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Precious Jade

January 11, 2016

Precious JadeThe church we belong to is near a building that was constructed to house missionaries on furlough. Most of the resident missionaries attend local churches of the denomination they are affiliated with. However, a couple currently staying there, who will be leaving soon, chose to attend our church probably due to convenience of location. As with most missionary couples, the husband spends the weekends traveling to seek support at affiliated churches, and he must roam far and wide. The wife stays home with the kids and sometimes has no car.

In the case of this couple, the husband is an American. He’s a young man, but has been serving in the country of his calling since having finished college. His wife is a native of the country he serves in. Her given name means “Precious Jade.”

Because she was attending our church, I got to know her some, and as we had more contact, she became a friend, and then a rather dear friend. I’ve baby-sat for her and had the family here to visit, and they’ve done the same. I love them very much.

The Lord did an absolutely miraculous thing for them that totally frees them up financially, so they can devote themselves to their work. It’s so cool and amazing! When he was visiting a church a couple hundred miles away a few months ago, following the service, a man approached him with a proposition that sounded too good to be true. In fact, the missionary initially wrote it off as one of the wacky things one encounters occasionally in congregations. The man said he had a business in the country and immediate location of where the couple serves. He wanted to hire the missionary, because he had need of the skills the missionary went to school for, he needed an English speaking liaison to the native employees, and . . . he wanted the missionary to share Jesus with the employees for the sake of their salvation!

The missionary asked the pastor of the church if this was for-real or as nutty as it sounded. The pastor assured him that the man spoke the truth.

So, the missionary now has a professional career in his country of service and is financially set, no longer having to rely on getting church support. He will put his education to good use while being an on-site missionary with the full blessing and support of his employer. He is already well acquainted with the people and their culture, and is fluent in their tongue. He’ll also return to the U.S.¬† yearly as part of his job description, allowing him to remain connected to all his people here, and his wife can come, with him or alone, and she/they can be our guests for their short term visits, if they wish.

The whole thing is so exciting, the kind of thing only the Lord could orchestrate!

I ordered the jade stone over a month ago, before all this was settled and before I knew what was going on. I chose it because my friend’s ethnic name (she doesn’t use it here) means, as I said, precious jade, and because she is — a precious gem. I’ve no idea if she will like it, or if it’ll fit into her culture. It’s simply a love-gift to honor her.

I will miss her, but . . . she will be back! And we have computers to communicate with! Thank God for all the amazing means of communication and connection He has released to mankind to bless us with at this time.

And I thank Him for the marvelous ways in which He brings people together at His appointing. He blows me away!

November on the Door Peninsula

November 17, 2015

Does any normal person go sightseeing in northern Wisconsin in mid November? Truth is, our weather has been unusually nice so far this autumn, and a lot of my best photography has happened in November or later.

I spent a couple days on Wisconsin’s Door¬† Peninsula, visited my favorite scenic places, and included the camera. These are some of what I got.

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Artistic Expression Through Plant Litter

September 7, 2015

A new pine needle basket

A recently completed basket

I completed this pine needle basket last week.

A Peace Versus Pauper Experience

August 28, 2015

Machine made Peace and hand knitted Pauper

An RTW Dale Peace and our hand knitted knockoff design, Pauper.

Yesterday, a friend and I drove to Wisconsin’s beautiful Door Peninsula for a day of scenery hunting and art galleries. It was delightful and never gets old. I also made another stop, a clothier, On Deck, that carries Dale of Norway sweaters. After having spent months knitting a Peace knockoff for my daughter, I desperately wanted to actually see and interact with a genuine Dale Peace. It happened!!! On Deck had their winter apparel out, and they had stacks of Peace. They even let me take loads of photos. I was so surprised at how thread-like fine the actual Peace yarn is. The sweater is “light as air.” Daughter’s “Pauper” sweater is truly winter outerwear, and she’ll be wearing it in the snow and cold this winter! My Georgia girl will get a Bogstad knockoff made from yarn similar to that of Peace and worked from the pattern I developed while creating Pauper (not to be confused with Dale Garn’s modified Peace hand knitting pattern that was published later). Now, at last, I know what to do with that! Pauper pattern available HERE.

Painted Canvas Shoes

June 17, 2015

Hand painted canvas sneakers

Decorated canvas sneakers

It’s been years since I’ve had a pair of painted canvas shoes to wear. Had always bought cheap canvas shoes in the past, and they were always worn out by the end of summer. The heel stiffeners would break through inside, and my toenails would find their way through to the outside. These are real nice canvas shoes, L.L. Bean, and I’m hoping to get more miles out of them, especially after having invested several hours into painting them.

Two Saturniidae Antheraea Polyphemus Moths

June 12, 2015

2015 eclosures

Two perfect, newly eclosed female moths

Following a lot of rain, a total of three female poly-moths eclosed from their cocoons today. They are perfect and stunning, as always. Their appearances never cease to delight me. It’s such a brief time when these wondrous moths escape their cocoons and begin their life cycle all over again. At present, they are outside in a cage, calling for males to come find them. I’m hoping to witness that amazing event as well.

Peace Sweater is Finished

May 27, 2015
Finished Dale Peace inspired sweater

Finished Norwegian style sweater for my daughter

I actually call this thing the Pauper Sweater. It’s not exactly like Dale of Norway’s Peace sweater, but it’s close, and it’s what we can afford. The construction is designed for hand knitting. Dale’s sweater is a machine made ready-to-wear; out of necessity, the pieces must be machined flat. The hand knitted version is worked in the round, seamlessly except across the tops of the shoulders, and to join the sleeves to the bodice. There are minor variations done on the motifs, and the placket detail is hand embroidered in place of machine embroidered ribbon. The recipient loves it.

Pattern is here: Pauper Sweater