Monday, December 5, 2016

Watching the Sunset

I love sunsets in our new neighborhood!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Second Sunday of Advent

The Second Sunday of Advent is here. How quickly time goes. The kids love these traditions of calendar, candles and spirals. Bedtime reading has been Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. It has been fun to listen to this original version.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Tunel de Guajataca

Our weekends have been reserved for working on the house. Today we decided to get out for a hike and it was lovely. We went to the Tunel de Guajataca in the north near Isabella. It was a beautiful walk and we found a handful of seaglass to take home. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Martinmas ~ Lantern Festival

{crazy ducks on the roof}

November brings Martinmas, the Feast of Saint Martin. We celebrated with a Lantern Festival at Escuela Ubuntu. The kids made some paper lanterns at school ahead of time. Then we had a fire and walked around the farm at school with the lanterns. It was a beautiful evening and we got to hear Pieter play his recorder for the first time!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Lucia's Baptism

Photo by Ken Sytsma

Photo by Ken Sytstma

Photo by Ken Sytsma

Photo by Ken Sytsma

Photo by Ken Sytsma

Photo by Ken Sytsma

Today began so beautifully on the lake and continued through the day with Lucia's baptism. It was a very special time with Ben's dad and Don Gordon, a wonderful friend, baptizing Lucia. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Baptismal Dress

Back in 2011 while I was pregnant with Juliana, I knit a beautiful baptism outfit, Sweet Child of Mine. I brought it with me to Michigan with the hope that I would find a little dress to go with it for Lucia's baptism. Well, I finally had to admit it wasn't to be found this week. And I really wanted the perfect dress to go with it. So, I opened my computer and looked at my sewing files. I found the Geranium Dress pattern (Made by Rae) that I bought quite a while ago, but hadn't done. This was perfect. But I needed some material. I had a vintage sheet that was perfect for a practice dress. I made one for Lucia and one for Juliana on Thursday and Friday. That was enough practice to give me courage to cut into the most beautiful material. My good friend Mary's mother made this beautiful pillow case many years ago. It couldn't be any more perfect. It was the exact same shade of cream. After a day of sewing, the results:

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