Selah

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Precious moments found
In pausing to simply be,
Relishing their company
Without any hidden agenda.

No need to plug the gaps or
Fill the time,
Instead it flows, as glitter dust
Poured through fingers not clenched tight,
Leaving the flickering light of a memory.

Connection is built,
Warmth -
Not eroded.

Water-play, learning, anticipation & joy

IMG_0063These past couple of weeks have gone by in a bit of a blur.
The kids have both had colds, and I has been teething again, so sleep has evaded us. G has been asserting herself in quite loud and demanding ways of late, as per being two and three quarters in age, she has cracked daytime potty training (we only need to sort out naps and bedtime now), but has also been immensely sweet and cuddly. They both have.

I’ve been taking iron tablets because my iron seemed low, explaining (at least in part) why I have been feeling so breathless, and lacking in energy and motivation over the past couple of months, yet my iron levels at my last blood test came back ok. Go figure!
That said, since taking it my husband and I have seen a definite improvement in my energy and enthusiasm for life, so aside from this week, I have had far fewer deadened flop-outs at the end of the day.

We have seen family. In Sheffield for our niece’s christening last weekend, which was IMG_0011lovely. Both children enjoyed seeing their cousins immensely.
And we had a visit from my parents, so the kids and I got to spend Wednesday morning with them at our local wetland nature reserve, which was wonderful.

In addition to that, we have been doing all sorts of autumnal things together over the past few weeks. Since making the decision to home educate our IMG_0329children, I have been feeling more determined about intentionally creating opportunities for natural learning. Therefore with one of my favourite seasons just upon us, Autumn with it’s riot of colour has been an ideal starter subject as a springboard to a myriad of fun things to discover.

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  • Made a papier mache lantern to hang from our tree with a tea light in it.
  • Collected leaves to make a mobile.
  • Used leaves and string wrapped round a jar as another tea light holder.
  • G and I have been singing a song about the months of the year, which has gone down very well, and I always looks up IMG_0327with a delighted expression whenever he hears it.
  • Various bits of sticking and painting of leaves and trees, and generally messing about with colour, which we began to put on a wall display.

Alongside going for lovely walks and kicking the leaves, picking up sticks, playing in IMG_0306puddles (for AGES), drinking hot chocolate, watching movies, foraging for blackberries, baking, lego-building, wrestling/cuddle/tickle sessions, picnics, dressing up, holing up with stories, make believe games with toys whilst G does different voices for them, and lots of bouncing on the bed.

But two of my favourite new things, have been making leaf biscuits out of mutli-coloured dough which tasted delicious, and letting G play at the sink with a washing up bowl full of water, food colouring, glitter, pom poms, glasses  IMG_0235and various bath toys and cutlery impliments.

We have done this twice so far and she will happily play on her own for up to an hour, just exploring the coloured water and “Making wine, mummy”. It’s been lovely seeing something so simple be a source of such delight, and I am reminded that this life is given IMG_0234as such a gift for us to enjoy and discover.

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”
Proverbs 25:2

Both children have been relishing the water play of late. Besides the puddles and the coloured water, they have wandered into the bathroom whilst I was in the bath on several occasions, and have enjoyed dipping their hands in the water, covering me with bubbles, giggling as I washed my hair by being submerged under the water level, and generally getting very wet. It has been a lot of fun.

I continues to drive his Tonka Truck with great speed and precision around our downstairs, enjoying his own space and cIMG_0244ompany. Mostly he can be found engrosed in driving any number of his various toy cars around the place, testing out different heights and surfaces as he goes, or walking back and forth around the house on a joyful mission that only he is privvy to. Lately he has been showing an interest in my many cookbooks, and has been staring intently at books and the backs of dvd boxes.
Maybe he is teaching himself to read before he decides that he is ready to talk – who knows?

Meanwhile I have been trying to rest (Ha ha!), sleep, and get ahead with the christmas baking and cooking up meals for when the baby arrives. I am pleased to have squirreled away 11 individual meals and one big tub of soup thus far, so we should be able to cover the first week at least.

With roughly nine weeks to go until baby number three arrives, I am getting really excimageited about the labour and birth. I know, I am odd (I will explain in another blog post). I get a little bored of pregnancy after a while, but we are on the home straight and I look forward to meeting the person who feels much like they are auditioning for a contemporary dance version of Saturday Night Fever inside my tummy every night!

“Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalm 127:3

I also have begun getting excited about our Autumn party, and Christmas, especially with another child at home. Pinterest, my new-found hobby, has been generating lots of new ideas for activities and family traditions, and in all of this I have the pleasure of seeing the world through the wide-eyed and wonderful perspective of our children.

Therefore, despite how hard things have been at times in the last few months, especially with my energy, I consider myself immensely blessed.
I have the privilege of spending time with two amazing small people every single day. Watching them grow and discover life at a gentle pace, I get to slow down too, which is a gift in itself.image

I may be exhausted, achey and frequently uncomfortable, I may moan a lot, but I am really, really happy. I can honestly say that I enjoy parenting, I enjoy my kids, which as with marriage, is equally tough and wonderful, but which bears such rich fruit.
I wouldn’t change it for the world.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
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The Liebster Award

Thank you to Life With Open Arms for nominating Thoughts From A Woman Loved By Jesus for a Liebster Award.

In accepting this award, there are a few tasks for me to complete, so without further ado…

11 Random Facts About Myself

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  1.  I am a quarter Polish on my Dad’s side and despite only knowing the equivalent of an Incy Wincy Spider/Round and Round The Garden mash-up in Polish, am very proud of my heritage.
  2. I am a MASSIVE Kate Bush fan.
  3. I get quite nostalgic when reading books to my children that meant a lot to me when I was a child.wpid-IMG_20140110_203043.jpg
  4. I love food. Cooking and eating it, and I would say that I was a pretty good cook, but no chef – I don’t feel that I can take on the mantle of that title.
  5. I own and can play a tenor saxophone, but it has been so long since I did, that I wouldn’t be able to play very much without A LOT of practice.
  6. The word ‘panties’ as opposed to pants, knickers, underwear etc. REALLY makes me want to cringe and lash out. (It is irrational, and apologies to anyone who uses it, you are obviously completely entitled to do so without fear of violence!)
  7. I get quite enthusiastic about organising things and the detail of analysis, but don’t always act upon my work. (The exception being text analysis when working on a performance of a speech/poem/role.)
  8. I am very sensitive and often take things very deeply to heart, despite coming across (and mostly being) confident in myself. Because of this people sometimes mistake me for being brash and thick-skinned.
  9. I really enjoy watching America’s Next Top Model – for the growth journey of the performances of the contestants – the reality tv bitchiness and personal stuff doesn’t really interest me.Dancing at A&T's wedding
  10. When we first met I thought my now husband looked really quite old (he knows this), and he has NO recollection of meeting me. He remembers the occasion, the moment and the 8 other people who he already knew, but has blocked me out of the memory!
  11. I don’t see the point in believing in a God who isn’t trustworthy and isn’t who he says he is. Therefore, even (and frequently) when I don’t understand why the bible (God) says something or seems to disagree with what I think about how something should go, I am prepared to take Him at his word, believe what he actually says and surrender to it, knowing that He is good and knows what is best for me.
    I have been convinced of His trustworthiness.

Questions from Life With Open Arms

1. Who was your childhood hero?

George from the Famous Five

2. Do you play (or have you ever played) any musical instruments?

Yes, the oboe, the tenor sax (used to), I sing and I can hash out chords/melody on the piano in order to compose.

wpid-wp-1389385203448.jpg3. Video game or board game?

I like both, but board game as it can involve more people and looking in more than one direction!

4. What are three things you couldn’t live without?

Jesus, (truthfully nothing else) but I would dearly miss my family. And stories.

5. What is your favourite dessert?

Ooh a tough one – Fully iced and marzipaned fruit cake – christmas style.

6. What skill/talent do you most wish you had?

The ability to tell my own funny annecdotes without the inevitable tumbleweed moment that follows!dsc00490.jpg

7. What is the best smell in the world?

The promise of snow in the air has a really crisp smell that I love.

8. Do you look most like your mum or your dad?

Probably my Dad.

9. Which superpower would you choose to have?

The ability to have things ( eg. housework/tidying/sortingre-decorating) done in a second. Sooo boring, but SOOO useful.

10. Would you rather have someone do all of your cooking or all of your cleaning?

All of my cleaning, no question.

11. What’s something new and wonderful you’ve discovered?

Pintrest!

My Nominations are

Walking With The Moon,
The Art In Life,
and Educating Sausages.

For my nominees: If you choose to accept the award, please do one or more of the tasks above (list 11 random facts about yourself, and/or answer the questions), then nominate some other blogs that inspire you and ask them a set of your own questions.

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  1. Other than your own, which profession would you most like to attempt?
  2. Which is your favourite season and why?
  3. What attribute about yourself are you secretly really proud of?
  4. How do you solve a problem like Maria? Indeed, is she a problem?
  5. If you could stop all your social media activity (your blog aside,) for a year, would you want to?
  6. At the cinema – Chocolate, sweets or popcorn?
  7. Are you able to do stillness (inside and out) for yourself at all? And if you find it hard, what would be your limit before you’d want to scream?
  8. What is one unusual/particularly special christmas tradition you have?
  9. Do you like to dance at parties?
  10. Who is your best and most trusted friend?
  11. What book has most radically changed your thinking and your life?

If you would like to add a picture of the award to your sidebar, here it is. Simply save it to your computer and then upload it to your blog.

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