Sunday, March 23, 2014

Looking Back

I really want to blog weekly.
But
It just does not seem possible.

I work full time
And
Live in a home filled with five other adults (husband and four adult children)
And
I love to knit and crochet
And
Eat and sleep.

So,

Instead of feeling bad because I don't blog every week

I have decided that
I can blog once a month.
I can spend a few minutes here and there each month editing photos and planning my post.
I can prepare a blog post that I will publish each month.
I can do that!

So,

Before I post for March
I need to catch up on February.

I did blog in February
here.
And here.
Wow!
And even here!

Hey!
Maybe I shouldn't be beating myself up.
I was blogging fairly steadily.

In February.

But definitely not in March.

And I know why
Snow Days!
Lots of them in February.
None of them in March.

And,

Since I am
hoping,
praying,
begging God
NO MORE snow days!

I think monthly blogging
is still a good plan.

I will return
at the end of March
and fill you in about March.

Oh, I wish I took more photos.

That is part of my plan too.
To take photos!



I did take photos here.
Yay!

One more bit about February.

On Wednesday, February 19
my daughters and I went to see
MICHAEL BOLTON!!!!

I love Michael Bolton!


I leave you with my favorite song.
I apologize that he is sideways.
If you know how I can fix that please let me know.

He started singing, and we couldn't find him.
Suddenly the lights went on him and he was about five feet away from us!
It was wonderful!!!

Right-side up or sideways
The song sounds amazing!
Enjoy!


Love,
Terry





Monday, February 17, 2014

A Knitter's Winter



Most people head to the grocery store when they hear that a snow storm is coming.

Not me. I head to the yarn shop.

When I hear a storm is coming my first thoughts are, "Do I have enough yarn?"



Winter 2013-2014 has been a knitter's winter.


There's nothing cozier than knitting in front of a fire.

This winter has blessed me with the time to finish up some projects, and, of course, begin some.


I was able to finish this prayer blanket for a special little baby boy who is having surgery. This blanket was so much fun to crochet. I loved watching the angel appear. I do believe this is going to be my go to baby blanket pattern. It took me about a month to crochet this blanket while working full time with a snow day or two. You can find the pattern here.



I started this cowl last year. While grafting it together I made a huge mistake and the whole thing started to unravel. I quickly put a life line in it and tossed it in a basket knowing that I needed to return to it when my patience was at its highest level. I pulled it out of the basket last Friday, finished grafting it Saturday, and wore it Saturday night out to dinner. You can find the pattern here

I know. I know. Most people are losing their patience this winter. I am becoming more relaxed with each storm. 



Last night I started knitting a teddy bear for the Mother Bear Project. The Mother Bear Project provides hand knitted teddy bears to children in emerging nations. Thousands of Mother Bear teddy bears have gone to children in Africa. So many children in Africa are affected by HIV/AIDS. Millions of these children are orphaned by this disease. These teddy bears are meant to bring these children just a little bit of comfort and hope. These teddy bears are one simple way to let these children know that someone cares. 

I was privileged to meet Amy Berman, the founder of the Mother Bear Project at Vogue Knitting Live NY a couple of years ago. The minute I stepped into Amy's booth I could feel the energy of love, kindness and abundant caring. Please take a few minutes and read about Amy here.

If you are interested in knitting or crocheting one of these easy-to-make bears just send $5.00 to: 
P.O. Box 62188
Minneapolis, MN 55426
Let them know if you  would like the knit pattern or the crochet pattern and they will send it to you. Please visit their website Mother Bear Project for more information. 

The snow will end. The crocuses will push their way up through the snow reaching for the sunlight. The daffodils will appear. SPRING will come. However, for now, grab a cup of hot coffee or tea, light a fire in the fireplace, put your feet up and watch the snow come down. There is peace to be found in snow falling upon snow. 

Love,
Terry




Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Thinker

So many bloggers have interesting names/titles for their husbands. 

Ree Drummond at The Pioneer Woman calls her husband "Marlboro Man." 

Vicki at Bags Full calls her husband "The Gardner." 

So, I gave some thought to what I would call my husband and I decided that it must be

The Thinker

My husband is always thinking. 

He refuses to make split second decisions. 

I warn you, never go to one of those big warehouse stores like BJ's or Costco with him unless you have at least three hours. 

I AM NOT COMPLAINING! 

Being married to The Thinker is a good thing --- a very good thing. 

So, from here on I will refer to my husband as "The Thinker."

And about that body ... he's mine girls ... all mine. And that is a very good thing too. 

Love,
Terry




Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Winter Weekend Getaway

Last weekend my husband and I spent a delightfully relaxing weekend in Rehoboth, Delaware.

We stayed at a gorgeous hotel called
The Boardwalk Plaza.

They had a special weekend package called
 "Cozy Winter Weekend."

And it was!

We both left work a little early on Friday, and were on our way to Delaware by early afternoon. I love long drives. Gary does the driving, and I do the knitting/crocheting. This way I don't tell him how to drive, and we both arrive peacefully at our destination.

I am presently working on this blanket. I'm making mine in blue for a special little baby boy.

Click on the photo for the pattern.
Check out the magazine too. 

We arrived at The Boardwalk Plaza around 6:00 p.m. We went to the front desk to register, and look at the gorgeousness that greeted us! I was happy happy happy from the moment we walked in.




Friday night we ate at The Pub inside the hotel. I had a delicious glass of Howling Moon Pinot Noir. Gary enjoyed a beer. Our burgers and salad were scrumptious. Service was impeccable.


This sign is in the hotel lobby and elegant it was. 



Saturday morning we woke up to this view.
Breathtaking. 



We were on the move early. This is very rare for us. We usually like to linger over coffee for a few hours. 

We found a wonderful place to have breakfast called The Point Coffee House and Bake Shoppe. Oh, my! Delicious! Delicious! Delicious!


Yes! They roasted their own coffee! Amazing! I want to move to Rehoboth just so I can have coffee there everyday. 


Saturday was cold and snowy, but we toured the area and stopped at some wonderful shops. Everyone was so warm and friendly. It as such a pleasant day.


By 4:00 we were back at our cozy hotel drinking hot coffee for Gary, hot chocolate for me and eating mini almond joy cakes. They weren't so mini, and they were absolutely decadent. Yum! 



At 7:00 it was dinner here while listening to piano and cello music. Pure delight! The food, oh my goodness! I had the crispy duck and Gary had the steak. Delectable!!! And guess what wine was suggested to go with my duck - yep! Howling Moon Pinot Noir! 


I videotaped some of the beautiful music. Gary didn't realize I was taping it, and he started to fuss with the dinner bill. That's the funny crinkling sound.
                                           video




Sadly, Sunday we had to leave this view. We agreed that the next time we will stay one more night. 
Is one more night ever enough? 


So we said our good byes for now, but we will be back. We will definitely be back. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog

It's Vicki's 2nd annual meet and greet blog party!
 Please click on the blue link to visit Vicki's amazing blog. 

2 Bags Full

Thank you, Vicki!

Hi! I'm Terry! Welcome to my blog Sharing Divine Inspiration!

I started my blog in 2010. My reason for blogging back then was to share my passion for


















knitting,

















crocheting,
















needle felting,


















and creating.



However, over the years my posts began to change.  Although I still share my creative passions I began to also share other parts of my life that bring me joy.













My cats,


















books I love,















music I love,















and the husband and children I adore!


My blog has become my story, and I really like that.
I like knowing that one day my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren, etc. can log onto my blog and read my story. 



I am a wife of 32 years to an amazing man, the mother of 25 year old quadruplets, an elementary special education teacher, a reader, a blogger, a knitter, a crocheter, a needle-felter, a walker, a home-body.

I am not a cook. I can cook, but I don't like to cook. I love anyone who will cook for me!
I am not a traveler. My favorite place in the whole wide world is Home Sweet Home.
I am not a runner. I used to be a runner, but my feet were about to bail out on me. I walk now. I much prefer walking over running. Now I get to see the beauty of this world that I used to run right past.

I am so grateful that you stopped by. Thank you! 
I look forward to visiting your wonderful blogs.

With gratitude and joy,
Terry







Saturday, January 4, 2014

Just the Girls

Last night was the perfect ending to Christmas 2013.

Last night my daughters and I spent the evening with my mother-in-law at the High SocieTea House. My mother-in-law enjoys being with her children and grandchildren more than anything in the world. Nothing makes her happier than an unexpected visit from us. So this year my daughters and I gave my mother-in-law what we knew she really wants for Christmas - time spent together.

The four of us spent the evening at the High SocieTea House. It was beautiful, peaceful, and delicious. 

"The best place to be is together." 

From left to right - my daughters Shannon, Tracy and Meredith and my mother-in-law Willie.
Shannon was not unhappy. I only took one photo and I did not check it to see how it came out. She has a beautiful smile. Sorry about that, Shannon.



The Tea House was decorated so beautifully for the holidays. 




I think we may have started a new tradition. 


I hope your holidays were as wonderful as mine.

Happy New Year!
Terry

Happy Pink Saturday! I am linking up with 
Beverly's PINK SATURDAY




Friday, January 3, 2014

Vicki's At It Again!

Have you had the joy of discovering Vicki's blog?
If not STOP right now, click on the image below, and check it out! Be sure to come back, please!

2 Bags Full  -  My adventures in travel, knitting, and the blessings of my every day life.

Vicki is always doing for others. She just completed an amazing Pink Scarf Project where she collected over 300 pink scarves to be donated to Breast Cancer Centers across the United States.. You can read about that here:
http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com/p/the-pink-scarf-project.html

Vicki creates these gorgeous nests and donates ALL the money she is paid for them to charity. You can read about that here:
http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com/2013/05/vintage-millinery-prelude-to-spring-nest.html
and here:
http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com/p/nesting-updates.html
and here:
http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com/p/nesting.html
and here:
http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com/p/designer-nests.html

I am one of the very excited recipients-to-be of Vicki's Vintage Millinery Nests! I am so looking forward to May!

I could go on and on about the absolutely amazing things Vicki does for others. She is a blessing to so many.

Last year Vicki hosted an extremely successful "Grow Your Blog" party. These parties take a ton of work, but Vicki is blessing us with another "Grow Your Blog" Party this year. Please click on the image below, read all about this party, and join!!!! I will be there!

2 Bags Full

Hope to see you there too!


With love and blessings,
Terry