knitting, painting, rising, listening, and thanksgiving

After another Saturday spent doing this,


it felt all-the-more blissful to put my feet up last night and attempt this,
my annual, this-is-the-year-I-learn-to-knit attempt. Although I long to have a real-life person teach me how to knit (a-hem all you knitters out there), I'm resigned to learning via video until a human shows up. So, thanks to Pinterest, I found these simple videos and I actually, unbelievably made great progress on what apparently will be a scarf, simply knitted, no purling, no anything fancy, no pattern.....just, knit, knit, and knit again. So soothing. I had to be pried off my in-law's couch when it was time to go. "Just one more row?!"
And then when we got home and got the kids tucked into their beds, I f.e.l.l. into our bed and it was only 9:00! Yes, I went to bed at 9:00 last night and you know what? I'm feeling GREAT this morning. Recently, I had fallen off my rising-early-train but know I remember how calming and perfectly wonderful it is to be up in the wee hours of the morning in the quiet, just me and God, my cup of coffee (with the peppermint-mocha creamer that turned out to actually be good), every candle lit and did I say, quiet? This early-to-bed, early-to-rise thing really is the way to go for me at this stage of my life. I don't know why I trick myself into thinking I need to get things done in the evening. Thanks for the gentle reminder, Lord!

And, I'm thankful for so much more today......
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what He showed her, what He's teaching me, achingly painful but needed
feeling useless and helpless but knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that He will guide
"For You are my rock and my fortress; and for Your name’s sake You lead me and guide me;" Psalm 31:3
wisdom and a reminder from Him through her over here including this quote that strikes at my heart,
“On every level of life, from housework to heights of prayer, in all judgement and effort to get things done, hurry and impatience are sure marks of the amateur.”-Underhill
piping hot coffee, steam rising up
the satisfaction of progress made and a job accomplished
flock of geese, wind rushing through wings, honking on their way
chickens roosting, snuggled together for warmth
little boy haircut, a clear path to his hazel browns again
her baby teeth, "Lucy, you may NOT lose any of those teeth....ever."
books to read, hands to knit, mouth to taste, and the my prayer, "Lord, may I not be too comfortable in my comfort."
assured in His promise...He will show me how to love like He's loved me....(this song running on autoplay in my head)

May you have eyes to see His grace in your life today, my friend.

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