Spring Has Sprung!

It was a long winter. The weather was mild enough but we had our fair share of sickness, including a trip to the walk-in for Luke and one to the ER for me. We’re both doing well now, praise the Lord! From the middle of January through the whole month of February we didn’t get to church at all. Thankfully, we have made it the last 5 weeks in a row. It’s been such a blessing to get out of the house to worship and fellowship with our church family.

March was very mild in our part of the world. It was so refreshing to get outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. I even spent some time working in the garden with a few of the children! We got all the raised beds cleaned out and some cardboard laid down in one bed to try and kill some grass that is coming up. We bought seeds early in the month. It’s been hard holding off on getting them in some soil but I did finally get some planted last night. I planted peppers, tomatoes, some herbs, and some flowers. I’ll be planting lots more as the weeks go by.

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Our garden area is fairly new. It took us several years to realize we needed to create raised beds if we were ever going to get much of a harvest. Clay soil that is often saturated all spring made it impossible to get a garden planted in a timely fashion. The garden is a work in progress. We’ll be adding two new beds where the red arrows are pointing. It’s a far cry from gardens we’ve had in the past but I’m thankful for what we do have.

I’m so excited about gardening, permaculture, and expanding our homestead that all my reading has been on these subjects. Five Acres & A Dream The Book by Leigh Tate has been very interesting. Leigh and her husband are on a small acreage in Virginia where they areย  creating a self-sufficient homestead. You can read more about Leigh’s adventures here, 5 Acres & A Dream The Blog. I also got a new to me copy of The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery. I bought a copy of this book nearly 20 years ago when I was still living with my parents and unmarried. I had a desire even then to live the homesteading life and be married to a farmer. That copy finally bit the dust so I picked up a used copy. I recently found Carla’s daughter, Esther and her family, on YouTube! They are creating an off-grid, permaculture homestead in Idaho. I’ve been really encouraged and motivated by what they’ve shared. The most recent book I pulled out is Integrated Forest Gardening. Scott and I plan to use permaculture methods on our 6 acres in the southern part of the state. We’ve been researching and reading up on this subject for over a year now. This year we were actually able to start putting our plan into action! I’ll share more about what we’re doing in another post.

Spring is here andย  I’m so ready!

Sammy Sunshine

Our precious baby boy is 8 months old today! It’s hard to believe his first birthday is just around the corner. The first few months after he was born were quite difficult. He was colicky and quite unhappy at times. You’d never know it now, though! He’s the sweetest, happiest, most sociable little guy. He is our sunshine after the terrible storm (of miscarriage). We are so blessed by and thankful for his presence in our lives!


Yarn Along

For the first 5 months or so after our precious Samuel was born, I didn’t knit a single stitch. The closer we got to Christmas the antsier I got to make something with some sticks and string! So I chose a couple simple projects and got most of them done in time for gift giving. After Christmas, my needles sat idle again. Finally, in early February, I picked them up again and have tried to keep them busy for at least a few minutes every day. Here are the projects I’ve completed and one that is still a work in progress.

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My first project was a dishcloth. The All Washed Up cloth has become my new favorite. With an easy to memorize 4-row pattern repeat, it’s a quick and easy knit!

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The next project was another dishcloth. This was a mystery cloth from the Yahoo group Monthly Dishcloths. The owner of the group does two mystery knit-alongs a month, one at the beginning of the month and the other halfway through the month. I haven’t participated in quite a long time so this was a lot of fun!

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The last project is still a work in progress but has been really enjoyable so far. I’m making the Little House Shawl by Joanna Johnson for my oldest daughter. I’ve had the yarn for quite awhile with this pattern in mind and I’m glad to have finally started it! I have another skein of yarn in a variegated purple for my younger daughter. I think I’ll start hers as soon as I have finished this one. I’d like them both to be done for Easter! ๐Ÿ™‚

ย As for reading, I haven’t done much lately. When I have free time, I’d rather knit! I guess I need to learn to read and knit at the same time. LOL Anyway, the next book I’d like to read is 5 Acres & A Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead by Leigh Tate. My husband, Scott, read the book and then he did an interview with the author on his radio show. He really enjoyed the book and I know I will, too. If you’re interested in reading Leigh’s blog, head over to 5 Acres & A Dream. I’m sure you’ll enjoy your time there and I bet Leigh would love to have some new visitors. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yarn Along

For lots more knitting and reading inspiration, head on over to Ginny’s blog for the Yarn Along.

My New Endeavor and Lilla Rose’s February Clip

Happy February! I hope you’re all surviving this crazy winter we’re having. I’m thankful that each new day brings us closer to spring! It can’t come soon enough.

At the end of December I decided to jump into something I never thought I’d ever do. I become an independent consultant in a direct sales company! During my growing up years my mom sold Princess House, Tupperware, and Avon. Being a shy person, none of those kinds of jobs appealed to me. I had a hard enough time stocking shelves and running the cash register at a local farm market. LOL It’s just always been difficult for me to interact with people I don’t know.

Well, I’d heard a lot about Lilla Rose over the last couple years but I’d never actually tried any of there products. While thinking about Christmas and the gifts I wanted to give, I decided that I wanted to get each of our girls a Flexi-clip. A really great sale started on Black Friday and my consultant (now my upline) was offeringa Buy 3, Get 1 Free deal! I went for it and got some Flexis! I knew as soon as they arrived (and I secretly tried them on) that I wanted to be part of this company. So on December 27, 2013 I joined the Lilla Rose family! I was able to get started with a minimal investment all of which I was able to make back with my January sales. There are so many wonderful reasons for being with Lilla Rose but I’ll just name a few.

1. Enrollment kits start as low as $49.95!
2. You only need to sell or buy $29 worth of product per YEAR to maintain consultant status!
3. 30% discount on all product, all the time!
4. You can earn a minimum of 30% (and as much as 45%!) on every item you sell.
5. No inventory required! You can run your business completely online if you wish.
6. I’m having so much fun sharing these amazing products that are so fun to wear!

So there you have it! I promise not to make this blog all about Lilla Rose. I’ll make occasional posts about our Flexis of the Month and I’ll also share any sales.

With that said, I’ll introduce our February Flexi of the Month, Fantastic! What do you think? I think it’s so unique and quite different than anything I’ve seen from Lilla Rose before! And there are matching Hair Sticks! How cool is that? These items are only available while supplies last during February! If you want to see these or any of the other awesome items that Liila Rose offers, check out my website. And if you think Lilla Rose would be a good opportunity for you, feel free to send me an email at terrytribe(at)gmail.com.


Hannah Sophia

A very sweet and special friend, Rebecca from Renaissance, left a comment letting me know she really wanted to hear about our newest baby blessing. She motivated me to at least get some pictures up. I’ll be writing up the birth story very soon, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hannah Sophia (whose name means “gracious wisdom”) was born on July 14, 2010 at 11:18 AM. She weighed 9 lbs 14 oz (after a HUGE meconuim stool) and was 22 inches long. According to my EDD she was 9 days “late” but the midwife says she was closer to 40 weeks (meaning she wasn’t as overdue as we thought!) She was my first baby to still have vernix on her body! She nursed shortly after birth and has been a pro from the start! She’s such a joy and blessing! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hannah getting ready to be weighed

Mama and Hannah shortly after birth

1 day old in the outfit my mom bought for her

2 days old in a hat I made for her

4 days old ~ Her first Lord’s Day laying on the blanket I made for her

34 weeks 1 day

I can hardly believe this pregnancy will be over in about 6 weeks and I’ll be holding our precious new baby in my arms! My pregnancy has gone really well so far and I’m so thankful. I’m praying that my blood pressure will remain normal and that I won’t have to deal with being GBS+ again. My other prayer is that this baby will be in a good position for labor and delivery. I’m not expecting or planning on a faster birth but not dealing with an internal fetal rotation (for a 4th time) would be such a blessing!

My next midwife appointment is on Thursday. I’ll be 34 weeks and 3 days along. At my last appointment I was measuring 5 weeks ahead. I’m interested to see what I measure this time. I had also gained 8 pounds in just 5 weeks putting me at 7 pounds over my starting weight. It looks like I’ve held steady without any weight gain over the last 4 weeks. My blood pressure was good at 120/78 or something like that, I can’t remember now. The baby is active and I just love feeling all his/her movements even though they get stronger by the day! He/She was posterior at my last appointment but is always changing positions. I never know where I’ll feel the next hiccups or kicks and squirms. I had Scott take a new picture a few days ago. I’ve not been as consistent with the pictures lately like I was earlier in this pregnancy. I’ll put up a picture from my pregnancy with Esther for comparison’s sake. I’ll try to make sure to post an update after this week’s appointment. We’re down to visits every 2 weeks now! ๐Ÿ™‚

Picture taken 5/22/10 at 33 weeks 5 days

Picture taken 9/10/08 at 32 weeks

Sewing Spree

Iโ€™ve been busy, busy, busy will all kinds of fun things! It all started with an inspiring blog post written by my friend, Rebecca. Iโ€™ve had some cloth napkins cut out for well over a year. I decided it was finally time to get them made! I pulled them out and worked on them until they were finished. It felt so good to get them done! These napkins are obviously a fall theme but at least they’re done.

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Then I had an idea to make Esther a dress. Iโ€™ve always wanted to have a daughter so that I could do lots of โ€œgirlyโ€ sewing. And I really haven’t done any! Of course, itโ€™s possible to sew for boys, too, and I need to find some projects I can make for my special men. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, I had some fabric Iโ€™d bought close to a year ago and I already had a pattern, too! Itโ€™s always nice to know you can tackle a project without spending much, if any, money. I pulled out the pattern and traced it onto some interfacing I also had on hand. (I hate cutting a pattern apart that has multiple sizes because I may want to make the same thing some other time in another size!) I still don’t have the dress quite finished but I’m getting there. I needed to buy some buttons and some thread to match the fabric. (I was able to do that last week!) And I also need to hem it. I decided part way through making the dress that I wanted to make some pantaloons/bloomers to go under them, partly for modesty’s sake but also so she can wear the dress a little bit longer (I hope!). [Scroll down to almost the bottom of the page I linked to.] The pantaloons were a quick sew although I’d still like to add some lace to the bottom of the legs. My plan is to have this outfit done for Resurrection Sunday. I remember my mom making new dresses for me to wear on Easter Sunday. It’s a very special memory.

Sorry about the bad lighting. I’ll get better pictures when its all done. And obviously made some progress since taking these pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Since I couldn’t finish the dress right away I decided to pull out another project that had been in my UFO (UnFinished Object) pile. The same friend I mentioned above, Rebecca, had traced off a bonnet pattern for me to make for Esther. She’d had one on her sweet baby girl when we (the children and I) were at her house for a book exchange last summer. I pulled out the pattern and the fabric I’d already cut out. I read through the directions and proceeded to sew it up. It also went together fairly quickly and easily. I already have fabric picked out to make another one! Now if I could just get Esther to leave it on her head. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Then I pulled out a pattern for a maternity skirt from Blessed Designs that I bought when we first found out about this newest baby blessing. I’ve only ever owned one maternity skirt. I bought is shortly after Isaiah was born and wore it for 3 years straight, pregnant or not. Needless to say, it was worn out by the time this baby came along. My only problem with making this pattern was that I didn’t have any cotton knit fabric for the maternity panel. I’d been planning a trip to JoAnn Fabric since before Christmas but either we didn’t have the money to go or we weren’t headed in that direction. I found two nice pieces of floral cotton fabric from my stash so I decided to trace off the pattern and cut out the fabric for the skirt itself. Then I decided to sew the pieces together minus the maternity panel. It went together fabulously! I’ll definitely being using this pattern a lot! Finally last week, during JoAnn’s Coupon Commotion, I was able to make a trip to town! I was able to get everything I needed for the skirts as well as a few other projects (remember those buttons for Esther’s dress?!). Everything was either on sale or I was able to use a coupon! I was able to work on one of the skirts and have it almost finished. All I have to do is hem it! I’ll add some pictures of these as soon as I have them done.

While I was at JoAnn’s I was able to fulfill a promise I’d made to my sweet Isaiah-man. My mother-in-law made lap-sized blankets for John and Noah a couple years ago. Then her sewing machine died. John and Noah use their blankets all the time. Before Christmas Isaiah started asking for a blanket of his own. I told him that I’d buy some fabric to make one just for him. Well, as I mentioned before, it wasn’t until last week that I finally made it to the fabric store. These little lap blankets are so easy to make! All you need is a yard of your child’s preferred print (Isaiah wanted something with horses) and a yard of fleece to match. Wash up the fabric, square it up, sew the cotton and fleece right sides together leaving an opening along one side to turn it right side out, and then sew the opening closed! Isaiah has been so happy to have his own little blanket to carry with him wherever he goes. I need to get a picture of his blanket, too. And I plan on making one for Esther soon, too.

I have a several other sewing projects floating around in my head, one of them is this apron. (Click on the picture for a larger image.) I’ve had this pattern for quite awhile and have yet to make even one! It comes with a pattern in adult, child, and doll sizes! And it looks so easy to put together! I can’t wait to get started. Also among my list of future sewing projects is a couple/few more maternity skirts for me and several every day summer jumpers/dresses for Esther.

FYI, if anyone else is interested in making maternity skirts, I just saw in the JoAnn’s ad that I got today that they will have “Sew Classics Interlock and Rib Knit Solids” on sale for 50% off March 21st through April 3rd!

I’ve also completed some knitting projects and have others in the works for my children as gifts on Resurrection Day. I guess I’ll save them for another post, though. ๐Ÿ™‚