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Friday, 2 December 2016

A natter from the porch...

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. 

We got a couple of new chooks to add to our flock and they are laying well!  Though I think we could do with a couple more.   

A little while ago a dear friend gifted me her grandmothers collection of sewing bits and bobs - what a treasure chest it is!  It had everything I needed for a little project I undertook!  So handy considering the sewing shop is 30 mins away. 

"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.



Licking the bowl!  Always fun.

Homemade snacks ready for the weekend. 

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!

Much love,
Emma
xx

9 comments:

  1. It has been quite a big year for you, Emma. I was thinking of you this week when I heard on the car radio that it was a year since the Pinery Bushfires.

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    1. Yes, the annevesary has brought on a time of contemplation of the last 12 months, that's for sure.

      I hope never so see something that big, fast, and out of control again.

      Xx

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  2. I hope things continue to be joy-filled and the future gives you a rest from hardships! Your church community is very nice. It does take a while to adjust to a new town! Your sewing is so cute! And your kids look happy with the bowl licking! Andrea

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    1. Thank you, they are beautiful people.

      The kids love licking the bowl, I always make sure I make a little extra so there is a generous helping left behind. ;)

      Xx

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  3. It only seemed like yesterday that you let us know about the little cottage....a year! Gosh. If we lived nearby I could pass on eggs your way....we have waaaaaaay too many. Your eldest lad has grown up suddenly, my, how a year can make a difference. Tell the boys that although I am nearly 50 I still love to lick the bowl!

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    1. The boys just found another clutch of eggs they had been hiding from us! Looks like we are sitting better production wise then I thought! Yay! They boys love to snack on hard boiled eggs, and the dogs like them every couple of days too. :)

      I know, time flys doesn't it? So much started here, so much more to go.

      Xx

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  4. What a full year Emma. Special for me because I got to meet you and develop a wonderful friendship. XX

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    1. Yes, it was has been special for me too meeting you and seeing your beautiful farm! :) xx

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  5. With my personal experience with the Qld floods in 2011, I knew it took about a year to feel comfortable again. Like it was okay, not to hold some part of myself in reserve in case something else happened. I was able to look around my yard and our community again, without having that lingering feeling of doubt. I could finally settle in again. Although it didn't occur to me at the time, I was holding back for 12 months. It was only when I realised I could exhale properly again, I was actually holding my breath that long.

    But you're so fortunate to have community to invest in, and the time to do it. Not that you have any time to spare, but that working for yourselves allows you to change your schedule to accommodate new things. When you work for a wage, you mostly have to conform to their ideas of where you're supposed to be, for how long.

    So well done for wrestling and settling into necessary change. :)

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