Saturday, 21 September 2019

September's Daybook

 A few snapshots of our September so far…


Outside my Window

All is quiet outside my window this pleasant Spring morning.
I am actually at the house of the couple whose baby I am watching during the week.
Little one is fast asleep after a morning of playtime, so I am soaking up the peace and enjoying a rest.

In my cup…

Rooibos tea for a change. 

Around the house…

It has now been four weeks since Dad flew back to China.
Life in our household is as busy as ever with little children doing home schooling and keeping up with the various projects we have on the go.
We are still trying to put systems in place and organise our lives, but I think this will be on-going in our big family!


As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I read more than one book at a time…
Currently I am busy with Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. 
I am listening to an audiobook which allows me to “read” and get various tasks accomplished at the same time.
When I do feel like sitting down to read a book (usually while Baby is sleeping), Shirley by Charlotte Bronte is the novel I am currently enjoying. 
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I loved Jane Eyre and recently finished it.
I am also still busy with The Yearling…to be honest, I haven’t picked it up in a few weeks.

Listening to…

Celtic Woman recently released their new album, Ancient Land! 
I have their tunes playing on repeat while cooking and cleaning up after supper.
My current favourite is Moorlough Shore which you’ll just have to go listen to over here.

Thankful for…

My heart is filled with thankfulness for the way the Lord provided part time work for me. 
I absolutely love looking after this sweet baby girl during the day, and find myself refreshed and better able to cope with the noise and activity of our busy household when I come home.
I am also thankful for our new home and being able to plant a garden this spring.

From the kitchen…

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen now.
As time is quite limited, I am not always able to be all that creative or experiment with new recipes.
However, I always try to make each meal taste amazing and like to spend a few extra moments prettying up a serving.
Over the weekend we made use of our new braai area.   
For those of you who don’t know, a braai is very much a South African thing. 
I love being able to make a good fire and cook our meal over the hot coals!


Well, despite my good intentions, I have done very little sewing or creating lately.
Each day is so full that finding time to be creative is not so simple.
There are other things to be enjoyed right now, so I am focusing on being fully appreciative of those things.
I did, however, set up my table and sewing things in a corner of the house, so now I can be creative whenever I get the chance without having to first gather my things or pack everything away afterwards

Out and about…

I haven’t been doing any exploring lately, instead I have been able to take the little ones to the library and to the local botanical gardens for a picnic.
I love being able to go out with them!
We also usually go to the Saturday morning farmer’s market for fresh veg and maybe a couple bags of compost for the garden.


Most evenings I prefer to read or listen to my audiobook, but sometimes it is fun to sit down with a homemade rooibos cappuccino (which of my readers have had one of these?) and watch something light before heading off to bed.
I have been catching up on a few episodes of Bringing up Bates as well as some figure skating from this year’s world championship.

One of my favourite things…

Getting up early and enjoying a cup of coffee outside on the porch. 
At this time of the day, all is still (we live in a busy, noisy neighbourhood now), except for the cheerful tune of the birds as they awaken.

Dreaming of…

Sowing more seeds and planting out seedlings…and hoping the birds (and our cat) won’t destroy that which I have already planted. 
I am eagerly anticipating being able to harvest more regularly from our humble little garden. 
Already we are enjoying home-grown radish after only a month of being in our new home. 

I am hoping…

To somehow find time to start some sewing for the upcoming gift market Heartmade will be exhibiting at. 
I have added gorgeous little girl aprons and skirts, as well as gift tags and one or two other things to our product list, so now I need to sit down and make the stock!

Quiet moments…

It is a sweet joy digging in the garden; feeling the warmth of the spring sunshine on my skin, and allowing my mind to wander while pulling up weeds and planting out seedlings.
Gardening is one of my greatest joys, and now I have the added blessing of being able to share this passion with my younger sister, Gabrielle, who has lately discovered that she too has a natural affinity for tending the earth.

Well, lovely readers, I do hope all is well in your corner of the world.
What have you been up to this September?



Thursday, 12 September 2019

Live now in this precious moment...

 Hello lovely friends...happy Thursday!
I hope that your week has been a wonderful one thus far...
Mine has been busy, but filled with good things.
Today there is a beautiful light rain falling and I am rejoicing along with my new garden in the deliciousness of the soft rainfall.  
I am sure I will go outside tomorrow morning and find all my seedlings have doubled in size!  {{smiles}}

I thought I would share something a little different today instead of my usual Thursday Pearls post.
I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts and seeing the pictures I have chosen to include of my adorable younger siblings!


I watched the two of them gazing out at the wide expanse of ocean beyond, hungrily scanning the horizon with their eager eyes in the hope of spotting something out of the ordinary to report back to me.
I smiled at the heart-warming picture of the little brother and his big sister standing close beside one another, pointing out various objects of interest here and there; a strong sense of adventure and daring rising in their little chests as they discussed the things they saw, or imagined they saw, out in the big blue sea. 

 I reminded myself just in time to capture that precious little moment in my heart.

 I stood in the icy cold sea water, feeling the warmth of the winter sun upon my back, and breathing in deep lungfuls of the fresh sea breeze. 
I watched as the waves thumped upon the shore, my younger siblings squealing with delight as they raced back to the safety of the dry sand each time.
Once again I was reminded to drink in the beauty of the moment…
 Live now in this precious moment. These words have been replaying in my mind over the past few days…

Live in the here.
Live in the now.

Our lives are made up of a myriad of little moments; little things of no consequence – or so we think.
Yet these seemingly unimportant moments are what make up the greater part of our lives…

 These little moments pass us by wholly unnoticed while we busily seek after the big moments in life.

I believe that we would be happier, more contented people if we would live intentionally, embracing each moment of every day as a gift, living more fully in the here and now, collecting memories not things.

Right now is before you.  Tomorrow is not a given.
Capture moments like photographs in your heart, and make the most of the little opportunities given you.  Smile often.  Laugh whenever possible.  Love with your whole heart and appreciate what you have now.  Time is fleeting and these everyday moments are swiftly passing.

Live now in this precious moment, dear friend.

Blessings in Christ,