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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



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…


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

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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


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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…


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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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…


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


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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Hey there all, welcome back to another Monday and another link up.

As I sit here writing this I’m trying to remember what I did this past week but it’s all a bit of a blur. When you are home all day and there is nothing “exciting” happening time just seems to motor along.

This week we started Bible Study before breakfast.  We have been struggling with this for a while and we are too tired at nights to focus properly so my husband made the decision to go for 6:30 am studies. This involves our no 1 son as well before he leaves for work, when he is shearing they start at 7:30 am.We are following a calendar that takes a Character Quality each month and this month’s is Sensitivity. We are having some great conversations about the scriptures and it’s good to see the younger children opening up.

I must admit I am struggling with the early mornings but we just need to go to bed earlier, but that’s a struggle too (haha).

I’ve been making cream cheese and it’s going really well. It’s delicious on crackers and I’ve also made a cheesecake. Suffice to say it was delicious with the added mixed berries.
The children have been busy practicing their piano and we have been doing school.  We spent time weeding the veggie garden, I’m sure the weeds grow quicker than anything else, probably due to some lovely rain we had last weekend.

We’ve had some quite warm weather with one night not dropping down under 28 degrees. We don’t often run the air con all night but we did that night. Thankfully it cooled off a bit over the next couple of days and it is quite pleasant now.

Okay I haven’t much to report this week, so onto our link up…

Our top three posts were…All You have to Be Is Desperate by Living Our DaysDepression Era Chocolate CRAZY CAKE Recipe by Taylor Made HomesteadHomemade Yogurt the Easy Way by Oak Hill Homestead

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes along this week.

I’ve got another quiet week, although we have two piano lessons because our music teacher had a wedding so we had to skip a lesson. So Monday morning is a town trip and then I’m home for the rest of the week.

It’s the usual school, gardening and house cleaning.

Also a reminder about our monthly link up…This months topic will be on…


I’m looking forward to getting back into these link ups and I hope to see you there on Wednesday.

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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Hey all, it’s almost Monday again so welcome back to our weekly Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

You’ll see by my photos that it’s vegetable season here, actually most of the vegetables I’ve been processing have been from our son-in-law and daughter. They have an amazing vegetable garden and although they only live 2 hours north, they have much warmer weather than us during the summer, and much more consistent.

Actually I don’t always mind inconsistent weather because we usually get cooler weather every few days which, when it is really hot is a great relief.

Last weekend as I mentioned we went and visited our no 1 daughter and her family. We had a great time together, as usual and they blessed us with heaps of zucchinis and cucumbers. So I’ve been busy dehydrating.

I dehydrated some zucchini slices first to re-hydrate and BBQ later in the year, then I moved onto grated cucumber and zucchini. The plan with the cucumber is to use it in tzatziki and the zucchini will go into soups, stews and sometimes cakes.

The green is cucumber the yellow zucchini

I store these dried vegetables in jars and when I have excess I bag them and vacuum seal them. They store really well in the bags and I can put them in the cupboard for later.

Zucchini in a vacuum sealed bag

I have an old blue bookcase in my kitchen that I use to store my jars on and I really like how colourful it is. This shelf makes me feel so productive, it’s great.Our no 2 son had been sick before we went and visited our son-in-law, daughter and family but we thought it was something he ate. Oops we were wrong, we spread the gastro germ. The grandchildren came down very quickly followed by their father and then finally their mum. Then my husband and myself. We all had it in varying degrees but it did knock us about for a couple of days. A few of us were spared, our 16 month old grandson and our no 2 daughter and no 1 son, hopefully they have missed out.

So it’s been a slower week around here, my husband only took a day off which was good, he is amazing and the children and I worked our way through some school and piano practice.

Friday we spent the day helping our friends cut up the meat that we butchered last week.  We had a great day and it’s so nice to spend time with like minded Christians, there’s always heaps to talk about.

So after our not so exciting week, I’d love to hear how yours was, what have you been up to???

Time for our top three…Outdoor Water Conservation & Irrigation by Taylor Made Homestead 52 Week Illustration Challenge – Can I really do this?!? by Mindie at The (mis) Adventures of a Born Again Farm GirlHow to Make Herbal Sleep Tea by Feathers in the Woods

Thank you to everyone who linked up this week. I was hoping to read a heap of posts but the gastro but paid to that unfortunately, so I’m sorry about that. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have for us this week and I will endeavour to read some more.

Some friends and I are doing a yearly scripture writing plan that Heidi St. John put together. I have been reminded how much God loves us and how much He does for us because of His love. There is nothing we can do to deserve His love, his Grace abounds over us. It’s awesome really.

I’m also so aware of how much He is in control of our lives and that He knows everything that is going on, nothing is hidden from Him. I can rest in the assurance that He’s got it all covered.

I’ve got a week at home coming up and it’s the usual, school, music, vegetables and gardening.

What’s on your agenda???

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

We’ve had a few big days and it’s nice to be home and writing to you all.

On Friday we helped some friends butcher some pigs, well actually my husband helped with the pigs and I socialised with my friend and her wonderful children. We had a lovely time together and caught up with all God has been teaching and showing us. We are back this coming week to help cut up the pigs and it blesses us so much to be able to use a skill God has given us to help others.

We then spent Saturday night and Sunday with our son-in-law, daughter and family. They enticed us with the promise of vegetables and they didn’t disappoint us. We came home with a huge amount of zucchini and cucumbers and even a couple of chinese cabbages. We have been very blessed and you can guess what my job this coming week is…. that’s right, processing it all.

Chinese Cabbage in my dehydrator

I’m excited to get into drying grated zucchini again this year, it was great to have that on hand through the winter and I’m even going to dry some grated cucumber so that we can have our own tzatziki this winter.

My husband had a great time with the grandchildren and he even managed to get in some reading time – in between tickling time…
20170128_192334They are such delightful children and it is such a pleasure to be with them all.  We have such great discussions and we all get on so well, it is definitely true that…

Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

It’s a busy time in our veggie garden as well and because we had been away at a homeschooling conference for a few days the weeds had taken over. So the children and I got out and pulled out most of the weeds around the tomato bushes.IMG_20170125_111649 The children were a great help and the three of us working together made short work of the weeds. An added bonus was I saw these lovely Black Russians ripening and we have been enjoying the first harvest of tomatoes. Hopefully there will be heaps more in the coming months.
IMG_20170125_122949My lovely no 1 daughter had given me a colouring book before Christmas and I finally got to doing some colouring in while the children were doing their school. This scripture Romans 12:12 is such an encouragement to me at the moment.
IMG_20170124_180223When we are going through tough times we should be constant in prayer to God. He is in control, He knows what is going on and He cares for us.

So the first half of my week was a quiet one at home, doing school, piano and weeding and then it was a busy but productive, rewarding few days over the weekend.

What have you all been up too?

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb588442e51dd91The Man Who Comes After Me, & 6th Update on Kristen by Cheryl at Homespun Devotionsthmb588478a7f141eThe Decision That Will Change Everything by Woman Abidingthmb5885f64eb51f4 (2)Happy Homemaker Monday by Colletta’s Kitchen Sink

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up. I really wanted to get to read your posts this week but our internet has been really dodgy and I just couldn’t connect. It seems better now so hopefully I can enjoy your posts.

I’ve got a quiet week this week until the weekend again. We’ve got heaps of piano practice to do as our first lesson for the year is this Saturday. Lots of school to do this week and some gardening as well.

Mondays is going to be hot, so a good day to practice and then it’s cooling off for the rest of the week so we can get out and get some weeding done.

God has really been speaking to me through His scriptures about patience and hope during trials and persecution, what has He been speaking to you about.

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.


Hey  there everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up and our new year 2017.

How was your Christmas and New Year?? We spent time with our family and as always it was a great time together. The children are growing up and we bought them a trike and wagon to line up with our daughters desire for less stuff. It has worked out a great gift and they use it often.
IMG_1775Our lovely no 1 daughter made me some really nice new oven mitts as mine were pretty bad and raggy. These ones are inspirational as well and keep my mind focussed on God’s word, and I have used them even though I struggled to not want to get them dirty.
IMG_20161231_105911We’ve been to the beach a couple of times and have enjoyed the cool water. We got together with our daughters family and had a great time with the grandies.

Granddad with the girls

Our chickens have been growing and needed a new pen and this is what my husband and no 2 son came up with. They did a great job and the chickens have much more freedom now.20170113_185456I’ve been busy sock knitting and completed a pair for a friend for Christmas and then this pair for my husband. I am keen for him to wear and wear them to see how they last, so far so good.IMG_20170104_212219The vegetable garden is going well and the weeds are growing quickly.  There are tomatoes on the bushes but they are a long way off turning red.

The tomatoes in the aquaponics are booming and we picked our first one this past week, we are looking forward to many more.20170119_212215

We’ve just been to our annual home schooling conference so we’ve come back ready to get started again, so this coming Monday is it. We will have plenty of music practice to catch up on and book work to do. There will also be time for weeding and managing the garden as that’s very important too.

What have you been up to these past few weeks, I would love to hear??

Okay, onto our link up…

Thanks to everyone for linking up last time and I’m looking forward to seeing what you all have on offer at the moment.

I’m looking forward to the new year and new things to learn.

May God lead you and guide you as you focus on the New Year, may your plans be His plans for you.

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.”



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