Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Im-Perfect Mama

So, tonight as I tucked Miss 5 into bed, she throws her arms around me, real tight - as she does every night -  and says "Mama you are the best!" And tonight, as happens every night, my heart is pricked with sadness - because today I failed her again.

I have pretty high expectations on myself as a mama. I  want to be fun loving, wise, with grace flowing from my tongue, a calm spirit, peacemaking, gentle (ok and I want to be the kind of mama who always has cookies and milk ready at any moment.... - sad I know)  - the list goes on. Sometimes I am some of those things. Sometimes I am not very many of those things. Sometimes I wonder if I can ever be any of those things. Motherhood is a battlefield. My task oriented pride is at risk. Every conversation, every dealing, every glance is a potential fatal wound to my 'portrait of me as perfect mother'.
What I mean is that when I want to speak kindly with wisdom to settle a dispute or issue of disobedience, sometimes a poisonous rebuke comes out. The kind that shrivels little hearts. And sometimes an impatient sigh. I know about the sigh because I heard my 1 year old copy me yesterday.... (another fatal wound to my pride of self imposed perfect motherhood!)

But... this is not a confession of self pity! No, certainly not! This is just some thoughts out loud which is me, making some moves in the direction of loving my children as the Lord loves me. Because actually that's what I need to be doing. Paul (as in the Apostle Paul) writes in his letter to the Corinthians about love. True Biblical love. Ironically I am in the midst of writing a children's book about how to love like this. So, maybe you want to join my on this journey. Go ahead, look up 1 Corinthians 13 - and join me on the journey.... and as for the book.... well.... watch this space! :)

Guess what

We have a 'toof-less goof-less' 
(um.... I don't know why, but this is a family nickname for someone who has lost a tooth...)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lovely day!

Labour Day Monday looked like this.....

We came here for our picnic lunch....

It was a beautiful day but the air was still a little cool at times

Then we tried (again!) to get a photo of The Three....
(without much success again!)

Then to dear friends for coffee and playtime.....
(this couple have got more than their fair share of talent
- who thinks to build a plane in a tree?!)

And a highlight of coffee time for a certain someone
 was the four legged furry friend ...
who was much in demand....

It was a lovely day!
Hope yours was too..... x

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dozen Eggs 20c

I got this idea from here and thought I would have a go.
It's turned out better than I thought.
The wood was the end of the piece we cut off when we made our

I am not sure where to put it yet.... it's pretty big.... maybe by the gate. 
What do you think?


It's a dog's life here in New Zealand....

Beautiful clematis

So pretty!

Apple tree

Some of the vege and some weeds too!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Up for grabs!

Trade Me it is! 
$35.... let me know if you want it!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Is it......

A place to sit outside on those balmy summer evenings?

A 'thing' for in the guest room?

Somewhere for visitors to sit and take off their shoes?

Or is it something to put on trademe to make room for the next project?

What do you think? What would you do with it?

It wasn't so ugly after all was it!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Oh so ugly

This friends, is my next project. 
Ugly now.... but wait and see how attractive this little thing really is under that nasty brown exterior...

And just to rid your mind of all ugliness.... I present to you the ultimate in cuteness!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Back to school

8:30am Monday morning and the students are working (ah... giggling) already....

Still giggling.....
(Ps - please note the tidy and organised bookshelves - yay me!)

Ok - now we are working....

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Couldn't resist.....

I had a piece of wood and four table legs in the garage.... and so couldn't resist making a coffee table for in front of the fire. 
Still have to putty and paint the holes attaching the legs.... but it's looking so darn cute!!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Feeling blue....

Dulux Blue Oar to be precise.

Just got to get the hardware now.... 

Love it!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tres magnifique.....

                   Take one nasty 50c plastic and chipboard tray from the op-shop 
                   (wish I had taken a before photo - it was nasty!)
                    Clean it, paint the plastic white
                    Paint the tray with chalk board paint.
                    Write on it and display it.
                    Say no to all children who ask to draw all over it....
                                                   (just kidding - well.... not really!!) 

Here we go again....

A sneak peek of the quilt I am making for Lucy for Christmas....
the colours are her... bright, happy and fun!

This is what happens when one get's a sewing machine for one's birthday..... 


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Oh the challenge!!

I still do not have a good photo of these three. Try as I might, there are always dramas. 
This morning they were all dressed and ready for church looking so sweet together -
 "Oh", thinks me - "this is the perfect photo opportunity." 
Oh boy was I wrong.

 Can you tell Jack was yelling (yes yelling!) "cocolate" - yes I had resorted to holding chocolate above my head in order to get smiles......

Now he is trying to get off the seat to get the chocolate... while Lucy has the sun in her eyes and Georgia is trying to hold Jack still......

Somehow, when THIS little guy is out of the picture.....

...things go swimmingly.

That's all for now folks!