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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #166

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

What sort of week have you all had? Has it been productive, quiet, running around busy??? I’d love to hear from you all.
Our latest harvest
 We’ve had a good week and we’ve been busy in the raised vegetable gardens. Earlier in the week our no 2 son helped me and we pulled out and harvested all the capsicum plants to make way for our onion seedlings which we planted later in the week. We had a fantastic capsicum crop this year with plenty dehydrated and put away for the coming winter months.
I think that we planted over 100 onions with half being white and the other half brown. I’m excited about this and it’ll be very important to keep the weed growth to a minimum.
Onion seedlings
Seedlings planted and netted to keep the magpies away.
We had singing lessons this week and the children have chosen their pieces for the local eisteddfod in June. They haven’t sung at an eisteddfod before so they are a bit nervous, there isn’t a piano to hide behind when you just sing. They are doing really well though and it’ll really help their confidence.
We’ve been doing school and music practice as well this week, it’s really been just a normal every day week until we got to the weekend.
On Friday night we all went up and visited our son-in-law, daughter and their children for our oldest granddaughters 5th birthday. It was great fun and good to see them all again. The other grandparents and aunts and uncle were there as well so it was a big family do. It’s so nice that we can all come together and enjoy our fellowship.
We stayed one night and came home on Saturday afternoon. It was a definite highlight of our week.
 Onto our link up…
Our top three this week were…
God’s Call: The Lord Equips by Growing Together in Grace and Knowledge
Thank you for linking up last week and I look forward to seeing you again this week.
 This coming week is just like the last one with music lessons and we do have our book group this week so that’ll be nice. We’ve had a long break due to Easter and school holidays so it’ll be great to get together again.
I hope to catch up with my friend again this week, but we’ll have to see how that goes.
It’s been a hard week for a couple of our married friends with the falling apart of their marriages. We need to keep vigilant and aware that satan wants to destroy Christian marriages.
I was told of some excellent marriage counselling advice – men you are called to love your wives and wives we are called to submit to our husbands. I know that is not a “modern” way of thinking but it is Biblical truth and we need to stand on that and not be part of the world’s thinking.
On that note I pray that you all  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 #165

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

Well another week has gone by and the weather has gone from warm and humid to wet and cold. It’s been quite a warm and dry Summer/Autumn so the rain is very welcome.It rained most of Saturday and the weather was not much over 12 degrees C for the day. I planted some more seedlings on Friday and the raised beds had started to dry out but it’s not an issue any more.

We had some good friends stay with us on Tuesday night. They used to attend our church and are now on a journey of learning to become missionaries in Africa. This journey will probably take them around 5 years but they are dedicated to God’s calling on their lives. They are good fun so it was lovely to have them around for a little bit and we enjoyed some deep conversations as well. They are such an inspiration.

Our no 2 daughter helped with a Bible Kids Club on Wednesday morning and I was able to meet up with my friend. We are busy catching up on our lives at the moment and we’re hoping to get back to our Bible reading this coming week. So much has been going on it’s hard to stop talking to each other.

A good friend gave me this beautiful jug for my birthday so I was thrilled when my husband brought me home these lovely roses to put in it. They look so nice in the kitchen. With the warmer Autumn weather we’ve been having the garden has still been producing. This week I picked tomatoes, zucchinis, capsicums and one lonely eggplant. The homegrown tomatoes taste so much better than the bought ones.With the change now to much colder it will be interesting to see how the garden finishes off. I need to wait for the pumpkin vines to die off before picking what pumpkins there are. The artichokes are still growing and I’m about to pull out the capsicums and zucchinis so that I can plant garlic and onions. I planted more broccoli and cabbage seedlings this week along with lettuces and beetroots.

Saturday my husband and no 1 son went on a camp with some other men and their children. It was just as well there was a hall to bunk it as it wouldn’t have been much fun outside. They had a good time but it was nice when they got home.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… Our God is “Bigger Than This” – Powerful New Song by Jo Dee Messina by Homespun DevotionsManaging Time On The Fringes by Living Our DaysHow We Complement Each Other In Marriage by G & E

Welcome to any new bloggers linking up, I hope you enjoyed your visit and thank you all for taking the time to stop by.

School holidays are now over and it’s back to the hustle and bustle of school term. We have singing and piano lessons this week and my husband is busy with the Father’s course as well. The children’s Bible study will start again this week and I’m looking forward to catching up with all the mothers while that is on.

I’m home most of the other days and we’ll be continuing on with school and music practice. There will be gardening getting done and animals to feed and look after as well.

I’m now onto preserving apples so that’ll be high on my agenda this coming week. I will probably stew and bottle most of the apples and dehydrate slices as well. They are a great snack to nibble on.

Okay my friends, it’s been good to be here and I hope you 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 #164

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

In Victoria we have just gone back to “normal” time with the end of daylight savings, it’s darker earlier and lighter earlier which is really nice. I like it that we get to eat tea at a reasonable time and it’s much easier to get up in the morning when it is light. This won’t last once winter approaches and then it will be dark at both ends of the day.

We’ve had a good week school wise and it’s been an added bonus that all our usual activities have been put on hold for school holidays.

We had a great weekend with some of our church family here for Easter Sunday lunch. The weather was warm and sunny and the hidden chocolate eggs melted before they could find them all. We really enjoy having people out and getting to know each other over food and the children enjoy having others to run around with.

The summer vegetable garden is coming to an end and we went and got some more brassica seedlings and onions as well. Our onions didn’t go well last year but I’ve learnt now and I’m looking forward to having our own next year. I’m thinking I will dehydrate them and powder them but we’ll just have to see how they go.

The dehydrator has been running non stop this week with tomatoes and I’ve managed to get them all done. I’ve got a huge jar of tomato powder for the coming winter season and the storage space is minimal. I also managed to finish our garlic and that’s powdered as well.

I used some of our beans in a casserole this week and I was amazed at how they came back looking like they were before they were dried, it is just so great and retains all the goodness of the vegetables.

My husband and our no 2 daughter have been busy picking more apples and the season is about finished. I think they’ve got over 100 kgs in bags and we may even be able to get a few more this week if the one apple tree we have our eye on stays loaded.

So I guess the next job is apples and I’ve already started stewing some and using it in cakes and they have been moist and delicious. Half of the apples will be for our no 1 daughter and her family but I’m hoping to get them done for her because they have a few things coming up, but once again we’ll see how we go.

I’ve been working through a Dr C Missler program and we’ve been studying Romans this week. We’ve been having lots of discussions at home on pre-destination and our inheritance and although it doesn’t really matter and only God knows our hearts, it’s been fascinating.

What has God been talking to you about lately?

Okay, onto our link up…

Urban Alternatives for Homesteading Methods by 15 Acre Homestead
Spring Beauties by Paper Seedlings5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – April 2018

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up. I see we have some new bloggers and I’d like to welcome you all and thank you for sharing your hearts with us all.

This week we’ve got good friends coming to stay for a night, we haven’t seen them since New Year so it’ll be so good catching up with them.

I’m also blessed this week to be able to be meeting up with my friend and doing our Bible study together. Our no 2 daughter is going to be helping with a Holiday Bible Program, she’ll be doing craft activities with the younger children.

I think we may have piano lessons this coming weekend, but that’ll be confirmed and my husband and our no 1 son are going on a Father’s camp up the bush, so it’s just the younger two and myself on Saturday night.

I’m also hoping to do some work in the vegetable garden and plant some seedlings and tidy up a bit. The weather this coming week is meant to be warm so I may wait and plant later in the week once it cools off.

Well my friends that’s our adventures for you, I’m looking forward to hearing from you all this coming week and if you get a chance have a look at someone else’s post and leave them an encouraging comment.

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 #162

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

How has your week been??

After the fires on the weekend we were quite worn out and everyone has been a bit edgy as well, due to the continuing weather conditions.

We were blessed on Monday though when we met up with our No 1 daughter and her children in town and had lunch with them. Our daughter had been to a Ladies talk in the area so she was close by. We had a lovely time together for a couple of hours and then we all dispersed to our own homes.

My husband has been busy with the Father’s course that he is running and at the moment he is out 2 nights per week but he is enjoying it and it is great when the men take hold of being the heads of their families and start building on their relationships with their wives and children. It’s a great course to be involved with.

I was blessed this week to be able to meet up with my friend and catch up with all her news since shes been away, we then had our church’s ladies mission group, which was great.

Our book group met on Thursday and we have just finished Strategy No 2 – Our Focus. We are all enjoying the book and learning to be strategic and direct with our prayers, once again I would encourage everyone to read Fervent and watch War Room, it really opens our eyes to prayer and changing our prayer life.

From Friday on it is usually busy and this week was no different. Friday night the children had their Bible Class and because it was the last one of the term they made pizzas. They really enjoy this time during the week and getting together with their friends and learning about God, and I love meeting up with the mothers and catching up on all their news and encouraging each other.

Our son-in-law, daughter and their children stayed over on Friday night but got in very late, so we didn’t see them until we met up with them for breakfast in town after the children’s piano lessons. It was a wonderful noisy time and it was great to see them and the children again.

Then it was just our no 2 daughter and my husband and I home for the night because our no 1 and no 2 son went to their sister’s house for the night via some 4wd tracks.

Sunday was church and we had lunch with a couple of other churches in town. That was a nice time and enjoyed by all.

I APOLOGISE AGAIN ABOUT NO TOP 3 DUE TO OUR INTERNET.

This coming week is the last one before school holidays and Easter. The children have singing lessons on Tuesday and I hope to take a friend out for her birthday on Thursday.

My husband has his courses as well and our no 1 son is going away for Easter. It’s full on trying to keep up with what everyone is doing :-).

We are having a Church BBQ here on Easter Sunday, a relaxed afternoon and then the following week I would love to get in and try out the pottery wheel my family gave me for my birthday.

Have a great week my friends and again I encourage you all to remember who your best friend is – Jesus, speak to Him,  praise Him, He listens, He cares and He will never leave us – It’s all about Him.

Blessings xxx


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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #163

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

How was your pre-Easter week? I am writing this on Saturday because we’ve got some of our church family here for lunch on Sunday and I don’t think I’ll get time after that.

It’s been a busy week but a good one. The children had singing lessons and have been working on what pieces they are going to perform at our first Eisteddfod this year. This is the first time they have sung at an Eisteddfod so they are a bit nervous but their older sister is going to accompany them so that should help a bit.

I was able to take one of my good friends out for lunch this week for her birthday and we had a really nice time. She brought her daughter and grandchildren along and another friend came as well. It is so nice to get together with our Christian sisters and encourage and love each other.

I gave her some socks for her birthday and I was really pleased with how they turned out. I didn’t get them finished until really late (early morn) the night before so I’ve started a pair for another friend for her birthday in May so I’ll be well prepared the next time.We have three granddaughters with birthdays in April and May so I need to get onto some for them as well. I was thinking of making them a cardigan each but I’m not sure if I’ll have time or not and I need to finish one I’m making for their mother (no 1 daughter) as well. I usually knit after tea and I really miss it if I don’t get the time then, it finishes the evening off nicely.

The summer vegetable garden is finishing off and the zucchinis have slowed down but I’m still getting a few each week. I was blessed with another load of tomatoes this week and I’ve got some dehydrating at the moment along with some garlic that I had already harvested. The kitchen sort of smells like pizza :-).

My husband and our no 2 daughter picked nearly 100 kgs of apples last week from road side trees. That’s the next job I’ll need to get into and if I do a load each day or so I should get them done easily before they rot.

We had an awesome Good Friday service yesterday and an absolutely amazing sermon from our minister. He definitely didn’t pull any punches as to what Jesus did for us and the strong reminder that we are in a battle and that Jesus came to deliver us from the tyranny of the devil.

We all fall short and that gives the devil claim over us, we are sinners and we have guilt and that’s his no 1 weapon.  There is one man in history over who the devil has no claim whatsoever. Jesus never gave in, he never sinned and he took the judgement of our sin and set us free.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three…Spring Clean Your Heart by Jennifer LambertTaking New Steps by Chronically ContentA New Easter Sermon by Christian Stress Management

It is so nice to get back to the top three after a couple weeks of extremely slow internet. Thank you everyone for linking up and I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Tomorrow as I said before we’ve got some church family here for a BBQ lunch which we’re all looking forward too. Our no 1 son is away for Easter but he’ll be back late Monday night.

This coming week is technically school holidays but we do have a piano lesson and we will keep schooling as well. I’m hoping I can catch up with my friend and do our Bible study while the children play and we’ve got visitors for lunch next Sunday as well.

Lots of cooking and fellowshipping this week, but that’s good.

May our risen Lord come to you and give you the peace and knowledge of your redemption through Him.

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 #161

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

As I am writing this it is blowing an absolute gale outside and there is so much dust and dirt as well, it is quite awful. We are holed up inside waiting for it to pass so hopefully by the morning it will be calm again. They are predicting rain tomorrow and that would be wonderful as it’s been quite a dry start to autumn and a dry summer.

We’ve had a good week and it’s nice to look back to see what we did, sometimes I have to look in my diary because I can’t remember ;-).

The children and I met up with a friend and her daughter at the park for lunch and a chat earlier in the week. It was a lovely time and I’m enjoying how our friendship is developing even though I am old enough to be her mother, quite amazing really.

The children had singing lessons as well and then I was home for the rest of the week until Friday. Our no 2 daughter was asked to do a fundraising market for our local hospital so she was busy making jewellery all week.That kept her busy all week and after encouragement we are thinking of opening an Etsy store so that she can sell them on line. They are very good and she has a good eye for colour and flair.

My lovely husband gave me a wood burning tool for Christmas and I managed to get some wood burning done for the market as well. Wood burning is good fun and my husband cut discs of timber from our own tree branches and sanded them up for me and they hang with a leather cord.

My husband also took some laying hens and potatoes to sell and he did quite well too. He has a great way with people and can talk to anyone, he’s just great.Our no 1 daughter’s mother-in-law blessed us with a couple boxes of tomatoes, zucchinis and cucumbers so I got busy this week and dehydrated some tomatoes and our own capsicums. I then powdered them together and put it in a jar.It does go down to nothing but you don’t need to add too much to get flavour into a casserole or soup.

A final note to this week, my husband spent Saturday night at a fire not too far from us. They lost 4 – 5 houses and it’s not quite under control yet. Our no 1 son left this morning to relieve the night crew and should be home shortly. There were concerns for our side of town due to a very strong westerly wind change that was due this morning but it turned out not to be as bad as predicted so we are safe. Please pray for those families that lost their houses and those that lost their stock, sheep and cattle.

There are still concerns for the main fire and they now have aerial support which will be helping. We’ve got tree branches down all over the place and the wind even flipped our trampoline but except for some fence issues we haven’t got any damage.

Due to our amazing internet I won’t be able to do a top 3 this week,  so I apologise again.

This coming week is a busy one with our churches women’s mission group meeting on Wednesday and my friend who I meet with to read the Bible is back and we are getting together this week. I’m so excited about that as I’ve really missed our time together. We’ve also got our book group and then the usual stuff for the children.

I’ll be busy fitting in the children’s school in between but it’ll be nice to get back to it and we’ll be motoring through the school holidays as well when they start in a couple of weeks. (wow where did that go??)

That’s it for me this week and I look forward to hearing from you all.

May God bless you this coming week, may you feel His presence in your daily lives.

Blessings my friends xxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #160

 

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

It’s good to be back again and I must admit that it’s been a very slow week for me. After all our partying and visitors we are all a bit tired, but life goes on and were trying to find routine again.

My husband has been co-running a Father’s courses the past few weeks and he’s started up another one this week. It isn’t ideal for him to be out two nights a week but the impact this course has on all the men is far more beneficial. We just have to make sure that we take time with each other and talk.

Our no 1 son is home at the moment after cutting his hand shearing on Monday. He’s got a few stitches and it all bandaged up but it’s on the mend and there is no sign of infection which is a blessing. It’s been nice to have him around, especially with my husband out a bit.

The children have been working on their school and piano practice and it’s only about 13 weeks until the first Eisteddfod. It’s mind blowing how quickly this year is going and it’s almost school holidays and Easter. I don’t think we’ll be holidaying too much this time and we might just keep on schooling until the next big event.

The garden is going good although I am fighting a battle with chickens digging stuff up. We are in the process of netting the beds because no sooner do I plant seedlings and the chickens scratch them about. The weather is still warm and we are hoping that the tomatoes will ripen before the weather runs out. We are planning next spring’s garden already and working out strategies to get our vegetables in earlier than this last year. The raised beds will be an added bonus in this process as they don’t get waterlogged but we’re still working on keeping frosts off those beds so that the plants can survive.

We had our second meeting of our book club this week and the ladies are all excited by Fervent. It’s getting our focus off ourselves and others and onto fighting against the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy. He wants to steal our joy, and destroy our marriages and family and we’re not going to allow him to do this to us. It’s so nice to come together with like minded friends to discuss our prayer strategies.

This next fortnight we are onto strategy 2 and I’m looking forward to discussing this with the ladies.

 

On Sunday we were invited out by friends for lunch and that was just wonderful. This young couple and their children are such a blessing and we enjoyed ourselves very much.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… 5 Self-Care Tips for When You Are Feeling Depressed by Eclectic Evelyn Biblical Minimalism by Homespun DevotionsEffortless Apple Dip… by Making a House a Home

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up. I hope you were blessed by your visit.

Next weekend our no 2 daughter has been asked to do a stall at a fundraising market for our local hospital. She’s been busy making earrings and key rings and other items and that’s what she’ll be busy with this week. It’s called business studies, and she’s even getting business cards.We really like to develop an entrepreneurial gifting with our children and always encourage them with any business ideas. Our no 2 daughter has been making cards for the mission table at church and the jewellery is just another thing she enjoys doing. I might put a couple things on the table as well but we’ll see how the week pans out for that.

The children have singing lessons this week and the usual Bible class but that’s about all the outings for me during the week. I’m hoping to keep the home fires burning or the house clean instead of being out too much.

I want to encourage you all to try and find the book Fervent and maybe find another friend or two to read it together and encourage each other.

We are in a battle, hands down a big battle, for our lives and our families. I’ve been encouraged to pray more and more for direct needs and issues in our lives, and that’s how we come to Jesus, first in repentance and thanksgiving and then we can bring our petitions to Him. He never lets us down.

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 #159

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

I apologise deeply for not being around last week and putting up the link up but I had a huge week and weekend.

I turned 50 on the 20th and my wonderful family took me on a lovely journey. I had an idea something was in the pipeline weeks ago but didn’t really know but through a series of events it culminated in a surprise party .

I was given a surprise birthday tea in town on my actual birthday and our son-in-law, daughter and their family came down. We had a delicious chinese meal and a fantastic cake, and a great time together. So this put me off the thought that there would be anything else happening.

The delicious birthday cake that our no 1 daughter made me.

Then life went back to normal until the Friday morning when my husband said “come on, let’s go for a coffee”. That was the start of the journey that finished (sort of) on Saturday night.

My amazing husband took me to Port Fairy for breakfast then on to Warrnambool where we went shopping and looked around until we could get into a lovely B&B for the night. We dined at a really nice restaurant (I had salmon) and then came back and watched a movie. It was very restful. I must admit I was a bit grumpy in the morning because I wasn’t dressed quite right and I didn’t have any make up on as I didn’t realise we weren’t coming home, but I got over myself eventually.

The next morning we brunched before going to see a movie at the cinema.We also did a bit of ocean gazing which is always nice.After the movie we traveled very slowly to Hamilton to our church hall for a party. I sort of knew when we headed that way that something was happening and I walked into the hall which was full of family and friends. Our daughters and friends had done a wonderful job of organising and cooking a delicious meal and setting everything up. I got another birthday cake and some very honouring speeches.

Our no 2 son was MC for the night and he did a great job and kept everything moving along nicely. We had friends visit from NSW and they stayed with us after the party and it was so nice to catch up with them all. Some of these friends left Sunday and some stayed until Tuesday and then came back again on Thursday and left this morning to head home.

It’s been a full on time and I’m tired but I am also so grateful to my wonderful family for all that they did for me, for making me feel special and for the effort that our friends went to to spend time with me on this occasion. So for those of you reading this a big kiss and hug to you all.

So apart from all that excitement it’s been life as usual :-), we haven’t done much music practice and school work but the children have helped cater for a party and spent time with some good friends.

The vegetables are coming along well and we’ve picked our first tomatoes this last week, not too many but enough to know that they haven’t failed. The cucumbers and zucchini keep on coming too and so do the capsicums.
These home grown tomatoes taste so delicious and strong, so different to bought ones.
We also harvested a row of potatoes this week and have them bagged and out the front for sale. They look good and the smaller ones are excellent roasted in the oven. We’ve been enjoying them and it’s great not having to buy any.I won’t do a top three this week but I’ll get back to that next week. I thank all of you who stopped by last week and I again apologise for not being here.

This week will hopefully be quieter but I’m not sure about that. My friend who I normally meet with is still away but will hopefully be back in a week or two. We’ve got singing lessons and our 2nd book club meeting. For the first get together we watched War Room and the movie has really impacted the ladies and it’s so nice to see them so excited about the book. This week we will be discussing the first prayer strategy and I’m excited about that.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the usual and I think we are going to the Port Fairy Folk Festival on Saturday afternoon to hand out bibles again.

Well that’s it my friends, after a fun filled, full on two weeks it will be nice to get back to normal and settle the children back into their routines.

Our no 2 daughter and myself will be doing a market in a couple of weeks so she’ll be busy making jewellery and I’ve got a few things planned as well, so that’s our free time gone, but that’s fun stuff.

My thoughts have been focused on Jesus being my best friend and being there all the time. He never leaves us and I’m trying to  be intentional in thinking that and remembering that.

This post comes to you hoping that you are well.  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 #158

 

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Hey there my friends, how are you all going? I’m watching some of you on Instagram and I’m slightly envious of all the snow, though I’m sure that it would get tedious and you are craving spring like we are craving Autumn.

Actually our weather is feeling very much like Autumn, cool nights and mornings and lovely sunny days. We have a warm week coming up this week which will hopefully help the tomatoes ripen. They are coming along nicely at the moment and there are heaps of green ones just waiting to turn red. Each season we try and get ripe tomatoes by Christmas and each season we fail, but we’ll keep trying and we’ve already got ideas for the coming spring planting.

The capsicums are growing well too and I’ve been picking heaps of long skinny ones and I’ve even managed to dry a few. The bigger “normal” ones are green and are looking really good.After I finish writing this I’m going to go and plant some broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, rocket and lettuce seedlings. I’m excited for the winter garden as well and what that’ll look like. Over summer we mainly eat salads so a good feed of vegetables like cauliflower will be very welcome once the months cool off a bit more.

I am so blessed to have the raised beds and thankful to my amazing husband for building them for me. At the moment he is laying out big squares of hay for our next spring garden. We have been given some old hay and he is laying it out end to end to make long garden beds which once spring comes we’ll plant straight into.

It was Valentines Day this last Wednesday and we don’t normally get too excited over it, a happy Valentine’s Day dear and a kiss is about it, but this year I invited my darling to dinner on our front veranda.   I sent him an invitation in his lunchbox and we enjoyed a lovely meal of steak with scalloped potatoes and salad. We even opened a bottle of wine that had been in the cupboard and enjoyed a lovely apple crumble for dessert. It was nice to sit together and talk our day through and enjoy each other’s company.

We also did school this week and I visited a friend and her baby at the hospital and did some mending and had the usual piano lessons and the children’s bible class.  Life has returned to the normal yearly busy with lots happening.

My husband is starting the Fathers Course he runs this coming week and our book club is starting this Thursday afternoon. Both of us are excited to see how these groups go this year.

Okay all, onto our link up…

Our top three this week… “Religious Pretenders” February 6 by Soul Survival The Inner Views of Brackin & Lindsay Kirkland of “Sounds Like Reign” by Homespun DevotionsChalk Paint Vs Milk Paint and the One I Prefer by Repurpose and Upcycle

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, it’s so great to see you back after our break over January.

This week is a busy one, but all good all the same.  We have my husband’s course starting and singing lessons. My husband and I are going to a food forum to learn more about growing vegetables and the like. Our book club starts and the children have their bible class as well. So it’s full on and I think I’m only home one whole day this week. The next week won’t be like that which is good.

My friend and I have started reading “A Wife After God’s Own Heart” and we will also be reading Titus and other wifely scriptures to go with it. She’s been pretty busy with her new baby (who is very cute) so hopefully over the coming month we can start getting together again.

The children are excited because they get to spend the day with their good friends this week while my husband and I are at the Food Forum. They are so blessed to have a good group of friends who accept them and love the Lord.

This post comes to you hoping that you are well.  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 #157

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Welcome back everyone to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

We’ve had a good week this week and we’re getting back into our routine again for the school year. We have heaps on this term so we’re busy trying to work out when to fit it all in.

We had a trip to Mt Gambier earlier this week to pick up another 100 day old laying hens.   We were blessed this time to get 50 Australorp crosses and the usual 50 White Leghorn crosses. We have been trying to get black ones for ages but they seem to be popular because this is the first time it’s happened. We are now interested to see how they perform compared with the white ones.At present they are in the brooder and in a couple weeks they will go out on the lawn and then, before winter they will be out free-ranging around the house, that’s when they really enjoy themselves.

While we were in Mt Gambier the children had a chance to look at a sink hole and enjoy some time in a lovely green park with beautiful trees. It’s only when you take pictures that you realise how quickly they are both growing up.We’ve got a couple of kittens at the moment and they are so cute together. They have no respect of personal space so if we are out having a coffee they are usually crawling all over us or trying to drink the froth off the top of the mugs. They’ll hopefully be good mousers, which is always a blessing on the farm.I was so excited this week to get our books for our book group at church that is starting in a couple of weeks. I’m not sure how many ladies are joining but at the moment it looks like about 8 and there are ladies that work and can’t join us but would like a book.Ever since I saw War Room and started reading this book I’ve had a heart to share it with others. Prayer is integral to our Christian walk and prayer in regards to spiritual warfare is the same. We need to recognise who the enemy is and not let him take hold in our lives.

I’m also looking forward to the accountability of my sisters in Christ to keep us on the right track as we pray for our family and friends.

The warmer weather has been integral in getting our vegetables growing and our zucchinis are producing really well. I was given some from a friend as well and missed a couple in the garden so I managed to get these bigger ones dried this week.I really enjoy my dehydrator and I’ve got garlic lined up for this week but I’m waiting for a cooler day for that. I might even run the machine outside so the whole house doesn’t smell like garlic.

My amazing husband has been busy with our no 2 son carting big squares of hay from one of the neighbours. We are laying this out in the vegetable patch so that we can plant into them in the spring. The hay needs the time to break down so that it’s suitable to plant in. This hay is old hay and is not suitable for stock feed any more, but it’s perfect for what we want.

So that was our week, along with all the usual piano and singing lessons, bible studies and church. Our pastor and his family have been on holidays and it’s nice to have them back again and to get back into the routine of the new year.

Okay, onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…My Actual Daily Work At Home Routine by Mama Finds Her Way 10 Perfect At-Home Date Night Ideas For Busy Couples by from Play Dates to Parties Snowdrops, beloved early signs of Spring by My little old world

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, it’s been lovely to have you here.

I’m looking forward to this coming week as we are home most of the time. I’m wanting to get into our school work and music practice because the following week is pretty busy.

The friend I meet for our bible study has been away for a couple of weeks and I’m hoping to get together with her this coming week and have a good chat and our study, but that’s still to be finalised.

I’ll hopefully be busy with the produce from the garden, getting it stored up for the winter and I want to prepare for our first book group and get myself organised for that too.

So that’s our coming week for you and I look forward to hearing about how you are all going.

This post comes to you hoping that you are well.  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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