The Best Yes and a Go To Cowl

I know I'm on vacation when I can't remember today's date or what day of the week it is.  Suddenly, I'm Appolonia in The Godfather:

Luckily, I live through each summer to relearn the days of the week in order come September!

In the week since school ended, I cast on and completed a simple cowl knit with incredible, one of a kind yarn and read a book that contains incredible, one of a kind advice:

The FO is the Oats pattern by Tin Can Knits, my go to pattern when I want to show off the beauty of a small amount of yarn (in this instance, 178 yards) using a simple yet elegant pattern.  I bought the yarn from Siobhan Crafts this past January and knew as soon as I received it what it would be.  This handspun silk and mohair blend is so incredibly soft and light with a gorgeous drape yet warm enough for an event during the holidays.

The book is The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst that I ordered on the same day school ended and had in hand last Friday (go Amazon Prime!).  In my most recent podcast, I share my thoughts on the first half of the book, and this morning, I turned the last page.

So many feels!

Over the past week, I've spent a lot of time with my adult daughter.  I've lost count of how many times she's said, "Wow, I can't believe your so chill about hanging out with me!" (or words to that effect). During the school year (especially this last one), I get so wrapped up in what needs to be addressed that I neglect who needs to be addressed.

Like my daughter.  And my son.  And my parents. And my friends.
Connecting with those we love is like soul food.
I drew a dark line under those words; I don't want to loose sight of them when I step back in to the classroom.  TerKeurst's "Best Yes" includes saying yes to the people you love and no to tasks that won't enrich your life or theirs.  I explain in detail in the podcast why I chose this book so I won't go in to it here other than to say if you
  • - find it difficult to manage all your commitments
  • - don't know how to say no when you know you should and feel guilty when you do
  • - say yes based on the perceived opinions of others
  • - know you don't see your loved ones enough because of all those committments
  • - need a clear, Biblically based strategy to make an informed decision
read this book!


  1. This sounds like a book I need to read! Will be giving your podcast a listen! :)

  2. Your cowl looks soft and pretty. I'm listening to your podcast now. :) Thanks for providing the easy link.

    1. Thank you so much & glad you are enjoying the podcast!

  3. sounds like your are reading the book at the right time and place! My son is home for a few weeks visiting (in between grad school switching....moving closer!!!) I have abandoned my little quite unassuming life and enjoying his company and doing things together. Beautiful cowl!

    1. Enjoy! Summer is truly a time for family, and you are correct - that book was placed in my way for a reason!

  4. I listened to this as a audio book on a long drive last week and want to get the print copy to revisit a few of her ideas. Are you planning another study group for the Facebook page this fall?

    1. I'm not sure what the direction the Facebook group will take at this point. I would like to do another study but am unsure what approach to take or if Facebook is the right platform. September is a crazy month for me, so I'm giving myself until October to figure things out. I welcome any and all suggestions because I would like that group to become an active study group!