Thursday, 24 September 2015

Feeding my soul this week

The past couple of weeks have been full. Today I am packing and cleaning in preparation for our 10 day camping trip that starts tomorrow. I have been itching to write so wanted to snatch a quick few minutes to share a couple of photos of what has been feeding my soul this week in the midst of busyness. I am really looking forward to good quality family time away from some of the distractions of everyday life. I am also really excited about the launch of Write 31 Days next week. I have all the posts for while we are away ready to go and have so much bubbling in my head to get down for others later on. Check out the Write 31 Days 2015 page for a quick intro and to find all the posts once they go up.

A stunning sunset with glorious clouds. Clouds are kind of my thing so this made me catch my breath.

Watching the sunrise from my kitchen window, worshipping God while waiting for the coffee to brew.

My normally sensory averse daughter loving playing with the leftover slime from a MOPS messy play morning I ran.

The double whammy of spending time with God with my daughter bringing her Bible in to join me. Love my fur baby and my girl joining me even if it does mean a much more interrupted time than I would like!

My little family at our friends' wedding. A truly stunning wedding set in the Australian bush.

What has fed your soul this week?

Friday, 4 September 2015

Yes: Five Minute Friday

I have such a love-hate relationship with the word "yes". Maybe that's a bit strong but for the people-pleaser in me it is a tricky one to navigate. I will say that I have come a long way in overcoming these tendencies and have grown more confident in my use of "no" when needed but it is a battle each time. My brain goes into overdrive trying to figure out how to work things out so that a "yes" is possible, even for things I know I'm not really interested in. Lysa TerKeurst's book "The Best Yes" is a brilliant one for anyone else struggling with this. I need to go back and listen to it again (I have it as an audiobook). I am lucky to have a few friends who have also read this who help to challenge some of my decisions. 
One person I do love to be able to say yes to is my daughter. I make a conscious effort to say yes to being asked to play, yes to outfits she wants to wear, yes to spontaneous outings, yes to cuddles and kisses (that one isn't too hard mostly). I want her to have good boundaries and not be spoiled but yes to the more important things is a valuable parenting relationship tool. 

This post is part of the Five Minute Friday link up, where we write for five minutes on the prompt word for the week. Check out what others have written about "Yes" by clicking the button below.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

What I learned (or relearned) in August

It feels like only a week or two ago that I was writing my July post! It took me a long time to get my thoughts together to even realise what I have learned or relearned this month. I guess that's a good indication of how full my mind and days have been. So here is my list of the fun, frivolous, serious and deep.

  • I love tulips-we took a family day to the Araluen Botanical Park for the start of the tulip season there. It was a stunning winter's day and a great day out.

  • A funeral can be both gut-wrenching and faith building- I wrote about a recent loss in my July recap. Her funeral was held at the beginning of August. It was one of the most emotional funerals I have been to but also astounded me with how faith filled and encouraged I left it. Faith was the overriding legacy reflected on in the service.

  • A much anticipated sequel to one of your favourite books can leave you sorely disappointed and even crush the original story- I LOVE "To Kill a Mockingbird" and was really excited to see a sequel being released. I now know why Harper Lee was so reluctant to publish it for so long. Not only was the writing completely different from the original, it crushed the integrity and heroic image of a main character. I have advised friends who share my love of the first not to read the second.

  • Cuddling a sick little girl is both wonderful and awful- five days of illness resulted in a very weak and lethargic little girl so lots of cuddles for hours a day. I treasure these cuddles as I know she won't fit on my lap for very much longer but I hate seeing her sick and suffering. I also hate seeing her lose so much weight when she has very little extra to start with!
  • Being intentional about putting in some planning for my blog motivates me to write- getting prepared for the Write 31 Days challenge has made more structure and planning essential for this blog. It may not show up as results until October but I am definitely spending more time getting posts together. I am really looking forward to sharing more thoughts with you and hopefully encouraging someone else.

This post is joining in with Emily Freeman in being intentional in tracking what we learn in our everyday lives. Check out what others have written here.

I'd love to hear what your biggest take away from August was.