School Holidays

So term 1 has officially come to an end and there are two blissful weeks of no school runs, lunchbox fights and lost uniform. Hurray! But there begins another conversation- what can I do? We are heading to the beach and I am determined to go equipped with art and craft supplies. The older girls have art journals, small spiral bound books to  take along and draw, paint and create all that we see and dream about. I have also made a quick visit to the local library today and found two books – an old favourite The Craft Kid by Kelly Doust and Signature Styles by Jenny Doh. Doust, of The Crafty Minx fame has many ideas for my older girls who want to sew and make. The book by Doh is a fun read and reflection of how various artists create and inhabit their everyday world. What I like about this book is that each interview is presented with a pattern to make something. We will have a sweet time determining what we might make! How do you plan to create in the school holidays?

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I Don’t Know How She Does It

Based on Allison Pearson’s critically acclaimed bestseller, I Don’t Know How She Does It is a film about the struggle, the joy and the heartache of being a working mother, wife and woman.
I read Pearson’s novel when I was in the thick of raising small children (the first time around) in the UK and without the support of extended friends and family. I recall feeling physically stressed reading her to do lists and the epic struggle to find time for being a wife, Mum, fund manager and simply “Kate”in 24 hours. Who would crush store bought pies to make them look home baked? Kate is a time poor working mother who manages to convince herself that she can control it all and have it all, whilst wearing heels. The film is a somewhat slicker and smoother ride through Kate Reddy’s life but it does touch on all of those gender issues based around career and parenting, self fulfilment and identity. Why do women multitask? Why do they gate keep? Why do women think they can and should have it all?
We live in a culture of idolatry, where we pursue things without any regard to the sad human cost involved. The idols of power, control, comfort and approval all characterise Kate Reddy’s life. At times sacrifice is expressed in a neglected child, a forgotten appointment, silence between husband and wife or kids logistics in exchange for real conversation. Both the film and the book are worth a visit. Neither suggests that our idols need sacrificing or that our idols propel us far from our Creator and into chaos. But I do think Reddy’s world should make us stop and reflect on our own circumstances.
I am a mother of five and wife of one and I know the craziness of family life and the temptation to think, yeah…I don’t know how I do it? But it gets done. Good on me. The reality is I don’t do any of it in my own strength. And if I am ever tempted to think that, I am a fool. I don’t know how anyone does it without Him. 


God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46.1

A wonder to behold

Abigail Brown

WOW! Sometimes you stubble across images in a magazine or online and you find yourself making an audible noise. WOW! These amazing creations by London based artist Abigail Brown are amazing. If you thought a textile artist was a patch and stitch kinda thing that your Nanna did, think again. Her work is quite incredible with a decent price tag to go with it. Brown has had much press recognition on a local and international level. Have you ever seen anything quite like it?

Sorted

Do you have a special workspace? In an office, in a tiny corner of your lounge or bedroom. My little desk is being over run by papers and filing right now. I long to tidy the fabric spilling our from bags and ‘to do’ piles, capture the filing and use a system that actually works (using Lissane Oliver’s tips from Sorted), create a beautiful display of inspirational pictures of family, make a mood board and….and clean up my laptop. I know these things don’t just happen and I need to plan the time to do it. It won’t actually take all that long, but I will relax when it is done. I need clean, clear space to stay sane – do you? Even if the draw inside is a mess…if I can’t see it I don’t worry. Imagine if this was your work and creative space! Aaahhh.

Minus One

School lunches – Nude Food Boxes, Flasks and fruit

So I have been meaning to tell you that on the weekend we lost our boy. He flew to China with his year level from school and he will be away for four weeks. Four weeks is a long time. Tonight our youngest asked if he would be back tonight. She has no concept of the time he is away, or the impact it will have on us all. I am so excited for him. And am praying for his safety and protection, with each breath I take. It will be interesting to see how one less mouth to feed ( and I mean a 6ft teenage boy mouth size) will change family meal times and the chaos of packing school lunches. And the overall soundtrack of our life together……..