Having left the blistering cold weather of Great Falls, MT on the 25th of December 2016, we officially moved into our new residence on the 15th of January. Spending almost a month living in hotels and dealing with closing issues. Too say the least, it has been a frustrating and blessed time, all combined into one.
The weather here in Weiser, ID, has been a rarity according to the locals. The last time snow, ice, and freezing rain inundated this part of the country was almost 40 years ago. This year, almost every day has been non-stop snow, ice, or freezing rain combined with extremely low visibility fog.
Many of the homes and businesses here and in the surrounding areas have experienced roof crashes, septic backups, water line failures, fires, etc. It has not been pretty.
Check out this link about the bowling alley; and this link about some of the other happenings:
Thus far, our home and acreage has been spared and we can only thank the Lord for that! Here are a couple of pics of what our home looks like now, under an accumulation of 5+ feet of snow....
compared to what it normally would look like...(this is what we were expecting). Well, Jesus had other plans to welcome us and ensure that we truly appreciate what has been given.
"For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." ~ Isaiah 55:10-11
God is good, and all the time, God is Good!!
Why do my children learn differently? Why does one need learning aids and the other never seem to be paying attention, yet can tell me everything I said??? This infographic from OnlineCollege.org sheds some light on the subject:
"Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten My word to perform it." ~ Jeremiah 1:11-12 (KJV)
The seeds of Prunus dulcis var. dulcis (almond tree) are predominantly sweet. The Hebrew word ‘luz’, translated “hazel” in the King James Bible (Genesis 30:37), is translated as “almond” in the Revised Version, New King James Version, New International Version and the New Revised Standard Version. Thus, this newly created cowl pattern is entitled, “Almond Promise”, in recognition that God will never fail to keep His word and hasten to perform it.
Click here for the pattern.
"Vacation Bible School is six months away...you have time. EEEkkk, VBS is two weeks away!!! Where had the time gone? Now, bean bags are needed and there's no time to wait nor the funds for mail delivery."
Hahaha, this is exactly what happened to me, this past summer. Yet with a little ingenuity, scrap yarn and quick thinking, and help from bean donating friends, I was able to get a number of bean bags completed.
Patterns????? For those who crochet, click here; and for those who machine knit, here's my pattern for the Bond or other bulky knitting machine.
These also make a great project for homeschooling craft days---or so my grand kids say! Try it...you'll like it! :)
For all those who are interested in filling Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, but are not sure of what items to include, here are some suggestions...
NOTE: Large items, i.e. blankets, quilts, coats, tool kits, etc. donated will be shipped in separate boxes to those locations with the greater need. Also, all items should be in new or extremely-lightly used condition.)
TOYS: dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), puzzles, play-doh, spirographs, slinkys, small travel games, stickers, etc.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, colored pencils, notebooks, paper, graph paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, bookmarks, highlighters, stick glues, scissors, white-out tape, binders, pocket folders, rulers, paper clips, scotch tape, stapler/staples, flashcards, pencil pouches, index cards, dry-erase markers/board, tab dividers, compass, protractor sets, book covers, lunch packs, backpacks, etc.
NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, toothpaste, unscented bar soap, combs, brushes, washcloths, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, nail files, nail trimmers, nail care kits, non-liquid nail polish, breath mints, tissues, body cleansing pads, baby wipes, cotton swaps, toilet paper, tongue scrapers, loofahs, dental floss, etc.
CRAFTS: drawing paper/pencils, watercolors and paper, yarn, crochet hooks/instruction booklet, loom knitting kits, construction paper, sewing kits, stamps, ink pad, card-making crafts, jewelry/bead making kits, wood crafts, small latch hook kits, embroidery kits, cross-stitch kits, needlepoint kits, paint-by-number colored pencil kits, felt appliqué kits, sun catchers, knot-a-quilt sets, loom weaving kits, button making kits, velvet posters, etc.
ACCESSORIES: t-shirts/polos, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), shoes, flip flops, pajamas, baby outfits, dresses, pants, sweaters, sweatshirts, sweat-suits, small tools, radios (w/extra batteries), headphones, gloves, scarves, cowls, face masks, coats, leg warmers, underwear, bras, camisoles, etc.
MISCELLANEOUS: cups, bowls, utensils, Bibles, activity booklets, elementary/teen novels, blankets, tool boxes (large and small), first aid kits, hard candy, lifesavers candy, gummi candy, magnifying glasses, gum, pocket dictionary, pocket thesaurus, comic books, quilts, etc.
Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; nail polish, perfume, shampoo, conditioners, hair gel, medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
To all those who have tried in vain to reach my patterns due to broken links...my humblest apologies! Your frustrations are understood and shared...uuugghh.
As of today, all links have been fixed and checked!
Your forgiveness and continued patronage is sought and greatly appreciated!
To view my free patterns, click here for main pattern page or click on the following links to view patterns by category:
Loom Knit patterns
Machine Knit Patterns
A gracefully aging, dreamer, passionate about creating patterns that reflect my perspectives and honor the Lord Jesus Christ.