To keep on top of things I always design a couple of months ahead for The Stitchery Club but what I didn't realise during that day in late May when I spent hours sketching this design, erasing it, sketching again and erasing it again until I finally sighed in satisfaction with what I eventually embroidered, was how deeply these words would be speaking into my life today as July draws to a close.
With my designs the words come first and then there's a day of sketching, scanning, cleaning up the sketch, choosing fabrics, tracing the design, selecting threads and finally it will be ready to embroider.
I loved it from the start as living life "The Simple Way" means a great deal to me, and the simplicity of the pattern itself reflected the state of mind and heart that I yearn to embrace even further as I grow up (aren't we always growing up?). Quietly hopeful this would hang in my new home one day I wrote the pattern, took photos and gently popped it away with the other August designs because I needed to begin drawing September and stay on schedule.
But then something happened.
Mr E and I have been run off our feet during these months of endless, seemingly fruitless house hunting and then we have to cram our work, family and home responsibilities around it. It's no wonder between us we've had head colds, pneumonia, a torn patella tendon, torn chest muscles, migraines and insomnia. Finding a home consumed our time, our rest, our appetites - which in turn affected every other area of life. We felt as though we were riding a never ending roller coaster; up down, round and round, up, down and repeat. The excitement we'd initially had when our quest began had waned and I think we lost our way.
So during the past week we quieted our minds and slowly put together a list of all the things we'd like in our very first home. Some were negotiable, some were not. As the days went by clouds of confusion cleared and we found ourselves with three choices, three homes which offered at least 50% of the requirements on our list. We drove to each house at night and parked in the street for around a quarter hour to gauge the traffic and the noise. Number one on our list was "peace and quiet" you see.
One house was crossed off fairly quickly which then left us with two.
Of the remaining homes one tugged on our heartstrings like you wouldn't believe. It was in the prettiest and quietest area, had large shade trees and the character we love.
But it was tiny and though some people have said "oh you'll be fine there, it's so cute" it didn't have any space for a dining table, no spare room for our children and grandchildren to come stay, and it would have made working my business from home a struggle.
With heavy hearts we prayed that someone else would buy that house and be incredibly blessed living there...and we drove away.
Friday night we made an offer on the remaining house.
The owners rejected the offer.
Saturday we headed out in the Jeep at 8am and spent another day looking through open houses with no success. Then the phone call. The owners had not had any other offers and decided to accept ours. They did not know our offer was all we had, but God knew, and now we're praying He blesses them abundantly too.
So once we sign the contract this week we can honestly say -
"We bought our first, and probably last, house"
Now back to that design.
'The simple way is usually the best way' was a statement I'd written in my diary and then transferred into a stitchery. I think we get it now, on a personal level with regards to the past few months.
If we'd made that simple list months ago we would not have strayed, wasting endless hours, days, fuel and energy looking at houses which were too far away, in high crime suburbs, out of our budget, had stairs (hubby cannot do stairs) or a pool (so many cheap homes had a pool), were unsuitable for a home business or needed expensive repairs - just to name a few issues.
In fact it was dear Annabel who suggested we write down the things we needed, and a few wants as well. How much simpler that made this task and it bore fruit quickly.
We're happy we found a home, though we weren't jumping up and down with excitement immediately because we'd given our hearts to the little house with character and needed to let the dust settle first. Like climbing off the roller coaster and waiting a bit to regain your balance.
Today we are excited. Today we are making plans for someone else's house to become our HOME.
All through this we've trusted God but having a few praying friends stand with us, as well as thousands of precious ladies in my Gentle Domesticity Group, really rallied our hopes when at times they were low. How very blessed we are!
Thank you to everyone who prayed for us, you made the world of difference. xxx
At home today it was such a delight to not have to leave the house, to potter around and simply enjoy being together. I had fun in the kitchen making flour from organic wheat grains using the NutriBullet's milling blade...
I've wanted to make wholegrain flour for ages and now that life will settle a bit before we move I can play around with new bread recipes...
There will be some experimenting and to ease myself along that road the bread I made this afternoon used 33% of the flour I made and 67% regular bread flour.
Can I just say this - it was delicious!!
Now I'd best get off here and go enjoy the rest of the evening with my beloved.
I hope and pray your evening (or morning) is just as relaxed and satisfying too...
PS: My pattern for "The Simple Way" is part of the August issue of The Stitchery Club. You can see all the patterns for next month over HERE.