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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Finding my mojo!

You know when you life seems chaotic and your rhythm is out of whack?  Or if you have a partner, you and your partner seem out of whack?  Well that's what things have been like here since the move.  Not that things have been bad, we love it here, but we have not been able to find the easy rhythm of our daily lives that we are used  too.   

Moving, bush fires and renovating will do that!  Then throw in school holidays which are always busy and I'd totally forgotten what the bottom of my washing basket looked like!  I'm pleased to say I have re-discovered it, and Grant is happy to wake up to fresh shirts in his draws.  There *MAY* have been a morning semi regular occurrence that in the mornings Grant would wake up to find no clean shirts, washed one himself and wore it to work wet to "air dry".  I am many things, but a morning person is not one of them.  Admittedly it was the middle of summer and by the time the customers came it was well and truly dry.....But still.  Not my finest house keeping moment.  But Grant never once complained, just chuckled in his cheerful way and teased me.
Making more laundry liquid. 

But after many ongoing conversations about what was, and wasn't working, we seem to have "clicked" again into our old rhythm.  Its not one singular thing, its just we are both on the same page again.  Its lovely!

This weekend we were at home, pottering about.  We did a trip into town to buy some timber to fix the sheds.  $200 of new timber and we will re-use the old timber where its still good and and the old iron which we will re-use.
Fixing one of the sheds.  Its a rustic fix but it will suit the place just fine once its done. 

I have re-found my preserving mojo and 9 big bottles of peach jam have been made from our home grown peaches.  Its seriously delish!
 Making jam....
 mmmmm.....

I'm really excited for this year.  Things seam to be falling into place.  This week I received all my paperwork for the Diploma of Ministry I'm doing.  I also received a scholarship which takes away the financial burden and that's a huge relief!  Paperwork is not my strong point, and Im totally adulting my way through it.  Its only taken 32 years to face paperwork but you know, better late then never!

The mothers and children's group I help with is all go, the youth group I help with for vulnerable or struggling youth is also shaping up well after a few unexpected changes ready for a fresh year.  The local Rev here and I have chatting and are very much on the same page to help support the community after the fires and I'm seriously energized and full of ideas to help the tiny local church be a safe and nurturing place to help support the community through this tragedy.  We have some beautiful people here.  Its a good place to be.  Its a matter of finding time to sit with them, listen and to hear what God is saying to them and hopefully God is stirring their hearts in a similar way to which he has stirred mine.  I have had some great chats to the local Rev.  I had met him and was amazed to hear his ideas line up along mine.  Which are a little un-conventional so I see that as a real "God moment".

Yep things are falling into place all over the place.  Have you noticed the harder you try to get your ducks to line up in a row the more they scatter?  A lot of my last year was like that.  Well I gave up trying to line them up and suddenly they seemed to have lined themselves up.  Its a little bit of a wonky line but that suites me just fine.  Its funny how God often works like that.
 Little Sooty is so loved, she spends half her life being snuggled and carted about by the boys.  She is settling into our family beautifully.  We have forgotten what life was like without her! 

Well little Henry is standing at my side asking to make chocolate cake so who am I to argue with that?

Much love,
Emma
xx





16 comments:

  1. It is such a relief when things click back into place - it feels like home again

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    1. yes home is certainly made up of the rhythms and the people thats for sure. :)

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  2. It's great you have so many worthwhile things to put your energies too. But moving house is an enormous task too, and its completely normal (and to be expected) that everything still seems out of whack.

    We've been living here for nearly nine years (come April) and those early years, were the most stressful. Just because you haven't become part of the energy flow of that landscape and community. You noticed it in your relationships with your family the most. It's like looking for them, even though you live under the same roof. Nothing has time to settle into your bones, so it feels like you're strangers even with your own family.

    Hopefully you guys won't have to move for a very long time though, so everything will settle, the longer you stay. :)

    And YES to chocolate cake. Make mine gluten free. ;)

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    1. Yes, moving house is a big job, far bigger with children, far more juggling to manage, as well as another persons belongings. Everything takes so much longer with young children!

      Ill pop on a gluten free cake for you and the kettle. ;)

      xx

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  3. Mmmmm...chocolate cake. Definitely could not say no to that.
    So glad your life is finally slipping into an enjoyable rhythm.

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    1. I have a family of chocolate cake lovers! Im quite happy to oblige! ;)

      xx

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  4. Just lately I feel that things are slipping into a comfortable rhythm here in our new home. I felt lost there for a while with all the moving and renovating, but now my husband has clean shirts in his draw as well! Lol!

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    1. Thats lovely to hear, its such a lovely feeling isnt it? I always forget the effort of moving, and remember it midway through but time and time we seam to do it again! LOL!

      xx

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  5. It's funny how quickly you can get out of routine, but frustrating how long it takes you to regain control. I am so glad things are looking up, and you have a little more predictability to your days. And, hey look...I figure you just can't appreciate the good things in life until you've had to wear socks, or in this case a shirt, straight out of the washing machine...lol
    Have a great day
    Cassandra xx

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    1. At least it is clean I figure! You are totally right. It makes having clean dry shirts folded in the draw oh-so special!

      And yes, it takes about a day to get out of routine and about a month to get back into it again!

      xx

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  6. This made my heart smile - thank you!

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    1. Thank you for reading, your comment made mine smile! :) xx

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  7. Such a beautifully eloquent post Emma. I feel exactly the same at times and need to work hard on myself to slow down and line all of my ducks up straight again. They wobble out of line frequently, usually when I'm trying to achieve too many things at once. Your post was quite a slap on the wrist to remind me. Thanks! And congrats on the scholarship. You deserve it.:)

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    1. Yes you do sound like you have been extremely busy on your blog lately. All that preserving, your workshops and general work you do! I was beginning to wonder how on earth you DO it all! Good to hear you are going to take some time to slow down in this simple living we are trying to achieve. You deserve it!

      xx

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  8. Sometimes I think God has big plans and I have no idea! I just have to be willing to follow and all will be well. Glad things are falling into place for you :)

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    1. LOL, I think all we can do is follow isn't it? I totally understand what your saying. :) I have given up trying to work things out too much. Things seem to fall into place in a way I wouldn't have thought which is always fascinating! :)

      xx
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