GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #94

Welcome back everyone to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

What’s your week been like???

We had a great weekend last weekend at our grandson’s dedication/1st birthday celebrations and it was wonderful to be able to spend time with the extended family. We sure had fun and I enjoy being able to go up and help our daughter with food and getting everything ready. Actually she had most of it done, she is pretty awesome.

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Our grandson in the jumper I knitted him for his birthday.

We stayed an extra night and came home with some wonderful news.  We are going to have another grand baby next year. It is so exciting. I’ve never read anywhere in the Bible that says children aren’t a blessing and ours sure are.

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Granddad with all three grandchildren, no time to rest…

They actually told both sets of parents and brothers and sisters together, then just a couple more phone calls (for those who couldn’t make it due to distance) and everyone was covered.  We are so overjoyed and now I am thinking that I must start knitting for the new baby, I have plenty of time but by the time I procrastinate a bit and think about it a bit, I will only have a couple of weeks, so I’m determined to be more organised this time.

This week has been a quiet week and we haven’t quite got back into our total school routine, but I’m planning it for the coming week.

My husband finished his fathers course and graduation will be in October.

We had our monthly rainfall this last week in only 2 days and there has been heaps of flooding in the district. Roads have gone under as the creeks fill and the drains can’t handle all the water. It is really amazing and my husband says that the last time he remembers a spring like this was back in 1983.

img_20160914_172328Friday night we went to a lecture on End Times Bible Prophecy which was very interesting and amazing really.

We’ve had two sows have piglets this week so now we have about 17 piglets that will be running around shortly. The one sow only just had hers and we couldn’t get close enough to get a clear count.  We also have another two cows about to calve so the milk will be flowing.img_20160915_170617I have heaps of plans to make more cheese and butter and sour cream. My husband is going to get the separator working again so we can get the cream off quicker and easier. I don’t like to make cheese with separated milk but the pigs and chickens don’t mind it. Milk is a great protein source for chickens too.

We have decided to purchase in day old laying hens and meat chickens. We have had success with incubating but not in big enough numbers for what we are after so the chickens are due to arrive next month.

We are also going to be doing another butchery session early next month to get rid of some pigs, we have 9 to deal with. We are going to make sausages and bacon this time and maybe get rid of some roosters that need to go.

Okay enough about us from our sodden end of the earth, onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…
thmb57d66186829ceOur Favourite Biographies for Reading Aloud by Gwen from An Island Family By Gracethmb57d695ae87318How I Plan Our Homeschool Year by Jennifer at Royal Little Lambsthmb57d5b41ee8ab813 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress by Emily at Morning Motivated Mom

Thank you everyone for linking up and for stopping by and for those of you who leave comments I am so encouraged by your words.

Okay this week is actually school holidays so no music lessons but we won’t be taking a school break this time and I am looking forward to getting a full week in.

There is nothing on at nights this week so we all have every night in, my husband doesn’t have any meetings (at the moment) or anything, wow, that’ll be great.

We are still thinking and working on our upcoming vegetable plot but it is just too wet to do any tractor work on it, so we are waiting for it all to dry up.  There is more rain due this week, so we will see what happens.

I am on the last sleeve of my son’s jumper so I am determined to get it finished this week.  He is home in a fortnight which is very exciting so I am not going to send it because it will probably arrive just as he is leaving.

What’s on your agenda this week???

Also a reminder to everyone about our monthly link up.wisdom search4This months topic is FAITH and I look forward to hearing from you over there.

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.

I have been doing a lot of thinking on next month’s topic but it is all still formulating in my mind, so I’m not quite ready to express what it will be on.

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 #93

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

What a week it’s been.  We’ve had sun and spring weather and then at the end of the week we had nearly 50 mm and our paddocks are flooding.

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It was drying out really nicely earlier in the week and the sun was shining, it was just lovely.

On Monday my husband had to do a quick job up in the mountains at a property he works at, so we all went with. The children had a lovely time walking around the lake and looking for deer. I have been working on a jumper for our grandson for his birthday so I took the opportunity to do some knitting while I waited.

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I finished the jumper, it took me just on a week, a record for me I think!!!

On Tuesday we attended a funeral for a lovely Christian lady. It was a wonderful celebration and thanksgiving service for her life. She was buried first (in the morning) and then after lunch they had the service. Such honouring and loving words, it was beautiful.

So 2 days down and no school!! So I took the opportunity to get some other things done this week and by Thursday it was raining quite a lot.

We caught up on our ironing and house cleaning and did some cooking for our grandsons dedication and birthday lunch on Sunday.

Our weekend was really full. We had music lessons on Saturday morning which is half and hours drive away. We then came home and packed up and went to a 40th and a 1st birthday party for a friend and his daughter. After that we headed to our son-in-law and daughters house for the night.

On Sunday our little grandson was dedicated and then we celebrated that and his 1st birthday. He is growing up so quickly and so are his sisters. They are such delightful children and we love getting together with all of them whenever we can. We also caught up with some friends and our daughters parents-in-law which was great too.

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Our little grandson in his dedication/birthday outfit.

I play scrabble with my daughters mother-in-law and she is really good, it is hard to beat her. We play nearly every day but mainly just at bedtime, it’s sort of a relaxing time for us both.

Okay, onto our link up…

I apologise  to you all because I couldn’t do our top three this week. The internet has been so bad with all the wet weather. Hopefully the top three will be back next week.

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up.

This coming week is back to normal, school again and the usual work around the house and farm. Hopefully it will dry up a bit so we can start getting ready to plant our spring garden.

My husband has his last Fathers course this week and all the men have really enjoyed the course and have really put in an effort to grow and learn. It is so important for fathers to be strong leaders in their families and such a blessing to their wives and children.

Also a reminder about our monthly link up…

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This months topic is FAITH and I look forward to hearing from you over there.

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 #92

Hi everyone, welcome back to Good Morning Mondays.

How has your week been and what have you been up to?  I know that summer is coming to an end in the Northern parts of the world and here in the Southern parts we are seeing a touch of spring weather, the 1st September is officially spring.

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Here are my family outside the orchard.

It’s been fruit tree planting time here and if you haven’t been here before we have already planted 29 trees. We planted apple, peach and nectarine trees early in August and we just went to an orchard that grows old varieties of fruit trees and got three more apples and a couple of peaches. I’m very excited because I was apple to get a Bramley apple tree and I’m looking forward to using those in my cooking.

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Our orchard with the pigs in the back ground.

My husband also managed to get to a grafting course a week ago and he planted out his trees that he grafted this past week.

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My husband with one of the apple trees he grafted himself.

I have been making cheese this week and after encouragement from our no 1 daughter I made ricotta from the whey left over from making cheddar and feta.  It’s a lovely cheese but we eat it all before I get enough to make a baked cheesecake with it.

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Breakfast one morning, preserved plums with ricotta and honey.

We’ve been going really well with our school for the last couple of weeks and it is so good to be getting a bit of a routine.  We are enjoying our Bible program and we are having some great discussions as we do this.

20160903_073331We’ve been having some beautiful sunshine this past week but it is still very wet around the house and the paddocks. The canola that is being grown around the district is in flower and is just a beautiful sight. I took the picture above on our way to the orchard on Saturday morning when the sun was shining. The mountains in the background are the Grampians.

It’s Fathers Day here in Australia today (Sunday) so we took my husband out for lunch with his parents. We had a lovely time and feel restored for another week.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week…thmb57c396917a0c0How To Make An Easy Laundry Scent Booster by Tammy at Taylor Made Homesteadthmb57c430b6971c95 Bible Verses for Your Kitchen by Patti at Glorious Within Her
thmb57c4a200d5959Happy Birthday Dear Child – Link Up by Susan B Mead

Thank you everyone for taking the time to link up I hope you were all blessed by stopping by.

Our young grandson is turning 1 this coming weekend so we are spending Saturday night and Sunday with our son-in-law, daughter and their family.

He is being dedicated on Sunday so they will be having a lunch at home for friends after the service. This will be good and we are looking forward to seeing them all and catching up with some friends as well.

What have you got on this week????

Also just a reminder about our monthly link up…

wisdom search4This months topic is FAITH and I look forward to hearing from you over there.

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 #91

Hey, hey, hey everyone, welcome, it’s so lovely to be back to welcome you to another Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

How has your week been and are you well???

I’m excited to say that we achieved a heap of school this week. Now I know that isn’t that great but it is around here. Some weeks pass that quickly and before you know it you haven’t achieved any book work. I know that there are lots of other important things to do other than that, but it’s definitely good to see some progress towards the end of the text books.

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Look at all that cream…

My husband starting milking again this week – yay!!! no more buying milk. I made some cheddar and some feta cheese and it was so nice to get back into it again.  It has been quite a while since I have made cheese, I don’t think I have made any since I broke my leg 12 months ago.

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Cheddar cheese drying on the rack.

I have been making sour dough bread in the past weeks and I have been doing it by hand. It isn’t hard but my no 1 daughter gave me her recipe and I have been making it in the bread machine.  It works great, I use the machine to mix it and then I leave it in there until it rises and then just press the bake button.  I have been grinding wheat to put into it and it is just delicious. It seems to be a lot lighter done this way than doing it by hand.20160825_131132Only trouble with it is it is very moreish, it’s hard to stop eating it :-(.

I’ve had a young man with a bit of asthma and a bad chesty cough so we didn’t go with my husband to his fruit tree grafting course on Saturday. He seems to be prone to this type of thing during the winter months.

It has been cold this past week with a couple of frosts in the morning. The rain has eased somewhat but it is so muddy outside. One of our cows got out and my husband and children went in the 4WD to get it back in and found out how wet it actually was.

20160822_165206I got called in to drive the vehicle as they winched it out. The children thought it was great fun of course.

Okay that’s my week, it’s been quiet but good…

Onto the link up…thmb57ba50573cf15“To Spank or Not to Spank” by Donna at Soul Survivalthmb57baee868b17eOld-Fashioned: A Sweet, Sensitive, Christ-Honoring Love Story by Rebekah at Ready To Be Offeredthmb57ba1376e17eeStart the Homeschool Year Off Right: 5 History Ideas for the First Week by Tina at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool – plus –

Thank you again everyone for linking up. I’m sorry I don’t get around to reading all your posts, there’s just not enough time, but the ones I do get to I enjoy. So please keep coming and blessing me and others with what you have to offer.

This week coming is another quiet one at home, school, music practice and maybe even a bit of gardening if the weather is fine.

My husband had to move the pigs in the hothouse already as they were under water, but they did a great job of digging up the dirt and spreading the hay around.

Also I want to remind you of our new monthly link up…wisdom search4This months topic is FAITH and I look forward to hearing from you over there.

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 #90

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

On Tuesday morning our No 2 daughter headed off with family for their annual ski trip. This year they went to Falls Creek as the place they had planned didn’t have much snow left.  They stayed in a lovely 2 bedroom house in the village and were able to downhill and cross country ski. She is getting quite proficient and had a blast.

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No 2 daughter in her ski gear

Our son-in-law, daughter and family go as well and our oldest granddaughter who is 3 even got a chance to practice on skis. She did really well for her first time.

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Oldest granddaughter

Even the youngest was bundled up and enjoyed the trip.

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Our daughter and their young son.

Well us at home decided that we would take a day trip to Warrnambool and surrounding areas and we headed down early on Wednesday morning.  We had a great breakfast at a lovely restaurant and then we had a look around town.
20160817_102938We then went to Port Fairy and watched the whales and had a look around. It was a great day out and hard to image how warm it was when our daughter was in the snow about 8 hours away.

It seemed to rain a heap more over the weekend and the mud that was starting to dry up has come back. We have been getting prepared for our spring vegetable garden and my husband has moved this hothouse he made out into the vegetable garden and has put the pigs into it.  They are happily digging it up and fertilizing it at the same time.IMG_20160817_181420In another few weeks we will put plastic on top and move the pigs out and prepare the ground for our early tomato seedlings which our daughter has been growing for us.

Then those pigs will be butchered for more bacon and sausages for the coming summer.

My husband and children headed off over the weekend for their Fathers and children camp with the other men doing the course. There were 5 men and 10 children and they had a great time. They didn’t camp this time due to the weather but they managed to use a holiday home. They cooked on the open fire though, played games and had a sing a long. They all came home tired but happy.

Our son-in-law, daughter and family came down on Saturday afternoon to keep me company. As usual we had a great time and they taught me a new card game called Monopoly. I managed to win a couple of times but they were both just too good for me, and the later it got the harder it became.  Again we had another really late night (early morning), but it was a lot of fun with the addition of deep conversations.

I feel blessed that they were able to come as they had only just got home from their ski trip and were tired to begin with, they are all such a blessing and it was great to see and play with our grandchildren again.  Our oldest granddaughter even calls me grandma now, wow that is exciting.

Okay, that’s our week….

Onto our link up…thmb57b037d8c0f26When You Want To Fall Into The Trap Of Comparison by Ifeoma at Purposeful and Meaningful
thmb57b0dc9dc2e01Cutting the Apron String by Jo at Stop Have a Chatthmb57b0a9330c83dGet Outdoors With Your Kids & Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable by Emily at Morning Motivated Mom

Thank you everyone for stopping by and taking the time to link up. What have you got for us this week??

This week everyone is home again, we will be doing school and back into music practice.

The Answers In Genesis Ark Van is in Hamilton on Wednesday night so we will be going to that and then my husband has his usual Father’s Course on Thursday.

This coming weekend we have a fruit tree grafting course to go to and then a restful Sunday afternoon will be enjoyed by all.

I am still reading Fervent and doing my verse by verse study on Jude and Ephesians. My daughter gave me a great link to an app that will help me in this and I am excited to have a look at that this coming week.

Also a reminder about our monthly link up…

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This link up commenced last Wednesday and I apologise that I didn’t get it up on Wednesday. I’ll admit that I forgot because we went out for the day. This months topic is FAITH and I look forward to hearing from you over there.

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 #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

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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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