March 23, 2005

March 14, 2005

Here's Kendra waiting patiently for her turn to deliver. She was originally scheduled for a C-section at 9am, but due to a couple of emergencies that bumped her down in the queue, she didn't get into the OR until after 1pm.

Brother Art and his new boy. Kruz has more hair and weighs less than Art at the same age. Art was bald, 2 weeks overdue, over 9 lbs and according to my mom he was so big he was smooth as a bowling ball.

Kruz Axel, born March 14th sometime after 1pm. Dad didn't pay any attention to the time since he was too excited and teary-eyed to notice. 7 lbs, 11.5 oz and 20 inches long.

New Nephew!

Kruz Axel Freeman made his appearance this afternoon just after 1pm. He was greeted by a weeping dad and a happy mom and plenty of relatives and friends. He scored 9.9 on his first test (APGAR). Pictures to follow once they get sent to me!

Now I get to start knitting on another sweater for him - the Mexicali Ole from Knitters.

And get this! I finally got an email back from Knit Picks - I'll get to start sample knitting for them to meet their 4/4 deadline. Yay!

March 13, 2005

Weeds are really low on my gardening priorities when you see these sprouting up in the lawn instead.

Spring 2005 is coming! This is 3 weeks before the official start of the season

Apparently some things learned stick with you

You scored 100% Beginner, 93% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 66% Expert!
You have an extremely good understanding of beginner, intermediate, and advanced level commonly confused English words, getting at least 75% of each of these three levels' questions correct. This is an exceptional score. Remember, these are commonly confused English words, which means most people don't use them properly. You got an extremely respectable score.

Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

For the complete Answer Key, visit my blog:

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

You scored higher than 54% on Beginner

You scored higher than 22% on Intermediate

You scored higher than 39% on Advanced

You scored higher than 30% on Expert
Link: The Commonly Confused Words Test written by shortredhead78 on Ok Cupid

March 09, 2005

Catching up

I've been busy, yes, I have. I finished the pair of socks (after ripping the toe back on the first one to get the length right). I've got Cotton Classic purchased for the niece's requested vest and I'm getting read to swatch for it. I'm using this book since I didn't find any specific pattern I liked enough to use. And I'm using the ruffle from this book for the edging.

I was in training yesterday and continuing today for the 7 Habits. I'm finding it interesting to see what I thought were my competencies and how others viewed them. And it's coming at a time when I'm assessing what I'm doing with my life right now.

I enjoy people, have been told I'm a good listener, that I'm the rock of my family. I'm striving to become stronger in my faith and my walk, to trust God more, to encourage those around me. I want to find my place.

So is my place in one where I nurture? I'm not sure I want to have people bringing their problems to me to solve, but as a friend pointed out, everyone needs someone to listen to them and hug them and tell them that it's OK. I once took a test in my bible study that points out where your ministry gifts are strongest. If I remember correctly, my highest was in Mercy. I'm thinking about doing it again (online?) to help me with this.

After all, my place may be in different places at the same time. I'm where I am right now because God placed me here for a purpose. My job, my department? I serve a purpose there that I'm reconnecting with, trying to enjoy and take further (although there's no other department in this place I'd ever want to move to. Or manage for that matter). My family? I also serve a purpose there in His plan. My study group? He has a purpose for me to be with this group, learning from specific women and encouraging me to step beyond my comfort level. I've learned more than I could have expected because of that.

So, I have some answers and lots of questions. We'll see where I head from here.

Have a good day! (I'll try to post some of the pictures I took of spring arriving here at my house - It was 72F yesterday!)