#homeiswheretheheartis

Elizabeth Frances Phillips-Mackaway_low resAn idea came to me this morning while I was vacuuming in the hallway and glanced up at this old picture hanging on the wall among many similar from the past of various family members… During this #covid19 time while we’re #physicallydistancing but #sociallyconnected let’s share via our favourite social media… photographs and/or thoughts -daily, or whenever the inspo takes us- of what we love about our home and/or spending time at home…with as much or little detail as you wish to include.
I love that our home is a repository for other people’s #coololdstuff. This picture along with his grandmother’s handwritten family tree register was given to the G.O. quite recently after his aunt passed away. The portrait is of the G.O.’s great-great grandmother. Her name is Elizabeth Frances Phillips-Mackaway (1854-1947). She was a midwife and delivered over a 100 babies in the rural area of the Manning Valley where they  lived. She raised the G.O.’s grandfather, Pop Mack, and features in his book Nulla Nulla: A Breath of Yesteryear by Cecil Roy Mackaway (available from online booksellers such as https://www.bookdepository.com/Nulla-Nulla-MR-Cecil-Roy-Mackaway/9780987289643)
#homeiswheretheheartis #stayhome

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Gratitude makes things right.

Gratitude turns negative energy into positive energy. There is no situation or circumstance so small or large that it is not susceptible to gratitude’s power. We can start with who we are and what we have today, apply gratitude, then let it work its magic.

Say thank you, until you mean it. If you say it long enough, you will believe it.

Today, I will shine the transforming light of gratitude on all the circumstances of my life.”

~ Melody Beattie


17 thoughts on “#homeiswheretheheartis

  1. It’s a lovely idea, Dale. (Nice to see that there is a good reason to vacuum!) My #homeiswheretheheartis for today would be my very comfy red leather arm chair. I am sitting in it at the moment. It is big enough to curl up in, the arms are wide and take books and cups of tea and ANZAC biscuits that my neighbour has just left on the doorstep. It is like a big, comfy hug.

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    1. The word gratitude has been floating across my thoughts for days, and as I was vacuuming I thought I’m glad to be doing this right here, right now. Stories of less positive circumstances around the world weigh heavily on me. The least I can do is appreciate and be grateful for what I have. Thank you for the lovely comment. Take care.

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  2. I agree with Liz, the treatise about gratitude is one to carry through life. Like you, I am so grateful for a lovely home and friends who are looking after us. I’m very sad that not everyone has that, as they seem like such basics for a happy and well balanced life. Thank you for something heartening to think about.

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    1. I’m reading the next instalment of your recent trip posts, and am grateful that you are safe in your home as well, and busy writing, the products of which are the most wonderful and necessary diversion from the weightier things that we consider and feel deeply but cannot change.

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  3. Oh I loved this post! It’s been a crazy week here – my washing machine finally failed me after limping along for a few months, then we noticed our refrigerator running constantly and making some strange noises, and yesterday I had two flat tires on the big mower and the battery suddenly died. I can still be grateful. There is always work to do, and we have money saved back for replacements and repairs, not to mention we’re on the outskirts of town and do not have to look far to find help to get what we need. Today the weather has turned blustery and cold. I am grateful to be inside to cook and bake, and try out my new washing machine. Goodness, I might even take a nap! It’s easy to be disappointed but it’s truly just as easy to find the silver lining or to be excited about anything that comes at us. It’s a choice.

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    1. Lots of things to be grateful for. Appliance life is what it is and all we can do is be prepared to replace when the day inevitably comes. Having ingredients and time to cook and bake is a gift, especially when the weather value-adds. I love days where I get to nap. You’ve made wonderful choices. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  4. Oh my. Gratitude. All my life I’ve had this thing about doing an inventory of life and acknowledging the good rather than constantly harping on the ‘bad’. The word ‘gratitude’ suddenly brings all of that into sharp focus. Gratitude is exactly what it’s about. Thank you, Dale. You literally brought my whole attitude to life into perspective. -hugs-

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  5. Good morning Dale. These old photos on the wall of old homes are wonderful treasures that remind us, especially in times of difficulty, how tough life probably was for them, when isolation just a word that described life.
    I really enjoyed reading the quotations regarding gratitude- a sentiment that we often forget , yet one that is so powerful. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Thank you… your comment prompted some consideration and the thought that as far as I’m aware both mine and the G.O.’s family were unscathed by the Spanish Flu. Their tough, somewhat isolated rural lives might have just made all the difference.

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