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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

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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


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #30

Hey there, welcome to another Good Morning Mondays. Another week, another lot of activities has passed and we have a new week and new beginnings happening.

I enjoy the beginning of the new week almost as much as I look forward to the weekend.  I look forward to planning what I am going to achieve and the school I am going to get done.  Sometimes I don’t achieve anything I want to, but that’s okay, life isn’t about things but about people.

This past week we had our Revelation Bible Study on Tuesday night. This was a good night and we enjoy getting into God’s word and studying and discussing scriptures.

I bottled some apple juice this week and this was the first time I have done this. We wanted to see what it was like and we were really pleased with the results.  We had it with our Mothers Day lunch mixed with lemonade and it was delicious.  I also managed to can some ground meat which will be great for the colder months.

We had a sewing afternoon this week and because my husband was already there doing some work we went to our friends house for lunch and enjoyed a lovely meal together before getting into sewing. The girls’ quilts are coming along nicely and we might even finish sewing them next time. Then we have to snip them and put them in the dryer to fluff them up.

Here are the girls at their sewing machines, they get on so well and it is a pleasure to see them have such a lovely relationship.

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Saturday morning the children had their music lessons and my   husband had to work, so I took them in, did some shopping and came home.

Here they are sitting at their teachers piano. They had just finished playing their duet and as soon as they finished they both turned to her to see what she thought. Their playing is coming along really well.
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I hope you all had a lovely Mothers Day yesterday.  Here are the cards our youngest two made me, they were so lovely and the stickers were just so cute.  The inside of the cards were filled with words of love.  I am definitely going to keep these in a special place.

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The weather has been quite cold and damp this past week and here is our front yard below. I really enjoy this season and I just love the way the grass greens up and everything looks fresh and damp.

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It isn’t easy for my husband though when he has to work out in the cold so I make sure that the wood stove is going all the time to keep the house warm and inviting when he comes home.

Once again I am sorry, but I didn’t get all the posts read this week. I want to thank you all for linking up and for those of you who comment. I am blessed by the friendships that we are developing and I am always interested in what you are doing and how you live.

So our top three posts this week were…

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A Well-Planned Pantry by Jayne at Adventures at Tiny Toadstool Cottagethmb55460f133eb00Today at the Cottage…Living and Loving This Life a Little at a Time by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage

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The Waiting, the Wedding, and the Wonder of His Mercy–Trusting Him When Prayer Goes Unanswered by Rebekah at Ready to be Offered

I don’t want to pick a favourite when I haven’t read them all but this post below was really good.thmb55475ca91b6f9Preparing for the Teen Years by Gwen at An Island Family by Grace

If you haven’t gotten to read these posts, pop over if you get the time and you will surely be blessed.

I’ve got a quieter week this week and I am looking forward to being home.  Tuesday night we are selling some sheep so I will probably go with my husband to deliver them to the sale yards.

Then we might go and visit our friends Mr and Mrs H.  Mr H had an unfavourable report this past week and again I ask for your prayers for him and his family. He has more cancer spots on his liver and his lymph nodes. He has an amazing attitude and we are so blessed to be able to share this journey with him and his family.

I hope you all have a great week and you are enjoying each moment with your family.

Blessings xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #29

Hey there, welcome to another Good Morning Mondays. It is great to be back and I am looking forward to seeing what you have to link up this week.

I actually got all the posts read before Sunday this week and I enjoyed them all.

What have I been up to this past week you ask?? (well maybe not, but I will tell).

Yay I got my mending done, that was until Friday when I brought in some washing and noticed a couple of buttons missing, but my husband now has work pants without holes. I have a couple pairs of my sons jeans to mend but I want to see if they fit him still before I make the effort. If not I will use them for patches, or rework them into a skirt for my daughter.

Piano practice is still in full swing and there are only 4 lessons left until the Eisteddfod, and they are both coming along nicely.

We had Mr H and his wife for tea on Thursday night. They were on their way back from having more scans and it was lovely that they could stop in and join us. They don’t have any results yet and are waiting for the specialist to return to work after his wife had a baby.

Mr H could really give us insight into how he feels about eternal life and the fact that he could be there before he planned. It was wonderful to hear him talk to our children about how God has a plan and how he doesn’t fear death and that God has him and all of us in His hands.

Saturday we went to the Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally. This rally is held twice a year and we try to get to both but usually one is all we can manage. If you are a steam buff or love old stuff, this is the place for you.  It is noisy and smelly and sometimes muddy but it is a great time for all.

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This is one of the motors and it actually puffed real smoke rings, they were amazing, but I couldn’t get a photo of them, sorry.

They have a pond and the Geelong Model Boat Club bring handmade powered boats to run on the water and they give children the opportunity to have a go. Of course our younger two were there and were thrilled to be old enough to try.

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I just enjoy sitting and watching everything going on around me, but my favourite would have to be the old milking displays and the separators and butter churns.

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Here is a display of old accordians, there were button, piano and concertinas, and if you hung around long enough they would play them for you.

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A good time was had by all.

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Our Sunday morning bible study has started again and it was nice to get this going and get back into some corporate study.

Now onto our linkup.

Our top three this week were….

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When Your Husband Won’t Pray With You by The Farmer’s Wife at Growing In His Grace
thmb553e3f1743a75The Jesus Code: “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?” + Linkup by Donna at Soul Survival

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Cleanliness by Jennifer at Homesteading on Grace

and my favourite…thmb553dfbd68c2dfA God Like You by Candace Jo at Hope in the Healing

I especially enjoyed the clip of the marines singing “These are the Days of Elijah” – amazing.

Thank you all for linking up and I appreciate every one of you and the fact that you take the time to link up blesses me abundantly.

We have bible study this Tuesday night, this is our Revelation study that has been on hold over Easter. We are looking forward to it.

We are having a sewing get together this week on Thursday afternoon, which will be great. We haven’t had one for quite a few weeks due to other commitments so it will be wonderful to catch up again with our friends.

Mothers day is on this Sunday so I think we will have my husbands parents to lunch so that we can honour her motherhood.

What have you got on this week?

I hope that you all have a great week and that God blesses you as you live your life committed to Him.

Blessings to you all.

 


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #28

Here we are another week gone by and we are speeding towards May.  May is such a lovely month, winter is coming and hopefully some rain, the nights are really cooling off and the days can be bright and sunny or blurry with rain, either way they are good.

Welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays Link Up. I hope you have all had a good week and that you will face this week remembering to focus on God first and other stuff second.

I have had a quiet week at home, and didn’t achieve any of the sewing I wanted to do, but we did get all our school work and music practice done.

Our younger two children are playing a duet in the local eisteddfod in 5 weeks and they have worked hard to get the music together. We achieved this and now they are working at perfecting it and listening to each other. It sounds just wonderful and when I work it out I will put it up here for you all to see.

The children picked some more tomatoes and I did notice some more out there today so they will pick them tomorrow but I don’t know how many more we will get, but we will pick them happily.

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The were quite a few red ones and a bowl of green ones that I hope will turn red. They look good anyway.DSC_1306We spent some time with our friends Mr and Mrs H this past week, enjoying a quick meal together before the men had a meeting. I then sat with Mrs H and we chatted away for a few hours.

We discussed everything from schooling (she was a teacher) to cooking and recipes. She generously lent me some games that she had made years ago for her class that encourages reading and memory work. The children were excited when we brought the box inside and I am sure they are going to enjoy them this week.

They are going to join us for tea later this week on their way home from Mr H’s specialist appointment. Please remember them in your prayers as they face more testing, and scans.

We have had roaming piglet problems this past week and they seemed to always head for the main road. We had numerous drivers stop in to tell us and we finally managed to corral them all and get them sorted. This did take all of us out there standing in strategic places to stop them getting out.  They are now happy and settled with their mothers and are secure in their pen.

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Here they are having a good feed, I just love the way that stack in.

It’s been quite a cold weekend but my husband was able to get some work done on his work vehicle and the children were able to give him a hand, feeding wires etc.
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There seems to be a great pleasure that comes from helping Dad out and being with him.

Okay that’s enough, onto the link up.

Our top three posts this week were…

thmb5533fb8c29cb0Predator Control by The Farmer’s Wife at Grace Garden and Homestead
thmb55340814e50b34 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking by Morning Motivated Mom
thmb55341870a5117Room by room: The hallway by Jo at Stop…have a chat

and my personal favourite…

thmb5534f4a9918d3How Full Is Your Grace Tank? by Nicki at Showered in Grace

Thank you to everyone for stopping by and linking up, I really appreciate it and enjoy reading your posts.

This week coming is another quiet one for me and I am determined to get some sewing done and I am going to take some advice from Tracy at Our Simple Homestead and her Step by Step Cleaning Routine to try and keep the house in order. This was a great post and gave some great advice.

I hope you all have a great week and that God really blesses you all. May you be able to focus on Him and give your heart over to Him daily.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #27

Here we go again, welcome to another Good Morning Mondays update and link up. I am amazed at how quickly the weeks are passing and we are already half way through April.

As I sit here writing this I am glad that I keep a daily diary because I can’t really remember what I did this past week :-).

My husband had another appointment with the dentist and all is good with his tooth now and he hasn’t any more pain. (Yay).

Our no 2 son was able to spend a morning helping his dad on a job up in (what we call) the bush. He had a great time and loves spending any time he can with his dad. I did warn his father though that he talked a lot, and that was one comment I got when they got home. Phew can he talk.

I suppose the more he talks, the more he asks, the more you tell and the more he learns.

We have been working really hard on their piano this week and their teacher was really pleased. I am amazed how repetition really works.

Friday night we had our granddaughters 2nd birthday tea. It takes us about 2 hours to get there but it was definitely worth it. We all had a great time and she is such a blessing and really cute.

She blew out her candles without too much spit and opened her present with such joy.

We actually arrived just as they were getting out of bed after their afternoon sleep and once she realised who we were she was so excited to see us. It brings such joy to my heart.

My daughter did a great job of cooking us all tea. There was 13 of us and the first dinner we have had like that with the other set of grandparents. There was also a few aunties and two uncles there too.

Here she is in her sparkly dress, her aunty ( our no 2 daughter – 9 years old) helped dress her.

DSC_1269She got a variety of presents and it was just fun watching her open them. Her parents have taught her well and she always opened the cards first, had a look inside, handed them to mum and then opened the present.

DSC_1273Here she is opening her new wheel barrow. She then used it as a rubbish bin and put all the scrap paper in there. She is going to be such a help out in the garden now.

DSC_1268Here is granddad with our youngest granddaughter.  I think it was all a bit overwhelming for her but she enjoyed sitting there and taking it all in. It is her birthday next month, so now she knows how it all goes.

We got home quite late but it was well worth it, we always enjoy getting together and family times are so special.

We then had to get up to go to music lessons but we were able to put them off a couple of hours, which was nice.

So that’s about it for me, now onto our link up.

Our top three posts this week were

thmb552b44a792499Children, Just Obey! God Says So by Aimee at A Work of Grace

thmb552c0c9cb2abdSewing a Modest Swimsuit by Jeannie at A Family, A Cabin, an Adventure

thmb552b65f05aa3aMy Bookshelf by Rebekah at Ready to be Offered

and my personal favourite is…

thmb552baa78e1ca6The Grass Is Greener and New Curriculum by Sara at Classically Homeschooling

Thank you ladies for taking the time to link up and thank you to everyone else. You are such a blessing to me.

I think I am home every day this week, which I am really looking forward to. I have some bedroom curtains to make and the children need some new home clothes, jumpers etc. I have everything I need to make these items, now I just need the time.

I am amazed at how God uses the every day to open our eyes to His glory and I am so grateful.

May God bless you all this week as you focus on Him, your family and those in need.

Blessings to you all dear friends.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #26

Hey there everyone, welcome to another Good Morning Mondays Link Up. We have now reached our 6 month anniversary of this link up and I am so blessed at how it has grown over the past weeks and months and the new friends and developing relationships I have now.

I want to thank you all again (I know I thank you every week) because it really does mean that much to me, you all bless me so much.

This past week has been quite quiet here, which has been wonderful. Unfortunately No 2 son has been down with a cold which quite quickly turns to asthma. He has been inside most of the week, getting heaps of piano practice done and Lego building. Dad even had time to work on their big crane which he got for his birthday last year.

Our son just loves this time together and looks forward to really wet and cold days in winter and really hot days in summer because it is most likely Dad will be home and then out comes the Lego.

My husband has also been helping our No 1 son rebuild his ute (a 4 cylinder pickup truck). They have had the motor rebuilt and now they are fixing up the tray and will hopefully have the motor back in by the end of the week.  It is a big job but they enjoy working together and are creating great memories.

I have been enthused with all of you in the Northern Hemisphere doing your spring cleaning and although it is autumn here I have been having a bit of a clean up.

When we had lunch with friends on Easter Sunday we were so impressed with the fact that the television wasn’t the centre of their living area. They have a lovely uncluttered living room with a computer screen off to one side as their television.

Both their family and ours only use the television for watching DVD’s but ours is still a big set and almost the focus of attention when we sit in our living room. So I moved things around a bit and got rid of an arm chair (old and had it) and made it so that the television was not right in our line of view when we sit together.

We did have piano lessons on Saturday as their teacher was a bit concerned about how they were going and the number of lessons between now and the local eisteddfod.  I like to think that she just loves seeing us and missed us 🙂

Sorry not a very exciting week here but being home is just great.

Onto our link up.

Our top three posts this week were…

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Families come in different shapes and sizes by Jo at Stop Have a Chat
thmb5521fcb6b8d87Organize Your Life with These Amazing Free Printables by Kathy at Cornerstone Confessions

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We Really Really Want Your Kids in Church So… by Rebecca at Mary and Martha’s House

and my personal favourite is…

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Giving Everything You Have by The Farmers Wife at Growing In His Grace

These posts were great and I encourage you all to have a look at them if you haven’t already, you will definitely be blessed.

My husband and I are off to the dentist tomorrow to check out how his tooth is going. Praise God for sorting it out and he hasn’t had any pain for ages now.

Our oldest granddaughter is turning two next week so we are having a dinner this Friday night to celebrate her birthday. I am not sure whether we are staying the night or not yet, but it will be just lovely to be together and it isn’t often that we catch up with the other set of grandparents so it should be a great evening.

I have been thinking about our friends lately and how we can help them when they are going through tough times. Sometimes I think it would be easier on our hearts to not have friends because it is really hard when they are facing difficulties, but that is just a cop out.

God has placed us in a fellowship of believers to be a family and to be there for each other and I pray that God will lead and guide us to do this.

I hope you all have a great week and that God will bless you abundantly.

and don’t worry I will have heaps of photos to share with you next week…


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #25

Welcome to another Good Morning Mondays. I hope you all had a happy and blessed Easter and that you are all rejoicing in our risen Lord.

What a most wonderful gift that we have been given by God, and what an awesome sacrifice that Jesus made just for us, just because He loved us. May our feeling of gratefulness not pass away as Easter recedes from our memory until next year.

We have had a busy weekend and I am feeling quite tired at the moment and I am looking forward to a few days at home to catch up on house work and music etc.

Mid week we went back to the dentist for my husband and they have finally sorted out his tooth issue and he is on the mend. It is amazing how debilitating pain can be and it is wonderful to see him get back his sense of humour which we all love.

It was such a warm day on Wednesday that after the dentist we took the children for a swim, most probably the last one for the year as it has cooled off again.

DSC_1159They had a great time and got wet and sandy. This time we took them to where the river meets the sea and there is a sand bank between the two, so the water was quite calm. Below is a view from the lookout above the river.

DSC_1167I spent a bit of the week getting ready for a market that our daughters and I went to on Saturday. So I was busy sewing and No 2 daughter was making birthday cards.

DSC_1187Above is a picture of our stall. We had aprons and bags and cot quilts and ponchos and seedlings and cards and headbands.  A lot of these items we had made before our No 1 daughter got married so we just added a few more things. I won’t say we made a heap of money but it was wonderful to spend time together.

The men came home and did another couple loads of wood and then spent the afternoon putting plastic over our aquaponics system, so they were very productive too.

Sunday we went to church and then had lunch with some friends of ours. It was a lovely afternoon of eating (too much) and talking the time away. The children had a lovely time together too.  It was great also to spend the weekend with our son-in-law and no 1 daughter and our grandchildren and it is just so nice when they arrive to see our oldest granddaughter get so excited to see us, it just warms the heart.

So enough about me let’s get onto our link up.

Our top three posts this week were….

thmb5518612bc5304Why Do I Work? by Jo at Stop…have a chat

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The Hardest Prayer by Cheryl at Homespun Devotions

thmb5518616495d3cA Brief History of Women and Work by Jo at Stop…have a chat

Congratulations ladies on being our top three and thank you for linking up.

Thank you also to everyone  for taking the time to stop by and link up.

I need to apologise to some of you because I haven’t had time to read and comment on all your posts this week. I really want you all to know that this isn’t the way I want it to be but it all just got away from me this week. I will hopefully be back on track this week so please continue to link up because I and others are so encouraged.

This week isn’t so busy, which is great. We have a 60th birthday party tomorrow and then my daughter and I have a sewing day on Thursday but that’s it – yay.  No music lessons this week due to school holidays so I get to stay home all day on Saturday. We may have someone for lunch on Sunday but we will see how the week goes.

Our no 1 daughter brought me 50 bottles of stewed apples for my pantry. She did a great job and did well over 100 bottles for her family as well. We picked more apples this last week and I am going to try and bottle some apple juice as well as some for pie fillings.

I have a prayer request and I ask that if you have time if you could pray for a lady at church who has breast cancer. The chemotherapy has really been hard for her and she has been in hospital a lot.  Mrs C’s daughter died of breast cancer about 18 years ago and Mrs C and her husband raised their grandson after his mother died.

May you all have a great week and may we remember to keep our eyes looking outwards to how we can help others and not inward on ourselves.

Blessings my friends.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #24

Hello everyone, how are you all going, have you had a good week??? Welcome to another Good Morning Mondays link up.

I must admit I have been tired this past week. I don’t seem to be able to catch up on the missed sleep from our weekend away.

I have almost finished canning our corn and I now have nearly 60 jars sitting in my pantry. What a wonderful blessing. Our No 1 daughter has been busy preserving all the apples we picked and I think she is nearly done too, and it is great to have fruit bottled in the pantry.

My quick and easy go to desert for visitors is Apple Crumble. Just open a bottle of preserved apples and get No 2 daughter to mix up the crumble and hey presto you have apple crumble.  If I have raspberries I add this to the apple mix to give it a bit of bite.

I finally got the quilt finished that I have been working on for a friend. I managed to find another lady with a quilting machine like mine and I hired it for a few hours.  Mine still isn’t working but my husband will have a look shortly.  I am so pleased to have this quilt delivered as I was getting a bit stressed about it and I wanted it gone.

I spent the day on Thursday with my good friend and her family as we went to visit another friend of ours who has had a baby. It has been ages since we have seen this other friend and it was wonderful to meet their new little man and see how they are all going.

We came back to my friends house for lunch and our girls had a few hours sewing. Their squares are all now completed and they started sewing them together.

This family and another family came to our house on Sunday morning for church and lunch. We had a wonderful afternoon getting to know this other family and the children had a great time playing together.  Meeting like minded Christian people is always a pleasure.

I don’t have any family pictures this week but I thought I would share one of Margo. Margo is our turkey and the only one we have left, unfortunately we lost the other two, but she seems quite happy and content.

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Here she is looking at herself in our back glass door. I have really become attached to her and we are going to try and get her a mate soon.DSC_1139[1]

On to our weekly link up.

Our top three posts were…

thmb550f30af0e3b8Do Your Kids Hate Church? by Betty at Anointed Today

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Downsizing your Home by 60 the new 40thmb550f3bd64df2aHow Organized Are You? by Betty at Anointed Today

and my personal favourite was…

thmb5510836e97702The Twilight Zone by Sharon at Sharon Sharing God

If you didn’t get a chance to read these posts and you can, pop over and have a read and leave an encouraging comment.

Thank you to all of you who linked up, once again they were wonderful posts to read and I got some great tips for cleaning and cooking.

Well I have another busy week coming up and I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed so I am trying to write some lists so that I can keep track of what I need to do.

I still have sewing to do for the market on Saturday and I really need to catch up on some washing and ironing.

My husband has another dentist appointment on Wednesday morning so hopefully they will be able to sort out some of the pain issues.

The weather is heating up again this week, so maybe we can pick some more red tomatoes.

May you all be blessed as Easter approaches. May we all be encouraged to look at why we “do” Easter and what it means to us as Christians.  xxx