♥LOVE NOTE – Sunday June 8th, 2014
Hello LOVE-ing Folk♡
I am grateful for our bed. Yes our truly grand. fabulous. wonderful. bed.
So so grateful for many reasons…..
Just look at this splendid patchwork and appliqué quilt. It is another pre-♡LOVED special treasure I found at The Community Connect Shop….I am completely befuddled how anyone could part with such a fine-looking hand-crafted piece….with the biggest layered patchwork heart in the middle that is made up of lots of little hearts….
By the way, I am not sure whether I spelt it out – The Community Connect Shop was set up by the Mundaring Community Bank and is run by volunteers. It is the place where people can bring donations and anything in the store is FREE for those whose houses have burned down!! Most things are only $2 for others and the money raised goes towards more projects to support us…. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!
This morning I was lying in late indulging in our snuggly, cuggily warm bed which contrasted noticeably with the overcast grey. chilly. winter sky and air outside the window…….there’s nothing quite like the coziness and pleasure such snuggly warmth brings up in me……feelings of comfort, contentment, ease, relaxation, peacefulness……and yes, sanctuary…….
I lay there cocooned, thinking about our bed and how very thankful I am for it…… How with the loss of the sanctuary of my Warm Fuzzy home our one room at ♡Ivan’s, and in particular our bed, has become my sanctuary. my refuge……my safe haven and retreat……especially when it has all seemed too hard. too overwhelming….. and just too much. too much to even put one more foot forward…..and I’m not being dramatic here….that is how heavy it has felt….and still does at times….
Thinking of how many times that exhaustion has seeped through every pore and cell in my body…… and then has overcome me……..of those times when I am trying to walk forward and Exhaustion and/or Overwhelm and/or Sorrow comes up and feels like it tackles me…..and brings me to ‘the ground’…… and all I can do at that point is pick up my weary self and get to my bed…….just like in Monopoly when you land on the Go-To-Jail square and you must go straight to jail…….this is like landing on the Go-To-Bed square…… There’s no arguing at this point! I must go straight to bed…..and sleep……….and feel safe…….until my body knows and tells me it is time to emerge again……
An afternoon nap was a daily need for me for a few months P.F. [Post Fire] and is now still needed a couple of times a week…..I am grateful for that progress….
Looking at the photo of our bed I start going through each layer of it from the quilt down. You know everything in that picture has been given or donated to us….except of course my ♡Gem Bear and ♡Sparkly Sophie-doll……….they were saved and evacuated from the fire like we were…….I am so so so so soooooooooooo grateful thousands of times over for that!! And now they are joined by my new ♡Rosalie birthday bear and ♡Mummy’s Day bear [thanks to my ♡Freea sweetie]
What an abundance of blessings – the doona cover, the doona, the sheets, the pillows, the cushions, the valence and the bed – all so generously donated – and each by different people!!…..
An image that comes to mind is like when one gets married they are given gifts to support their new life……..that is how it feels folks – each layer feels infused with ♡LOVE and support for our new life……
I send out prayers of ♡LOVE and gratitude for the generosity of all these wonderful women benefactors, most of whom we didn’t know B.F. [Before Fire]
I am also reflecting on how making our bed as soon as I get out of it almost every morning has become a ritual – which is somewhat surprising as it wasn’t something I used to do consistently B.F………I’m imagining it has something to do with having a sense of control over something…….
And while I am on the topic of beds and quilts and gratefullness we have more than just the magnificent quilt above – we were also each given a ‘work of art’ from the Parky Craft Group. I want to acknowledge and extend our gratitude to this group and in particular ♡Maureen Sharp. Parky Craft is a programme of the Parkerville Baptist Church and the group made and collected quilts of all colours, shapes and sizes for those who experienced loss in the January bush-fire in Parkerville, Stoneville and Mt Helena.
We were invited to the church on Saturday 24th May to choose a quilt from the many that were spread out around the hall and to share over morning tea……we were privileged and delighted to meet some of the women who had sewn them and hear some of the stories behind the patterns and the ideas that inspired the quilts they had made…..
The women spent weeks gathering together creatively and industriously stitching in lots of ♡LOVE and beauty and warmth to the hundreds of quilts with the intent that everyone who was affected would have a unique quilt of their own……..even with families where there were lots of kids they made a quilt for each child as well as each parent……and with the huge variety of colours and designs to choose from, everyone’s taste was provided for……
Dear ♡Sheltini was maybe more excited than I in finding his favourite Autumn leaves one…… 🙂 and the Superman one was the perfect gift for our friend ♡Johnini [ he who has so generously worked like Superman helping clear the hundreds and hundreds of dead trees and burnt out bush coming back over and over and over…..and still is…]
♡Toni’s delightful description says it all –
The quilts are full of colour, warmth and have lots of ♡LOVE stitched in”…..
……And indeed they do….every quilt feels like there is lots and lots of ♡LOVE and kindness and blessings stitched in….
Don’t stories like these warm your heart and lighten your soul!!….my heart is so full to overflowing with the generosity and kindness that has been extended to us by so many …..almost feels like something new or pre-♡LOVED is being given to us each day……
So that is much more than 5 THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR – DAY 7♡
What are you grateful for today?
With wishes that you are receiving an abundance of Blessings,
Our sincere and Big Thanks go to ♡Julie for our bed [and it is our first King’s size bed ever], ♡Marg, ♡Gaelia, ♡Julia and the Chidlow church ♡lady for sheets, ♡Kristy for the doona, ♡The Salvation Army for the doona cover set, ♡Caroline for the valence, all the Parky quilting ladies♡ and hordes of others for bits and pieces…and this is just to do with our bed 🙂
♡♡DAY 159 – 365 Day Being-♡LOVE-Zero-Negativity Campaign