Saturday, April 19, 2014

Weekend Glimpses: Mool Mool and Resurrection

Tomorrow is Easter.  I can never decide which is my favorite holiday between Christmas and Easter, but I love Easter, so it might win.  I wish I had several really meaningful or fun traditions related to Easter but the past two years (last year I was due any day with baby number three and this year we increased our household to four children) have been so busy at this specific time of year that instead of berating myself over a few of the things I wished we did this year, I need to celebrate the things that we will do or have done. 

So the celebration.  This weekend our brother Chris received an Indian name: Mool Mool.  I have heard several translations of the word but it usually relates to a bubbling spring.  What a fitting name for a man whom God's love bubbles out of and spills onto everyone around him!  We were so honored to attend the ceremony and it was a special celebration at the longhouse in White Swan. One of the gifts Jesse received was this gorgeous blanket pictured above.  The picture doesn't show the true depth of color but it was so cozy on my rocking chair tonight, I couldn't resist.  For the meal before the ceremony, we were asked to provide 5 dozen dyed eggs, and it didn't take much (read:any) arm twisting for the girls to help me!  They were more "help" than help, if you know what I mean, but it was so fun and the colors were so beautiful with the dyes we used and we made sweet memories together. 

Tomorrow we celebrate our risen Lord.  He has conquered death, which holds no fear for us any longer, and His life is the light of men.  The longer I live, and especially the longer I live here in grateful (and honestly, sometimes not so grateful) service to my King, the more joy and meaning His death and resurrection hold for me.  We watched "The Prince of Egypt" with the girls last night, one of my favorite animated movies, and the scene with the burning bush had me in tears because it reminded me all over again of God's firm command to do all He wills but paired with such tender encouragement and promises of His own presence and love. Moses' reaction of joy and trembling and wonder is .... well, it reminds me of how I feel when He makes His presence known tangibly to me and encouraged me, especially on the heavy day of Good Friday.

He is risen... He is risen indeed.  Hallelujah!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yarn along

Here it is Wednesday again (okay do I'm writing this Tuesday night because I never have time to post in the mornings...)! That means it's time for Yarn Along with Ginny!

This week I am still reading On the Banks of Plum Creek and knitting Rosie an "In Threes" cardigan. Not much time to knit this week since we have a few extra activities ahead of us but I've made some progress on the cardi. You can tell its a busy week when I rely on my phone for pictures for a post- no time even to plug the camera into the computer and look through photos there... just the kind of night when I snap one quick before climbing in bed to type the rest of the post on my tiny phone keyboard.

This Saturday our friend and the leader/founder of our ministry is receiving an Indian name- a huge honor! We get to attend the ceremony as a family. We are really excited for Chris. Then, of course Easter on Sunday (as a side note, do any of you exchange goodies with your spouse on Easter? We aren't this year but I think we have in years past) and the next weekend there will be a birthday celebration at our house.  Our family alone has three birthdays in 2 1/2 weeks!

So April is a whirlwind:
I'm hoping to get a few seeds in the ground this week so our garden can start.
The chicks are growing fast and got moved to temporary housing until they are full grown and we can attempt to move them into the big coop with the rest of the flock.

Our genius dogs have found crazy ways to break through our gate and are driving me crazy.

We planted a cherry tree start, a weeping willow start, and a maple start out around the property.  I hope they make it. We have a few other starts to put in the ground as well- a couple pears, a couple more maples, and another willow. The tiny willow is already leafing out so that's a hopeful sign. We desperately long for more shade on our property in the summer so maybe down the road we'll get there.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Parks and (Dinner) Wreck


(intrigued by Daddy's waffle iron)

I have felt fortunate to find a couple fun playgrounds away in town that have really fun climbing equipment and other things - slides, spinning seats, and more. The park we visited a few days ago is one I found toward the end of last summer and it has never yet been crowded, it has nice shade trees right near the playground for sitting and knitting (well, maybe when Rosie is a little older...) and I am really thankful for a few places I can take the girls.  One of the things I have missed a lot in moving here is the easy access to beautiful parks and lakes.  It kind of still befuddles me that there doesn't seem to be anywhere nearby that I can take the kids in the heat to splash around outside; growing up in the Seattle area that was just a complete given.  So if anyone knows of any great water play options in Yakima that I can have in my mind to explore this summer, let me know!  There are a couple spray parks that we visited last summer too - those will probably be even more of a hit this year as Millie will be more adventurous, I think. 

Do you ever have a day when you are really counting the minutes to kids' bedtime, not because of any one kid or one situation but just because you're tired of noise?  I felt like that tonight; a little like maybe I'll should just make dinner and then hide in the bedroom while everyone fusses or grumps instead of eating.  It doesn't matter whether I am making kid-friendly food or not, dinner time is just kind of exhausting, especially because it's smack in the middle of Rosie's fussiest time of day.  I don't know why, but that adorable sweet baby turns into a screeching machine through the entire meal, right in my right ear and I can't even eat a bite fast enough before she's yelling again.  And then someone spills their milk which slides in a big white puddle across the table, dripping onto the floor through the crack for the table leaf, and then someone whines that they don't want that corn, and then someone fusses because they wanted the pink bowl and then someone... well, you get the picture.  Most days I can handle it, but every once in a while I just want to get a pair of earplugs and pretend I can't hear the whole thing, eating my own dinner (which I have worked hard to prepare deliciously and creatively) in silence. 

Someday I will miss the noise and chaos and mess.  I know that's what everyone says, so I know it must be true and so I remind myself that this is Blessing and these pictures remind me too, even the ones that capture messy hair and piles of papers on the counter, and runny noses. I hope they remind you of beauty and light and God's goodness in answered prayer the way they do for me.  

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

funny faces, blue stitches, and pink flowers


Well, I did it.  I ripped out the Plain Tunic that was almost finished.  I just didn't like how it was turning out!  So I decided to knit a large size (2T) of the In Threes cardi for Rosie with the Simplicity DK in hopes that it will come out to fit a 12 month old.  So far it looks really sweet!  I loved that pattern when I made it for Millie with worsted weight yarn and it looks sweetly dainty with the lighter yarn.  

I'm still reading On the Banks of Plum Creek.  It is so different to read these books as an adult.  I see the life choices that Ma and Pa made in a really different light than I did as a child when I read them last.  I know what's coming in the story, with the grasshoppers' arrival looming, and the knowing fills me with dread, the knowing that the peace the Ingalls family has finally been experiencing in this story, the joy and hope for their future in this community, is coming to an end.  It is made a little worse by the fact that I can't really remember any details about the rest of the story.  I am making my way through so slowly because there isn't much reading time in my life right now but I am savoring it.

My Millie is really such a funny girl.  I convinced her to make her classic silly face when I had the camera in hand and she just screeched with giggles while rolling her eyes and stretching her mouth downwards.  She does this face often and it is often paired with a surprisingly deep voice saying some kind of nonsense followed by a collapse on the floor in laughter.  She has such an incredible sense of humor and I can't wait to see how that develops in her further.  She never struck me as an "entertainer" sort of toddler but these days she has turned into a little ham who does love to entertain us, and who entertains us unintentionally as well. 

So the sun is out, the weather is warm enough for barefoot play in the mud.  The pink clouds of flowers have appeared on the bushes.  The dandelions are taking over the yard, and the buds in the apple orchards are soon to open.  The seeds for the garden are ordered and shipped, on their way.  Spring has definitely arrived on the Rez.

Joining up with Ginny for Yarn Along to see what others are reading and knitting this week! 

Friday, April 04, 2014


How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh I do think it the pleasantest thing 
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside --

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown--
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down.  
--Robert Louis Stevenson, The Swing

 I call this the Smolder.  Ow! You broke my smolder... (I'm certain that's what he was thinking here)

The cold never bothered me anywayyyyyy!  (She was actually singing that in this picture)

We love Tangled and Frozen 'round here. We don't technically own Frozen yet since it is set aside as a birthday gift but the excitement on everyone's faces when that gift is opened in a couple weeks and then watched again will be a fun experience.  These girls don't even have exposure to the Frozen craze out there; they have just fallen in love with it on their own and have no idea how crazy everyone else in the world is about it too.  

As evidenced by the pictures above, Jesse got the swing portion of our swingset built this past week and the swings have gotten so much daily use already.  All day I hear cries of "Mommy, push me!  Push me, mommy!"  I try to make time several times a day to push and push and push, and maybe I should think about doing lunges while I'm pushing swings to get all four limbs a good workout. When I'm not free to come push, they have found other ways of using the swings: pushing each other, standing and twisting, swinging on their tummies.  And then when everyone is really tired of swinging for about 3 minutes, attention is diverted to bubbles or sidewalk chalk or the tricycle or climbing around in our juniper hedge.  And then back to the swings!  Rosie sat on my lap this morning to swing together with me for the first time, and I am hoping we might be able to get a bucket swing for her too.  Our weather has been really lovely: in the 60s and really breezy in the afternoon but that doesn't seem to bother anyone enough to halt the outdoor play.  I am so thankful to Jesse for the hard work and time he already has put into the swingset.  He is still planning to build a playhouse and little rail around the platform (not pictured) which will ensure even more outside creativity but the swings have added a really nice dimension to our days, of which we spend several hours outside as soon as it's warm enough. 

Rosie has no interest in standing or walking independently which surprised me after she starting cruising along furniture at 9 months!  But she is interested in all sorts of beautiful babble, and the way she claps her chubby little hands and imitates my finger wagging for "no-no" is incredibly wonderful.

In other news, that little tunic I was knitting for Rosie is soon to be completely unraveled even though I'm about an inch from the end, which shocks even me!  I am quite sure I am about to run out of yarn again in spite of the fact that I should have had plenty for this pattern from all my calculations, and decided that after buying four skeins of this yarn I didn't even love this pattern enough to rip back and figure out a new way to make the yarn last, so instead, I am going to tear it out and knit a little In Threes cardigan, modifying it to use DK weight yarn.  It's a pattern I really loved when I knit it for Millie and which I will be able to use for Rosie all summer and fall if I knit it big enough.

Well, I better go wake up some sleepyheads for some afternoon fun or they'll never sleep for me tonight!