Saturday, August 17, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
We have recently moved house, from a one bedroom to a two bedroom apartment.
Our new apartment has just been completed! It is spacious and sunny, modern and fresh. It is the most amazing place we have ever lived in.
We moved because we needed more floor space for our active baby, and an extra bedroom as she had outgrown sharing our room. As much as the apartment is impressive and new, we made some gains like a dishwasher at the expense of useful features like a bath.
For me, it is the perfect space to call my own. I love being home. I enjoy my creative workspace and the quiet, sunny location. It is a wonderful place to spend time with the wee one, and big enough to be hospitable and social.
This week we are changing rooms, the initial layout was a good idea but we soon realised it wasn't working very well. The baby was too close to the front door and stairwell, and it was disruptive for her sleep at times. And our room had a poor design flaw of the bathroom/laundry/toilet exhaust fan running noisily in the inbuilt cupboard. But, this noisy fan is the perfect baby whisperer! The babe sleeps even better as is conceals household noises and chatter, and she is less likely to wake and feel she is missing out on the party. Change is perfect for all of us!
And, this week I was fast approaching the end of my year of maternity leave from the African Women's Sewing Enterprise with Green Collect. This was my dream job, working locally to combine Community and International Development with cottage industry income generating projects. It was a dynamic, creative, inspiring role which I embraced wholeheartedly. And this week I resigned to embrace wholeheartedly my new dream job of being a mum. I choose not to return to the workplace, but to invest my heart, passion and creativity into my little sidekick. I will continue to expand and develop my own handmade enterprise, Been & Done, from home.
I love change and work to embrace it wholeheartedly. I celebrate the season to come: setting up house, embracing the time I have with our wee one, and the approach of Spring and a first birthday.
Change is perfect for all of us!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
This is my special someone.
Let me introduce you to him, his name is Derek (on the left) with his sister Berlin and little brother Raffines, and he lives in Western Kenya.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Becoming a Mum has meant that I think a lot more about tiredness then I ever have before! And as I think about tiredness, I also think about ensuring I take care of myself and recharging.
I think a lot about the things that make me tired, and together with broken sleep it is the energy it takes to connect with people. I love meaningful relationship and quality time, I love connection and dialogue. I value and invest in so many relationships but each time I do I know that it really takes it out of me.
So, to enable me to stay connected - with my little one, and everyone else - I find I need to take time each day to recharge my supply of people-energy. The best way I feel recharged it to immerse myself in something of great value to me. Sometimes this is done by a big walk, where I am able to be quiet and think, and take in the world around with with my baby by my side, fresh crisp air to breath in and the sun shining down on my head.
Another way I feel recharged it to be creative. At the moment I am most passionate about sewing. It is quite handy that I have a hobby that is so refreshing and productive. Lots of people have been commenting to me about how busy I am all the time, and how much sewing I do. But I would say that I am extremely intentional with my time to ensure that I find a healthy life balance: time for God and my faith, time for me, time with my husband and baby, time for my responsibilities and time to refresh, renew, create, grow, learn, love, live the adventure, take risks and to just be.
I have no interest in just being busy, but I love to be intentional and make the most of my opportunities, my passions and talents, and it is exciting to see my dreams become real before my eyes. More than anything I am thankful that I have the opportunity to stay home and care for our baby, thankful that my husband has a job and for the support of the Australian Government as our family grows. I think of the mothers who don't have the freedom to take time off work, who suffer for their children's wellbeing. I pray that I can be a support to other Mum's. It is wonderful to have practical skills that I can share.
Life is definitely richer when in lived in community.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
1 cup butter/margarine or coconut oil
1 and a half cups brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons linseed meal (from health food store)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup or more of chocolate pieces/dried fruit/nuts
3 or 4 tablespoons brewers yeast (very important ingredient, from health food store)
Preheat oven to 180C.
Mix linseed meal and water together in a small bowl and set aside.
Cream butter/margarine/coconut oil and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time and mix well.
Stir in linseed, add vanilla and mix well.
Sift flour, bicarb soda, salt and brewers yeast and stir into wet mixture.
Stir in oats, and add in chocolate/nuts/dried fruit.
Line a baking tray with baking paper, and make 5cm flat cookie shapes with the dough (be mindful the mixture will spread when baked)
Cook for 10min, rotating from top to bottom of oven at 5min.
Move cookies carefully from hot tray with a flip to a cooling rack.
Lactation cookies help to build and maintain your breast milk supply. It is recommended to eat them regularly while breast feeding, and remember to keep your fluids up too. More info here about this recipe and the benefits of lactation cookies.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
When we're not swimming we have been making the most of spending some time in our wonderful air conditioned room and Eden has been happily sleeping the day away on our king sized bed!
And while Eden enjoys sleeping in the cool, and Ben works on updating his phone, I have begun working on Eden's cross stitch birth sampler. This cross stitch was such a wonderful gift from Ben's parents, received in hospital on the day they came to meet Eden. I am keen to work on it each evening and get it finished soon I hope.
Friday, January 18, 2013
What amazes me about the temple, is to think that though it was built over 1000 years ago, it has stood the test of time. It is huge, and breathtakingly detailed. The location is incredible, and the temple has been well preserved. I love the thought that what we do today, can have an impact on the future generations.
A good reminder that we must never underestimate our moment in time.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
And the best end to a wonderful day is a long and refreshing sleep - Eden is sleeping so well at night, thanks to the air-conditioning!