Friday the 13th

rose hill hat

Rose Hill hat pattern from Erin.
Yarn from Leslie.
Modeled by Avery

On the needles Tuesday,
off the needles Wednesday.
Photographed Thursday,
mailed Friday.

A surprise for someone who loves surprises and has made many hats for others.

It's hard for me to believe, but this little blog was born three years ago today. Three years and more than 400 posts ago, I was a very different person. I was frustrated by the public school system, the influence of media on my children, my lack of creative time. As a family, we were not living the life I wanted us to live.

We've made a lot of changes in the last three years. We have shed many frustrations and time wasters, and of course added others along the way; but I can say with conviction that, in many ways, we are living the life I had hoped we would live. I credit many of these positive changes to recording the events of our life in this space, and reading the accounts of other families throughout the blogosphere pursuing similar lifestyles.

So thank you, dear readers, for accompanying me on this journey. When you visit this place, you are part of something very good in my life.


  1. happy three! and here is to many more years of growth and exploration.

  2. happy blogging anniversary!!

  3. i'm so glad to have found you here. i consider you an inspiration and a friend.
    and a. looks lovely in this picture.
    enjoy the weekend, molly.

  4. Happy Blogiversary! Coming here is always a source of inspiration for me- thank you!

  5. Happy happy blogiversary. I know I already said so but I LOVE your header. I may have to come here just to visit it!!

    And now off to check out that hat pattern ... I could use a quick knit!

  6. lovely! Happy 3 years, friend.

  7. could not agree more.

  8. I love your blog. You always have the best photos. Keep up the good work!

  9. Happy 3rd anniversary, dear Molly ! :)
    and happy change of life for the better ! you can be proud of all your achievements !!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead !
    PS : a wonderful & thoughtful gift for your friend. You're a sweetheart xoxo

  10. Beautiful hat, beautiful photo.

    And happy, happy anniversary. I "wrote" a blog post the other day while on a run, on the occasion of my 100th post. Of course, I never ended up actually writing the post, and another one took it's place, not noting the passage of 100. But what I thought about as I ran was how people who don't "get" blogging have no idea how much impact blogging and reading the blogs of others can change your life. It can shift your perspective, make you think differently, for example, about gift-giving during the holidays, or how to photograph the simple pleasures in your days. I know it's changed my life over the course of a year and a half.

    And blogging let me meet you, a regular inspiration in my days. Looking forward to seeing where the next three years takes you!

  11. happy bloggy anniversary! Beautiful hat and yea! to dreams & goals realized!


  12. New to reading your blog, but have enjoyed it greatly. It has been an inspiration to one working & trying to shed things & add others. So grateful for a cyber community I can read when I have the time at 3 in the a.m. and appreciate and grow from other's experiences. May there be 3+ years in your future!

  13. Hear! Hear! Happy Anniversary! You have a good life indeed and I am so thankful you are sharing it here!

    Hat is great and anything on and off the needles that fast is awesome in my book!

  14. Happy Anniversary - I can honestly say that visiting with you here has made our lives better too - even more than the maple candy recipe!

    Thank you for always sharing.

  15. Happy blogging anniversary! I really enjoy reading your blog (and it's one of the few I read every post).

    I invariable leave with a sense of calm and gratitude- thanks for sharing snippets of your life with us!

  16. I think that's why I like visiting your blog, because your lifestyle seems very positive!!! ... and creative!!!!

    keep on!!!!!

    by the way that hat is really nice!!!

  17. Happy Three years! - I have loved reading along and hope there are many more years to come. x

  18. Thank you, thank you! I love my new bowl. Wish I had your email! :D Posting pictures soon.

    Lovin' it in Redwood Valley

  19. Warm and fuzzy blog. I love it. I can't wait to come back for a longer visit. I'll put the tea kettle on and enjoy.

  20. what a wonderful summary of why you blog and how it has affected your family life for the better! Love the hat!

  21. Me too.
    I am so glad to have discovered your blog.
    You are inspiration.

  22. Happy 3. I love the hat. Funny we were both knitting hats this week!

  23. That is just so awesome. Maybe I am feeling a little emotional tonight in my might-be-coming-down-with-something state, but it even made me well up a bit. Congratulations. Creative and positive change is the best!

  24. thanks for sharing your life, and congratulations on controlling your life/environment instead of letting it control you.

  25. I have to tell you that this is my very favorite blog. My family has a blog, which I enjoy, but I like yours better. Don't tell!

  26. ah! happy blogging...and thanks for doing it.
    inspiring so many every day!

    love your hat. :)

  27. WOW you are good.

    what a beautiful surprise that will be

  28. I check in on you from time to time, but haven't left a note....

    I admire you for being able to make the changes for your family. I'm still trying to figure out how to get there but absolutely agree that blogging is a fantastic grounding force.

    Many more happy years!

  29. I never thought you were talking about me with the hat! What a surprise! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Avery thank you for modeling it for me. I'm going to have Grandpa try and take the same picture of me wearing the hat.

  30. What a lovely post, and a reminder to say thanks for three years of gorgeous blogging. I love your hat pattern--I'm always inspired to knit hats in autumn, when we start wearing them all day, in the house, and in bed as "nightcaps" to keep cozy and reduce heating costs. Just posted about this, with another cute, easy hat link: http://thetanglednest.com/2009/11/hats-indoors-nightcaps-and-a-simple-gift-project-my-favorite-easy-knitted-hat/

  31. Happy 3rd blogirthday--or something like that anyway...

    I can totally relate to where you were three years ago as I feel that way many times myself now. You are a constant source of inspiration and I congratulate you and thank you all at the same time.



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