Topsy Turvy Hectic Life

Whew! The last three weeks have been topsy-turvy-hectic for me. I’m sorely missing my blogging world and the world of knitting! Why has my life been so hectic?

A young man has come to live with us until May. This young man is my twelve year old nephew, Zach. Over Christmas his evil stepmother gave my brother an ultimatum – choose between her or his son, my nephew. After battling for years to get my nephew away from his mental-case-drug-addicted-birth-mother, my brother finally won custody. It seems that the evil step-mother (who supported my brother throughout the custody battle) has had second thoughts about adding an addition to her family. The story is very sad and I won’t say anything else about it other than my nephew is the sweetest kid and I don’t see how anyone can be as cruel to him as his stepmother has been. If it were up to me I would send HER back to Brazil on the first ship out.

Topsy turvy, yes. That hardly begins to describe the adjustment of going from an empty-nest to homeschooling a BOY who has lots of “gaps” in his education and wants to spend time visiting instead of working ๐Ÿ™‚Zach a man after my own heart though! He quickly became fascinated with knitting and wanted to learn how to do it. I let him try on my partially finished Socks That Rock and he wanted them so badly that I could not resist. Afterall, when can a knitter ever resist gifting socks when the recipient goes on and on about how beautiful the colors are, how soft they are, how they fit so perfectly and are warm………

Young man wore ONE sock all week until I finished the second one. As a matter of fact, as we drove to church on the day it was finished I was suddenly gripped with the thought that he had probably not changed into a normal pair of socks for church. When I asked what he had on his feet he held up one impressive Socks That Rock foot and then his other foot with a plain white sock! How funny!

I hereby claim these SOCKS THAT ROCK socks as a completed project for the:


The completed pair:

Yarn: Socks That Rock

Color: Farmhouse

Needle Size: 2.5mm

Pattern: Simply Simple Socks from Cool Socks, Warm Feet

18 Comments on “Topsy Turvy Hectic Life

  1. Were your ears burning? I did request an Alcea update on my blog today ๐Ÿ˜‰

    How sad for the dude but also wonderful for him to have a lovely aunt who took him in. Hopefully, he’ll settle down to a routine that includes lessons soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Rebecca- How can anyone be so selfish and uncaring? He looks like such a wonderful young man.

    I think it’s a gift to spend time with young people. You’re lucky to have each other.

  3. WOW Rebecca!! I had a feeling something was up, but this is amazing – your life HAS been turned upside down, but it sure sounds like you are handling it. A lucky boy to have such a loving, caring aunt! (and you’re homeschooling again too – I KNOW the time and effort that takes)
    The STR socks are beautiful and it sounds like they are on very appreciative feet.

  4. I always suspected you might be an angel, but now I’m sure!

    Hugs to your nephew….

  5. Great job on the socks! It’s wonderful that your nephew wants to learn to knit, and that he loved the socks so much you gave them to him :o)

    Also, I sent you an email awhile back about joining the toe up socks ring…just wondering if you’ve received it as I hadn’t received an invite yet…

  6. It’s too bad his stepmom gave the ultimatum but even sadder that his dad chose her.

    You’re a very kind woman with a huge heart. The kid is lucky to have you.

  7. You’re a special Auntie Rebecca!

    Did you tell Zack for his next pair, he has to knit then himself ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Rebecca, Love the picture of Zack knitting. What a good looking kid. How awesome that you are helping change this boys life. Zack will never forget it.

  9. Wow, you have been busy. I’ve been missing hearing from you, I thought maybe your house was buried in snow. What a wonderful Aunt you are to provide a loving nurturing home for your nephew.

  10. How sad for your nephew. You are a wonderful aunt to take him into your home. And his socks looks so cool!

  11. The socks look wonderful. His knitting looks great. And he is lucky to have an aunt to care for and love him. He needs a a loving and secure place now, it is wonderful you are providing it for him.

  12. So glad you were able to provide a safe and loving sanctuary for your nephew. He looks like one terrific kid!

  13. What a sweet boy! He’s so lucky to have you. And vice versa I’m sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. He does have great taste! And a good family. Good luck with the homeschooling!

  15. Rebecca, if just dawned on me that I have never sent you a thank you for the cute cow stack that you sent to me. I know I blogged about it, but it was very rude of me not to send you a thank you. So thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Not only for the gift, but thank you for being such a kind an caring person. Your nephew is young, so he probably has not thanked you for being such a wonderful woman, so I will do it for him ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you again for being such a good friend, Aunt, and Woman.

  16. You really are going through some changes! As well as your young nephew. He is a lucky boy to have a home like yours to go to when he needs it. It’s wonderful that you are enjoying his company so much. I’m sure that is just what he needs. Your socks look great on him. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Aw… give Zach a hug for me, and tell him his knitting looks amazing. Love you!

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