Charlie David turned one year old last week.
And hasn't the year flown by?
He started walking at 8.5 months, and now he just runs everywhere, especially chasing after his two big sisters.
Charlie loves to chill out in the baby rocker, swinging gently, his quiet time. That's why it's not packed away, even though he grew out of it a long time ago. He knows his chair and loves the soothing back and forth motion.
We had a very low key birthday lunch, just the way we like things. Ross and the girls wore hats, and everyone enjoyed mummy and daddy's pesto pasta and the apple and blueberry tea cake I baked.
We played and laughed and really enjoyed our time together as a family. And you know, that's a beautiful thing about simplifying and being there for one another - every occasion is less stressful, more deeply appreciated, and memorable.
The next day however, Blossom, Ross and all three children came down with head colds. Fortunately hubby and I were fine, and their head colds cleared in a few days. Don't know about you, but we find summer colds to be the worst, and we're right in the depths of a very hot summer right now.
So that's the final birthday of the year for our family.
So far this month I've had some painful issues with sciatica, more migraines and a quick trip to the dentist, but between things I've been able to package parcels to post, design new patterns, clean the house, re-arrange the bedroom, (finally) hem the bedroom curtains, tend the garden and play around with tweaking a delicious recipe.
This dessert slice was originally based on apricots and incredibly yummy, but then I made another and replaced the apricots with raspberries. Well this was so good that Cully May came back again and again for more. Her and Rafaella love sour fruit, and their favourite is raspberries.
Rafaella ate the raspberries off the top of her pieces and kindly handed the creamy coconut base to me - no complaints as it's like baked custard on a caramelised biscuit base.
The original recipe is HERE, but you can replace the apricots with most fruits in season.
Next time I intend using plums, and the time after that, pears and ginger...and then - well, whatever takes my fancy!
With the heat of summer taking a toll I moved my desk again in order to catch the cool breeze from the air conditioner on my back and neck; and in the process made more space on the desk by moving the printer onto a small table nearby.
I also changed the wall quilt above my computer to the Christmas one I shared as a stitch-along last year - "Joy to the World".
If you'd like me to share that again just leave a note in the comments.
I change my computer wallpaper every few weeks, always choosing a Scripture which resonates with what I'm reading, studying or experiencing at the time.
If you're after some lovely free wallpapers for your computer look HERE
There are some beautiful ones to choose from. My photo shows this verse very bright due to the lighting from my window, so here's the actual wallpaper so you can see it as it is on my screen each day.
Being surrounded by Scripture - whether in a frame, on a stitchery, or as a wallpaper for my computer - has a very grounding, encouraging and strengthening effect on my thoughts, actions and choices throughout the day. I highly recommend displaying passages of the Word within your home.
JANUARY CLUB PATTERNS
For those who would like to see what's coming in January for both my stitchery pattern clubs, here's a peek...
LET'S STITCH AGAIN
(patterns emailed on the 1st of every month for one year)
FAITH, HEART & HOME
(patterns emailed on the 30th of every month)
NEXT BLOG POST...
I have a topic which has been on my mind to write about, plus there will be a free bookmark design for 2022 and some peeks at a new Tilda project I've designed and am currently working on (it's a bit different to my usual style) using her next fabric line due out in February.
In the meantime, I do hope you are managing okay in your part of the world, that you're taking time to ponder our Saviour in this season of wonder and grace, and that you find pockets of time (and perhaps a nice cosy corner) each day to rest, pray and settle your thoughts.
May the favour of God and the abundance of His generous grace be poured gently over your life today, and in the days ahead...