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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #9

Well another week has gone by and Christmas is fast approaching.  I enjoy this season, the getting together of family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Saviour.  I enjoy the children’s service on Christmas Eve where the children become part of the reason for this season.

Welcome to another Good Morning Mondays.  Last week was very productive in my world.  I started writing daily lists and found that this has helped me get everything done.  I cleaned out my outside pantry and moved around some freezers.  I did some baking, had a couple of get togethers with family friends, and made some more presents.

Our fish arrived and are in their tank, hopefully growing quickly.  It is really fascinating to watch them and we are really enjoying this side of it.

My men butchered a steer last night and it is hanging in the cool room that we hired.  We will cut it up later in the week along with 3 pigs.  This will keep us in meet for a few months.

The weather is warming up which is great for the vegetables and they are growing really quickly now.  I am looking forward to zucchinis this year and making zucchini pasta, yum.

What have you guys been up to?? Are you keeping everything under control as Christmas is coming.  Take a breath, have a cuppa and relax for some time each day, if only a few minutes, and while relaxing take the time to fellowship with our Saviour.

Now onto the link up.  I want to thank everyone who has been praying for Taylor McGinnis and I want to encourage everyone to read her story and keep on praying.

Click on her picture below to read her story.

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I was also touched by another story, this one I found on another link up and again I would encourage everyone to read about this family and pray for them and all they are facing on a daily basis.

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Now our top three link ups were..

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thmb5484e6da91eab Don’t Judge a book from Taylor Made Ranch

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 Hidden Under Her Heart Book Review from Tidbits of Experience

Thank you to these ladies for sharing their hearts and to everyone else who linked up.

So let’s get the link up started, please link up any posts that relate to God and christian living – especially encouraging or challenging posts, also recipes, crafts, gardening or homesteading as you call it in America and just plain old country living here in Australia.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #8

Welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays.  What’s been happening in your life this past week??

I have made biscuits and soap and helped my husband around the farm. Making soap and doing some baking was something I really wanted to mark off my list this week.

No 2 daughter and no 2 son got their results from the piano exams they did and they both got A’s or Honors.  This is great and they are both thrilled with the results and their certificates.

No 2 daughter got three firsts at the local show for her baking and No 1 son did very well with his shearing, placing 2nd in the intermediate group and getting Best Local Shearer.  Here he is with his ribbons

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This coming week I want to start on some Christmas gifts and I am excited about this.  I have been blessed by some of the posts that I have found about home made gifts, so thank you everyone.

So our top three posts last week were…

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My personal favourite is….

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Please pray for Taylor McGinnis from So Much At Home

I want to encourage everyone to pop over and have a read about what Taylor is going through and take the time to pray for her and her family.  Thank you to Chris for sharing this with us and giving us the opportunity to pray for Taylor.

This really is the season to be flat out and hectic, trying to get everything finished before Christmas.  I know that I am starting to feel the pressure building, but I am trying to keep it down.  I want to encourage you all to stay calm and not get caught up in all the pressure and stress around us.

I want to remember to love those around me, care for those who have no one or are sick.  We should increase our prayer time and remember those who come to mind in our prayers.

I want to thank everyone who linked up and also to everyone who looked at the other posts.  I cannot express how this makes me feel, how happy and joyful I am that we are able to encourage each other in our daily struggles and joys.

So let’s get the link up started, please link up any posts that relate to God and christian living – especially encouraging or challenging posts, also recipes, crafts, gardening or homesteading as you call it in America and just plain old country living here in Australia.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #7

Welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays Link up.  I have had a good week and I hope you have too.

The weeks seems to be going by very quickly and the list in my head of things to do is not getting that much shorter, although I did sort out my linen press – knock that off the to-do list!!!

Last Monday my husband and I and our younger two children travelled to visit with our No 1 daughter and her children.

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We had a lovely day with them and you can see more and read more about that day here.

The rest of the week passed in a bit of a blur, but we did manage to start on Christmas cards and did all the other general things that seem to take up our days.

No 2 daughter and son had their piano exams this morning and it sounds like they went really well.  This is no 2 daughters 3rd exam but was the first one for no 1 son.  They were a bit nervous though but that all seems to be part of it.  They are both very happy that it is over now :-).

We finally got the aquaponics system up and running and ready for the fish coming next week.  We have planted some vegetables too, which is very exciting for us.  We have been working on this for about 12 months now.

This week I want to do some Christmas baking, fruit cakes, yo yo’s etc, then I will post some away to relatives.

I am determined to get some soap made this week and I am actually going to write a list and cross things off as I achieve them (sounds good….)

Thank you for all your link ups, I am really enjoying reading them.  I am not quite finished with them all yet so I won’t do my personal favourite this week.

The top three posts were:

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Happiness Choice by Tiny Toadstool Cottage

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Reasons I am choosing a home birth part 1 and 2 from Rahab to Riches.
thmb54720a43273abThank you ladies for sharing your hearts with us, and thanks to everyone for taking the time to link up, I really appreciate it.

I want to encourage everyone this week to remember the reason for the season that is fast approaching us.  I am not saying don’t give presents, or don’t have a tree or whatever else you have and do, I am just saying to remember that we celebrate Christmas because of Jesus, not santa or presents or food, but because of our Saviour.

So let’s get the link up started, please link up any posts that relate to God and christian living – especially encouraging or challenging posts, also recipes, crafts, gardening or homesteading as you call it in America and just plain old country living here in Australia.

I’d love to hear about how you celebrate Christmas, who you spend it with, do you open your homes to people who have no one???

May your week be full of God’s love and may He lead and guide you each day.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #6

Welcome again to Good Morning Mondays.  I am so enjoying all the posts you link up and feel that I have my own personal library to read all week.  I have laughed and cried this week and this is good.

I really don’t know what I have done this week, it has been a bit topsy turvy, with being out a bit, which I really don’t enjoy.  I must admit I am a home body and really like just staying at home and doing my thing just here.

We have been attending a bible study every couple weeks on the book of Revelation and it has been very interesting, we have all (the whole family) been enjoying it.  It’s amazing how you can study Gods word and new insights just pop out at you.  It really is the living Word of God.

Seems that Thanksgiving is coming, and although we don’t celebrate it here in Australia, I think it is a wonderful celebration.  We should remember to be thankful at all times though for all the things that God has given us.  I have enjoyed reading all about thanksgiving on your blogs.

We have had quite an easy weekend, and it has been restful, hopefully give us the get up and go we need for the coming week.  I am trying to finish a quilt for a friend and I am nearly there (finally).

God has reminded me this week about cherishing our children and moderating our language and attitude regarding them.  I want to remind us all to be loving but firm with our children.  Lets remember that they are a gift from God.

Have a great week everyone and I would love to hear how you celebrate Thanksgiving and what special recipes you share with your family.

Now on to the link party.

Congratulations to our top four posts this week, they were…thmb5468d1365d2a0, thmb54696ed30222c

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thmb5469266cef6c4My personal favourite was…

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Erika really shared her heart and admitted to an addiction, tough stuff but good stuff, it really spoke to my heart, so thank you Erika.

So let’s get the link up started, please link up any posts that relate to God and christian living – especially encouraging or challenging posts, also recipes, crafts, gardening or homesteading as you call it in America and just plain old country living here in Australia.

May your week be full of God’s blessings.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #5

Welcome to Good Morning Mondays #5.  I hope you have had a good week, full of God’s love.

Thank you to everyone who prayed for our friend Mr H.  I can report that our prayers were answered and he is doing very well.  By all reports the operation was a success and he came through it with flying colours.  His wife even told us that he was so much better after the operation this time than the last.  He came home today which is great and will spend the next few weeks recuperating at home.  So Praise and thanks to God for His care of our friend.

This past week I have been doing a lot of thinking about respecting and honouring my husband.  It is such an important thing for us to do.  I just want to encourage all of you to remember your words with regards to our husbands.

It is my husbands birthday in a couple of weeks, but I couldn’t resist giving him his birthday present yesterday. It’s a Lego Technic Crane Truck, which I have been paying off for nearly 5 months.  It was a pleasure to give it to him, especially when he had no idea it was coming.  It was great to see him and No 2 son building it together during a wet afternoon yesterday.

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Thank you to everyone who linked up this past week.  I try and read all your posts and comment, sometimes I get caught up so I apologise to anyone I didn’t get to.  I am looking forward to seeing what you have for us this week.

Our top three posts from last week were…

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So let’s get the link up started, please link up any posts that relate to God and christian living – especially encouraging or challenging posts, also recipes, crafts, gardening or homesteading as you call it in America and just plain old country living here in Australia.

May your week be full of God’s blessings.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #4

Welcome to Good Morning Mondays #4.

What has your week been like?  I must admit that I haven’t been feeling well since we returned from Canberra and I have been struggling with an ear infection.  So off to the doctor I went (which I don’t do often) and I am waiting for the antibiotics to kick in now. The 2 younger children have had colds and coughs as well but all seems to be on the up and up now.

A prayer request – our dear friend Mr H is going in to hospital tomorrow to have a tumor removed from his liver.  He had this operation early in the year but another tumor has been discovered. Thank God that there was a cancellation and the hospital was able to fit him in before January.  We ask that God will bless both him and his wife, and keep him safe through the operation.  We also pray that God will enable the surgeons to get all of the tumor and that he will recover quickly.  If you have time to pray with us we would be very grateful.

Last week we had 44 link ups so thanks to all of you who took the time.  I really enjoyed reading you posts.

Our top 3 links were:

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This week I look forward to many more link ups and I would love to have some recipes if you have something special, or something that your family loves to eat feel free to link it up.

Please link up any posts that relate to God and christian living – especially encouraging or challenging posts, also recipes, crafts, gardening or homesteading as you call it in America and just plain old country living here in Australia.

I hope and pray that we all have a blessed week and may God challenge us to reach out to others.

Blessings.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #3

Welcome back to Good Morning Mondays Link Party.  It was so exciting to see you all link up this last week.  I am really enjoying connecting with you all and reading your posts, so thank you all for taking the time and putting in the effort.

We are still in Canberra, having just returned from our nephews baptism and confirmation.  It was such a blessing to hear and see him make a clear and firm declaration to the Lord.  We will continue to pray for him and his faith journey.

We have had an enjoyable time catching up with our extended family and seeing how the children have grown.

Here are some photos of us in Canberra.

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Graeme and the children in front of the Black Mountain Telecommunications and observation tower
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View over South Canberra from my brothers verandah.
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View at dusk.
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The family at a local market

We will head home tomorrow (Monday) morning so I am looking forward to catching up with you and reading your posts this week.

I am looking forward to getting home and back into things there, I really enjoy being at home.

Blessings to you all.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS LINK PARTY #2

Welcome to the 2nd link party.  I was so blessed by all of you who linked up, and for your comments, so thank you very much for taking the time.  I am really looking forward to hearing from you again this week.

We have had a nice weekend, what with piano lessons for the 2 younger children early Saturday morning (who needs a sleep in???) and some groceries and then home for a bit of a rest before doing some more work.

We had a fellowship luncheon after church on Sunday and the church invited another congregation for lunch as part of the “Lutherans Longest Lunch”.  Seems funny to add a name to something so that we have an excuse to get together with other Christians.

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I feel this should be part of who we are.  We really enjoy getting people out for a meal and getting to know them.  Maybe it will give us an opportunity to pray for them or for them to pray for us. It is a great way to make friends as well.

We had a phone call from my brother on Sunday afternoon and we have been invited to Canberra for my 13 year old nephews baptism and confirmation.

So we are off on Friday morning for the 10 hour drive (we only do this for special occasions) and will spend a couple days with them before heading home.

So I now only have 4 days to fit in everything I wanted to achieve this week, but that’s ok, I’ll get done what I can.  Being there for family is far more important than any cleaning or schooling I have to do.  We can probably do a road trip homeschool excusion!!

I hope you have a great week and that the Lord leads and guides you and I encourage you to get together with other Christians and fellowship.

Let’s get the party started….


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS LINK PARTY #1

Good Morning, I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and are ready to start Monday off with a bang.
I had a great weekend with our No 1 daughter and family visiting.  It was great to see them and also to see our 2 beautiful granddaughters who are growing up so quickly.
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Grandchildren are just the best blessing in our lives and I thank God for them and pray for them daily and for the ones to come.
Welcome to the first Good Morning Mondays Link Party.  I am looking forward to seeing all your posts and look forward to sharing your journey in life.
Please link up any posts that relate to God and christian living – especially encouraging or challenging posts, also recipes, crafts, gardening or homesteading as you call it in America and just plain old country living here in Australia.
May your week be filled with God’s presence and love.
Right let’s get started.