GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #89

Hi there all and welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up. Wow where did that week go, the days seem to be travelling past very quickly.

I have had a quiet week at home and once again this has been nice. We got school done and really focused on it this week. No 2 sons reading is really coming along and no 2 daughter’s math is starting to click.

I was discussing with my husband the other day how a mother who didn’t really get math at school is teaching it to her children. I was more of an english/history/art girl at school and I just didn’t get math, but now I get it. I think maturity really helps with understanding different things.

We went out for tea on Tuesday night and caught up with my husbands sister and her husband. We had a lovely meal and my parents-in-law were there as well. We haven’t seen this sister for 12 months so it was nice to sit down and catch up.
20160809_193523I don’t know about your family, but they can be very interesting. It seems we are all brought up the same, with the same rules, food, schools etc… but we all turn out differently, we are all a mixed bunch.

We had music lessons on Friday night and then my husband went to watch an Internet Cocaine DVD at our church. This was very interesting and if you get a chance to have a look at it, it is on youtube.  Opens yours eyes to screen time and the damage it can do to our children’s minds.

Music lessons went well and the children both have new pieces. They sound lovely but it will be a few weeks yet before they get them sorted.

With music out of the way we got to sleep in Saturday morning and then my husband went fencing, to keep our cattle in and I did some baking for our daughters ski trip. Only trouble when you bake, the family come in for morning tea and eat half of what you have just done, so I had to do some more.  It’s nice to know they like my cooking.

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Anzac biscuits.

We had another calf this week, so that makes 2 in total. This ones mother we don’t milk but it is nice to see that we have another heifer to breed from. This one was more Hyland than the last and looks a bit like a teddy bear.

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It has been wet again and all the puddles are back but it isn’t as cold as what it has been in the past weeks which is nice. It won’t be long and we will be having true spring weather.

My husband and children have been busy building a hot house for our first tomatoes which should be ready to go out shortly.  I can’t wait to dry more vegetables. I so enjoy making meals with our own meat and the dried vegetables I did earlier this year. I get a bottle of tomatoes, then chuck in the veggies and there we go we have a meal. It’s even easier if I use a slow cooker.

Okay onto our link up…thmb57a6fa93ef099

3 Ways To Get Back On Your Feet!! by Ifeoma at Purposeful and Meaningfulthmb57a7ad598da04My Power Outage Menu by Kathi at Oak Hill Homesteadthmb57a7a2d6f3303The Humble Cardigan by Jo at Stop Have A Chat

Thank you everyone for stopping by, it is always a blessing to me and I hope to you.

This coming week our No 2 daughter is off on her ski trip. They leave on Tuesday morning and get back on Friday afternoon. She is very excited and starting to get her gear together.

It will be quiet with her gone but we have a few things on. Tuesday night our bible study starts again, Wednesday night the Answers in Genesis Ark Van is in town and Thursday night my husband has his Fathers Course.

We were hoping to go on a day trip on Wednesday but we will see how that pans out.

We have music practice as usual, need to get back into that. Then on Saturday my husband and the children are off on their trip away with the other men and children from his fathers course. I am home alone, it will be quiet I think, hopefully the animals all behave themselves.

I finished knitting the beanies and scarves for the grandchildren, now I am back on my son’s jumper and I would like to finish it in the next week or so, but we’ll see.

Lots of talk here on our spring garden, I’m wondering what gardening you are talking about right now. Is it harvesting and storing or getting ready to dig up the dirt????

Our next monthly link up will be this Wednesday, boy where did that month go???wisdom search4Our new link up for Wednesday Wisdom Searching will commence on the 17th August, and this months topic is FAITH.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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 to you all xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #88

Welcome back everyone to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up. I hope and pray that you are all well and feeling blessed.

We have had a lovely week, what with piano exams over we have taken a break from practice and focussed on our other school work for once.

We went to Sheepvention on Tuesday and had a lovely time looking around. It was cold and wet at times but there were plenty of tents to look around in and keep warm and dry.

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All ready to go…

Our No 2 daughter bought herself a wrap and she looks just lovely in it, she’s really starting to grow up.

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Our no 2 daughter and her new wrap.

We saw sheep and alpacas and plenty of ladies clothing and different gadgets for different things. I did heaps of walking and wore myself out getting about.

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Plenty to look at.

We had a great day and to top it off we came home and one of our heifers had a calf just before we came home.  This is so exciting, now we can start milking again and making cheese and butter, I can’t wait.  I haven’t made cheese since I broke my leg almost 12 months ago, so I’m looking forward to it. I love giving it away for gifts and sharing it around.

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Our new little heifer calf.

The rest of our week was pretty quiet and as I said we got school done and the usual stuff.

The weather here has a definite spring feel and we are getting excited for the coming season. There is still heaps of water lying around the place but there is a feeling in the air. We are talking about our veggie patch and where we are going to put things.

The children have been enjoying the sunshine and riding their bikes when the weather has been fine. It was a lovely day yesterday and they were out helping dad doing farm work.

Okay enough about my week, onto our link up…

Our top three this week were….thmb579e00654074dThe Inner Views of Dayle Shockley by Cheryl at Homespun Devotionsthmb579e7a860a835 The Excellent Wife + LINKUP by Donna at Soul Survival
thmb579e6ffd2ea68Sometimes Life Isn’t Very Happy... by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up. I look forward to seeing what you have for us all this week.

I’ve got another week at home this week and I am looking forward to it. I really enjoy having a good home routine. School is on the agenda and we might start on some new scales as well.

I haven’t gotten to read much of Fervent this past week so I am going to try and focus on that as well as my Ephesians study. I managed to get some verses done this past week.

I have been busy knitting beanies for our granddaughters for their annual ski holiday. Our No 2 daughter is busy knitting them matching scarves and we should have them finished this coming week. I am almost finished the second beanie which is good because they go in a weeks time. Our no 2 daughter is going with them again this year, they are going cross country this year instead of downhill.

We will have piano lessons again this coming Saturday and we will be be getting new pieces so then we will be getting back to practice.

What has been happening in your lives lately, and where is God leading you???

Also a reminder about our new link up…

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Our new link up for Wednesday Wisdom Searching commenced on the 20th July, and this months topic is PRAYER.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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 to you all xxxx


You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #87

Hey there everyone, welcome back to Darling Downs Diaries. It’s almost Monday again so it’s time for another Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

How has your past week been????

I started out the week with a head cold that turned into some funny virus thingy that left me sweating and cold and very tired for a day. It took me a few days and I was much better by Thursday, I got a bit better each day.

We have still been pushing through with our piano practice and the exams were Sunday afternoon. All done and dusted now, just need to wait for the results. It’ll be fine.

Our No 1 son came home on Friday night, so there was great excitement in the camp. He was with us for one night and then caught up with a very good friend on Saturday night and then joined us again for church and  lunch on Sunday. It was so nice to see him and we enjoyed our time together.

My husband and the younger children managed to get all the fruit trees planted. We bought 29 trees and the orchard is starting to fill up.

Spring must be coming because we have been talking this past week about our coming spring/summer vegetable garden. Our no 1 daughter is growing our seedlings for us this year and we are getting some of our tomatoes early this year to get planted under plastic.

Last season we only got our first tomatoes in February and they really didn’t peak until March. Hopefully if we get them in earlier we may have tomatoes by Christmas, but we’ll see.

I have been so impressed with the dehydrating that I did with my Excalibur that I can’t wait to get into it again this coming season.

I dried some homemade sourdough noodles this week and I was really pleased with how they turned out.20160728_231249[1]They look a bit homemade but it’s the taste that matters and they taste good.

I have been progressing with the jumper for our no 1 son and have started on the front now. I try and do some everyday but really couldn’t earlier in the week when I wasn’t feeling well, but I’m back on board now.

Okay onto our link up…thmb57798de7e95c5A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #73 by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottagethmb57955d6721e14Summer Cooking: Pasta Salad FAST! by Tammy at Taylor Made Homesteadthmb5794b76adddffServing Mister by Mrs White at The Legacy of Home

Thank you everyone for taking the time to stop by and for linking up. I hope you were blessed.

Right this week is, ahhhh no serious piano practice, yay. We might take a bit of a break this week before we get into it again next week.

Our local town has it’s Sheepvention, which is a big show, sort of like a fair but no rides or side show alleys. Lots of machinery, dog trials, ladies clothes and stuff like that.

We didn’t make it last year and I think my husband would like to go on Tuesday this week. Hopefully it won’t be too wet or cold but we’ll see.

Apart from that there isn’t much happening. I forgot about making the granddaughters beanies for their ski trip, so I hope to get into that this week when I get some nice wool for them. I like to make them matching ones because they are so cute.

I am still reading Fervent and I am still really enjoying it, and I have 10 verses of Ephesians 1. It is slow going but good fun all the same and I am learning heaps.

Just a reminder about our monthly link up…wisdom search4

Our new link up for Wednesday Wisdom Searching commenced on the 20th July, and this months topic is PRAYER.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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 to you all xxxx

You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #86

It’s time again for our Good Morning Mondays Link Up, so welcome back and I hope you enjoy your visit.

I thought this week that I wasn’t going to have any photos for you, because I have been home nearly all week but then we have had heaps of rain and I managed to get some pictures after music lessons.

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Our no 2 daughter near the spillway of the lake in town. It didn’t overflow last year but it is now. The road is closed as well.

It has been so wet that when we did a bit of a road trip on the way home we had to turn around a couple of times because we were only in our car and we couldn’t drive through the water. Next time I’m sure we’ll take my husband’s 4WD.

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I’ve had quite a quiet week, I came down with a head cold on Monday, so I haven’t really been feeling too motivated. The last half of the week was very mild but very wet.

I have been busy knitting a jumper (pullover) for our oldest son who is 21. I was hoping to get it finished before he came home for a visit but he’s coming in a week and I don’t think I will get it done. I will just have to post it when it’s completed.  This is the first big jumper I have made and it is knitting up really nice, it’s quite exciting.

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This is the wool I am using.

Piano has been our major goal this past week and now we only have 1 week left until their exams and then we can relax a little bit. Each year I say that we are going to keep up scales and each year we don’t, now I am determined that we are going to. I am going to pray for consistency this coming year.

I got a new sour dough plant started last week and it has been happily bubbling away and I managed to make some pasta this week and pizzas. It’s great to have this going again, now I just have to remember to feed it and have an alarm on my phone to remind me.20160722_180402I am almost halfway through reading Fervent and I am starting to get my prayer strategy organised. The scripture references she gives are a great basis to get started and she puts them into  groups – husband, family and so on. I am so enjoying this book, and I would recommend it to anyone.

I have also started studying Ephesians, going through each verse and writing it down and then looking at what it means. It is amazing when you read that we were chosen before the creation of the world, just think on that for a moment.  I knew that before but sometimes you just get that extra revelation that leaves you just in awe of God’s grace and mercy.

Oh and I love the meaning of Grace – God’s unmerited favour. Wow…

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb578b1c632a0e5The Inner Views of Robin McCarter by Cheryl at Homespun Devotionsthmb578bf5015d7edHow do you study the bible? by Jo at Stop Have A Chatthmb578be02f35ad6How to Can Beets by Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

Thank you everyone for linking up. I am so blessed by the fact that there is so much variety here, from cooking to crafting to devotional, something for everyone.

This week there really isn’t much on but we do have a funeral on Monday morning. A friends mother passed away after being in hospital.

My husband’s Fathers Course isn’t on this week but we do have a music lesson on Thursday night and then again on Saturday.

That’s it for me, music practice and keeping the mud off the floors seems to be keeping me busy at the moment.

Oh the most exciting thing happening is our oldest son is coming home next weekend for a few days, so we are all looking forward to that.

Just a reminder too, of our new link up …wisdom search4Our new link up for Wednesday Wisdom Searching commenced on the 20th July, and this months topic is PRAYER.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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 to you all xxxx


WEDNESDAY WISDOM SEARCHING #2

Hey there everyone, it’s been a month already and it’s time for our next…wisdom search4Thank you to all of you who took the time to link up and also for your comments on what Worship meant to you.

The one thing that came out of the posts and comments was the word Grace. This may seem wrong when the link up was on Worship but as we try to be the best we can be, God extends His Grace to us, because no matter how hard we try we will always stumble and have issues.

Grace is God’s unmerited favour… Wow I just, love that, there is nothing we can do to earn His Grace, He just extends it to us freely.

Okay this months link up will be on PRAYER.

Now if you have been reading my Good Morning Mondays Posts you will know that I have been reading Fervent. Fervent is written by Priscilla Shirer who is the female lead in the movie War Room.

Now I don’t want to make this post about this great book but about what God’s word says about prayer and how that applies to us in our daily life, but this book has definitely helped me along my journey of grasping it.

Obviously by the title Priscilla talks about being fervent in our prayer life, she also talks about defining who our enemy really is and then planning and praying strategic prayers.

I found this quote from A. W. Tozer…

It is because of the hasty and superficial conversation with God that the sense of sin so so weak and that no motives have power to help you to hate and flee from sin as you should.

So I had already gotten from Fervent that our prayer should be just that and now Tozer is telling us that it shouldn’t be hasty or superficial.

Definition of Prayer: 

  1. a devout petition to God;
  2. a spiritual communion with God, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration or confession.

The Lord’s Prayer leads us through each of these, adoration, supplication, confession and thanksgiving. The steps are there laid out for us in Matthew 6:9-13.

I was going along really well on this prayer study until I got to…

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing

Here i hit a bit of a stumbling block, that was there when I looked at Worship.

How can I put aside everything happening around the home, school, house work, attitudes, piano practice, to pray without ceasing???

It is somewhat easy to take the time to sit down maybe in the morning and talk with God, I find it relatively easy to do so again before I go to sleep, but what about never ceasing in prayer??

Can we live in constant communion with God??

This led me to scriptures on sin…

Psalm 51:4 Against thee, thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Psalm 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.

I definitely acknowledge that I am a sinner and my sin is always before me, I also definitely need to be in constant communion with God.

It is because of my failures and inadequacies that I have a desire to pray without ceasing, if I had no sin I doubt that I would have a need for God.

So what does your prayer life look like???? Where has God been challenging you on this point???

I am looking forward to coming together to discuss prayer over the next month and I am also looking forward to reading your posts.

Also please don’t be offended if I delete your post if it doesn’t relate to prayer, pop over to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up each week if you have something else you would like to share.

Okay, let’s get to it…

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #85

Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up. Where are the weeks going we are almost though July and then the rest of the year will be on the downhill run.

We are mid winter here and it has been really cold and wet. There was even snow close by but unfortunately it didn’t suit us to go and have a play.

I had a bit of cabin fever earlier in the week and it was so wet that we decided to go and visit our son-in-law, daughter and their lovely family for the day. We had a great time as usual and I really enjoyed talking with our daughter. She cooked us a delicious lunch and we were home at a reasonable hour as well. It takes us about 2 hours to get there which isn’t too bad the only issue would be driving at night and hitting a kangaroo which can be pretty thick through that way.

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Our no 1 granddaughter doing some serious reading.

The rest of the week was school and piano practice, exams are in 2 weeks now and we have some scales to get right yet. I think the children are pretty amazing with how they can play all that they do but the scales can be a hard drag.

My husband has been continuing with his father’s course and the men involved are really going great and enjoying it. There is quite a bit of homework but they are all putting in, which makes it all the more enjoyable for my husband.

Unfortunately my husband has come down with a bad head cold and he has spent a couple days inside trying to get over it, our no 2 son isn’t too well either but that seems par for the course during winter.

Our no 1 son is going really well where he is working and will be home for a few months at the end of September. We are all looking forward to this and will value that time together. We are having some really deep and encouraging phone conversations at the moment and we are in awe of how he is maturing.

Up where he is living they all wear cowboy boots and our no 2 daughter was really keen to get some and I managed to locate some really cheap on ebay. To say she was thrilled was an understatement and she wore them around the house for a day or so. They were brand new vintage boots and look just lovely, now her brother wants some so we will have to go on the look out again.

We haven’t managed to get the fruit trees in yet, that’s a job for this coming week, when the weather was good my husband wasn’t. It is just so wet out there at the moment you should really only go out there wearing waders.

We have been talking about doing another butchering session as we are almost half way through our meat. We have about 5 pigs that are ready and I think that we will probably put them into sausages again. Sausages are great on the bbq for summer and are so easy to team with a salad and baked potato.

We might wait another few weeks before we do them though due to the wet weather. August can be really wet here too so maybe in September.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…thmb5714d7f64e929“How Artwork and a Quilt Became a Devotional Book” by Beth Willis Miller from Ifeoma at Purposeful and Meaningfulthmb5781dc0f7236aOut Minimalism Journey Update, An Exciting Book Giveaway, and One More Thing!!! by Cheryl at Homespun Devotionsthmb5782fc71311dfMonday of Many Blessings Link Up #21 by Our Home of Many Blessings

Thank you everyone for linking up, I hope you enjoyed looking around and I appreciate it that you take the time to stop by.

I have been studying prayer with my friend and doing this while reading Fervent. Priscilla Shirer is talking about prayer being strategic and specific and I guess that is what I have been thinking on at the moment.

We also need to realise who the battle is against, who the real enemy is and that isn’t our family or friends or people around us.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Sometimes it is so hard to really recognize who the enemy is, when are lives are so full and busy, I need to reminded so often.

Monday we have a funeral of an old friend to attend, if you remember I wrote a post ages ago about present day mothers well this the lady it was written about.

The rest of the week will be at home, we have an extra music lesson on Thursday night for our daughter and my husband has his father’s course.

Just a reminder about our new monthly link up…wisdom search4This last month’s topic was WORSHIP and what that meant to you and how you live it.

Our new link up for Wednesday Wisdom Searching will commence on the 20th July, and this months topic will be PRAYER.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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 to you all xxxx

You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #84

Hi there everyone, and welcome back to Darling Downs Diaries and our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

I’ve had a quiet week at home this past week and we have been getting some school done and music practice.

My husband has been busy working when it hasn’t been too cold and wet. Most of his work is out doors and in sheds which is handy when it is raining, and it has been quite wet this past week.

He even managed to fix our car saving us around $1300. The fact that he can fix things like this is such a blessing for us because it would be difficult to scrape together that much money. God knows and has given my husband these abilities, it’s amazing really.

Apart from school I have been doing the usual household chores. Washing is hard to get dry at the moment so it is being rotated from outside into the clothes horse inside in front of the wood stove.

I’ve been darning socks, I really enjoy this job, but I think this sock below is almost past it. I was challenged to do it though!!20160708_133847Our fruit trees have arrived and are waiting to be planted. We got nectarines, peaches and apples.  Our orchard is in the front of our house in the paddock against the road. They will be a great fire break in the summer because we hope to get the cooch grass growing out there eventually and keep it mowed and green.20160708_121039At the moment my husband is trying to mound the dirt so that we can plant them, but it’s pretty wet out there. That’s a job for the coming week.

Our daughter had been busy knitting a scarf and finished it last night, she was so pleased to get it done, now to teach her how to crochet!

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Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…thmb577905c730cf2Using the Psalms to Pray by MB at John 13:35thmb569262b671775A Thrifty Week At Harvest Lane Cottage #70  by Laura
thmb5779bb7bce47bHow To Have A Leave It to Beaver Summer by Mindie at The (mis) Adventures of a “Born Again” Farm Girl

Thank you everyone for linking up, I hope you were blessed by the variety of posts.

Well my young friend and I are now studying Prayer and I think that this is the topic I will use for our next Wednesday Wisdom Searching.

I’ve mentioned before that I have been reading Fervent and I am enjoying this book immensely. It is challenging to go through the scriptures on prayer and then you get to the one in Thessalonians that says that we should pray without ceasing.  That’s where I’m up to.

Okay this coming week is another quiet one at home, but we will have piano lessons this coming Saturday as school holidays will be finished.

What are you up to at the moment, and where is God leading you???

Just a reminder about our new monthly link up…

wisdom search4

This month’s topic is WORSHIP and what that means to you and how you live it.

Also you don’t need to link up if you don’t have a post on the topic, but you can leave your thoughts in the comments section.  I would love to hear from you.

Our new link up for Wednesday Wisdom Searching will commence on the 20th July, so stayed tuned.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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 to you all xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #83

Hey there everyone, it’s Monday so it’s time for our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

Is anyone else amazed at how quickly each week is passing??? I had a lovely week at home which was great. We achieved some school and music practice.

It was that wet and cold on Thursday that my husband stayed home and had a lego day with our son. They are building a header out of the lego they have. It’s always great when Dad is home for the day. These types of days only happen a few times a year, when it is wet and cold and when it is too hot.
20160630_105801We were lent the DVD of War Room and I think our lives have been changed. What an awesome movie and with such powerful lessons for us. So I was so excited to get these two books in the mail this week.  I have started on Fervent and I’ve read a chapter and a half and already I am enjoying it. I feel like I am sitting in the lounge room talking with this author, just amazing and so practical. 20160629_165618Saturday morning we went to town for our music lessons, even though it is school holidays here, we missed a lesson last week. We have heaps of work to do on the technical side in the next few weeks but I think we are up to the challenge.

Then we caught up with my sister-in-law who has come up from Melbourne for a few days to visit her parents. We had a lovely brunch together and she is a favourite amongst our children.

My husband is busy preparing an area for our fruit trees which are arriving this coming week. It is pretty boggy out in the paddock but he is going to raise up some beds to plant the trees in. We have 30 trees coming in all – 10 apples, 10 nectarines and 10 peaches. Within these there are 2 different varieties of each tree. Next year we will hopefully get another 30 or so and have fruiting happening over a long period of time, very exciting.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb5770429d2e6a7Modern Modesty by Jo at Finding Joy In The Everydaythmb5771691f397caThe Simple Life Ain’t Simple by April Tells All thmb5771883e4bc7c6 Reasons Why Natural Remedies Don’t Work by Jamie at The Herbal Spoon

There we are and thanks for linking up everyone, I hope you were blessed. There always seems such a variety to have a look at and that is just wonderful, thank you.

This coming week is another week at home for me – yay. We aren’t taking school holidays so we will be doing heaps of school and heaps of scales practice, which we all love (not), but we will persevere.

My husband started his men’s course last week and has been blessed by the men participating and their enthusiasm. It is so wonderful to see him reaching out to other men and using what God has taught him to help others.

We are seeing so many marriages collapsing, and when they are Christian it is even harder to watch. I guess we, like so many others are passionate about marriage and about helping others see how good it can be if you have God as the head.

I mentioned last week about a younger friend and I going through scripture together. We do this over text messaging but I am so blessed by it. I feel that finally God has brought a younger woman for me to share my heart with. This young woman is so amazing and challenges me each week to dig deeper into scripture to really see what it means. God’s word is so exciting and full of some many nuggets of wisdom.

Our children have really enjoyed watching War Room also, so this week I bought them both journals and we are encouraging them to write down their prayers each day. It is so exciting.

I have finished the cardigan I made for our 2nd granddaughter so I am going to start working on one for our no 1 son who is away working at the moment. I am half way through the back but it is in 14 ply so it won’t take too long.

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We are blessed with how this young man is growing in the Lord while he is away. Each day is a challenge for him to delve deeper into what God is saying to him.  We are having some amazing late night conversations with him and are growing even closer together.

So what has God been challenging you with lately???

Also a reminder about our new monthly link up…wisdom search4This month’s topic is WORSHIP and what that means to you and how you live it.

Also you don’t need to link up if you don’t have a post on the topic, but you can leave your thoughts in the comments section.  I would love to hear from you.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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 to you all xxxx


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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #82

Hi there everyone and welcome back to Good Morning Mondays.

Have you had a good week??? Ours was good and cold.

The weather has really turned this past few days and it almost snowed on Thursday and that is very rare. We do get some snow on one of the mountains in the Grampians and this happens most years but for us to get it down here is amazing.

This was on the day that we headed down to the Warrnambool Eisteddfod on Thursday. We had to take it very slow on the roads as they were covered in ice. I was so glad that we were in a heated auditorium for the sessions.  It also poured with rain most of the day and at times it was hard to hear the young pianists playing.

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Here is our No 2 daughter playing one of her pieces.
Our children had a great day and received placings in all their sections. Overall the standard was very good and quite a few of the children playing were homeschooled.

Our son-in-law, daughter and their children came down for the day also and it was great to have them there. We had a lovely day and then we all spent the evening with our good friends who live down that way. They are a beautiful family and have 10 children so there are always plenty of people to play with.

It was so great to enjoy a meal together and talk the evening away. The children, including the older ones, played spoons which is a lively, and somewhat noisy game.  We came away encouraged and blessed with our time spent together.

Do you have friends that you just sit and talk about God and what He is doing in your lives??? It is a wonderful thing. I encourage you to find a friend like that.

We had to go to Warrnambool again on Friday for one final session and then we came home. Our music teacher gave us Saturday off so we got to have a sleep in and a relaxing day. We will have a lesson during the coming week sometime.

Sunday we headed back to our friends church to hear him preach on Prayer and Fasting.
20160621_170642I took the above photo from our front veranda during a break from the rain. I love seeing rainbows as it reminds me of how God keeps His promises. What a blessing.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week…thmb57671f5fd0429When You Clean The Critter Shed and Find by Mindie at The (mis)Adventures of a “Born Again” Farm Girl
thmb5766ac3c51ca4Name Above All Names — Word of Life by Beth Willis Millerthmb5766dd7cabe22 What Secrets Are You Hiding? by Ifeoma at Purposeful and Meaningful

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, I hope you were blessed by it.

This coming week is going to be mainly spent at home. We will have a music lesson but apart from that we will be staying inside and keeping warm.

My husband is going to be running a Good to Great Father’s Course over the next 10 weeks and it starts this Thursday night, so if you have time your prayers would be appreciated for the men in the course.  There are going to be 5 of them including my husband.

Because we went to church elsewhere we swapped our soup making with another lady so we will need to make soup this week. I have to deal with some pumpkins that are starting to go rotten so if you have any advice about how you keep your pumpkins I would love to hear it.

I have a younger friend (she is 24), and she has been challenging me with scriptures and what they mean to me over the past couple of weeks. I am really enjoying this with her and digging into scriptures together.

Don’t forget about our new monthly link up…wisdom search4Remember that this is a once a month link up with a different topic each month.

This month’s topic is WORSHIP and what that means to you and how you live it.

Also you don’t need to link up if you don’t have a post on the topic, but you can leave your thoughts in the comments section.  I would love to hear from you.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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 to you all my dear friends xxxx


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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #81

Hi there everyone and welcome back to Good Morning Mondays.

What a week!! The weather has varied between cold and sunny and wet. The first couple days of the week contained frosty mornings but lovely sunny days, although still cold. Then by the latter half of the week it was back to wet and cold.20160617_150752

I have been hibernating inside with the children as much as possible but I did manage to walk most mornings this week.  Thursday I even managed to meet our postie and have a nice chat to him. He is a family friend and I don’t often get out there at the exact time that he drives up, so it was nice to see how he is going.

My husband had his last Good to Great night on Monday and hence he graduated with the other gentlemen on Friday night. We had a lovely meal together, each of us bringing something to share. Across the 5 families there were 22 children there, and most of them have known each other for quite a while.

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My husband receiving his certificate and blessing.

We had a lovely older man who is a father, grandfather and great grandfather come and give us a short message on fatherhood and then he presented the certificates and then blessed each man. What a wonderful moment that was. We joke now that my husband has done the course he has finally made it :-). For all of us we are never going to make it until we get to Heaven but he now has some great tools to being a great father. In his children’s eyes he was already great so now he must be magnificent.

I made a new friendship with one of the wives who I hadn’t met before this course. My husband really connected with her husband so we are looking forward to getting to know them better in the coming months.

The children have been busy practicing their piano and their scales especially. They have another Eisteddfod this coming week and then their exams are at the end of July. They are both going so very well and we are very grateful to God for their giftings.

Okay so that’s about it for our quiet week at home, it was so nice. But now onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…

(sorry no pics this week – I am having some internet downloading problems).

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage

The Gift Cupboard by Woman Abiding

The Inner Views of Shyla Brown by Cheryl at Homespun Devotions

Thank you to all of you who stopped by and linked up, I hope you are blessed by this link up as much as I am.

This coming week is another almost home one until Thursday when the next Eisteddfod is on. The children are playing on Thursday and our son-in-law, daughter and their family are coming as well which is wonderful, our children are so excited.

Then that night we are all catching up with some friends of ours for a pizza tea. We did this last year and we had a wonderful time, we are all such great friends and it is so nice to all be together.

Friday morning our daughter is playing again so we will go down and then be home for the afternoon.

Then it’s music lessons again on Saturday morning and that is our last one for this term, then we have two weeks holidays.

We won’t be taking the holidays this term, we will keep on schooling and we will take a break in a month or so.

Now don’t forget about our new link up…wisdom search4

Remember that this is a once a month link up with a different topic each month.

This month’s topic is WORSHIP and what that means to you and how you live it.

Also you don’t need to link up if you don’t have a post on the topic, but you can leave your thoughts in the comments section.  I would love to hear from you.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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 to you all dear friends xxxx

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