Miss Cully May celebrated her 2nd birthday on Saturday with laughter, joy, candles, family and butterfly fairy cakes.
(I'll share the recipe later this week)
Where have these two years gone? It seems not that long ago we were welcoming her into the world, and now she's 2 and a big sister to Rafaella. What a precious and joy-giving child she is, a gift from God we cherish.
Daddy Ross helped Cully blow out the candles on her butterfly fairy cakes, and mummy Blossom couldn't wipe the smile off her face all day.
Poppy kept Rafaella happy at the dining table as we chatted back and forth about Cully May, Rafaella's teething, moving house (they move next week) and who will be hosting Christmas this year (Blossom!)....
Lesson of the day: treasure the people in your life and make time to connect and listen. Time passes quickly and you cannot get it back.
For those who are not in our Gentle Domesticity Group or read my daily Elefantz facebook posts I have some news to share, an update really.
After a building and pest inspection on the house we were going to buy we have decided not to pursue the purchase after all. There are some quite expensive 'urgent' repairs needed as well as termites all through the front yard which will mean many more thousands of $ to have the palm trees, bamboo and garden area treated and then removed. This leaves the house with no shade and no privacy, and us further in debt.
We're so grateful the Lord prompted us to have the "subject to building and pest inspection" clause in the contract because if it had not been there we would have been handed a shock once we'd moved in and had to forgo what we really needed (especially air conditioners - remember, we live in the tropics) for the urgent house and garden repairs and treatments.
Anyhow, that is behind us, though we still have to go through the steps required to exit the contract.
We have also decided to not look for another home right now and give ourselves time to slip back into the everyday rhythm of living we've missed. God knows what we need and the time frame we've been given to buy our first home, so we've chosen to rest in His care and wait until the right home presents itself.
This whole experience has been one learning curve after another but I guess the main thing I've come away with right now is that we were almost forcing the issue and began making mistakes which led to a few rash choices. With a deadline to be out of this rental home it felt as though we may have to just take what we could the closer that date approached.
But then there was the miracle of loaves and fishes.
Lunchtime came around, the crowd of thousands had hung on Jesus' every word and followed Him far and wide with no thought to what their physical bodies would eat, though their spirits were being well fed.
Sweet Jesus, compassion Himself, knew of their physical needs and with a few loaves and a couple of fish fed every soul on that mountainside and when the disciples gathered up the leftovers they had twelve baskets full.
God reminded me this morning that I need to be like those who followed His Son that day, that I needed to hang on His every word and allow Him to feed my spirit, that I need to forget what I 'think' I need because compassion Himself already has a plan for that and will provide when the time is right.
I need to get back to tending what is right before me and let go of the tunnel vision this house hunting brought about. I need to pick up the slack in my neglected home and bring it back to life, something I've only given half-hearted care to of late and which grieves me because it goes right against my desire to pursue a life of gentle domesticity.
So today I walked through each room and made mental notes of what needed doing, where to begin and what is needed to accomplish those tasks. My heart attitude had a re-adjustment too because this rental home deserves the same attention and care I will give the home we eventually buy.
There was also a nudge in my spirit (from Matthew 25 and the parable of the talents) to show care in the small things before being trusted with bigger things, and I humbly accept this lesson for me is needed right now 'cause I really did lose my way. I took my eyes off what we already have and the need to diligently care for it, and cast them into the future at what may hopefully come to pass but had not yet occurred. For someone who believes we need to embrace the moment we have and 'be all there' I certainly took a distracted detour.
There you have it, heart on my sleeve (again, you say?) and the lessons of life which still trip me up, the God who loves me too much to let me follow my own selfish and distracted path, and humility in confessing the failings I too often bring upon myself. Seriously, I love the Scripture "confess your sins one to another and pray for one another" because when you do that there's an accountability which comes in to play, not just a dose of being humble at the expense of your pride. LOL!
Happy to say my bathrooms are sparkling after a loving and thorough scrub this morning, but now I hear the washing machine's tinkling "I'm finished" tune which means I have clean sheets and towels to hang on the line so I'd best be away and continue on with my chores...
May your week be joyous in thought and task,