Gratitude * Sunday

by Cynthia on February 3, 2013

naturally dyed polwarth fiber on my wheel

naturally dyed polwarth fiber on my wheel


Today I’m again joining Taryn over at Wooly Moss Roots for Gratitude Sunday.

Last week slipped by me so fast and I missed posting last Sunday. I’m barely making it in for today but really wanted to participate so here I am. I have been making a point to be more grateful each day as I have previously mentioned my family has been through some rough times this past month. I have even taken to jotting down each day what I’m grateful for before I go to bed. It does help in reminding you to see the good- even when life feels pretty bad. And there are moments of good when I stop to notice them.

This week I am most grateful for:

* the rhythm of my spinning wheel. I have been at my wheel whenever I can grab a spare moment and something about the rhythm of the wheel spinning, the steady swooshing sound it makes, and the feel of the fiber sliding through my fingers has been very soothing to my nerves.

* homeshcooling: (upon request) we recently studied (and studied) caterpillars and butterflies. (I thought it was an odd thing to study in winter but whatever, it made Ariella happy) Both Gabriel and Ariella loved it so much. They are still talking about it weeks later and even pretend to be caterpillars and butterflies in their play. (And have been eating large amounts of salad greens consequently because that is what caterpillars eat you know.) Ariella has now moved on to wanting to study the human body and we will be starting that next week.

* Seeing the sun for two days on Friday and Saturday. It was so good to see and feel the sun after all the rain we had. We spent as much time outside in it as we could.

* how verbal Gabriel has become. Sometimes it amazes me that he is only two years old. He actually carries on conversations with us now!

* noticing the Robins have returned and are in the yard and garden searching for worms. Unless my memory is failing me this seems earlier than last year.

* realizing that Spring is not too far away!

* making gluten free chocolate chip pancakes for dinner last night and realizing how far I have come in the last two years since my son’s diagnosis and Ariella needing a gluten free/casein free diet. It once seemed like it was going to be impossible ever cooking for all of us. It dawned on me last night how much we have adapted to this new diet and lifestyle to were it seems normal for us now. I never imagined that day would come two years ago.

Thank you to Taryn for hosting Gratitude Sunday. Please be sure to stop by and visit everyone’s post. And thank you all for stopping by and reading this post today.



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heathermama February 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm

that yarn looks amazing. such a beautiful craft you have going there. it is hard at times when life throws curve ball after curve ball. i love the idea of keeping a journal/notebook to track the good things everyday to remind yourself of the good that happens everyday. many blessing to you and your family. <3


Cynthia February 4, 2013 at 7:46 pm

thank you heathermama. :) I appreciate your comment. The notebook is a nice way to remember to stop and be grateful.

Many blessings to you too. :)


a little crafty nest February 4, 2013 at 12:22 am

Cynthia…I also love spinning (as you now know :) ) and the rhythm it gives me, quieting my mind and my heart. I recently reflected that for some people, meditating in quiet or in yogic positions help them. For me, I prefer the wheel. Right now I am using a drop spindle that I just picked up, and I’m hooked! Even my two older children are nearly getting it. While I await my new wheel, I have something to soothe my soul.
xo Jules
P.S. Let’s consider that trade…your yarn is soooooo yummy!


Cynthia February 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm

It is nice to read that someone else understands what I mean about the spinning wheel bringing comfort. I can’t wait to hear about your new wheel. And yes! let’s talk about that trade! :)


Sara February 4, 2013 at 10:52 am

That yarn is gorgeous! And I love when 2 year olds start to talk like that. I have a 1.5 year old who doesn’t have too many words yet. I keep waiting for her to open up!


Cynthia February 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Thank you Sara! My little man was born talking I think! He has always had so much to say and lately he never stops! lol! :) My daughter and oldest son were late talkers. Interesting how they are all so unique and different isn’t it?

Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)


Taryn Kae Wilson @ Wooly Moss Roots February 4, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Hello Cynthia,
Thank you for joining Gratitude Sunday again, I was so happy to see your post. I love that picture of your spinning and your description of it.
Hope the challenges lighten for your family.



Cynthia February 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Thank you Taryn. I really have enjoyed your Gratitude Sunday posts and am happy to be participating. It is so nice to read about others grateful moments while reflecting on my own. Again, thank you for hosting it. <3


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