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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #128

Welcome back everyone to another Good Morning Mondays Link Up at Darling Downs Diaries.

Wow, we’ve had a great week starting with the Eisteddfods on Monday.

The children did very well and all their hard work for the past 12 months paid off for them. They weren’t always easy wins and the competition was stiffer than last year. They both came away with some firsts and a second each and honourable mentions.

The picture shows them wearing their medals and this was taken late on Tuesday night so they were very tired.
We always tell them it’s not about winning it’s about doing your best and blessing the audience with their performance, so when they don’t win it isn’t a big problem for them. They have good friends that perform with them as well and it’s nice to see them happy for them if they win instead of them.  This is such a great lesson for us all to learn and sometimes it is hard but definitely worth it.

The next eisteddfod is in a couple of weeks and this on will be in Warrnambool. They will play the same pieces and this is all good practice for their exams in August. It’s good to get the adjudicators opinion as well and all this goes together to perfect their pieces.

We had some absolutely awesome pianists play over the two days finishing with the under 16 and open sections and these young people just left us awe struck. It was great for our children to see what happens when you put in and practice.

We’ve had a couple of cold mornings last week and here is our no 2 son with the ice from on top of a puddle on the track. He was amazed at this and it was fun for them to see this.The autumn colours have hung around and I took a picture of this beautiful tree last week at music lessons. The sun was in just the right spot and the colours were just gorgeous.I managed to finish this rag rug for a friends 30th birthday that we celebrated on Saturday.  I really enjoy making these rugs and I also really enjoy giving them.
So on Saturday night we had a bush dance 30th birthday party. We all had a great time and our no 1 son was home for the weekend too. We celebrated our no 2 daughter’s 12 birthday as well, so it was a weekend of celebrations.

It was nice for us all to be together and to catch up on our son’s news and what he has been doing. It’s always nice to have him home even if it is for a short time.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…10 Questions That Foster Thriving Friendships by Living Our DaysWhole Grain Baked Pancakes with Warm Apple Sauce, Yoghurt and Granola by Our Sunday CafeDIY Cleaners For The Home That Save Money by 15 Acre Homestead

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up. Each week this link up is filled with such good ideas and Godly wisdom.

Okay this week it’s back to normal routine, that is the week starts on Tuesday as we’ve got a long weekend holiday here. Normally my husband would work on the Monday but with our son being home it’s nice to get as much time together as possible. He will head back up north on Monday afternoon.

We have our fruit trees arriving on Tuesday so we need to go to town and pick them up. There is over 40 this year and we have moved the orchard and changed things up a bit. I will explain a bit later once we’ve got them planted.

With music exams only 7 weeks away we will be concentrating on our theory work and oral work over the coming weeks as well as keeping our pieces together.

Back to school work too will be in order and just general work as well.

Our raised beds are growing really well and my husband and I need to catch up on some work in the aquaponics system this week too. Some needed pruning and planting to keep the system balanced.

Our pastor has been preaching on Hebrews each week and it has been amazing. I always struggled with the book but he has just opened it up for us. It is our sin that separates us from God but Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, the last sacrifice.  Last week he talked about whether we actually understand what sin is and I guess I’ve been thinking on that a lot this week.

What’s on your agenda for next week???? and what have you been up to??

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 #127

Hey there all!! Welcome back to Darling Downs Diaries and our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

After the excitement of our new granddaughter it’s been a almost quieter week.  We celebrated the 3rd birthday of our second granddaughter on Monday evening and it was a lovely night of fun and fellowship.

Here she is with our no 1 daughter – her mum with the delicious birthday cake she made her.

She was a very blessed little girl, receiving presents from grandparents, aunts and uncles. Now she has plenty of paper and pens to draw with and some lovely stickers.

We’ve had some crafty children this week with our no 2 daughter completing the rug she was making for her friend’s birthday. She wove the individual pieces on her loom and then sewed them together. This rug is just lovely and warm and was appreciated by her friend.No 2 son has been busy knitting himself a scarf.  I tried to teach him last year but it didn’t click but he has it now and is keen to get it finished in the hope he might get to go on the ski trip this year. It’s quite good motivation!He’s changed colours again now and has added a yellow and I think green will be next – it will be colourful, that’s for sure.

We haven’t milked as much this week due to my husbands work commitments and the fact that he had to leave extra early most days, we even had to buy a bit of milk to get us through. He milked later in the week though and the two cows gave us almost 40 litres, so I stocked the fridge and made butter.The butter is going well and it’s nice to share it around the family and have some in reserves. The separator that was given to me for my birthday has been such a blessing.

That’s about it for our week, except for piano practice – the first eisteddfod is on Monday. We managed to get some gardening done on Saturday afternoon and all the vegetables are growing well and the snow peas and broad beans are sprouting nicely.

Okay enough about me, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were… The Softer Side of Patriotic Decor by Penny’s Vintage Home At Home and Bored by Finding joy in the everydayPerseverance Part 6 – Turn & Face The Changes by Old Things New

Thank you everyone for linking up, you always bring such interesting topics.

This week is Eisteddfod week with us being out all day Monday and the children playing in the morning, afternoon and evening sections. Our no 2 daughter will also be playing on Tuesday night as well. We are all looking forward to it and especially since dad comes and we spend the time together.

I’m not sure yet but I might go up and see our son-in-law, daughter and family this week.  Then we have our no 1 son coming home this weekend and we have a close friends 30th birthday party on Saturday night.

Our no 2 daughter also has her birthday on Saturday so we’ve got a busy weekend coming up. The party will also be a bush dance so we’ll be looking for country gear to wear on the night, and polishing our dancing shoes.  I might just sit and cuddle our newest granddaughter instead though.

What’s on your agenda for next week???? and what have you been up to??

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 #126

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

We have had an exciting, amazing and blessed week. On Tuesday we welcomed our newest granddaughter.

Oh what joy she is and so beautiful and cute and cuddly and smells just like a baby should. I apologise if I post too many photos but I just need to share :-).

Here she is with her youngest uncle – our no 2 son.

I was truly blessed to be able to go up with our no 2 daughter and spend a few days helping them and looking after the younger children whilst they went to hospital. It was a true privilege for me to see her in labour at home and be there to talk to her as well. It was definitely a special time for me.

Here she is with my husband and her mum – our no 1 daughter.

I must admit though I was itching to get home and settle back down once they got home from hospital and I know that they were keen to be alone with their family. I haven’t been away for that long since I broke my leg 20 months ago, so you can imagine I wanted to get back home.

So I guess I spent the best part of the week up there and I have come home and started to settle back in again. My husband and no 2 son did a great job at home and they kept everything running quite smoothly.

Last weekend I managed to get our vegetable seedlings planted and they are growing really well.I planted broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, broad beans, snow peas, lettuces and parsnips. We have covered the bed with netting to keep the chooks out but they don’t seem to be interested in anything there which is good.  My husband is going to get me some hay this week to put down to help keep the weeds at bay. I also have some garlic and herb seedlings to plant this week as well.

My husband managed to get the strawberry seedlings planted as well and they look good too. Some are grown from seed – so they don’t produce runners and some are grown from runners so we should be able to build up the numbers over the next couple of years.

Strawberry bed

The vegetable seedlings in the aquaponics system are going well too and we have only lost 1 lettuce. Hopefully in a couple of months we’ll be sharing this produce around and enjoying the winter vegetables ourselves. Growing your own food is such a blessing and we love being able to share our produce.
So I guess that was my week, I’m a bit tired now but that’ll soon pass after a couple good nights sleep.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week…The Purpose Of Our Pain by Homespun Devotions
Marigolds: Their Care, Benefits and Uses by 15 Acre HomesteadThe Smart Response When There’s Delay by Kelly R Baker

Hey everyone, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and link up, I hoped you were blessed by your visit.

Well, it’s back to normal this coming week, with school and music practice. There is only 1 week before the Eisteddfod so there’ll be practice to do and mostly it’s tidying up the pieces.

We have our 2nd granddaughters birthday dinner on Monday night so that’ll be great. I finished her blanket last week and I’m just about finished her sock. It’ll be nice to see them all again and have another cuddle with the baby. She’ll be meeting a couple of her other aunts and an uncle for the first time that night, so cuddles will be at a premium.

It is turning cold here now and it looks like being wet for a couple of days so hopefully I can get our garlic and herbs in this week.

What’s on your agenda for next week???? and what have you been up to??

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 #125

Hello from Australia and welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up and my usual “what’s been happening” update!

We are still on standby, awaiting the birth of our newest grandchild. I am writing this post a bit early in case we get a call but at the moment it’s the status quo. Please pray for a safe and painless delivery for our no 1 daughter if you can.

We’ve been doing a bit of kitchen re-arranging this week and managed to get this beautiful old kitchen buffet into the kitchen and the cupboards around it moved. I have lost a little bench space but gained more storage for my dehydrated food and a few more cupboards. This is just the beginning and we have a stove to put in and we are thinking of doing a major reno but it’s still in the planning process.

My husband has a few jobs on at the moment and this week he got back to one of our neighbours to fix a tractor. This camel below was his work mate on the day. The neighbour keeps camels because they eat the thistles and he’s certainly not the average farm animal in this area. There are quite a few camels that roam free in outback Australia Our no 2 daughter blessed us this week with a lovely dinner of beef stroganoff, rice, pappadams and yoghurt. It was just delicious and she is starting to do more and more cooking.
On Wednesday we had the morning out and treated ourselves to a lovely breakfast and a bit of shopping in Warrnambool. The children both needed shoes for the Eisteddfod (and other times). We took a drive around the beach area and it was cold, windy and cloudy. Sometimes I think these are the nicest times to visit the water. It was nice to get out and about together and do something different.

I have been making sourdough bread for ages now and I have been using a recipe in the bread machine. I haven’t really been happy with it so I reverted back to my original old recipe where you make a sponge at night and then mix it up in the morning.

The first time I did it, the dough took all afternoon to rise, the second time it only took 2 hours. It is a nice bread, a bit heavy but so delicious. We usually buy a bit of bread for something different now and then.

Part of the raised beds are ready to plant and I manged to get some rhubarb plants and some more herbs to put in. I’m hoping to get these sorted this weekend, if we aren’t called away. Either way it’ll be very soon and it’s good that there is a bit of moisture around to keep the seedlings comfortable in their pots.
I have finished the other rag quilt that I was making for our 2nd granddaughters birthday next week, and I’m onto the sock that I need to finish to make her a pair. I’ll hopefully get that done this weekend. I still have a bit of time before it needs to be gifted so I should get it done.

The children have been keeping up with their piano practice and they are only 3 weeks away from the first Eisteddfod. They sound good and are just perfecting their pieces now. They are both such different children. No 2 son can play all his 6 pieces from memory which is pretty amazing but he does struggle to do his sight ready. No 2 daughter isn’t great at memorizing but her sight reading is really improving.

They both work hard at it and the results are good and we often talk about using this gift/talent to bless others so it was a real pleasure to see them playing for the residents at the local Nursing Home the other day. That’s what it’s all about really.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…Has Wondering Led to Worrying? by A New Lens How To Keep Deer Out of the Garden by Feathers in the WoodsUnpaper Towels: A Simple DYI Project by 15 Acre Homestead

Thank you for stopping by and linking up everyone, it’s always so good to see you here.

This coming week is most likely much the same as last week. Music, school, waiting for the phone call, preserving.

I am almost through all the apples we picked and should hopefully get them done this week. I now have no 2 daughter keen to learn about preserving so she is going to be a big help.

I want to get the garden planted and do some mending and some baking as well.

What’s on your agenda for next week???? and what have you been up to??

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 #124

Welcome back everyone and I hope you enjoy this weeks Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

It’s good that I keep a diary because I get to the end of the week and forget what I’ve been doing, but then life just seems to roll along some times.

We are counting down the days now until we all meet our new grand baby. Our no 1 daughter is due on Monday but we all know that babies come in their own time. We are just prepared to get going when the call comes. I missed out last time because I broke my leg but I’m not planning on doing anything like that EVER again.

I’ve been busy at nights with a gift for the baby and I will hopefully be able to gift it next week and then show you all, but we’ll see. Once I’ve finished that I need to move on to our 2nd granddaughters birthday present. She will be getting a quilt like her sister and I’ve sewn all the squares together now I just have to assemble it all. I also have to make another sock for her too, so she has a pair.

My husband has been busy at his work this week with a couple of big jobs so he hasn’t been around too much but we managed to have a morning together with the children on Thursday which was nice.

We had a beautiful moon this past week and each night was quite light because of it. It was just so bright but unfortunately the photos don’t totally show how nice it was.

On Friday my husband was busy digging and building this dam out the front of our property. He managed to get it all dug out and now he’s lined it and will fill it and tidy up around it. He is looking at it being a place for us to gather and keep cool in and around during the summer. We’ll plant trees around it and it’ll be just lovely.Our sows and the piglets are starting to roam around and we need to get some electric fencing up to contain them. It’s quite fascinating watching them get around and there are 25 little bodies moving en masse  as well.Today is Mother’s Day and I hope all you mothers out there felt the love of your family. I definitely did and the children were busy a few days before. I got a lovely cooked breakfast and some other gifts including this lovely little plant below. I am so blessed.

Okay onto our link up…

Out top three this week were…God Makes Flowers and Plants for Preschool by Bible Fun For Kids & More
Risking by A New Lens Can I Catch Histoplasmosis from Chickens by Murano Chicken Farm

I love the variety we have on this link up and I want to thank you all for stopping by and sharing your wisdom with us all.

Well the new week is here already and I’ll just keep on with the usual. Lots of piano practice and school. I think my husband is home for a couple of days so there’ll be plenty of outside work happening. Hopefully he’ll be able to finish off the garden beds so that our no 2 daughter and I can get some veg planted.

Hopefully we’ll be heading to our son-in-law and daughters place this week to babysit and meet the new little one, if not then maybe the week after.

I’m struggling with finding time and motivation to write on my marriage series and I apologise again. I had some feedback on my site and it’s sort of made it difficult to write with having to watch what I say and I’m trying to work through that one at the moment.

I will endeavour to get over this bridge and continue on with my writing and I ask for your prayers if you have time.

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 #123

Hi all, how is everything going?? and welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

It’s been a quiet week at home for me except for music lessons but it’s been a busy week for my husband work wise. He’s busy but that is such a blessing.

My husband has been wanting to build a chicken plucker but just hasn’t had the time yet. One of his friends went to a farm clearing sale and bought this for him. It’s not exactly the same as what he was going to build but it’ll do the job just fine. We have a few roosters that are destined to try it out shortly.

Chook plucker

We’ve also been busy milking and separating and making butter. I’ve got a few in the freezer now and want to get a few more. Butter prices have risen so this is saving us buying it.

Two more blocks of butter for the freezer.

I’ve also got some cream on the bench fermenting and then I’ll make it into butter tomorrow. This was a suggestion from someone on Instagram and it sounds quite interesting.

I hadn’t  done any canning this year yet because I’ve mainly been using the dehydrator but I managed to make some tomato and pork hock soup this week and canned it. It’ll be great for lunches this coming winter.

Tomato Soup

My husband got the tractor fixed and has finished filling the raised garden beds. He’s got to add manure and rotary hoe it and then we can start planting. I got some purple garlic in the mail this week so I’ll be planting that first and then some seedlings of broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. There’ll be more to go but I’ve got to order some more seed next week.

Purple garlic.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…

A Week of Homestead Photos April 23rd – 29th by The (mis)Adventures of a Born Again Farm GirlEvening Song – Deep, Deep Love by The Cotton Apron
Visiting Over the Garden Fence by Living Our Days

Thanks everyone for stopping by and linking up.

My husband has a busy few days this week and then I think he has time to do some work around here. So we’ll be busy planting veg and doing some tidying up around the garden.

The children are busy practicing the piano for the Eisteddfod and it’s only a few weeks now.

We also have a new grandbaby due in a weeks time so we’re all very excited about that and I’m looking forward to going and looking after the other children for a couple of days. Our no 2 daughter will come with me to help and the men will stay home.

So another quiet week for me, I still have some apples to bottle up and I’m hoping to try some pickled egg too. I’ve started the other quilt for the next granddaughters birthday at the end of the month so I need to sew that together and also finish a sock for her as well.

School has been going well so we’ll keep on with that too.

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 #122

Hi all, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up. It’s good to see you here.

Our farm is very productive at the moment with 2 of our sows having piglets this week. One had 15 and the other one 10, so 25 little piggies will be running around the place soon.I was blessed to see one being born and I thought it was dead but it lay there in the sack for a little bit and then it broke free, shook itself off and stood up. When they are up they start to look for mum’s milk and it all on with lots of pushing and shoving.

We also had a meat rabbit give birth but she wasn’t looking after them so now they are nesting under our wood stove. They get fed 3 times a day and I must admit that we are amazed they are still alive. Our no 2 daughter is diligent in her feeding and it must be the way she talks to them that keeps them going. God’s creation is amazing.

Our son-in-law and daughter in Melbourne.

Last weekend we went to Melbourne with our son-in-law and daughter to a family wedding and I thought I’d post a pick of our travelling companions. We had a great time together and they both look great.

On Tuesday we had a friends 50th birthday party and caught up with them again and the grandchildren. Here is our no 2 son and his niece enjoying the afternoon together.I managed to finish the rag rug I was making for the gift and I was really pleased with how it turned out, the colours were lovely.Apart from all our partying and birthing it’s been a normal week. Our no 1 daughter blessed me with a huge bunch of parsley so I dehydrated it and now it’s ready to use. At the moment I am drying more apples as well with cinnamon. The tomatoes are about finished but there are still a few to pick and we are still enjoying eating fresh ones in our salads and sandwiches.

The raised garden beds are still at a standstill but my husband has almost fixed the tractor so hopefully this week he will be able to finish the beds as well. I have ordered some garlic and I’m looking forward to planting that and some other winter vegetables in the coming weeks.

Our no 1 daughter is due to have their baby in a couple of weeks and then it will be the children’s piano Eisteddfod. It’s amazing all the things that are going to happen in the next four weeks, we also have our 2nd granddaughters birthday, so I want to finish her socks and quilt for her.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… Friendship is… to Share a Cup of Tea by My Little Old World Slow Cooker Vanilla Coconut Granola (Gluten – Free, Vegan) by strength and sunshineMini Instant Pot Freezer Meal Boot Camp by Lamberts Lately

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, I hope you learnt something new and met someone new as well.

Our music teacher was ill this week so we will most likely have catch up lessons this week. Apart from that I’m home all week and I’m looking forward to doing some sewing and knitting and getting the rest of the apples stewed and bottled. I also want to make some bone broth and can it.

I thought about getting a couple of meals in the freezer for when I go to grandbaby sit, so I might do that as well. With our no 1 son away I am still tending to have leftovers so I might pop them in the freezer.

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

We’ve been challenged a lot lately with our need to forgive when we are hurt, forgiveness is imperative. I’m finding that it’s something I have to keep working on and then I need to ask for forgiveness for not forgiving. Life can be a bit of a merry-go-round.

But 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 #121

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #120

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okay onto our link up…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #119

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mincing the beef and lamb

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

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

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

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

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx