Thursday, August 9, 2012

Reprieve






Dave has had a couple of days off work to help out with the kids and give me a little breathing space. We have spent our time talking about parenthood, how we can do it better and what type of people we want to raise.

We have taken walks along the beach and explored rock pools filled with 'hairy sucky things'. We have enjoyed the company of our children and been reminded of the blessings of this life. Fresh air, the ocean and love.

 Last night I got into bed with the sand still on my feet. As it dusted off onto the sheets and lingered around at the bottom of the bed, I remembered that Summer is coming and everything will be okay.


same day last year

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  1. oh summer.....i can't wait too. the sunshine makes everything better hey
    loved the honestly in your last post em - great to have found your blog.

    Stay happy, life is good
    x

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  2. ah, summer... i can't wait! xo

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  3. your description of the sandy feet in bed makes me happy. reminds me of falling in love again.

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  4. Sand in the bed is my worst enemy! But I'm glad you're feeling more positive (I hope you are, anyway). Kellie xx

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    1. c'mon Kellie, live a little!! Bet you'll crash into bed with sandy feet in mixico later in the year. BET YOU WILL!

      xo em

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  5. Summer is here! Or maybe spring! Either way, in Queensland we had the perfect day today!
    It is amazing how a bit of sun can lift your spirits!
    Hope yours are being lifted!

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  6. It's been a while since I have stopped by your blog for a proper read. You have such talent as a writer - and your blog is truly so lovely. Thank you x

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  7. Of course you go to bed with dirty feet!

    Filth bag! ;)

    So much love to you x

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  8. P.S - the photos! THE PHOTOS! Sublime x

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  9. It must be a "Dave" thing that's really sweet he took a few days off to help you, so excited for summer too! Hope your feeling a bit better :)

    Steph

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  10. What to say (about the last couple of posts) - well, it does sound like you have all the tools to work through it, and you're getting on. I don't mean to belittle you or what your going through at all. I know how hard it can be. You're a brave women for sharing and that's truly an awesome gift, know that you have lots of peeps in your corner. xx

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  11. I really love your blog - not sure if I've ever commented before, maybe not and I'm not quite sure why... maybe as your commenter's always seem to be very eloquent and I don't feel I have much to add except a 'here here' type comment - anyway, I digress. Your last few posts have touched a chord with me, we mothers are all in the same boat. It's HARD! I'm feeling it (and we're in Summer here already...) and I was with my friend yesterday who is a teacher and is patient with so many other peoples children and yet when it comes to her own... she is like the rest of us. Sometimes I hate the way I'm sounding/what I'm saying, but I can't STOP myself, at 4 and 1 my children already know exactly how to rub me up the wrong way... and I hate having to be the grown up all the time. Urgh! Deep breathes.

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  12. Ahhhhh... and breathe. Love this post Em. You two got it sorted. Well done. Being a couple... a family... is a beautiful thing... when it's built on love and mutual respect. I feel ever so lucky to have the same here in my humble home. It's all gonna be A-ok hun xoxo

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  13. Beautiful captures!! And wow, would you look at that sun?

    I wish your family nothing but the best, and you know, it will be okay!
    You both love and care about being parents so much, it shows.

    And if it's any help at all, I think you're doing a pretty darn great job!

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  14. Your photos are amazing! I am sure you guys make fantastic parents.

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  15. Gorgeous pics. Yes, Summer makes most things better :-) x

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  16. Beautiful pictures, Em - and how lovely to live so close to the beach! x

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  17. Hi Emily. I've also been a bit depressed. We just moved, and it's been exhausting and overwhelming. My son is almost 18 months old, and he's the sunshine of my life, but I'm so tired all the time. Hang in there. It's normal to have seasons of sadness. Thank you for always being so honest. I love it.
    xo Victoria

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  18. The sea air does sometimes make things a little easier. Hope your reprive is perking you up a litte.

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  19. What a beautiful family. As summer is wrapping up here it's making me feel very reflective. It's awesome to see that as the seasons change, someone else is feeling the same way. : ) -Rachel

    http://tribeoftwo.blogspot.com/

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  20. Sounds like a lovely day! Fresh air, ocean and sand with loved ones does wonders, doesn't it? :)

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  21. Don't you find it amazing how much happier you are as a parent when you make a conscious effort to slow life down to a pace that suits your kids. That's when the special times that you will always remember happen!

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  22. You made me cry Em.
    The time out, the breathing, the sun, the beach and the sand.
    But especially that bit where you link to your last year's post.
    I'm too scared that I'll lose it if I look where we were this time last year.
    Mostly because it involved lots of the above.
    Bring on summer!!
    Have a beautiful weekend. x

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  23. I was thinking about your post yesterday as I drove to melbourne...thinking about the seasons of parenting. I'm not that far ahead of you in parenting seasons, with my two little people being a bit older than yours at six and almost three, but it does get easier as they get older really it does! There are different challenges and learnings with each age and stage but there is something particularly intense (& divine) about the early years.
    Like others have said, you do have a beautiful way with words Em.
    oh and I am with Kellie, sand in the bed is what nightmares are made of for me. I have been known to strip a bed and shake the sand out at midnight. Perhaps it is a virgo thing. Don't hold it against me. Happy weekend to you and your beautiful tribe x

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  24. Ah. Love that feeling of having a day at the beach and no matter how hard you try to wash it off, there is still sand between your toes. I could get all philosophical and shit and say how it says something about nature lingering with us and whatnot, but I got distracted by what you said about summer coming - please please let there be some sunshiny days soon!

    P.S. These shots are awesomesauce! xx

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  25. We live by the beach in Sydney and while it is always beautiful we look forward to summer too, to help ease the cabin fever that inevitably finds it's way into our lives each winter. I understand where you are coming from.

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  26. lovely photos! i could crawl into bed with sandy toes any night.

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  27. Wow em these photos are so beautiful xx

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  28. Have been meaning to comment on your last few posts, but Phiney and laptops are just not mixing right now!

    I just wanted to say I LOVE YOU! I love your honesty and how lovely your words are and that you share it all with us. You're brave and beautiful and blogland is a better place because of you. Oh, and you take pretty pictures too xx

    ps. How was The Nursery???!

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  29. Sandy toes .... oh hurry up summer, I need you now!

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em