GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #175

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We’ve had a full on but good week and for the next two weeks everything is on hold for school holidays so I’m actually home all of this coming week.

We don’t usually take school holidays off with school and it’s nice to get stuck into some work without all the other stuff going on, so not a lot of running around happening.

On Monday the children performed at the Warrnambool Eisteddfod. They had a great time and once again it was nice to catch up with friends that we don’t see very often. The children they perform with are the same each year and it’s good to see how they have improved over the past twelve months.  Needless to say they both brought home ribbons which is always exciting and a blessing.

We had our last marriage course session on Monday night and it was a great course. I would suggest that we had heard the information before but it was good to sit and discuss some of this stuff and be re-awakened to it. Sometimes we just need a nudge to remember and go – we should be doing this or that. It was a seven week course and we would definitely recommend it to any married couples.

I was excited to finish our eldest granddaughter’s cardigan this week and doubly excited to be able to give it to her on Thursday.  It fit really well with extra growth room, which is always a bonus. I think she was pretty happy with it too, it being in her favourite colour.The back of the cardy had this lovely pleat in it and it sits so nicely when she is wearing it. I’ve got a couple of orders for now so I’m on the search for the right ply yarn now that our wool shop has closed. I’ve commenced my next project which is a little cardigan for my friends little boy who is 4 months old. It’s in 12 ply so it shouldn’t take too long.Our no 2 daughter and I got together with the ladies to do some sewing for Days 4 Girls and we managed to get a bit done this time. It is going to be a big job but we’re all up for the challenge. During the holidays we’ll set up in the church hall and do a couple days together. It’s much more fun being together and doing it, the fellowship is great.

We didn’t have book group this week due to a couple not being able to make it but we’ll meet again after the school holidays. We’re still enjoying the book and we’re over half way now so we’re on the look out for another book to read together.

My husband and no 2 son have been busy doing woodwork together. Our son is carving a walrus and he’s doing a great job and I think my husband is doing some scroll sawing, and he always does an amazing job. I’m looking forward to sharing when they are done.

It’s been cold here this week with a couple of frosts, so the garden is quite slow at the moment. I’m looking forward to the brassicas getting going and I’m also looking forward to eating them. The livestock around here do give our garden a hard time and last time the chickens were the problem, so hopefully we’ve got that sorted. We’ll get out this week and do some weeding and some more mulching.

Okay enough about us, onto the link up…

Our top three this week were…Mini Cinnamon Roll Bites (No Dough Required!)  by from PLAY DATES to Parties
Cancer, Hospice, Decisions – “A Storied Life” by Lisa NotesMinimizing Mental Clutter by Biblical Minimalism

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up.

As I said earlier I’ve got the coming week at home. There is a camping trip next weekend and the children are going with their older siblings and we’ll go down for a day or so as well. Hopefully it won’t be too cold and wet.

I might try and have a friend over for a visit and catch up but other than that we are home, schooling and I’d like to do some sewing with our no 2 daughter.

I’ve been doing some devotions on Spiritual Warfare to follow up on our Fervent book, and it’s been so good to keep that in the front of my mind. As wives and mothers we stand in the gap for our husbands and children and it’s our job to pray for them specifically and fervently. Don’t give up ladies, don’t let the enemy confuse you or make you feel insignificant. You have an amazing role to play so keep at it.

I hope you are all going well and I look forward to hearing from you.

Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Blessings my dear friends xxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #174

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How have you been this week??? Are you enjoying the wet, cold wintry weather or are you enjoying the summer months. We had very cold weather but the days had been beautiful and sunny, that was until Saturday then it turned wet and dreary. That’s winter for us here, it’s either frosty and sunny or cloudy and dark.

I like winter though because I can make soup on my wood stove without using any power. This week I made pumpkin and artichoke and it was delicious and I also made some chicken and corn soup for a meeting at church on Saturday and that was yummy too. I think chicken and corn would be my favourite soup but pumpkin is good too. The addition of the artichokes gave it an additional lovely flavour.

Pumpkin and artichoke soup served with cream and grated cheese.

I had harvested our artichokes a week ago and I got round to scrubbing them and then grating and dehydrating them this week. They are great to use in soups and stews and even blended into a powder they are useful as a thickener.

Grated and dried artichoke.

Our son-in-law, daughter and her family spent Monday with us and they did their school with us. It was nice to have them around and see them and enjoy some fellowship. I’m knitting a cardigan for our eldest granddaughter at the moment and I’ve only got a sleeve and collar to go now.It’s a super chunky yarn so it’s quick to knit up and it will be very warm for her. It’s a nice bright colour too so it’ll add some sparkle to the dark winter days. I’ve got my next project planned and ready to go and this one will be for our youngest granddaughter and then I’ve got some beanies to do and a vest for our grandson.

I’m really enjoying knitting for family and it gives me great pleasure to do so.

My husband had his sleep apnea test this week and it’s proving to be a quite serious issue for him. We are thankful to God that He is leading us to the right people to get this sorted for him. Once he gets his machine they are saying that he will be all good, and he’s looking forward to getting the issue dealt with.

The children had the break up for their Bible Class on Friday night and they had a pizza and movie night. The pizza was delicious and they all had a good time and it was nice to catch up with the other parents as well.

Okay, onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…

Family Worship by G & E Juneberry Pie by Sew HistoricallyInside the Summer Greenhouse by Penny’s Vintage Home

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up.

Tomorrow we have the Warrnambool Eisteddfod and the children will be in the piano competition. This one is much more relaxed than the last one and it is a lovely encouraging environment. This will be the last one for the year and it’ll be nice to be finished, then it’s onto exams.

We’ve got our last Marriage Course night this week and then it’s finished. We have learnt so much and we’ve enjoyed it as well.

It’s a quieter week this week and I’m getting together with the ladies to do some Days 4 Girls sewing, and then we’ve got our book group that same day.

I’m hoping to catch up on some school and sort out my sewing room so that I can find things again. It seems to be the room where everything gets put when it doesn’t have a home.

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!!!

On a closing note I’d like to share my favourite scripture with you.

Proverbs 3:56 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.

Blessings my friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #173

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

Another week gone by and winter has well and truly arrived. It has been cold, wet and windy here this past week and the wood stove is pumping out the heat. At this moment I’ve got a pot of pumpkin and artichoke soup cooking on it. I really enjoy making soup on our wood stove, it requires so little effort and energy.

To my friends in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope your summer is going well and your vegetables are growing nicely and your enjoying the fruits of your labours.

We had a couple of days at home this week which was nice and we caught up on some rest and housework.

We were able to take the children into the nursing home where my mother-in-law lives and they played their eisteddfod pieces for the residents and our no 2 son sang one of his songs. It was great to see how their music drew in more and more of the people. They had a great time and it blessed us immensely to be able to do it.

We had our training session on Wednesday for the Days for Girls ministry. I talked about this last week and we are making feminine hygiene products for girls overseas who have nothing available to them. It went really well and now we have enough cut out to keep us going for a while.

One of the ladies is sewing the bags that the kit goes in and another lady is sewing up the liners and our no 1 daughter and myself are sewing up the holders. Our no 2 daughter did a great job of cutting the bags out then helping with the children and organising lunch. Overall we had a great day with a bit of competitiveness between us all. Don’t worry – we all get on really well. We hope to get together in a couple weeks and then again during the school holidays.

We had our book club also and we were reading about “our past”. I think it was one of the best discussions we have had yet and everyone felt comfortable to share about their experiences of prayer and God’s grace.

The rest of the week was filled with the normal activities we usually do and also trying to keep warm as it was so cold.

I’m not going to do our top three this week because when the weather is lousy so it our internet. So I apologise for that. 

We’ve got our marriage course this next week and we’re nearly finished it with only two more nights to go. This course has been great and we have really hashed some stuff through and learnt a lot. We have become more aware of each other and our needs, if you get a chance to do a course like this I would highly recommend it. This one is The Marriage Course by Nicky and Sila Lee.

We’ve got our ladies mission group at church this week and after our meeting I am giving my testimony. It’s been good to think about how God has been leading me all my life and I’m looking forward to sharing the highlights with the ladies. I am a bit nervous though but they are a great bunch so I should be all right.

The rest of the week is the usual, my husband has his Father’s Course our Bible Study for the children next week will be a movie and pizza night. They are really excited about it and it will definitely be fun for them and we get to socialise with the other parents.

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


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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

WELCOME BACK

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS LINK UP

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

WELCOME BACK

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS LINK UP

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


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