Saturday, April 19, 2014

Day 40 of 40

And then it was the last day of lent. How did that happen?

Last night we went to a Good Friday service. It was different than our mid afternoon tenebrae, but still worship. I still get distracted sometimes in worship, even though my daughter is 9 and old enough to worship on her own. She still needs encouragement and occasional instruction, as do we all.

One interesting thing that happened last night as we were waiting in the church, we looked at the missionaries that are supported and recognized a face. In fact, we recognized three faces, Marta Bennett and her two children. As I pointed to them, I reminded Hannah that she had seen a movie with them before, she remembered that it was the movie Brave. It was fun seeing them there, knowing that others are praying for them and supporting them. 

Tomorrow is Easter. Celebration of life and in a lot of ways the end of our winter hibernation. I always feel hesitant to see winter go. It's turned into a favorite season. A time when you can see things for exactly what they are. This year, I'm wishing that we'd had just a bit more time to be bare and exposed.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Day 39 of 40

Lent's almost over. Hard for me to believe in some ways. Good Friday normally means the hard spiritual work of a midday tennebrae service. Not this year, our worship will be shared with another congregation. New things to experience, new ways to walk into that Saturday vigil. I don't want to rush, but part of me can taste that Sunday sunrise already.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Day 37/38 of 40

I'd hoped to finish strong in Lent but it appears I am actually finishing weak.

We had hot cross muffins for breakfast.

I hear that they taste like buns but obviously don't have the same texture. It feels like a defeat, but I'm glad I hot crossed something! We have a busy few days ahead. I'm hoping to be prepared for them by the time I need to be. With God all things are possible.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Day 36 of 40

It's tax day! We celebrated by having beans and rice for dinner. Mainly because it's the day of the year that the government not only wants us to square up last year's taxes, but also to start making payments on this year's. Kind of a tough day for many folks financially. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Day 35 of 40

It's a stormy day here. After a week of open windows, there's snow predicted. Spring is such a fickle season.

It's also the start of Holy Week. Starting with Maundy Thursday, we have lots of emotions to go through. I'm trying to prep myself now. I'm looking forward to the Easter sunrise service. But the celebration of a meal together on Thursday and the cross on Friday are two things I don't want to pass over.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Day 32/33/34 of 40

Life has been very beautiful the last couple of days. Our sister left this morning. We already miss her, scheming of how to see her again soon. 
sometimes I wish that we could just go ahead and invent that transporter business from Star Trek.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Day 31 of 40

I think it was the end of 2012 when I agreed to knit a hat for someone. I probably cast on that very same day. I did not get far. It was a yarn I had used before, a simple pattern I've made a couple times, my favorite needles. It should have knit up pretty quick. Instead it just sat. I'm going to blame the yarn. It just wasn't meant to be a hat. I finally went and bought some new yarn yesterday and within hours, I was further along in the project than I had made it in over a year. 
Sometimes, when WIPs stall out, it's time to rethink the why, the what, the how, the everything. Sometimes I just let someone else have my half finished project, sometimes I deconstruct and repurpose, sometimes I push through and get it done. It's important for me to remember that a stall isn't always a definitive no, sometimes it's just a not now.

Here's my latest wip, in case you were curious.