sticks, beads and strings
make wonderful, beautiful things

January 2005

Jan 20
Public school started yesterday for the term. Got dd there. And the power went out a few minutes after I got back home. So, after the students sat huddled in the cold dark buildings for a couple hours, they sent them home. HA! She got as far as home room. At Darrow Academy, on the other hand, we put in a full day, and were still done before lunch time. And, I am kidding. Sort of. They put all the students in the one building with generator power.

The cowl I was working on is done. The custom party pants are knitted, but I am still weaving ends on them, and then I need to sew the butt ruffle on. I am so behind.

And I am so tired. I have been getting up earlier, you see. I do not like it , Sam-I-Am. I want to lay my lazy self in the BED! I want to sleep-till-noon.

Jan 14
She’s here!!!!!!!
And she is settling in. We went to enroll her in the local public high school on Thursday. And I sat in my chair while the counselor said she thought they really ought to put more restrictions on home schoolers. And then I smiled and informed her that I home school all my younger children. No, I did not list all the other SIX of them on dd’s enrollment form. Is that really their business??? Along with ages? NOT!

Knitting–I think I have 8 things in my current WIP pile. I don’e work on them all everyday of course, but they are

1. custom “party pants”

2. instock newborn shorts

3. scarf for the gifts category

4. scarf for blessing box

5. knit and crocheted squares I am joining for the gifts category

6. sweater for dh

7. blanket for baby

8. shawl for me!!!!

I think I am finally hitting my stride again for the first time since I found out dd was coming for Christmas, LOL! Here is the new daily schedule I have set up for myself. I am still working on it, but I will get there. In fact, I will get tehre by next Wednesday, when dd goes to school.

by 8:
everyone up, dressed brushed and fed (except DD#4)
beds made (except mine)
Bible
laundry started
meals planned
dd 16 to school

Through the day:
water
water
water
water
bottle
bottle
bottle
bottle

by 10:
tidy my room
tidy small bath
tidy laundry
tidy kitchen plus
tidy living room plus
tidy boys
tidy girls
tidy large bath
tidy work area

10:00
snack
game
my part of school
school ds4
school ds6
school dd 9
school dd 11
begin biz stuff:
time at mdc
time at ww
Giftables for store 15
Instock 30
pack
ship
website
wind
dye
customs knitting (off and on as I can until 10pm)

1:00
lunch and cleanup
read to kids
Quiet time for boys
finish school and biz

4:00
snack
check school
journal of the day

6:00
dinner and cleanup

evening:
blessing/white Christmas
family sweaters
9:00 kids to bed
odd days, one kid up til 9:15-9:30
even days, blog

10 PM self:
read
knit for me
Bible study
email
veg out
whatever

11:00 bed

Fridays: checkbook, bills, ac moore ad, shopping list
Saturdays:shopping, showers , sheets, work together-kid zone and ROTW: 1st kitchen, 2nd living room, 3rd beds and baths, 4th school paperwork and lesson plans

Now, how did I get there?? Here is a little something I wrote a few days ago, after a rough morning where not near enough got done.

So, I sat here at noon today, overwhelmed with a to-do list 8 miles long, with only 1 mile accomplished.I overslept (again).And then I started my day.I have been tidying the house, then doing school, and then my little business.Late at night, when the house is quiet, I read my Bible.It occurred to me that I was feeding my soul LAST.EVERYDAY, I was going at life in my own strength.Now, when I planned my schedule, that made perfect sense.The house is QUIET then, so I can have QUIET TIME.But everyday, I am frustrated and overwhelmed.

So, back to the Book.I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God.I believe it is our study manual, if you will.And I believe God did not write that randomly, but that every verse is in the place HE thought it should be.So I purposed to read again, for the bazillionth time, about the Proverbs 31 woman.After all, that�s who we all want to be, right?And she obviously had it all together if the Almighty used her as our role model.This time, though, as I read, I want to look at how she organized her day.Not just what she did everyday, but how she managed her time.That goes back to believing God put the verses in a particular order.So, let�s study!

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.KJV

10 A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. 11 Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. 12 Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. 13 She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. 14 She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. 27 She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. 28 Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: 29 “Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!” 30 Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. 31 Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises! MESSAGE

10 An excellent R1173 wife, who can find? For her worth is far above R1174 jewels. 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain. 12 She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. 13 She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands F446 in F447 delight. 14 She is like merchant R1175 ships; She brings her food from afar. 27 She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread R1188 of idleness 28 Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband {also,} and he praises her, {saying:} 29 “Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all.” 30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, {But} a woman who fears F457 R1189 the LORD, she shall be praised. 31 Give her the product F458 of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates. NAS

10 Who may make discovery of a woman of virtue? For her price is much higher than jewels. 11 The heart of her husband has faith in her, and he will have profit in full measure. 12 She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She gets wool and linen, working at the business of her hands. 14 She is like the trading-ships, getting food from far away. 27 She gives attention to the ways of her family, she does not take her food without working for it.. 28 Her children get up and give her honour, and her husband gives her praise, saying, 29 Unnumbered women have done well, but you are better than all of them. 30 Fair looks are a deceit, and a beautiful form is of no value; but a woman who has the fear of the Lord is to be praised. 31 Give her credit for what her hands have made: let her be praised by her works in the public place BIBLE IN BASIC ENGLISH

10 Who can find a capable wife? Her value is far beyond that of pearls. 11 Her husband trusts her from his heart, and she will prove a great asset to him. 12 She works to bring him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She procures a supply of wool and flax and works with willing hands. 14 She is like those merchant vessels, bringing her food from far away 28 Her children arise; they make her happy; her husband too, as he praises her: 29 “Many women have done wonderful things, but you surpass them all!” 30 Charm can lie, beauty can vanish, but a woman who fears ADONAI should be praised. 31 Give her a share in what she produces; let her works speak her praises at the city gates. 27 She watches how things go in her house, not eating the bread of idleness. COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE

Okay, so here we have a woman, a priceless woman.She�s capable, she�s thinking about her husband.She�s an asset, she�s generous, and she�s trustworthy.So, that�s saying that I need to run my life and house in such a way that when my husband leaves for the day, he doesn�t need to worry about how I am handling things at home.He should be able to rest assured that when he gets home, there will be clean underwear in the drawer, food on the table, and the children will be able to tell him about their school day.And, he�ll be able to walk through the house without falling over stuff and killing himself, Amen?I believe God is going to tell us how to do that.He has to, cause I don�t have a clue!

She�s paying attention to what�s going on in her house, she has a plan, and she�s working that plan.She�s not lazy, she�s not idle, and she�s not looking for the quickest way out. She makes sure everyone under her authority has a job, and that they are doing it. She�s a delegator, and an inspector.But she�s in there working, right there with them all. She has gathered her supplies, good ones.Not just any old thing that will do, but the best she can get. Supplies that are delightful to work with.Her finished work is a joy!Doing her work is a joy!She does it willingly! No grumbling from her, nope.Hmmm, no whining either.

Oh, that stings me, Does it you?How often do I throw a meal on the table with little forethought?How often, to my shame, does my husband get home, and I have not given a passing thought to what I�m gonna feed him?She makes the extra effort.She doesn�t just feed her family, she FEEDS them.Doesn�t just fill the belly, but entices the senses.Wow, how about that?The secret to a man�s heart REALLY IS his stomach!!

This woman is blessed, she�s praised, she�s respected, she�s rewarded, she excels, she�s honored, and it starts with fearing the Lord!Not cowering in fear of judgment, but respecting what He has to say, understand the He has *expectations* of how she should run her life.Knowing that He has made promises that certain actions have certain consequences.Now, how does she put that in practice?I wanna know!!

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.KJV

15 She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. MESSAGE

15 She rises R1176 also while it is still night And gives R1177 food to her household And portions F448 to her maidens. NAS

15 She gets up while it is still night, and gives meat to her family, and their food to her servant-girls. BBE

15 It’s still dark when she rises to give food to her household and orders to the young women serving her. CJB

Well, I think we can safely say this woman gets up early.Like before I even wanna think about. And what does she do? Cooks breakfast, plans her day, gives instructions to her servants.Well, I don�t know about you, but the servant girl around here is me!I do however, have an electric dishwasher, and automatic washing machine, a vacuum cleaner, and so forth.Do you see what I am getting at?We need to make sure we are using our �servants�.Now I can�t run laundry and dishwasher first thing, cause other family members need the hot water.But I can unload the dishwasher, I can put eh clothes in the washing machine, I can check the floor to see if it needs vacuuming.I can be aware of exactly *what* needs to happen around here today.But before I do all that, I need to make sure we�re fed.And I need to make sure *I* am fed as well.Guess that means while I am drinking that cup of coffee or 3 that I will surely need because I got up early, I better be feeding my spirit.I need to meet with God.Hey, Daddy, what�s on my plate today?What do You have planned for me?And I need to get His Counsel.I need to listen!!And how does He Speak??Through His Word.

Okay, feeds her spirit, feeds her family, plans her duties. I don�t see food mentioned again. Did her family only eat one meal a day?I think not.You know, I bet she plans what the menu of the day is going to be while she is dealing with breakfast.Perhaps she even gets it started.I certainly know she�s not scrambling around at lunchtime, wondering what she�s gone feed everybody.Nor again at dinner.And I am almost certain �bringing her food from afar� means she has shopped for her food with a plan! Think about that, menus for all the meals!Know what you are going to serve ahead of time. Next?

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth F177 it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. KJV

16 She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden. 17 First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. 18 She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. 19 She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. 24 She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. MESSAGE

16 She considers a field and buys it; From her F449 earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She girds R1178 herself F450 with strength And makes her arms strong. 18 She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night. 19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands F451 grasp the spindle. 24 She makes linen R1185 garments and sells {them,} And supplies F453 belts to the tradesmen. F454 NAS

16 After looking at a field with care, she gets it for a price, planting a vine-garden with the profit of her work. 17 She puts a band of strength round her, and makes her arms strong. 18 She sees that her marketing is of profit to her: her light does not go out by night. 19 She puts her hands to the cloth-working rod, and her fingers take the wheel. 24 She makes linen robes and gets a price for them, and traders take her cloth bands for a price. BBE

16 She considers a field, then buys it, and from her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She gathers her strength around her and throws herself into her work. 18 She sees that her business affairs go well; her lamp stays lit at night. 19 She puts her hands to the staff with the flax; her fingers hold the spinning rod. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchants with sashes. CJB

Look, she�s got a home business!And she knows she makes a quality product.She�s eager to get started at it each day, and not too quick to put it aside at night.She�s skilled and she is diligent.She�s on top of things, again, she has a plan to work, and she�s working that plan.This woman does NOT fly by the seat of her skirt.She�s on the ball!But look at something else.It says her candle doesn�t go out by night.To me, that means she is in control of her business, not the other way around.She has some set work hours, and she doesn�t have her work interfering with taking care of her family and her responsibilities to it.Ouch, that pinches me!

What else?

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. F178 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. KJV

20 She’s quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. 21 She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. 22 She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. MESSAGE

20 She extends F452 R1179 her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed R1180 with scarlet. 22 She makes coverings R1181 for herself; Her clothing is fine R1182 linen and purple. R1183 NAS

20 Her hands are stretched out to the poor; yes, she is open-handed to those who are in need. 21 She has no fear of the snow for her family, for all those in her house are clothed in red. 22 She makes for herself cushions of needlework; her clothing is fair linen and purple. BBE

20 She reaches out to embrace the poor and opens her arms to the needy. 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; since all of them are doubly clothed. 22 She makes her own quilts; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. CJB

She�s generous, giving to the needy, looking for opportunities to be of service to others.And she�s making clothes for her family as well.They are warm in winter, because she has planned ahead!Look at that, once again, she�s got a plan to work, and she�s working that plan!

And she takes care of herself too, she�s looking good!She�s got the pretty things on; she�s got pretty things in her home.

But there�s more!One more place, where she has it all over me, I�m sad to say.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. KJV

26 When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. MESSAGE

26 She opens R1187 her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching F456 of kindness is on her tongue. NAS

26 Her mouth is open to give out wisdom, and the law of mercy is on her tongue. BBE

26 When she opens her mouth, she speaks wisely; on her tongue is loving instruction. CJB

She�s wise, and she�s kind. She�s merciful with her words, and she speaks with love.She thinks about what she is going to say before her mouth flies open.Oh, how often, I wish I could take back hard words I have said.How often have I spoken so hatefully that my words are not heard because my tone is so rough?How much more could I teach my children, if I spoke to them with a bit of compassion?How would I feel if God spoke to me the way I speak to my family?She uses her words to build up, and not tear down.You can be sure; she�s not screaming her head off at unruly children, amen?Is that because she has perfect children?Or is it because she has lovingly trained them?Hmmmm, I reckon we know the answer to that, now don�t we?

So what�s the pay-off?Aside from the benefits of not being rushed, or stressed or unprepared?

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. 25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. KJV

23 Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. 25 Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. MESSAGE

23 Her husband is known in R1184 the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. 25 Strength and dignity R1186 are her clothing, And she smiles at the future. F455. NAS

23 Her husband is a man of note in the public place, when he takes his seat among the responsible men of the land. 25 Strength and self-respect are her clothing; she is facing the future with a smile. BBE

23 Her husband is known at the city gates when he sits with the leaders of the land. 25 Clothed with strength and dignity, she can laugh at the days to come. CJB

Her husband gains the respect of others because of her!! And she wears a smile!!She can do that, because she is handling her days well!

So, lets boil it all down.

She has a plan. And she follows that plan, because it is built on solid principles.

She starts the daily early, feasting on the Word, feeding her family, and noting the tasks of the day ahead.

She works.

She works steady.

She has an order in which she works.

She works on feeding her family.

She works on household tasks.

She works on her business

She�s generous to the poor.

She makes sure her family is clothed

She makes sure she�s got herself in order.

She�s kind.

She controls her tongue.

That�s it.That�s all she does.Simple isn�t it?I knew God would show me!I knew He would, cause He�s just that way!!

Mind you that life has been so crazy that it took me form the 6th when I wrote the essay til yesterday to get the schedule written up. I knew I needed to do it, but…it’s just been a mad house.

Last weekend, we switched rooms, giving the now 3, but eventually (sooner than later) 4 girls the master bedroom suite and taking the smallest bedroom for ourselves. I thought I would hate it! But it is a wonderfully cozy room, and I really do like it. There is no room for clutter there, and for someone as beset by clutter as I am, that is a wonderful thing. Very restful on the mind and eyes! I did take some pics, and will try to get them uploaded to a server to share soon.

I just finished reading LET’S ROLL this week. Not the most well-written book I have ever read, but worth the time. You may remember I have a goal to read a chapter a day of something. Well, I am at least averaging that, LOL! I had originally intended to re-read Diana Gabaldon’s series, which I really enjoy. But then I decided maybe I would read some books of note instead, so I read that one. I think next, I’ll read some Corrie Ten Boom. I have a book here that has three of her works in it that I have been meaning to read for years, so now might be a good time.

I think that’s all I have to say today, except this: Fibermom, I have been meaning to get over and leave a comment, but I am usually holding the baby when I read my xanga digest. I totally LOVE Hopkins. Yes, I do. Fascinating use of color there, absolutely fascinating! Can’t wait to see it finished!

Jan 4

SHE’S COMING HOME!!!!!

Well, here I am!! And I don’t know what to say.

My oldest daughter came for Christmas. She’s 16, and I had not seen her for 2.5 years. We had a wonderful visit, and she has determined to come here to live. We are waiting to see how this will come about, but she is *very* firm in her resolve.

I have made a ton of stuff since I last posted pictures, so I will forgo that. Partial listing: 4 magic scarves, 3 neck gaiters, 2 hats, as well as work stuff.

I don’t make New Years Resolutions anymore, instead I make goals. Here they are:

Spiritual

read Message (already set up at www.crosswalk.com)

Weeks

DONE1

2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,

28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51,52

contribute to food bank monthly

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

make gifts for White Christmas (one for each family member)

DH

Self

DD1

DD2

DD3

DS1

DS2

DS3

DD4

Bible study (registered for “Titus” at www.gracenotes.com)

HSY

regular business hours (available at the computer one hour in the morning,

one hour in the afternoon, and then from 9/10 pm until midnight, knit for

biz weekdays only)

sweater pattern (January)

baby bag pattern (February)

good stock of giftables by Thanksgiving (gloves, hats, scarves, etc-one

set/item

per month)

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

hat pattern

crocheted wrap pattern

finish two patchwork blankets

Christmas

draw names

knit all year for family

dh-blanket

girls- fuzzy feet

DD1

DD2

DD3

DD4

self

boys-felted clogs

DH

DS1

DS2

DS3

all-felted bag, scarf, hat, mittens

DD1

DD2

DD3

DS1

DS2

DS3

DD4

self

plan in advance that traditions are started on time (advent, puzzle, pjs, ornaments)

School

keep up better (mark off school days, write lesson plans last weekend of

each month)

do my part daily (song, poem or other lit reading)

Kids

spend time one on one (bi-weekly late bed times for each kid, and this time

spent with me-odd calendar days)

make new stockings

DD2

DD3

DS1

DS2

DS3

Self

play with my children (a game after the morning tidy)

finish DD#4′s blanket

Sweaters for All

DD4

DS3

DS2

DS1

DD3

DD2

DD1

DH

Self

read a chapter a day of something

blog (even calendar days)

scrap one weekend per month

learn to knit socks by July

bless a non-household member once a month/12 times

DONE January-gaiter on needles

DONE February-Micki’s scarf

March-Kathy’s sweater

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

paint the old barn more often

laugh every day

make some things for me!!

Shawl

Hat

Sweater

House/DH

maintain calm

cull/deep clean for 15 minutes per day

Make a pie once per month

January

February

march

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

I counted up on my daily schedule (even longer if possible than the goals list), and it calls for 7 projects at a time on the needles. Not happening–I can handle 4 at a time, I think without going bezerkers, so that’s what I’ll do. This afternoon, I plan to take the list above, and make a notebook of sorts, so I can track it better. It’s currently in email format, which is great for posting to a couple of email lists, to retain accountability. But not so great for keeping track of my progress in other ways. After all, who wants to see *that* daily. But if I don’t check it frequently, things are apt to slip.

As for work, we took vacation over the holidays. Now, we opened last March, and we had worked daily until that vacation. DAILY!! That’s every day, even Sundays. That kind of “daily”. Over the vacation, we both knit like fiends, and it was glorious. We were knitting what we wanted to knit, knitting for love of gift recipients, knitting for the love of knitting. It was……a return to the passion of knitting. Yes, knitting is a passion for me. There is something so….incredibly satisfying about taking two sticks and a string, and producing a wonderful wooly wearable, just because you can. For love, not money. So one of the goals we made (this is actually a resolution, LOL) is to take weekends off.

Update on the kiddos-

baby doing well, still tiny, but I guess she always will be

3.5 yo still drinking a bottle, guess he’ll graduate college with it

5yo prone now to dying duck fits, and it’s making me crazy

6yo growing like a weed, as in, needs a complete new wardrobe

9yo, still the family reporter

11yo, still completely without any common sense. at all, ever, none

16yo, see above

dh, still only working part time

me? well, I’m still me

Time is up, gotta run. Back on Thursday!

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