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Beauty in Perspective

There used to be a time when I was struggling with an issue that God would often speak through a friend, a song, or a book. I remember years ago when God was telling me that His grace was sufficient, and I was arguing because what I was going through was different to what Paul had experienced (as if what I was experiencing was worse than being imprisoned, shipwrecked, or bitten by vipers - what was I thinking?) and therefore that verse didn't apply to me, God kept giving me that verse through books, songs, and even a friend. Until I relented and realised that His grace was indeed sufficient.

Nowadays I often find that He speaks through blogs and articles I read online. Today with tears streaming down my cheeks from an article I'd read online, I clicked to my reading list and came upon this post from one of my favourite marriage bloggers. This in turn led me to another post where the writer had taken up Sheila's challenge to name five things about our bodies that we like.

Lik…

Beauty on Saturday

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Beauty today was in all the family being together to celebrate The Most Adorable Granddaughter#2's birthday. All apart from Son#3 and his fiance who were at a friend's wedding where Son#3 was one of the groomsmen. But they had been able to celebrate last weekend on The Most Adorable Granddaughter#2's actual birthday (DIL#1 for some reason not wanting to put on a party the same weekend they shifted house) so while we missed them, they hadn't missed out totally.

They did however miss seeing this awesome cake ...


(which The Most Adorable Granddaughter in the World#2 really enjoyed cutting up)





... and watching The Most Adorable Granddaughter#2 open presents ...





(Oops, that's not The Most Adorable Granddaughter#2 but that is a present - a rather belated birthday present as it turns out.)

... and seeing the rest of the family ...













But like the rest of us, I'm sure they are very thankful for one very special, very beautiful, very precious little three-year-old girl.

Beauty on Friday

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What is the common thread of beauty running through all these pics?

A vacuum cleaner ...


My dining room table ...


A tatty old chair in a sunny corner ...


Washing hanging on the line ...


A big bright yellow lemon ...


Pale pink New Dawn rose bud ...


Moss on our garden path ...


A few small Marguerite daisies ...


The weird and wonderful New Zealand Lancewood ...


Tomatoes on the vine (we have tomatoes in June?) ...


A weathered garden seat ...


And The Craziest Blonde Dog in the World ...


The answer? Time. The beauty of time. More specifically, the beauty of time at home to do housework, to wander in the garden, to enjoy a few moments of sun. After such a hectic few weeks it was wonderful to be able to get in and clean my house. Truly. Even better was being able to sit back and enjoy the sight of it after I'd finished.

To top it off, DH and I went out for dinner together. Just the two of us. A date. With the boys all left home, finding time together is a lot easier these days but it was becoming rathe…

Beauty on Thursday

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I wish I had a large sign that said, "Finished". I would post it here. Instead you just have to use your imagination. After almost three years I cannot describe the wonderful feeling - that freeing, releasing feeling - of being able to hand over a huge stack of data and say, "It's done."

There will still be some questions to answer - most likely via email - and I still have an interview to chase up but basically it's done.

Perhaps it's just as well my car didn't start yesterday and I had to walk home from work (DH had dropped me off in the morning so no, I didn't leave my car stranded at work). It gave me a chance to breath deeply and enjoy some of the sights and sounds of the shortest day of the year.

I did choose not to walk through the leafy suburbs - which would have been a far more pleasant and quieter walk but with recent attacks on women in those areas I decided to stick to the main roads - so had to contend with the noise of traffic, but ev…

Beauty on Wednesday

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Three meetings down. One to go.

One practice, one lesson and one concert down. Went really well.

Seeing my house - and garden - by daylight for the first time this week (or would it be more correct to call it twilight - it was light anyway).




Best of all: seeing The Most Adorable Granddaughter#4 when I arrived home from work (and her Mummy and Daddy too of course).

I have a framed picture of her sitting next to my television set. It's often the first thing she goes for when she's at my house. Often she'll turn over the photos of her cousins on her Daddy's side so they can't be seen but keep her own facing upwards. Funnily enough, The Most Adorable Granddaughter#3 does a similar thing: turns over the photo of The Most Adorable Granddaughter#4 but gazes intently at her own photo.

Of course you can see why this photo holds so much appeal for The Most Adorable Granddaughter#4.


Quite a lot of beauty in one day ... and that's without mentioning the glorious rain showers we…

Beauty on Tuesday

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DH and I have been denied the privilege of The Most Adorable Granddaughter#4's presence tonight (to my shame I can't remember the reason but I think her Mummy and Daddy didn't have Bible Study this week - or something like that) so I can't show you pictures of her.

So instead you'll have to settle for this:


Now some people may not consider a bowl of fruit as anything exciting, let alone beautiful but I'm not some people. I love fruit and even more so when I'm in a rush in the morning and have to pack myself lunch. A salad sandwich or a bowl of bulgher wheat and vegetables with a few pieces of fruit doth a healthy lunch make. And for this gal, the more fruit the better.

When I think about it, I wouldn't have done too well in the Garden of Eden. Like Eve I would have seen that the fruit was pleasing to the eye and would not have been able to resist the temptation ... especially when presented by one so cunning.

Beauty on Monday

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For some reason I've had to resort to the old blogger interface to write a new post. It worked fine last night ...

I can't show you pics of the beautiful children I got to hold today or the wonderful group of teachers that I have the privilege of working with ... or the incredible storm clouds that were gathering when I left work ... or the amazing flute players that so graciously let me join in with them.

In fact, the picture I'm going to share is one I took last week. I have really enjoyed the view from our new kitchen window of our walnut tree as the weather has turned cold. Next to it is another tree that lacks the beauty and architectural lines of the walnut tree ...



... it's the plum tree that DH severely pruned in hopes that this year it will finally produce more than a handful of fruit (and I mean handful - there's never yet been one season where there's been enough for one apiece for our family).

If it does produce fruit this coming Spring I'll forgiv…

Beauty in the Everyday

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I've been reading a book that has challenged me to find the beauty in the everyday ... in the common things ... in the things we take for granted ... in the here and now.

This is going to be one super busy week for me as a three-year project winds up and data has to be collated and ready to hand over to those who will interpret it. Furthermore I have a flute concert with extra practices thrown into the mix. But despite this, I hope to document each day through photos the beauty I've discovered in the everyday - in the here and now.

The Most Adorable Granddaughter#4 who had her first sleepover at our home last night. (I hope my colleagues never see this photo - it's so not Pikler.):




Discovering the delights of the property surrounding the home that Son#1 and his family moved into this past week (yes, I have a thing for lichen and trees and falling down buildings):