Category Archives: Reflections

Grateful for technology

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Many thanks to Maxabella loves for the encouragement to think about what “I’m grateful for”. Please check out her lovely blog.

This week I’m grateful for…technology.

While I was away it allowed me to keep in touch with the rest of my family. Regular text and picture messages to Wonderful Husband, to let him now that we were still alive on the other side of the world. A friend of my sister and bro-in-law also allowed Miss Chatty and I to make a few Skype calls (thanks Damon)…thanks to the free wi-fi (amongst many other wonderful non-technological things) at Pousada Santa Clara in Brazil (thanks Charles, Matias and Mark)!

This afternoon our neighbours came over to look at some holiday snaps (that were taken mainly on our DSLR), and it was a joy to see them on our TV screen (probably more for me than for them!)

We’ve also just had a lovely long conversation with my sister and brother-in-law, who live in London, on Skype. Such a wonderful thing to talk and see each other in real time…and to see the pear tree in their back garden. Blossoms are perched on branches that were bare only a few weeks ago, when we were there.

What are you grateful for?

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Things can only get better

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This is what I wrote  a few days ago:

“‘The last few days have been different for me.

Usually I think I’m a ”glass half full” kind-of-person, but the last few days I’ve felt that it’s been more empty. Just seems that no matter how much I try my outlook has been a bleak one. The initial novelty of moving to a new place is wearing off, and I’m finding myself struggling, from one bad moment to another.

I honestly thought that I would be able to cope much better than I have…hey my mum and dad managed to raise my sister and I without help from family!

I was thankful for a chat with my sister-in-law the other night…she encouraged me to find the joy and do a few things for myself. She’s also a muso, and knows how frustrating it can be when that something that you practically live and breathe is not happening for whatever reason.”

I’m glad to say that I feel like I’m feeling more like a “glass half full” person again. My Wonderful Husband has been so patient with me, not to mention the kids. I’ve also appreciated the input of friends both old and new , including Cath aka SquiggleMum and Kelly at Be A Fun Mum. I hope I get to meet Kelly one day.

A big difference has been prioritising things in a better way. For me this includes:

– enough sleep

– enough fun time with each member of my family

– being able to listen to or play music that suits my mood

– hanging out with another mum at least every other day, even if it’s just for a few minutes

– having some things to look forward to (I can’t wait to see Sting with my husband next week!)

– remembering that God is roaming with me, wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, however I’m feeling.

So, as Howard Jones sang in the 80’s  (yes, I am a child of the 80’s :))

THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER!

What helps you to keep your glass  full?

I can’t imagine it…praying for Lori

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Over the last few days a few bloggers that I regularly read have pointed me to the story of Lori. When you go to her blog you’ll see that she shares openly about her journey of the last week or so, with her husband being in ICU. Through twitter (#prayingforTony) many people shared their support, encouragement and prayers for Lori and their two little ones.

It’s been amazing to see all responses to encourage Lori in her situation…now without a husband, and her two precious little ones without a father.

I couldn’t even begin to imagine the thought of going through that myself. I am so blessed with a wonderful husband who is also an amazing father to our kids, just as Tony was. Reading Lori’s story has helped me put some things into perspective…I need to take in each moment with those I love, no matter how insignificant.

Won’t you join me in praying for Lori?

You can also help Lori by donating through the widget at the end of this heartfelt blog post by hearmumroar.

Being Thankful

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Well, my family’s first Christmas in our new city was a fail on my part. Wallowing in my own self pity,  I mulled over my lack of preparation, then I felt as though God was nudging me to reflect on things I should be thankful for…

Family

The five of us are healthy. We have all that we need, while many families in Queensland and New South Wales are flooded out, not to mention many more around the world who struggle to obtain what they need to survive. If we were in Perth for (a scorching hot) Christmas day we would have one festive meal that both sets of grandparents attend. We all contribute to the meal, so it’s a team effort, and the kids would also get to hang out with their beloved cousins.

Food

We had done lots of baking, but I hadn’t planned a special Christmas meal. Yet, our fridge, freezer and pantry were packed to the hilt. Then I felt like God was saying…well look, at least you have food!

Friends

We had morning tea with some other families, who I’d met through MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers). Our wonderful hosts had a busy day as it was, and made some room for the five of us, for which we were extremely grateful. Also in the week before Christmas (including Christmas eve) we received invitations to gatherings for people without any family to celebrate with. We received cards and emails, phone calls and text messages from so many. Our friends all over the world were thinking of us, on a day that we most likely had celebrated with them at least once in the past, either by attending  a church service, or sharing a meal together.

Jesus

Jesus birth was not celebrated with pomp and circumstance, nor with the over-indulgence of food, drink and expensive presents. He came to Earth in a little manger, so that WE MIGHT LIVE. He came to bring people together, and to bring people to God through himself. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there with them.” He connects me to dear friends in The Netherlands, the UK, the USA, and the other side of Australia through love and prayer. He reminds me that Christmas is about connection.

I have a strong sense that this is what God wanted me to experience all along… a very simple Christmas day to reflect on what is important. One word sums up what this Christmas has taught me about…CONNECTION.

CONNECTION TO FAMILY by being together

CONNECTION TO OTHERS through community

CONNECTION TO GOD through Jesus