Voices live in every finite being,
Often undivined, near silence.
Hear them!
Hear them in you! in others!
They sense truth deep in all life;
They know the things true Pilgrims stand for.
Stand out!
Come to Him without the things the world brings;
Come to Him!
As a child and as a poor man.
He had all. He gave all.

~Charles Ives

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sofie Nanna

Last week I watched Levi Fowler for the day. Being much more mobile than Charlie I had the chance to see how Sofie will be with interested little people around...I was pleased.

If you're tempted by these pictures to think them proof of Sofie's nurturing instincts, don't be fooled! They merely prove how much she's willing to put up with in order to have the pleasure of sharing their blanket.

The work of my hands

Project No. 1

Last year I started knitting a blanket. A couple days ago my cousin asked to see my progress. I had to hang my head in shame and tell her that not only had I not made any, but I was beginning to feel like the only way forward was to make a clean breast of it and start over completely.
In that short conversation my dedication and interest were renewed. Last night after I had put Charlie to bed (I would like to mention at this point that he has slept through the night twice now!) I went out and purchased all the yarn I will need and drafted the adjusted pattern I plan to follow. I even started the first square.

These bursts of energy are fairly typical in my approach to projects. Unfortunately, more often than not, they are followed by long stretches of inactivity. However, I intend to use this blog as a form of accountability. Feel free to ask me how I progress.

Project No. 2

Could it be? Is that stack of disorganized photos Charlie and Courtney's wedding pictures? Didn't they just celebrate their fourth anniversary? Don't remind me! At least they are no longer stuffed away in the closet! At least I have to look at them every time I go downstairs! Groan.
Scrap books and photo albums are not, shall we say, one of my spiritual gifts. I usually find the work tedious and I'm rarely satisfied with the result.

To make matters worse, I have also committed myself to putting several photo albums together of all the pictures Charlie has ever taken and never developed. This includes pictures back from his early childhood up to the present. Why does this need to be done? Because he is a child of the digital age, and NONE of his pictures had EVER been developed before I raided his computer (also last year). Double groan. Please don't ask me how this project progresses. I am liable to scream and tear out my hair.

Project No. 3

Need I say more?

Rewards No. 1 and 2

Let's be honest. Reward No. 1 is also Projects No. 4-100...

"My life flows on in endless song above earth's lamentation"

A few new snapshots of our daily progress...

Though not terribly comfortable keeping himself upright, Charlie is becoming a more independent sitter. Whether it be in his seat or jumper I now feel free to let him alone to figure things out. I love watching him notice things, concentrate on them and reach for them.

Whenever he wears this nightgown the nursery rhyme Wee Willy Winkie always come to mind.

Lately, I have been experimenting with our Moby Wrap.

This is called the "Lotus Position." I found it as unsuccessful and uncomfortable as it looks here, especially due to the fact that Charlie was likely to fall asleep during our walks, dropping his head forward rather unstably.

But it made for a couple fun photos.

Only in the last couple of days Charlie has started getting the hang of his jumper. In fact, he's now moving around so much in it that it's hard to get a decent picture.

The late afternoon calm before the storm...

I took this picture last night after Charlie got home from work. This moment is one of my favorites of the day.