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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….

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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…

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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


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #23

Good morning everyone and welcome back to another weekly link up.

It has been a busy week and I think the next few leading up to Easter are going to be even busier.

We spent the weekend in Halls Gap at a beautiful campsite. It was a wonderful time of bible study, fellowship and food. Our No 1 daughter, husband and family came for a visit on Saturday evening and it was lovely to see them.  Go to Our Weekend Away to see all the photos.

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The past week had been busy with school and music practice. We went with my husband to Warrnambool to the dentist and they finally removed the tooth. It was still causing him pain and the gland in his neck was up again so he went and got some more antibiotics. It still pained him over the weekend, so I am not sure of our next move.

The rest of the week was pretty normal and I have been trying to get some things made for a market our daughters and I are attending on Easter Saturday.

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I have been making these ponchos out of polar fleece and plain fleece. I have made a couple to get the pattern right and now I know what I am doing I am going to be busy cutting and sewing.  No 2 daughter is going to cut out the flowers (from felt) and we sew them on with a patterned wooden button.

We have a busy week coming up with music lessons (on two different days)  and another sewing day on Thursday.  My friend and I will be visiting a friend who had a baby last week before we start sewing.

Hopefully we will make it to Lenten Service on Wednesday night and we are also having some friends over for Sunday lunch.  There seems to be heaps happening this week and I am looking forward to a couple of days at home after our weekend away.

Okay once again, enough about me and onto our link up.

Our top three posts this week were…

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Telling Truth from Myth by Jo from Stop Have a Chatthmb550659aadd4bc

Listening For the Still Small Voice by Aimee at A Work Of Gracethmb55062d7962bcdI’m Gonna Say Just Exactly What I THINK by Tammy at Taylor Made Homestead

and my personal favourite was…

thmb55061c922959fEmbracing the “Terrible Two’s” by The Farmer’s Wife at Growing In His Grace

These are all great posts and if you didn’t get a chance to have a look at them pop over and see what you think and leave an encouraging comment.

Thank you to all of you for linking up especially when our lives are so busy. I am encouraged and blessed by each one of you.

We are really being challenged as a family on spreading the Gospel and about being missionaries in our community.

I want to encourage all of us to take the time with people and care and love those who have less than us and maybe by taking the time with them we can share God’s word and His love.

Have a have a great week and may you all be blessed xxxx

 


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #22

Welcome, welcome, welcome to another Good Morning Mondays. Where are the weeks going, it is almost mid March and April is fast approaching.

How was your week and how are you going and did you achieve all that you wanted??

We had a short week this week because Monday was a public holiday and our children only came home on Monday morning after spending the weekend with our No 1 daughter and husband. They had a great time with them.

Our corn is going great and we have been eating it now for a couple of weeks and we so enjoy fresh boiled corn with butter, yum.  We have picked most of the bigger ones now and I am in the process of canning the smaller cobs. I have two containers in the fridge blanched and ready to go into the jars.

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My poor husband has had a terrible toothache this week so on Tuesday I finally got him into a dentist. So we headed down there and they tried to pull it but the infection in it was stopping the pain medication from working. So they put him on antibiotics and sent him home to come back this week to have another go.  Let’s just say it wasn’t a good experience.

The children were wonderful waiting for him so we took them to the park for a play and  a look at the ocean. It was too cold to go swimming and the tide was in as well.

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We had another sewing day with my friend and her daughter and because they were shearing this week and our No 2 son was there shearing for them he took the younger two with him for the day.

They left home at 6:45 am and they had a wonderful time with their friends.  I was there by lunch time and had a beautiful lunch and then spent the afternoon with my friend and her mother-in-law. They have such a wonderful relationship and it blesses me to see how well they get on.

We cleaned the house on Friday (as usual) and it was nice to sit and relax in front of a movie and knit on Friday night knowing that the house was clean for another week, although there is always things that need doing during the week.

My husband had been offered some wood for us to burn in our wood stove so he decided that they would do the cutting and loading on Saturday. Our son-in-law and our daughter and girls came down for the day as well and helped chain saw the wood and took home a load as well.

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Here is our load, what a blessing!!

So we had a great time together and our daughters and myself picked a few more bags of apples for our No 1 daughter to take home and bottle for us all. She has offered to do mine as well, she is such a blessing.

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All the apples my daughter has taken home to bottle.
 We had a late lunch of sourdough pizzas and salad so when they left a 6 pm we only had a light tea of sandwiches.

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Our daughter with their youngest daughter.

There is more wood to be gotten over the next weeks to see us through the winter but at least we have some to get us started and keep us going for a while.

We have a beautiful wood stove in our kitchen and that keeps us warm all winter. It is the only heating we have and it is great because you can cook with it as well.  My husband got on the roof this afternoon and put the cleaning brush down the flue so it is all ready to go now, all nice and cleaned up.

One of my goals for this winter is to do more cooking on it and in it and try and master it a bit better. My daughters’ mother-in-law only has a wood stove for cooking and she is a marvel at using it.

That’s our week done so onto our link up.

Our top three posts this week were…

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Spring Checklist by the Farmers Wife at Grace Garden And Homestead

thmb54fc3ebf4ffc5The Better Comes after the Worse by Crystal at Tidbits of Experience
thmb54fcb749614f0The Jesus Code: Making Wise Decisions by Donna at Soul Survival

and my favourite this week was…

thmb54fd91cfb435cEmbracing the Ma’am in Me by Jenny at Living a Faith Filled Life

Once again congratulations ladies and pop over and have a look if you didn’t get a chance to read these ones.

You are all so marvelous, taking the time to come here and link up. I have said it before but I will say it again, thank you all of you, you really bless me abundantly. I am learning so much and it is wonderful to build relationships by learning about each others lives.

I have been so blessed this week by seeing the relationship our No 2 daughter has with her friend (that we go sewing with) and to see how this older girl is teaching (even though she doesn’t mean to) our daughter to be a lovely keeper at home.

It is encouraging me to keep on training her as well as I can so that she may one day encourage others.

My husband has another dentist appointment this week so hopefully his toothache will be sorted. We are going away to a Men’s Fellowship Camp next weekend from Friday night and we are all looking forward to a relaxing time and a wonderful bible study.

So I will need to be really organised this week so I can get everything done before Friday.

What have you got happening in your life this week??

Blessings dear friends and have a wonderful God led week as you raise your children, care and love your grandchildren or just blessing others in any way you can. xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #21

Wow another week gone by and autumn seems to have come to our corner of the world. The mornings are very crisp and the evenings even crisper.

Welcome to another Good Morning Mondays Link Up, we have been going now for 21 weeks and it so good to be developing relationships and getting to know each other better.

If you read last weeks post you will know that my husband and oldest son went to Melbourne Sunday night to help Gideons International in Australia with their Bible Blitz.  They had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the street handouts as compared to Nursing Homes and Universities.  They came home on fire to do more when they can.

The younger two children and myself had an interesting time, the animals must have known my men folk were away because some of them behaved quite badly. See my post on When The Men Are Away The Stock Will Play to find out all that went on.

So by the time the children and I handled everything  we only managed some school and a few other things. We went to our bible study on Tuesday night and had Subway for tea as a treat for all their hard work.

DSC_0960They enjoyed this and so did I. They behaved very well during study with No 2 daughter doing some bible readings and when you have a King James version it really means you have to pay attention to all the Thous and Thees.

We were all really pleased when the men came home, we missed them so much but I was also very quick to hand back the reigns of management to my husband (of course with a smile).

No 2 son was straight back to work on Thursday morning, he has a 2 week shearing job and was itching to get back to it.  My sister-in-law arrived on Thursday afternoon and it was great to have her stay with us for a night. She has a great time with the children and they love her and she gets down on the floor with them playing lego.  She then went into town to visit with my husbands parents for a couple of days.  She lives in Melbourne (350 kms) so she can’t just pop over.

No 2 son had a wedding on Saturday up near where his sister lives so he was going to take no 2 daughter with him and then our No 1 daughter and family offered to have both younger 2 children stay. So off they went before tea on Friday night.  It was very quiet here and after a few tears I settled down.

On Saturday my husband and I went apple picking from the trees off the side of the road. The trees are about 5 kms from home and they were loaded.  We only picked off 2 trees and had the ute full of boxes. We are going to pick some more in the next day or so, as we usually preserve heaps and also pick some for our no 1 daughter.

After apple picking we headed to the Port Fairy Folk Festival. Port Fairy is on the coast about 50 minutes away and has a music festival every year.  I am not really keen on crowds but it wasn’t too bad. There was a lot of new age stuff there but we did see some good musicians.  There was a really good blue grass group and then we stumbled upon this group.

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I couldn’t fit all of them in as they were spread out a bit, but there were at least 9 button accordians, a couple guitars, a violin, and drums and whistles being played.  Apart from a couple of young people the rest of them were all over 60 at least and some quite older.

Now I probably haven’t shared with you all that we have our own piano accordians here.  We have 5 piano accordians and 1 button accordian. My husband is teaching our youngest son at the moment, and No 2 daughter plays the ukelele.  This is all apart from their piano.

So you can imagine how thrilled we were when we saw this group. I think we watched them for over an hour and they didn’t stop playing during that time. It was really a pleasure to listen to all the good old tunes.

Whilst we were doing this our son was at the wedding and our other children and their sisters family were fishing.

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They all looked like they had a great time but I think they had bought fish and homemade chips for tea, but lets give them points for trying. Thanks to our son-in-law, daughter and her lovely family for having their brothers and sister for the weekend.  It is great for them to spend time together.

Well that’s enough about our week, onto the link up.

Our top three posts this week were…thmb54f3181dc91c3Marriage Trouble Warning Signs by Crystal at Tidbits of Experience

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What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Cancer by Candy at Mom’s Morning Coffee

thmb54f3836e50062Out of Place? A Challenge by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage

and my favourite was…

thmb54f632337151e3 Moose and a Woodpecker by A Family, A Cabin an Adventure in Alaska

This is a great post and I really enjoy hearing about this families life in Alaska.

If you haven’t had time pop over and have a look at the 4 featured posts, there is heaps to learn.

Thank you all for taking the time to link up, I feel so blessed that you took the time to do so and I look forward to what you have for us this week.

I have been doing the “Read the Bible in a Year” with Donna Reidland and I am just enjoying this so much and I am reading certain scriptures that I haven’t read in a long time.

Something that really touched me this morning was that time is short and what are we doing as Christians. Are we arguing over the little things and being distracted by Church politics or maybe we are allowing too much of the world to seep into our lives.

I really feel convicted to spread the love of God to others and share the Gospel whenever I can.  This can be such a difficult thing and I pray that God will help our family and yours to do this.

Our children won’t be home until Monday some time so I have a quilt to finish and then I am going to try and get some school work done this week.

We have another sewing day coming up and I am looking forward to that and then just the normal day to day activities. Oh and I might start canning our corn, but I will keep you updated.

May you all be blessed this week as God challenges you to be who He wants you to be.

Blessings to you all and your families. XXXX


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #20

Hi there everyone, welcome  back to another Good Morning Mondays. I hope you all had a great week.

Last week we finally caught up with our daughter and her husband and daughters. Oh it was so wonderful to finally see them and hear about all their news from their big trip and see their photos.

DSC_0927[1]We all had a great time together and all the children young and old enjoyed this time.

They did come with some exciting news but I will leave her to tell you all about it – so pop over here.

Their visit did put my week out a bit, (but it didn’t matter one bit) they came on Monday night instead of the weekend because we had some sickness in the house and we didn’t want them to get it, but praise God no one else got sick.

So when they left on Wednesday I had to catch up on my house cleaning and my washing and all that got left so that we could enjoy our time together.

On Thursday my friend and I finally got our girls together for a sewing day.  We had a great time and the girls have started on a raggy quilt. I am glad my girlfriends maths is better than mine otherwise my daughters quilt would be very small. I had a great time with my friend and always enjoying spending time with her and chatting away about our lives in general.

The girls worked for over an hour sewing the three layers together and then they went and had a play.  I took our youngest son too but we didn’t really see him too much as he was having a great time playing with my friends boys.  They have 7 boys and 1 girl and they are just lovely children.

We will hopefully  meet again next week and continue on with the quilt.  We were also discussing other things we can do and we may do some crochetting and some needle felting but we will finish the quilts first.

Then it was some school work and some piano (but not enough) and then music lessons and so forth.  No 1 son has been home all week so he was able to get stuff done around the farm and I enjoy having him around too.

Graeme and him are in Melbourne now getting ready to start the Gideons International Bible Blitz in Melbourne.  They have already attended training and were having tea when I spoke to them earlier. The Gideons attending and helping at this Blitz have an enormous task in front of them, so please pray for them all and the work they are doing.

They have over 4500 placements and around 230 Gideons actually attending to do all this work.  They will go out in teams to try and get it all done.  A placement could be a hospital or doctors surgery, universities or motels.

Please pray for open hearts, minds and hands as they pass out scriptures and open doors at all the placements. Please also pray for their safety and well being, it is going to be a tiring week.

My men will be home on Wednesday night and the younger children and myself are keeping the home fires burning (so to speak).  I have pigs and fish to feed and I need to keep an eye on things, that I don’t normally have to do.  The cows are having a milking break for a few days and were looking very content out in the paddock when I looked earlier.

Our corn has started to come in and the children and I had BBQ corn for tea. I will need to be a bit more nourishing tomorrow so I have a roast in the slow cooker for lunch and tea.  I tend to be a bit slack on meals when it is just the three of us but I am determined to be more organised this time.

I have purchased one more box of Roma tomatoes from our produce store and will process them this week.  Our Romas are just staring to ripen so hopefully we will get some more of them.  We have heaps of corn coming on and I am hoping to get over 60 bottles this year. We haven’t had a corn crop like this for over 5 years so it is very exciting. It is not all coming in at once so once I’ve processed the tomatoes I will get into the corn.

My dear friend who we went sewing with gave me some zucchinis so I think that I will make some soup and can that for the winter.  My husband really enjoyed it for his lunches last year and I am nearly out.

This week we have our Revelation Bible Study on Tuesday night and I hope to go to that.  Lenten service on Wednesday night and then the usual, schooling and piano practice.

My sister in law is coming to stay on Thursday night and the children are really looking forward to that. She is especially good with them and No 2 son is looking forward to playing lego with her.

No 1 son has a wedding on Saturday so he and No 2 daughter are going to spend the weekend at their sisters house.  Our son will go to the wedding and hopefully our daughter will help her sister with her work around the house and I am sure she will get plenty of time to play with her little nieces.

She really misses her big sister and enjoys spending time with her without me around.  I don’t take this as a bad thing, when I am around her sister and I are always talking and this gives her some one on one time.

Well I have rambled on enough so onto our link up.

Our top 3 posts this week were…

thmb54ea70d7def40Church Unity by The Farmers Wife at Growing In His Grace

thmb54e9cfab24337Are You In A Tough Spot by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage

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Who’s Up For A Retro Meal Plan by Jayne at Tiny Toadstool Cottage

And my personal favourite was…

thmb54eb05a627153She Loved You Well  by Barbara at My Life As An Adventure

This is a beautiful post about a woman’s love and care for her ailing husband, may we all care for our men like she did.

Thank you to everyone for taking the time to link up, once again I have laughed and cried and I have made new friends and I really appreciate you all.

I am looking forward to seeing what you all have for me this week, and may you all be blessed by what others link up as well.

After reading and linking up at Front Porch Conversations I was really challenged over my prayer life regarding the ever increasing issue of ISIS and persecuted Christians.

Please, if you can, take the time to pop over and have a look.  (Click here to go over and have a look).

I sit here in Australia in my little corner and wonder what I can do about it.  Well I can pray, I can intercede for those that are being persecuted and I have been challenged by this.

May you all have a good week and I pray that whatever path the Lord has you on, that you will be blessed but also challenged to walk a life closer to Him.

Blessings to you all dear friends.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #19

Hi everyone, and welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays.

I hope you have all had a good week and a restful weekend and that you are all ready to start the new week with gusto!!!

Our week has been good and we have schooled and done piano – just the usual.

We went to our Revelation Bible Study on Tuesday night and we are all enjoying this and it is great for our younger children to learn to listen and sit still.

Wednesday night was Ash Wednesday and we went to church.  We don’t usually do this but we have decided to this year and to teach the children about Lent and what it means. We don’t want them to see it as a time where we “give up” chocolate, but we want them to understand the lead up to Jesus’ death and resurrection.

We have instigated nightly bible readings with our No 2 daughter reading a Psalm and No 1 son reading a chapter of Proverbs.  We usually read bible stories but have decided that the children are getting older and are ready for more.

We have also instigated a weekly prayer list and have asked them to choose who they want to pray for, our only stipulation is that there be Christians and non-Christians on that list.  We want to get past the thank you Lord for our good day and onto a more meaningful prayer time.

Sometimes at tea time we are just tired and want the children to go to bed, but they are quick to remind us of our prayer time and who they are praying for.

The children did a great job with some cleaning during the week, so after No 2 daughter mopped the floor and it was drying I took them to our local park for some hot chips and a play on the swings. This park is in a small town about 12 kms away, our nearest shopping town is 40 kms.

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This doesn’t happen very often so it was a treat for them and they had done a great job.

Unfortunately No 2 son was sick with gastro on Saturday morning so we had to cancel a visit from our No 1 daughter and family.  I must admit I had a good cry over this, as we haven’t seen them since Christmas and they have been travelling around part of Australia and we were keen to get together with them.

My husband also decided that we couldn’t go to the 1 year old dedication and birthday party this afternoon in case we infected anyone else. This was very sad also but the right decision due to the amount of young children attending and we didn’t want anyone else to get sick.

This party was for the youngest son of our friends.  He is number 8 and a real cutie.  He has downs syndrome but he is such a blessing and we so wanted to show our support for them all. God doesn’t make mistakes and he has placed this beautiful little boy into a lovely home with supportive siblings and parents.  If you have time I would love you to pray for him – let’s name him little J.  Please pray also for his parents for wisdom in how they teach and train him.

So there has been good and sad this week.  I spent most of Saturday feeling sorry for myself and then Saturday night feeling bad about that. I guess I had a pity party – and I am definitely not proud of the fact, I really needed to build a bridge and get over it.

Our youngest two children made me these beautiful cards for my birthday and they made me feel so loved.  It is amazing how forgiving and loving they are, I am really blessed to be their mother.

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My husband has put in a special prayer request and asks that if you have time to prayer for the following:

Sunday night starts the week of the Melbourne Bible Blitz for the Gideons International in Australia.  They will spend the week handing out Bibles at the universities in Melbourne and going around the hospitals, doctors surgeries, police academy, prisons, and on street witnessing. Their hope is to hand out 200,000 scriptures (Proverbs, Psalms and New Testament in one) and 18 tonnes of Bibles.

My husband and No 1 son will spend from Sunday afternoon until Wednesday evening in Melbourne (300 kms away) handing out, witnessing and transporting scriptures.

Please pray for open hearts and minds as they do this and please pray for all attending to be kept safe and well.

Thank you.

Okay, enough about us.

Here are our top 3 posts this week…

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 Meal Plan and A Homemaking Routine Update by Jayne at Tiny Toadstool Cottage

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Too Much Stuff by Latisha at Ask Latisha

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Living on His Income a book review by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage

My personal favourite this week is…thmb54e11a71dbbf4Grocery No Spend Challenge by Taylor Made Ranch

Imagine not going grocery shopping for a whole month. Pop over and have a look at this post if you want to see how it goes.

I want you all to know that I find it very hard to pick a favourite post each week.  I would love to be able to feature you all.

Congratulations to everyone for being featured and thank you to all of you who took the time and linked up.

I hope you are all learning as much as I am.  I am so blessed by you all and the relationship that we are building.

This week coming up is looking at being cooler (we had a hot weekend) so I will be very motivated to get heaps done (and praying that none of the rest of us get sick).

We have a Lenten church service on Wednesday and hopefully a sewing day with my friend.  We have had to cancel the last two due to them being sick, hopefully it won’t be us this week.  We will also be catching up with our daughter and family sometime soon and we are all looking forward to that.

I have been challenged this week to allow my younger two children to do more and take on more responsibilities.  It is amazing what they can do and how they respond with praise.

So I pray that you all will have a blessed week and I want to encourage you all to keep on keeping on and stay close to God, and He will guide you.

Blessings.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #18

Welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays Link up. (even though I am writing this on Sunday night)

As I am sitting here my husband is on our front verandah picking a tune on his banjo that we got him for Christmas.  It was very warm today and now with the evening advancing the heat has passed and the storm clouds are rolling by and the breeze has cooled off.

It is a lovely evening and I enjoy listening to him trying to work out how to play it.  It proves that you are never too old to learn either in the physical or the spiritual.  An hour ago he was practicing the accordian with our youngest son. ( I was going to take a photo of them but he was in his pajamas and he wouldn’t have been impressed with that photo being seen by too many).

My husband has a great ear for music and so do our children (which frustrates their music teacher).  Graeme can pick up his accordian and play any tune he knows, this is a real gift.  We are so blessed that the children have inherited this trait from him, but we still continue to teach them to read music so they have the benefits of both.

This week has been good and warm (I’m not complaining) and the vegetables are growing.  We have had some rain too which is always a blessing.  Below is a picture of our driveway and the puddles.

DSC_0847[1]I really find it great to sit and listen to the rain on the roof and feel the cool air coming through the window while I work inside.

We haven’t really done anything too exciting this week, we have done school and piano and I finished the quilt I was working on.  It has been too long in the making, now I just have to send it off.  I will post pictures once my friend has received it.

This week we have our Revelation bible study and Ash Wednesday service. We have a 50th birthday party on Friday night and a 1 year old birthday and dedication party on Sunday afternoon. Hopefully in there somewhere we will catch up with our daughter and family when they return from their trip.  Oh and it’s my birthday on Friday too.

I hope your past week has been good and you achieved all you wanted to.

That’s about all from me so onto our link up.

Our three top posts this week were…

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A Clean House is a Sign of a Good Life by Jayne at Tiny Toadstool Cottage

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Homemade Bread-Making Shortcuts by Taylor Made Ranchthmb54d7c18c64258

Reasons we Fail as Homemakers by The Farmer’s Wife at Growing In His Grace

My favourite for the week was…

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Jumping on the Bandwagon by  Chris at So Much At Home

If you haven’t had time to look at these, just click on the title and pop over you will be really blessed.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who took the time to link up. To those of you who have been linking up for ages, and to those of you who have just started I am so blessed that you take the time.

I have been challenged this past week with finding an excitement with our schooling and I want to pass that onto you all.  If you don’t homeschool that’s fine, I suppose it is more about being there when our kids are around.

Blessings to you all this week, may you see the hand of God in your lives.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #17

Hi everyone, welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays Link Up. Is anyone else surprised about how quickly the weeks go???

Our eldest daughter and her family have been away now for 5 1/2 weeks.  They have been through Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and across to the Northern Territory.  At the moment they are in Darwin and are looking at starting on their homeward journey today.  We are so looking forward to seeing them all again and to see how much our beautiful granddaughters have grown and whether their father has shaved off his beard or not :-).

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This week I have been bottling tomatoes and baking with my sour dough.  We have done school and music practice and housework.  It finally got hot on Friday so we took the children to the beach in the afternoon.

We go to the beach at Port Fairy.  This is a lovely little town on the coast that becomes the tourist capital during our summer holidays. We like to go once the schools go back and there is usually only a few people on the beach.

It is just lovely, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt the water warm enough to go swimming.  It’s not like the water on the Gold Coast or North Queensland it is straight off the South Pole.  Of course the kids love it, because I don’t think they feel the cold.

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TERRIS CAMERA 2 426There were heaps of shells on the beach this time, I’m not sure why, but they are really pretty. We grabbed a big bag to bring home.  No 2 son has been busy making necklaces for his older sister.  I think it’s great the way they already have holes in them for string to go through.

After their swim we went and got hot chips to go with our pizza and headed to the play ground to have some tea and a play on the equipment.

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We drove home quite tired but very satisfied after having a lovely afternoon out.  We were surprised at how warm it still was when we got home, so I think summer has finally arrived.

The past few mornings I have been getting up before everyone else and I must say that it is great to look at the posts that you have linked up before everyone is up and everything is quiet.

Thanks again to everyone who takes the time to link up.  I know I have said it before but it really is a blessing to me to read your posts and to get to know you all.

So onto our link up.

Our top three posts this week were…

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January – Out With The Old by The Farmers Wife at Growing In His Grace
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Christians and Civil Disobedience by Alli at Awedbody

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My personal favourite…

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What we didn’t know before Sabrina by Cheryl from Treasures from a Shoebox

What a wonderful story of love, acceptance and fitting into a forever family.

If you didn’t get a chance to read these posts take time and pop over you will be blessed.

Well done everyone for being featured and I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week.

This week I have a catering function – sounds grand doesn’t it.  I cook for our local Gideon Branch Dinner Meeting once a month.  It isn’t a huge affair, only about 10 people but we have it in our Church hall and it is a great opportunity for the children to learn how to serve and help clear up.  This week will be cold meats and salad and I think Lemon Sago and some slicey thing to have with coffee.

Then the rest of the week will be spent doing school and music and we are meant to have a sewing get together with my friend so hopefully all is well and that can go ahead.  I’m not mentioning it to the children just yet.

I pray that you all have a great, productive, God focused week and that you see His handiwork in you and your families lives.

Blessings to you all.