Thursday, 21 March 2013

tea with me {#3}

If you were to have tea with me this evening, you’d only just catch me at home. It’s been an unusually busy time and this week is no exception! But it would be lovely to catch up, and I’d be so thankful you could come!

Tonight we would sit in the back room. The last few days have been truly autumn like – with crisp cooler morning, delightfully warm afternoons and glorious sunlight that has lost most of the burning qualities that summer likes to produce. This room here is a favorite one right now – and though sadly tonight you won’t be able to see it, I would tell you of the afternoon light that pours in, and sight of the green trees and bushes just outside the windows. I’d share how I love sitting here with my Bible, in the early mornings in a particular corner of the couch that has the view right out to the sky and tree tops. From here I can watch the rays of the sun slowly inch across the sky, and the grey dawn of another day fade away. But tonight we’d have to be content to watch the flicker of the candlelight on the walls, and I’m sure we’d be too busy catching up to watch the skyline outside anyway, even if we could see it!

As we eat our warm apple pie and custard, I would ask you how you’ve been … and what you’ve been learning … and I’d love to find out what books and verses have been speaking to you. It always amazes me that no
matter how many times I read the Word, new things stand out, and old things become fresh. Lately I’ve
been re-learning through the Proverbs – and three words kept standing out
… understanding … knowledge … wisdom
These three are so tied up with each other and as I highlighted and marked out the examples of wisdom gained and knowledge received it made me yearn for a deeper grasp and growth in these important areas. The so called wisdom of the world is always calling out so loudly to us, trying to drown out the far greater and absolutely truer wisdom of God, and it can be a struggle to keep the two apart! I read this quote from C. S. Lewis at the same time as the Proverbs, and it seemed to bring it all together:
‘They find it all but impossible to believe in the unfamiliar while the familiar is before their eyes.’
 How I pray that I’ll be so looking to God that He is the more familiar instead of the things
that so easily distract me here.

It’s time to head our separate ways, but it’s been so nice to catch up! Grace and I are heading off tomorrow for a long awaited weekend catch up {in real life!} with a special friend, and it’s sure to be a wonderful time! :) I do hope you have a lovely weekend also – any special plans?

{tea with me is a link up with Em at teacups too – a fortnightly ‘tea’ post.}

Thursday, 7 March 2013

a photo post ...

Sitting in a small railway station cafe in a country town. Waiting for the connecting train to come
and take me home. The hard goodbyes were said this morning and i've spent the rest of the day travelling by coach, rolling over many miles of road, passing varying degrees of scenery -
large fields of emptiness, long stretches of orchards or vineyards, scrubby bushland, and many country towns. As I sat and watched the fences slip and glide past, it made the distance feel so
far apart from my family's home and my sister's...
{ beautiful birthday flowers from my sister }

As I packed up and organised my baggage yesterday I also went through my photos which were still on my camera, and thought I would share a few from my last few days at my sister's home. :)

Jemima took me {and Hugh!} out for a late brunch on my was delicous!
a big thank you all for the lovely birthday greetings you left on the post my Mum put up -
they were so lovely to receive! i had a very special day!
{the yummy lemon tart Jemima made for my birthday 'cake' }
Yesterday, as our final day together, we decided to do a spontaneous photo shoot. My brother in law has set up a 'light box' area in his work shed, to better showcase his work when he photographs them for his business, and I had a lot of fun using it for some 'studio-like' photos. We also took advantage of some rustic backdrops fun photos of the 4 brothers. Let me assure you that photographing 4 little boys can be quite a feat! Little Hugh was the quietest one there. :)
 {the brothers four}
{little hugh slept the whole time!}

{there were many laughs and smiles}

{ the 'new' parents ... for the fourth time!}

{tiny cuteness}

{ a {casual) photo of the whole family}

{this gorgous hat was crocheted by a friend at their church -it was the sweetest thing!}

{these three just love their new brother!}

{don't you love little babies fingers?!}

my sister, baby Hugh and I ... it was so lovely to spend so much time together -
living life with them day by day. i feel very blessed to have been able to stay as
long as i did, and to have those precious first few weeks with Hughie!

{written at the train station ... posted once i arrived home...
it's so lovely to be back with my family again!
three weeks is really quite a time to be apart! :)

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

a very special day! …...

as some of you would know,  today is a very special day!      

happy birthday dear abbie! 

we give thanks to the Lord for blessing us with 
such a beautiful daughter / sister / sister in law / aunty! 

we hope you have a very special day dear Abbie 
and look forward to celebrating this occasion 
when you get home! 

we pray that the Lord will richly bless you! 

we love you! 

with much love from all of your family! 

the Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
the Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

yes, i (her mum) snuck into her blog to put this up AND ...
as it is meant to be her photography blog, 
i will add some photos below!  :) 

Saturday, 2 March 2013

words and pictures ...

it's Saturday morning here at my sister's home – and i'm listening to little nephews play as I write. 
I really shouldn't be here at all, as I was going to be home by now … but well, plans changed. :) 
when the time came to go, both I, and my sister, found we weren't quite ready to say goodbye, 
so I've stayed on for a while longer! And I must say, the extra time with this family, 
and especially little Hugh is lovely! :)

Hugh is now just over one week old, and already we can see him developing and growing. 
He is such a content little guy – sleeping much and very happy to lie in his 
rocker and observe life around him.

it was so lovely to see all my family when they came for their long-awaited 
visit here this past week. There was much chatting, catching up and time together over the day
and a half they stayed, besides many holds of Hugh. I think he was the most wanted little one here! :)

all the nephews are loving their new little brother –
smothering him {literally at times!} with love and hugs :).

they love nothing more than lying on the lounge with
little Hugh resting on their chest. :)

You really are a real photographer and a writer! You write so much
and you take photos every day! You really are an expert!”
this was my oldest nephew's {word for word} comment to me the other morning, 
as he watched me writing in my journal. it made me smile!
{though I disagree with the 'expert' part!}

while mummy has been resting and having quiet moments, the nephews and I 
have had a few adventures and trips out and about … and on one really hot day, 
ice-creams were in order. :)

holding hugh and taking photos have been happening very frequently 
{though not always at the same time!} 

it's so nice to be here!