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Moving On

The following words are from a song that I found encouraging and meaningful a few years ago, when I was a new wife & step-mum. I heard it again recently and it still applies, though in different ways. It seemed appropriate to the start of a new year.

It’s time to open up the memories of your past
And its time to move on
It’s time to open up the shadows of your heart
And it’s time to move on

Cause it’s a great time to live and it’s time to
Stand up and be counted
It’s a great time to live and it’s time to
Stand up and be counted on

It’s time to open up and shed a little light
On your soul
Cause the box you put your heartache in got
Lost or swept out to sea
Now it’s time just to move on

Cause it’s a great time to live and it’s time to
Stand up and be counted
It’s a great time to live and it’s time to
Stand up and be counted on

It’s a long long road to carry on
I’ve got to stand up and be counted on
It’s a long long road and I’ve got to be strong.

It’s a long long road to carry on
I’ve got to stand up and be counted on
It’s a long long road and I’ve got to be strong.

It’s a great time to live and it’s time to
Stand up and be counted
It’s a great time to live and it’s time to
Stand up and be counted on

It’s a long long road to carry on
I’ve got to stand up and be counted on
It’s a long long road and I’ve got to be strong

It’s a long long road and I’ve got to be strong.

(Lyrics from ‘Stand Up’ by The Feelers – click on the link to see a video)

Several years ago we saw this group perform live, along with others – it was a good night.

The Feelers in concert #1

The Feelers in concert – lead singer

The Feelers in concert #2

Silhouetted musician

… But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Phillipians 3.13-14


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Out On My Own

A beginner no more – I’m out on my own now!

It’s a month since our last class and I’ve made slow progress, having finally finished the ‘Made with Love’ Quilt Block #5 just a couple of days ago.

This block was more of a challenge because it involved three words. The original Wildcraft Farm pattern uses ‘Beauty / Smitten / Pleasure’ but I have changed them to ‘Love / Joy / Peace’. This is a reference to the Bible verses describing the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5.22, all things we would like to have more of for a stronger marriage relationship.

There was a bit of fiddling around getting the words sized correctly for the spaces they were allocated. I briefly wondered if I might have to make those spaces smaller and re-design the whole block – but that sounded too much like hard work, for someone who is really still a beginner!

There were also two appliqué panels to sew, and another series of small strips to put together. Again, getting the measurements exact was tricky – it only takes a tiny amount of inaccuracy per seam to make the finished block noticeably too big or small. There was some frustration involved but I got there in the end!

The fiddly bits – stitching, appliqué panels and strips – took me ages to finish, but I loved the speed with which the block came together once they were done.

While putting the block together, I suddenly realised I didn’t have enough of the green ‘squaring-up border’ fabric to complete the whole twelve blocks. When I visited the quilt shop to buy some more they had just sold the last of it… but I was able to get some other fabric in a very similar colour, so decided to mix and match them throughout the quilt. After all it is a ‘scrappy’ quilt so I can get away with this, and tell you all it was planned from the beginning! 🙂

Quilt block #5 stitchery and appliqué

Block #5 with borders added

The completed block with squaring-up borders (just needs a stem stitched on the flower!)

Here’s to some faster progress in the near future!

The Quilt Project – progress so far:

1 – Beginnings

2 – Quilting Lesson #1

3 – Attempts at Appliqué

4 – Words

5 – Quilting Lesson #2

6 – Words II – To The Bride & Groom

7 – Appliqué  Again

8 – Quilting Lesson #5 / Words III

9 – Quilting Lesson #6 / Words IV

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Sunday Inspiration, August 12th 2012

Here’s a few thoughts I’ve come across recently that I’ve found encouraging and inspiring. Hope you do too!

A quote used by Sandy Puc’ on her CreativeLive photography seminar last week:

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk the forest and be part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.” – Susan Polis Schultz

Thought for the Week from the hospital chaplain:
“When you harbour Bitterness
Happiness will dock elsewhere.”

How to reduce stress in your life and make time for what’s really important by adding margin…

Being happy and kind wins over having the housework done perfectly…

And in relation to something I posted a few weeks ago here: Whither Thou Goest … what’s around the corner?


Sunday Inspiration

Some inspiring links I have come across this week:

Firstly, continuing with the Olympic theme…


What can I say – wow, what a challenge!

On overcoming fear and removing stress from your life… John found this one and printed it out for me.


Thanks Katie, I think this is something I need to read and re-read. I hadn’t come across your blog until a couple of days ago, and will be back.

This weekend we have been watching Sandy Puc’ (I believe this is pronounced like ‘push’ but with a ‘ch’ instead of ‘sh’) on CreativeLive. If you’re a photographer and don’t know about CreativeLive yet, you’re missing out on heaps of great teaching, live to the internet from Seattle. This is another great course which we’re just going to have to purchase so we can watch it again – lots of tips for photographing child portraits, which we will definitely need later in the year.


Have a great week! 🙂


Whither Thou Goest

This week we have been talking again about possibilities for the future, a.k.a. ‘where do we go from here?’.

I’m torn between the desire for security and stability, and the need for change because things aren’t working well as they are. We keep cycling around; economically things improve for a while so the dreams go on the back burner, then work drops off again so we have to consider other options.

One of these options is uprooting and becoming mobile in a way that combines John’s work and our budding photography business, while still allowing me to continue with my job. I’m not sure how I will handle the mobile lifestyle, however they say that when you look back on your life you’re far more likely to regret the things you didn’t do, than the things you did.

This week I have a new appreciation for Ruth (in the Bible), who for love of her mother-in-law gave up other options for her future in order to stay with and support Naomi.

In the same way, it seems right to me to support and encourage my husband & help him fulfill his dreams and potential, trusting that along the way my own will also be fulfilled. We are a team; our relationship will be strongest when we are pulling in the same direction.

“And Ruth said, entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.” – Ruth 1.16, King James Version.

I would like to know where the road leads before we start out, but that’s not possible. I have to trust God that we will make the right decisions and be guided in the right direction.

Destination Unknown

(photographed  on our honeymoon in 2005, somewhere in the South Island)