I'm not quite sure what the trigger is, but I feel as if the pressure that built over the course of this year has finally slowly been hissing a slow and steady release. Over the last couple of days it feels like it has suddenly gone "whooosh!"
And I find myself feeling a familiar kind of old "normal". Like my skin has finally stretched enough to fit all that has been going on in our lives in. The last 12 months have been a rollercoaster for sure. Did you know we have been in the little old cottage a whole 12 months now? Crazy isn't it? So much has changed. So much has happened this year. The devastating Pinery Bushfires occurred just two weeks after we moved to our new-to-us old cottage, helping to renew our local church and starting a family’s ministry HERE, renovations upon renovations. Remember what the cottage used to look like? If you are a new reader here are some before pictures HERE, William had his adenoids and tonsils removed, I started Uni, and also started a new part time job as a Chaplain working with women and children after the fires.
It has been a year of heartache, challenges, growth, laughter and new beginnings. Throughout it all I have had many times of feeling so blessed. We have been welcomed into the community, mind you having owned the general store and post office for many years helps that. But finally I feel I am beginning to put down my roots here, the cottage always felt like home, but now the town is beginning too as well. How long we will stay I have no idea, but it is nice for now, and “now” is all we have isn't it?
So here are some ordinary photos taken this week. Happy moments. Moments when I felt rich and deeply connected to our little home here.
"Jimmy" needed a "ninja" outfit apparently for christmas so I whipped this up for a gift for Angus. William will het a library bag out of the Marvel fabric. Henry might get a similar outfit for his Waldorf doll.
Anyway we are off to a christmas pagent tonight so I best get everyone ready! Grant will be home in about 3 mins and Henry just hopped out of his bath and is currently running around in the nuddy!