Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Life on Hold

In the past I have wondered how I would blog if ever a tragedy happened in our lives. Could I share? Would I share? I write to discover the beauty in everything, every circumstance, every aspect of our lives. So I have decided finally to share.

At the moment I am struggling to see the rainbow in each day, indeed it is only through my three beautiful daughters that the sun shines adding colour to the rain that is pouring down in our lives at the moment.

In January we changed our location of residence from Adelaide to come to Canberra for my Generous Gentleman's work. We are still not in residence in Canberra. We found a house quite quickly here but during the course of the contract to purchase the house we have found numerous issues with it. Yes there is very shonky building existing in Canberra. One problem, an unapproved structure, gave us cause to rescind the contract - which is a blessing. Yet it means we are currently without a home and waiting to have our deposit refunded…hopefully.

So the life I share with my precious family is now very different.

I have not baked since last year. My cooking is very basic as my recipe books are stored along with my kitchen appliances. We use what is supplied for us wherever we are staying.

I have not seen our personal belongings since January apart from what we brought in our suitcases.

There has been no sewing, no crochet, no craft of any type really.

We have moved almost every month in order to find a place to live which costs less. We are currently spending way too much to rent a fully furnished home on a short term lease as we are not free of our contract yet to enter into another contract to rent or to buy. We have very poor mobile internet access which contributes to the fact that I really am not blogging as I used to. My apologies that I have not been able to read your blogs and comment as I'd like to.

Most of our free time is spent assessing when we are going to have to move again and how we are going to find a place to move to.

Yet the important things remain:

We are together. We are dealing with this as a family. We are seeing God move in many ways during this time. I do know and feel that peace that passes all understanding.

We have a place to rest our heads each night (even though at excessive cost) and have not been ravaged by flood, tsunami or earthquake.

The people we have met have been absolutely lovely and very supportive in our situation. We have made lovely friends in our work and home education networks. On many occasion, God has provided just the right person at just the right time.

So that's a little about what life has been like for us. Living without a home certainly brings home to us the important things in life. Have you ever lived without a home? I'd love to hear your experiences. Or if you know of a place we could call home for a little while in or around Canberra, we'd love to know about it. Perhaps we could house-sit for you!

There are some exciting possibilities we have explored and I'd love to share more about them - perhaps one day I will. For now however we are still waiting to be out of the legal bind we have become innocent victims within.


Bee Lady said...

OH Cee, I have been wondering about you. I'm so glad you did blog, even though the circumstances are not good. The internet is an amazing communication tool, and I hope you find a place to live by posting on your blog. Would it be ok if I post a link to your blog on my blog?

Cindy Bee

Ruby said...

that is a big upheaval for you all. Schooling at home, and being able to be together is a big thing in managing the crisis. Hope all turns out well ... and soon.

Cee said...

Sure Cindy, I don't mind at all. Thanks for your care. Let me know when you do link and I'll try to come to have a read. Loading blogs is a problem at the moment.

Thankyou Ruby for your words. It is indeed a big upheaval. God knew what was ahead for us when I started home education last year and I am so grateful. Otherwise we'd currently be travelling about an hour a day to take Ess to a school we would not likely continue at. It is absolutely wonderful to be all together and to be flexible with our home education during these stresses.

Bee Lady said...

It's done. I hope it helps.

Cindy Bee

grandma peden's porch said...

ms. cindy bee and i are friends and i read both postings and i couldn't imagine and with 3 kids wow! i hope you find something and i will keep you in my prayers.

Deb said...

I, too, just found you through Cindy Bee. I'll be hoping and praying for you, too, and for your family. May the peace of God sustain you!

Anonymous said...

Hi again. Thanks for your pizza tips. Pizzamaking will most likely be a weekly event for a while yet. So sorry to hear things are looking so unsettled for now. Ant's parents were kind enough to loan us their house while our renovations were being done which I didn't find easy. 3 months turned into 9 months and I felt like we were camping. It surprised me how much I like my own home- the colours particularly, being able to put things neatly away in cupboards and working on homey things like a pot of flowers instead of a huge mess. I did achieve some good things in that time though. I lost 10kg and also enjoyed some time out with friends and I didn't have to live in a home being partially demolished trying to get a small baby to sleep through the sound of the power tools! I hope you are blessed with a home real soon that feels like a home for you. Jude xo

Homestay Mama said...

Oh, Cee. I thought maybe you weren't writing because you had your hands full with the new baby and homeschooling your other two.

There is nothing worse, in my opinion, than waiting in limbo indefinitely! I've had to do that a time or two for various reasons and it was never easy! Showed me how little patience I really have!

But, I also believe God allows us to go through difficulties for a reason--which may or may not be revealed to us until a much later time.

Habakkuk 2:3 and 3:17-19

Blessings, dear friend.

Bee Lady said...

Still thinking about you Cee.

Cindy Bee

Jeanne said...

Just wondering how you're coping, Cee



Oh dear! This sounds like a not good and easy time for you all - but as you said, you are healthy and together... I keep fingers crossed you will find a new home and get all money back you have been spending on the wrong place.

Big hug and take care,


Bee Lady said...

Cee? You still there?

Cindy Bee

Jeanne said...

Hiya. Just wondering how you are.

Cee said...

Hello dear friends

i am still here, struggling with a mobile internet connection and limited time with my three young cherubs and serious sleep deprivation with my baby.

We have established ourselves a little more over the past month and I will need to make another post to fill you. That will come soon.... I promise

Thankyou for your care and your prayers.

Thankyou especially to Jeanne and to Cindy who persistently pop in to see how we are :)

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