Thursday, March 27, 2008

Works in Progress (WIPs)

Apparently, my chocolate chip bear pancakes need some work. They drew scowls and frowns and complaints from one little girl before she tasted them. Well, both girls liked them well enough after that :)And yes, Aunt Sandy, those are the cups you & mom got the girls from Bybee pottery. The pitcher of milk did not make it into the pic. We use this set all the time, thank you, the girls love it!

This is a close-up of a baby afghan I have been working on for a friend who is due any time now. I had better hurry up, because I get the feeling that baby is waiting for me to finish, haha.

It is a mile-a-minute afghan. This is my first try at this kind of pattern. Of course I altered it a little to suit what I wanted to do. I am working on the 5th strip and am going to do 6 in all. Almost done.

Lately, I have felt that I am one of the biggest works in progress there could ever be, and I thank God for that. Like you peel the outside layers off of an onion, I feel like the the brown yucky layers of me are being peeled off. Just when I get to a time in my life when I think I have worked on everything there is to work on and feel somewhat stable, then it starts over. It is to be expected, of course. This growing, changing, purging myself of undesirable traits and practicing better things. Who couldn't stand to have more love, more patience, more forgiveness?

It is good to stop and look at ourselves through God's eyes. The way He sees us. We are His workmanship, created for good works in Him. I thank God that I can be confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in me will complete it until the day of Jesus paraphrase, of course (from Philippians 1:6)

If you look closely at the afghan I am making you can see beauty and you can see imperfect stitches if you look close enough. I thank God that the things He does are perfect. He knits us together in our mother's wombs, and He does not make mistakes....

edited to add this, after sweet husband read post and reminded me of the afghan i have been making him since 1998 or 1999 i think.... sorry, husband, i will get it done someday, the pics don't do it is green and blue squares and the yarn has a shimmery tint to it that you can't really see in these pics i took rather quickly just now :)


jellyhead said...

Well aren't you a wonderful mom! - not just making pancakes, but making *choc chip BEAR* pancakes! And the afghan is looking good, too.

I can completely relate to your experience of going through stages of wanting to improve yourself. Right now I am really working on my critical nature, trying to be more accepting and less judgmental. It's easy to find fault with others, forgetting of course that we ourselves are far from perfect.

A lovely post, Alipurr. I always enjoy reading your thoughts and hearing what you've been up to :)

Sandy said...

WOW! No wonder it takes you so long to make an afghan...they are works of art and I hope to someday be able to make something as pretty as yours.

I'm still working on peeling off my dead brown outer covering. Loved reading your thoughts.