Monday, August 17, 2009

Rest and Reflection

Thank you to all those that left comments or have emailed
I have appreciated each of those and am thankful for the caring folk who have crossed my path or ventured to my blog

My blog title I nicked from the Scrap Of Faith blog
They have been doing weekly prompts about Restoring our Womanhood and this weeks prompt hit home as it has been what my blog break has been about

This last week has been a heavy one
A culmination of many things
Most of those are things I can’t share with you here, on my blog, although I would love to because I feel that people need to be aware of these struggles but these stories are not mine and I can’t share them

I’ve also been struggling with Elizabeth’s separation anxiety issues at school
They have become worse and she earned no stars at all last week and I find it draining
She is fine not long after and I know that she is ok and enjoys her day at school but it’s the actually yelling/screaming that she doesn’t want to stay and hanging on to me that is heart wrenching
Today was a little better but we were there later, at morning tea time, so I think that helped a little
This morning we had her last Physio appointment as well as her Occupational therapy appointment
She did really well with both, hopped the whole length of the room and back which is a huge accomplishment being that her first test she couldn’t do one!

So my little blog break has been filled with spending time off here, sitting talking with Dave, enjoying the sunshine (YAY to the awesome sun filled days that we DID have, it’s rained bucket loads this last week with floods in the North of the state), doing things around home and appreciating the wonderful things that my life is filled with

I’ve been reading, something I just haven’t had time to do in such a long time
I’ve made a good start on A Friend Like Henry, which is an amazing story, and have read through Why Does He Do That?, which is an amazing book that my Mum recommend me to read and she has since ordered and given out 10 copies

One of the things that was talked about in this book, which is very heavy going on the heart, and that I appreciated this week, is not allowing ‘bad’ to consume your day (I say bad but if you read the book you will see it more in context with the book) so with my new Q Tea add on kit, Love To Love You Baby, I decided to make a mini album about the six things that I love and that I want my day to be consumed by

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Had to start with the most important thing, but the rest are in random order :)


The journaling


See the people? I made them hold hands :)


The journaling

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The journaling

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The journaling

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The journaling

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The journaling


and some close ups



So again thank you to all you amazing people who have been thinking of me/us
I am ok, just tired and emotionally drained BUT I am not letting those things consume my day and looking to the brighter things to pull me through
I hope you too can find good things to consume your day with and don’t allow the harder things in life to bring you down

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  1. Love Love Love it Sharmaine!!
    Just gorgeous!!
    I especially love your journalling and wish we could all have those treasures.

  2. What an amazing post! Thank you so much for sharing! This book is seeeriously just so so so fantastic!! I adore it!!

    I am so happy I popped in!!!

    Enjoy the rest of the summer!!
    XOXO Jenny
    Jersey Shore USA

  3. I love reading your post. You are a great inspiration to me. Absolutely amazing job on the mini!

  4. I just loved reading your Blog is so filled with real life....and that is what we face and try to undestand...I am sending you hugs and thoughts today!!!!! The mini is just adorable...and I got such pleasure from seeing and reading each page!! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us!!! :)

  5. I love your honesty Sharmaine, it is rare and beautiful. I am sorry that you are having a hard time with Elizabeth but it does sound like she's come a long way. What can I say about your book....loooove it. I am thinking of doing the same thing with my qtea kit I'm just waiting for my add on kit and then stating a book, just for me ;) I actually got out in the garden or lack of it yesterday the weather was ok for a change, roll on summer I say. Take care Belinda

  6. grandma10:02 AM

    just letting you know that you are loved and prayed for every day as is the rest of your family

  7. The Lord will see you through. Will continue to keep you in my prayers.

  8. Sharmaine-this book is brilliant! How lucky we are to see, feel and appreciate such gifts. Thanks for sharing this. I have been thinking about some soul adjustments myself. this encourages me! I am praying for liquid grace to fill you each morning at school with Elizabeth.

  9. Love your mini album Sharmaine - thanks for sharing. Great list of things to be consumed by :-)
    Hugs to you. Hope this week is going better for you.

  10. *sigh*
    I have been thinking about U...
    I have been praying for U...
    I have been praying for things that have been occurring...
    I have been hoping that Elizabeth was doing better with her stars...
    I am sorry that U are hurting...
    I am sorry that U are in pain...
    I am praying...
    I love U!
    And I loveeeeeeeeeee that book U made....U are TRULY AMAZING! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

  11. Thanks for the honesty of your post Sharmaine. Sometimes it's hard to not feel overwhelmed by having to be strong for a child who's struggling. I know I do, so it's a relief to read that other people feel the same way too.
    Your little album is very inspiring. I love it!
    Take care (lots of hugs)

  12. I'm so glad that you're back and that you aforded yourself time to rest and reflect Sharmaine.

    Your mini book is so awesome! Love it! :)

  13. This is an amazing blog post and book- so much to reflect on and think about. Hope things are OK for you:)

  14. Very inspiring mini album! I love it!

    Sending you hugs!! :)

  15. oh that is a gorgeous book!!
    the colors are so pretty and i spy a little kittyrobot rainbow very cool <3

  16. I LOVE THIS! the cover especially! You have really developed a style lately, and I love all the texture you have!


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