His grandmother recently referred to him as a rebel; his grandfather used to call him "that boy"; as the youngest he has always had a unique approach to life ... it's time to reintroduce Son#5.
Son#5 was not yet a teenager when he became an uncle. I have always been touched by Son#1's insistence that Son#5 be the first to hold his niece out of all the uncles. Son#1 alone recognised that his youngest brother - unlike all the brothers that had gone before - had never held a baby newborn into our family. And Son#5 didn't object (and still doesn't even when his nieces climb all over him).
I first introduced Son#5 here. Since then, he has grown into adulthood (where did those years go?). Unconcerned as to what others would think, he followed in the footsteps of his older brothers and sister-in-law and graduated with honours from a Bachelor of Engineering. We have yet to see if he marries someone in the medical field.
With thanks to Son#5 for the gorgeous photos, and to our Heavenly Father who is our Shield and Protector who has proved His faithfulness again and again this past week.
As Cyclone Gita is set to hit our shores and with two sons in its possible path (the rest of us have now narrowly escaped apparently) we put our trust in God to protect and keep us.
It is tempting, given the spate of warnings over the last year of storms that have come to nothing, to ignore this one. Too many cries of "Wolf" some might say. But I believe that would be foolhardy. Cyclones have been know to change course or to diminish in intensity but we need to be prepared. Besides, there is definitely a change in the air - it can be felt and only time will tell what will be the outcome.
A year ago my sister was expecting a Category 4 to make landfall where she lived ... once again I put my trust in the One who can calm the wind and the waves.
The following Psalm was my reading from last night - a passage th…
I enjoy watching home renovation shows. Not the type where teams go in and transform a home in a weekend or equally short period of time (and you're left wondering how long before the paint starts flaking or cracks appear because the second coat was obviously applied before the first was even dry) but the shows where professionals makeover a grungy house and turn it into a beautiful family home.
Perhaps the reason I enjoy them is because I want to believe that there is hope for our old place!
But what really surprises me - more than the grand reveal - is how civil everyone is to one another. Spouses are making decisions about the home they are going to share together and they manage to blend two different wishlists without arguing.
I wish I knew their secret.
We are about to begin our third round of renovations in this house and, frankly, I'm kind of dreading it. I think we've learnt to better listen to each other over the years but there are still so many areas that are…