (nasogastric-stomach tube) feedings.
Darby has proven multiple times how strong she is. This last stroke has only reminded everyone of her incredible strength. God has given this child unimaginable amount of strength, courage, and patience. I know no other way a 9 year old child could face the things she has and still smile, if it were not for the Lord Almighty.
Enjoy the wonderful sunshine! Make today a day to remember. Love and blessings, Dawn

This is such a special family they have 6 other children who all go to see their sister almost every day. If you would care to donate to the family please contact me. Mom is a sahm who homeschools and dad is self employed.

Monday, October 02, 2006

more socks

I made both Gomery and Monroe socks out of this yarn. I am going to try for a pair for Alex out of it too. Posted by Picasa