Sunday, October 23, 2011

In Which We Breathe

Making things is very calming to me, I really need to make more time to do it.  Today I realized that Savannah Lynn doesn't own anything orange....and tomorrow is orange day at preschool! I took the opportunity to make her an outfit by stitch-witchery-ing (yeah, because that's a word) on a square of fabric with a picture and then making a tulle and ribbon skirt and matching hair bow.  I might still put the bow onto a headband, we'll see.
I think it's pretty cute for about an hour and $16 in fabric!! (We already had the white t-shirt, which was a free hand-me-down from a friend!)

This leads me for a moment to Halloween.  We celebrate Halloween.  In fact, we have a huge party for our kids' friends, too.  We don't really do the whole "ooooh, scary death" thing, it's more fun dress-up, candy.  I've never felt a conviction to not do Halloween. I have many Christian friends that do, and many in our CC group find it offensive (although many of them love it and also enjoy celebrating).  For me, it's no different than people who celebrate Christmas and aren't Christian.  For them, the day may have started out as a (pagan festival the church wanted to compete with, ahem) celebration of Christ, but they're ignoring that and doing Santa, presents, and a day off work.   For me, Halloween may have started out as Samahein or be important to various cultish sects, but for us, it's not about Satan or evil or the "thin veil between the living and the dead".  It's about little kids dressing up and having fun.  I don't think the people celebrating secular Christmas are being "deceived into celebrating Christ" nor do I feel us having fun with Halloween makes us "deceived into the devil's holiday".  So that's what it is.  If at some point God convicts me otherwise, we'll change that.  Just an aside.

I've been very stressed lately- there's a lot up in the air about our lives right now and I've struggled with anxiety and depression for a few years and it's particularly bad right now.  Austin's work schedule (constant) and the kids' sports and activities (many) along with the house being a mess during construction actually landed me in the closet crying a few days this past week.  It's been a tough few days.

Making something tonight made me feel so much more relaxed.....

This post made no sense at all, did it? I guess there's something to be said for a picture and some rambling, right?

While I'm here writing, this week's menu:
Monday- Vegetarian Lasagne with salad and garlic bread (scouts)
Tuesday- Tofu, Cauliflower, and Bell Pepper Tikka Masala with naan (CC craft day)
Wednesday- Split pea soup with carrots, beer batter bread (art class, football)
Thursday- leftovers (CC day)
Friday- Party! (Football)
Saturday- Party! (At someone else's house!!) (Hockey, Church)
Sunday- Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese, baked chicken (hockey, football)
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