It is definitely crunch time here at Townsend House! This week I am working to try and finish my pile of projects. It is slow going. After having Christmas with Matt's family this past weekend, I am ready for a vacation. I am almost done with the little dress for Emma's doll Ellie, which is what is in the picture. I kind of just made up a little pattern for it. There won't be sleeves, because the doll is one I knit this year, and it wouldn't really work that way :-) I am almost done with Jack's Eli doll as well. I also have a bit of sewing to do for the kiddos...clearly I have a few long nights ahead of me :-)
Even though there is a lot of making going on, sometimes I need to take a break. I love knitting, but I love to recharge a bit as well. I am still reading The Purpose Driven Life, which I am enjoying immensely. Thinking about the questions at the end of each short reading has been very beneficial in understanding my own journey right now. I definitely recommend it.
I also had the opportunity to read Forks Over Knives, which is the book that compliments the movie. I have talked about the movie before here. And reading this book definitely made me want to watch the movie again. It is a very short read, mainly having little blurbs about the contributors to the movie, and some of the people that have been helped by going on a mainly plant based, whole foods diet. It highlighted the important parts of the movie as well (although, I think the entire movie is important). The part of this book I liked the most is at the end of the book. They provide 125 recipes to help you get started. Even though I have a really hard time following a recipe, I really enjoy looking through recipes and getting ideas. I'm not sure I would ever exclude all fat from my diet, people do need fat to live, but I can definitely see adjusting a lot of the meals I currently make.