“To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.” Saint Pope John Paul II
Our nest IS blessed. Not just by the physical gift of the 6 children pictured, but also by the gift of the lost baby not with us. We are blessed by the personalities and circumstances that helped us grow from selfish youths into mature adults who think much less of ourselves than we otherwise would.
Most of all, we are blessed by Christ the King, the God made Man whose majesty can only be glimpsed in the ocean behind His gifts. The numerous graces He has given may not be visible in a photograph, but they are there in abundance. Given and yet-to-be-given---there for the asking.
I had a family funeral to attend on Thursday in Oklahoma City for my mother's brother, a kind and loving man who had the gentlest heart. God rest his soul.
I expected to have a half-day of airline flights, at least 9 hours in the car, and another half-day of flying in which to knit all this yarn. I was totally prepared for hours and hours of sitting!
Unfortunately, I always forget that I'm not a super-speedy knitter, and FB is more attractive than it should be. I expected to finish the purple mitts in a couple of hours, but I think I ripped out a couple of inches TWICE. Gave up on that and decided to start the brown shawl with my hand spun. That was going well, but required too much pattern reading for the car. As you can see, I didn't get anywhere close to finishing that travel-stash. j
I better spend a little more time thinking about projects and planning before I make any holiday road trips!