Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Since we have a rare night at home, I am going to sit down and play game with my children. I will not be distracted by the washing up. I will not get up to fold washing. I will not check e-mails. I will stop and enjoy my children.
Here is the story that I wrote called "Voices". It's simple, perhaps unsophisticated, but it's a reflection of me and my life at the moment.
“What about dinner tonight. Save you having to think about it.”
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Here is an example that has reminded me of this idea today.
I am having one of those days where I feel like I am totally snowed under. It is understandable. My last week has been extremely busy. (And that is not even taking into account a very busy month!) One week ago, I left early to drop my husband at work. I came home and sat with my children cramming in as much school work as we could. The older boys had a small piece of English due that we finished. Then I spent two hours packing for a BMX trip. We then headed off to pick up my husband. Off we headed to Shepparton: 1500km. We attended the BMX meet (part of it in the rain; bringing home wet and dirty clothes, bikes and helmets). After having driven all night to get home, I had a drama lesson to teach, then a birthday dinner, then straight into school and other events the next day! Needless to say, my house is a mess, and there is little food in the fridge. I am struggling to keep sane today!
Anyway, to cut to the chase: my husband just called to ask me to email a list he needs for someone who is taking over some of his work. The list that I need to e-mail is on an old computer that will not turn on. Why do I need to send this list today? Because the young man who needs it lost the list that my husband has already given him. A young man with no wife, no children, who likes to surf on the weekends. If I can be patient with this man who has lost a list that will take me 20 minutes to retype (when I have piles of work all around me), then I can be patient with myself when I make silly mistakes sometimes, or forget things, or am late with something.
I can get through this...one step at a time.
Monday, October 17, 2016
My clever and creative husband will reach into that pile of 'junk' with a particular project in mind. He sees each piece of wood for its potential.
He first started by making practical little things to help combat the storage problem in our very tiny home. He made a small ledge to sit the television on, creating space underneath for other things. Upon request, he made a shelf for one of our sons to store his shoes and hats.
He made this handy shelf to perfectly fit on our kitchen bench, giving extra storage for small, but important, things.
He worked with our sons over a few days over a long weekend making a beautiful and sturdy coffee table.
We love this beautiful and rustic piece: partly because we know how much love was put into it during its creation, but also because it has been genuinely useful.
He even surprised us all, after purchasing a router, by starting to make beautiful signs for our home.
What a lot of wonderful things have come from that old pile of pallets and wood scraps!
The humble pallet has taught me a very valuable life lesson, too. In all honesty, sometimes I feel about as interesting and useful as an old discarded wooden pallet.
Perhaps his plan is for me to be practical, useful and sturdy like the furniture. Perhaps his plan is for me to be beautiful and inspiring like the sign. Perhaps it is a combination of both.
God doesn't see us for the pile of mess that we feel to be, but for our true potential. Whatever happens, we can trust that we are daily growing to be more valuable, useful and beautiful in the hands of our Creator.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
“Quit! Give up! You’re Beaten!”
They still shout in my face,
But another voice within me says,
“Get up and win the race!”