>Taking a longed-for break….Back soon!

16 Aug

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These last four weeks of the summer break from school have been some of the hardest I have ever worked. It has been gruelling, both physically and emotionally, as I have tried to keep up with the demands of my little growing clan… I have cried, laughed, screamed, given the occasional smack, baked, cleaned, smiled many a time, played, prayed and delighted in my three children. They have interracted and played with each other, day after exhausting day; they have fought a lot, cried, got sick, laughed, made an incredible amount of mess, and I have gratefully witnessed the beautiful foundations of some life-long friendships being laid.

But Samuel’s difficulties have become ever more apparent as I have spent so much more time with him, and I have struggled to not let anxiety about him and his haywire behaviour beat me down. Praise and gratitude (plus a generous dose of facebook and blogging…) have been like a God-given medicine, and my only means of surviving through some very tough challenges. Through these I can really testify to God’s strength being made perfect in weakness!! Thanks be to God.

And now, there are less than 3 days to go before we are there at last (here and here you can see more pictures of holiday life in that awesome garden and part of the world…: photos taken by my beautiful sister-in-law, MC). What can I say??

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

The Lord knows.

He knows how I am so desperately looking forward to this time away from everything: time to be renewed, recharged, regenerated, and abundantly blessed. He knows I love my kids and my home but that I need a holiday and that the thought of not spending the next two weeks alone with them in the confines of this house fills me with excitement!!! God, in His love and generosity, has provided this little piece of heaven on earth for us all. He knows our needs before we even have the words to express them. And then He provides even more than we could ever ask or imagine!

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.

And now, goodbye. I will have much to say on my return, and I will miss you all and my computer, but heck, it’ll be worth it!

YIPPEEEE!!!!

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