Answered Prayer

I had the neatest experience last night and into this morning. One that still makes me smile and tear up. Last night (and it’s a long story why, involving my OCD and organising the blogs I read into various categories ~ don’t ask!), I prayed and asked Heavenly Father to make me aware of one of His little ones who was going through a medical trial and needed my prayers. At the time, I thought that the likelihood of that prayer being answered specifically was a wee bit slim, and resolved to pray for ALL of Father’s little ones, even if I couldn’t pray for them by name.

Oh me of little faith! God answered my prayer in a big and unexpected way this morning. I was reading blogs like I usually do in the mornings, when I came across Ashley’s (Make It and Love It) blog post for today: all about her college roommate Katie, and her 1 year old son Dylan who will be having leg amputation surgery on Wednesday morning due to a medical condition. (The details of Dylan’s story are found in Katie’s blog about the topic.)

Wow, was I ever humbled. As tears ran down my face, I prayed for Dylan’s surgery to go well, and for Katie and her family to be blessed with peace. I also thanked my Father in Heaven for showing me that He is bigger than my imagination; that He can answer even the most seemingly ‘obscure’ prayers in a BIG way! 

Good/Bad/Hopeful? News

Wow, I’ve been silent on this here blog for a while, haven’t I??? I’ve been busy: reading (a few book reviews are coming up soon!, and STITCHING!)

Which brings me to the good news: I finished 8 scarves in my ‘Special Olympics Scarf Project’! 🙂

The first scarf I worked on was the ‘Cancer Awareness’ scarf . . . which I couldn’t complete until I was closer to the end of a skein of the yarn (because of how it needed to be put together). I think it turned out pretty well:

The second scarf I worked on was the ‘Simple Argyle’, which turned out to not be so simple after all! I think the idea of tapestry crochet is an interesting one, and maybe I’ll eventually make a foray into it, but it was too tedious to try whilst on a deadline! So, I ended up making the ‘Ripple Scarf’ pattern as scarf ‘#2b’:

I’ve already showed you the ‘Vegan Silk’ and ‘Granny Flair’ scarves, so on to scarf #5, which was the ‘Special Olympics Scarf’:

(Not sure why this one refuses to rotate, no matter what I try!)

Next up is the ‘Crochet Ripple’:

Then, the ‘Heart Sampler Square’:

And last, but not least, #8 was ‘Bev’s Special Olympics Scarf’:

I think I need a new camera . . . not sure what’s going on with the colours in this pic . . .

And, here’s all 8 together! 🙂

I was so excited to be able to package these up and send them off to help up warm up the athletes in this year’s Special Olympics! 🙂

However . . . there’s bad news. Shipping these scarfs would cost upwards of $40, which is entirely cost-prohibitive for our family at the moment! 😦

I was so disappointed when I found out that news yesterday. I had worked so hard on this project and wanted to help out with a cause that I’ve a vested interest in . . .

This is where the hopeful news comes in . . . I’m going to offer these scarfs to you if you want them.  I want to raise money for the Special Olympics, but, due to the copyright and designer requests on some of the patterns, I cannot mark them as for sale.

That said, I CAN offer them to you for free, and if you want to make a donation to the Special Olympics (or a Downs Syndrome foundation), that is up to you! 😉 (I will have my hunky tech guy post a ‘donate’ button on this site if you’d rather donate the money directly to me, and I will in turn send that same amount on to the Special Olympics . . . )

So, the scarfs are up for grabs . . . ready? set!  GOOOOOO . . . 😆

Kelly’s Chance

I never know what to write as a ‘synopsis’ of a book that I’m reviewing. I always worry that I’m either sharing too much of the plot line, or not enough. So, I made an executive decision: from now on, I’ll just copy what’s on the back of the book . . . 😀

‘Life for Kelly McGregor is a daily drudge of driving her overbearing father’s mules along Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Canal. She dreams of one day owning an art gallery where her own drawings and paintings are on display. But these dreams don’t include marriage . . . not after seeing what her father has done to her mother. How then can Mike Cooper, a general store owner, make her realize he is different from her father and wants to support her artistic talent? Will Kelly learn that dreams can walk hand in hand with a love created by God?’ (‘Kelly’s Chance’ by Wanda Brunstetter)

Wanda Brunstetter is known for her inspirational novels about the Amish. I have really enjoyed those books, which was why I chose to read ‘Kelly’s Chance’. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed.

The book was good . . . but it wasn’t of the calibre I’ve come to expect from Wanda Brunstetter. The storyline felt too slow in places, and too rushed in others, and the characterisations weren’t as strong in ‘Kelly’s Chance’ as they are in her other books.

That said, it was a good read, and I will continue on with the ‘Brides of Lehigh Canal’ series.

3 of 5 stars

2011 Page Count ~ 2269

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