Friday's Fave Five

Gee the week went by so fast!  And I'm even late with this Fave Five, but 'm not going to let that deter me from sharing with you all my fave five for this busy week.

1.  A Calm River View.
It's been a crazy kind of week for me.  A busy one too.  Hubby and I were busy preparing an 'Amazing Race' for the middle school kids here in our small school.

There's a lot of work involved.  From thinking up the challenges, going through the logistics of the race and then collecting everything we need for the race.  Let's just say I'm thankful it's Sunday!  The race was yesterday and the kids had so much fun.  And seeing that is rewarding.
And as for the calm river view from my bedroom window, well it was a great place to sit for a couple of minutes just soaking it in and then getting back to work - refocused.

2.  Receiving that word........
I've subscribed to this website as I suspect many of you are probably familiar with.  Anyway what she shared on 1 Real Cure for Burnout.....well that message was for me and I read it just at the right time. Don't you just love that...receiving an encouraging word just when you need it.
It's time for me to remember that there in only One Person I need to be concerned about.

3. Words of encouragement
Last week one of my faves was social media platforms and well this week it was there for me.  In the way of a friend sending me an encouraging message through messenger from the other side of the world.  It was very thoughtful of her.

4.  Music
Most days I'm home alone for a good part of the day.  And music is my companion.  Whatever my mood - there is a music genre for that!    And I love it!

5.  House help.
I'm so thankful that I can have help in the house. As I said this has been a busy week for me so to have Asem help me stay on top of those daily chores is a blessing.

Hope you all had a great week too.  looking forward to visiting your blogs.


monochrome Monday

we don't necessarily need color to remind us of how beautiful nature is....

Have a great week.


It's Never Easy......

And I don't ever expect it to be.  Saying goodbye to our kids and sending them off will never be easy.

on our way to the airport this AM
This morning my daughter packed her bags and headed back to London.  She only has 2 weeks till her exams begin so this will be a busy time for her.

10 months ago when we found out we were moving back to Kazakhstan Renee told us that she wanted to stay back and if we could please find a way to allow her to finish her final year in London, without us.
Of course as a mom this request worried me but everything about it made sense.  Why would we move her in her final year to a new school and have her try to settle without us and navigate through new surroundings, all while trying to complete her final year,  and do well.  That would have been unfair.

What worried me the most was that she would have to board.  Have student accommodation somewhere, be responsible for her meals, her laundry, paying rent and all the other responsibilities that come with living away from home.

Well 10 months on she's made me and her father proud.  She's worked hard, she's grown up and she's proved to herself that she can make it out there.

She's had an offer on a couple of Uni's/colleges out there and now to prove to herself that she has what it takes.....
the sky is the limit Renee......and it's all up to you how far you go!


Friday's Fave Five

I've decided to start doing this again, and wow what great timing.  Our host at Living to Tell the Story has been doing this for 427 post and in her latest post she explains why she started doing this.


Life gets busy and that's true for all of us. I get caught up with just wanting to get things done and keep on moving forward.
So by doing this I hope it helps me in my quest to slow down, to live simply and a desire to cultivate a heart of gratitude.

So here's my Fave Five for this week:

1.  Having my older daughter home in Kazakhstan.
It's been 4 months since she's been with us. The last time I saw her was last Christmas.  She's lived and gone to school in London on her own while we moved back to KZ.  And she's not even in a boarding school.  She's grown up and she's managed to keep her head in her studies without us.  I'm proud of her.  She's almost done and then she'll be moving onto the next chapter of her life.

2. having all my kids under that same roof again....... even if it's not for that long.

3.  Juicing.  Grapefruit juice to be specific.

For over a month now I have been drinking grapefruit juice every morning.  When we went to Malyasia I tried one and really liked it so I decided that when I'd get back home I would make them for myself.  It's not a fad or anything like that.  I like the juice I make but even more pleasing to me is that it has curbed my desire for sweet food.
And that's a positive I'll take!!

4.  Spring Time.
I love seeing all the flowers popping up around the camp.  It's beautiful.

5. Last one for this week.  Social Media and the internet and Large Families.
It's expensive to call home (Papua New Guinea) so I'm grateful  for the different social media platforms that are available to me so that I can keep in contact with my family, back at home.
-photo of my kids with all their cousins.  I love that I have many siblings  - which means lots of nieces and nephews!!

Share your Fave Five with us.!

Happy Friday, Happy Weekend.


monochrome Monday.....

tyres, check.  helmet, checked!
the weathers changed and I think it's time to get back on my bike.  some days the wind is brutal and others, well it's gorgeous.

Have a happy week! 


weekends are for.......

putting up our trampoline, clearing the back patio, going to a goodbye party, celebrating my birthday and of course celebrating the Resurrection of  Jesus Christ!

Happy Easter!!

And the icing on the cake, my daughter is here for a little bit.  #familyfirst


It's Friday and it's a Good One

I've never really understood why this day in the Christian calendar is referred to as Good Friday. There was nothing good about it.

It was a dark day, and in so many ways a painful day for a mother, a family, the 11 disciples and those privileged few who had the gift of faith bestowed upon them.

2000 plus years on, I'm thankful that this day is still observed.  Not everywhere and certainly not in the countries that I have been fortunate enough to live in, but in my heart.

Whether you observe Easter or not, i hope your Friday was a good one.

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34–35)


weekends are for.......

Catching up!

Catching up on sleep, catching up on laundry, going out to the market and then also catching up with friends and listening to everyone's vacation adventures.
photo from morguefile
my bed 

one of the markets i go too...

How was your weekend?


Saying Goodbyes.........already

And so it has begun.  It's that time of the year when we say goodbye to those friends who have become like family.

And it's never easy.
Today we gathered to say goodbye to a dear person who has been in our community for a while and who has done so much for it.  She definitely was a 'doer' in this community of ours.
We came in together and then I left.  Now that I've come back she's moving on.
In most communities there are always those who plan/organise and then those who carry out those ideas.  Everyone has a role, but for me, it's the 'doers' who are the real hero's.  But we need them all in every community and for any community to thrive.  They don't ask for anything in return, they just step up and get involved.

We'll miss you Tracy.  I'll miss you.  And hopefully our paths will cross again.

maybe your wondering why the picture - well it's the inside of a yurt.  and this part of the yurt is known as the shanyrak.  it represents the sun.  And of course it's in the shape of a cirle and as we know a circle has no end. 

May the sun always shine on our friendships and have no end, in everything.


April Already

It's been so long, too long actually since I've been to this space of mine.

I've been busy. I've been lazy and I've been less than inspired to come and write...... but my space is still here and so am I.

We've just come back from Spring break. 2 weeks away from the snow and cold was good for us....
We headed to Asia which is where we're always drawn too, but let me be honest here, they'll take us in without visa's for a couple of days so it always works.

It's a good thing we love Asia. LOL.

Well we're right into April and we're going to move full steam ahead.  It's going to be busy, and I will have a daughter graduating soon.