GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #172

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Hey there everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

What a week we’ve had, it started busy and ended busy but it was great all over.

Last Sunday we celebrated our granddaughters and our no 1 son’s birthdays together and I had managed to finish a cardigan off for our granddaughter. It was in her favourite colours and she really liked it. Every time I’ve seen her since she’s been wearing it, which really blesses me. It was late night finishing it but it was well worth it.We had a great night together with family and extended family, it was chaotic and noisy, but fun.

The eisteddfod started on Monday with the children on the piano for the day. They had a great time and it is always fun for them, and they enjoy it. They did get good results and received a bit of prize money for some sections which is an added bonus. On the Tuesday night our no 2 son did his first singing section, actually it was an accompaniment section and his no 2 sister played the piano. He was really nervous doing the singing but he did a good job and they got 1st place as well.

We managed two days home this week and my motivated amazing husband and our no 2 son planted carrots.They had already worked up the ground and our son went through and flame weeded in front of my husband sowing the seed. I think he’s going to plant some more in a few weeks too.

Our chickens are growing and we now have them for sale as they have started laying. The weather has been so nice with cold mornings and sunny days I think the chickens are confused.

My husband had his usual father’s course on Thursday night and then on Friday afternoon we were out meeting with our friends for Bible reading and then the children had their bible class and then it was the Eisteddfod again that evening.

This time it was singing and our no 2 son did a good job and got an honourable mention and then we were totally blown away when the adjudicator awarded him an encouragement award.  He was so excited and so honoured.

Here he is with his certificate

This award came with some money to help towards his tuition which is always very handy and we are very thankful for it.

Our daughter sang on Saturday morning and although she didn’t receive a placing she did a great job and we were so blessed by her attitude. I think after her first song her father and I were both in tears. They are both now planning for next year’s eisteddfod and the songs they want to sing, which is great considering how nervous they were.

We then had lunch on Saturday with our son-in-law, daughter and their children which is always good and it was nice to sit down and talk after a busy week. Our no 1 daughter had accompanied the children on the piano for their singing and did a great job too.

Sunday was another busy day with the graduation of one of my husbands Good 2 Great Fathers course. We went to a different church and the men were presented with their certificates and prayed for, we then enjoyed lunch together and had the concert. A couple of the acts were really funny and it was enjoyed by all.

Sunday was also our no 2 daughter’s 13 birthday and we are so blessed by her. We don’t have a teenager we have a beautiful young lady in our house who is such a great help to me and does a great job with her chickens and outside stuff. She is growing up so quickly.

Our no 2 son has been away for a few days up north. He is courting a beautiful Christian young lady and he was spending some time with her at a Bible Boot Camp. Life changes very quickly and sometimes my emotions don’t quite keep up and it’s worse if I’m tired.

My husband is almost back to normal, he is still tired but has been back at work and not allowing what happened to keep him down. He’s amazing.

Okay that’s our week, onto our link up…Musings: May 2018 by Living Our Days All-Natural Blue Banana Milk – Dairy-Free by Sew Historically5 Must-Dos For An Eczema Free Baby by G & E

Thanks everyone for stopping by and linking up, I hope you enjoyed your visit.

I would love to say that I’ve got a totally free week this week but it’s not so, all good stuff though.

Monday I’m home – yay – at least until tea time and then we’re joining with family to celebrate a couple of birthdays and then it’s onto our Marriage Course.

Wednesday a few of our church ladies are getting together to learn how to put together Days 4 Girls packs. This is a very worthwhile ministry that some of our ladies are going to take on and do. So many girls in underprivileged countries have no supply of feminine hygiene products so this organisation has started making and supplying them in packs. We are going to be sewing them up and hopefully putting the packs together. We have our training session on Wednesday and then we’re off.

Thursday is book group and we’re up to Strategy 5 – Our Past. I know when we saw that we all went – ugg, but we need to learn to not let satan rob us of our joy because of our past and we need to remember to live in God’s grace and forgiveness.

After that it’s a normal Friday and weekend with Bible class, piano lessons and church. It’ll be nice to get back there this Sunday after being somewhere else today.

Our Marriage Course last week was dealing with forgiveness and it was a great topic to work through and really grasp the need for us to forgive and move on.

Okay my friends that’s it for this week and I’m looking forward to hearing how you have all been.

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #171

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Hey there everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

How has your week been??? Mine has been good and somewhat settling back into normal – whatever that is !!!

Monday night we had our marriage course and that was really good and we even managed a bit of time together for dinner at our local lake before it started. I love just being with my husband like that, just talking and being together.

On Wednesday we were in town most of the day with a doctors appointment, piano and singing lessons. My husband got the all clear from the heart specialist which is such a blessing. There is no explanation really for the pains he had in his chest on that Monday morning but we know that God is in charge and has brought him through them to fight another day. Thank you Lord!!

On a side note:  The whole event has been good for us, though it didn’t feel like it at the time. It has strengthen our marriage and has deepened our love for each other and we have a tremendous feeling of gratitude to God for allowing us more time together.

The children are doing singing this year in the eisteddfod and their older sister is accompanying them so she came in and had lunch with us and then took the children to their lessons. I had a great time with the grandchildren and my friend came and met us for a while as well and it was great to catch up with her.

We haven’t managed to do our Bible study yet but we hope to do that this next week and we’ve been discussing submission so we’ll probably continue with that.  I’ve had friends say that they didn’t want obey in their wedding vows because the Bible doesn’t say that we need to obey our husbands but obey and submission are the same thing. It’s definitely an interesting topic and well worth discussing to see our place in God’s plan.

Some of the “gang”

On Friday our family got together to cut up some sheep for the freezers. We were meant to do a big butchery session a week or so back but when my husband ended up in hospital we postponed it. The sheep will help us along for a while and in a few weeks we will do a steer and some pigs. It’s great just to go to the freezer to get our meat for tea, such a blessing.

Learning knife skills

Our no 1 son is courting a beautiful christian girl and she and her youngest brother were able to come visit us over the weekend. Our no 2 son and her brother are the same age so they had a great time together. We are so blessed by their relationship and thankful to God for their heart to obey Him in all that they do.

Sunday we had a few birthdays to celebrate with two of our granddaughters – one turning 4 and one turning 1 and our no 1 son turning 23. These birthday dinners are just wonderful and the bringing together of the two families is always fun and somewhat crazy. I think there were over 20 of us there this time and our son-in-law and no 1 daughter do a great job of hosting us.

In the garden I have been digging up artichokes and we are enjoying them with our roast potatoes. Actually my husband and I are enjoying them but the children aren’t that keen. The brassicas are growing well and so are the beetroots and lettuces. We are having a very dry winter so far and we’ve had some frosts which have been amazingly cold but the days have been lovely.

Okay my friends onto our link up…

Our top three…Ten Things Our Minimizing Journey Has Taught Us by Homespun Devotions Peanut Butter Rocky Road Cookies by Mrs Kringle’s KitchenReaching New Heights in Motherhood by Redeeming Home

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up.

This week we finally have the Eisteddfod. After weeks and weeks of practicing this is it. The children have even managed to get their duet together, which has been a long slog. We have a few events and most of them are on Monday which is good but there is singing on various nights as well.

Apart from that there isn’t much on this week. I’ll be trying to keep up with the washing and school work apart from that but after a big weekend and a big Monday we may take Tuesday to get on top of some rest. All good though and the children are excited and ready to go.

Okay my friends that’s it for this week and I’m looking forward to hearing how you have all been.

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #170

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Hey there everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

How has your week been?? I’m watching my northern hemisphere friends and their summer gardening and activities. It is cold and damp here and the last few days have been somewhat dreary and misty. The good side is that everything is lovely and green and just beautiful.

Our very special youngest granddaughter turned 1 this week.

After I wrote  last week our no 1 daughter rang us and asked us to look after the children for a night as they wanted to finish cleaning up and finally be done moving. We were thrilled to have the children and it’s always great fun. It got rather chaotic around tea and bath time but we managed and the team of grandparents and uncle and aunt worked well.

They had a great time outside helping granddad with the animals and the fencing.

This week has been good and my husband got back to work for a few days. He is very tired and still getting himself back to where he was before his chest pains. He is still having pains on and off and we have an appointment this week with the heart specialist.

I think I may have told you we were doing a marriage course through our church and we’ve completed 2 weeks now. It’s always good to sit down and work on things even when they are going well. We’re being reminded about communication and what our spouses needs are and we get homework to do as well. There’s a range of couples in the group, some only married 6 months and some like us nearly 30 years.

I had our book group meeting this week and it was so nice to get back together with the ladies again. We are up to Strategy 4 – Our Family and this was an excellent chapter. My friends it’s all about SPECIFIC – FERVENT PRAYER. We are learning to move on from the basic “bless my husband/family” prayers to recognising specific needs and problems and addressing them and taking them to the Lord. If you haven’t read Fervent I would really encourage you to do so. Our next chapter is “Our Past” and we all groaned over that one, but it’ll be good, maybe painful but always good to change and grow.

On the farm our Saddleback sow had her piglets and delivered 10 little cuties. They came overnight and she didn’t need any assistance from us (they never do – God’s got that sorted). These little ones will be grown to weaning stage and then sold or maybe a couple might hit our freezer as well.We have also been blessed with some fish for our aquaponics system so the men have been working on getting that back on stream after a fire in the sump. It was a blessing that we didn’t lose the shed – thank you Lord.

We are waiting on cows to calve as well and we are really missing our fresh milk and I’m getting sick of buying it at the moment but they’ll come when they are ready.

We had the graduation of one of my husband’s Good 2 Great Father’s Course on Sunday and it is always good to see Fathers improving themselves and wanting to become better husbands and fathers and it’s wonderful to see the families grow closer together. We had the graduation during church and then shared a meal together. It was nice to meet some of the families as I didn’t know a couple of them before this.

Okay my friends onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…“What’s Wrong with Living Together?” – May 15 by Soul Survival a toast to the duke and duchess of sussex – the royal wedding we all needed by Magnolia Darjeeling Alabama Pot Roast – Slow & Pressure Cooker by The Bearded Hiker

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, it’s always a blessing to me.

This coming week is a bit quieter and I’ve got a couple more days at home. We’ve got our Marriage Course and then a whole day out on Wednesday with Doctors and then singing and piano lessons. The eisteddfod is only a week away now so it’s full on practicing for that.

Our no 1 daughter is going to accompany the children in their singing so we’ll get to see her and the children on Wednesday when they get together for a practice.

I’ve still got apples to bottle so I’ll be working on that when I’m home and I’m hoping to get my garlic planted this week and get on top of some weeding in the vegetable garden. The winter veg are growing nicely but I’d like to get some more seeds in this week.

A reminder to us all to be strategic and fervent in our prayer life.

Okay my friends that’s it for this week and I’m looking forward to hearing how you have all been.

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #169

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Hey there my friends, it’s good to be back and I hope you are all doing well.

Sorry about not being around last week but we had a rather full on week to deal with and by the weekend I just couldn’t get my head around doing the link up.

Last Monday morning my husband was driving to work and had to stop because he was having crushing chest pains. Thankfully he was only 10 kms from home so he rang me and then rang an ambulance and the children and I went to wait with him.

He’s never had this pain before and it was pretty full on so the ambulance took him to our local hospital and checked him out. Thankfully nothing was showing up on his blood tests or the ECG’s which meant that no damage was being done to his heart. The pains and shortness of breath continued throughout the next couple of days and finally on Wednesday they decided to send him to a bigger hospital a couple of hours away where they would give him an angiogram to see what was going on.The angiogram was carried out first thing on Thursday morning and came back clear – there is nothing wrong with his heart.  Praise God all was clear and he was home that night.

That of course is the shortened version, let’s just say that my husband came to the point where he didn’t think he would ever come home, see our younger two grow up or see our no 1 son married. He thought that he wouldn’t see our no 1 daughter and son-in-law and their children again or meet the new one due in August either.

I guess he gave everything that is important to him up, he was at a place where he realised that all he had was Jesus  and nothing else. There was nothing he could do to stop or help what was happening – he was helpless.

There were many prayers prayed and many prayers answered and I personally feel like I have been given an amazing gift and never want to lose the feeling of gratefulness that I have now.

Grateful to God that He has left my husband here with us, grateful that our wonderful family pulled together in a very difficult situation. Grateful that our older daughter and our wonderful son-in-law care so much for their younger siblings that they could look after them for us. Grateful to our no 1 son who cared for me and drove me to Geelong and picked up the slack here at home whilst we were away. Grateful for an amazing church family that surrounded us with love, prayers and support and still continue to do so.

I have so many things to be grateful for and I guess I am extremely grateful that God brought my husband to a place where he could only rely on Him, and it has made him even more committed to leading his family in God’s ways and teaching them to totally rely on Him.

There has been talk of the heart issue being a spiritual attack and of the outcome being a mighty healing – God only knows but I know that He was definitely in charge of the whole situation and was working it out to our better good and my husband has come out stronger and closer to God – what an outcome.

I must admit I had my times during the week, especially when I had taken the children home for a rest and I got called back in urgently because my husband was having another attack and wanted me there. That was the toughest trip in I’ve ever had and I am suffering separation anxiety but that is improving. I have a great desire to spend every moment with my husband holding his hand, but each day it is getting easier.

He is still tired and is working on building up his strength again. He is having more tests and they have now found that he has gallstones so he has done a flush and passed quite a few, and he amazed the doctor that you could even do that. He will do another one in a couple of weeks and get another scan.

They still aren’t ruling out his heart due to the pain that he had on the Monday – that definitely wasn’t gallstones, but both of us don’t want to discount what God did for him that week with giving him a clear angiogram.

We are taking each day at a time and loving each other even more than what we did two weeks ago and getting back to doing what we were before all this happened but with a greater appreciation of God’s plan for our lives, for each other and our family.

I won’t do a top three this week but it’ll be back next week.

This coming week we’ll be trying to get back to normal, with work and school.

The eisteddfod is only 2 weeks away now so it’s all on practicing for that. The children are working hard with their piano and their singing.

My husband and I are doing a marriage course and we’ve got the 2nd session this week. I think it’ll be a really good one and we even get homework to do, and we need to do “marriage time”.

The children have music lessons and we’ve got book group later in the week. We’re up to strategy 4 – our family and it’s a good section. I’m looking forward to meeting up with the girls again to see what they took from it.

Okay my friends that’s it for this week and I’m looking forward to hearing how you have all been.

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #168

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

What’s been happening in your part of the world, how has God been speaking to you this past week???

We’ve had a good week, albeit a busy one. We’ve had a mixture of sick children and doctors visits and Bible studies and grandchildren visiting. Full on but fun.

I’ve been working my way through the apples that need preserving and we’ve been watching the tree below for a few weeks now and it still has apples on it so we took the plunge and picked some.

We are always on the lookout for roadside apples that have some characteristic that we like so that we can use them to graft onto root stock. This tree is a very late season one and the apples were very tasty so it gets a tick all round.

We got to spend some time with our son-in-law, no 1 daughter and their children this week and we were able to help them move a couple of loads to their new home. This coming week will be the big move but it was nice to get some stuff gone for them, and it was also great to see the children and have heaps of cuddles.
This is our grandson and he is almost 3 and a real wag, such a joy to have around. He’s really started to interact with us lately and sat with me for ages the other day just putting his cold little hands on my cheeks and then laughing his head off when I reacted – so cute.

I managed to get my seedlings in the ground too and we had some rain which has been lovely. The air is definitely cooler and it won’t be long and we’ll be starting the wood stove to keep us warm. I’ve got broccoli, cauliflowers, cabbages, lettuces and beetroots in the ground now and snow peas and garlic to get in next week.

I really like the winter vegetable garden because we all like the brassicas that we can grow this time of year. We can’t grow them in summer because the cabbage moth love them and just about destroy them, so we don’t bother now.

The children had their Bible class and I was able to meet up with my friend to read and study our Bible together. We were in 1st Corinthians this week and it led to a very interesting discussion.

Saturday was piano lessons and my husband bought me a new chair for the lounge room. It’s sort of like a club chair and it’s very comfy and my feet actually touch the ground. We brought it home in the boot of the car, it was an interesting load but my husband is most amazing so it made it home in good condition.

Our local wool shop was having it’s final closing down sale and I managed to grab a bit more wool for sock making. I’ve never seen so many people in that store at one time, it was amazing and everyone was out for a bargain and we definitely got one.

Sunday there was a luncheon at our church which is always the first Sunday of the month. We always enjoy these Sundays as we get time to fellowship with our friends and church family.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…Backyard Blooms by Penny’s Vintage Home What I Wish I Knew Before I Became A Work At Home Mom by Mama Finds Her Way
Living in the Light by Dr Michelle Bengtson, Hope Prevails

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, I hope you enjoyed your visit and learnt something new.

This week is going to be equally as busy as the last one, actually all of May is kinda crazy, so I’m hanging on until after the Eisteddfod. Really I should be enjoying every moment, and I am, I’m just more of a homebody than an outbody but I’ll get there.

We’ve got the usual singing lessons this week due to cancelling last week. Wednesday is big moving day for our daughter so we’ll be up helping them. I’m so excited that they are moving closer to us and I’m looking forward to spending more time with them and the children.

We’ve also got our book club this week and were up to Strategy 4 – our family, it should be a good get together. The children also have their usual Bible study and I’m meeting with my friend again.

We’ve got a steer to hang up at the end of the week for our bi-annual butchery day the following week. We worked it really well last time and I’m almost out of meat and I’ve been scrounging off our daughter as they had more left. It’s such a great system for us.

Our no 2 daughter and myself have a market next Saturday morning, so that should be good and there’ll be heaps of friends to catch up with during that, and then it’s chill out time and next Sunday is Mother’s Day, so I’m looking forward to being pampered and lavished upon ;-).

I can’t remember if I’ve told you but I’m doing a Koinonia Institute course at the moment and we’re up to Revelation. I’m finding it very interesting and understanding more and more of the end times, though I’ll never get it all. Dr Charles Missler passed away this week and our family has been blessed by his teaching and I always liked that he said “don’t just listen to what I say but search the scriptures for yourself”, such sound advice.

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #167

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

I’ve been watching all my Northern Hemisphere friends getting ready to plant their vegetable gardens after a long winter and it’s fun to see how they do it all. Here, where we are, we are waiting on some more rain and it’s been a dry summer and Autumn.

We had some rain a week or so ago which was lovely but we really need some constant stuff to really make a difference.

The summer vegetables are just about finished in the raised beds and I’m still getting a few zucchini and now I’m waiting for the pumpkin plants to die off so that I can pick the pumpkins and put them away until I need them.  The Golden Nugget pumpkins that we grew are still going and are delicious, they would have to be one of my favourites and are lovely roasted too.

We’ve got bags of apples stored at the moment and I’m slowly working my way through them. I’ve put some through the dehydrator and they are delicious and great snacks, and I’ve also bottled some stewed apples and run them through the Fowlers preserver (water bath method).

Dried apple slices

I’ve got a few bags to go and want to knock as many off this coming week as I can. I don’t have to go out as much this week so I should be able to motor through them.

I’m nearly finished our no 1 daughter’s cardigan that I’m knitting for her and then I’ve got plans for two more and a vest for our grandson. It’s been sort of great that our wool/craft shop in town is closing down because they’ve had great sales and I managed to stock up a little bit. It isn’t great though that they are closing because it was a great little shop but I’m pleased that the owner is getting to retire and have a rest. It’s a double edged sword really…

This wool is for our 2nd granddaughter’s cardigan. Her favourite colours are purple, green and white. I might incorporate white in the buttons.

I really enjoy knitting for our family and friends, so once I’ve finished the cardigans and vest I’ll be looking at socks again, they are a great gifts.

We started out the week with our no 2 daughter down and out with some virus, and it took her a couple of days to get back on her feet, and her throats still a bit sore still.  So it slowed us up a bit but it has been a good week for our no 2 son as he has got to go work with his dad a bit and is learning lots of stuff about plumbing and windmills and truck engine stuff. He’s been so excited to go with that he’s been doing his other school at night before he goes to bed which has been a good thing to see.

Piano practice is still going on and the eisteddfod is looming closer and closer, their duet is still not together but that’s our plan for this coming week, once they’ve got it together it won’t take them long to get it good.

We had our book group this past week and we’ve just completed Strategy 3 on Our Identity in the book Fervent. It has been a few weeks since we’ve gotten together what with Easter and school holidays and it was good to meet again.

It’s also good to look at who we are in Christ and how satan tries to steal our identity from us and make us feel worthless. We are daughters of the King and it’s important for us to stay grounded in His word and in prayer; that’s how we combat our insecurities, only through Him can we feel whole and our value comes from Him.

I also got to meet with my dear friend this week and we’ve been studying submission. It’s a hot topic but we are enjoying it and it’s a good thing to really look at what God’s word says. We shouldn’t behave or react out of emotion but should use the word of God to guide us and enlighten us. We’ll meet again this coming week and will continue on this topic, it’s amazing what we are reading and learning.

My husband was busy on Saturday afternoon harvesting potatoes again as we have used or sold out of them. They are now in bags on our market stall and it’s a good feeling to have it done again.

Okay, that’s our week…

Onto our link up… Kitchen Herb Garden by Penny’s Vintage Home Strawberry Marshmallow Cake Pops – With Natural Food Coloring by Sew historicallyToo Much Stuff? It’s Time For A Spring Clean by Fifteen Acre Homestead

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, I hope you had fun visiting.

This week we’ve got singing lessons and that’s it until Friday. It’ll be nice to be home and get some more work done. Our no 2 daughter and myself are doing another market in a couple weeks so we’ve got some work to do for that and there’s the usual stuff as well.

Our chickens are growing well and we’ll be looking at selling them off in about another 4 – 5 weeks, we’ve also got some piglets that will need to go around the same time. We’ve got a butchery session in a few weeks so I should think about making a couple of meals and freezing them so that I’m prepared but we’ll see how I go with that.

I’m meeting with my friend on Friday and then the children have their Bible Class and it’s piano lessons on Saturday, and I want to get some knitting done and plant the garlic as well.

With the weeks going by so quickly it’s easy to loose our focus and get caught up in hectic lifestyles that leave little time for God and family.

I’d like to encourage you (if you are struggling with focus) to take time to spend with God and in His word. Focus on all He has done for you and given you and have a thankful and repentant heart.

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #166

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

What sort of week have you all had? Has it been productive, quiet, running around busy??? I’d love to hear from you all.
Our latest harvest
 We’ve had a good week and we’ve been busy in the raised vegetable gardens. Earlier in the week our no 2 son helped me and we pulled out and harvested all the capsicum plants to make way for our onion seedlings which we planted later in the week. We had a fantastic capsicum crop this year with plenty dehydrated and put away for the coming winter months.
I think that we planted over 100 onions with half being white and the other half brown. I’m excited about this and it’ll be very important to keep the weed growth to a minimum.
Onion seedlings
Seedlings planted and netted to keep the magpies away.
We had singing lessons this week and the children have chosen their pieces for the local eisteddfod in June. They haven’t sung at an eisteddfod before so they are a bit nervous, there isn’t a piano to hide behind when you just sing. They are doing really well though and it’ll really help their confidence.
We’ve been doing school and music practice as well this week, it’s really been just a normal every day week until we got to the weekend.
On Friday night we all went up and visited our son-in-law, daughter and their children for our oldest granddaughters 5th birthday. It was great fun and good to see them all again. The other grandparents and aunts and uncle were there as well so it was a big family do. It’s so nice that we can all come together and enjoy our fellowship.
We stayed one night and came home on Saturday afternoon. It was a definite highlight of our week.
 Onto our link up…
Our top three this week were…
God’s Call: The Lord Equips by Growing Together in Grace and Knowledge
Thank you for linking up last week and I look forward to seeing you again this week.
 This coming week is just like the last one with music lessons and we do have our book group this week so that’ll be nice. We’ve had a long break due to Easter and school holidays so it’ll be great to get together again.
I hope to catch up with my friend again this week, but we’ll have to see how that goes.
It’s been a hard week for a couple of our married friends with the falling apart of their marriages. We need to keep vigilant and aware that satan wants to destroy Christian marriages.
I was told of some excellent marriage counselling advice – men you are called to love your wives and wives we are called to submit to our husbands. I know that is not a “modern” way of thinking but it is Biblical truth and we need to stand on that and not be part of the world’s thinking.
On that note I pray that you all  have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #165

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

Well another week has gone by and the weather has gone from warm and humid to wet and cold. It’s been quite a warm and dry Summer/Autumn so the rain is very welcome.It rained most of Saturday and the weather was not much over 12 degrees C for the day. I planted some more seedlings on Friday and the raised beds had started to dry out but it’s not an issue any more.

We had some good friends stay with us on Tuesday night. They used to attend our church and are now on a journey of learning to become missionaries in Africa. This journey will probably take them around 5 years but they are dedicated to God’s calling on their lives. They are good fun so it was lovely to have them around for a little bit and we enjoyed some deep conversations as well. They are such an inspiration.

Our no 2 daughter helped with a Bible Kids Club on Wednesday morning and I was able to meet up with my friend. We are busy catching up on our lives at the moment and we’re hoping to get back to our Bible reading this coming week. So much has been going on it’s hard to stop talking to each other.

A good friend gave me this beautiful jug for my birthday so I was thrilled when my husband brought me home these lovely roses to put in it. They look so nice in the kitchen. With the warmer Autumn weather we’ve been having the garden has still been producing. This week I picked tomatoes, zucchinis, capsicums and one lonely eggplant. The homegrown tomatoes taste so much better than the bought ones.With the change now to much colder it will be interesting to see how the garden finishes off. I need to wait for the pumpkin vines to die off before picking what pumpkins there are. The artichokes are still growing and I’m about to pull out the capsicums and zucchinis so that I can plant garlic and onions. I planted more broccoli and cabbage seedlings this week along with lettuces and beetroots.

Saturday my husband and no 1 son went on a camp with some other men and their children. It was just as well there was a hall to bunk it as it wouldn’t have been much fun outside. They had a good time but it was nice when they got home.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… Our God is “Bigger Than This” – Powerful New Song by Jo Dee Messina by Homespun DevotionsManaging Time On The Fringes by Living Our DaysHow We Complement Each Other In Marriage by G & E

Welcome to any new bloggers linking up, I hope you enjoyed your visit and thank you all for taking the time to stop by.

School holidays are now over and it’s back to the hustle and bustle of school term. We have singing and piano lessons this week and my husband is busy with the Father’s course as well. The children’s Bible study will start again this week and I’m looking forward to catching up with all the mothers while that is on.

I’m home most of the other days and we’ll be continuing on with school and music practice. There will be gardening getting done and animals to feed and look after as well.

I’m now onto preserving apples so that’ll be high on my agenda this coming week. I will probably stew and bottle most of the apples and dehydrate slices as well. They are a great snack to nibble on.

Okay my friends, it’s been good to be here and I hope you have a great week!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #164

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

In Victoria we have just gone back to “normal” time with the end of daylight savings, it’s darker earlier and lighter earlier which is really nice. I like it that we get to eat tea at a reasonable time and it’s much easier to get up in the morning when it is light. This won’t last once winter approaches and then it will be dark at both ends of the day.

We’ve had a good week school wise and it’s been an added bonus that all our usual activities have been put on hold for school holidays.

We had a great weekend with some of our church family here for Easter Sunday lunch. The weather was warm and sunny and the hidden chocolate eggs melted before they could find them all. We really enjoy having people out and getting to know each other over food and the children enjoy having others to run around with.

The summer vegetable garden is coming to an end and we went and got some more brassica seedlings and onions as well. Our onions didn’t go well last year but I’ve learnt now and I’m looking forward to having our own next year. I’m thinking I will dehydrate them and powder them but we’ll just have to see how they go.

The dehydrator has been running non stop this week with tomatoes and I’ve managed to get them all done. I’ve got a huge jar of tomato powder for the coming winter season and the storage space is minimal. I also managed to finish our garlic and that’s powdered as well.

I used some of our beans in a casserole this week and I was amazed at how they came back looking like they were before they were dried, it is just so great and retains all the goodness of the vegetables.

My husband and our no 2 daughter have been busy picking more apples and the season is about finished. I think they’ve got over 100 kgs in bags and we may even be able to get a few more this week if the one apple tree we have our eye on stays loaded.

So I guess the next job is apples and I’ve already started stewing some and using it in cakes and they have been moist and delicious. Half of the apples will be for our no 1 daughter and her family but I’m hoping to get them done for her because they have a few things coming up, but once again we’ll see how we go.

I’ve been working through a Dr C Missler program and we’ve been studying Romans this week. We’ve been having lots of discussions at home on pre-destination and our inheritance and although it doesn’t really matter and only God knows our hearts, it’s been fascinating.

What has God been talking to you about lately?

Okay, onto our link up…

Urban Alternatives for Homesteading Methods by 15 Acre Homestead
Spring Beauties by Paper Seedlings5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – April 2018

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up. I see we have some new bloggers and I’d like to welcome you all and thank you for sharing your hearts with us all.

This week we’ve got good friends coming to stay for a night, we haven’t seen them since New Year so it’ll be so good catching up with them.

I’m also blessed this week to be able to be meeting up with my friend and doing our Bible study together. Our no 2 daughter is going to be helping with a Holiday Bible Program, she’ll be doing craft activities with the younger children.

I think we may have piano lessons this coming weekend, but that’ll be confirmed and my husband and our no 1 son are going on a Father’s camp up the bush, so it’s just the younger two and myself on Saturday night.

I’m also hoping to do some work in the vegetable garden and plant some seedlings and tidy up a bit. The weather this coming week is meant to be warm so I may wait and plant later in the week once it cools off.

Well my friends that’s our adventures for you, I’m looking forward to hearing from you all this coming week and if you get a chance have a look at someone else’s post and leave them an encouraging comment.

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #162

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

How has your week been??

After the fires on the weekend we were quite worn out and everyone has been a bit edgy as well, due to the continuing weather conditions.

We were blessed on Monday though when we met up with our No 1 daughter and her children in town and had lunch with them. Our daughter had been to a Ladies talk in the area so she was close by. We had a lovely time together for a couple of hours and then we all dispersed to our own homes.

My husband has been busy with the Father’s course that he is running and at the moment he is out 2 nights per week but he is enjoying it and it is great when the men take hold of being the heads of their families and start building on their relationships with their wives and children. It’s a great course to be involved with.

I was blessed this week to be able to meet up with my friend and catch up with all her news since shes been away, we then had our church’s ladies mission group, which was great.

Our book group met on Thursday and we have just finished Strategy No 2 – Our Focus. We are all enjoying the book and learning to be strategic and direct with our prayers, once again I would encourage everyone to read Fervent and watch War Room, it really opens our eyes to prayer and changing our prayer life.

From Friday on it is usually busy and this week was no different. Friday night the children had their Bible Class and because it was the last one of the term they made pizzas. They really enjoy this time during the week and getting together with their friends and learning about God, and I love meeting up with the mothers and catching up on all their news and encouraging each other.

Our son-in-law, daughter and their children stayed over on Friday night but got in very late, so we didn’t see them until we met up with them for breakfast in town after the children’s piano lessons. It was a wonderful noisy time and it was great to see them and the children again.

Then it was just our no 2 daughter and my husband and I home for the night because our no 1 and no 2 son went to their sister’s house for the night via some 4wd tracks.

Sunday was church and we had lunch with a couple of other churches in town. That was a nice time and enjoyed by all.

I APOLOGISE AGAIN ABOUT NO TOP 3 DUE TO OUR INTERNET.

This coming week is the last one before school holidays and Easter. The children have singing lessons on Tuesday and I hope to take a friend out for her birthday on Thursday.

My husband has his courses as well and our no 1 son is going away for Easter. It’s full on trying to keep up with what everyone is doing :-).

We are having a Church BBQ here on Easter Sunday, a relaxed afternoon and then the following week I would love to get in and try out the pottery wheel my family gave me for my birthday.

Have a great week my friends and again I encourage you all to remember who your best friend is – Jesus, speak to Him,  praise Him, He listens, He cares and He will never leave us – It’s all about Him.

Blessings xxx


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