2016

>> Thursday, December 8, 2016

Phoenix and I were driving home yesterday (she was sleeping) when all of the sudden ahead of us I saw a very large something fly straight up in the air. I was confused for a second, and then realized there had been an accident. I really didn’t see the accident (only what I just described), so I wasn’t sure how bad it was. It was at the intersection to our neighborhood, so I pulled over and waited to make sure it was safe to go through.

As I sat there, I looked back at my sweet sleeping girl, and couldn’t help but thank God for His protection. If we had been about 20 seconds further down the road, we would’ve been right in the middle of that intersection at the time of the accident. Trusting God's perfect timing, in having me spend those 20 seconds to put Phe's shoes back on before going into Target. I'm going to think twice about being frustrated over little things like that from now on.


As I look back at 2016 and all that has happened... I’m not gonna lie. It has been the worst year of my life. Yet, I can see God’s hand throughout the year. In little and big things. In some happy times, and in the darkest and hardest times I’ve ever experienced. God has carried me through and continues to show me He is there and He is faithful. Though I am currently walking through a very difficult time, I have a peace and comfort that can only come from God.

I’m really not sure what our future holds, but I know that I can trust God’s plan, that His timing is perfect, and He will carry us through this uncharted territory.

I’d love to ask for some specific prayer requests...
- For Lily’s upcoming birth (whether it be before or after Ben leaves).
- For Ben, as he deploys at the beginning of the year.
- For the girls and I, as we’ve moved down to Florida and have an interesting year ahead of us - and more specifically for me, to hear God, and to be the best mother I can be to these precious girls.
(also, prayers for those affected by the accident I mentioned - I know of at least one fatality)

I hope your 2016 has been a good year, and that 2017 is even better!


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My Cowl

>> Sunday, October 30, 2016

(cowl pattern at the end of this post!)


Back in April when Ben was first at Bragg and the girls and I were still living in Florida, I drove up to explore the area with Ben and bring him the car so he could have it for work.  While there, I discovered a little yarn shop in downtown Fayetteville, and naturally had to get something.

"Guys. There's a yarn shop in Fayetteville. This could be dangerous.
Got myself some Malabrigo Arroyo in Purpuras"

Since I was leaving the car with Ben, I took the train back to Florida.  While waiting for the train, I wound my yarn into a ball and tried to come up with a pattern idea.  I knew I wanted to make a simple cowl, and that's exactly what came about!

"Took the train home from Fayetteville last night. Balled up my new yarn at the station, cast on for a simple cowl this morning (I'm making it up as I go). Sure beats driving - can't eat French toast like this while driving! Yay Amtrak!
Hate saying goodbye to my man again so soon. But he should be ready to come back next week to get us moved up there!"

I worked on it over time in FL, and then finished it in NC!

"I love knitting outside. It's a great way for the girls to get some energy out while I relax.
Also, I am loving my new Addi Turbo Needles!! They are amazing!"

"Found a little bit of spare time to knit today.
This picture makes me feel like it's cold outside. Even though the high today was 90."

"Finally not too sick to knit - I finished my cowl! Just in time for summer...
Oh well. I'm just excited I unintentionally found this maternity shirt that coordinates with my cowl perfectly!"

And while Jean Marie was visiting us last week, she grabbed a few shots on my camera for me!





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Here is my rough draft of the pattern!
If you decide to make it and notice any mistakes in the pattern, please let me know!

Fayetteville Station
(named after where the cowl got its beginning)
Approx. finished size, laying flat: 12" x 9"
Pattern gauge: 24 stitches, 36 rounds per 4"

Materials
Sport or DK weight yarn (I probably used 2/3 of my hank of Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in Purpuras)
US 6 (4.0 mm) 16" circular needles


Pattern
Cast on 144 stitches (using alternating rib CO).

Place marker and join in the round.  Knit 4 rounds of K1, P1 ribbing.

Rounds 1 & 2:  Knit

Round 3:  K1, *P1, K7* (repeat until 7 stitches remain), P1, K6.

Round 4:  P1, K1, P1, K5, repeat until end of round.

Round 5:  K1, *P1, K7* (repeat until 7 stitches remain), P1, K6.

Rounds 6 & 7:  Knit

Round 8:  K5, *P1, K7* (repeat until 3 stitches remain), P1, K3.

Round 9:  K4, *P1, K1, P1, K5* (repeat until 4 stitches remain), P1, K1, P1, K1.

Rounds 10 & 11:  Knit

Repeat rounds 1-11 until desired length.

Knit 4 rounds of K1, P1 ribbing.

Bind off in pattern.

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We're Getting New Neighbors

>> Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Our home is on the end of a multiplex of 4 units.  We really wound up with a great spot.  We're right next to a lot of pine trees, our porch is bigger than the other 3, and we get more windows than if we were one of the 2 middle units.

Anyway, that's beside the point of this post.

Our only neighbors have always been interesting.  They have 3 rough vehicles that they park everywhere, including very near our driveway (sometimes making it a pain to back out) and in front of our yard.  They also always have a ton of trash, and they keep the can where we get to smell it every time we're in our driveway.  Of course, I know none of this is terribly awful and we could have worse neighbors.  They're simply annoyances.

So when I noticed the moving truck (blocking us in our driveway) Friday morning, I got kind of excited!  I'd love to have neighbors whom I want to be friends with, and might possibly have little girls for the girls to play with!  And I certainly wouldn't miss our current neighbors.

Well, fast forward to that afternoon when I wanted to take the girls to the store.

I tried to unlock the car, but it wasn't working.  I figured the key battery must've died.  So I unlocked the driver door and tried unlocking the rest of the car.  Nope.  Tried turning it on.  Nothing.  It was dead!  Of course the car would die when Ben is out of town.

After all my thoughts about our neighbors and being excited they were leaving, it turns out I needed them.  Those rough vehicles they have?  The husband was always working on them.  I knew he'd be able to jump our car.

I rang their doorbell and asked for their help, and they were happy to help me.  In the midst of the craziness of packing and moving, they were happy to help me.

Turns out, they're actually quite nice.  I had never given them a chance, really.  We said the courteous "Hi" whenever we crossed paths, but I never considered becoming friends.  A humbling moment for me, for sure.  Made me want to make sure I give our new neighbors more of a chance.  Even if they don't have children my girls' ages.  Even if they do annoying neighbor-y things.  They could be awesome neighbors, and even friends, if I give them a chance.

So here's to our new neighbors (whenever they arrive) and not leaving lights on in the car anymore!


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Phoenix is 2!

>> Sunday, October 16, 2016

You guys.  This kid.  She is just something else.
Sweet and stubborn.  Silly and serious.  Simply full of personality.
Currently obsessed with dresses (9 times out of 10, she will get upset if you have her wear something other than a dress).  Looooves Minnie Mouse, Elsa, Anna, Belle (all the princesses, really).  Adores babies and baby dolls.  Is quite independent.  And I think she's going to be an awesome big sister.

We love her to death, and are so blessed to be celebrating two years of Phe Phe!

We went to Target yesterday to buy her a birthday dress, and I had a pretty good idea which one she would choose (both because we go to Target too often, and because I know her "style").  A purple, tutu style Minnie Mouse dress.  And we even found these adorable boots for 70% off!













She really wasn't digging picture time at first.

"Oh mom, do we really have to do this?"



We got her jumping, and Georgia got her giggling (of course), and all was good.











Georgia was going to tickle her :)


Oh sweet girl.




Love these sweet sisters!  Can't wait to see them with Lily!!!


Lovelovelove.


And then playing commenced and picture time was over ;)





I love the way she'll inquisitively listen to Georgia.



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