What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Dear Leah O'Connor~ Since I can't comment on your blog: your childrens' latest handmade knits are to.die.for.  (Blessed children, they, to have a Mama like you!)  You do such good work.  (And I love that hobbit house they are in.  Can I have it?)   I love your daughters' Narnia costume.  (The fact that her school had Narnia day is pretty great too, in my book.)  Such a pretty birthday girl (and handsome birthday boy).  Your blog hates me still.  But I WILL PREVAIL!  :-)   PS.  You will love the Victorio.  LOVE.  (Trust me.) P.P.S- was there a little cloodle in the knitting post about the gender of your wee little womb-baby?  Hmmmmm? 

Dear Bonnie~ I can comment on your blog but I'll ask it here too because I lay awake at night thinking about the answers to this question and never come up with anything:  WHY (oh why?) can't you share some of the handmade present karma?  Hmmmm?  Why, oh why, can't I be so cool?  Serious skills you have. Can you be my Mom?

Dear Mothers who make things for their children- don't measure children in the middle of the night, while they are curled up in a ball, snuggled in their beds and fast asleep.  The long sleeve sweater that you intend to be an all-purpose, warm and toasty, through the winter, wardrobe necessity will turn into a short sleeve sweater that is decidedly NOT toasty.  TRUST ME.

Dear Adele'- you sure look cute in short sleeve sweaters.

Dear People with Mice in their homes,  I join your ranks.  I made delicious (!!) cranberry almond scones the other day for breakfast and there were two left.  Knowing we have a little mouse afoot in the house, I put them in the oven so I could have them for breakfast this morning.  But, when I pulled them out of the oven- there were nibbles!  I very nearly ate them anyway (after all, I have little boys and girls who nibble too) until I saw the mouse poo.  Ew.  The oven is NOT a safe place to store yummies from mice it turns out.  Save your scones!  Eat seconds!

Dear Knitters~ Look!  I can INCREASE!    There is a class going on at a local library twice a month to teach one (ME!) how to knit.  I whined a bit too loudly about it always being during the day, when children are not in bed and husbands are not home) so the librarian worked out a babysitting gig with a local home-high-schooler for those of us Mamas with children.  The first class I went to was on Tuesday.  And I love it.  I might just be able to make socks someday after all!

Dear Librarian and Home-High-schooled-Library-Babysitter~  I love you.

Dear Judah- please do NOT take kitting projects off the knitting needles and pull the yarn throughout the house EVER AGAIN.  The nice knitting instructor saved my big blue shawl/scarf that I thought you had nearly ruined.  You are SO lucky.


Dear Self- finish that big blue scarf/shawl already---so Judah doesn't "happen" to it again! 

Dear Admirer of Westinghouse the Cute Crocheted Squirrel~ it just occurred to me, I don't think I ever commented back where the pattern was that I used to make Westington.  It was from this book, which can be found in pretty much any craft store.  Or online.  (Obviously.) But, if you buy it from a craft store, you can use a 40% off coupon!  ;-)

Dear Blog, I miss you.


Bonnie said...

Dear Rebecca-
I miss you blogging. But you're a mama and busy, so that's that. I would gladly send you my "skills" (that's generous), but the nice thing about photos is you can't see my screw-ups. (I painted THREE Ma's before I got an acceptable one).
This would probably be a bad time to mention that Muffins gift pictures will hopefully be up tomorrow.
I have a letter all written out, and someday, it might actually see an envelope, and then perhaps make its to the mailbox.
Cute Addie, Oh no Judah (your day later "twin" would applaud you). Bake them mice.
I have your turtle cheesecake in the oven, sans pecans because I ain't got none.
Miss you.

Bonnie said...

P.S. I have no idea why that says Bon AND Bonnie

And I have not forgotten you want gift ideas. In the letter, but I'll hunt down the links just for you. but not now, I have dishes to be washed and a caramel pot to lick clean.

Marlene Bibby said...

I miss you blogging too, but you are doing the most important stuff. And those children are getting so big. Enjoy them. You can blog later!

Miranda said...

I miss your blogging too. You keep me motivated.

Anonymous said...

Coveting your blue scarf in a BIG way -

b in va

Jerelene said...

You're doing wonderful with the knitting!! The classes help so much..that's how I learned to. I had the hardest time with the purl stitch..I don't know why, it was just something I had trouble grasping. I love your dishcloth in the Christmas colors! And your blue scarf is beautiful. I love the cute sweater that Adele is wearing..it's darling!! Sort of like a sweater/vest! Unique:) Happy to see a post from you. Miss you when you're gone but can fully understand that wife/mommy comes first:) ~Blessings~

Bonnie said...

A linky post is now up, just for you : )
(R.'s gift pictures will have to come later.)

ulli said...

Glad to see you're back! Congrats on the knitting progress! Now you can make anything. Knitted or crocheted face cloths and a bar of handmade soap (I buy mine at craft fairs, I don't make it) make a lovely gift! Just sayin...

Leah said...

Awww, you are so nice.
And all I can say is BAD, BAD BLOG (mine) for discriminating against such a one as you, and your beautiful comments. Sigh. I have no idea of the problem. Others have told me they've had problems commenting on my blog at different times too. It's weird, when I try to comment on certain blogs using my husband's laptop, some of the comment boxes won't even show up, let alone let me comment. Then I get back to my normal computer and it's all fine. They're both updated Macs, so I don't know what the difference is, or what settings could possibly be making a difference. Oh well. Keep trying. My blog may repent and change it's mind at some point. (I will pray for it's conversion. ;P)

As to the Hobbit House, if you want it, you'll have to come out and get it! :D

And NO! I didn't mean that line about the sweater pass down to be a "giveaway" of any kind (oh dear, I wonder who else thought that?). I don't know what I'm having, boy or girl, but I always save good stuff for the next baby, because I usually assume there'll be another boy or girl coming along the line at some point (God willing).

Anyway, thanks for the note, sister. :)

Anonymous said...

I have not commented in ages, but i love that your knitting (i knit too), what a blessing that your libriarian is.. Enjoy all that is keeping your plate oh so full!
-Bobbi (the ohio girl)

Anonymous said...

I have not commented in ages, but i love that your knitting (i knit too), what a blessing that your libriarian is.. Enjoy all that is keeping your plate oh so full!
-Bobbi (the ohio girl)

Anonymous said...

I have not commented in ages, but i love that your knitting (i knit too), what a blessing that your libriarian is.. Enjoy all that is keeping your plate oh so full!
-Bobbi (the ohio girl)

Kim @ Homestead Acres said...

I always love your posts. :) Way to go on the knitting! Adele looks so sweet in her sweater. I actually thought it was a shrug and wouldn't have known otherwise with out you mentioning it!

Bonnie said...

R.'s birthday present post is up

Cathy said...

What a fun post to read. Bless you.

Rebecca said...

Ditto to what Miranda said. I was in Nebraska for a week with no internet, that was tough! But it looks like I didn't miss too much. Judah is growing way too fast. I have a question for you. I canned a lot of beef and pork. The scraps of fat and tendon stuff left over I boiled. I thought I could make treats for my dog. Do you think dehydrating the cooked leftovers is worth the work? What do you do for your dogs treats? Is there an email to ask you questions? Thanks for all you do to inspire all of us.

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Rebecca said...

To the other Rebecca- sorry it has taken me so long to respond to you!

Our dog usually gets raw meat scraps for her treats. Or boiled would work too. I wouldn't go to trouble of dehydrating them myself- but admittedly, Ruby (our dog) gets treats in a FEAST or FAMINE style and dehydrating them would certainly allow you to store some to spread it out.

Not that you can now- since I only took a whole week to respond to you! (sorry)

If you have any other questions, my email address is
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