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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #146

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Hi there all! and welcome back to our weekly link up. How have you all been?

We’re back from our trip away and it was short and quick but we are all pleased that we made the effort to go. The wedding was beautiful and Christ centred which was even better. The young couple looked so happy and excited. What a wonderful journey together they have just begun.

We traveled all day on Friday and took some back roads so that we could stay out of the cities. As we were driving along my husband spotted a wombat on the road so he stopped so we could have a look. The wombat was way too quick for us to photograph but we managed to see his home in the ground and it was huge.  Wombats do a large amount of damage to the farm land where they live, creating big burrows underground. We were only away for a couple of days but our jersey cow decided it was time to feast on our vegetables growing in our raised beds. I must admit this was rather disappointing but that’s the way it goes sometimes. At least now we have a bit more room to plant some new vegetable seedlings. We still have heaps of broad beans coming on (the cow mustn’t like them) so that’s good and she didn’t touch our onions or garlic – even better. This weekend we got out there and tidied it up and planted some new seedlings suitable to spring and summer growing.

We are still attending pottery classes but we will finish up before the end of the year. We’re busy making those last minute items that have been on our mind to give a go. My butter dish has dried up nicely and I’m looking forward to glazing it in a week or two. Now I’m trying a honey pot in the shape of a bee hive, that’ll be interesting to see how that turns out… stayed tuned.Apart from all that we had our usual week, I’ve been busy trying to catch up on my washing and we’ve been getting back into music practice and school work.

We had the usual weekend, of gardening work and my husband is preparing the ground to plant potatoes. We are also in the planning to get more chickens next month and do our bi-annual butchery session next week.

Our no 2 daughter and myself were blessed to be able to attend a women’s meeting this week and hear from a missionary couple who have been in Vanuatu. Their lifestyle is quite different from ours and it’s always good to hear about spreading God’s word around the world.

I’m sorry to say our internet has been terribly slow so I can’t do the top three this week but it should hopefully be back next week. Thank you to you all for taking the time to stop by and link up, I hope you enjoyed your visit.

The first half of this week will be school and the usual work around the place. We are doing a big butchery session at the end of the week to make sure we have enough meat for the summer months.

Our son-in-law, daughter and children will be done for a quick visit and we are all excited about that. They will be back the following week when it’s time to process all the meat.

We have started thinking about Christmas and the gifts we like to give. It is one of my greatest joys – giving to family and friends. What a blessing to be able to give of your handiwork or your farm to bless others. Putting aside whether you agree with Christmas or not the giving of the gifts God has given us is very important and it doesn’t always have to be a thing but it could be an act of service.

I’m planning on sewing the grandchildren some clothes (they have enough toys) and maybe making a felt book or two, so that should be fun to do. We’ll get through this next couple of weeks and then will get into that.

We’ll also be finishing up our school work for the year, our school year runs from January to December. I don’t like to take too long a break during the Christmas/New Year period otherwise it’s so hard to get started again.

We are being challenged to watch our mouths and our attitudes daily and it’s a humbling walk to be teaching our children at home and learning to live in love and patience each day. What a blessing that God forgives us and loves us unconditionally.

God bless you all.

Keep on keeping on my friends…

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 #145

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Hi there all! and welcome back to our weekly link up. How have you all been?

It’s been a quieter week here, what with no bible study due to school holidays and no music lessons or pottery classes to attend. We probably find it a bit boring really, because we miss the studies and classes. I must admit though it’s nice not to have to be in town really early on Saturday for piano lessons, that sleep in was nice this weekend.

As I said last week our no 1 son came home on Tuesday and it’s really nice to have him back. We enjoy his company and also enjoy hearing about all that he has been up to.

I’ve been harvesting more vegetables and I’m pleased with that head of broccoli. Some of the cauliflowers are still blowing out but they still taste great and we are enjoying them. I’ve been thinking a lot about getting my spinning wheel going again and it’s getting closer each day. Only problem is finding the time and when I’ve got time I’ve got knitting I want to finish. Oh well it’ll happen.A friend has given us a couple of books to read and we started this one with the children but it was a bit too graphic for them. It talks about the natives in Papua New Guinea before the missionaries arrived and then as they arrived. It’s a fascinating book and I’m enjoying it.I haven’t read a full book in ages and I’m on a challenge with our no 1 daughter to finish this before she finishes her book, I’m hopefully winning (not that it’s a competition 😉 more of an encouragement really).

We have been reading another book with the children titled Trials and Triumphs which is a lot of little stories from church history. We are all enjoying this book and it is opening our eyes to what persecution really is.

The weekend was busy what with an 18th birthday party in Warrambool on Saturday night and lunch with friends on Sunday. Fellowship is always good and enjoyable and encouraging. It’s good to catch up with friends that we haven’t seen for a while and hear how God is working in their lives.

Well that was our week, not very exciting I’m sorry. Back to normal next week.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… A Cold and Graceless Way? by Maidservants of Christ How to Keep Homemade Bread Fresh – My Little Secret by Our Simple HomesteadApple Slab Pie by Marilyns Treats

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up and supporting our blog.

DUE TO A WEDDING NEXT WEEKEND I WON’T BE ABLE TO DO NEXT WEEK’S LINK UP SO I’LL BE KEEPING THIS ONE OPEN FOR 2 WEEKS, SEE YOU THEN.

As I said, this week is back to normal and our Church is starting a new Bible Study for the next 4 weeks called One to One. It sounds interesting and challenging.

We’ve got a wedding this coming weekend so that’ll be nice so we’ll have music lessons earlier in the week.

We’re preparing our spring vegetable garden area and my husband is getting the ground ready to plant potatoes. It’s still very wet out and hopefully we can get them in earlier this year. My raised beds are drying out but the ground around them is still under water and it’s really boggy. This makes it difficult to get around but it is slowly drying out.

The weather is warming up to and it’s nice for a change but hopefully it won’t happen too quickly. Ha we are never happy with the weather – it’s either too hot or too cold or too wet or too dry…

So I’ll see you all in 2 weeks, there will be no Good Morning Mondays Link Up next week. I’ll be looking forward to hearing how you all are.

God bless you all.

Keep on keeping on my friends…

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 #144

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Hi there all! and welcome back to our weekly link up. How have you all been?

As I said last week it is school holidays here but we’ve been pushing on with our school work and music practice. We did do some spring cleaning later in the week which took a day or two and it was good to get it done.

My husband and the children have finally gotten all the fruit tree root stocks planted and it is a good feeling to have that done. It is very wet in the orchard but the early fruiting trees are flowering already, which is exciting. We were asked to get our photo taken for the church directory and I will share it with you. Not to brag but just so you know who I am talking about. The children are growing up quickly and are now 12 and nearly 10.You know how I said last week that there were little cauliflowers in the garden?? well they are big now. A couple blew out but I put them into a cauliflower and potato soup. We enjoyed a bit of it and I’ve put a container in the freezer for when we do our next butchery session at the end of the month.Now that the orchard is planted my husband has moved onto getting our bee hives ready for the arrival of 2 new swarms that we ordered earlier in the year. He and our son have built a shelter for the hives between the orchard and the vegetable patch. This shelter will house 4 hives although only 3 will have bees this year.We have had bees for quite a few years now but work has gotten in the road and with the older children moving around we haven’t been working them. Now that the younger children are interested we’ve decided it’s time to get back to it. Our no 2 son will be helping his dad with this job whilst our no 2 daughter helps with the orchard work. Actually they both help with both jobs so they learn about it all.

We had our curry night on Friday night and it was great. I took a very plain lamb and beef curry but we have an Indian family at church and their curries were just wonderful and the fellowship was as always good.

Saturday night we had some friends who live in Melbourne come for tea. We had an enjoyable evening and the children always enjoy catching up with the children who they haven’t seen since January.

Sunday morning day light savings came in so we lost an hour of sleep. It’s funny how it always feels like more than that and it always feels that you don’t catch up until next April when it goes out. My husband likes it because he can get more things done around the farm after work. My vote is still out…

Sunday was church and fellowship luncheon and once again it was good to gather together with our church family. I must admit it was nice to get home and have a sit down and a rest.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…prodigal grace by Beth Willis Miller Faith, Family and the Adoption Journey by Living Our DaysA Weekly Glimpse Into our Home #1 by Redeeming Home

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, it is always a joy for me and I’m sure to others also.

Well the exciting news for us this week is our no 1 son will be home either Monday or Tuesday. He has been away for 6 months and we have only seen him once in that time so it’ll be good to have him back. He enjoys his time away and we are pleased for him to spread his wings and learn new things. I’m pretty sure he’s looking forward to coming home too.

So, a bit more spring cleaning next week and school work too. I’m hoping to get some help from my husband in the vegetable patch to prepare it for our coming spring plantings. It is still so very wet out there but hopefully it will stop raining long enough to dry out a bit. Our garlic is looking good and I’ve got lettuce ready to pick and use, the beans and snow peas are flowering so hopefully we will be picking them before too long.

Well that’s about it from me, thank you all for your support and may God bless you all.

Keep on keeping on my friends…

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 #143

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Hi there all! and welcome back to our weekly link up. How have you all been?

I usually start this post off with the weather and it’s unusual habits for each time of the year, but the weather has been usually unusual so I won’t go there :-).

As I say each week we are going through Hebrews on a Sunday morning and it has been eye opening.  Each week we learn more and more about God and His ways for us and His plans and are thankful for the Word that He has given us to follow.

Our children have been attending Bible class and the discussions we are having are amazing. We are reading to them from the book Trial and Triumph about early church history and we are all learning so much.

Apart from all that we have had a quieter week due to the fact that my husband has had the flu and the children have had colds. Our routine has been all out of whack but I’m looking forward to next week when we get it all back again.

My husband and our younger two children have been working on getting the orchard sorted and have planted the apple root stocks. There are pear and stone fruit root stocks to go but they are well on their way. My husband has been busy getting it all documented and it’ll be a plan that we build on.He has them sorted into fruiting periods – early, mid and late. We are all excited about this orchard, it’s finally all coming together. The weather dried up enough later in the week for the men to put posts out for berry trellising and fences and again that is something that has needed to happen. We had our last pottery session for the school term and we were able to bring home some of our finished items. Our daughter is really getting the hang of making bowls but they are still drying and awaiting the kiln. Our early pots look basic but it’s nice to bring them home and use them.

I was excited to finally get onto my butter dish and it turned out really well. Below is a picture of the lid and I made the handle to look like a curl of butter (hopefully).  I am making this out of terracotta clay which is stronger and holds it’s shape really well.The base is looking good too and I’m hoping that it all holds together until we get back next term. If it all works out I might make another couple (because we have enough bowls coming) and I might try a vase or two in the terracotta as well.

We had a young people’s BBQ and Bonfire night on Friday night after Bible Class and the children really enjoyed that. It was a lovely warm day and a bonfire is always exciting, especially with marshmellows.

Saturday was our last piano lesson for the term and that went well and Saturday afternoon the grass was dry enough for my husband to get some lawn mowed. We had a couple from church for tea on Saturday night and we always enjoy the fellowship of like minded people.

These friends need your prayer if you can. The husband has lung cancer and starts radiation and chemotherapy on Monday in Melbourne. It will be a full on six weeks of treatment for them and we ask that you pray that they will feel God’s peace and comfort at all times, we also ask that God be glorified through all of this. Also pray for us as a family to know how to help and when to stand back.

Another prayer request is for the Same Sex Marriage Plebiscite that is happening at the moment in Australia. The voting papers are out and we are praying that Christians will rise up and vote no on the papers. This isn’t the time to be silent, and we ask that you pray and stand with us during this time. The battle is fierce here in Australia at the moment.

Okay, onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…

Cost of Setting up a Homestead by Our Simple Homestead Put the Decision Behind You by Lisa Notes…Money Saving Adventures For Last Week by Blessed in Bowie

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up and if it was your first time here, welcome to Darling Downs Diaries.

So as I said this week I’m hoping to get our routine back, school and music practice. Although it’s technically school holidays we won’t be stopping but pushing on. We’ll do other stuff as well, like make a volcano for Geography (all outside).

We have small cauliflowers forming in the raised beds and the cabbages are starting to come together. The broccoli is heading in the aquaponic system so it’s all go. We are now starting to think about our spring garden and what we are going to grow but we need to be careful because we can have frosts here until November. We may put some seedlings until plastic to protect them until then.

My husband will be back at work this week and hopefully the weather will be conducive to working outdoors otherwise it can be difficult.

We have a curry night this week at church and we are looking forward to that. We are all taking a curry and we have a lovely Indian couple who will make some authentic Indian meals. My curry will probably be a typical Australian one and hopefully it will be tasty.

All right my dear friends that’s all for this week, thank you all for your support and may God bless you all.

Keep on keeping on my friends…

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 #142

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Hi there all! and welcome back to our weekly link up. How have you all been?

Although it’s spring here, it’s been a cold and wet week again. The ground had just started to dry up a bit and now it’s all boggy again. My wonderful husband had to fix the back veranda roof but now we don’t have any holes and the veranda stays dry, that’s a plus.

We’ve been busy doing school and just all the normal stuff this life brings, cooking, cleaning, gardening.  We started this past Monday a bit tired after a busy weekend so it took a bit to get us started.

We had our usual Bible study on Tuesday night, and we are enjoying the study and the fellowship with like-minded believers. This week we discussed the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.

With it being so wet my husband was home on Thursday and managed to get all our berry plants in the ground. We are hoping to have a pick your own, but we’ll see how that pans out as the berries grow.  We still have quite a few root stock to get in and that will hopefully happen next week.

Friday was a busy day for us with pottery lessons, dentists and bible class but it’s always nice to be together. We only have one more week of pottery left before holidays and then we’ll reassess our attendance for next term.

On Saturday, after piano lessons, we headed to our son-in-law and daughters place for our grandson’s 2nd birthday. He is such a little boy and a real joy and we had a great time with them all. We haven’t spent much time together over the last month or so due to other commitments so it was really nice to finally be together.

We bought him a truck and I also knitted him a pair of socks. I also knitted my husband another pair and there’s definitely a size difference. Just think, this little man will one day wear socks the same size as his grandfather, amazing how they grow. The raised garden beds are going well and we managed to spend some time weeding and mulching them again this past week. The onions are soldering on and so is the garlic. Everything is a bit slow growing due to the weather but it won’t take too many more weeks for the weather to turn around.Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…Overnight Monkey French Toast Casserole by Lamberts Lately
Daily Cleaning Schedule – Step-by-Step by Our Simple HomesteadLessons from the Vineyard – 1 by A New Lens

Thank you everyone for taking the time to stop by and link up.

This coming week will be much the same as last week. We have our usual Bible Study and Friday activities with the addition of a bonfire on Friday night as a young people’s event. The children are looking forward to it and we are looking forward to the fellowship with others.

Thank you all for your support and may God bless you all.

Keep on keeping on my friends…

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 #141

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Hi there all! and welcome back to our weekly link up. How have you all been?  Has your week been productive???

I’m not sure if my week has been productive but I think that most homeschooling mums would think the same. Sometimes it doesn’t seem that you get anywhere but I know that what we are doing is more valuable than anything else that we do.

So our week consisted of schooling and music practice, we had our usual Tuesday night bible study and it is always so eye-opening. This past week we looked at Moses and his life up until he fled from Egypt. It is so wonderful to dig into the scriptures and understand more and more of what it means.

Wednesday is usually a bit slower because of our later night the night before and dad was home for the day so that was an added bonus for us. Our no 2 son just so enjoys helping his dad outside and at the moment they are cleaning out the workshop so that they can get some wood work done in the near future.

My husband is also busy preparing a patch for berries and has been trying to get the fencing in order to keep our stock off of it.

On Thursday afternoon he took our no 2 daughter up to Ararat to pick up the fruit tree root stock that he had ordered and was blessed with more berries. We already had raspberries to put in but now we have others as well.  So instead of 1 run we will now have 3. He will plant the root stock this year and then graft onto it next year. There is apple and pear and stone fruit I think.

This year we have grown out day old chicks and we have now officially sold all of them. It has been such a blessing and our no 2 daughter is enjoying looking after them. There are heaps of lessons to learn when you look after animals and it is teaching her so much.

The chickens that we got late last year are back in the swing of laying and occasionally we get this huge egg. We often get double yokers and big eggs but this one is far bigger than any. We only get one of these every month or so but it is amazing.Pottery lessons are still going and we have 2 more left until school holidays. Our no 2 daughter is really starting to get the hang of it and managed to get some nice bowls made this week.Here she is above at the wheel with her finished bowl. The skill is in not fiddling with it too much and then having it fall out of shape. You just have to get to a point and say “that’s it, I’m not touching it again”. Then there is skill in getting it off the wheel without warping it. It’s definitely keeping us on our toes.

I managed to make this one below and it’s the best one so far. I was so pleased with it and it even came off the wheel nicely. I’m looking forward to using this as a pasta/dessert bowl in the future.Unfortunately a couple of my items cracked this week so I had to make another vase. We’ll see how this next one goes.

On Saturday after music lessons we managed to get outside and get some weeding done in the raised beds. It has been so wet and the area around the beds is under water and it’s difficult to get around because it is so slippery. We got the strawberry bed finished which is great and the strawberries are starting to take off and are flowering. The broccoli and cauliflower and cabbage are all looking really healthy but are really slow coming to head. I guess they will probably all come in at once but I’m looking forward to doing some more dehydrating.

We have too many bugs here to be able to grow these vegetables in the summer.

Saturday afternoon some of the men from church went and did some work for a single lady and her sons. My husband went and helped out so the children and I got the house clean and around the back verandah sorted out a bit. We’ve had roof issues and my husband and our no 2 son have fixed it to a point that it won’t leak now so it’ll be nice to have it all dry.

Okay that’s enough for now…

Onto our top three… September Intentions by Setting My Intention what wrecks you… by Beth Willis MillerIt Is Jesus – A Poem by Annie Johnson Flint by The Cotton Apron

Thank you so much for stopping by and linking up.

This week is much the same as last week, with school etc. The fun and exciting thing is coming on Saturday. It is our grandson’s 2nd birthday and we will be going up after music lessons on Saturday to spend the day and then the other grandparents and aunties will come up for tea.

We haven’t really spent much time with our son-in-law, daughter and their family over the last couple of months so this will be really nice and we are all looking forward to it.

I’ve been busy knitting socks and I’ve finished a pair for his birthday and I’m now finishing another pair for my husband. I’m starting to think of birthday and Christmas gifts now and what with pottery and knitting, I think we’ll have it covered.

We’ve been doing lots of thinking on Hebrews lately and we haven’t quite finished it at church yet. The fact of what Jesus has done for us is becoming an amazing reality (even though we knew the fact) and something that we ponder on a daily basis – so amazing His love for us.

Okay my dear friends, I pray that you are all well and I look forward to hearing from you again this week.

Thank you all for your support and may God bless you all.

Keep on keeping on my friends…

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 #140

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Hi there all! and welcome back to our weekly link up. How have you all been?  Has your week been productive???

It’s been a good week in our household this week, we are all tired but I think that might just be the winter weather. This week we saw the first day of spring and we’ve had some sunny weather and the days are lengthening but there is more cool weather and rain coming next week.

We’ve managed to get a good week of school completed this week and are finding our routine again. We had our usual Tuesday night bible study and we are really enjoying that. This week we talked about Abraham and Isaac and all that surrounded that story – fascinating really. It is good also to spend time in prayer for our church family and friends.

Wednesday we went and visited some friends, actually my husband is doing work for them so we went with him for the day. It was so lovely to catch up after not seeing them for a few months. They are the family with the little boy Jotham who has had health issues. These are still continuing and they are facing many tests but he is back home and it’s nice to see him sitting up and enjoying his environment. He is such a cute little boy and such a blessing.

I managed to find time to do some gardening this week and I continued weeding the strawberry bed. The other vegetables are growing well and the garlic is coming through and looks good.Our no 2 son and I even got some beds cleaned out in the aquaponics hot house. We planted rockmelon and watermelon seeds as well and it’ll be interesting to see how they come up.We had our usual pottery lessons this week and although I didn’t go too well on the wheel our no 2 daughter went great and managed to turn up 2 really nice bowls. I worked on some hand crafting and made a plate and this vase. It’s upside down for the week until it dries then I will smooth up the edges and tidy it up a bit before it gets fired for the first time. I’m thinking I’ll make a few of these, because if they work they’ll make nice gifts. Next week I’m going to make a butter dish with a lid so that’ll take a bit of thinking out.  We only have 3 more lessons this term so I’m keen to get a few items made. We will need to go back next term for a little bit to finish off some stuff but I’m not sure if we’ll do the whole term or not.

Friday night we went to a Scripture Union fundraising progressive dinner and that was good fun and we caught up with some friends that we haven’t seen for a while. Saturday was the usual piano lessons and then church again on Sunday. We had a fellowship lunch on Sunday as it was the first Sunday of the month, then we came home and the children lavished dad with love because it was fathers day.

Okay that was our week…

Onto our link up… Canning Spaghetti Sauce – Step-by-Step Instructions by Our Simple HomesteadQuestions All Bloggers Need To Ask by Marilyns Treats
Homesteading Alone: The Pros and Cons by Annie

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, it is appreciated.

This week is another one at home doing school and work around here. We have bible study, pottery and music lessons and our no 2 son has another dentists appointment (he had one last week).

It’s only another 4 weeks and our no 1 son will be home again and we are all looking forward to that.

Okay my dear friends, I pray that you are all well and I look forward to hearing from you again this week.

Thank you all for your support and may God bless you all.

Keep on keeping on my friends…

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 #139

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Hi there all! and welcome back to our weekly link up. How have you all been?  Has your week been productive???

The first half of our week was very quiet with our no 2 daughter away with her older siblings skiing at Falls Creek. They go each year and our daughter goes with her son-in-law’s sister. That sounds confusing but we are blessed with this relationship and the fact that they take our daughter with them.  They always have a great time and there was heaps of snow again this year and our daughter is getting quite good on her skis. Unfortunately for our no 1 daughter’s father-in-law, he slipped and broke a bone in his lower leg so he is in plaster for 8 weeks. If you can please pray for quick healing for him.

So it was just the 3 of us at home for 4 days and we really didn’t do much school, but we did heaps of jobs around the farm. My husband and our no 2 son have been working on a new lego creation and I believe this is as good as school. It is amazing how much this young man knows about hydraulics and motors and gears just from building lego with his dad. This is his treat while his sister is away skiing. Next year it will hopefully be his turn to go, so he’s excited about that already. It has been very wet here lately and the ground is very boggy. The raised beds are going well and the onions I thought were dead have perked up and are growing nicely. I have added a few more and there are still a few to plant this week.

The cauliflower in the nft system in the aquaponics has started to head up and that is so exciting. We didn’t know whether this would work so this is a good sign. It will be interesting to see how the head develops. I can just imagine how nice it will taste with cheesy, white sauce.Pottery was fun again on Friday and our no 2 daughter was home to join me. I brought home this little bowl that I’d made a few weeks ago and it looks really nice. I’m really happy with the colour and it is on my window sill in the kitchen with a bar of soap in it – just perfect.I was trying to turn up a cylinder this week and the three attempts I tried didn’t turn our very well. If they dry and seal I’ll have 2 unique vases and maybe a jug.  They might collapse or even crack in the kiln but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Because of the weather the pottery is taking at least 2 weeks to dry out enough to fire and I’ve still got 5 bowls to trim up next week.

I got my plate with the leaves on it painted and glazed and a couple of other little bowls glazed as well. I’m not sure when they will be fired, it could be a couple of weeks yet.

Pottery has been something I have wanted to try for years and I feel very blessed that my husband has agreed to us doing it and that he stays home and looks after our son.  I don’t know how long we’ll go for but I’ll cherish the time and enjoy while I can.

Saturday my husband had a men’s conference so the children and I hung around and caught up with some washing and ironing. Our no 2 daughter is still tired so she’s resting up to get back into school next week.

Okay onto our top three… Tying Up Loose Ends in the Family Room by Penny’s Vintage Home already – not yet by Beth Willis MillerWriting Challenge #7 by The Cotton Apron

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up and sharing with us. I appreciate the fact that you take the time.

What are you up to this coming week??

We are back to school and music practice here. We have the usual bible study on Tuesday night and then pottery and music lessons later in the week.

We’ve got some seed planting to do in the hot house and more out in the garden beds outside.

I ask for your prayers as Australia comes up to a postal vote on same sex marriage. Please pray that people’s hearts will turn back to God and that the vote is “no” so that marriage stays between a man and a woman. This is a major issue in Australia at the moment and it’s so very important that we take a stand, it’s okay to vote “no”.

Okay my dear friends, I pray that you are all well and I look forward to hearing from you again this week.

Thank you all for your support and may God bless you all.

Keep on keeping on my friends…

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 #138

WELCOME BACK

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS LINK UP

Hi there all! and welcome back to our weekly link up. How have you all been?  Has your week been productive???

We’ve had a very cold and wet week here, and the paddocks and garden are full of water. It’s full on mud once you step off the concrete, and it’s this time of year that we remember that we don’t have enough concrete.

There’s been snow on the mountains as well and our no 2 daughter is excited and happy about that because she goes skiing with family this coming week.

So considering the weather, most of our week was spent indoors. We’ve done school and music practice and card making and knitting and lego building  all good things.

On the way to town last week these clouds were just crying out to be photographed. The children thought they looked so interesting. When you see a sky like this you are reminded of God’s amazing creation and design. We had a calf born on the farm this past week and it’s a little bull. He is so cute and with those eyelashes you’d think he was a heifer. He came right up to my husband as he was taking photos, but his mum was close by keeping an eye on things.  Life on the farm means he will be marked and fattened up to eat but he’ll live a nice quiet life until then.We had our usual Tuesday night bible study and this week we talked about Noah and the ark and God’s bow of promise. It’s an amazing part of history and definitely more than just a story.

Pottery was fun again this week and I managed to get another couple of bowls turned up. I’m trying to get enough to re-supply our own cupboard. Some bowls will be for holding nuts and chocolates but my aim is to make pasta/soup bowls.I also got a bit of time to be creative and made these little critters below for our kitchen window sill. This coming week I’d like to make a couple of butter dishes and a artsy vase or two, but we’ll see. I’m also trying to master a cylinder type vase, but it’s eluding me at the moment.Friday afternoon we managed to catch up with our son-in-law, daughter and their children for a little bit. It was so nice to see them all.

Saturday was the usual piano lessons and then I did some baking and helped our no 2 daughter pack for her ski trip.

Alrighty that’s enough about us…

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… “Laundry Is My Overflowing Inbox”: Working within the Home by Living Our DaysSnake Trap Success by Oak Hill HomesteadMango Cheesecake by Marilyns Treats

Thank you everyone for stopping by and sharing your wisdom and ideas with us, it is much appreciated.

This coming week will be a bit quieter with our daughter away but I’m hoping to get some school done with our no 2 son. He might even get to go to work with his dad as well, but it depends on the weather.

We have our bible study on Tuesday night and the usual pottery and music lessons later in the week.

I have been working on a little baby jumper for a friend and then I need to finish the socks I’m working on for our grandson’s 2nd birthday in a couple of weeks. Boy they are growing up fast.

After hearing of the death of a young married couple in a car accident a couple of weeks ago we are reminded that our time here on this earth is fleeting and that we need to stay vigilant in a corrupt world and be reading God’s word so that we are guided in the way He wants us to live.

Thank you all for your support and may God bless you all.

Keep on keeping on my friends…

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 #137

WELCOME BACK

to our

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS LINK UP

Hi there all! and welcome back to our weekly link up. How have you all been?  Has your week been productive???

We spent the first three days of the working week away in Ballarat at the South Street Eisteddfod. This is the last Eisteddfod for the year and was one that we hadn’t done before. It was a really good experience for us all and a sort of mini holiday.

We left on Monday and got back late Wednesday afternoon. The children did well and both came away with medals. Pictured below is them with their medals for first prize in their duet section. We are blessed by how their diligence in practice is turning out. They didn’t win every section they entered which isn’t really an issue at all. It is good to learn to not win all the time, teaches us all humility.

Before we came home we stopped at the Gold Museum to get a bit of local Australian history under our belt. It was quite interesting and it was a nice break from playing the piano.The rest of the week was on playing catch up which I finally did (with the housework) on Saturday.  We had our pottery classes again on Friday morning and we both managed to get some more bowls done on the wheel. Our other ones were still too soft to trim up and some were in the kiln and will be ready for us to glaze next week.The first ones we did were ready to come home and they turned out really nice for our first attempt. These were all hand made (not on the wheel) and were a good place to start. I really like the watery blue colour and they look lovely on our kitchen window sill. The onions that I thought wouldn’t grow are going quite nicely, although some of them haven’t survived. I’ve been given some more to plant and I will do that this coming week. I also been told it’s time to plant carrots so I’ll do that also. The weather is almost spring like at times and I’m looking forward to eating from the garden when the broccoli comes in.We were given some tickets to a local school production of Mary Poppins for Saturday night and my husband and our no 2 daughter were able to attend and really enjoyed their time together. No 2 son and I watched a dvd that he’d gotten from the library.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… August Intentions: Hitting The Restart Button by Setting My Intention The #1 Location To Spent More Of Your Time by Women AbidingMoney Saving Adventures for the First Week of August 2017 by Blessed in Bowie

Thank you everyone for taking the time to stop by and link up, I appreciate every one of you.

Well this coming week is back to normal, school etc. It’ll be nice to get back into a routine for a little bit. Then the following week our no 2 daughter goes skiing so it’s just our no 2 son and us for 4 days.

We got new piano things to practice and gardening to do, our weekly bible study on Tuesday night and pottery and other lessons later in the week.

We are still working through Hebrews at the moment and we are still being encouraged and challenged each week. Our faith walk has to be that “ours” not the faith of our parents or the tradition of a denomination.  We have to encourage our children in their own relationship with Jesus and to not rely on us, they need to rely on Jesus.

Well my friends another week has passed and I enjoy catching up with you all here each week. May you be blessed as you go about your daily happenings and may you feel God’s presence in your lives.

Thank you all for your support and may God bless you all.

Keep on keeping on my friends…

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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