I've been sitting on a bit of news all week, taking it in, letting it roam around in my heart and allowing increasing doses of joy to season my thoughts.
You see Mr E and I had come to a place of accepting that due to our ages (we are in our 50's) a bank would be unwilling to give us a housing loan, but just to be sure we made an appointment to have a face to face chat and see if there was indeed a glimmer of hope before we laid the dream aside for good. We've never bought a house before so we're unusual 'first home buyers' but not unheard of.
Imagine our surprise when we were told that if we can save a certain amount for a deposit (based on the home loan amount we will be able to borrow) and we do this in the not too distant future (because age is indeed an issue the more time passes) then we can build or purchase a dwelling to make our very own.
It was that hope 're-ignited' which inspired me to share this particular design with you as the next block in our "The Love of Home" BOM.
It's not a new pattern, initially appearing in a 2015 issue of The Stitchery Club, but it has remained one of my favourite designs and this week I finally took the stitchery and created a little quilt to hang in my 'one day' new home, God willing.
In order to make our dream come true we must tighten our belts and budget wisely for the rest of this year, trusting the Lord to guide us. You know this means lots more home cooking and thrifting, and my oh my, how happy that makes me!
I want to shout for joy every day, but another part of me is very calm and ready to work hard beside my husband month by month until we have what we need to take the next step.
As Mr E said, "First priority save the deposit, then we'll open the next door and walk through."
Joy, calm resolve, hard work...what a wonderful recipe.
If you'd like to stitch this month's block you can download the free pattern HERE in my shop.
And speaking of recipes, a few ladies asked if I'd share the one for those Oatmeal, Raisin and Orange cookies I baked earlier this week for Mr E.
Not a problem, in fact you can have the recipe and as an extra treat I've included a simple little 'cookies with tea' stitchery too, so you can prepare fabric and threads while the cookies bake.
I'm taking the next week off from blogging to make the most of Mr E's final week of school holidays.
It looks like we won't get away after all so while he continues with car repairs, garden pots and outside chores I'll bake and sew and plan some new projects for around the house.
Most everything I make these days has a purpose and that reminds me of my Nana, who enjoyed the fruits of her labour by choosing to make or bake for a reason, always with a smile, a song and a whistle. I do tend to be a little more frivolous than she was and that's okay because I am me, but the lessons and examples she poured into my life are bearing good fruit - more with each passing year.
My daughters, Aisha and Blossom, would like me to embroider them a cardie each so that could well be my hand sewing at night next week (I'm trying a different technique than the one earlier this week, but more about that another time) and I still have a knitted bear for Cully May to complete, as well as a quilt 'in progress' and recipes to print and store in a new covered binder...but that's life.
A good and useful life by my reckoning.
May the coming days overflow with goodness and grace in your life too.