Tuesday, 15 May 2018

May Ponderings. . .

 How I love the month of May. . .

Winter days are upon us once again; it is time to cuddle beneath soft blankets; bring out our boots and warm coats and spend many a happy hour pottering about in the kitchen. . .
  
In my world. . . 

Ah, where to begin.   
My head is in a whirl as I cast my mind back over the last few weeks; I feel as if I need to slip my running shoes on in order to keep up with the happenings in our home at the moment. . .  {{smiles}}

First and foremost, let us talk about something most exciting. . .
I am busy preparing to visit my dad in China for just under a month.  I fly out on June 7th, which also happens to be the day that will mark one year since the event of the fire, and return home with my dad on July 5th.  
Last week I traveled to Cape Town to apply for my visa.  Praise the Lord, my application was successful with there being only one or two hiccups along the way.  {{smiles}}
Whilst in Cape Town, I had the blessing of visiting with two very dear friends and spending time with my grandparents whom I also stayed with.

To say that I am excited about my upcoming trip would be an understatement!
I am concerned about traveling across the world by myself considering I have zero airport/airplane experience, but I am praying that the Lord would watch over me and give me the strength of mind to cope with the stress of traveling on my own.  The thought of being able to experience the unique sights and culture of China is simply thrilling. . .  From the time I was a young girl I wanted to visit this incredible country. 
And. . .how special to spend almost a month with my dad!

But. . .  Before I make this epic journey to the other side of the world, a lot has to happen. . .  
I am working part time as a shop keeper again which has been a tremendous blessing, but has also tied up my time.  
I have thankfully been able to sew whilst at the shop (yes, it is the very same shop I worked at last year) and increase my stock for Heartmade.  I have applied to do a big Christmas market at the end of the year and should hear whether or not I have been accepted by next month.  If I have, I'll need to spend hours creating enough items to fill my stall for a week.  {{smiles}}

I find it quite thrilling to have my hands full. . .I find a deep satisfaction in being busy and accomplishing a great many things.  I love having a plan for each day and feeling as if I have purpose.  However, I am careful to give each day to the Lord so that He would shape my time to bring glory and honour to His name.

I love the time I have at home.  On the days I am not working (I usually work Wednesdays/Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I find true joy in being involved in the daily grind.  Often I will run errands for my mom and take a sister or two along for some quality time.  Ah, the perk of (finally) being able to drive. . . 
Other days I'll pop Caleb in the pram and take him for a nice, long walk to the park for some fresh air and exercise.  We love spending time together which is truly precious considering there is almost twenty years between the two of us.

Thus, in the midst of the difficulty of being without Dad and adjusting to a whole new way of life, among many other things, I am finding a peace and joy in the ordinary.  My heart is filled with thankfulness and I praise the Lord for the way He is working in our lives.
The final picture has yet to be revealed and some days it feels as if the paint is simply smudging, but we rest in knowing the Father has us in the palm of His mighty hand and will never let us go.

Blessings and love to you, dear readers. . .
Have a blessed, peaceful Sunday tomorrow. . . 

I hope to pop in again next week with a few pictures of a certain little person's 2nd birthday party!  {{smiles}} 

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9 comments:

Creations By Cindy said...

How exciting about your upcoming trip to China to meet your dad there. WOW! I will pray for you for travel safety, a good time and that the Lord will be glorified. Such a lovely post today dear girl. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Sylvia said...

I will check you out on Facebook and follow your page. It is so good to hear from you again, I always enjoy your post, is it already 2 years since little Caleb was born, my how time goes by. I am excited for you to visit your Dad. I have never flown in a plane and will pray for God's hand on you for your safety. Enjoy your visit and let us know all about it when you return.
Blessing to you dear Kelly-Anne!

Stephanie said...

My dear Kelly-Anne, what a delight to catch up with you on this beautiful afternoon. I'm glad all is well in your lovely world. And oh, how exciting that you are going to China! I hope you have a most amazing time, my friend. I look forward to hearing about your adventure when you return.

Love and hugs to you!

Anonymous said...

Happy to hear from you. You sure have been busy. Looking forward to Caleb's 2nd birthday. We love seeing photos of all your siblings. God Bless you and yours.
Marion and Marilyn

Elanor said...

That sounds so wonderful for you to be able to visit your dad and spend all that time with him! I remember my first time flying without my family (almost two years ago already!). I had a great experience, so I hope yours turns out well, too.

Safe travels, dear!

~ Elanor

Elizabeth said...

Sweet friend...you don't know how lovely it is to see an update from you! oh, how wonderful this one was, too {{smiles}} I am bursting with happiness for you on your upcoming adventures! What a grand time you will have, and such fun, too! I can't wait to hear all about it ♥

Praise the Lord for giving you so many simple joys and pleasures...there is such beauty in the ordinary. Oh, how good it is!

Dear Kelly-Anne, know that you have been in my thoughts and I'm looking forward to chatting with you again soon {{smiles}}

Love and hugs,
Libby

Sarah said...

Kelly-Anne,

I was so happy to see your new post! Little Caleb is growing so tall!! It is hard to believe he will soon be two. : )

I am praying you will have a safe and joyous trip to China! How exciting!

Sarah

Mari said...

Caleb is growing! Such a cute little guy!
I'm so happy to hear you will be making this trip. What a special trip and even better to be able to come home with your Dad.

Cheryl said...

Wow! You really have been busy, Kelly-Anne! Sounds like you have much excitement ahead of you, and I trust all will go perfectly smooth for you. I pray for you faithfully, and it was so nice to hear some of what is going on in your life! May the Lord bless you always and keep you ever in His care. :)