GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #176

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS LINK UP

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

Sorry I didn’t turn up last week, we were away camping and didn’t get back in time and then our internet has been off-line and it’s been very annoying., but I’m back now and I have heaps of things to share with you this week.

We went down to the Otways to where our children were camping and made them dinner on Saturday night.  Here’s my darling relaxing after we got the dutch oven on the fire and everything going.We cooked them up a delicious slow cooked beef and mushroom dish with baked potatoes that was awesome (if I may say so myself) and an apple and raspberry crumble for dessert . This was our first time cooking on an open fire and we had to be careful we didn’t burn anything but it turned our really well, and they were all very appreciative of a nice hot meal when they returned back late that night.We stayed in a nearby town in a cabin with hot showers and heaters (we’re a bit soft) while the others camped out in the cold. They were probably warm in their swags and campers but it was a very damp weekend for them.

Our youngest children with our youngest granddaughter

It gives us great joy to see the children all getting along so well and spending time together just being good friends. This is so important and something that we have really tried to work on for them.  Our no 1 son is courting a lovely Christian girl and she was able to come down as well with some other friends which was great.

We were only away one night but the bigger pigs decided they needed a bit of a change of scenery. We couldn’t find them when we got home but located them down our side road the next morning.
My amazing husband has them well trained because they followed him home while I drove the ute behind them. They are all back safely and behind some more hot wires to keep them in.

I finished the cardigan I was knitting for this sweet girl and it looks great. The colour is different for her but it really suits her and a nice change from pink. This is a great and easy pattern and knits up very quickly.After I gifted the cardigan I got stuck into a pair of socks for one of my closer friends for her birthday. I get a lot of satisfaction from knitting for people and the socks fit her just right.They aren’t a very exciting colour but just perfect for her. They are wool too so they will keep her feet warm during this cold winter.

It’s school holidays here so the ladies and I got together to do a couple of days sewing the pads and holders for the Days 4 Girls ministry. We’ve been blessed each time we get together and it’s always good fun doing it with each other.  There’s lots of talking and laughing and sharing and our relationships are strengthening and deepening.

I’ve started knitting a vest for our grandson and it’s going really well. The wool is sort of a tweedy look in a dark charcoal and it’s my first attempt at cables. When you get started it’s actually not too hard and I’m looking forward to sharing the completed item with you next week (hopefully).  Then I might knit a tea cosy because I found a really nice tea pot at the op shop but we’ll see if that happens, I might start a jumper for my husband with cables instead.

We had some friends from Melbourne stay with us for a couple of nights over the weekend and there was much conversation on small crop farming, orchards, vegetables and aquaponics. I think we all learnt a lot from each other and it was a blessing.

The mornings this week have been terribly cold and frosty but the days have been lovely and sunny, although still cold. I managed to get a bit of washing dry and some weeding and mulching done on the raised beds.

Okay my friends onto the link up… How To Make Your Own Fire Pit by Artful Homemaking The Beauty of Sacrifice and the Joy of Giving by Living Our DaysHomestyle Creamed Corn by The Bearded Hiker

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up.

This week coming is back to IT. What is IT you ask??? IT is normal everyday school life and weekly activities or NESLWA!!

That means, bible study, music lessons, school work, gets started with a bang. We did do school work during the first week of the holidays but then no 2 son went and helped dad whilst no 2 daughter helped me sew. All good learning though.

Piano exams are in 3 weeks so no 2 daughter is busy working on that and no 2 son will do his exam at the end of the year.

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

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

Blessings my dear friends xxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #175

WELCOME BACK

to our

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS LINK UP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okay enough about us, onto the link up…

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

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up.

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings my dear friends xxx