I remember his birth like it is etched into my memory. He was delivered by a midwife who has now become one of my very closest friends and her family are like family to ours. He was a prefect bundle that came in a storm of chaos that was the period after the flood., he arrived just 5 weeks later. His birth was text book perfect, I was surrounded by love and I felt the protective hand of God on our lives. Two of my most reassuring pieces of scripture are....
Joshua 1:5 (NIV) No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Matthew 11:28-30New International Version (NIV)28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Despite the stress we were under in trying to get our feet back on the ground after the flood I always felt this in my heart. I felt God stepped into my life and lightened my load and for that I am forever changed and grateful. He brought people into our lives who helped pull us up, dust us off as we tried to figure out what our "new" life looked like and who loved us unconditionally. What an amazing thing to experience, both the beginning of a new chapter with our new baby boy and the closing of an old as we moved from our little hobby property.
On Gussy's birthday we kept the day simple. There was an early start......(note the Christmas paper wrapping paper?! I was totally out of plain paper....#parentingfail)
There was some pressies to open. The toothless I sewed him was a hit and has been his constant companion since! He also got some "art" for his wall and a wooden tea set as he loves to have and pretend to make cups of tea.
Here the finished toothless.....The pattern for him is HERE
Then we had a delicious breakfast at a friends house and our kids and their kids played beautifully while we adults got to have a good natter about all things rural living/buying a few acres and simple living.
We put up his new plane 'art' and put the new quilt my parents gave him on his bed. He was very excited!
There was a simple homemade butter cake decorated with butter icing and planes for this flying-obsessed little boy! We had our good family friends over for an afternoon cuppa and piece of cake.
all in all it was a beautiful relaxing day. <3
Hope all the parents and children are easing back into school routine. May it be a gentle and happy beginning of term as exciting new chapters open.