From chatting to a friend today, i realised i wasn’t the only one that let things overcome me, which made me feel slightly better. It’s horrible to admit, but sometimes, when you’re tired, (and hungry… mainly hungry) and have a mountain, or sometimes, several mountain peeks, of STUFF in front of you, crowding your mind, it’s difficult to focus rationally. I love that I have a husband who graciously points out when i’m exaggerating or generalising a matter, and keeps me focused. It also helps if he tells me and then brings me chocolate. It’s funny, everything can be going amazing, take this weekend for example…
We had a gorgeous family weekend away to Hereford, that my brother bought for us last Christmas (that we were meant to take pre Isabella – oh well). We had a great time of doing nothing, breakfast in bed, Christmas shopping, coffee drinking – just lovely. But on the beautiful winding roads home, the ‘mountain’ of the week was towering over me. We had left washing up, no food in, I’ve got my first freelance deadline since having Isabella, and two Christmas parties at the end of the week, where we have to decide whether we take Isabella or not. So nothing horrible, nothing overwhelming in itself, but sometimes the ‘mountains’ appear bigger than what they are – this is why I am thankful for Matt. Constantly. I’m also thankful that i can pray, and give it all to my amazing God, who says, “come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28.
Something a little more superficial always gets me out of being overcome by these ‘mountains’- FILLING UP MY HAPPY. I think it’s very important to know what fills up your happy tank.
On the A49 journey back, whilst i was trying not to be overcome by the ‘mountain’ of the week before me, we found the cutest little cafe – which ended up filling up my happy. And filling up your happy smashes the mountain.
A pot of tea, cute vintage tea cups, CAKE, cuddles with Issy, chatting about Christmas, free mince pies from the lovely cafe lady, and reminiscing about the beautiful weekend that we’ve just had as a family. Focus. It’s all about what we focus on. Don’t be overcome by the ‘mountain’ this week – pray, find rest in Him alone, and fill up your happy.
It is getting cold outside! Here are some autumn lovelies to keep you warm…
1. Heart Print Sweater, Zara Girls | 2. Enjoy a lovely hot cider around the open fire at the Black Swan, Cheshire | 3. Rose hand cream, L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE, 4. Savvy wooly hat from Plumo with earphones | 5. Curl up on the sofa with this gorgeous colourful crochet blanket from Cath Kidston
Issy is a member of the library – which is just too cute. And she loves books. I will put out lots of toys but it will be the book that she goes for. Admittedly she loves a good chew, but will sit on my lap and sit through story time over and over again. So i think for my sanity, i’ve had to look out some goodens (issy could probably read the same book over and over!) My all time favourite children’s author is oliver jeffers – he is an incredible story teller that lets your imagination go to crazy places – and, it is stunningly illustrated. We’re yet to get through them all, but we are currently reading ‘stuck‘.
I would love to write/illustrate a children’s storybook – watch this space lol – i laugh, because i don’t actually have time to do the dishes let alone create, but hey, you must have dreams. And if you don’t go for your dreams, your children won’t believe that you can get them, and that’s a sad thought. Make sure you inspire your children to dream, by dreaming yourself… Here’s a little video of Oliver Jeffers which always inspires me to go create
…especially the ones, that when you haven’t seen each other for ages, nothing has changed – you pick up from where you left of. Matt and I are so blessed to have a richness of friends – unfortunately lots of them live all over including a flight away in Guersery, so it’s extra special when we meet. We recently had a lovely couple come to stay with us from London. They encouraged us, inspired us, loved us, and spurred us on to keep dreaming the big dreams. I too, hope we blessed them, but i have a feeling we were on the receiving end of all the goodness.
I once heard these very simple words, “I want to be a blessing” – This really inspired me, and challenged my attitude to certain people and situations. Even to the ones closest to us, if we woke up thinking, ” I want to be a blessing today”, I wonder what would happen.
Simon and Christina blessed us – and you don’t need lots of money to be a blessing – just use the gifts you’ve been given, plus a little creativity. Simon is an amazing photographer and took some lovely pics of issy and us, in the autumn leaves, and Christina works for Jamie Oliver, and cooked us up an amazing chicken roast dinner, as well as doing all the washing up constantly throughout the weekend – you have no idea how much of a blessing that was – it seems to be never ending in this house!
Be a blessing today, to the people around you. Using your gifts and the resources you have, whether it be cooking a meal, doing the washing up, or just making time for someone, you don’t know what impact you may have. Thank you Simon and Christina xxx
If you are a mum or a mum-to-be or have been around a pregnant lady – there is a point where we go a bit crazy, and organise the whole house before baby comes along. Issy was 2 weeks early but we still managed to finish the nursery (just)! As we rent, i wasn’t too fussed about wallpapering or painting, because when we go (one day) we have to leave the house the way we found it. But at the same time, really want the place to feel like ours. As Matt and I are both creative, we’ve both found that our surroundings are very important to us and basically we have to be surrounded by inspiring pictures, quotes, lighting etc: Issy’s room is no exception. Also, you can still be creative on a budget, and it’s more fun i think as you have to be resourceful…
1. Leftover bunting from our wedding
2. Every room needs a typographic verse
3. These are Moomin postcards that we picked up on our holiday last summer to Finland, in the Moomin Museum – postcards are so cheap and here, i’ve just stuck them up with washi tape
4. There are so many beautiful magazines out there – you don’d need to spend a lot of money on prints, sometimes, I just cut out my favourite illustrations from magazines
5. Bird house – this was actually a wedding gift, but thought it looked much nicer in Issy’s room than our yard (that it is a little bit neglected to say the least!)
6. One of Matt’s arty art friends painted this lovely picture of Matt and Isabella – get arty, or get your arty mates to paint you something
7. I’ve picked up frames along the years, i’ve got about 10 unused at the moment, for when i see that next illustration to cut out. Again, these dont need to be expensive, charity shops are my favourite
8. Beautiful cot bumper – Even this is not brand new – there are amazing NCT nearly new sales up and down the country, i think i picked this up for £2
9. This gorgeous mobile is from India from my sister in law – beautiful adorned elephants with bells on – unique gifts are the best
10. Chest of drawers: again, you dont need to spend a fortune, we picked this up from ebay for £60 – hunt and you can find some gorgeous things
Forgot to number our wedding canvas photo: Oooh and not forgetting to put a picture of mum and dad up – this canvas was a Christmas present from my sister in-law and I love how we’re looking down at issy in her cot – perfection
Get creative, and have fun. Thanks Simon for taking the photo