GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #121

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

How has your week been?? What have you been doing???

On Monday we said goodbye to our no 1 son. He has headed back up north to work for 6 months. It is always hard to say goodbye and the house feels very quiet without him but it is good for him to spread his wings and stand on his own feet.  He is an amazing young man and we are so blessed to be his parents.We will see him again before the 6 months is up but I’m not sure when.  We have a new grandbaby due in 4 weeks so maybe around then.

The vegetable patch is still producing lovely fresh tasting tomatoes and we bag them into 1 kg lots and sell them out the front of our property at our roadside stall.  We also sell our eggs as well.
The children had their piano lessons early this week as we were away for the weekend and the pressure is on. There is only 6 more lessons until the first Eisteddfod. They have been practicing hard this week and have almost got their duet together. They really enjoy doing their duet and they have a lot of fun (most of the time).

We had our oldest granddaughters 4th birthday on Friday night and I managed to get this rag quilt finished for her. I was really pleased with how it turned out but it took me ages to clean up all the fluff, hopefully it won’t give her mother too much grief.
It’s made from velvet that I bought from a women who decided that she didn’t have time to use it. I was blessed to get it at a great price. I didn’t add any wadding because the fabric is thick enough and I had to use the walking foot on my machine.

On Saturday we headed to Melbourne with our son-in-law and no 1 daughter for our niece’s wedding. It was a great road trip and we had a ball together.  We came home on Sunday and picked up the children from the good friends that were looking after them. The children had a great time as well and enjoy their young friends and playing with them.

Because we were away I didn’t get to do the top 3 but it will be back next week.

Thank you everyone for taking the time to link up and leave me encouraging comments, they bless me so much.

This week we have a 50th birthday party so I’m busy finishing off a rag rug as a present. It was great to have so much car time over the weekend and it’s nearly done.

Then the rest of the week is at home, schooling, music and I’m hopefully going to be able to get some vegetable seedlings in.  The raised bed building came to a halt when the tractor broke down, but my husband will have it fixed this coming week so we can finish the beds.

It’s been damp and cool but the moisture is welcome and everything is so nice and green.

I apologise that I haven’t put up my next post on marriage and again I hope to get it out this week.

With things going wrong all around us and living in an very ungodly world we have to remember to trust God in all things, even the smallest of needs, He cares for them too.

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #120

Hi all, how are you all going?? Welcome back to our weekly link up and a blessed Easter to you all.

We’ve had a blessed week with different things happening. My husband was home for a couple of days and managed to help our no 1 son work on his vehicle to get it ready for him to leave today.

We all visited some friends for lunch on Wednesday which was wonderful as we haven’t caught up for ages. The children enjoyed playing together and my friend and I did talk a bit.

The vegetables are slowing down but there are still enough tomatoes to sell out the front and the chickens are still laying beautiful big eggs and they are going very well on our stall.

I managed to dehydrate the last of the capsicums that our no 1 daughter gave to us and I blended them up with celery and tomatoes and dehydrated them and made them into vegetable powder. I really like these Ball Mason jars but they are so expensive here in Australia but I was blessed to be able to get 12 for$14 which is great.

On our trip home from our friends place my husband transported this silo home. He is going to turn it into a pantry for all our preserving jars and butchery equipment. It will be wonderful to have a place for all this stuff. It was a blessing how well it traveled home.

Our chickens are growing quickly and are going very well. We haven’t lost any yet and they are often seen outside enjoying the autumn sunshine.  My husband and no 2 son have been busy this week again building our raised garden beds. They are hoping to have them all finished off by Monday night because the loader has to go back on Tuesday. They finished the first one before we did our butchery last week and it looks really good. The whole area out there is changing and it will be wonderful to grow our winter vegetables and not be under water this spring when we start planting.Our no 2 daughter is keen to grow some herbs so I’m sure she can fit them into our plans for the beds. Along with the two long raised beds there will be 3 smaller round ones. One for potatoes and one for strawberries and another quite small one for some herbs too. I was hoping to grow some heirloom potatoes in this round bed and then more bulk ones out in the paddock.

One of our dairy cows had a calf this week too but I haven’t gotten a photo yet. It’s a boy which is good and will be great meat in a year or two.  That may sound callous but they have a great life here before we eat them and that is how it works. We farm to supply our food needs.

I have been in awe of God’s blessings on us this week with a couple of smaller things that have happened. He cares for all our needs and His blessings are abundant.

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… Homestead Cakes, A Round Up by Oak Hill HomesteadClutter Free Gifts to Give Mom by Setting My Intention
6 Ways to Prep for Your Work Week on Sunday by The Real Unvarnished

Thank you all for turning up and sharing your recipes, thoughts and moments from God with us all.

This week I’m wanting to get back into bottling all the apples we picked and finish drying more vegetables as well.

My husband has a couple more days home to get the gardens finished and then it’s back to work and school for us all. It’s hard to school when dad is home because there is so much work outside that they can learn from as well.

We have our oldest granddaughters birthday this Friday night and we are meeting everyone in town for tea. I’m nearly finished her socks and I’m nearly finished cutting out the rag quilt I want to make her, so I’m a bit under the pump at the moment but I’m determined to get it finished.

Music lessons start up again this week and it’s only about 6 weeks until the first Eisteddfod, so plenty of practice coming up.

Saturday we head off with our son-in-law and daughter to a niece’s wedding in Melbourne. Our youngest two are staying with friends and they will have a great time.

So I’m going to cherish the days at home this week and I look forward to being productive – hopefully.

Also a reminder that I won’t be doing a Wednesday Wisdom Searching for a little bit while I am posting my marriage series. I’m still working on the next one and I apologise it’s taking so long to get out but other things are requiring more attention at the moment.

Another reminder to trust God in all things, even the smallest of needs, He cares for them too.

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #119

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

How has your week been?  I hope it’s been good and encouraging and filled with God and family.

My husband started out the week doing some shed work for crutching. Our no 1 son was crutching and my husband was sweeping and dealing with the wool. On the second day our no 2 son went with and became quite proficient at doing the sweeping. It’s great that he gets the opportunity to do this work and spend time with his dad, brother and other men.

Our no 1 son on the far right crutching and our no 2 son is manning the broom.

It’s been a bit of a little critter week here with out no 2 son finding a heap of frogs and then our no 2 daughter finding this huge caterpillar .

We get these caterpillars occasionally and they are really big and green and squishy. Such a great learning time to have a look at how they work.

Then later in the week our son-in-law, no 1 daughter and their children came down and we cut up our 2 cows and 5 sheep and made sausages and filled our freezers.

It is a big job but with all of us working together it makes it much easier and fun. We are all pretty tired by the end of it, and we only finished the sausages at lunch time on Saturday.

The mincer went for most of Friday afternoon and we managed to get all the beef and lamb done and seasoned before tea. We always like to leave the meat sit overnight before putting into the skins.

Mincing the beef and lamb

We splurged and had eye fillet steak for breakfast and sausages for lunch and then on Saturday night we finished off with creamy chicken and bacon sour dough pasta (to give us a change from beef and lamb). Meal times with family are always the best and there is lots of laughter and ribbing.

Our grandson who is about 18 months old, he’s so cute.

So by Sunday we were ready for a kick back restful afternoon.

So that was our week, I’m looking forward to a more uneventful one next week.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…

A Book Worth Reading by Finding joy in the everyday
Links, Books, and Other Things I Love – April 2017 by Lisa NotesMonday’s Musings #260 & Watching Our Tongue (Don’t Cuss) by What Joy Is Mine

Thanks everyone for stopping by and linking up, it is a blessing to have you all here.

This coming week as I said should be more uneventful, though maybe a bit emotional.  Our no 1 son is getting ready to leave again on Sunday afternoon to head up north for work.

It’s been great having him home and I think we are even closer now which is just so special. So I have some mending to do for him and my husband this week and I think we also have a trip to Warrnambool maybe Thursday to do some clothes shopping. We enjoy these trips together and it’s lots of fun.

Of course it’s Easter this week but apart from sevices we won’t be doing anything else. My husband would like to keep working on the garden beds and dam that he is building before the loader has to go back.

The tomatoes are still fruiting and there are apples to can and dehydrate, so that will keep me busy as well.

I want to get some school done and find somewhat of a routine again and we have our granddaughters birthday this month and I’m busy knitting some socks for her.

So heaps to do but I want to make sure that my focus is still on God. I find that I get so task orientated I forget to slow down and listen to the children, so I want to do more of that this week and have some fun with them.

I hope you are all good and I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Also a reminder that I won’t be doing a Wednesday Wisdom Searching for a little bit while I am posting my marriage series. I’m working on the next one and it should be out shortly.

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #118

Welcome back everyone to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

I’ve been watching on Instagram the changing seasons both here in the Southern Hemisphere and the Northern. We are having quite cool autumn weather whereas our friends up north have spring slowly returning.

It seems that seasons are something that we will always have to deal with. Seasons in the weather and seasons in our lives. At the moment you may have little ones that seem to take all your time or you may be finished with that and there’s other things that are keeping you busy.

Rest assured that whatever season you are in you are there because that is where God has you. I often think of that phrase “bloom where you are planted” and it’s a constant reminder to be happy in the place you are.

My husband has had a few days home this week and has been busy with our no 2 son preparing our raised beds and they have almost finished one. They need to finish the first one before they can start the second. It is looking really good and it is the perfect height for me which will be great. I’m looking forward to getting it planted with some winter vegetables in the next week or so.

Our no 2 son helping his dad by raking the soil.

Our no 1 daughter sent me home last weekend with some beautiful capsicums which I dehydrated earlier in the week. They retained their beautiful red colour and I’m looking forward to using them.

I also managed to get some apples stewed and bottled and more dehydrated. The last load I did with cinnamon and they taste amazing. I’m still working on tomatoes as well, so those that don’t sell out the front go into our pot and get stewed, de-skinned and then bottled.

Skinning the cow.

It’s that time of the year again for our next butchering session and my husband and children have been busy at that the last couple of days. We are doing 2 cows and 5 sheep this time.  It brings such joy to watch my husband and our no 1 son work so well together to do this job and the younger 2 children are also learning so much as well.

In the midst of the butchering we headed to Mt Gambier to pick up our next load of day old chickens. They are cosy and warm in their pen and have settled down nicely. Okay enough about us, onto our link up…

Our top 3 this week were… Sunday Supper Suggestion, Hamburger Pie by Our Sunday Cafe Friday Finisher 3/24/17  by Strength and Sunshine Encouragement, Introducing Kristin Pace by Maidservants of Christ

Once again I thank you all for stopping by and sharing your ideas and wisdom with us and I hope you are blessed by your visit.

Okay, this week I will be getting ready to help cut up the meat. I want to get a couple meals made and the house tidy so that it’ll be okay while we are busy outside. It is meant to warm up later in the week but that should make it very pleasant (at the moment it is really cold and blowing a gale).

Our son-in-law, daughter and their children will be down to help us and although it tires us out we have a great time together, and we are all looking forward to more meat in our freezers.

My husband is keen to get the raised bed finished before then but he has work this week so we will see.

We are now on school holidays (or the schools are) so we don’t have music lessons but that doesn’t mean the practice stops and we will keep on schooling as well.

Well that’s about all our news for the week and I hope you are all going well.

Also a reminder that I won’t be doing a Wednesday Wisdom Searching for a little bit while I am posting my marriage series. I’m working on the next one and it should be out shortly.

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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