On golden ponds

Doesn’t this look like a glorious view, to drink a cup of tea and watch the wintery sun slowly set?  This has been my view for the last week and I am still pinching my arm to make sure it is not a dream.

Our sea change year has started.  Keith is on study leave and we both have long service leave.  In fact, I won’t return to work until January 2013.  Keith is working on a number of different projects, but we are working on one together – developing our marriage “stuff” into a package that others can use.

I have other plans – I would love to devote time to writing and develop confidence that perhaps I can write – we will see.  I have many sewing projects too – different quilts that I have started.  We have brought our bikes, forgot our helmets and have many places to walk.  We have started some mornings with an early walk along the beach – cold but amazingly glorious.

We are heading off overseas in a month “Paris to Pakistan” is what I am calling our trip, but we will spend our first two and a half months in England working – mostly on our marriage material.

The only trouble is that I have brought me on this venture.  Why is this a problem?  Because I am not perfect – I still get grumpy, I still struggle to sleep, my wibbly wobbly bits still wriggle and my desire to be fit and healthy and trimmer – well, they are hard work!  However, I am counting my blessings and am filled with thankfulness for this opportunity to do some different things.

I am reflecting a great deal on 1 Corinthians 13 – the passage about love and thinking about love, what it is and how to be a person who loves.  Keith bought me a wonderful book by Phil Ryken called Loving the way Jesus Loves – it has just been published and consists of a number of reflections on this chapter.  It has challenged and stretched my thinking enormously.

I might even have the space to write more regularly on this blog!  Who knows!

About sarahcondie

I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, an ex-librarian, a minister's wife, a women's Pastor, a quilter, a reader, I enjoy thinking about things slowly, I love cups of tea, I love sitting at my kitchen table in dappled sunlight and chatting with my friends, my children's friends, my family abut anything and everything.
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3 Responses to On golden ponds

  1. Amellia Grosser says:

    Hello Sarah,
    I have been enjoying your blog for awhile. I love your book suggestions (I love books and reading and especially love children’s books). I also find what you write enormously helpful. I am a Christian, married for 13 years and am a stay at home mother to 2 children (ages 6 and 9). I love being a mother but have found it hard going at times.
    So thank you for your wise words and wonderful book recommendations.
    Amellia Grosser

    PS Quilting helps to keep me sane, and I plan to retrain as a Librarian in the next few years.

  2. Cath says:

    Ahh — sounds (and looks!) lovely Sarah. Even, EVEN with you there *grin* .The Phil Ryken book sounds great!
    Sad to know you aren’t nearby, but happy for your time of rest!

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