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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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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #117

Hey there everyone, welcome back to another week of link ups at our Good Morning Mondays Link Party.

Wherever you are I hope that you have had a good week. We have had beautiful Autumn weather this week, some warm days but beautiful cool nights. It’s warm again this weekend but back to cool and damp next week.

We had a heap of rain earlier in the week which was just lovely and they are saying that it was our autumn break, which usually happens around mid March.

I managed to get some apple slices dried this week and I worked it out that I dried around 40 apples. That means that there is still a heap to go, but I’ve made a start.I’ve also been working on my sock knitting for our granddaughters for their birthdays in April and May. I did one to get the size right and then I found some more feminine wool and started on another. I’ll make sure that they get pairs of both.

I was also blessed with some bamboo/wool from a friend and I’ve started a special project, but I’ll show you when it’s gifted.

The beautiful bamboo/wool I was gifted this week.

My wonderful husband and our no 2 son have been busy with work in the vegetable garden area this week and have almost finished one of the raised garden beds. The wet weather stopped him digging out the front for a little bit so he transferred his attention to the beds. We are already thinking about our winter crops and I’ll plant some broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages as soon as the first bed is finished.

I really enjoy the change in seasons, we’ve had a very mild summer but I’m still pleased to see autumn and winter coming. At the moment the season has us busy preserving our harvest and then it eases and we turn to inside work. More school and sewing and hopefully knitting.

We got a busy month coming up with April. We are needing to do a butchery session and it is planned for earlier in the month. Our freezers are almost empty. Then we have a niece getting married in Melbourne and shortly our no 1 son will head off again.

The school holidays are almost upon us so we get a break from early Saturday mornings but I think with the butchery they will be busy anyway.

This past weekend we spent with our son-in-law, daughter and their children. The men went to a tractor pull on the Saturday and us girls (and our youngest grandson) stayed together and had heaps of fun, talking, preserving, cooking and snoozing.

Actually it was more than a tractor pull, they had heaps of stuff and it went until Midnight. They had a great time together and it was one last bash before our no 1 son left again.

Okay, unfortunately due to our dodgy internet I’m not able to do the top three this week so I apologise, but it’ll be back next week.

Thanks everyone for stopping by and linking up each week.

This coming week will be more of the same, preserving, gardening, school and music practice oh and knitting. You can see I’m enjoying my knitting !!!

I also need to get into my sewing room and mend some work clothes and start on some new projects. I would like to make our granddaughters a rag quilt each for their birthdays and the first one is at the end of April so I need to get moving.

I’ve been almost keeping up with my scripture writing and I do enjoy it. It’s so busy at the moment but it’s so important to read God’s word otherwise I know for me I start to feel parched and distant from God. He never leaves us, but I’m sure he spends heaps of time waiting for us to come to Him.

Well I hope you are all going good and I just wanted to remind you all that I won’t be doing a Wednesday Wisdom Searching for a little bit while I am posting on my marriage series.

The first one came out this week and I hope to get the next one done in the next week or so.

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 #116

Hi all, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up. Another week has passed and it’s mid March, the year sure is flying by.

We are in Autumn now and the days are warmer than summer, but the evenings are beautiful and cool and we have only had a couple warm nights all year.

Our tomatoes are now in full ripening mode and so we are in full picking, bagging and selling mode. We’ve opened our road side stall again and are selling our fresh tomatoes and eggs.

Mid March is also when we pick apples from the road side trees and we picked over 100 kg the other day. The apples are really big this year which is great for drying and preserving. They are still a bit sour but once you process them they sweeten up nicely.

Father and son apple picking bonding time.

We’ve been blessed to be able to borrow a tractor with a front end loader to do some heavy work around the farm. We are putting in raised garden beds for our “kitchen garden” crops and also re-doing some of the garden around our house.

The tractor we borrowed.

When we moved here there was a huge garden and there just isn’t the time for it and we like an easy garden. So we’ve been digging out beds and moving stones.

Raised garden beds marked out.

Our raised beds are going to be 1.5 metres wide and 20 metres long. At the moment we are definitely making 2 of them maybe more. We will have a separate bed for potatoes and for this we are using an old tank that has been cut into rings.Our chickens are laying well and are fit and healthy. We have put our Australorp rooster in there with them to keep them company and hopefully we will be able to incubate some eggs over the winter months.

So it’s been a busy week with the tractor work going on and the children have had a great time helping their dad do things around here. Later in the week though it was back to school work and music practice.

I’ve been experimenting with my cream cheese and have decided not to let it drain quite as much. It’s normally a bit crumbly but this week I made some and ceased draining after a few hours and it was smoother and creamier. I turned it into some dips using the onion power I made and some corn relish from our no 1 daughter. These dips and bikkies went down very well.

Onion dip on the left and corn relish dip on the right.

Saturday my husband and I went to Ballarat to get some more Rainbow Trout fingerlings for our aquaponics system and our no 1 son took the two younger children to music. It was nice to have a couple hours alone but even better to get home together again.

Our no 1 son is only home for a few more weeks and then he’s off working up north again. It’s been such a blessing to have him around and we will miss him once he is gone again.

Let’s talk link up…

Our top three posts this week were…Start Where I am. Use What I Have from Living Our Days
What Shall We Have For Dinner from My little old worldThe Art Of Home Making Mondays Link Up from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

Thanks all for stopping by and linking up, what a great range of links we have each week.

This coming week is more of the same…. garden work, tomato work and starting on apples, oh and of course school work.

I’ve managed to get back on track with my scripture writing and I’m enjoying that again. I have a few days to catch up on but doing an extra couple each day works well.

I like to talk about what God has been challenging us with each week and I guess this week it’s just about life, and dwelling in His presence daily. This is so challenging when there is so much going on but life is futile if we don’t put God first and take the time to listen to Him through His Word.

Well I hope you are all going good and I just wanted to remind you all that I won’t be doing a Wednesday Wisdom Searching for a little bit while I am posting on my marriage series.

The first one was suppose to be out last week but I didn’t get to it so this is the week.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you all in the comments section.

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


 

You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #115

Hi everyone, welcome back to Darling Downs Diaries and our weekly Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

How has your week been???  Mine was generally good, but we had a busy weekend, so I’m a bit tired now.

We spent Saturday at the Lost Trades Fair near Kyneton (about 3 hours drive). This fair showcases all the lost trades like, blacksmithing, leather work, rope making etc. We had a fantastic time and came home with lots of ideas of things we want to try.

If you want to see some photos, pop over to my Instagram account @country_homeschooling_grandma.

Sunday we went to the annual Port Fairy Folk Festival where we met our son-in-law and daughter. They were sharing the gospel through song and we went so my husband could play along with them. He also enjoys joining with the accordian group that plays every year. It’s a great time of fun and musical entertainment.

Two of our grandchildren at the Festival

Apart from the weekend we had a rather normal week with music lessons on Wednesday afternoon instead of Saturday. The children’s piano is coming along really well and we are only 3 weeks away from school holidays and then it’s only 6 or so weeks until their first Eisteddfod.

The Eisteddfod is a great way to learn how to play in front of people and get a critique on their pieces so they can perfect them for their exam which is usually in August, plus it’s good fun too.

I managed to get some preserving done too this week and dehydrated some onions that our no 1 daughter grew. Then someone on Instagram suggested turning it into onion powder and so I did. It’s great and has a fantastic smell (like French Onion Soup) but I’ve got to remember to not be too heavy handed.We were also blessed with some nectarines so I dehydrated them as well. They are a great snack to have when the children are feeling a little peckish.We bought some saddleback piglets a month or so ago and they have settled in really well. I went to see them the other day and they were all nice and cosy in their hut, they didn’t even bother to get up when I came.

We intend to breed them once they are bigger so it’s good they get along nicely.

Well that’s about all from me, let’s get onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…When You Feel Abandoned by God, 10th Update on Kristen, & LOTS of FREE STUFF!! from Homespun Devotions
Slow Cooker Sausage and Potatoes With A Twist from The (mis) Adventures of a Born Again Farm GirlThe Old Paths from Rejoicing in Christ Daily

Thank you everyone for linking up, I hope you were blessed by your visit here.

This coming week is a home one again, the best of all. I think Monday may be a catch up day, but with our Daily Home Blessing Hour the house is nice and tidy, so we will do some school and piano and maybe have a rest.

Our no 2 son has been going with Dad and helping some friends with their shearing. It is a great experience for him and it’s nice for him to spend time with Godly men working hard to make a living. He was so excited to go the first day that he got up at 4:30 am and did his school and piano before daily devotions. He was a bit tired that night but it was good for him.

I have really struggled this week with my daily scripture writing plan, and I want to really focus on it this coming week. Our morning devotions are good and we focus only on a couple of scriptures but boy they make you think. That’s what we need to be doing though – thinking, not conforming to the way of the world because we don’t think. Challenging stuff.

Well I hope you are all going good and I just wanted to remind you all that I won’t be doing a Wednesday Wisdom Searching for a little bit while I am posting on my marriage series.

The first one will be out this week and I’m looking forward to hearing from you all in the comments section.

I hope you are all going good and I’m looking forward to hearing from you this 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 #114

Hi everyone, welcome back to Darling Downs Diaries.

We are now up to week #114 in our Good Morning Mondays Link Up and I feel blessed each week when you stop by and share what you are doing and what God is teaching you.

We had a good week at home and it was even better because my husband was home for some of it too. Unfortunately he had a small accident and had to get six stitches above his ankle. It’s going okay now and it wasn’t really a big cut it was just deep. So that was a bit of excitement to keep us on our toes!!!

The cream separating has been going well and I managed to get some butter made.  I got this one and one in the freezer so that will keep us going for a little bit.

Home made cow’s milk butter

I also made some vanilla ice cream and that was pretty good too. One batch only makes just enough to feed our family of 5 so if we were having visitors I would need to make a couple batches in advance.  I bought some nice chocolate biscuits today to make put in some chocolate ice cream next week.

Vanilla Ice cream

I managed to get started on our son-in-law’s jumper and I think it’s going to knit up really quickly seeing as it’s 12 ply. The wool has a lovely texture so I’m looking forward to seeing it completed and him wearing it this winter. I get such joy out of making and giving, what do you enjoy making???I’ve also started on some socks for the granddaughters birthdays which are coming up in April and May. I’m giving myself plenty of time so I don’t need to rush with them. Swapping around keeps me interested.

We sold some pigs last weekend and had to deliver them and we were able to stop and have some pizza for tea on the way home. The children really enjoyed themselves and I must admit that the soft serve and chocolate mousse for dessert was pretty good too.
Our daily “home blessing hour” is still going well and it’s becoming a good routine now, and definitely something I am going to keep up. We have slacked off a bit in the bedrooms but my aim is to get on top of them this coming week. It is so nice to have the house clean more often and not such a chore on a Friday.  What system do you use to keep your house clean and tidy??

On Saturday night we had our no 1 daughter’s father-in-law’s 70th birthday. It was a great evening and lovely to catch up with them.

Okay, I would love to hear what you all have been up to???

Onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… Happy Home Maker Monday – February 27, 2017 by Harvest Moon by Hand God is not Trying, He is Doing! by Blessed TransgressionsEvening Song – I Am not Ashamed by The Cotton Apron

Thank you for linking up each week, as I said before it is such a blessing and you make this link up a lovely place to visit.

This week we have music lessons mid week because we may be going to the Lost Trades Fair. This is a Fair that showcases all the old arts, weaving, spinning, blacksmithing, leather making etc. Hopefully we can make it because it sounds so exciting.

Then on Sunday we will go to the Port Fairy Folk Festival to see our son-in-law, daughter and family. They join together with a Christian group to spread the Gospel in song and puppetry. My husband and the children will help with the singing and playing as well, it should be a good day.

Apart from all that it’s just the usual.  We’ve been having some quite warm, consistent weather this past week so our tomatoes are slowly ripening and hopefully they will be full on in a week or so. We hope to sell some again this year, but we’ll have to see how the season finishes up. We have lots of plans for our next season and it will take the months in between to get it all organised.

Also don’t forget our monthly link up…This months topic is…

WHEN YOU’VE BEEN LET DOWN

I would love to see you here if you get a chance, but…

This will be the last Wednesday Wisdom Searching for a little bit because I’m  starting a series of posts on Marriage, I’m not sure how many I will do or how often but I would like to just focus on them at the moment. I will come back to our WWS and I will keep you updated as things progress.

 

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


You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.

MARRIAGE #1 THE BEGINNING

Hey everyone, I have been thinking for quite a while about doing a series of posts on marriage. I know there are so many posts on this topic and I did wonder if I needed to jump on the band wagon at all, did I have anything else to add. Maybe I don’t but I feel that I need to put my thoughts down and share them.

This has probably come to mind more over the last 12 months as my husband has been running the Good to Great Fathering Course. Among many other things that course hits on the biblical principal of…

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.

My husband has come away from the course loving me, not trying to change me, but purely loving me and when he does this, I guess I just feel so loved and accepted for who I am.

I hear women saying that “my husband does this or my husband does that” and “he needs to change and be a better husband and father” and numerous other sayings.

We live in a society that devalues men and is trying to de-masculise them. We live in a society where woman want to rule and be equal and lead.

We are created equal, to that there is no doubt, but right from the beginning we women were created to be our husbands help meet.

Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Right from that point, the point of creation our role was made clear. What a blessing to be able to serve our husbands and be their help meet.

Then Adam and Eve sinned and our punishment was that we would desire our husband’s position, we would desire to be in charge  but he would rule over us.

Genesis 3:16 To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

From that point we were in trouble, we were going to desire to change our positions and rule over our husband, to be in charge. It wasn’t a blessing it was a curse.

We can see that so clearly in society that women desire the same rights, the same everything as men. They have a can do attitude and want to prove themselves better.  That isn’t what we were created to be and we’ve come so far from what God’s original plan was.

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

We were to be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth, together, as a partnership. Our husband leading and us, not following behind but us beside him, encouraging him and supporting him.

So this is my introductory post, I’m not sure how often I will get them out or how many but stick with me and it’ll be a journey.

So stay tuned for the next installment…

Blessings my friends xxx

 

You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #113

Hi there everyone, welcome back to Darling Downs Diaries and our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

It’s been a good week all round. On Monday we started our “Daily Home Blessing Hour”.  After discussions with our No 1 daughter during their visit last week, we decided to give this a go. She had heard about it from a lady on Instagram.

So it basically means that every morning before school, for about an hour, we give the house a clean. So all the bathroom sinks, toilets and laundry get a clean each day, along with dusting and floors. I’ve broken the hour into 15 min sections. The first 15 mins is for bedroom tidy up and then the sinks and toilets and then the dusting and floors being the last 15 mins. I also broke our house into 2 zones, kitchen and lounge and hallway and bathrooms, and while our no 2 daughter and I do inside our no 2 son does the outside verandas.

This has gone really well, and it’s amazing now how easy it is to do, even after a week. The kitchen floor is mopped every morning and it is so nice to sit down in the evening to a tidy home. There will be times of deeper cleaning for windows and behind furniture but it won’t be this big huge weekly cleaning task that leaves us all grumpy. We also use it as a bit of a race to see who can get completed first, mostly it’s good fun.

It was my birthday on Monday and my wonderful family all clubbed together and bought me a cream separator. It came all the way from the Ukraine and it’s great.

My new separator.

The cream that came out was thick and creamy (haha) and was a wonderful addition to our chocolate self saucing pudding that we had for tea. I intend to turn the rest into butter but we may eat it before I get to it.

Thick dollop cream.

I’ve also been making sauce from a case of tomatoes from our no 1 daughter. Ours aren’t ripe yet and I really wanted to get some sauce put away so it was really a blessing. I got a heap of jars which should keep us going until next season.

Putting the cooked tomatoes through the press to get rid of the skins.

I dried the skins as well and blended them up and this is a wonderful addition to soups and stews during the winter months.

Our new chickens are officially laying and we are getting a few eggs each day. They haven’t got any boxes yet so it sort of looks like an egg game in their pen.

I also managed to finish our no 2 daughters jumper this weekend and it was just in time for the cooler weather we’ve been having. This coming week will be quite warm so she won’t get to wear it again or a while, but the warm weather is good for the vegetables so that’s okay.
I’m now excited to get into our son-in-laws jumper, and hopefully get it done in a month or so, but we’ll see. Our granddaughters have birthdays in April and May and I would like to make them a quilt each and maybe some socks but we’ll see how we go.

Okay enough about us, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…
Poverty in the 1800’s from The Legacy of Home  Dad’s Worksheets Review from An Island Family By Grace
Wordless Wednesday: The Crown from Bible Fun 4 Kids and More

Thanks everyone or stopping by and linking up, it’s always great to see what you have each week.

With the warmer weather coming there may be more tomatoes to deal with so that will be on the agenda this coming week. There will be school to do and our cleaning schedule to complete and piano practice.

As far as I know we are home all week and have a 70th birthday party next Saturday night. So a nice quiet week is on the agenda.

What’s been happening in your lives lately, I’d love to hear.

Also don’t forget our…This months topic is…

WHEN YOU’VE BEEN LET DOWN

Love to see you here if you get a chance

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


You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #112

Hey there everyone and welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

What a week we’ve had, has yours been good??

Our week started with a nights babysitting. We got to look after our delightful granddaughters while their parents and uncle went to pick something up. We had a lovely time together, they are such cuties.We then had our son-in-law and daughter with us for a couple of nights and that was great too. We had a really good time together and it’s always a bundle of laughs.  We eat, we talk, and we usually watch a movie together and have late nights, which is great but it’s nice to get back to a normal routine too.

I’m sure they are all thinking “not another photo”…

We were all pretty tired once they’d left so we pushed through our piano practice but we have also been doing a bit of deeper cleaning and tidying up so it was good to get that done as well this week.

We even wrangled a trip to Port Fairy and fish and chips for tea one night. It was only a quick visit but it was very enjoyable and relaxing and a beautiful evening.Our weather hasn’t really been conducive to tomatoes ripening at the moment so it may be another month before we get any bulk tomatoes.  Where our daughter lives it is much warmer and she blessed us with a big bag of fresh tomatoes and zucchinis.Home grown fresh tomatoes are so much nicer than the bought ones.  Our celery has been going well but has now started to go to seed so our no 2 daughter went and picked me a basket full and I dried it overnight. It turned out really well and I’m pleased with the results.  I will do more this coming week and may also make some veggie powder to use as flavouring in soups and stews.

Fresh celery in the dehydrator.

Last year I dehydrated tomato skins and I might use that and make a powdered stock mix.

On Sunday after church we went on a picnic which was lovely and we even did some kite flying, which the children really enjoyed. We’ve had these kites for ages but we just haven’t had the chance to try them.

Okay, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were… This Is Not Fair by Lisa Notes… An Invitation To Freedom by Purposeful and MeaningfulHow Do I Love You? 8 Ways To Demonstrate Love by Hope Prevails

I hope you got a chance to read these great posts and thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up.

I’m looking forward to a quieter week and a good routine, I haven’t got much else on that I know of at the moment.

As you can tell from the Wednesday Wisdom Search title I’ve been dealing with being let down and disappointed. God has been speaking to me about forgiveness even if I don’t have reconciliation. It’s been challenging for me but God is good and He will never let us down. Forgiveness is really important not just for our spiritual walk but our health as well.

I hope you get a chance to stop by and leave me a comment on our…

This months topic is…

WHEN YOU’VE BEEN LET DOWN

Love to see you here if you get a chance

I hope you are all going good and I’m looking forward to hearing from you this 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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WEDNESDAY WISDOM SEARCHING #8 – WHEN YOU’VE BEEN LET DOWN

Hi there, welcome back to our first link up for 2017.This month’s topic is…

WHEN YOU’VE BEEN LET DOWN

Have you ever been let down?? By friends or family??

It’s a tough thing, especially when you come to the realisation that you don’t mean the same thing to someone as they do to you.

How do we deal with disappointment and  hurt. I know we’ve talked plenty on forgivesness and taking our thoughts captive and we know that forgiveness is imperative to our faith walk.

But… when we’ve been let down by someone we love how do we deal with it.

I think the important realisation for my husband and myself is that when we have put certain people up there in our thinking (on a pedestal) and then something happens and they let us down we are devastated.

There is no person that we can or should put on a pedestal, because man is man and man being man they will sin and let us down and hurt us and if we are being honest with ourselves we can hurt others too, so the important thing is to take our reliance off of people and only rely on God.

We need to be close to God and then when the hurts come we can give them to him in prayer and supplication, asking for His forgiveness and a heart to love those who have let us down.

Here’s another thing… what if that person that let you down and hurt you isn’t sorry or doesn’t care, how easy is it to forgive when there is no reconciliation?? I know for me I find this terribly difficult and need to be constantly working on my attitude and my heart.

We are going through some stuff at the moment and we have been terribly let down, but the key is taking our thoughts captive, giving them over to God and asking Him to bless them and us.

Now as we all know this is easier said than done…those conversations that we have in our head or that we mutter about all day rule our hearts and we need to stop it and concentrate on God.

A good friend of mine has been memorising scripture, big amounts at a time and has found this the best thing for stopping the thoughts that lead to worries and disappointment. She said that as soon as she wakes during the night she recites the scriptures in her head and that is what she focuses on. What a great idea..

Wouldn’t it be great if the first thing that came to mind was scripture and not the issues we are facing.

There are so many scriptures that we could focus on, the Lord’s word is such a gift and tool for everyday life. Here are some I found that are so comforting.

Nahum 1:7 – “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”

Zephaniah 3:17 – “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Psalm 34:8-9 – “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.”

Psalm 91:14-16 – “”Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 23:1-6 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows

Revelation 21:3-4 – “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

What a blessing the Word of God is in our lives, let’s make sure that we immerse ourselves in it, and use it as our comfort and shield.

The most important thing is God NEVER lets us down.

So how do you deal with disappointment and being let down by those you love???

I would love to hear from you this month on this topic and if you don’t have a post to link up please leave me your thoughts in the comment section, I need all the help I can get.

Also please forgive me if I delete your post if it doesn’t relate to our topic for the month.  Please feel free to pop over to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up each week if you have something else you would like to share.

Have a great month and I look forward to hearing from you.

Blessings to you all xxxxx

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