Category Archives: Finding Beauty in the Everyday

I’m Grateful for: The little things.

The past couple weeks have been as ‘normal’ as life gets for us. And, oh, how lovely that is – sometimes – for just a short time – just to catch up in between the excitement which makes up the rest of life – of course.

It has been a week to enjoy the little things around here:

*Last weekend we celebrated our Nicholas turning 11. Really… they do continue to grow these children of mine. And I feel so privileged to have a front row seat as this maturing is happening. It’s really quite an honour to be a part of the life of this eldest boy of ours.

*The littlest one ‘practicing’ the piano after the big ones have finished. Then he proceeds to do his own ‘school work’ of course. It must be such a delight being the youngest of four, having those big kids around to copy and learn from.

*The children all found cozy beside the bookshelf. All happily intent on reading the very same book.

*The sunshine streaming in the windows.

*The therapeutic rhythm of knitting needles working some wool into a wearable garment. It’s really a meditation of the hands and I’m enjoying it immensely right now.

*Filling the hours with books both old favourites and new.

Yes, the little things are definitely the right things to be enjoying around here right now.

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I’m Grateful for: Winter Days

Winter in Queensland. It has to be my very favourite time of the year. Clear, blue, sunny skies fill our days and the nights are just crisp enough to make snuggling in flannel pi’s under a patchwork quilt ever so appealing. Once the morning frost and coolness has gone and the sun is out in full splendour, the outdoor world seems to call us with it’s mild temperatures and warming light.

With days as ‘perfect’ as they come, we have been taking full advantage of these winter days this past week.  Any projects we are working one (sometimes known as ‘school’ work) tend to migrate to our outdoor table and the children don’t seem to make it indoors till the cool evening sends them in. Actually, to be truthful, they do poke their heads in the door to make sure food is going to be forthcoming, but otherwise it’s an outdoors kind of life we are leading at the moment.

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My studio has one entire wall of glass and a door leading outside, which makes it all a bit hot in the summer, but in winter it’s my very favourite place to be. I can write, sew or somedays just play with fabric and feel like I’m right in the midst of all the outdoor action, observing it all at a distance. Yes, I think I’ll find myself here in my studio very often in the coming weeks.

And for now the outdoors action is pleasing me no end. Knights can be found in battle while the lovely damsel keeps their armour intact and delights all with her beauty. Or maybe it’s a 4WD ute driving around the yard (made out of an old packing box, of course), or a lovely young lady, dressed in a smocked dress, sawing away at wood for some project she has in mind. It’s all putting a smile on my face and reminding me of the absolute joy and beauty to be found around me every, single day.

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Finding Beauty in the Everyday

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It’s the simple pleasures here today.

1: Sunset picnic to celebrate a birthday. Delightful.

2, 3, 4: Cooperation as four work together to build a new birthday present (and rebuild it time and time again after the inevitable happens and it topples to the ground).

5: When this little one is out of sight for more than about 3 seconds, I tend to go into ‘oh-no-what-is-he-into’ mode. Finding him snuggled on his bed, reading his favourite book took me by surprise – I’m absolutely delighted, but surprised all the same. A moment to treasure and remember. What a sweetie he is. But, of course you already knew that. Ahhhh.

6. When the birthday gifts include timber rollers and a big tub of play do. It equals hours and hours of entertainment for the birthday boy and his siblings. Simple. Pleasures.

 

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Enjoying the Little Things

It was a ‘just checking in’ kind of call, quickly fitted between parking the car and getting to the appointment she had scheduled. But a wondered concern in the voice. “You’ve been pretty quiet this week. How are you going?”

Those few words of caring love were all it took to tip me over the top. To realise just how much I’d been holding together lately. Only just holding together by the finest of finest chords. It’s been a pretty huge and emotionally taxing time in my life lately. Sure, the meals get cooked, washing gets hung-folded-put away-hung-folded-put away in an endless cycle and the bedtime stories still continue. But it’s kind of lonely here in a new town, knowing virtually no-one beyond my immediate family. It’s kind of hard learning anew the ins and out of a new community. It’s kind of easier to try to forget the ordeal of a loved one in ICU over the past few weeks, rather than try to piece all the learnings together in my spirit. It’s simply easier to put all that ‘stuff’ on the back-burner and try to forget about it when dealing with it gets simply too hard.

It’s the feelings within which seemed to boil over, as that phone call played over and over in my head.

We had said goodbye in a hurry after deciding it was perfectly acceptable, and even necessary, to have a ‘ploddy’ week. Yup. ‘Ploddy’. That about described me in the nicest possible words at the moment. And I could even see why this would be a good thing for me – throw away all those expectations and just plod through the week, enjoying the moments as they came and went.

But…. in reality I found this so much harder. I keep thinking of the mountain of ‘things’ which need my attention. Worrying about trivial matters. Panicking that I’m not organised enough for some upcoming events. And the list continues.

So with the express aim of throwing all that aside. I’m just going to enjoy the little things here today. Simple beauty found in everyday life.

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:: Early morning sunshine.

:: ‘Housewarming gift’ mugs from my Mum and Sister (who know just what I love).

:: Smoothie made with greens from ‘Pa’s garden’.

:: Gorgeous, clear, warm winter days.

:: Bright, fun colourful chairs.

:: Beautiful scented candle from a dearly missed friend.

:: Welcome home flowers from my family.

I’m loving beauty found in the midst of everyday life.