Passing Down Crazy

Because Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Give Your Kid is an Addiction…To Yarn

One Year!


One year ago today, I did my first blog post.  Originally, college kid and I were planning to co-blog.  She then found out how busy college life was, and she just didn’t knit a lot.  That’s OK.

She left for college today.  And she was really ready.  As was I.  (I love you, Lexi!)  She’s loving her career choice, and wants to get further into it.

My most popular post?  By far, the one about my Damask Kauni.

Here’s where it’s at now.

Actually, I’m a bit further than this.  I’ve begun the left side collar.  One of my goals, after I complete Seasons of Lace, is to finish this.

I’ve done 150 posts, and there have been 1,079 comments.  More comments would be fun though!!!

So, have you gotten to know me at all?  If not, I’m going to do a meme.  I never do them, but this one intrigued me.  Tammy tagged me for this one.  It’s going to take some thinking, and I don’t do well at self- analysis.

Think back on the last 15 years of your life. What would you tell someone that you haven’t seen or talked to for 15 years? How would you sum up your life? You get 10 bullet points. A list of 10 things to summarize about you.

~Fifteen years ago, I was pregnant for the 7th time.  And we only had one child.  There were some rough years in there!  We now have 5 children, so if you do the math, I was pregnant 10 times.  And I threw up with every pregnancy.  A lot.  Just for kicks, I figured out that I threw up for 4 1/2 years!!!

~I don’t think I was knitting 15 years ago.  I learned to knit in 8th grade.  (That’s 30 years ago.)  I knit in college, but then didn’t knit for a lot of years.  I started again in earnest about 5 years ago.

~We bought a motorhome in 2004.  Our goal is to travel to all 48 states.  We have 15 left.  We wimped out this year and went to Canada instead.  No planning and it was nice and cool.  Next May, we’re going to Washington DC and down the coast.  “The bus”  has been a lot of fun.

~I love having teenagers.  For the most part, they’re really cool.  Our kids are 19, 14, 13, 9, and 8.  I don’t ever need another 3 year old.  Our kids are all a bunch of bullheads with tons of personality.  Sometimes I have to remind myself that personality is a good thing.  I don’t have sweet obedient children.  But someday they may well run the world!

~I hate housework.  Laundry isn’t a big deal, but I hate the constant picking up.  When Kid 5 was about 2, I almost lost it.  I couldn’t be supermom.  God placed Mary Poppins in our lives.  I babysat her when she was little.  She babysat for me in high school.  After college, she was here full time for a year, and then part time while she got a masters degree.  She kept me sane.  The last year, I’ve been on my own again, but my kids are older, so we’re good.  Remember this photo?  My laundry room looks almost this bad now.  The puppy is bigger.

~My sanity may be in question this year.  I’m homeschooling Kid 4 this year.  It’s not something I’ve ever planned to do, but God has better ideas than I do.  I’m thinking I need to pull out some of my brainless knitting to keep me calm!

~I have a quilting addiction that’s just as ridiculous as my knitting addiction.  I’ve been at home with my kids for 19 years now, and the only thing that has kept me from going nuts is my hobbies.

~I’m a good cook, but my Honey would like me to prove it more often.  I have the nicest husband in the world.  He’s very low maintenance, but he loves it when I cook.  Therefore, I should do it more often!!!  He even walks on water!

How did I get that photo???  He’d just jumped off the boat, and I caught him just before he hit the water!

~I’d like for my family, friends, and complete strangers to see Jesus when they look at me, but I fail far too often.  I want to be known as a woman of integrity; someone who does the right thing even when no one is watching.   I serve a faithful God, and I want those around me to know that.

~I love to make people laugh.  Life can be hard, and it’s far too short to take so seriously.

If there’s anything you’d like to ask about me, feel free to ask.  I may or may not answer!  I don’t have any deep, dark secrets!

Thanks for a great first year of blogging.  I’ve gotten to know some pretty cool people.  I’ve also found out that I’m not the only crazy knitter in the world, by a long shot!  And I think I’ve pushed myself to tackle things and finish things.  Again, thanks for a good year.  (Wow, that was a long post!!!)


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

26 thoughts on “One Year!

  1. Congratulations on your Blogversary! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you in cyberspace. Your projects are amazing so often that you do help to nudge me in (yet another) direction. That is Good. Knowing Jesus is the Best…and we are human; therefore, we are imperfect. For years now I have tried to keep my corner of God’s world better so as to mirror Him in His glory. I am not perfect in this by any means, but I keep trying.

  2. Congratulations! Happy blogiversary. I enjoyed reading your meme and getting to know you a little. Gorgeous Damask Kauni sweater.

  3. Congrats. I always love reading your blog. I appreciate your candor within it. I typically stick to my knitting in my blog but I know others love the personal stuff.

  4. As a new reader I look forward to getting to know you more! I must admit that the laundry there scares me…maybe because it is just hubby and me right now! Looking forward to what comes next! 🙂

  5. Wow! That’s a lot of throwing up!

    Thanks for sharing… I loved reading your post, and could relate to so much! Happy Blogiversary!

  6. Congratulations on your first year of blogging! ;0)

  7. I honestly don’t remember how I came on to your blog but I think it was your Irish Diamond Shawl that got me reading you as often as you post and I am so glad it did!! Happy blogaversary I enjoy coming here very much!

  8. Has it really been a year? Time flies. Love the bullet points and love your spirit.

  9. Congrats, Wow a year. How time flys by. I think that my husband walks on water too. I love reading your blogs and always finding a new idea.

  10. Thanks for sharing!! I have enjoyed reading your blog and hope you continue! That sweater is just fabulous!! Takes my breath away every time I see it.

  11. Oh how I wish we lived closer! I think we would become very good friends and no I am not a stalker. I have enjoyed your blog- and you have really inspired me knit and quilt wise and as far as the laundry goes we are definitely sisters there 🙂 This morning for the first time since the college boys arrived home I can see the floor and the front of the washer- I had forgotten what color the floor was in that room. Mine leave next week- love em but it is time to go!! I love that you share your faith- you are a true testimony to being real. I know that I fall short in my daily walk but I start each morning with Philippians 4:8. I know that scripture is a lofty goal in todays world but I try! Have a happy day.

  12. Congratulations on one year of awesome posting and beautiful projects! Speaking of beautiful projects…that Damask Kauni is absolutely stunning! I enjoy your blog quite a bit and am looking forward to another wonderful year of your posts!

  13. …..the Damask Kauni was what drew me to read your blog….but the name of your blog is what keeps me reading….i love that…..happy blogiversary…..

  14. wow-only one year, I thought you’d been blogging a long time and it had just taken me a while to find your blog. I think I came here via Tammy, but actually i can’t remember which one of you I found first. The kauni is amazing. I just don’t know how you can do all that knitting with the homeschooling, etc. I appreciate reading the blogs of people with whom I share faith. Thanks so much!

  15. I am officially in awe. Your knitting and quilting is amazing. You also have been blessed with a wonderful spouse who is able to understand and support you in many ways. Your family always seems so happy in the photos and I love to read about your adventures. Your laundry room, however, frightens me!

  16. Congrats on your one year! Great post!

  17. I was intrigued by your name on a posting you made on Ravelry because I have 5 kids and I quilt, too, so I started reading your blog. I enjoy reading about you, your family, your quilting, and your beautiful knitting!

  18. Congratulations on a year! You are one talented and energetic woman. It shows through every time you write. “Only dull people have immaculate houses.” That is on my bulletin board. We are kindred spirits in that respect. You will be a great mom/teacher to #4 this year. Love the sweater… I have some of that yarn… no idea what to do with it… I just look at it.

  19. Happy “anniversary”! I enjoyed getting a little peek into your world. (And am a little scared of the three-year-old phase now! But hey, if I can get through colic with a sense of humor (mostly) intact…)

  20. I admit I showed up for the Damask Kauni and liked what I saw here so I stayed.

    Happy Blogiversary!

  21. Congrats on the one year celebration! Your blog has helped keep me sane while raising daughters, cleaning house, laundry, quilting, knitting, and living life with the husband of my dreams. How did you and Honey meet? I know the struggle of staying pregnant. I have struggled with multiple endocrine problems all my life and seemed only to become and stay pregnant every four and a half years. In the end, I am blessed by the grace of God to have in my life three wonderful daughters.

  22. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary! I love reading your blog every evening. Your sense of humor shines through each entry. Thank you for taking the time to teach and inspire!

  23. I found your blog through your Mrs. Greenjeans.
    I have always enjoyed reading about (your love of) your family.
    It is evident in the way that you speak of them that you adore them and they adore you.
    You are blessed, indeed — and you know it.
    I see Jesus in you — and I hear him in your writing.
    You inspire me.

    Happy Anniversary,

  24. Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for letting us get to know you a bit better over the past year and today. What’s in store for tomorrow? 😀

  25. Random comments (also in bullet point):

    1. What a great meme!
    2. The sweater? To die for. Ambitous, (for me!) but to die for.
    3. ***SEVEN*** kids! God bless you.

  26. Happy belated Blogiversary!
    I “found you” through your Mom and have always enjoyed your posts. Always.
    Blog on, sistah!

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