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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #40

Welcome to another Good Morning Mondays Link Up. How has your week been??

Thanks to everyone of you who faithfully stop by here each week and link up, and also welcome to any newbies that stop by. I am so enjoying reading the posts and getting to know you all.

I have had a good week although it has been cold and wet.  My routine sort of went out the window earlier in the week due to my husband being home for a couple of days. Time spent with dad is far more important than any lessons we can have.

Tuesday dad decided to take us to Warrnambool to Flagstaff Hill which is a maritime museum and it is set up like a maritime village.

Below is a picture of the village from the front door.

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No 2 daughter looking through binoculars at the village

When we got there my husband started talking to the lady at the counter about the Historical Society and some family history stuff, so we didn’t actually go into the village but headed around to the Historical Society to find our more information about his family.

It was probably a good idea not going in as it was freezing and wet and we will most likely go again when the weather is more favourable.

After the History Society we headed out to the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory for lunch and a walk around their museum. We enjoyed looking at the old artefacts and I especially like the dairy and sewing ones.

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An old industrial sewing machine and a cobblers machine
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This is a Eureka butter printer and weigher.
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Milk separator
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Butter churns and bottles
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Dad and no 2 son enjoying time together

We had a great day and arrived home tired but happy.

I am excited too because we have gotten our milk separator all cleaned up and are hopefully going to be able to separate our milk next week so that I can make butter.

I will only do this once a week as the milk isn’t any good for cheese after the cream has been removed, so the puppies or piglets or chickens will get this milk.

The rest of the week I will make cheddar cheese and some feta. I have made some cheddar this past week and it is tucked away nicely in the cupboard, maturing away. I made a big batch of feta as well and that is great in salads, on pizzas or mince dishes.

Our oldest son spent the week away working with some friends, so the house was rather quiet without him and his puppies were very annoying. They destroyed one of my pot plants (I only have two) and have now been banned from the back veranda.

Saturday morning we had music lessons and now have only two weeks to go until exams. We have to keep on with the practice for the next two weeks, and I am sure that their hard work will pay off.

I had a friend pop out from town on Saturday afternoon which was lovely. I haven’t seen this friend for months so we had a lovely chat and catch up. She is also keen on being self sufficient and farming stuff and I call her the chook whisperer. She is amazing how she can get eggs to hatch in the incubator, far better than I can. I am that bad that my husband has now taken over the incubating, so hopefully we will get more chickens now.

Today, Sunday was a busy day but lovely. We had bible study and church this morning and then we went to friends for an afternoon bible study. We used to get together a few years ago, but life got busy with babies and children and plain old life, so it was nice to be able to sit around the word of God together.

Okay, onto our linkup….

This week we had our top 5 posts

thmb55a3daf7b2a78Adopt a Simple Amish Life by Tracy at Our Simple Homesteadthmb55a31158b31adFreedom Friday – On Forgiving Yourself by Patti at Old Things New

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5 new ways to think about money by Stephanie  at Stephanie Oreficethmb55a385005e6d5Duty and Rest in the Home by Mrs White at The Legacy of Homethmb55a3ae014e4efHow Two Years of Blogging has Changed My Life by Sarah at Redemption Diary

Thank you to everyone who linked up, I really appreciate all of you. I didn’t quite get every post read but what I did get to I really enjoyed.

This week coming we have our Revelation Bible Study on Tuesday night and we are looking forward to that because we haven’t gotten together for quite a few weeks now.

We have a funeral on Thursday afternoon and music lessons on Saturday morning.  The rest of the week will be spent at home doing school, music practice and I might even do some gardening depending on the weather, and I have some knitting projects that I want to start and finish.

I look forward to hearing from you all again this week and I pray that your days are blessed.

Love to you all my friends. xxxx

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.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #39

Welcome everyone to another Good Morning Mondays. We have now been going for 39 weeks and I look forward to this link up each week.

I enjoy all your posts and I know I have said it before, I am learning so much.

It has been a quiet week here and I have been home for most of it. Our younger 2 children had been unwell earlier in the week but are much better now.

My husband and I were invited to a friends house to have a look at some natural cleaning products. I was asked to bring some home made cheese so my husband and I decided to smoke some of our home made pork sausages to see how they would taste.

They were brilliant and very delicious, just like bought kabana.  Here is a photo below of how they looked when they came out of the smoker. They went great with the home made cheese.
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We have done a couple batches now and they really don’t last long at all. They are great for a lunch time snack too.

We had a new arrival on the farm a week ago and it has taken me this long to get a photo. This is a picture of our new alpaca, he looks very regal doesn’t he! Unfortunately he isn’t too friendly yet, but we will see how we all go together.

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Here is a picture of our No 1 son’s fox terrier puppies. They are so cute.DSC_1714[1]It has been a good week to catch up and hopefully get motivated to do some serious schooling and music work this coming week.

Now onto our link up.

Our top three posts this week were…

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10 Parenting Mistakes You Should Never Make a guest post by Natalie Abrahams at Purposeful and Meaningfulthmb55999ec3c443dThe changing fashions of children and teens by Jo at Stop…have a chat

thmb5599b0f839920Sundays Down Under by Natasha in Oz

and my personal favourite…thmb559a6d2235ad9Love that Wins by Rebekah at Ready to be Offered

Thank you to everyone who linked up, the posts are excellent and I enjoy the mix from devotional to farming to cooking.

Like I said before, this week I need to get into some school and music practice. The children have exams in three weeks and we really need to work on scales and technical work, which we all love.

I think I am home all week again, and I need to prune some roses and make some curtains (still).

How have you all been?? I am looking forward to hearing from you again this week and I pray that you are going good.

I hope you all have a great week and that you are blessed as you enjoy your summer holidays or as we are the winter weather.

May God bless you all my friends. xxxx

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.”


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #38

Hey there everyone and welcome to another Good Morning Mondays.

It has been a quiet week in the blog world and that was probably a bit good (although I missed you all) as we butchered 9 pigs and cut up 1 cow for our freezers.

I started schooling in the afternoons earlier in the week and I was really pleased with the results. The children were more settled and we actually got heaps done.

I have written up a schedule for them and set up specific times for maths, english and music. We actually are able to fit in more subjects. So thank you to the Farmer’s Wife for her great post which gave me the idea.

On Thursday our son-in-law and daughter and girls came down in the afternoon.  Our No 1 son and son-in-law went wood cutting and brought home a couple of loads of wood, to help keep us warm.

My husbands parents came over in the afternoon as well and my father-in-law helped my husband butcher 3 pigs whilst my mother-in-law chatted to us and talked to the children.

It was a lovely afternoon and we all shared tea together in the evening. Below is a picture of them all at the table.

DSC_1667There were 4 generations sitting around the table together sharing a meal, what a blessing.

In total we butchered 9 pigs over 2 days and we spent Friday cutting and mincing up the pork and then Saturday dealing with the beef.

We made 100 kgs of sausages and then ran out of skins so we have some lovely flavoured mince in the freezer. We smoked all the hocks and soup bones from the pigs and they will be lovely in soups and stews.

We had aged the beef for 3 weeks and the steaks were incredibly tender, and the remainder we minced.  We still have another 2 pigs to butcher but these will be used for bacon and roasts and another younger cow to do for roasts and more steaks. This should see us out then for the rest of the year, it is lovely to not have to buy meat.

Our son-in-law and daughter were able to take home quite a few meals as well, which is wonderful.

Here is our No 1 son and son-in-law working on cutting up the beef.
DSC_1684Here is our back verandah (and our No 1 daughter) where we cut everything up. It was cold but manageable. DSC_1686And now because you only got puppy photos last week I need to share some grandchildren ones this week.

Here is granddad having a cuddle from our sweet oldest granddaughter.
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Okay enough about all of us and onto our link up.

Thank you to everyone for taking the time to link up. I am still having some trouble with our internet and I am not sure whether all my comments went through, so I apologize.

Our top three posts this week…

thmb558ff52e51969Someone You Know has Lupus by Glenys at Sacrificial home Keeper
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Driving Traffic Like Mad to Your Blog – With Color by Rebecca at Best Blogging Businessthmb558fff3abd036

How Toxic Are Your Thoughts by Ifeoma at Purposeful and Meaningful

If you didn’t get a chance to read these during this past week pop over and have a look, they were great.

Thank you again for taking the time to stop by and I pray that you are blessed.

I have a quiet week coming up and I am looking forward to continuing our afternoon school routine. Of course I haven’t gotten to the curtains yet and I need to get them done.

I have heaps of inspirations for meals now that I have meat, so I might do a bit of cooking this week and make some pasties and sausage rolls for the freezer.

I hope you all have a great week and that you are blessed as you enjoy your summer holidays or as we are the winter weather.

May God bless you all my friends. xxxx

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.”


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #37

Hey there everyone, welcome to another Good Morning Mondays.

I must admit this past week has been a bit quieter after our excitement from the eisteddfod last week.

I have been feeling really unmotivated and a little bit down. I don’t know why, whether it is the weather, it being winter here or hormones or just me – who knows.

I spoke to an older lady friend at church this morning about it and I said to her in the end, that I will most likely get over it. She agreed.

What !!! no comfort, no words of wisdom, no sympathy?? I guess the best thing was she didn’t tell me to suck it up :-).

(Don’t worry I harbour no hard feelings towards her, I was just having a slight whinge and I will get over it.)

I am glad that my husband doesn’t let me wallow for too long and encourages me to keep on keeping on.

I finished sewing the sleep suit for our friends son and they were really pleased with them and it is wonderful to be able to help out.

I haven’t managed to get the curtains done yet but really need to get a move on as it is quite cold in our sons bedroom.

We didn’t have our sewing afternoon as our youngest son has a cold and just needed to stay put and inside and keep warm. This is hard as he loves being outside.

I haven’t got any grandchildren photos this week but I thought I would post some photos of our No 1 sons puppies. He had 2 bitches who had puppies. One lot are a staghound cross and the puppies are huge at 9 weeks and the others are a jack russell/fox terrier x and they are tiny.

Below is a photo of the stag puppies getting stuck into some cows milk. The cat in the background was in there as well, they seem to get on all right. My husband calls them dish-lickers and he feeds them after he milks the cows in the mornings.

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No 2 son is so excited as he gets to keep a staghound bitch for himself and has been testing out various names. The latest being “Reckless” named after the Waltons hound dog.

Now onto our link up.  Thank you everyone for taking the time to link up. I managed to get at least one of everyone’s posts read this week and I am really enjoying reading and stopping by everyone’s blogs. I was so impressed with all that you have to say.

Top three posts this week were…

thmb5587275d27778What does simple living mean? by Jo at Stop…have a chat

thmb55181bdfcace1When Mom Falls Apart… by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage

thmb55881c245b7958 Things to Learn from The Beatitudes – Free Cards by Tayrina at A Tiny Mix Of

and my personal favourite…

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Why Afternoon Classes Are Better For Us by The Farmer’s Wife at Growing In His Grace

Well done to everyone who linked up and I am looking forward to seeing what is on the link up this week.

I am going to try The Farmer’s Wife way of schooling for the next couple of weeks and try afternoon classes instead of the morning ones. Hopefully the children may be more settled and all our chores done before we start.

This week coming starts slow but will be busy by the end of the week. That cow that we have hanging up will be dealt with along with about 12 pigs.

Our son-in-law, daughter and their girls are coming down later in the week to help us process all the meat and make sausages. Hopefully by Saturday afternoon the majority of it will be bagged up in the freezer.

I am going to get some meals made early in the week so that I don’t have to worry about what to cook while we are working. The last thing I feel like doing when we are packing meat is cooking.

I will make a couple of soups and a couple of casseroles to feed the hungry mouths.

It will be wonderful to see our son-in-law, daughter and their family again and I will hopefully have more photos to share next week.

Also a prayer request: If you could remember Glenys Hicks in your prayers. Glenys has a couple of blogs and is having some health struggles.

She writes at Selah Christian Musings and Sacrificial Home Keeper, so if you get a chance pop over and show her some support.

I look forward to hearing from you all and would love to know how you are all going. I hope and pray that you are all well.

Have a great week and may God bless you all.

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.”


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #36

Hi there all and welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays.

What a week it has been and I hope and pray that you all experienced God’s blessings in your life.

We had a quiet start to the week which was good. We had our Revelation Study on Tuesday night and that continues to be so very interesting.

Thursday our children attended another Eisteddfod, this time in Warrnambool. We had such a great time and were able to catch up with some of our friends there.

The children played really well and No 2 daughter got 2 first placings and a Honourable Mention, No 2 son got 1 first and 1 third placing. Their sister and her husband and their children managed to come this time which was wonderful and quite an effort considering the 3 hour drive for them.

Our children also received an Encouragement Award each which goes towards their music tuition. This was such a blessing as we were behind with their fees this year.

Here they are at the piano they performed on.

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After the Eisteddfod we went and visited with friends of ours who homeschool as well, some of their children also competed in the Eisteddfod, so we saw them there as well.

We have known this family for a long time and it is wonderful to see how the older children have grown and all the little ones as well. They have 10 children so with ours and our daughters family it sure was a house full at tea time.

Of course we stayed late because we were having such a good time and I only got to bed at 3 am because I kept talking to our daughter and son-in-law once we got home.

Our daughters family stayed on Friday as well and the men went cutting fire wood and our daughter and I took the children to their music lessons (their teacher was really pleased with them) and then tried to stay awake all day 🙂

Saturday was a catch up day and we slept in and did some jobs around the place and some of our other friends stopped in around afternoon tea time for a cuppa, which was lovely, they even brought afternoon tea.

It is such a blessing to have like minded Christian friends and we are blessed to call both of these families good friends.

We sold another 4 piglets which is wonderful and now we only have 4 little ones left

And now because we had our grandchildren here I have to share some photos. There was lots of kissing and cuddling with them.

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Our youngest granddaughter just loves giving her mum kisses
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Aunty with her nieces
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Uncle and niece
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More kisses

These couple of days were pretty full on but wonderful and will live as memories for quite a while.

Now onto our link up.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to link up this past week.  I have decided that if I am behind the eight ball with reading I will read at least one post that you have linked up, so that is why I haven’t commented on them all, and I did have some issues with the computer as well which meant that some comments I left didn’t actually work.

Please keep linking up as I enjoy reading the posts that you all share and feel so blessed with the community of friends I have here. You are all such a blessing.

Our top three posts this week were…

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My Blog Doesn’t Make Money (And Why I’m Okay With That) by Mindi at The (mis)Adventures of a “Born Again” Farm Girl

thmb557e220bdaaddHow to Connect with Your Spouse by Kelsey at Kelsey M Fergusonthmb557e9e752ecc03 Strategies for Intentional Living by Ifeoma at Purposeful and Meaningful

and my personal favourite…thmb557e5c2fb9f88Jakob Cooper is Home by Cheryl at Homespun Devotions

This post has wonderful news that Jakob Cooper is at home now. Also in this post is a prayer request for baby Daxton. Please if you haven’t read this pop over and join us in praying for Jakobs’ continuing healing and baby Daxton and his family.

Wow what a link up, full of wisdom and good ideas. Thanks to you all.

This coming week is a bit quieter here (yay) not that I don’t love having family around, that is always great.

We are home most of the week, and are having a sewing afternoon on Thursday. We haven’t had one for a couple of weeks due to other activities, so it will be wonderful to spend the afternoon together.

That same night my husband has a church meeting so I might go in and visit with Mrs H and see how she is going and coping with all that is happening with her family.

Friday the children have music lessons (changed due to school holidays) so we get to stay home on Saturday and have 3 weeks before their next lesson and then only 2 weeks after that until their exams.

I still have one more sleep suit to make for our friends and I am definitely hoping to finish that early this week.

School of course is a priority and I am starting on a new schedule that I made up, so hopefully that will keep me on line.

We bought some strawberry plants so I want to plant them in the aquaponics along with some carrot seeds and I need to start pruning our roses.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and I am looking forward to hearing how you are all going and what is happening in your lives.

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.”

Love to you all xxxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #35

Well howdy all and welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays. I hope you have all had a good week.

What a week it has been and we have enjoyed time with family and friends.

Monday night my daughter and I cooked for the Gideons. That went very well and I think that they liked the food. I served them a beef and vegetable casserole and a mild chicken curry with rice, then apple crumble and cream for dessert.

It was good and we had leftovers for the next days lunches, which was very handy.

My husband went fishing with Mr H and his son-in-law, they didn’t catch anything other than colds,but I think they had a good time together.

Friday morning the children had a drive in our brigades fire truck with their father, you can tell by their faces it was fun.

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During the winter months each member (who can drive) is rostered to take the truck for runs and to make sure that all the equipment is working properly. This week was my husbands turn. CFA stands for Country Fire Authority.

Our No 2 daughter turned 10 this week and boy she is growing up fast. I don’t know where the time has gone.

Friday night we had some friends over and our son-in-law and daughter and their girls as well. We enjoyed a lovely meal together and the children had a great time as well.

Our daughter is the girl on the right and the one on the left is her sewing buddy.

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It is always good to spend time with these families.

Saturday we spent the day with our daughter and her girls as our son-in-law had an appointment in Melbourne. We had a lovely day just taking it easy and chatting. The girls were really tired and slept well in the afternoon, and I must admit I could have gone with them.

Here is our youngest granddaughter. She is really a character and we are developing a great relationship with her.

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This is our oldest granddaughter and she had a lot of fun with her uncle and aunt. They pushed her around in the wheel barrow for ages.

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We had some disappointments this week with our cattle, loosing two calves as they were born, we thankfully had one born fit and healthy

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This is just after she was born

She looks like a little teddy bear when she dried up.

My husband and No 1 son butchered a cow today so we will have a freezer full again in a couple of weeks, the freezer is almost empty.

I have been having lots of internet issues this past week and it just wasn’t going well enough for me to read all the post you linked up, so I apologise again.

I know I have said it before but I will say it again, thank you to you all for taking the time to link up and leave comments. I am really enjoying our new friendships and I love getting to know you all.

I don’t know whether the internet problem is a weather thing or something else, but I hope to be on top of it this coming week, as I really do enjoy reading all the posts.

So onto our link up.

Our top three posts for this week…

thmb55743174aeafdCathy’s Corner: Week 8 by Debbie at Bible Fun For Kidsthmb5574c62a95867Why some women dislike the tag “Lady” by Jo at Stop…Have a chat.thmb557514ef783eaAre You a No Reply Blogger by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage

Well done ladies and thank you again to everyone else who took the time to link up. If you didn’t get a chance to read these posts, pop over when you can. You will really enjoy them.

This coming week is looking cold and busy again. The children have music exams in about 7 weeks, so we are working hard on their technical work and site reading stuff. This can be very challenging but I think we have plenty of time to get on top of it.

We have our Revelation study on Tuesday night and then our children are doing another Eisteddfod this time in Warrnambool on Thursday morning.

It is good for them to play in front of people and this time they are playing with some other homeschooling friends that live down there. It will be wonderful to catch up with them as we haven’t seen them for ages.

Our son-in-law and daughter and girls are coming this time and then they are staying with us for the night, so we will get to see them again and this is such a blessing.

I only got 1/2 my sewing done this past week, so I need to get more of that finished and I am starting a schedule for doing school and I am trying to be more organised.

Thank you for your prayers for our friends last week, Mrs E didn’t have to have a new stent put in and Mr H is going along okay. God is so good.

I have another request, if you could please pray for Mr G, he had a melanoma removed and has been called back to the surgeon in the morning. Please pray that God will be with him and his family.

I hope you all have a great week and that you will be blessed.

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.”

Love to you all xxxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #34

Welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays. I am looking forward to hearing from you all this week and would love to hear how your week has been.

Ours started off with a whole day at our local Eisteddfod. I know I have been talking about this for a few weeks, well the day finally arrived. The children were all practiced up and ready to go.

We spent the whole trip in talking to both of them about humility and as I have said before these competitions are great for character growth.

It was a big day but the children did really well. No 2 son got one First Place and an Honourable Mention and No 2 daughter got two Firsts Places.

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Here they are with their medals. No 2 daughter is wearing the dress I made her and she was really thrilled with it. It turned out very well.

After such a big day out I was really tired for a couple of days but I seem to be on top of it now.

My husband and I were able to go out for tea before our Revelation Bible Study. It was lovely to go out together as we haven’t been able to do that for months.

Saturday we went on a tour of some historical sights and I will put up a post about that hopefully later in the week. We counted it as a history lesson and it was very interesting.

Our No 1 son and our No 1 daughter and her family have gone camping this past weekend so they stopped in on their way and of course it was great to see them. The girls are growing so quickly and are just so cute. We had a lovely lunch together and then they headed off for the Otways which is about an hour and a half drive from here.

It is a long weekend here so they are only getting home on Monday night but from what we’ve heard so far they are having a great time.

Sunday afternoon was lovely, it was cold outside and we were able to have a nice restful afternoon.

Okay onto our link up…

I know that I normally only feature the top three posts but because the top three were all written by the same lady I decided to feature the top six.

thmb556af2f44dfa3You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone by Glenys from Sacrificial Home Keeperthmb556b0588bc8ca

God Willing, Tomorrow Will Be Better by Glenys from Sacrificial Home Keeperthmb556af36530697A House Blessing by Glenys at Selah Christian Musings

thmb556b78112b0e7The Most Amazing Story by Jo at Stop…have a chat
thmb556b79d29c545Are Blogs Unrealistic by Jayne at Adventures At Tiny Toadstool Cottagethmb556c44914b3d4

Classically Teaching, Latin Introduction by Jennifer at Grammerlings

And my personal favourite was….thmb556ccc9375f6eGod’s Plans, My Life by Aimee at A Work of Grace

Wow there were some great posts linked up this week and it was hard to pick a favourite but Aimee’s post really hit a chord with me.

Thank you to all of you for taking the time to link up and thank you for all your comments, you don’t know how much it blesses me.

I have a couple of prayer requests and I ask that you remember Mr H and his wife and family in your prayers. He has started chemo again and is struggling a bit. Also Mrs E is having a new stent put in her heart this Thursday morning. Please pray that God blesses her and keeps her well so that the operation can go ahead.

I have a bit of a busy week. We are cooking for the Gideons on Monday night and they are coming here which will make it easier.

No 2 daughter is turning 10 this Wednesday and we are having a bit of a party for her on Friday night with a couple of close family friends.

Between that I need to sew a couple of sleep suits for some friends for their son, and some curtains for the boys bedroom, to keep out the cold.

I am so sorry that this has been such a long post but I wanted to show you one more picture.

This is a picture of a paddock that we pass on our way to town and the swans have arrived.

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They say you can tell how high the water is going to get by how high the swans build their nests. I just like looking at them because they are beautiful.

Well that’s all or enough for this week, and I hope you all have a blessed week and that those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are enjoying your summer and those of you in the Southern Hemisphere are keeping warm and cozy.

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.”’

Love to you all xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #33

Hey there, how’s it going.  It is very cold as I am sitting here writing this. I think this day must be the coldest and dampest day so far and tomorrow is looking the same, but that’s okay because tomorrow is the first day of winter.

Again I wonder where the year is going .

I have had a good week although I have been tired, not too sure why, maybe a big weekend with family last week, has left me worn out, but it was so worth it.

I spent most of the week at home although we did go to our friends place for a sewing afternoon on Thursday. The girls probably only have another session left and they will be finished sewing their quilts. Then it will be the snipping of all the seams to come – they have made raggy quilts.

I managed to finish the dress for our daughter to wear to the Eisteddfod tomorrow and it looks great. I will post a photo next week with their results.

They are both excited, and I think a little nervous, but nerves are okay. We have had discussions about doing their best, and about how it isn’t all about winning and how they should react when they don’t win and that they should be happy when someone else wins and congratulate them. This is such a good character building exercise, and they have fun as well.

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Our piglets have been weaned and we are in the process of selling them. We have sold 13 already and we have 11 left to go.  Here is a picture of them in the wool shed enjoying a warm corner.

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We still have a heap down the paddock to butcher and we are hoping to get this done in a couple of weeks.

Our oldest son turned 20 on Friday so Saturday night we had a special birthday tea with a couple of his friends.They seemed to have a good time and spent most of the night watching DVD’s in our lounge. It is so nice that our son has such lovely Christian young men as friends.

Okay enough about us again.

Our top three posts this week were…

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Urgent Prayers Needed for Jakob Cooper – Accident Victim by Cheryl at Homespun Devotions

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4 Simple Ways to Add Scripture To Your Family’s Day by Kelsey at Kelsey M Ferguson

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Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t by Glenys at Selah Christian Musings

and my personal favourite is

thmb5561bb488489cCathy’s Corner Week 6 by Debbie at Bible Fun for Kids

Thank you to everyone who linked up. I had fun reading all your posts and as usual I laughed and I cried and I learnt some new things.

I hope you all had a chance to stop by and read something new and comment on someone else’s post. This is so encouraging for others.

Well as I have said the Eisteddfod is tomorrow so we will be out all day at that. Then on Tuesday night we have our Revelation Bible Study.

We might fit in another sewing afternoon as well this week as my friend is pretty busy for the rest of the month.

On Saturday afternoon we are going on a bus trip to visit sites in relation to a certain missionary who came to this area 150 years ago. Places we will visit are where he lived, his first churches, cemeteries. We thought that this would be interesting and part of our history studies.

Well I hope that you all have a good week and that you and your family will be blessed.

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.”’

Love to you all xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #32

Wow, here we are again another Good Morning Mondays. I find it hard to believe that we have been going for 32 weeks now. The year seems to be going so fast, it is almost half over.

Winter is definitely fast approaching and our week has been cold and damp. Even some of the chickens came onto the back veranda to get out of the rain.

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It was good lego playing weather though (after school was done).

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I have had a good week and I was out one afternoon with my husband and children and then again that night to our Revelation Bible Study.

Only my husband and I went this time and we really enjoyed it. We have spent the last few months doing an overall study of the book, now we are digging into the individual verses and chapters.

We didn’t have our sewing day this week, I just had a few things I needed to get done around the place before we went to our Son-in-law and daughters place for the weekend. We will get together this coming week and the girls will almost be finished their quilts. We will have to have a discussion about what we do next.

Our youngest granddaughter turned 1 this week and was dedicated on Sunday morning at church. We then had a bit of a luncheon, party to celebrate.

We headed up to their place after music lessons on Saturday and spent the night and helped get a few things ready. Our daughter and son-in-law had most of it done though, but it’s always great to be together.

DSC_1414Here is the birthday cake that No 2 daughter and I put together, go here if you want to see how we did it.

Here is grandpa with our youngest granddaughter. They had some lovely moments together.DSC_1424Here is our no 1 son and no 1 granddaughter having a cuddle. They get on so well.DSC_1423

Our daughter made the girls matching dresses and they looked just beautiful.
DSC_1427She even did the embroidery work (with an embroidery sewing machine) on the front herself. DSC_1431Here is the whole family.

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We had a lovely time together with their family and their church family and some other close friends.

Okay enough about us…

Our link up has been going great and growing each week. Unfortunately I can’t always get them read but please keep linking up because what I do read I really enjoy and I am sure that many others are benefiting from your posts.

Our top three this week were…thmb5559072b4d386How to dress when out and about by Jo at Stop…have a chat

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The Jesus Code: “Faith, Legacies & the Goodness of God” + LINKUP by Donna at Soul Survivalthmb5558ff1f0185f

Making a Cheap Chicken Coup by The Farmer’s Wife at Grace Garden and Homestead

If you didn’t get a chance to read these, pop over if you can. They are all quite different and all very educational and interesting.

Thank you everyone for linking up and taking the time to send me comments. I am so blessed by them and it makes my morning to wake up to them all.

We only have one week left until the Eisteddfod so we will be relaxing on the piano practice a bit and not pushing it so much.  We will have a sewing afternoon on Thursday and I would like to sew my daughter a new dress, but apart from that there isn’t much else on.

Our no 1 son turns 20 this week, so I will cook him something special for tea and a nice dessert.

I hope you all had a good week and that you will be blessed this coming week.

Let us be thankful for all that we have and prayerful for those in times of stress. Let us keep our eyes open to those around us and help out when God leads us too.

Blessings to you all my dear friends. xxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #31

Hey there, welcome to another Good Morning Mondays. I hope you all had a great week and are ready for another one.

I was blessed to be able to stay home most of the week with only one trip to the Dentist with my husband and our usual music lessons on Saturday and Church on Sunday.

The local eisteddfod is in two weeks time so the count down is on. The children are getting excited and really enjoy it but it does involve some nerves on the day.

Our No 2 daughter is going skiing this year so we went to Aldi this week and got her ski gear. She is all set up now and is very excited about it. She didn’t know she was going until we went to get her gear. I think this may be all we hear about for the next 12 weeks but thankfully she has a birthday and other events before then to keep her mind off it.

Our older two children have been going skiing each year for about 7 years now and our son-in-law’s sister has offered to take our daughter with her. This is such a lovely offer and we feel quite comfortable with her going and her sister and brother will be there for her as well.

This is a good learning curve for our youngest as he isn’t going. He was a bit disappointed but that’s okay, his time will come.  We will have a good week with him with just the three of us.

I managed to preserve some more apple juice this past week but I didn’t get to can any more mince (ground beef), hopefully this week.

I don’t have any family pictures this week but I wanted to share this one with you.jothamThis is Jotham, he is the son of our good friends. He was 12 months old in February and has just gotten his new glasses. I thought he looked so cute and he is such a blessing. His mum and sister are the ones we have sewing days with so we get to see Jotham a little bit.

Thank you to everyone who linked up this past week. I have had some computer issues so I apologise if you didn’t get my comments.

Okay our top three posts were….

thmb554f4fe6801c3The 1950’s style and modesty by Jo at Stop…have a chat

thmb554f85008ff92To Those Who Are Barren…on Mothers Day by Cheryl at Homespun Devotionsthmb55503f093a4ec

God’s superabounding Niagara Falls grace… by Beth at Beth Willis Miller’s Blog

and my personal favourite…

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Blog Authors Finally Meet by Chris at So Much At Home

Thank you again to everyone for linking up. They are all great posts and I would love to feature every one, but it is just not possible.

This week is a bit busier for me, we have our Bible Study on Tuesday night and a sewing afternoon on Thursday.

Our youngest granddaughter is turning one and she is being dedicated on Sunday at their church and then they are having a bit of a party afterwards. This will be fun, so you will get bombarded with photos next week :-).

Mr H has his first chemotherapy session on Tuesday and I ask that you keep him and his wife in your prayers.  He had another port put in last week and it is giving him a bit of pain.

I hope and pray that you all have a great week wherever you are.

Blessings to you all dear friends xxxx