Saturday, 28 April 2007

Enjoying Ben...

Mark has gone away to Devon for the week-end again, taking Samuel and Thomas with him, which means I have Ben all to myself!! I feel so privileged to be able to spend some quality time with this lovely child of mine, especially as this doesn't happen all too often. But I get the feeling he also is enjoying having me all to himself!
He is such a positive, energetic, dynamic little guy, full of the joys of life, eager to discover and explore every detail around him. An incredible tonic for a sometimes disillusioned and tired Mummy.
This afternoon after naps, we went for a little walk together: first to the swings, then through the woods and the playing field, and finally back home; and all the time, Ben was racing ahead, pointing to things, picking up sticks and leaves - and litter (!!), me running behind trying to keep up... Then he speedily ate his dinner before going out to play in the garden: on the trampoline, the climbing frame, his digger, the sand, the climbing frame, and back and forth, still rushing around ... until, exhausted, he finally caved in and demanded to sit in front of the TV for a while!!
He is now tucked up in bed, hugging his teddy, sucking his thumb, and probably dreaming of doing more of the same tomorrow... And I feel blessed, fulfilled, and looking forward to enjoying Ben some more, tomorrow.

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Easter in France

Here are a few photos of our little 5-day trip to Mum and Dad's lovely little patch of France.
We left on Wednesday and returned on Easter Monday... It really was a lovely time away.

We spent most of our time in the garden, as the weather was perfectly "splendid"!! Here we have the three boys enjoying a picnic lunch together...

Thomas got bored and walked off, and then there were two:
Then Samuel decided he'd had enough too, and Ben remained, continuing to savour the exquisite baguette and its filling:
Mrs and Mr Wibbs watching the spectacle that is 'feeding time at the zoo'...!!
First real opportunities to sit in the sun and top up my Vit D supplies which were pretty much on empty, I reckon. Unbeknown to me, a lovely 'panda-eye' effect was developping all my dismay - and pride!!
...Nice profile, handsome man, he's the daddy, the one and only Mr Wibbs!

Waiting for Daddy to finish packing the car - in Mum and Dad's sitting room, which is one of my favourite places, ever.
Mark's new car, in front of the 'Chateau de Chantilly'
Thomas in 7th heaven, as he thinks he has found a secret sand-pit: "taad! Cook, Daad, taaad!!"
Mummy and Samuel sitting 'a table', feeling very ready for bed. This was a gathering of our family and Florence's, to celebrate Mark (my little brother) becoming engaged to her...It was wonderfully informal and intimate, with just Mum and Dad, us siblings plus the kids, and Flo's parents, grandparents, and siblings and kids...
'Angels', late at night... Poor little Tom struggled to settle in a new environment and got disturbed all the time, which didn't help. Mark, was definately the worse for wear after the party, and as for Samuel, well he would have partied all night!! (Bring on the teenage years, that's what I'm thinking - er, not)

Happy Birthday Benji!!

Our gorgeous little 'squirt' celebrated his 2nd birthday yesterday, and in true toddler fashion, screamed pretty much all day!! I guess the terrible twos have well and truly made their entrance... And so we are bracing ourselves :$
Still, all he needed was a new car and all was well again, as long as he was allowed to sleep with said car. Happy Birthday little one, we are so blessed to have you in our lives...

Monday, 23 April 2007

For 'Living Fragrance'...

(What's happened to your site? I can't get in anymore!?!?! Everytime I try to it's asking for a username and password, which obviously I do not have :( Don't know how else to get hold of you, please forgive me for posting in this way...You could email me if you like as I think my email is on my profile. Take care my friend )

Friday, 13 April 2007

Re-assessing priorities: In the Secret

I have much to say on this and will not linger here for now.
The Lord is slowly, patiently, graciously teaching me to reassess what is really important, what should be at the top of my list of priorities. And I just want to share that, through some of you who visit here from time to time, God has been speaking to me loud and clear! For that, I am so grateful, to Him, and to you :)
I am learning to rest, take time to be quiet, and alone with Him. "For your heavenly Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you" (Matthew 6) ... I know that, in context, this is about giving, praying, fasting; but more than that, it is about what goes on in the heart.
I love that I can have a secret, and Sacred, love 'affair' with my Creator! Of course that is only the start, for my light then has to be put 'on a stand', for all to see..."Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house".(Matthew 5)
And so, thus are my priorities being realigned, and in this way is my heart being united: God is my first love, and my heavenly 'lover'... Mark is my second love, and my earthly 'lover'. My kids come next, and then 'the rest of the world'!
I will write more on this soon, I promise; however, if you don't hear from me for a while, you'll understand that blogging is one of those activities which belong to 'the rest of the world'. And that other things must come first.

Sunday, 1 April 2007

Give us today our daily bread

There is something extraordinarily soothing and therapeutic about baking one's own bread...
I have recently discovered a really easy recipe which yields the most delicious, light and 'more-ish' bread, and with which the kids like to join me in mixing, kneeding, and crafting all sorts of interesting shapes for baking.
But bread baking can be a frustrating and sometimes tedious process too. The mixing is messy, sticky, and ugly. The kneeding is exhausting - a bit like an intensive specialised work-out for the biceps - but essential for the dough to take shape, and to soften, and crucial for all those incredibly basic ingredients to come together. And then, there's the wait, the PROVING... And after the wait, more waiting...But the longer the wait, the bigger the dough...the lighter the consistency...the better the result.
And then, eventually, after molding the dough into whatever shape takes your fancy, the baking can begin. But you have to get the heat just right though - not too hot, but hot enough - before that tempting, enticing, delicious aroma starts to ooze out of the oven, and spread throughout the whole house...into every room, and even into the neighbourhood. Hmmmmmm......
Now finally, the comfort eating can begin!! It is a good reward, to reap the fruit of one's labours! It makes the abundant spreading of real butter on the still warm, soft, delicious bread completely and utterly justifiable.

This whole bread-making process is wonderful at a deeper level too, for it is a helpful analogy of what Christian living can sometimes be like...But there are so many parallels to draw out here that I'm not sure where to begin!! So, I guess I'll let you read between the lines of this little 'parable' for yourselves. And if you take nothing else from this, learn to WAIT on Him: for "those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength"...