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the 11th hour… 🎃🎭👺🔥☢🔑☠

October 31st

Benjamin Cho Fall 2007 Collection

Okay, so it’s past the stroke of October… sighhh… I’ve missed the calendar mark, again. But life’s battles continue and I’m determined (come Hell or high water) to post this mixed bag o’ treats via WordPress, YouTube and facebook! 

Let’s begin with Pete’s pOwerful post @ Revelation310 “Rage Against the Machine” … Oh wOw… Have you noticed how the entire world’s been spinning freakishly out of control? Here in Canada, useless Soros puppeticians bent on destroying Canada took the helm 3 yrs ago. Yup, way back when life still seemed “normal” :-/ Hope to change that in the 2019 election?!? Well anyhoo… Pete’s article makes Biblically sound sense to me. Do you agree? 

Please also enjoy the bountiful harvest of posts from my blog’s fb page. Hopefully something for everyone, including stylishly crafty foodish fun and Nepal’s scariest waterfall highway! 

One Hundred Percent” @ Narrow is The Way Ministries and Pastor Charles Lawson’s sermon (below) are about the afterlife… Hell is a real place and my heart’s intent is to scare the Hell out of you so that you don’t end up there! ❤ 

Coming up next time, I’ll finally fill you in on the project that’s been my focus apart from the blog. And of course, more of that wild ‘n wacky weather of ours 😉 

Well okay… here’s a link for 
my “top secret” project
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Flake News! 😳😝😧🤔☃🇨🇦📢

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Hey there… How’s it snowin’, eh? 🇨🇦 It’s been snoOow long since I’ve been gone…
Nearly half a year of impromptu silence from the blog due to real life curveballs.
Yup, some heavy stuff snuffed my focus until I finally dropped the blogful ball ☹️
But through it all, I’ve learned to lean more deeply upon the LORD Jesus Christ ✝
Whatever happens… once you choose to follow Jesus, He will be your ALL and
His strength will comfort, sustain, carry and pull you through all life’s valleys ❤ 

By now, the Canadian geese have been squawking to and fro for weeks.
And after this week’s snow, I’m sure they’ll instinctively fly south soon
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Time truly flies, whether or not anyone’s having fun! But how can it be
mid-September with our first snow-scape already over and done?!? 😮
Last time we saw September snow was 2014, making our wild weather
all the more normal—here at the 53rd N parallel on the Alberta prairies.

SnoOowww… hope your weather’s treating you well 😎
Fun to catch these snowful pics while they lasted, but sure
hope our summer’s still got some high temps in the tank!
Well at least it roused me from blogful hibernation, right? 😉 
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my thankful heart 💜

James 1:2-3
Journeys in Grace pic — "Let the music of your heart create a joyful noise unto the Lord.

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James 1:2-3 — Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Romans 8:28 — "And we know that in all things GOD works for the good of those who love Him... who have been called according to His purpose"

Season’s greetings, Everyone!

Ohhh boy… the WP snowfall has begun, Thanksgiving on both sides of the 49th parallel are done and it’s less than a month ’til Christmas! My thankful heart better kick into gear or today’s “Thankful Thursday” post will be late, too…

The past few years have been rough. Yet through it all, we’ve trusted God (and by “God” I’m talking about Jesus) to provide for our needs. Personal plans are always falling short. But today, I’m especially thankful for His revival of my ol’ iMac… Yup, back again after about 10 days of dead silence in the wake of my 200th blog post… phewww!!!

I think God allows troubles because in His omniscient wisdom He knows troubles lead to thinking—and thinking leads to thanking ❤ For instance, I’m thinking my ol’ iMac can’t last much longer. The internal HD is shot (sighhh… lost tons of summer photos, ‘though that’s my own fault for not saving them before the crash), so it’s hooked up to run (more slowly) via an old external HD form of life support :-/ Still, all this thinking lifts my heavy heartfelt thoughts in thanksgiving toward Heaven for The Lord’s faithful provision—gotta ❤ how that works!

Beyond thankful, actually, for this umpteenth chance at renewed focus on my original knitting goal! That goal is to prepare as many proper layouts as possible for the many half-prepped designs God has heartily inspired me to write. SO many half-done prototypes, but it’ll sure feel good to finally format them into PDFs for SALE! Lord willing, I’ll finish the task … before… y’know… silence strikes again!

Yay… one pattern up for sale!
Slowly yet surely, stitch by stitch and step-by-step 🙂 ❤

How big is this problem on a scale of one to God?

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Wishing you a productive week! ♥ Jackie


my 200th blog post 💜 show’s over… hooray!!!

keyboard with hand-knit birdie/flowersiMac with June backyard in bloomkeyboard with hand-knit birdie/flowersHello & Welcome to my “curtain call” episode for seasons 1 & 2 of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is the one thing my heart’s been longing to write for the longest time… my iMac is BACK!!! 🙂

Seasons come and go, and now November has us blanketed in snOw! But the story behind today’s post began way back in the spring of 2014, when for 6 solid weeks my iMac fell comatose. Question then was whether to fold or pick up my iPad and go with the flow?!? Choosing the latter allowed this blog to grow and also set my heart to overflow!

Then one year later (nearly to the day), another fork split my blogful way when that sleepy ol’ iMac of mine died again!!! We were sure it was gone for good, this time :-/ Still, we kept trying to restart it. And for 2+ years, the iPad said hello, while the ol’ iMac had become a photo prop for “the show”… Good thing too ’cause those pics kept us from depositing it at the recycle depot 🙂

Finally lo and behold in June 2017 after this post, we gave it one.more.try and my iMac said a bright-eyed hello!!! Thank You Jesus for hearing my prayers and answering with a keen sense of heavenly humour by “replacing” my ol’ iMac with none other than my ol’ iMac… HA! 😛 Definitely a bright spot amidst our crumbling-grumbling world. And what a relief to be loosed from my iMac’s merry-go-round ❤ Indeed, it took several days before I could pick my jaw up off the ground! 😉

So for today’s 200th blog post, I’m celebrating God’s earthly provision ❤ For it is His provision that has enabled me to knit this whole mess into 8 + 85 KWH iPad Show posts PLUS welcome 1,000+ fresh faces into blogful followship PLUS keep my sanity!

And to all of you dear readers…
my heartfelt appreciation for your hearty support and encouragement along the way! ❤

Now here we go… the complete
list of links from “the KWH iPad Show” 🙂

 

the KWH iPad Show ♥ season 2 ♥ 85 episodes
(2+ years from Easter 2015 ’til Easter 2017) 

#65 💜 summer solstice… new day dawning

#64 💜 tangled heartstrings, yet… “Even If” by MercyMe

#63 💜 a very special day in May

#62 💜 Hallelujah… Easter is God’s Amazing Grace!

#61 💜 the snow came back…🙀😿😻…but then all melted the very same day!

#60 💜 March snow on a beautiful day

#59 💜 shamrockin’ pot o’ rainbows

#58 💜 awe… snoOow fun!

#57 💜 Hello again, my blogful friends!

#56 💜 ‘Twas the weekend before Christmas…

Visions of Christmas Past- Redux via TheLifeProject

#55 💜 O’ snOwy night & day pics… plus music video… O’ Holy Night by Home Free

#54 💜 Honour & Remembrance

#53 💜 morbid moment with a soft touch

#52 💜 I Love Yarn Day 2016

Home … leaf art ♥ haiku via l i g h t room

#51 💜 my Ohhh MYra’s memoirs of her mom’s Everlasting Blossoms & Butterflies

knitting the words via postprodigal

#50 💜 the blog days of summer

#49 💜 How d’ya “like” that?!?

#48 💜 “blog fog” and flight knits for HPP

Pictures That Speak Volumes: The Cat’s Meow

#47 💜 TAG … you’re knit!

#46 💜 Do you see what I see?

The Bear Essentials

“How My Mom’s Cancer Changed My Life: A Son’s Story”

#45 💜 I just blogged to say “I love you”

David Adolf Constant Artz (1837 – 1890, Dutch)

#44 💜 Mirror, mirror on the wall…

#43 💜 my Easter praise parade!

#42 💜 Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day!

Knit Pies for Pi Day 2015 via KnitsForLife

#41 💜 Rare Disease Day 2016

#40 💜 outstanding blog award nominations

Soulmate Defined

#39 💜 cooking for love in all the rose places

#38 💜 February weekend blog highlights

#37 💜 snuggle-up to a warm ‘n fuzzy goat story

#36 💜 happy birthday to all my fun-fibre-friends!

a little … purple

#35 💜 9 months and counting…

the KWH iPad Show #34 💜 crafty Christmas catch-up for a cheery New Year!

the KWH iPad Show #33 💜 knotty, yet merry nice!

the KWH iPad Show #32 💜 all I want for Christmas…

the KWH iPad Show #31 💜 … 20 years blissful love … 246 days blogful iPad-ing … 2 weeks ’til Christmas

the KWH iPad Show #30 💜 November snOw

And I will sing!

the KWH iPad Show #29 💜 Lest We Forget…

the KWH iPad Show #28 💜 sheepish flatulence

Moonlight, Bloody Moonlight

top fashion designers use knitting, crochet and embroidery for Spring/Summer 2016

the KWH iPad Show #27 💜 world pasta day

the KWH iPad Show #26 💜 loss for words Wednesday… Ohhh Canada!

the KWH iPad Show #25 💜 I Love Yarn Day!

Ruellia tuberosa (Minnie Root)

the KWH iPad Show #24 💜 I’m thankful for…

the KWH iPad Show #23 💜 healing hope for HPP

Something to Smile About

the KWH iPad Show #22 💜 STITCH TECH for my Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart… s2kp2 & s2pp2

the KWH iPad Show #21 💜 world’s top 5 wooliest sheep

the KWH iPad Show #20 💜 “In Thy Future” challenge

the KWH iPad Show #19 💜 friendly fibre & neighbourly farewell

the KWH iPad Show #18 💜 “Having a ball… Wish you were here!” by Franklin Habit

This week…All Important Nothings!

the KWH iPad Show #17 💜 the magically eye-catching makeup artistry of Tal Peleg

the KWH iPad Show #16 💜 watermelon & roll kuchen … like eating a cloud!

the KWH iPad Show #15 💜 the yarnbombing flower power of “knitting guy” Bryan

the KWH iPad Show #14 💜 100 days and counting…

the KWH iPad Show #13 💜 my heartfelt plea for HPP

Here I am… the embroidered-leaf artistry of Hillary Fayle ♥ for Canada Day!

the KWH iPad Show #12 💜 Lily for a Day

the KWH iPad Show #11 💜 summer solstice sunset

the KWH iPad Show #10 💜 my 10th fatherless Father’s Day

the KWH iPad Show #9 💜 the knitting reel artistry of Greg Climer

How to: The “Fibre Sandwich” Game!

the KWH iPad Show #8 💜 buzzing blossoms & lilacs & leafy sunsets… Oh May!

the KWH iPad Show #7 💜 my birthday yarn stash

“Five stories, five photos” #1

the KWH iPad Show #6 💜 victorian lamb cake

the KWH iPad Show #5 💜 heartstrings

the KWH iPad Show #4 💜 snow spun in the sun!

the KWH iPad Show #3 💜 knitting with emoticon

the KWH iPad Show #2 💜 April snow showers

Anne Eunson’s artistry

the KWH iPad Show 💜 just you, me & my iPad

the KWH iPad Show ♥ season 2 ♥ 8 episodes
(6 weeks from May ’til summer solstice 2014)

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Thanks for watching 🙂 Please stay tuned! ❤ ♥ Jackie


Diamonds and a Heart Of Gold via Pennies for Dreams

Auction of the Peace Diamond …
hope for Sierra Leone’s legal trade
Image via born2invest.com

Hoping you’ll all visit Mary Ann’s “Pennies for Dreams” blog post about the Peace Diamond. The story is a glimmer of sparkling hope for humanity! It seemed too good to be true, so I googled it… Yup, sure enough!

It’s the true story of evangelical Pastor Emmanuel Momoh’s honourably patriotic generosity, plus the honourable transparency of Sierra Leone’s President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma… Wow! … Talk about a national treasure 🙂 God bless them as they continue to let their light shine amidst this greedy ol’ world’s gold-digging dark side! ❤ Jackie

 

Luke 12:34

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” For where your treasure is,there your heart will be also”   Pastor Emmanuel Momoh, of Sierra Leone uncovered an earthy treasure valued at over $62 million. It is believed to be a…

Source: Diamonds And A Heart Of Gold


unravelling the sound of silence 💜

Oct 4/17 Full Moon

Oct 4/17 Full Moon

October 4, 2017
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Hello Friends… I’m still here 🙋💜😍 ‘though feeling a bit sheepish after all these unplanned months in silence 😜 Spent the summer seeking peaceful moments, whilst traversing stressful detours under increasingly disturbed concern for the Trudeau governments blatant disregard for Canadian democracy! Sadly, this was also the final summer for 4 WordPress bloggers (that I’m aware of) who fell forever silent 😦 It’s a strange feeling to realize people you’ve interacted with online, yet never met in person, are no longer with us 😦 So… ‘guess my blogful “oomph” took a hike. Or was it out flying an inspirational kite?!? Whatever the case, I’ve tried many times but couldn’t get it “write” :-/

Yeah, that’s it… silently flying an inspirational kite atop the plethora of unfinished projects piled high around the unravelling heap of my knotted entanglement 😉 Switching to stitching always helps. But for all life’s ups and downs, my heart is sure glad to have Jesus ❤

Simon & Garfunkel’s thought provoking song about the sound of silence (composed by Paul Simon, 1964) seems a rather timely tune for today. Wouldn’t you say? But can silence have a sound when by definition it is soundless?!? Hmmm, quite the paradox! Well anyway…

Here are a few videos, plus my attempt to spin a lyrical rhyme reflecting the sounds planted within my own particular brain… Perhaps you’ve also been hearing the sounds of silence and listening for God Almighty’s still small voice, while trusting in Jesus as the sole Truth for souls amidst the turmoil of worldly noise and confusion? ✝🙏💜 Feel free to break the silence!

"The Sound of Silence" lyrics by Paul Simon, plus my own version.

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Silence may be golden, yet one word is all it takes to break! ❤ ♥ Jackie


#65 💜 summer solstice… new day dawning

 

Psalm 65:8 via www.anextraordinaryday.net

4th of July sunrise approximately 4:45 AM

🔼 4th of July 2014 sunrise at 4:45 AM

Hello & Welcome to my 65th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is the thrill of dawn after hours of late-night summer solstice knitting ’til the crack of yawn 🙂

Keeping up with the solstice sunrise can be a challenge… Especially here at the 53rd parallel N on the Canadian prairies—where summer days and winter nights grow extra long. Well okay… winter sunrises/sunsets are easy-peasy. So every year since moving here, it’s the thrill of catching a pixelated first glimpse at summer’s dawning 17-hour solstice “magic” that rises up within my night-owl-ishly inclined inner-knitter’s heart ❤

Summer Solstice 2017… 
sunrise 5:06 am ❤ sunset 10:06 pm

Then last night… errr… 3:30 this morning… uhhhm… actually yesterday morning, since gently “coaxing” this post into shape has taken so long… sighhh :-/

Anyhoo… it finally dawned on me!
Watch my iPad video (below) to see
the bright spot I’m talking about 😉

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Just keep knitting ’til something good dawns on you! ❤ ♥ Jackie


#64 💜 tangled heartstrings, yet… “Even If” by MercyMe

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HIGH STRUNG - cute Sheep Incognito knitting yarn print signed

Daniel 3:18 — "even if He does not"

Daniel 3:18
“But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Hello & Welcome to my 64th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a bit of a tangled mess ❤

Over a month since my last blog update, but I’m still here! Can we blame it on the crazy messed-up world we’re living in?!? Hope you’re well and hangin’ in there! Hope you’re not feeling strung-up and stressed-out like this endearing sheep of yarnful entanglement. Or like me… Yeah, feels like I’ve been hangin’ with this sheep a lot lately :-/ Click the screenshot image to find this woolerful print for sale on Etsy 🙂 I figured it’s a fitting illustration of how I’ve been feeling 😉 

“Even If” by MercyMe is the song my heart’s been singing and syncing, more deeply by the day ❤ What a comfort to know Jesus loves us and is fully able/willing to move life’s tangled mountains! But even if His provision differs from our preferred outcome, we know He will always love and take care of us.

He’s been faithful and good all of my days… I have faith in Him for what He’s already done… Come what may, my soul shall cling to Christ alone ❤

 

 

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Keep calm, take heart, have faith and hang on! ❤ ♥ Jackie


#62 💜 Hallelujah… Easter is God’s Amazing Grace!


colourful sheep

Hello & Welcome to my 62nd episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is Easter ❤

Yup… a bit late :-/

In my defense, there’s been a major distraction… An overwhelmingly welcome distraction, which I’ll soon be blogging about!!! 😀 

For now, this Easter post is running “late” (according to the calendar date) and I need to hop to it 😉 Always better a bit late than never at all, right?!? …hmmm…

Please enjoy the show, including christian comedian Tim Hawkins’ version of the classic AMAZING GRACE hymn with a twist of classic EAGLES band ❤

⬆️ Click to view YouTube video.

⬆️ Click to view YouTube video.

 

 

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

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Wishing you belated Easter blessings! 🙂 ♥ Jackie


knitting the words via postprodigal

Psalm 139:13-16

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In today’s reblogged post, Tanya Cliff uses her own hand-knit samples to demonstrate a writer’s words as being strung together like rows or rounds of basic to complex knit stitches. She also quotes a Bible verse about the original knitter of the entire universe—who is God the Creator of all things! And that’s a great analogy worth sharing, I’d say 🙂

Adding to that…

This “life” fabric we’re writing will indeed formulate into many vibrantly patterned stitches/genres. Some stitches may “felt” dull. Others lacking in recommended tension will inevitably stretch out of shape. Unintentionally slipped stitches may cause entire WIPs (works in progress) to unravel prior to being properly cast off… And it could all spell trouble :-/ Try as we might to write right, I’m glad there’s one master editor—our heavenly Father… the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who knew us before time began and knit us together in our mother’s womb 🙂 He is faithful and just to freely edit all errors for anyone who asks… And it’s by His pen that our names are written in the Book of Life ❤

So let’s trust Him and be patient with one another…
because God is not finished editing us yet! ♥ Jackie

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Knitting a row of stitches at its most basic is like stringing simple words along the page to form a sentence. The dog runs. It gets boring quickly. The motivated knitter learns how to successfully…

Source: knitting the words


#45 💜 I just blogged to say “I love you”

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sole supper

Sole (broccoli & rice) is good for the soul 🙂
Prepared by “chef hubby” on his b-day
… ’cause food always tastes best when
prepared by one who loves to cook! 😉 ❤


Hello & Welcome

to my 45th episode of
the KWH iPad Show!
Today’s feature is L♥VE 🙂


L♥VE makes the world go ’round…

L♥VE is the answer…

God is L♥VE…

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Apart from love, this ol’ world
of ours would be a cold, dark,
lonely place—even on a good day!

So today on my husband’s birthday,
I am blessed because God has
filled our hearts with unconditional
L♥VE for each other ❤

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Ephesians 5:25 "Husbands love your wives..."


Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

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May your heart overflow with love today! ♥ Jackie


#41 💜 Rare Disease Day 2016

Rare Disease Day - logo screenshot

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Rare Disease Day - logo screenshot

Rare Disease Day - 6000+ diseases youtube screenshot

Dear God... <3

Joel 2:25 graphic by Sheepography

Nehemiah 8:10Joel 2:25
Hello & Welcome to my 41st episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is Rare Disease Day, which takes place annually on the last day of February 🙂

Yes, you read that correctly… On this 3rd day of March, my post’s focus is the last day of February aka Rare Disease Day. Most folks might say I’m a few days late… But is anything ever really late if it’s late on a Leap Year?!? … hmmm, anyhoo … It’s the day that counts, right? And speaking of days, it sometimes seems like there’s a frivolous “day” for anything and everything (these days). But from our perspective, having lived with rare diseases all our lives (my husband’s hypophosphatasia aka HPP and my retinitis pigmentosa aka RP), this particular day is more meaningful than most!

We’re encouraged to see global participation for Rare Disease Day up from 18 countries in 2008 to 85 countries in 2015. The RDD’s campaign objective is to raise awareness about the world’s 6000+ known rare diseases and their impact on people’s lives. And between flying to San Diego for Rare Disease Day 2014 until finally gaining access to unprecedented HPP treatment in 2015, I’ve written about my husband’s ultra-rare HPP disease. Here in blogland, however, it’s been easy for me to keep my RP to myself—with every intention of not ever mentioning it. But today, I’m opting to face my fears for the sake of inner-freedom!

In real life, people’s basic response to my RP is usually either understanding or underestimating. Those who “understand” tend to lean toward sympathy. No one can truly understand, but I realize and appreciate their effort. Those who underestimate tend to leave me feeling “less than” or simply less than the real me 😦 In contrast, stepping inside this blog grants me the virtual freedom to be the real me… That other “me” whose eyes cannot properly see must wait outside in the hallway of my real world’s harsh reality 🙂

So while filling you in on this bit about me might not mean much to anyone else, it’s a big deal for me. Though truly, who can honestly say their lives are untouched by disease? The best we can really do (besides prayer and trusting the Lord with all our heart) is to simply keep doing what we can… with what we’ve got… for as long as we’re able! And when life gives us crutches to lean on, our daily strength comes from leaving our own understanding behind and leaning toward the Creator of all things ❤

Now finally, a positive update of my husband’s HPP progress… There’s been a hint of skip in his step since his first month of treatment 😀 The crutches remain crucial, but the medicine is definitely helping! Now nearly 6 months in, he’s able to sleep soundly and live life more fully—all with less than half the pain meds from prior to treatment!!! 😀 Praise the Lord, for He is good!

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

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Today is a special day! ♥ Jackie


#36 💜 happy birthday to all my fun-fibre-friends!

men dressed in wild knit/crochet wardrobe

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full-body knit cocoon

men dressed in fibrous creativity
Hello & Welcome to my 36th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today is a friendly day of cyber-fibre fun, in honour of our friend Ursula’s birthday ❤

Ursula is our neighbour. It’s always fun when we get together… But even when we can’t, good ol’ facebook bridges the smiles across the miles 🙂

In honour of this special day, I thought it’d be fun to greet her with a blog post to hightlight some of the crack-me-up fun photos she posts on my fb page ’cause they make her think of… me! 

LoLoLoL ❤ Ursula
Happy birthday, to you! 

Warning:  some of these fibrous images
really ought to come with a warning and
may be best viewed with eyes closed 😉

And please… don’t get any ideas
about knitting any of this stuff…
Or just share photos, if you do!!!


Did you know approx 360,000 people world-wide are born every day? That’s a BIG party! So if today’s your b-day, do consider this my “happy birthday” hugs/wishes post to you, too ❤

A Prayer for My Friend

“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God,
serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received…
so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ.”

—  1 Peter 4:10, 11b  —

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

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Have a fibrously fun day, dear friends! ♥ Jackie


#35 💜 9 months and counting…

the KWH iPad Show logoA New Year's Prayer

Romans 15:13
Hello & Welcome to my 35th episode of the KWH iPad Show! I hope your year so far is going well 🙂 Our 2016 got off to a rough start 😦 But today is a new day… and the “show” must go on!

So can you believe it’s been 9 months since my iMac died and left the blogging to just you, me & my iPad? Yup! … 9 solid months, since I’ve stroked the blogful keys of a real computer that uses more than an app for this or that! I’d never have believed it possible to last this long without going completely bonkers. Yet, here we all are… 9 months ago, we were a crowd of 330 readers, including WordPress + 30 or so “likes” from facebook… Then wOw, look at the 600+ crowd we are now!

 

Thanks everyone ❤ for keeping me company,
through to the new year… and counting!

 

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

I’m counting on you! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #31 💜 … 20 years blissful love … 246 days blogful iPad-ing … 2 weeks ’til Christmas

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Hello & Welcome
to my 31st episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is true love…
and why life is meaningful, for me 🙂

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Today… is Wednesday!
2 weeks ’til Christmas 🙂
246 days since my iMac died 😦
20 years of living happily married after ❤

Today… I find loving comfort
in holding 
my dear husband near 🙂

Today… I remain blogfully diligent
in hopes that my iPad will outwit, outlast and outplay the economic storm :-/

And today… I am blessed beyond measure
in this Christmas season, by the everlasting light of my Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ—who left His throne in Heaven to be born of a virgin, then put to death and resurrected… conquering death. All this, for the sake of His true love for sinful souls, like me… And now, all who trust in Him will be set free!

Yes today…
this triumphant baby
 Jesus
lives and reigns in my heart!
He is the reason life is worth living,
and He is my joyous reason for
celebrating this Christmas season ❤

♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

Love is what counts! ♥ Jackie


And I will sing!

My prayer…
that we all might consider
taking these powerful sentiments to heart ♥ Jackie

Je suis de tout coeur avec toi ❤ I am wholeheartedly with you!

Song Bird Songs

hate

My defiance takes a different note,

“They” want me to fear

So I will choose love not hate,

For only love casts out fear.

“They” want to manipulate my mind just as they manipulated the killers.

No go! I have free choice, I choose good, not evil.

“They” want me to cower, to become afraid to voice my own faith,

I choose instead to confirm my faith in a God of love,

The only one able to deal with “them”.

“They” cannot be “bombed out of existence”

Like the hydra “they” will only grow more heads.

Like chemo or radiation, that may give temporary reprieve, (while creating devastation) but it will not destroy the “stem cells”.

The real perpetrators lurk unseen in the shadows and the “cancer” will spread and grow again,

We see only the pawns in their diabolical power game.

Yet I will sing,

For God himself plays…

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the KWH iPad Show #23 💜 healing hope for HPP

Asfotase Alf

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Hello & Welcome
to my 23rd episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is our road trip to Winnipeg
… in pursuit of a healthier tomorrow 🙂

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Asfotase Alf

And we’re back! … Back home, after our whirlwind road trip to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre—where we finally met Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg in person and received our first month’s prescription of Asfotase Alfa!!! Dr. Greenberg is the renowned driving force behind clinical trial research for hypophosphatasia (HPP). Over the past decade, other doctors have allowed Husband’s paperwork for obtaining HPP treatment to fall short. But that all changed when we found Dr. Greenburg and Dr. Christopher Lee (our personal physician). We thank God for enabling them and blessing us with their dedicated effort to help make this medical mission trip possible! ❤

As well… I’m back to feeling like my usual self—after suddenly feeling mysteriously “zapped” of all energy for the past 5 days. Weird :-/ Dragging myself around and feeding my facebook page was about all the strength I could muster. At least the facebooking was fun… So it’s sure great to be back—in more ways than one!

Here are a few iPad photos of memorable moments and prairie highway scenery from our trip…

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Proverbs 16:9

We set out before sunrise in our 2002 Toyota Celica—which still runs bright like its sunshiny paint colour 🙂 After driving 10 hours, we stopped for night at the Yorkton Days Inn in Saskatchewan. During 2 days of medical testing in Winnipeg, we stayed in an east-facing Canad Inns room (see 13th floor sunrise photo), conveniently attached to the hospital. We also got together with family and celebrated one nephew’s 13th birthday! The last time we saw family was last summer’s trip to the Niagara Peninsula. The time before that was our Thanksgiving 2013 road trip… Fun stuff! And finally, an especially yummy thanks to our sisters, for filling our bags with their homemade goodness of cherry jam, spaghetti sauce, salsa and cookies… Plus, one perfectly purple cupcake-shaped handmade soap! 🙂 ❤

Homeward bound, we drove straight through for 14-hours—eager to refrigerate our precious HPP-fighting Asfotase Alfa cargo… Now we’ll wait and see how long it might be before Husband’s daily needle dosage shows signs of healing 🙂

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

Hope continues… ♥ Jackie


Something to Smile About

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Thank You Tony 🙂 for this 100% smile-worthy list! There’s just one more thing I’d like to add…

At the beginning of July, I wrote a blog post plea for HPP. And for the past couple of weeks, we’ve been smiling inside and out because the doctors finally called with hubby’s approval to begin Asfotase Alfa HPP treatment 😀 That’s the news we’ve been waiting, hoping and praying to hear for SO very long. There were times when we thought this news might never come… But now, praise God, it’s here! The car is packed and we’re driving to Winnipeg to begin the healing process!!!!!!!!!

At the time of my HPP post, only Japan had approved the Asfotase Alfa treatment. Canada and Europe have now approved it, as well! My sincere thanks to everyone who shared and/or signed the online petition from my HPP post. Special thanks to Laura @ In My Words, for reblogging that post!

So that’s all for now…
Looking forward to connecting via hotel WiFi for the next week…
Thanks again and ttys 😀 ♥ Jackie

Tony A. Smith

Give Me a Reason to Smile

   Kittens

  Puppies

  The smell of fresh baby powder

  The smile of a newborn baby

 Mom seeing her daughter for the first time in her wedding dress

A dad seeing his son graduate from high school

A red rose in full bloom

Lush fresh-cut green grass

Dark chocolate

Forgiveness

Pure love

A baby’s first steps

Bright orange sunrises and purple sunsets

Rainbows after a rain

Letter from a friend

Breakfast in bed

A cat playing with a shoestring

Playing my favorite songs on the radio and singing along in the car

Eating a full plate of spaghetti with my favorite homemade sauce

Cherry cheese cake

Popcorn and a movie at home

Talking to old friends on the phone about our days of childhood

Going barefoot in the summertime

Jumping in the pool on the first day of summer and making a big splash with a cannonball

Someone…

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the KWH iPad Show #11 💜 summer solstice sunset

summer solstice sunset 2015

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Hello & Welcome
to my 11th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is our summer solstice sunset …
sunrise 5:06 am 🙂 sunset 10:06 pm
… missin’ my iMac, but luvin’ the 17-hour days!

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summer solstice sunset at the 53rd parallel north in Alberta Canada

Click photo to view my
summer solstice 2014
blog post 🙂

My favourite thing about living this far north is summer solstice and the extra-long days that go with it! That “other” solstice will have us on the flip side soon enough… But these days, especially with the above seasonal temperatures we’ve been having, it’s just so GOOD to enjoy being outside watching glowing skies finally dim around 11 pm 🙂 That’s my idea of a summertime thrill!

Catching a glimpse of the summer solstice sunrise, on the other hand, is more rare… I’ll sometimes manage to wake up in time to see the sky already beginning to brighten by 4:00 am. But then I lay down for a moment, whilst the sun rises to the peak of our neighbour’s roof… And awe shucks, the moment passes me by again! :-/

Last year’s summer solstice was extra great, for me. That’s when my iMac finally got resuscitated, after a month and a half on the fritz 🙂  Now again, since directly following this post in early April of this year, my iMac has been gone for good :-/ But the blog must go on! And my trusty iPad has been a real lifesaver for that!!!

Thanks for joining me in my iPad-photo solstice celebration of God’s glorious sun setting skies on the longest day of the year. How did you enjoy your summer solstice?

 Our weather forecast—fahrenheit or celcius—for the
first week of summer is looking mighty fine 😀
Wish you were here! 

See how the video is panned to the far left? That’s where our winter solstice 
sun shall set 6 months from now—between the last 2 clumps of taller trees.

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

Happy first week of summer! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #10 💜 my 10th fatherless Father’s Day

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Hello & Welcome
to my 10th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is Father’s Day
♥ ♥ ♥

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Proverbs 10:9, 12:2, 14:26, 29,

Click image to view post by
Deborah Lynn @ Green Willow Pond

Well… it’s been 10 years,
since cancer took my dad away 😥

 And while time truly eases heartbreak,
a sense of loss shall always stay…

Now he lives pain-free in Heaven 😀
where we’ll be together again, someday!

So for Father’s Day this weekend,
here are a few links to family stories 
you might like sent your way 🙂 

What I want for Father’s Day.
and why it’s an impossible request
via Chris Martin Writes

Daddy’s Girl
via Morning Story and Dilbert

Our Subway and Canvas Board Gifts
image by Deborah Lynn
via Green Willow Pond

♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

Hug your dad and have a happy Father’s Day! ♥ Jackie


happy Easter ♥ happy Birthday ♥ happy Life . . . because He lives

potted daylily sprouting

potted daylily sprouting

Happy
Easter
Everyone!

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April 3rd was Good Friday, as well as my birthday 🙂 Such festive dates as these align only every few years, so it’s extra special when they do! It was a day for phone calls and messages from far away friends/family, including a few lovely KWH facebook friends .. To our delight, we noticed that our potted daylily had sprouted whilst still tucked away for the winter in the garage. It’s not much, but it’s growing! And once again, the snow has melted—after a wild snow storm on April Fool’s day! For dinner, chef hubby lovingly prepared my requested offal b-day platter of beef liver, fried onions, mashed potatoes and beans. It’s not everyone’s b-day dish wish, but yummmmy for me! Oh, and this post is later than hoped. There was a kerfuffle when my computer froze with a “gift” of it’s own 😛 What a mess it’s been, fighting to find my way back to the usual 800+ inbox messages—which had somehow ballooned to nearly 6,000… yikes!!!

And that, in a nutshell, was my birthday/Easter weekend so far 😀
Now would you like some yarn cake?

Celebrations on this Easter Sunday will vary, but I hope everyone manages to squeeze in some yarn and/or chocolate bunnies/eggs along the way 🙂 For me, there will be all of these… but Easter is mainly about celebrating new life in Christ… I live because He lives! ♥

It was x-number of years ago,
when I emerged from mother’s womb.
It was 2000 or so years ago,
when Christ Jesus was laid in the tomb.
Then came the third day,
when up from the grave He arose!
Thereby saving us all from
eternal damnation and woes ♥
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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

God’s blessings to you! ♥ Jackie


the Heart of Christmas ♥ hearty handknit decorations

close-up of stair railing decorated with handknit hearts

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Wishing you a merrily heartfelt Christmas and a happily decorated staircase! We don’t have a Christmas tree. What we do have is a lot of yarn and handknit heart decorations. And since decorating the staircase was so much fun last year, I thought it might be fun to do it again this year 🙂 Hmmm… could this be the start of a new tradition?!? How many years does it take to build a tradition?

Anyway, yarn is always fun to play around with and take photos of—before and/or after it is knit up 🙂 As you may recall, these are the same backyard photo props from last week’s “deck the yard with hearts of yarn-y” post. Yup… lots of good, clean, indoor/outdoor hearty yarn-bombing fun going on around here! Stay tuned to this blog for more details on making your own hearty “how to’s” in 2015!

May your heart overflow with
love, joy, happiness and peace…
at Christmas time and
throughout the new year.

Merry Christmas! ♥ Jackie


Happy Anniversary ♥ December 9th… and they lived happily ever after

E&J wedding December 9th, 1995
E&J wedding December 9th, 1995

Our wedding day
December 9th, 1995

Today is a bit of a detour from the wool-hearty post I had originally planned. On account of yesterday being our 19th wedding anniversary and my wonderful hubby surprising me (again), this time with photos on fb. This led to an outpouring of well-wishes and fond memories… shared now, here with you!

We were married on a sun-blustery winter day, 19 years ago on December 9th, 1995. A major snow storm had blasted through town—leaving the church parking lot off limits and our wedding day turned all around. Highways were closed. Out-of-town guest’s flights were delayed. No one could make it to the rehearsal dinner and in-laws were welcomed with curlers in my hair. A quilt draped across my shoulders was all that would fit atop my mom’s 38-year-old pouffe gown. Wedding decorations were a bit of a disaster, too. But oh thank Goodness… for it was December and the church was already decorated for Christmas 🙂

As you may imagine, it was the best day of my (our) life! Aside from one major hitch, none of the rest mattered. And the weather this week? Mild temperatures have been melting the snow 🙂 Then “just for us” yesterday, God the Creator of Heaven and Earth painted our 19th anniversary day sky with another spectacular sunset glow ♥

 “Be Completely Humble And Gentle;
Be Patient, Bearing With One Another In Love.
Make Every Effort To Keep The Unity
Of The Spirit Through The Bond Of Peace.”
Ephesians 4:2-3 (New International Version)

love ♥ Jackie


God Loveth a Cheerful Knitter ♥

Yes it’s true! God loves a cheerful knitter (as per Sara Crafts post—reblogged below) … as well as a cheerful giver (as sung so eloquently by Hey Nunnie Nunnie  🙂 Happy “cheerful” Friday  Jackie

Sara Crafts

Okay, so that’s not quite how it goes…

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I was asked by a friend if I could contribute something crafty for her adoption fundraiser.  She was looking for Christmas bazaar items and I figured some cute ornaments would easily sell.

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