- Simple Living
Monday, 24 August 2020
Saturday, 22 August 2020
You have always been my Miss Independent... ready to go off and adventure the world, but over lockdown I have seen how much you crave adult company. How much joy it brings you just to sit near me and chat away as I work. How good a friend you are and how helpful you have been with the younger children. I am so grateful for your caring and gentle nature, and though you absolutely know how to wind your younger siblings up something horrific (and somehow come off as the angelic, innocent party), you are a wonderful big sister to them, and it brings me joy to see them recognise that and appreciate it.
You are curious and intellectual. You love to study and understand things. Gradually I see you transitioning out of the world of imaginative play (though Heidi will keep you well and truly grounded in that camp for a little bit longer) and would rather have your nose in a book (fiction or non-fiction - it really doesn't matter!) or chatting away to your sister or your friends. You love a project - a theatre script you're working on, a new novel, a club for your friends and sister to be part of, a show for your siblings to act out. You're a natural leader, and a loyal friend, and you are so comfortable in your own skin. I love that about you.
One of the most precious things to me over the past couple of weeks has been every morning, as you've appeared in my room, armed with your bible and your little box of post-its and highlighters and set yourself up at my desk. I love watching you developing your own habits, and to see the Lord revealing His truth to you without Papa and my input.
We pray on your 9th birthday, that as you enter another year, as school restarts and you step out of our home again, as you devour stories and invent new ideas... we pray that you would keep routed and grounded in the One who wrote the greatest story ever told. The One who invented and created all things, who is overseeing the narrative of a world that seems in chaos right now, but is nonetheless still working towards the conclusion He has prepared. The One who cares for you and loves you far more sacrificially than any of us could ever conceive of loving another...
The One who has held you these nine years, and who we pray will go with you every step of every day you walk this earth until one day, we pray, you'll hear the words
"Welcome home, good and faithful servant"...
We love you Ava M - happy birthday sweet girl! We're so excited to celebrate you today!
Mama and Papa xxx
Friday, 7 August 2020
Me (not giving the years away!) - Italy
Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Oh gorgeous Jonas!
Our sunshine boy - you are the best little friend to everybody... you are so easy-going and kind natured and fun to have around. You are sporty, and competitive, gentle and determined. Stubborn as anything, and super sociable! We love all of the different sides our of Jonas!
We love watching you interact with your sisters; you are very much accepted as one of the "big kids" now and they welcome you into all their games and latest interests. You are easygoing, imaginative and fun to have around, so make a pretty good play-fellow, and you won't be the bossy one. You'll happily appease and go with the flow, and won't put up too much of a fuss! They love the fact that you completely immerse yourself in whatever game they're playing.
With your brother, your relationship has honestly been so eye-opening for me. Boys. Honestly, its a whole new world for me... I liken them often to lion cubs that take great joy in physical play fighting, puppies that need a daily walk to burn off energy, and fun little whirlwinds of giggles. These two have SO much fun together, and I love their little friendship. They are simple and straightforward and high energy. Everything is full on, but its never complex. That may change with age, I guess, but I'm enjoying the exhaustion and simplicity of parenting a pair of brothers!
One of the other sides of you we are loving at the moment is your creativity. You are actually insanely artistic and I'm loving watching this unfold... you are a perfectionist, which is proving interesting when your artistic attempts done quite match up with what's in your head, but it's all space for growth! You continue to wow us with your accuracy (I loved the little stick men runners in the picture below!)
It's not all sunshine and rainbows of course - you have an amazing ability to know exactly how to wind up your siblings, and take great delight in doing so! It's something we're working on!
This isn't exactly the 5th birthday we imagined for your Jonas... no party, no little friends around you, no big family celebration, but in classic Jonas style, you have taken it all in your stride and haven't let it bother you. I could learn a thing or two from you!
We are so grateful for our Jonas boy... for the gift that you are, and for the way that even in your little years, you are demonstrating so much strength of character... you have resilience and determination, but that is balanced with generosity and gentleness. I'm so excited to see the way the Lord grows you and uses you, and we pray on that in your young age you will learn to trust the Saviour that we owe everything to. We pray your childlike faith would put down deep routes, and grow strong and sturdy, resilient and determined just like you are, but with Christlike gentleness and generosity.
We love you Jonas and thank God so very much for you,
Happy 5th birthday sweet boy!
Mama and Papa xxx
Monday, 15 June 2020
And then after May half term I just decided I would do homeschool as I would really do homeschool. Those of you who know me well, know that I have long toyed with the idea of pulling my kids out of school. The idea of being able to teach them together, having quality time with them, giving them more rounded opportunities and investing in a more creative curriculum than the National Curriculum currently allows for (our teachers do a wonderful job of keeping it as creative as they can) has long been an idea that has simmered in my mind.