Well, it’s no surprise to anyone, least of all to me, that I am past my due date to have Baby. When I started blogging in 2006, it was while I was awaiting another baby, past his due date as well. I ended up waiting for him 18 days. I hope not to have a repeat 😉
Once I got the house in a somewhat manageable state (“somewhat”) I turned my efforts to completing my Master Herbalist certificate. And after a lot of seemingly nonstop reading, exams, essays, book reports and protocols with both real and pretend people, I finally finished. Finally. It *only* took me about four years. Vintage Remedies is an excellent distance school for many areas in Natural Health, and now they’ve opened the Franklin Institute of Wellness for further professional development at a collegiate level (where my Clinical Master Herbalist program moved to).
And now that I’m finished with that, I’m a bit disoriented. Too many years of assignments and homework and now no one to tell me what’s next!
I guess having baby number 8 is next.
That, and, while I’m waiting, catching up with other hobbies and projects I enjoy. I’ve missed a lot of pages lately in my art journal, so I’m going back and trying out new techniques and a variety of art supplies.
I’m picking up my handwork, too. I have lots of unfinished projects, so I’m just choosing one at a time and seeing if I can’t finish off a lot of them before starting anything new. That will take restraint! This one is a hand pieced quilt block.
I’m still listening to online lectures from various places while I work, however. I guess I’m hopeless that way; I love to learn.
Meanwhile, we had kittens in the garage. I’ve never dealt with kittens before, but I guess I didn’t think it would be any more difficult than baby rabbits, baby chickens, baby goats…
They *are* awfully cute. I still need to find homes for two of them. Takers?
Little by little, things are getting finished around here. Here is the baby blanket I wove. I find it *meh, ok*. I like the nubby cotton, but to me it ended up looking too much like a towel. Plus, it’s fairly lightweight, not the best for winter coming on. Maybe it WILL be a towel 🙂 In any case, I’m looking forward to wrapping up baby in it. C’mon out, Baby!
Do you find it hard to wait? Waiting isn’t wasted time, however. One book I am really, really enjoying is An Unhurried Life. That’s *exactly* what my goal in life is, to follow Jesus’ rhythms of work and rest, and to not feel like I’m accomplishing *nothing* or just being *lazy* when I meander or dawdle or do something *unproductive*. I so dislike the crazy busy hurry of our culture; I feel like we’ve lost SO much in it.
Besides, does it really matter if we finish things in our own timeframe? Do we really need to see the results of everything we endeavor to do? What if the results come later, after we’re gone? What if this patch ends up in my great-granddaughter’s artwork of fabric and thread somehow? Was it a waste then to just complete one?
So that is where I am right now. Just waiting. Waiting for Baby. And enjoying the rest that the Lord has given to me in this time, in this season, with no real pressing deadlines or agenda. The squares on the calendar are full of white blanks. I’m sort of enjoying it that way.