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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Reason to smile...




Just a quick note to thank you all for your prayers during our move and to let you know we're over the hardest part.

Moving house went very well, though exhausting both physically and mentally. We're about 90% unpacked after four sleeps in our new home and feeling quite satisfied even amidst the groaning from aching muscles and bones. 

A sense of 'home' is already filling our hearts and gratitude overflows because the Lord has carried us thus far with much grace and provision. We could not have done this without Him. 




Just for normality I christened the new oven with a roast lamb dinner on Saturday night and made pasta and sauce the following night to try out the gas stove-top. 
Yesterday (Monday) I baked a fresh batch of fruity rock cakes to have with our cuppas, but then by mid afternoon my body wound right down and a lack of adrenaline told me there'd be no more cooking, unpacking or cleaning for the rest of the day so Mr E and I opted for take-out chicken and an early night instead. 
My beloved has worked like a Trojan, but always stops to check if I'm okay and encourages me to slow down and 'breathe'. How blessed I am to be his wife. 

Another few days and I'll share some photos. Some things probably won't stay in the same place as I have them now but over time, as we become more acquainted with these new surrounds, it will become clear what needs to go where, and why.

The new design above is one of the patterns inside October's issue of The Stitchery Club.
As I sit here at my desk, looking around at our familiar things in these unfamiliar surrounds, it's not difficult to find a reason to smile.

May you be blessed with your own reason to smile today.
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20 comments:

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear of the wonderful progress in unpacking! I can't begin to imagine moving everything we have accumulated having lived in the same location 41 years. Perhaps moving every few years would force some sorting and clearing out. I guess after all this time we'll just stay right here! - Diane from Minnesota

Julie said...

Hello Jenny .... I have been working away in the garden on the weekend & you have been in my thoughts alot my friend. I am so pleased to hear you are all settled now ... it will take time to properly settle in but you sound like you are making good progress. And at least the Oven works !!!!! Happy Week to you my friend Xxx

Christine M said...

Glad to hear all went well with the move, Jenny. I'm looking forward to seeing some photos. xxx

Lin said...

Glad all well Jenny. xx

Kay said...

So glad that it all went well. x

Suzan said...

I am so happy that you have managed this move so well. I am the "man" of our household and it is hard work. I am so glad your hubby has been so helpful and caring. God bless your new home and you too.

Kezzie said...

I'm so glad to hear that you are almost settled. Glad to hear that God answered our prayers for you move. How lovely to make some special meals in your new home but what a wise woman to know when it's time to have take away in order to revitalise your energy levels.
What a great husband you are blessed with.
Enjoy the new home-look forward to photos whenever you post them.

Blessings

Kerrie

Janice said...

I'm so pleased to hear that your move went well. The hard work over a short time means that you get settled so much quicker. Well worth it. I hope you can both now have the luxury of a little breathing time before Mr E returns to work.

Little Penpen said...

Happy to hear you are in the new place. I can imagine how sore and tired you must be now. That's a pretty stitchery!

May said...

Dear Jenny, I am so glad the move went well I hope you take sometime now to rest up with your rock bun & Tea.... The Stitchery is so Beautiful.... can't wait for mine...you will have several change around's within your new home until you both are happy with... most important thing is you both are there... I hope your Darling husband has a little rest too...enjoy your new home... Have a blessed week ahead... Love May x x

Jacqueline said...

Welcome home.

Brenda said...

Hello Jenny; So glad to hear that the first part of the new journey is over and you are already settling in on the second part, the sorting and placing where each item belongs. I have moved many, many times throughout my fifty plus years of life and somewhere along the way, I would discover something that revealed to me why the Lord chose "here". I do hope that your new home brings complete happiness and love to you and your loved ones! Have a wonderful day!

desertskyquilts said...

I'm s glad you stopped when your body said to! It's been a long week, I'm sure, but you are almost there! That's a wonderful new stitchery, and I really like the words. There's always a reason to smile, always a blessing if we look for it.

Anita : Shabby Quilt said...

Glad the move went well. Lovely stitchery

Ondrea said...

So good to know that everything went so well for you. You certainly know how to make a house a home with the beautiful aroma of baking and cooking. I look forward to seeing how you decorate your new home with your individual flair.

vivian said...

I have moved 25 times and still baffled at how you made it sound so easy and smooth.
And still have time to go online to update us.....
KUDOS for your hard and rewarding WORK. LOVE YOUR STITCHING PROJECTS.

Cattinka said...

I wish you all the best. I think this is your 5th move since I know you!
KATRIN W.

allthingzsewn said...

Nice to know your resting a little at intervals in between the lifting and rearranging. I have only moved three time in 70 yrs and prayerfully there will be no more. I truly don't know how people move so much. May God keep both of you safe and well until your finished.

Pieced Brain Quilt Designs said...

I think I can smell the lamb from here... :-) Your work is beautiful, as usual. I pray the new place will inspire you in ways you never thought possible!

Diana Lopes said...

When you say you have reasons to smile it makes me smile cause yes, we're here, living, and even though we find some difficulties along the way, we're blessed to be where we are <3