”Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons”
(Ruth Ann Schabacker).
Our experience of life right here and right now is golden, and I believe Heaven is right here and right now too. My mission statement for Lavendilly House has always been “Celebrating the Beauty in Life”, so here is Week 7 of my daily bites of Heaven:
Day 43. 12 Jan, 2013 – Night swimming. The day was so hot, that even in the evening the pool was still 30 degrees.
Day 44. 13 Jan, 2013 – More swimming! The kids have never spent so much time in the pool. Over the summer, the eight-year-old has taught himself to dive, the five-year-old can now swim under water and the two-year-old plays at dipping her face in the water. Seeing such confidence in the water is exciting. We are very fortunate to be living in a house with a pool – and very sad that we will be leaving soon.
Day 45. 14 Jan, 2013 – Children who know how to play. I’ve been spending a bit of time on the computer lately, writing posts and stories and preparing to launch Sacred Essence for the year. Despite actually needing to spend the time on this work, I do also thoroughly enjoy it – but it is not compatible with life at home with children on school holidays. We’ve been going out as much as possible and trying to do lots of different things (apart from house hunting) but today was a home day and a computer day for me. The kids are pretty good friends and stayed in self-motivated play all day, and I was grateful for the opportunity to indulge in some work/play of my own.
Day 46. 15 Jan, 2013 – Feeling calm and safe. I decided to take the kids for a bike ride at Burleigh today. Posted my intention, along with confusing directions, on facebook and offered anyone with free time to join us. Despite naming the wrong park we still managed to meet up with friends and had a play at the playground, a walk up the hill and a clamber over the rocks by the sea. This friend is someone I feel comfortable being with in quiet company, and when you do talk he gives you his full attention. I love that quality in people. Before we took off for our walk, a mother had lost sight of her child at the playground and was distraught with panic. We, and many others, helped her look, but my friend was there to offer her calming suggestions, support and kindness. Soon all the parents in the playground area were on the lookout and I felt the collective lightness of everyone’s relief once the little guy was found. All your worst fears arise in a situation like that and we felt for the poor distraught mother as if we were her, and blinked back tears once she found her boy. I felt so grateful to have had such calm company this morning, and that all our children were with us, and safe.
Day 47. 16 Jan, 2013 – Start of something new. Sacred Essence 2013 was launched today. Yeah!! Melissa and I have been working on a new website and putting together our plans for this year since November last year. Today we shared the link to our new offerings and it feels GOOD! Our work for the year is clearly visualised and we are living our dream (and our sacred essence).
Day 48. 17 Jan, 2013 – Productivity and Playfulness. Actually there were so many things to be grateful for today, but cooperative and enthusiastic house-cleaning helpers was top of the list. The kids mopped the floors today while I cleaned the kitchen, then we went to the gym where I did yoga, then an impromptu play for the boy and some sacred play time for the girls, making felt with Melissa and her daughters. A beautiful, relaxed, productive AND playful day!
Day 49. 18 Jan, 2013 – Early morning play at Currumbin. Even at 7:45 Currumbin beach is busy. I found it hard to get a park, but we found one and then walked over to the beach and played and played. It was windy and I really need that salty breeze to whip through me this morning. We played with some friends from school and I think my son and I both were very happy to see them. My five-year old was brave in water and swimming with so much strength, but when my two-year-old fell asleep on the sand I thought it was time to go.