I have had so many requests to show inside our new home as we settle but it's been a week of such exhaustion in too many ways that blogging, along with other things, hasn't been 'up there' as a priority. But I know you all are patient and don't expect much of me right now so bless you. xx
Everything is now unpacked, put away, or in a temporary spot that can be changed in the weeks and months ahead. We moved in last Sunday and I've been making all our meals since Monday morning. Last night however (Friday) we opted for take-away from the local Thai restaurant because I was ready to drop, and it was so delicious that we decided it would be a monthly treat from now on!
My kitchen is a delight and the oven is the best I have used.
Roast chicken, veggies and gravy baked perfectly on Wednesday night, as did yesterday's Rock Cakes which I made for Blossom's first visit to the house since we moved in.
Apart from that we've had a lot of easy dinners like Salmon Patties and coleslaw, Gnocchi, different salads with eggs and fresh bread, plus simple sandwich lunches or leftovers from the night before.
Not a single meal has been eaten inside because the undercover outdoor area which overlooks the garden, trees, pool and a multitude of visiting birds is quite truly the most wonderful place to share breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This cockatoo chatted away in the tree just near us as we ate breakfast this morning...
Over time I'll share parts of the house, but it's a relatively small home so not many areas to show really. This is the main living area which combines the dining room, the lounge room and a small corner office for me.
Bob the dog also resides here in the afternoons on his new red bed.
There was a time when we were homeschooling that I had ten, eleven or twelve large overflowing bookcases, but now I have only the books I need or enjoy so organising them into categories to fill two bookcases and a small ladder shelf is easy - plus it's fun because I am a person who thrives on order.
Next time I'll take you through the sewing room which has come together beautifully, despite my initial concerns.
Downsizing hasn't just allowed us to 'fit' into this home, it has given us peace within the spaces we now have. My 'new' corner office is sparse and useful and pretty - and that's all I really needed.
These past six days have been exhausting and joyous in so many ways, whilst also being a time of sorrow as we mourned the sudden passing of a family member.
With extended family living scattered across Australia it became very important to band together via phone, messages and in prayer. It was time to give extra hugs to the ones at your side, to forgive, to let the past be and to really cherish the day before us and the people we share it with. We cannot change what has gone before but we can appreciate what is now, and look for the good in what is yet to come.
Around the same time my new Instagram account was hacked and I found myself locked out again, unable to access any of it...but in light of the sad news we had received I decided that in the big scheme of things Instagram was not important and to let any idea of opening a new account pass from my thoughts. It's not worth the effort.
My family require my time and deserve my efforts. God requires my time and deserves my efforts.
I am worth the effort of taking care of my own mental and emotional and physical well being so that I can be there for the ones who need me and allow them to be there for me. I've known this in the past, but it resonates deeply now in an almost urgent way.
I suppose death does this - shakes you up, rattles your everyday life and draws you away from the unimportant to seek that which truly has value. I have a feeling that God will use this past week to grow me, to deepen my dependence on Him, to expand my understanding of 'blessings' and to widen my view of the good before me. He never wastes an experience, a sorrow, a joy, a trial, a triumph.
Every life experience grows us.
So my beloved and I are happy, and we are sad...but we have HOPE and we look ahead to what is yet before us, side by side, committed to God and to each other.
God bless *you*,