Fullness...

Things have been plodding along at the little old cottage.  I'm so grateful for these spring days.  There has been organising, soap making, gardening, study (oh my goodness the study.) and of course caring for the boys.  Life has been just so full.

Sometimes it feels like too many things demand my attention.  But then as usual, my mind wanders back to something I read in a book about the Amish.  One Amish woman has just done her housework, another came to visit and with a pot plant or something and accidentally knocked it on the clean floor, making a dreadful mess.  Instead of being exasperated together they laughed, and cleaned it up.  When she was asked if she was frustrated she replied (I'm paraphrasing here.)  "Surely it is a blessing to have my dear friend visit, I would much rather have work to do with my friend then not.  Work is a blessing from the Lord."  Or something along those lines. 

It stuck with me.

We seem to live in a time where busyness can easily be idolised.  Where it can be an avenue of people justifying their worth.  Their contribution if you will.  But each person is special enough without all that "stuff".  Work is important, but not more important then the person doing it.

But instead of busy, I like to think of things as full.  Full.  Its a good word isn't it?  A full cup of coffee, a full table of food, a full bar of chocolate,  what blessings, what joys! 

So right now my life is full.  The study, oh my goodness.  There is no quick way to skim over the Old Testament in Uni.  The only way is to go through it.  (I'm reminded of the book We're going on a bear hunt..."we cant go over it, we cant go under it, we have got to go through it!...")
The reality is, that takes time.  So.much.time.  The history, the stories, the dates.  So many names.  But oh so fascinating.  I feel my brain being stretched.  My thoughts challenged.  What a blessing it is to be able to learn.  To grow.

Mothering is never ending.  The tears to wipe, the tummies to tickle, to books to read, the daily tasks to help with, the lessons to teach, the frustrations to ease, the meals to cook, the cleaning to be done. 

But what a blessing it is to have a full life.  


My organisation point finally back up.  So helpful!  Chargers, pens, notices, sticky tape.  All those bits gathered in the same place.

An old sheet cut into rags for cleaning, enjoying a cuppa and the sunshine.

There has been the ordinary house work, cooking, cleaning caring for the boys, the ongoing renovations.  The never ending washing.  But what a blessing it is to have a family to care for, to be needed so much.  To breathe my sweet boys in as they are warm and clean after their bath.  Sleepy and tired from a day of being little.   

There are pets to care for.  Just look at Ronnie's face!  So much beauty. 

Herbs and greens looking happy, a little nibbled but there is enough for all of us.

Spring is in the garden.

Soap has been made. 

There is church work to do.  Families to help with, friends to check in with, work to be done in my chaplaincy roll.  But what a blessing it is to be part of the community.  To be able to do Gods work.  To have His peace in my days, through the seasons. 

Sometimes it feels so busy.  But then I correct myself and remind myself that my life is simply full.  Because the things we do are all important, carefully chosen.  They are all a part of us.  Of the work we choose to do.  Its the work that weaves the fabric of our lives, the way we teach our boys the important lessons in life.  Work is a blessing.  We are made to work.  To be challenged is a blessing, to grow is a blessing. 

So today as I look at the things I need to fit in.  I breathe in.  And then give thanks, pour another cuppa.  Pop on the washing, stoke up the fire and steady myself to do the work of today.     

Much love,
Emma
xx

17 comments

  1. You certainly have a lot on your plate, Emma but you seem to be enjoying it. Yes I can understand about the Old Testament....heavy going :-)

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    1. Yes, there is no skim reading, there is a whole new language to learn in the world of theological academia! Slowly I can feel the clicks in my mind. slow and steady.

      xx

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  2. Oh so true, and beautifully put. I've been reminded many times recently, I'm blessed to have this stress, if I'm doing all I choose to do and have the support of my family. We help each other along the way, and learn the importance of being blessed with living.

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    1. Yes, stress can be a wonderful motivator. It is not so fun when it becomes to heavy. but there is certainly a time and a place.

      Its interesting how everyone can pitch in a bit isn't it? :)

      xx

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  3. I sometimes wonder what it would feel like to be bored.... just for five minutes.... just to taste that emotion. Ha! Yes we are so blessed to have full lives dear Emma.

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    1. When ever I'm bored I tend to fall asleep!! Soon uni will be in break, well technically it is I just have one last assignment I'm struggling with. I look forward to blobbing out a bit with the kids and Grant. Oh to not be up till midnight with study!

      xx

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  4. Thankyou Emma, so beautifully put...and something I really needed to read today.
    Cassandra xx

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    1. Some days are just tough aren't they Cassandra? Take a deep breath, have a cuppa and slow down. Even if only for 15 minutes. There is very little in the world that cant wait for 15 mins. :)

      xx

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  5. I have a coworker that keeps reminding me that as the kids grow you will have more time - and may even feel you have too much spare time at some point. Ahh, not sure if I ever want to feel like that?

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    1. I cannot imagine having too much spare time, I think I would simply have to take on a bigger project! So many people need some extra TLC in our communities. Though to sleep steadily? That would be a blessing! :)

      xx

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    1. I had to google exhortation....bahahaha!

      Thanks. ;)

      Xx

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  7. I think "full" is a very apt word, Emma. Some days can be so full that my cup overflows and I don't make it to the end of my daily to-do list. I've learnt to be okay with that, most things can wait until the 'morrow (or even longer). I'm sure you are looking forward to that last assignment being done!
    Meg

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    1. I cannot tell you the relief when I passed it in. Its not my best work, my referencing is loose due to computer glitches, my content is patchy. I'm not entirely sure it runs in a fluid format- in fact I'm pretty certain it doesn't. But it was the best I can offer right now, and sometimes, that's gotta be enough. Our best today, is not necessarily our best tomorrow!

      xx

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  8. Nothing like a full block of chocolate :-)
    I have days where everything feels like too much, but I just need to remember that I am lucky to have the opportunity to stay home with my babies and watch them grow. My husband, who goes to work everyday, pointed out once of all he misses out on, that made me feel more thankful, but some days are just tiring
    -Kelly B

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    1. Having worked and stayed at home, I think there is a level of exaughstion that exists with being at home full time. At work you get the opportunity to focus on one thing at a time and there is relief in that. Home your always "on". But the rewards are amazing. I love that throughout my parenting of young children journey I have had the opportunity to do both. Being at home with the kids full time was such a special time. Though on many days I was like "bring on bedtime!!", now pass the chocolate and wone! ;)

      xx

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  9. Beautiful post Emma :)

    xTania

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