ponderings and a cement truck.

Here I sit, listening to the rumble of the cement truck outside.  Pondering about life.  The next stage of renovations.  The new slab gets poured today.  The beginning of a new stage for the little old cottage. 
I have learnt alot living in this little cottage of ours.  First when we lived in the outside room, all five of us sharing a tiny room.  Then into the main cottage, all five of us sharing a room again, but a bigger room.  Then the boys shifted into their own little room, once that was fixed up.
It feels like we have been here longer than a year or so.  A lot longer. 
So much has happened.  You know the best part? 
Realizing how little we all need.  Joyfully appreciating the simple things in life, like running hot water, a celling, working lights and heating/cooling.  When you renovate on this scale with a young family, you spend a lot of time essentially camping. 
I have learned to let go even more, to go with the flow.  (There may have been the odd period where I let go of my sanity temporarily also, but let’s not go there....kidding!) To work within the periods of work and rest with the house.  I LOVE clean floors.  Love them.  I’m a shoes off in the house kind of girl.  Renovating does not lend to clean floors.  At all. 
So, we have a deal.  On a Sunday, after a weekend of dusty dirty work, we stop, take the time to tidy our space and vacuum and mop.  Because it keeps me sane.  I appreciate it while it lasts.  We do it at night, when the kids are in bed so I can savour it for a few hours before the chaos starts again.  It might sound strange, but I appreciate that window of time.  Where I can relax, forget about the chaos and things are relatively calm and clean.
It is easy to look at those around us who look to have everything.  But do they?  No one really knows another’s story.  The feeling that person has deep in their heart of hearts. 
There is something that happens when we are challenged.  Like when a fruit tree is pruned.  It sometimes hurts, it sometimes seems rough and brutal.  Sometimes we are left feeling bare and exposed.  But then something changes within the very core of who we are.  It triggers a new growth.  A more resilient growth.  The old and restrictive is stripped away, the light and air is allowed into our hearts and then that....that is when the best fruit appears.
We are entering a new season of renovating here at the little old cottage.  A new extension, a new kind of building.  The demolition is finally finished.  Now we get to the good bit.       
But throughout it all we give thanks.  For the good, for the lessons we have learnt through the challenges.  For the surprising closeness and thankfulness, we have found as a family by choosing less.   
Aggie is growing, so much love for this wee girl.....she looks like she is guilty in this prcture.  She probrbaly was.....little terror!

Giant Jenga we made for church.  $40 of  2"x4", cutting and sanding and we have an awesome game with so many open ended play possibilities.  Grant is going to make Henry a set with ramps for his cars for his 4th birthday next month. 

Puzzles, I love puzzles.  So does Gus in particular.  They suit his need for order.

Henry continues to kick Grant out of bed on a semi-regular basis.  Grant continues to good naturedly tolerate it. 

Still studying.  Always studying.  With a sleeping cat to keep me company usually.  Or two.  Thank goodness for cats!

Much love,
Emma
xx 


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  1. You have such a positive attitude. It's hard to maintain through house renovations. Used to do the same thing when we were redoing house. That little oasis of tidiness is necessary to maintain sanity.

    Hugs
    Jane

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    1. It really is! I'm itching to get into my back yard with Grant. It's a complete shambles at the moment.

      Xx

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  2. I know exactly what you mean Emma about feeling sane when the house has had a bit of a clean and tidy. You are doing so well.

    Aggie has grown so quickly. Sounds like she is a joy.

    Take care (kyliemarie from the forum).

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    1. Aggie is a joy, though so naughty! Ha!

      I think for me I sort out my thoughts as I sort out my home. At least with renovating there is less house to clean. ;)

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  3. Dear Emma,

    I admire you for taking on such a big project in the way of renovating a house. Its not for the faint hearted, so well done to you and your family, you are doing a great job.

    I sense so much happiness among all the renos and study. And you will get there, and it will be all worth it, oh so worth it :)

    Much love,
    Tania xx

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    1. One day!

      Sometimes I miss being solely at home with the boys. I feel distracted by the stuff that's going on.

      But mostly I love it. I do look forward to living in a "normal" house again!

      Xx

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  4. Emma your puppy is just gorgeous. They are such cute dogs. Rhonda's Gracie was such a character when we visited and so cheeky but you couldn't help but love her. I hope this year is a good one for you even though you are so busy.

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    1. I think the year should be easier then last with the renos.

      And she is so gorgeous, we took her to the beach yesterday. She looked like a scruffy little lamington from all the sand! 😂

      Cx

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  5. I was watching the documentary 'I Am' the other day. It is about Tom Shadyac's awakening to the realization that all his material possessions and all the excess in his life did not hold a lot of importance. He also discovered that there was a lot of good going on in the world - particularly among those who do not hold possessions as more important than people and nature.

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    1. Yes, its interesting isnt it? I mean we need the basics like food, shelter and warmth. Then comfort adds an extra element of things to add, but then it all begins to peter off if you were to graph it.

      xx

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  6. Oh, to be a cat, like yours! Looking forward to some reno pictures as you complete this next stage. xx

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    1. I know, what a life she has! Flannel sheets and a human heat pack. ;)

      xx

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  7. A wonderful post Emma ... full of positiveness which I am sure, is hard to find at times amidst the chaos. I remember when we renovated. Now when I am feeling overwhelmed, I like to sit in the quiet & enjoy the peace & quiet & remember how it was when it was not so. I love the picture of your cat stretched out relaxing.

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    1. She is such a sweetie, bossy little cat. ;) Her name is Sooty, or "little Puss" depending on which family member you ask. ;)

      xx

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