Beautiful Rain

Here in Australia it is the last day of Summer, however the heat does not look to settle down for some time.

It has been a hot, humid few days in Tropical North Queensland.

Today was so hot I ended up having a shower at lunch time!

The last few days, we have been blessed with glorious rain in the afternoon.

Yesterday afternoon the kids and I ran out and played in it.

Today I took photos of the beauty that the rain brought with it.

Here I share them with you……….

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Who Am I?

Do you ever look into the mirror and wonder “Who Am I?” (or is that just me?)

I think I am an assortment of moments, experiences and goals.

I am not the person I was last year, nor am I the same as the person I will be next year.

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It is hard when others have their own preconceived views on who you are, especially when those views are false.

I have spent way too many moments of my life worrying about what others think or say about me.

With the complete upheaval of my life last year,  I was forced to change some of my way of thinking, and a few of my approaches to life.

Something had to change.

I noticed I was stepping out of my comfort zone more often when I stopped fearing so much about others views.

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A lot of the same things still scared me, yet I was able to find the real relief of doing things that I had never thought I could or should do.

I also had to take a long hard look at my internal voice.

It was truly shocking what my personal views about my self were, the daily internal dialogue was just down right negative. I would beat myself up, put myself down and tear my own personality apart.

Who needed enemies when I lived with myself?!

It has been a long road.

It will still be a big journey.

Life is just that.

I still don’t have an answer to the question “Who Am I?”

It really depends on the day you are asking.

Only now the answers are much more positive.

Addicted to Love

Those of you who followed my 365 moments of Gratitude Project may remember my heart photo that accompanied moment number 105:

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#105: ♥ everywhere!: So lately, I seem to be finding love hearts all over the place, I have taken photos of some of them I have found, and been cranky when I haven’t had my camera on occasions that I have fond awesome love hearts.It has been something that has made me smile, and now the kids and I have our own little game of finding love hearts.I am grateful for the joy and smiles this has brought me, and have put some of them together in a collage here. I thought I may make up an album of them on this page too, and anyone else who has pictures of any love hearts can add them too, something for a bit of fun perhaps.You can never have enough ♥

It became quite a popular photo, and many people started posting photos of hearts they had found onto my facebook page, it brought even more joy to my life!

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I continued my search for hearts, and branched out to one beautiful word:

“Love”
On Pinterest I have even made my own board with that title.
I think I have got addicted to all things love.

So it has become time again to make another heart collage, filled with all the beautiful shapes I had found:

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I love how many of these are my daughters art work, it seems my love of hearts has been passed on!

The one in the bottom left hand corner was the letter she made the tooth fairy.

On further inspection around the house, I realized I have enough to make another collage, this time a collage of the word Love.

From jewelery, to using the kids blocks, to my button art, and the beautiful letter Kiara made Noah for his trip to hospital

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There is the sign I have on our lounge room wall, and the beautiful clock my friend gave me for my birthday, as well as the gorgeous hand crafted necklace from Precious Gorgeous

 

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I have had so much fun collecting these pictures
I hope you enjoy looking at them!

Brave Love

We have friends whom are going through a bit of a tough time at the moment.

The husband has been in hospital for a month now, after being sick for some time, he is more than aware of the feeling of pain, nausea, exhaustion, and feeling trapped inside a confined hospital room.

It has been a long, hard road for him, with a long way ahead before he can say he is 100% again.

With many tubes and wires hanging out from him for some time, and having been put in a medically induced coma, he understandably did not want visitors for a bit.

We finally got to go visit him last week, he looked better than I expected, yet a lot smaller than the guy we have become used to, also a lot paler, and that look of exhaustion written all over him.

I thought I had a pretty strong stomach, but after hearing some of the stories of horrific medical procedures he has endured, I found myself going fuzzy, and ended up sitting on the floor before I passed out!

I met this man through his wife, whom I became friends with first.

We have had an amazing friendship.

I look at this woman, and see a strong, amazing, generous, beautiful soul.

The only fault I can point out is that she does not see the person we all see, her ideas of herself are so low, she has no idea how absolutely amazing she is.

She has been there for me through so much; she is easily one of my closest friends in life, someone I am blessed to know.

However, this story is not about us, it is about her, and about them as a couple and a family.

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On top of having her husband in hospital, she has their 3 children to care for, with their middle child having his own share of recent health concerns.

Recent windy, rainy weather resulted in a leaky roof, their fridge also decided at that point to play up, and she also took on a pregnant foster dog, assisting this beautiful creature in giving birth to 11 puppies. Unfortunately one passed away soon after birth.

For days before this dog gave birth, my dear friend had many sleepless nights checking up on her, she told me that she remembered only too well how scary giving birth is, and did not want the dog to go through the same thing alone.

This is the kind of person she is.

On top of everything else, there is of course the financial strain of endless medical bills, and the fact that their main breadwinner is off work for an unknown period of time.

I think of love, and I think of this couple.

A woman who is drained, exhausted and battered, yet she continues to take the long journey to hospital every day to see the love of her life.

I see a wife who had to assist her husband with even the most basic of skills such as showering; a task which I hear could take up to an hour to complete each day.

I see a man who hates that his family have to see him like this, his oldest boy just wanting his Daddy home with him, and who gets upset regularly about how sick his Daddy is.

Love is beautiful, it is about finding your soul mate, and sharing your life with them, it is about the happy times, about laughter, beauty and passion, it is about those butterflies in your tummy and the wonderful moments you create together.

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However, love is real; it is about sharing everything with another person, the good and the bad, the sickness and the health.

So to my dear friends, this is my gift to you, it is not much, but it is words, I know using spoken words I sometimes get tongue tied and messed up, so I decided to write this post just for you. Even then I feel that I am lost for the exact words to say how awesome you all really are.

Life has thrown your family more than your fair share of drama lately.

I know you are both feeling more than a tad overwhelmed.

I just want to tell you both that I look at you as individuals, and a couple, as well as a family, and all I see is love and strength.

You are all there for each other when you need it the most.

You all love each other unconditionally, through thick and thin, hard times and good.

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To my dear friends, I know you don’t feel it now, but others look at you and are inspired.

You may not feel brave, or strong, you may feel that you have nothing more left in you to give, but you are and you do.

I look at you all and I am amazed by the love you all have.

The love you have is strong, and tough, it’s brave and beautiful, the love you have is real.

That is something so many people only dream of.

A Second Chance In Life

As many of you know, we have been fostering cats and kittens since late last year, we have been volunteering for a wonderful local organisation called North Queensland Animal Rescue.

I found them on Facebook and had been wanting to do my part to help for a while, and finally decided to put our hand up to foster.

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Of course with any job, it has not been free from work, or mess, but what we have got out of it has well and truly made up for any difficulties or work that have arisen from taking these little creatures on.

I have never owned a cat, NEVER.

I have loved the learning that has gone with the process, finding the different personalities in each cat we have fostered, and guiding them to trust us and know we are here to help them find their forever home and give them a second chance to a new life.

From the moment I joined this organisation, I have been blown away by the beautiful hearts of fellow members involved.

These people donate their time, money and hearts to help animals in need.

There is only one word to describe them, and that is passionate.

I started to write down all the wonderful, inspiring stories that I have witnessed whilst being a foster carer, but it seems that there are so many this post was starting to become a novel!

At present we are caring for Basil and Peppa, two cats who were rescued from the  pound.

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They are both beautiful and different in their own way, and I just hope that they each find their perfect forever home.

The kids have really taken to being carers. Noah especially has become much better with cats from when we started.

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While we are giving these beautiful creatures a second chance in life, my kids are learning many important life lessons as well, as are we.

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If you live in the Cairns area and have room to help foster a cat, or even a dog, or perhaps you are looking to give an animal it’s special forever home, please check out North Queensland Animal Rescues Facebook page.

Or perhaps you can donate some time to assist with getting out flyers, or attending fundraisers.

Regardless of where you live in the world, I highly recommend getting involved in a similar organisation.

Without a shred of doubt, I can honestly say that our family have got way more out of this whole experience then we have put in.

In the process we have helped give some beautiful creatures another chance in life, and demonstrated that there are people out there with kindness and compassion in their hearts.

I sometimes wish they could talk to us, so we could know their story, where they came from, how they got to where they are today, why they now need a new home.

The blanks will never be filled in, the past will never be fully known, but for some little fluff balls, this wonderful organisation is ensuring that their future is a bright one, and with the help from some really gorgeous souls, these animals have so much more to look forward too.

*Note: After writing this post, Basil has been adopted by a family, we are so excited for him finding his forever home!*