Wednesday, March 29, 2006
One More Thing
Four Great Things About Elijah
1. His laughter. He has the most cheerful disposition of all of our children. Nothing gets him down for very long.
2. How affectionate he is. He is the first to climb into your lap and give you a hug.
3. His energy. If we could bottle it and sell it, we'd never have to work for money again.
4. His desire to be a responsible "big boy." He loves to help, and he takes his small responsibilities seriously (as long as you give them to him in small increments).
Back to Knitting
I'm back on track with the sleeve on Dominic's sweater, about 22 rounds in, no mistakes. I will post pictures of both the OSW and the partial sweater as soon as I load the photos on the computer. I also have a picture of Alexander in his snowball hat, and a picture of me in Lara that need to be posted so I can retire the 2005 FO list.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Say it with a Straight Face
Did the interviewer laugh? Did Kate Looby? Maybe they were making a joke.
Read the full Reuters article regarding South Dakota's ban on abortion.
Labels: Faith and Morality
Thursday, March 23, 2006
I especially like the people who think that the "population explosion" is being worsened by larger families and feel the need to inform said larger families. Malthus was wrong, so was Erlich. Now, even the UN is admitting that no, there won't be any surge of 10 children families any time soon to make up for the below replacement level child bearing in all developed countries and the rapidly reducing family size in developing and undeveloped countries. There is no boom, there is a bust. Two interesting books on the subject of population size, from rather different perspectives: The Empty Cradle by Philip Longman and Fewer by Ben Watternberg. I just finished the former book, read the latter sometime last year.
We at the Arabian Knits household are doing our part to pay for other people's retirement, by producing far above the normal replacement level for our family. We're trying to make up for our parents who had one child each (Rich's brother is adopted), and our kids' godparents who adopted their son. So, if you start collecting Social Security in about 10-15 years, please remember to thank us, and our children, who will be paying for it.
Labels: Faith and Morality
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Slowly Knitting Away
The in-laws came up for a couple days this week. We didn't really get to visit with them very much between Rich's work, and them sending us to go out without the kids two nights in a row. It was nice to see them, though. Our niece came up with them, so we were able to talk to her and see how she is doing.
Please be in prayer for us, as it looks like we're entering another round of illness. We do not know when this will end.
Friday, March 17, 2006
Here is Amira being found in a cupboard at the boys' school open house in January.
This is of Dominic and Amira at the end of February, playing around before bed.
These next two are of her helping to put the chairs away after church.
Here she is waiting for snack at the coffee hour at church.
And this is her "making rocks" last weekend, the day after her birthday, while the men and youth of our church dug trenches and helped put up a fence in our yard. Laudate, our youth group, had such a good time doing it, they asked if they could come this weekend to help with the finishing touches.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Happy Birthday Amira!
We forgot our camera on Sunday, so there are no photos of the fun from that, but we have a picture of her pushing a chair around after church the week before, and some pictures of her "making cement" in our yard as our church family held a work day to help us put up a fence.
As soon as I upload those shots, I'll get them posted, you won't believe how big she is.
The two best things about her are her laugh and the way she puts her hand in yours.
I managed to get all but the body border finished on the one skein wonder, and am making better progress on the Zig Zag sweater for Dominic. I'll bring it with me to bible study tonight. A family from church has loaned us their van while ours is being repaired.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
I seem to be getting out of my knitting funk, though. I ripped out the sleeve on Dominic's sweater last night. I found a mistake and decided it would take less time to reknit the entire thing than to try to tink back and fix it. I fell asleep before I made too much progress on it, but it's nice to be working on it knowing it should be correct this time.
Labels: Prayer Requests