Our computer is in our lounge room and where I sit I can see our rose bushes in our front garden bed.  There is one bloom there at the moment that is beautiful.


As I’m sitting here looking at this rose I am wondering whether I am beautiful.

Now I’m not talking about whether I am beautiful to look at.  I am talking about an inner beauty.

Do I reflect God in my life from the inside???

1 Peter 3:4 But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

It isn’t our outward beauty that shows that the Holy Spirit is working in our lives, we can be glamorous and of great beauty but our hearts can be dead and full of self so that there is no room for the Holy Spirit to dwell.

I am not saying that outwardly beautiful people haven’t got a heart for God I am just saying that it is that which is in our hearts that reflects our true beauty.  Are we a temple of the Holy Spirit?

1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.

Are we beautiful on the inside??? Are we precious in Gods sight??  I pray that we are, and that God moulds us in His image.

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.


This post is linked up here…



Good morning to everyone and welcome to another Good Morning Mondays link up.  How are you all going?  We have had a good week and I am looking forward to the next one.

As I said last week we went to a turkey farm, this is across the road from the Big Koala at Dadswells Bridge, click here if you want to see more about it.

IMG_0825[1]Here is no 2 daughter and son in front of the Koala.  They had a great time there, and there was a cockatoo in a cage and it talked to them.

IMG_0828[1]They were careful not to stick their fingers in though otherwise he might have bitten them off.

We bought home 3 turkeys from the turkey farm,  see our new arrivals for more information on them.

Australia has heaps of “BIGS”.  The Big Pineapple in Queensland, the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, the Big Trout in Adaminaby, New South Wales.  These are the ones I have been to and I am sure there are heaps more.

We started school again this week and music practice.  I have decided never to have a break from music practice again.  It has been an interesting week with No 2 son and his piano, but it is finally clicking in again.  He is such a good little player with great rhythm and energy.

I have done some sewing and some cleaning up of the house. The younger children and I have nearly finished weeding the vegetable patch, and only have 2 more rows of potatoes to go.  We are blessed that the weed that is growing is easy to pull out which is also helped by the fact that we have had some more rain this week.

Our zucchinis are finally starting to fruit, which is great.  I am looking forward to canning this, to add to soups and stews.  I also add zucchini to my bottled tomatoes with onions.

This week coming we have a trip to Melbourne (3 hours away) and general school work.  I am organising with a homeschooling friend to meet together once a fortnight so that our daughters can do some craft or sewing together.  We are starting that this week and I think the girls might start on a quilt – just a basic one.

We have some friends who live near the coast and they have blackberries on their property and they have offered to let us pick some, so hopefully we can fit that in this week too.

My husband has been working from home fixing a truck for a client and it has been great to have him home.  He has more to do on the truck and then has a couple jobs away from home later in the week.

Well that’s about it for my week so on to our link up.

Our top three posts this week were:

thmb54bc3f81420efFrugal?…. or Cheap? by Gentle Joy Homemaker

thmb54bc512905420Why I Might Delete Your Comment or Facebook Post by Thaleia from Something 2 Offer

thmb54bc9bb7c3b4eHow to Ferment Garlic and Why You Should by Mindie from (Mis) Adventures of a Born Again Farm Girl

My favourite this week was…

thmb54bc3fc45cecfBobsled Run…Off the Deck? by Gentle Joy Homemaker

I thought this was a great idea, bobsledding off the deck and then wanting to do it off the roof next year, what a great way to have fun!!!

Thank you ladies for your wonderful posts and thank you to everyone for taking the time to link up.  Each week our link up is growing and I am feeling so blessed by the effort everyone makes to stop by.

I was convicted this morning during our Sunday worship service when our pastor spoke on what we were attached to. Were we attached to things of the world that got in the road of our attachment to God.  I want to encourage all of us to look at what we are attached to and think about their importance in our lives.

Blessings to you all my dear friends.


In my Good Morning Mondays post last week I mentioned that we were going to a turkey farm to look at the processing of turkeys, we also discussed the politics and paperwork involved with the whole process.  If you want to look at where we went you can click here.

We have been talking about getting some turkeys from this same place one day when we went there, so we took the opportunity and bought home three of them.

Here is the Sweetgrass Gobbler.


Here is the three of them together.

288We got a Sweetgrass gobbler and hen and a Pencilled Slate hen.  The Pencilled Slate hen is the one on the right of the picture and a plain grey colour.

These are heritage breed turkeys and they are lovely looking birds.  I can’t remember how old they were but the owner said they should start laying in August.

They wouldn’t sit still for me to take a picture but I finally managed to get all three of them together.

We have put them in the chook (chicken) house with the chooks and they seem to have settled in well.  We kept them locked up for 4 days and have let them out now and they are wandering around the back yard with the chooks.  They go back in each night and have settled in really well.

We were concerned about how the roosters would be with them, but they are bigger than the roosters and chickens so they have left them alone.

We couldn’t believe how big the turkeys were that this farm had. The commercial breeds were enormous and it was fascinating to watch the two workers butcher, pluck and gut them.

We learned a lot that day and it was even better to spend 4 hours in the car together discussing all the things we can do around the farm.

Do you keep turkeys, if so what type and how many???





I bought a pair of sand shoes the other day.  I haven’t had sand shoes for ages and decided that I needed a pair to get walking in and they were cheap from ALDI.


I normally wear a pair of Birkenstock scuffs around the house during the summer and nearly everywhere I go so my feet are not used to be confined, unless I am outside in the garden wearing my boots.

You know I talked about wearing my apron in the morning when I first get up and how motivated this makes me feel. If you didn’t read about “When I Wear My Apron” click here.

Well I think I have just found another reasonably cheap motivational product.  It’s my sand shoes.

I got up this morning at 5.20 am because we were travelling to view a turkey operation. I don’t normally get up that early, but up I got and got dressed and put on my sand shoes.  They felt great. My feet felt cushioned and comfortable and ready to go.

I was amazed at how motivated they made me feel, I felt like going for a walk and getting into my work.  If it’s that easy to get going in the morning I am going to wear my sand shoes every day, I’ll put them on before I put on my apron.

I am not a walk around the house in my pj’s type of person.  I get up and get dressed, this is the first step in motivating myself to get going.

I am definitely not a morning person but I am trying to turn my days around, early to bed and then early to rise.

These scriptures encourage me also.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Proverbs  31:15 She also rises while it is yet night,  and provides food for her household, and a portion for her maidservants.

I’m all about getting motivated this year, that would be one of my No 1 goals for the year. I am not putting my motivation over my relationship with God, I feel they both work together.  If I am motivated to get up and get going in the morning then I have more time for my quiet time, prayer and Bible reading.


I really hope to achieve this goal this year.

What gets you motivated in the morning??? What tools do you use???


No 1 son has been away shearing and was due home tonight so I thought I’d make him a nice dessert for after our BBQ tea.

This is what I came up with. It was absolutely scrumptious.



Biscuit Base:

  • 200 grams sweet biscuits
  • 125 grams butter


  • 5 eggs
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup cornflour
  • 1/3 cup castor sugar


  • mango
  • whipped cream


Base:  Crush the biscuits and add the melted butter.  Press into greased pie dish.

Custard:  Place eggs, milk, vanilla essence and cornflour into a saucepan, whisk until combined.  Bring to the boil whisking all the time and simmer for 2 mins.


Allow custard to cool and then pour into pie dish.  Place in fridge until set.


Place mango over the top of the custard and top whole pie with whipped cream.


PS:  I had enough custard for nearly 2 pies so you could cut the mixture in half.

PPS:  I used frozen mango and it was a bit watery and I should have drained it first.  Fresh mango wouldn’t be a problem.




I am not really a gardener, it is something I do because I have to not because I have a passion for it.  I would much rather be inside knitting, or sewing or quilting. That is why I enjoy winter so much because I have a great excuse to be inside because of the wet and cold.

Recently I wanted to beautify our back verandah so my husband put up these boxes we purchased at a clearing sale (a sale farmers have when they have sold their property and want to get rid of stuff they don’t want to take with them.  They sell it all via an auction).IMG_0829[1]

These boxes were made by the farmer we bought them from for keeping his beer bottles in.IMG_0830[1]

I originally wanted to put herbs in them but they didn’t get enough sunlight so I asked my mother-in-law if I could have some succulent cuttings to put in them.  Now I am not a succulent person but I am really impressed with how these look and they are growing well. So maybe I am a succulent person.


We also have this beautiful tree that flowers outside our kitchen window.  I am not sure of the technical name but the blooms are called angel trumpets.  This tree is highly poisonous to animals but it is very pretty.


Here is another succulent that I got, I’m not sure of the name but the little flowers are lovely.  This pot is by our back door, next to our wood basket.


I am definitely a rose person.  I really love roses and here is a bloom on a bush out the front of our house. It is actually a deep red.IMG_0850[1]So that’s a snap shot into our summer garden, thanks for stopping by.

Do you like succulents??? What do you grow in your summer garden???



Hello everybody and welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays.  Say goodbye to last week and hello to this week, again it has gone by very quickly.

We have had a good week with quite coolish weather, which is conducive to work but not to tomato growing.  We have just been discussing the fact that we live in a cooler climate and we are going to put up a permanent hothouse next year to grow our tomatoes in and then we won’t have to whinge about the cooler weather. Sorry about that.

We have had a very social week this week with our No 2 daughter having a friend to play during the week.  They had a great time and her friend just loves coming out to the farm and running around.

No 1 son needed some new clothes so we headed to a larger town near the coast and kitted him out.  We enjoyed fish and chips in the car overlooking the beach (it was too cold to get out – sorry again) and a play in the playground (sheltered from the wind).  We had a great day together, which is rare with No 1 son working nearly full time shearing.

Here’s the gang enjoying a day out.
 We spent a lovely evening with friends of ours who live on a much larger farm and homeschool their children as well.  They have 7 wonderful boys and 1 lovely daughter who is good friends with our No 2 daughter.  No 2 son gets lost in the crowd of little boys and he just loves it.

We are not big on peer socialization and that is one of the numerous reasons why we homeschool.  My husband says we aren’t a mono culture, we want our children to learn to socialize with all ages. Saying this they do enjoy getting together with children their own age and having a play.

It’s great to get together with like minded friends and chat about the way we do things and the way they do things, it can be quite challenging and makes us think and analyze why we do things.

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

In the late 1800’s there was an operational trading post come hotel on the corner of our property, it was called the Junction Hotel.  We had friends come out on Saturday for lunch and the husband went over the site with his metal detector.  He didn’t find any gold or anything just some foundations.  He had fun and we enjoyed having a meal together and chatting.

Well that’s our week.  Tomorrow we are going to a turkey farm to see how they process the birds and discuss the legalities and politics of the operation.  We are doing this with a friend who is interested in this type of thing.  For us it is also a field trip for the children, part of our schooling.

Enough of me and on to our link up.  We had 88 link ups and I am feeling so blessed that you all stop by and share your heart with us all.  I am enjoying reading all your posts and I am learning heaps too.

Our top post by a country mile was:


Why we banned Frozen by Alli at AwedBody

Our family stands with Alli and her opinion on this movie.  I know she has gotten heaps of positive comments but also some very negative ones.  I just ask that you read her post with an open mind and heart and ask the Lord to lead you with your comments.

Our next two top posts were:


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


Frugal Fashion Friday by Diary of a Prairie Girl

and my favourite post was…

10 Things Homeschooled Children Don’t Miss by the Farmer’s Wife at Growing in His Grace.

If you haven’t had the chance to have a look at these posts they are linked up for you so just click on the picture.

Thank you ladies for these wonderful posts and also to everyone else.  I enjoyed them all and think they are all wonderful, it is hard to pick a favourite.

Before we link up I found a few posts that were talking about trusting God, so I want to share this scripture –

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

This is my favourite scripture and it helps me in times of fear and uncertainty, so I am just wanting to encourage myself and everyone else to try and remember this scripture when fear overtakes us.

May you all be blessed this week as you work, play and love your family.

Ok let’s get the link up started, please link up any posts that relate to God and christian living – especially encouraging or challenging posts, also recipes, crafts, gardening or homesteading as you call it in America and just plain old country living here in Australia.


Maltesers would have to be my favourite chocolate lolly.  I don’t buy them much because I would just eat them, but then I found a slice recipe with Maltesers in it and changed it to suit the ingredients I had, I was thrilled with the results.



  • 2 packets Marie biscuits (500 grams)
  • 1 tin of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 200 grams butter
  • 300 grams Maltesers
  • 250 grams milk chocolate
  • 1/2 cup thickened cream


Crush the Maltesers and then the Marie biscuits.  Add 3/4 of the crushed Maltesers to the biscuits and add the cocoa powder and stir until combined.

Melt the butter with the condensed milk and add to the biscuit mixture and stir until blended.  Press into lined baking tin and place aside.

Melt the chocolate and add the thickened cream and stir until smooth. Spread over the top of the slice and sprinkle the remaining crushed Maltesers over the top.


Place in the fridge until set.  Cut into fingers.


PS: Marie biscuits are a sweet biscuit.

PPS: Maltesers are a small chocolate ball with a crisp malt centre.



I want to start a revolution!!  Not to take over the country or its leadership, I want to start a revolution to have respectful obedient children who will then grow into respectful, thoughtful, God fearing adults.

Actually when I thought about this comment I decided I did want to take over the country.  I want our children, our Godly young adults to rise up and lead us into the future, to be respectful, God fearing leaders of our country.

It seems to me these days the authority in homes is all back to front. The children run the home with the parents just trying to keep up and do what they are told.

When I grew up my parents were older (in their 40’s when we were adopted) and they had old fashioned morals and manners.

We were taught to wait for the adults to get their food at luncheons and we were to be seen and not heard, at the tables of my grandparents.  My parents weren’t that strict and we were allowed to converse.  My point is we were taught and brought up to respect our parents and adults.  I still call my parents friends Mr and Mrs.


When we have church we have morning tea afterwards and it seems to me that the food is only there for the children or that’s what they think.  There is no training the children to wait and let everyone arrive before they dive in, they aren’t taught to not stick their fingers in the sugar bowl and then lick them, it’s like a swarm of locusts.  Actually there is no training.  Training seems to be a thing of the past.

Parents don’t want to discipline, they don’t want to smack, either it’s too hard or they just don’t care.

I partly think our society has made it just too hard.  We are not allowed to apply the rod of reproof to our children without fear of the authorities, without fear of having our children taken away from us, but it is our God given role to discipline and apply that rod.

There is a difference between applying the rod of reproof and belting the living daylights out of a child.

Proverbs 29:15 The rod of reproof gives wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Let us care, let us stand up and say “WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH”.  Our children are too precious to us to allow them to have no respect for adults or us or any authority.

We teach our children to say hello, to look people in the eyes, to say thank you for any gifts or comments.  They are taught to ask before eating, they are not allowed into our fridge (or anyone else’s for that matter) without permission.

They are encouraged to sit through church without any entertainment, because we are there to worship our Lord not draw or eat, and with training they can sit.

Both our boys have been adventurous to say the least. No 1 son is 19 now and has matured past his running everywhere and do everything mode, No 2 son is 7 and is still getting there.

That is ok though, it is alright to run around and be adventurous but it is not ok to be adventurous through church.  It is not ok to be noisy or disrespectful during worship.

We have proven that even the busiest child can be trained to sit still. It takes times and energy and discipline in ourselves, especially when they are little, but the reward far out weighs the effort that we need to put in.

There are so many scriptures that support the discipline of our children.  Proverbs is just a wealth of advice on how to raise our children and apply that discipline.

Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

Then there are scriptures that encourage our children to obey us and honour us as their parents.

Ephesians 6:1-4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honour your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”  Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

My husbands grandmother lived until she was 100 and our older children always said that she must have obeyed and honoured her parents.

Our younger 2 children do not like rebuke and discipline, they both deal with it in different ways.  One let’s it go quicker than the other and moves on, but they both come and say they love us and I feel that these are the boundries they need to be respectful young adults.

It concerns me that the generation that is being brought up now will be so self focused they will think the world owes them a living.  Their parents have given them everything they have ever wanted, because it was easier than not and they will expect that their whole lives.  They will have no respect for authority because they don’t understand the order of our lives, they won’t honour their parents.

So I want to start a revolution and I want you to join me.  Let us raise Godly, respectful, disciplined children because this is the way God wants us to be.

Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Give it a go, you’ll be amazed at what your children can achieve and how more settled they will be when they understand and accept the order of authority in their lives.


Has God convicted you on certain things in your life – certain things that He wants just you to do???

He has convicted us to homeschool our children, he led us to it and is definitely leading and guiding us as we carry this out.

Now we would say that all Christian families should homeschool, we see this as a biblical commandment, but it is not our job to tell or judge others for what they do or how they live.

Matthew 7:1-2 Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

When we read the scriptures certain things can just jump out at you and scream, do this, this is what God wants for you.

Has God told you to follow the laws of the old testament? Has he led you to not eat pork or prawns?  Has He led you to wear head coverings or to worship on Saturday not Sunday?

That’s great if He has, but do you put your convictions onto others.

What if someone invited you for a meal and didn’t realise that you didn’t eat pork.  Would you make a fuss about it and refuse to eat the meal served to you? Or would you graciously accept the food placed in front of you.

My point is whatever God has convicted us of is our conviction.  It isn’t our conviction to put onto others.  It isn’t our job to judge and tell others how to live.

God touches each of us in different ways and we should accept these differences and allow others to live the way God wants them too.

We have close friends who don’t eat certain things and worship on a Saturday and I have been blessed about how they live these convictions and how they quietly go about their lives, honouring Gods plans for them.  Just being around them teaches me so much.

Eating pork or not eating pork isn’t a salvation issue.

Homeschooling or not homeschooling isn’t a salvation issue.

Wearing headcoverings or not isn’t a salvation issue.

Believing in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and being in a personal relationship with Him is a salvation issue.

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.