Today is a significant day for the Nevard family as Grandma is moving house. Brenda and David moved on retirement to a tiny house in the countryside near Hereford - a cluster of houses that used to make up the outbuildings of a large country estate surrounded by farmland. The house came with a vast garden and it was David's dream for them to turn the (literally) wild 1/4 acre into something beautiful. Sadly, less than two years later he died and Brenda has spent the next 13 years fulfilling his wishes. I can't show you now because I can't find photos on this computer but Phil has the camera with him as he helps with the move so I'll put some on later.
One of Brenda's best friends lives in Milford on Sea and by a real miracle there is a URC retired ministers house there that had just been vacated. As the housing scheme covers widows too. Brenda is able to move there. It is a beautiful place which we shall go and visit soon! But there is also a pang. None of us have lived in one place for that long. In fact I've been 101/2 years in this house and that it the longest I've ever lived in one spot. The house near Hereford is the only home for Grandma the kids can remember. We planted trees for each of them - a Willow for Hywel, Silver Birch for Emrys and a Victoria Plum for Carys that are now mature and beautiful. And can't travel... so it really feels like we will leave a little of ourselves behind.
(Although we won't miss squeezing 3 adults, 3 teenagers and 4 dogs into one really small house!)
Here's to the future and a smooth move. And we will find a way to put down new roots in this place too.
This week on Daring Cardmakers Vanessa came up with a fab dare for us to work with.
Please use a bird or birds on your card and that's it, any kind you like.
I didn't have time to start this until late last night but was confident that I had an October Afternoon die cut that I could use as my focal point. I was wrong. So after saying a few of the words that have the kids call me "Mum and her foul mouth" I went to my QK dies. Which are lovely, but small.
So here is a lovely (ish) but small (ish) card. It is about 41/2" square. Bought from Crafts U Love.
Papers are October Afternoon and the green dot is from a pad of just spotty paper from Imagine That. SO cute! Die cuts are OA and Pink Paislee; aforesaid QK die; My Little Shoebox letter stickers and Studio Calico die. Oh yes and some brown distress ink and brown pen.
Mr Postman brought me a nice treat yesterday. I won a punch from my Funky Hand team mate and all round wonder craft woman Kath. Inside the package was also a card that she can enter for the dare this week so I shall put it up here for you to see. How did you know Kath?
isn't it lovely?
We have a special Sunday coming up at church. 5 people are coming into membership and one will be baptised as a beleiver (sadly a sprinkling not a dunking. One day people at that church will understand the beauty and symbolism of full immersion but I'm not going to push it!). It is a sign of life and hope for the church and there will be much rejoicing. There will not really be time for a sermon either and I don't know who rejoices more over that - the minister or the congregation!
But although the date was not chosen with the readings of the day in mind the fact that the first is about Marys wiping Jesus feet with her hair - doing something special out of love for her Lord and the other is from Philippians 3
All I want is to know Christ and to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death, in the hope that I myself will be raised from death to life. I do not claim that I have already succeeded or have already become perfect. I keep striving to win the prize for which Christ Jesus has already won me to himself.
suggests that God has been at work. It is incredible how often the readings chosen on a rota basis fit the occasion in unexpected ways. I call that another miracle