Such a sweet planet we walk on, when we walk it with heart….. Jeff Brown

sisters
Exchange your righteousness for humanness,
your judgments for compassion,
your hopelessness for faith,
your armor for love.

Such a sweet planet we live on
when we walk it with heart.

‘Love it Forward’ by Jeff Brown

Both my sister and I have let go of differing situations in the last week and set-up a new home together. Whatever stormy seas brought us here, we have found a loving harbour in this place. Not living under the same roof since we were 14 and 16 (which is a few years ago now, ahem), we both feel the hand of divine timing in what has unfolded recently.

We have chosen a modern house near the hospital where Debs works, with room for our grown up children to stay and space for me to work in peace. Here we are a week later on a stormy Sunday, all safe and cosy, with Debs asleep after a night shift and me logged on for work with the support service.

Deb’s eldest son and his partner helped us move and there was a priceless moment as Rob came out of our new home to take the latest box from me at the van and this is how the conversation went…

Rob: ‘Mum is showing my baby photos in there!!!’

Complete puzzlement on his face….

Me: ‘Well you were a beautiful baby.’

His next facial expression was even more eloquent.

It has been a week of loving support, mass activity, normal work for both of us girls, lists, laughter, shopping forays, yet more lists, yummy food, Mum and Dad visiting, friends popping in, gifted flowers and plants, messages of support, appliances mis-behaving and being replaced, the blessings of a kind landlord, a decisive and speedy furniture purchasing trip around Ikea, more laughter, warm rugs going down in each room, efficient heating (thank you), assembling of flat pack furniture with very helpful ‘back seat driving’ assistance being given from the sofa (not), ‘oohs and ahs’ over new home accessories, bottles of bubble bath and perfume appearing on windowsills, many cups of tea and coffee, queries of ‘Does this look good here?’ and ‘Is that hanging straight?’ and even more laughter.

We have plans for the future and we feel excited about them. Right now though we are taking time out to simply ‘be’, to catch our breath and let this new life we have drawn together seep in. We each react differently to change and cups of tea and coffee, yummy food, loving support and a cosy home nestle us, while we hold each other safe as everything settles.

And a new chapter begins….

41 thoughts on “Such a sweet planet we walk on, when we walk it with heart….. Jeff Brown

    1. Hello lovely Angela, yes, and this chapter was short-lived and a trigger for a situation that had been lying unseen for years. I have moved on and am currently with Mum and Dad. All is flowing. I hope it is for you. Huge hugs. ❤ xXx

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    1. You are so lovely to take the time to read and leave your kind comment. Life tumbled and I am now with Mum and Dad and intend to stay here for a while. I am following your journey on your blog. ❤ xx

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    1. I hope you realise this dream Maria, there is so much love in the shared history and stories. This house has much laughter in it! Love to you. X

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    1. Folly hugs and squeezes for you Robbie…who knows you may head up North soon. Yes, I know it’s beyond Watford, but you can do it! Xxxx

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  1. Jane,

    What a beautiful start to this new chapter.

    Your light shines over all who stop by this blog.
    Thank you for sharing the beauty of your soul,
    not to mention your wonderful adventures.

    It is always so good to step into your space.

    hugs,
    Sarah

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  2. Jane,
    How wonderful for you both!
    I recently took a misstep with work, realized it very quickly and found a better path. Soon I will be working with my daughter and step granddaughter. We all work for the same company. What a team we will make!
    Yeah for your sister team!
    Loving hugs,
    Jeannie

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  3. Recently, I’ve had numerous occassions to draw close to my sisters……….a place where I belong, where home carries a familiar heartbeat. Love knows not strangers, my dear Jane. It overflows in sweet laughter, and softened stories of shared beginnings. Always, I keep you here. ❤

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    1. Thank you Ian, I found it on the site Pixabay with free images. It felt right. I could have used one of the old photographs from our childhood, but they are still packed! 🙂

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  4. Ah so it goes. As moments come and go, we live, we learn, we love … You’re opening reminded me of a favorite from Rumi – Sell your cleverness, and purchase humility … Best wishes in your new home!

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  5. I just love your writing style Jane and Im so pleased you are settling in with your sister Deb. How lovely to have space for all your respective children too. John and I float about in this house of ours with four bedrooms and sometimes wonder why. Then we see it fill up on special occadions or non special occasions and know why we stay here. Family has never felt so important. I do wish you both well in this new chapter and look forward to many more stories unfolding.

    Love you my dear rriend ❤️ Xxx

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    1. Hello lovely Chris, thank you. There is something very special about seeing all the combined family photos in our new home. Your lovely hanging is in the hall with a beautiful pottery butterfly Debs got in Greece…it’s perfect, I’ll send you a pic. I love you too and it won’t be too many weeks before I head over to Leeds for a hug. ❤ xXxxXx

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    1. Ah my lovely brother, how kind you are. I know you will be there with me every step of the way in this new chapter. I loved the picture of your two furry friends watching the ducks on the river, it was so special. ❤ xXx

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  6. Oh sweet Jane, a new door has opened, one of chance and cleansing. My deepest prayers rise to this new beginning. Big, big hugs and lots of love.
    blessings ~ maxi

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    1. Thank you my lovely friend, you are special. There are many blessings in this new chapter. Hugs and much love flowing to you and your girls. ❤ xXx

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