Home at Last

It is the end of a busy week. The week my eldest kiddo finishes school. Exams are just around the corner. This week has been about dinners, specials services, awards, speeches and some ‘controlled’ dressing up and fun. Do I remember my year 12 end of year celebration? Yes. Was it meaningful? Probably not in the way it should have been.

I have been thinking about what you tell your child on the cusp of 13 years of schooling coming to an end. What do we as parents want for our kids as they move onto the next thing, a new chapter, a new independent life? As always it is easy to reflect on all the things I don’t want him to do – don’t get caught up in the freedom and allow it to take you on its own journey. Be present, be mindful and be intentional. With your time, emotions and actions.

Hopefully what we have provided for our kids is a home. A safe, refuge from the challenges of life, in a world that is humming at a rapid rate. A place where grace, love, hospitality and generosity can be experienced. A place of joy, sorrow and forgiveness – a home. As they leave home to do the next thing, they need to know that home is still there, for them. But they are now in the business of creating their own ‘home’. I hope that home for him, for you and me  home is like Josh Garrels song, Home at Last. I leave you with the lyrics and a link to the song here:

Who is that at the end of lonesome roads
All of us hope there’s a home
Place to rest where wounds get dressed
The table’s full the sound of laughter in the halls

Light the fire gather round
Join together sing it loud
Raise the glass and joyful be
Home at last one family

We’re all orphans looking for an open door

Hard times come no more
Come on up to the house of the Lord
Father adopts us all

Light the fire gather round
Join together sing it loud
Raise the glass and joyful be
Home at last one family

Holiday Playlist….

The holidays begin in just a few hours. The kids are sent home early at the end of term and it is time for us to just ‘be’ as a family. Part of our downtime is listening to music. My man and I have been listening to Gungor, Phil Wickham and Josh Garrels.…plus he is enjoying the new Bob Dylan and Lecrae. The older kids are listening to Fun and a new South Korean hit  which is doing the rounds, Gangam style. Meanwhile the younger ones are re-hashing girl pop and some Fairies music.

There are 7mouths2feed in my home and such a variety of competing tastes in music too. I wonder what you will be chilling to this holiday time?

Day 2: Coffee Busters

day 2 coffee busters

I am seriously considering giving this coffee detox up. It is one of the few “treats’ in my day and I am beginning to realise it is a vital part of how I socialise. My man and I have developed all sort of rituals around coffee making, drinking and sharing. Sipping a cup of herbal tea with my man as he has his coffee each morning is not quite the same.  He asked me today, “So why are you not drinking coffee?” I am not sure. I know it is not the best for me perhaps. But I think I have been more confronted by the notion that others can see my addiction. Today I am tired and have this strange taste in my mouth. So I need to satisfy those cravings for coffee in other ways: more water, more great music and more time to reflect on where my hope lies after all.  

This is a favourite Josh Garrels piece, one that was introduced to me by my man. He does a good version of it too! Listen to it here.
Farther Along 

Farther along we’ll know all about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
Cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine
We’ll understand this, all by and by

Tempted and tried, I wondered why
The good man died, the bad man thrives
And Jesus cries because he loves em’ both
We’re all cast-aways in need of ropes
Hangin’ on by the last threads of our hope
In a house of mirrors full of smoke
Confusing illusions I’ve seen

Where did I go wrong, I sang along
To every chorus of the song
That the devil wrote like a piper at the gates
Leading mice and men down to their fates
But some will courageously escape
The seductive voice with a heart of faith
While walkin’ that line back home

So much more to life than we’ve been told
It’s full of beauty that will unfold
And shine like you struck gold my wayward son
That deadweight burden weighs a ton
Go down into the river and let it run
And wash away all the things you’ve done
Forgiveness alright


Still I get hard pressed on every side
Between the rock and a compromise
Like the truth and pack of lies fightin’ for my soul
And I’ve got no place left go
Cause I got changed by what I’ve been shown
More glory than the world has known
Keeps me ramblin’ on

Skipping like a calf loosed from its stall
I’m free to love once and for all
And even when I fall I’ll get back up
For the joy that overflows my cup
Heaven filled me with more than enough
Broke down my levee and my bluff
Let the flood wash me 

And one day when the sky rolls back on us 
Some rejoice and the others fuss 
Cause every knee must bow and tongue confess 
That the son of god is forever blessed 
His is the kingdom, we’re the guests 
So put your voice up to the test 
Sing Lord, come soon http://joshgarrels.bandcamp.com/track/farther-along