Saturday, May 29, 2010

weekending




Is full of playing with puppies. And cleaning-feeding, cleaning- feeding.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Morning Cuddles


This is the whelping box our 7 puppies live in, and for a large part of the day our 4 children...and me too.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

she cooks and its good!

My girl can cook.
Its so wonderful because we've got to the place where I can ask her 'how bout something for afternoon tea' and she's excited and 'yes, mum I'll make scones'. Woo hoo because I don't have to do it. I actually love to cook and have always baked with my little ones but you know, its so nice to share the load.
And she does such a good job!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bring on the learning revolution!

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! | Video on TED.com

getting out in nature-






does me and mine SO much good.

Clears the head, energises bodies.
Eyes widened with the beauty of greens.
Heart wonders at the patterns and textures that surround.
He feels closer or is it that I'm more in tune with his song...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

the girls...



I do so love these other girls of mine in particular our very tame Apricot. She will often sneak her way into the house and look around for a place to make herself at home. From somewhere someone will shout 'chicken in the house!' and the clapping of hands along with the chanting 'out out' will follow. Apricot has a particular fondness for Isabella's kitchen sink so much so that on one occasion I found an warm egg in it not long after her being shooed out!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

stopping to make messes





Sometimes during the busyness of our days the really important things can get lost in the urgent and its during these times that I'll stop what we're all doing, gather a bunch of 'junk' on the table, then we talk and make.
On this particular day it seemed that a floating device was the theme (apart from Bella who was happy gluing). And so we connect amidst the messiness of making nothing in particular....

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

more puppy love






Oh how much are we loving these puppies! Very much, in fact the children have named them (I did get to name one-the runt) all and know them I'm still getting a few mixed up but I do know who Sarah its not hard to work out that one. There is also Coco, Terance, Chubby, Tiffa, Zara and Timmy. And yes it is going to be hard to see them go.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

what i love...





Some of the childrens drawings. The one at he bottom is a drawing of Mama and Zach. It was a card he gave me on my birthday. I love it so much that I've stitched it. I'm not sure what I'll do with it but it felt good to do. And how about those berries of power..mmm I think I'd like some of those on hand.

Friday, May 14, 2010

brotherly love


I was sorting through some paper piles ( a never ending task) and came upon these birthday cards from the kids to Zach on his birthday. I can't tell you how these cards make me smile and make all the yukky days fade into complete nothingness. When it feels like their is no progress in the bickering, hitting , name calling area and then all on their own a moment of heartfelt love and appreciation flows forth , well its just about all i need to keep keeping on with encouraging to patience, self-control etc cause deep down they know and I know that love binds us all and in all the crappy moments their is still love.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Corners



The kids open the linen closet and hastily pull out sheets and blankets. Its cubby house building time and that means mama letting go and watching as they learn to navigate their differing ideas, compromise and work together. This particular structure lasted a couple of days until my frustration at not being able to get in their room became a little too much. This was no ordinary cubby. It had all my scarves, ribbons and ties, all sorts of fabric tying it to different corners of the room. And at night it became a dark cave to sleep in...or not sleep but stay up playing with torches.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

puppy love







Last week we had a very exciting event that was earlier than expected. Seven little Labrador pups were enthusiastically welcomed into our midst and wonderfully, we were all home and managed to watch the amazingness of new life.
Missy is a beautiful mama-so calm and protective. She licks them all clean, nudging them around while they squeak and scramble for the best position to feed.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

morning thoughts


nose to nose
I kiss them
take in their smell
feel the soft wisps of hair brush against my cheek
close my eyes
breathe in and let go
of all that I'm not
open my eyes
nose to nose kisses again
heart fills with
gratitude
for all He has given

Monday, May 3, 2010

fragile beauty


A Spotted Dove flew into our chicken coop and big girl excitedly caught him and brought him into show. We were all in awe and grateful for a close encounter with beautiful nature.