Reflecting On The Precious Things

Breakfast in bed this morning! 🙂 Brioche buns and a cup of tea.
My sweet boys worked out a way to get me some stuff I’d like with not much money or time on their side (because they’re clever and gorgeous )… but the best thing was seeing how pleased they were, and to share the morning with them. The cost of a gift in money means nothing – it’s the thought that goes in to it.

Today in church we heard about Susanna Wesley, who was the mother of John and Charles Wesley. She had nineteen children altogether; only eight of them survived her. In a life of challenges and hardship she raised them well, caring for them body and spirit, as individuals. Here’s a list of house rules she had (there are more…)

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You may agree with all, or just some, of them. I love the attention to the dignity of each child, recognising intent as well as deed. I don’t know if I could come up with twelve or more house rules (I’m sure we have rules that are understood – I’m just not organised enough to write them down).
I love being Mum. Looking at people like Susanna can sometimes feel intimidating, as well as inspiring. Whatever hardships come my way, I will still always have something to fall back on, whether personal or financial. I also have the help of the best Father, Who is always there and always able…
I have done well, in some ways, as Mum. I have also done badly, over the years. It’s a learning curve, and I still have a long way to go. 🙂 I have had a lovely Mother’s Day, though. I hope you’ve had the best day possible – whatever your situation.
-whether your children are close, or gone from your life (physically or emotionally)
– whether you feel you’re doing well at the moment, or you feel you’ve made mistakes (and you wish you could roll back time and change things)
– whether you have things in order and life running smoothly, or you just feel over it and you’re struggling to keep going
– whether you’re full of joy, or bowed down by grief…

Your heart is still “Mummy” 🙂 I pray for love, and blessing, and a community of other Mums around you.

Just to finish – here’s a polaroid, taken at church this morning, of me and my sweet Littlest Bean (Biggest Bean was elsewhere). He was quite reluctant to have his photograph taken (and to be on here), but he gave me permission in the end…

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Isn’t he gorgeous? ❤ Not my best look (I blinked just as the camera clicked) but I’m glad I have it.

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Back To The Keys

We’re back online, after over a week off – trouble with cables (or something…)
I’ve had a much better week than the last week, although still with its downs. Got to go out more than usual – cafe, cinema, even twice to the library! 🙂
Saw this on our way for coffee – looks great, and hopefully the first of many?

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It’s the Ipswich Festival at the moment, so we went to the Global Fiesta… ended up pouring rain on our way out, but glad we got there. We didn’t hear much of the music (saw the tail end of the morris dancers’ set as we came in – that was fun) but I got my hand hennaed.

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Here’s the “before”. It got a bit wet, and blurred in places.
Here’s the “after”

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I’m hoping it will darken overnight.
If it’s not raining tomorrow, we’ll go to the Jazz, Wine and Blues in the afternoon/evening…

It’s nice to be back! 🙂

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Leaving Space For The Whimsy

Clinical practice days are coming up this week… I don’t feel I know anything, even though I’ve been going through my notes and textbooks, putting information together. The temptation is to cram every little thing in as much space as possible, but I think I still need to come up for air!
This last week has not been a good one for pain, which makes study (and especially remembering) difficult. Today has been a bit better – prayed for at church, and I’ve definitely felt better this afternoon. Unfortunately that doesn’t equate to “pain-free”, but I haven’t had to take a tablet yet. This is a win, in my life at the moment. 🙂
There’s a site I’ve been using for free images, so I just typed in things like “whimsy”, “imagine” and “dream”, and picked some that stood out to me.

Here they are!

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Lest We Forget

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Taking A Deep Breath

It’s the beginning of the second week of term 2, and it’s been a good day!
The first week back is always stressful (at least the first days…), but we tend to settle down when we start to understand what we’re doing for the term. It’s taken a bit longer this time.
Today started off badly, and could have gotten worse. I spent last week trying to finish a subject from my course, so spent less time with Littlest Bean and his work than he needed – a recipe for stress! Today, I decided that I could concentrate on his work, so we spent this morning snuggling, talking through the questions for the day (and some for the week), taking the stress out of the day. Usually he settles in to his work within the week and then works well with minimal supervision. This term’s been a bit different…
It was so lovely spending the time together today! Both my boys have been growing so fast, and we don’t spend so much one-on-one time. Today was like a breath of fresh air – a sweet time with my Sweet Bean ❤

I’ve still had time to get some work done, but took some time to continue the “taking a breath” part of the day. Had a lovely soak in the bath this afternoon, with a scented candle and a good book. Here’s my book, warm socks and a snuggly dressing gown to keep warm 🙂

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Breathe!
Life is good, when we slow down enough to see it…

Published in: on April 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

And Then The World Changed…

An Easter Carol
(Christina Rossetti)

Spring bursts to-day,
For Christ is risen and all the earth’s at play.

Flash forth, thou Sun,
The rain is over and gone, its work is done.

Winter is past,
Sweet Spring is come at last, is come at last.

Bud, Fig and Vine,
Bud, Olive, fat with fruit and oil and wine.

Break forth this morn
In roses, thou but yesterday a Thorn.

Uplift thy head,
O pure white Lily through the Winter dead.

Beside your dams
Leap and rejoice, you merry-making Lambs.

All Herds and Flocks
Rejoice, all Beasts of thickets and of rocks.

Sing, Creatures, sing,
Angels and Men and Birds and everything.

All notes of Doves
Fill all our world: this is the time of loves.

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The Big Picture

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Creator

Jesus, Jesus,
Carpenter of Nazareth,
Can you make a lintel?
Can you make a door?

Jesus, Jesus,
Carpenter of Nazareth,
Can you make a universe
Where there was none before?

Jesus, Jesus,
Carpenter of Nazareth,
Living in the midst of us,
A working man and poor,

How shall we esteem you,
Holy, humble carpenter?
By the universe you made –
And also by the door.

Elizabeth Rooney

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Waiting In The Silence

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“Surely this man was the Son of God!” –
(Mark 15:39)

Published in: on April 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Indeed!

I’ve just got internet back after two weeks, with nearly a week without TV, as well. We lost signals after some storms here (no landline either), and it’s taken this long to fix. On the one hand, I’ve had more time to catch up on non-internet stuff, which is nice… that’s mixed with a bit of stress over not being able to finish assessments – I can only get so far with them before needing my online resources.
One of the effects of this much time offline (apart from lots of reading! 🙂 ) is having to wade through all the accumulated emails…
I seem to have had a preponderance of posts/articles/devotionals on freedom, Wild Faith, and a bit about pain and suffering.
Something to think about…

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A Vision For The Night

I should be asleep…
I’ve been trying to find a version of this hymn that I like – there’s many to choose from. It was one of my favourites when I was little, and I still love it!
“Be Thou My Vision” is from an original Irish text, 6th century, or possibly 8th century… here’s a version by Maire Brennan (Enya’s older sister), sung in (modern) Irish –

It was translated by Eleanor Hull in 1912 – this is the closest version to the one I remember singing (I remember the first line of the third verse as “Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight…” and the last verse as “High King of Heaven, O Heaven’s bright Sun, Grant me its joys after victory is won…”)

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Here’s a more modern version, by Audrey Assad –

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