It’s been a few months since I’ve updated here. Really, it’s just taking some time for me to find my bearings, which is never an easy thing to do in a household of 11. As soon as you think you’ve got it down, some big event, or even a catastrophe happens and throws everything off again!

Since I last updated, we made an amazing trip to south Louisiana and celebrated both Christmas and my parents’ 50th anniversary. The trip was not without its challenging moments, but was a blast and I’m just itching for another road trip already. Well, truth be told, I’m always ready to travel back home, 24/7.

In other news, the Good Lord continues the work of our sanctification! We have seen all three of our cars go on the fritz, two of them multiple times. The third one may be on a permanent hiatus. We’ve been through two months of respiratory virus purgatory (started Jan 10 and one of them *still* has the cough!) and are currently in strep hell, with six on antibiotics. Spring has not come one day too soon!

An interesting shift is slowly occurring in our house: it is becoming more of a “home.” After many years and many attempts to “nicen” up our house, only to have my efforts sabotaged within very short periods of time, I pretty much stopped putting effort into it. When you have 11 people on one income, usually you don’t have money to throw down the toilet, and that is essentially what was happening, because the little ones would break or destroy anything I would get within days. I simply focused, therefore, on whatever could keep this house functioning, but it sure wasn’t nice to be in. It just “worked.” Then our Comcast internet plan changed: We were required to upgrade our cable (which we really never wanted in the first place)  in order to keep our high speed internet affordable. Kermit needs this internet for work. When we came down with the respiratory plague, at about the same time, we discovered that we have HGTV. Do I need to say any more? With our youngest at 3 years old, and not terribly destructive, I thought I might give the interior decorating another shot. Mind you, I’m not talented in this arena at all, but I’m doing what I can and am loving the results. I want our house to feel like a “home” and to be somewhere that we love to relax. At one time I might have considered this frivolous spending, especially as the destruction rate to new item ratio was pretty high, but with that ratio improved, the expenditures seem more like an investment. Judging from the children’s reactions and improved efforts in the home, it was a good investment. We have a long ways to go, and ultimately have our eye on fixing up the house to sell, but right now I just want to get the house to feel like “home.” We’ve lived here for 13 years; I think it’s about time. Perhaps I’ll have some pictures to share soon! And plants–we have plants in the house! And they’re not dead! 😂 This is major.

And in more news, I’ve decided that I wish to help others learn the joys of knitting and crocheting, and to that end I have enrolled in the Craft Yarn Council’s certification courses. So I’m working on the coursework, and at the same time am developing a 9-10 week course which gives a good introduction to the nuts and bolts of yarn crafting. My eye is on teaching at Hobby Lobby and the local park, as well as in private lessons. Although I’ve been crafting for ten years, I want the certification so that I know I’m passing on actual knowledge, and not my mistakes. I am also working on making handmade pouches, hand-knitted and hand-sewn, which will be sold at our parish’s gift shop. I made two for our parish priest and was told to make several for the gift shop! I’m happy to do so! I’m hoping to put up a few pieces of my yarn crafting which I will offer as commission work. One of those would be the glorious Mardi Gras shawl I knitted up. I had such fun, I might make a new version yearly! I have many new projects on the needles right now: some for certification, some for me, one for Mom (always), and one for a future Introduction to Knitting class. I spent much of the winter simply finishing projects which had been in progress for a very long time.

Can you stand one more bit of news? Our homeschooling days are vastly dwindling. We have made arrangements to put two of the children into our parish school next year, which will mean at least 3 in school. One we may or may not start at the local high school with her brother in September. Another should have his high school wrapped up in the early fall. This will leave only the 8 year old, and potentially the 14 year old homeschooling (if she doesn’t go to the high school). After 17 years of homeschooling, I think we’re all being called in other directions, and I’m good with that. I’m also good with keeping the very little ones at home for some time longer.

2019 is nearly a quarter over now, yet due to the way our year started off with such a “bang,” I feel like it’s just getting started. This year we look forward to one making his First Holy Communion, and it will be at a Latin Mass, which is a first for us! We have another being Confirmed in the Fall. Fall may also see Kermit and I making our Perpetual Vows in the Holy Family Institute in Ohio.

And so this is the long, overdue update. Things are busy, but coming together, one day at a time. I do not know when I will get back to podcasting, but I do miss it and plan to add that back in. What form that podcast would take, I also do not know, because I love talking both faith and yarn–admittedly I have not been following the news cycles heavily, and I can’t say I miss it all that much. My focus has been 100% on the homefront and I’m happy that way. The children seem happier with it that way as well. We’ve got our short-term goals we’re working on, with an eye to our long-term goals, and to simply feel like we’re getting somewhere in the big scheme of things is uplifting to the soul. If there is one thing we as humans cannot tolerate, it’s feeling like we are in a rut. You can only get out of the rut if you can identify it, come up with a plan, and put it into action. And so we are.

Thus concludes my photoless, videoless update! Mind you, it’s not that I have no photos and videos to share, but it would take so long to attach them all here I’d have never finished this update. Now I’m free to trickle out photos and videos as I can into new blog posts! See how that works? 😂🤪

God bless you. God keep you. God love you. I love you.

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