Saturday, 18 December 2010

A Miracle Before Christmas

Just like accidents, sometimes miracles come in unexpected guises. Many of us long for miracles of various kinds, often feeling more hopeful of such events around the Christmas season than at other times of the year. Perhaps, some of the adult commonsense droops just a little & the wonderment of childhood slips through the opportune crack & catches us unawares.
 Our miracle before Christmas came by way of "it's over before you even know what's happening"! About Tuesday, we were both in the garden when I said to Rob "there's the phone" & he made a dash for it... as you seem to do (why do we do that!!??) ran up & across the back porch & then crack!!! a board broke & he fell right through on one leg...somehow, jumped up & out & still answered the phone. By now, he was white & shaken & fortunately Matthew didn't mind when I said that we would call him back!!
His leg is white too because after we decided that it was indeed still in one piece, I slathered it with arnica cream & plied him with rescue remedy..I found his shoe later, still down the hole!
Considering all the climbing up ladders, trestling & using power tools lately this really was the strangest of events.

An interesting
way to descend.

In that moment, if his leg had broken, a tendon pulled etc our Christmas time could have been dramatically reshaped..but it wasn't & he is "still in one piece"..phew, very grateful on that one!! A miracle considering..!

Often, butterflies turn up for me just when I need them, as a kind of sweet reassurance that all will be well & that He is near.

My dear friend Cheryl gave this to us for our anniversary..perfect.
Mind you, Jesus seemed to have a bit of a problem this week himself. In the end, I just came out & asked him what the issue was. "It's these jolly beads, they keep scratching across my head".. "ah, that's easily fixed, said I..sorry!" 
I bought this Christmas card a week or too ago to share with you all seemed perfect for blogging friends.
The bit at the side says
"Hope makes wiser hearts & a buoyancy of spirit"
It's quite easy in the busy rushing of the season to find your spirits flagging just a little & before you know it you're missing the simple things..the things that really matter. I made myself stop & take a photo of this glorious site on my way the other day. An entire field & down the driveway bordered with hollyhocks. Someone planted these with a hope & a vision for a little bit of glory right here & now..what a delight!   
Last week I noticed all the reddery of Christmas. All around me this week I have observed  Christmas white. I have never really seen a guava flower before..they're quite amazing..
Funny how they become the reddest of fruit in the winter.
We have a versatile plant called renga renga lilies that will grow in almost any position & are especially useful for dry or shady spots, even under trees. They have such pretty white flowers through November & almost on till Christmas.

I like the Christmas white.. hints of purity. A gentle & beautiful reminder to keep things simple, to keep practicing kindness..everyday, towards ourselves & others through this special, yet demanding time. 

Bless you dear ones.
much kindness &


  1. Oh Catherine
    That's such a lovely post for the season... a very close shave.
    I have the big tube of arnica for such moments too, it's a wonderful healer - and the rescue remedy is at the ready too!

    The hollyhocks are divine and all the white flowers incl the Rengarenga lilies - beautiful!!!

    Happy Christmas to you too
    Shane x

  2. So glad to hear that the accident was not as bad as it could have been. Arnica is wonderful stuff!

    Beautifully written post so gently written. Thank you. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Oh Catherine, so lucky Rob didn't break his leg!

    Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas, Tamara

  4. Hi Catherine,

    I just like to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving many lovely comments. Also the well wishes when my arm was recovering, it is better now although not 100%.

    I have enjoyed reading your blog throughout the year and hope to enjoy many more in the new year, Tamara x

  5. Lovely post for the Christmas season. Glad the leg is alright!

    Wishing a lovely Christmas to you and your family.
    Pam x

  6. Hugs to you for Christmas - thankyou for reminding us to focus on the important NOT the urgent - lovely hollyhocks & all your 'snatches of white' - blissful, TK xx


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