"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

erin knits

Here we have a wonderful, rare shot of Erin in a moment of inspiration.  It could only be a grand plan that would cause her to pick up the needles and begin knitting without prompting.  She loves to create... just not with the needles.  Yes, the scarf shown on the open page would be lovely from that particular yarn, but there wasn't enough of it.  That's o.k. because I'm the one that wanted to see the scarf knitted from her bulky, sky blue, single ply wool.  The photographer held the skein and imagined baby photos.  Yes, she was off and running without a pattern...  Once she had an appropiately sized stretchy band, she got out her new Christmas present.  She proceded to make a posy with her well loved felting kit and voila!  Now she's just longing for a sweet little head to photograph.  

This morning the girls and I began reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  We started with the preface and will read chapter one tomorrow as well as watch the first dvd segment that coincides with the chapter.  

"But before we look at what is wrong and address it, we need to understand something.  The core problem isn't the fact that we're lukewarm, halfhearted, or stagnant Christians.  The crux of it all is why we are this way, and it is because we have an inaccurate view of God.  We see Him as a benevolent Being who is satisfied when people manage to fit Him into their lives in some small way.  We forget that God never had an identity crisis.  He knows that He's great and deserves to be the center of our lives.  Jesus came humbly as a servant, but He never begs us to give Him some small part of ourselves.  He commands everything from His followers."  

We'll let you know what we think when we're finished.  So far, he's off to a good start.

And speaking of crazy love... my crazy love is celebrating a birthday today!  I really should be in bed seeing as it's after midnight and we're meeting friends for breakfast at 6:30.  Steve happens to share this special day with my crazy love so together we par-tay!!

Blessings, Debbie


  1. So many good and wonderful things happening in your home! Your Erin looks just beautiful with her yarn and the little flower is adorable! Happy birthday to the love of your life. Crazy Love is one of my all time favorites! I have it on audio to listen to with the ipod, but didn't know there was a dvd!
    I hope you have a wonderful breakfast and a great day!

  2. Such a look of focus and concentration on Erin's face, she is lost in her creating for sure.........beautiful creation too. x

  3. I think baby headbands are a great invention and that one is really sweet! I haven't read the book, but two of my children have...they thought it was great. My daughter and I heard him speak at a Passion Conference once and that was great, too. So, I think you have made a wise choice.

  4. Erin is beautiful in her concentration! Love that cute little headband!

    I will look forward to hearing more about Crazy Love and hope your crazy love has a wonderful birthday!! blessings ~ tanna

  5. Yes, those baby headbands are so cute, and that one is particularly! Enjoy your reading - it's sounds promising.

  6. Happy Birthday to your Love!

    I like Francis Chan...

    Love Erin's creativity! Can't wait to see wee heads photographed in it.


  7. Erin did a great job..it will look so sweet on a small little baby.

    I hope you and your love have a wonderful breakfast and a blessed day!!


  8. I really do hope you share more what you think of this book. I am in need of a kick in the skirt lately. [o= Awwwe I do hope there will be a little to model off your dd's headband. It is so cute. And for the head band you made your dd...I love it. I tried making that pattern and my yarn was too thick. I need to buy some proper yarn and try again. [o=

    I do look forward to you sharing how you are doing. I have been wondering and would love to know how you are my dear SSiC.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

  9. I love the intensity of Erin knitting, and her choice of seats, how girly is that! Have a good day.

  10. Hiya Deb - and Happy Birthday to the special one! Yo go - Erin - and then start an Etsy shop! I never learned to knit and can only chain stitch. Would love to make some of the nifty things out there today. My daughter did learn and has done some great work. Busy 20-somthing life these days, though, but I hope she picks up the needles again - expect she will when finally settled in a place of her own.

  11. What a lot. Happy birthday to your love and I hope you made it to breakfast with your eyes open! Erin and that head band...so sweet! Can't wait to see it on the baby. And I loved Crazy Love. Am waiting for the chance to do it with my adult SS class. Can't wait to hear what you think.

  12. Happy birthday to your sweetie!

    I love watching the concentration of newer knitters! Love that little headband.

  13. Happy Birthday to your crazy love! It sounds like you will have a wonderful breakfast birthday celebration. That book sounds awesome.

    Your daughter did a great job on that posy...:) Beautiful!

    Happy week to you!


  14. Too cute seeing her propped up on the side of the couch arm...my daughter is creative to, in her own way. Now a little head for that would be wonderful

    Love to hear about the book, we haven't read that one yet. I am reading "The Allure of Hope" by Jan Meyers and loving it.

    Happy Birthday...January birthdays are great!!!!!!!!!! LOL

    Oh the story of what is happening with the family I told you about is on my side bar...I think you will be blessed.

  15. Now why am I not surprised that Erin is doing something creative and selfless? Must be that she is learning from her mother...or from her Father?
    Happy Birthday to your Crazy Love!
    {{{Hugs}}} from Cheryl...

  16. Hi good Debbie!
    I love Erin's creation!
    Thank you for the link! I am popping over there now. I just got home from parent/teacher conferences. Late night.
    Happy, happy to your crazy love.
    Good book.

  17. Looks to be a good study you're embarking on... hope you share more as you get into it! ~Lisa

  18. What a darling headband. I heard good things about C.L. Looking forward to your thoughts.



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