Thursday, October 31, 2013

Plane Projects

The term "plane" in the title is correct. The months of September, October, and November typically find me doing a more than just a little bit of traveling. My fall traveling adventures include presenting my research at professional meetings, receiving ongoing training related to my research interests, and participating in professional meetings. As such, I end up spending more than just a few moments on an airplane. I'm also one who likes to keep myself busy while traveling. As you can see from the above picture, my packing includes resources for projects that can easily be tucked into a carry on bag.
My plane projects of choice are ones that can be transported easily and ones that I can work on without creating a disruption to others. For the last few trips, I have been working on more snowman blocks. I introduced the snowman project in one of my January postings. These wool appliqué blocks will be included in a quilt (possibly the topic of a future post). They also have been fun to complete, and I've enjoyed giving each snowman its own personality. 

I've taken on another wool appliqué project this fall. (For good or for bad, I do enjoy moving from project to project.) This one features a monthly series of "blankets" that can be used with a wool sheep who will be featured in a future post. The monthly blankets involve some smaller pieces and a finer degree of detail. Just the same, I've enjoyed completing them.
As much as I enjoy my traveling opportunities, my favorite part is always returning home. I am very grateful for a family who supports me and a God who sustains all of us while I am gone. Through this season of traveling, I've been reminded of God's words to Jacob in Genesis 28:15 when he was fleeing to his Uncle Laban's home and experienced the dream of the stairway extending to heaven. This verse features the Hebrew word "shamar" which translates as "to keep, preserve, protect, guard, take care, and watch over." Through the miles of traveling and days of separation, I can rest secure in God's sustaining presence and knowing that He will be faithful to accomplish His purpose for me and my family.

Behold I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. 
Genesis 28:15