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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…

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

And my personal favourite was…

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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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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.

TERRIS CAMERA 2 435Here they all are getting ready to have tea.  They weren’t really hungry though because I think they swallowed a heap of sea water.

TERRIS CAMERA 2 436After tea they finally wore themselves out on the play ground equipment.

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

thmb54cf7ff3b2d84 I’m Wearing Down by Sharon Sharing God

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.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #16

Good morning everyone, how was your week and how are things going?  Are you achieving all that you have planned?

We have had a good week with a trip to Melbourne on Tuesday for my husband to see a bone specialist.  This is a long story and I might write about it one day, maybe when we see a positive outcome.

After seeing the specialist we went to the Queen Victoria Markets. We really enjoy going there.  There are heaps of different stalls from clothing, shoes, make up, belts, hand bags, really anything that you can get at the shops but slightly cheaper.

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Here they are looking at all the eggs for sale.
No 1 son collects belt buckles and no 2 son got his first leather belt and buckle.  No 2 daughter got a lovely stainless steel bangle with her name on it.

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Here are some of the deli goods that we drool over.
After looking at the stalls we head over to the fruit and vegetable sections and then into the small goods.  This area would have to be my husbands favourite as he loves looking at all the smoked meat and fish.  He looks so that he can get ideas for us and how we can handle our meat at home and different things we can do with it.

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Here they all are – my gang.
 I really like the butchery section, they sell anything from fish through to goat.  I love looking at all the different cuts of meat.

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Here are No 1 son and No 2 daughter having a bite to eat.
After that we headed into the cafe for a bite for lunch and a cuppa, a bit of a refresh and renewing before we head out on our way home.

On the way home we went via Geelong and looked around the beach area and went for a drive around before heading to Hogs Breath for tea.  This is our most favourite treat and although we only go once or twice a year we all look forward to it.

As we were driving around we found this concrete couch so I just had to stop and get the children so I could take a photo.  It looks comfortable but I don’t think it was.DSC_0746[1]

The rest of the week was spent schooling and doing our general run of the mill jobs.  We were going to have a sewing day with friends but my friend was sick so we stayed home.  We did have some friends for tea on Friday night which was nice.

We started music lessons yesterday so our Saturdays have changed again, but it was nice to get started on lessons and back into it.

The new turkeys are settling in well and are roaming around the yard during the day and even up onto the back verandah, which I must admit is better than the piglets.  We have had our piglets looking through the glass on the back door.

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Here are the turkeys looking for bugs

This week coming will involve school and sewing and gardening. Our Tuesday night bible study on Revelation is starting this week and we all look forward to it.  We might go and pick blackberries and it looks like being warm this weekend so we might make it to the beach.

What have you been doing, I would love to hear about it.

Now onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…

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Christian Women and Bullying by The Farmers Wife at Growing in His Gracethmb54c66fd3aa776

I Pledge Allegiance…To What? by Alli at Awed Bodythmb54c87f268cd4b

What’s the Issue With Wearing Leggings? by Jo at Stop…have a chat

and my personal favourite…

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Meeting our Heaven-Bound Baby by Janis at Heart-filled Moments

These are all great thought provoking posts that make us think, which is good.  If you didn’t get a chance to have a look then click on the title to pop over.

Thank you again to each and every one of you who takes the time to link up.  I’ll say it again – I really enjoy reading all your posts and I am being challenged and I am learning so much.

My encouragement for you this week is to look at how you deal with disappointments and challenges,  and how we teach our children to handle it.  That is how I have been challenged this week.

May you all be blessed this week as you teach, work and love your family.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #15

Good morning to everyone and welcome to another Good Morning Mondays link up.  How are you all going?  We have had a good week and I am looking forward to the next one.

As I said last week we went to a turkey farm, this is across the road from the Big Koala at Dadswells Bridge, click here if you want to see more about it.

IMG_0825[1]Here is no 2 daughter and son in front of the Koala.  They had a great time there, and there was a cockatoo in a cage and it talked to them.

IMG_0828[1]They were careful not to stick their fingers in though otherwise he might have bitten them off.

We bought home 3 turkeys from the turkey farm,  see our new arrivals for more information on them.

Australia has heaps of “BIGS”.  The Big Pineapple in Queensland, the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, the Big Trout in Adaminaby, New South Wales.  These are the ones I have been to and I am sure there are heaps more.

We started school again this week and music practice.  I have decided never to have a break from music practice again.  It has been an interesting week with No 2 son and his piano, but it is finally clicking in again.  He is such a good little player with great rhythm and energy.

I have done some sewing and some cleaning up of the house. The younger children and I have nearly finished weeding the vegetable patch, and only have 2 more rows of potatoes to go.  We are blessed that the weed that is growing is easy to pull out which is also helped by the fact that we have had some more rain this week.

Our zucchinis are finally starting to fruit, which is great.  I am looking forward to canning this, to add to soups and stews.  I also add zucchini to my bottled tomatoes with onions.

This week coming we have a trip to Melbourne (3 hours away) and general school work.  I am organising with a homeschooling friend to meet together once a fortnight so that our daughters can do some craft or sewing together.  We are starting that this week and I think the girls might start on a quilt – just a basic one.

We have some friends who live near the coast and they have blackberries on their property and they have offered to let us pick some, so hopefully we can fit that in this week too.

My husband has been working from home fixing a truck for a client and it has been great to have him home.  He has more to do on the truck and then has a couple jobs away from home later in the week.

Well that’s about it for my week so on to our link up.

Our top three posts this week were:

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My favourite this week was…

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I thought this was a great idea, bobsledding off the deck and then wanting to do it off the roof next year, what a great way to have fun!!!

Thank you ladies for your wonderful posts and thank you to everyone for taking the time to link up.  Each week our link up is growing and I am feeling so blessed by the effort everyone makes to stop by.

I was convicted this morning during our Sunday worship service when our pastor spoke on what we were attached to. Were we attached to things of the world that got in the road of our attachment to God.  I want to encourage all of us to look at what we are attached to and think about their importance in our lives.

Blessings to you all my dear friends.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #14

Hello everybody and welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays.  Say goodbye to last week and hello to this week, again it has gone by very quickly.

We have had a good week with quite coolish weather, which is conducive to work but not to tomato growing.  We have just been discussing the fact that we live in a cooler climate and we are going to put up a permanent hothouse next year to grow our tomatoes in and then we won’t have to whinge about the cooler weather. Sorry about that.

We have had a very social week this week with our No 2 daughter having a friend to play during the week.  They had a great time and her friend just loves coming out to the farm and running around.

No 1 son needed some new clothes so we headed to a larger town near the coast and kitted him out.  We enjoyed fish and chips in the car overlooking the beach (it was too cold to get out – sorry again) and a play in the playground (sheltered from the wind).  We had a great day together, which is rare with No 1 son working nearly full time shearing.

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Here’s the gang enjoying a day out.
 We spent a lovely evening with friends of ours who live on a much larger farm and homeschool their children as well.  They have 7 wonderful boys and 1 lovely daughter who is good friends with our No 2 daughter.  No 2 son gets lost in the crowd of little boys and he just loves it.

We are not big on peer socialization and that is one of the numerous reasons why we homeschool.  My husband says we aren’t a mono culture, we want our children to learn to socialize with all ages. Saying this they do enjoy getting together with children their own age and having a play.

It’s great to get together with like minded friends and chat about the way we do things and the way they do things, it can be quite challenging and makes us think and analyze why we do things.

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

In the late 1800’s there was an operational trading post come hotel on the corner of our property, it was called the Junction Hotel.  We had friends come out on Saturday for lunch and the husband went over the site with his metal detector.  He didn’t find any gold or anything just some foundations.  He had fun and we enjoyed having a meal together and chatting.

Well that’s our week.  Tomorrow we are going to a turkey farm to see how they process the birds and discuss the legalities and politics of the operation.  We are doing this with a friend who is interested in this type of thing.  For us it is also a field trip for the children, part of our schooling.

Enough of me and on to our link up.  We had 88 link ups and I am feeling so blessed that you all stop by and share your heart with us all.  I am enjoying reading all your posts and I am learning heaps too.

Our top post by a country mile was:

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Why we banned Frozen by Alli at AwedBody

Our family stands with Alli and her opinion on this movie.  I know she has gotten heaps of positive comments but also some very negative ones.  I just ask that you read her post with an open mind and heart and ask the Lord to lead you with your comments.

Our next two top posts were:

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A Thrifty Week at Havest Lane by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage

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Frugal Fashion Friday by Diary of a Prairie Girl

and my favourite post was…
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10 Things Homeschooled Children Don’t Miss by the Farmer’s Wife at Growing in His Grace.

If you haven’t had the chance to have a look at these posts they are linked up for you so just click on the picture.

Thank you ladies for these wonderful posts and also to everyone else.  I enjoyed them all and think they are all wonderful, it is hard to pick a favourite.

Before we link up I found a few posts that were talking about trusting God, so I want to share this scripture –

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

This is my favourite scripture and it helps me in times of fear and uncertainty, so I am just wanting to encourage myself and everyone else to try and remember this scripture when fear overtakes us.

May you all be blessed this week as you work, play and love your family.

Ok 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 #13

Welcome  back to another Good Morning Mondays Link Up.  Wow where is the month going, we are nearly mid January and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly time is passing.

I’m sitting here thinking about what I did this week and I really can’t remember.  My brain isn’t good on the short term memory so it’s good I keep a diary :-).

It was quite hot here earlier in the week and there have been some big fires one about an hour north of us and some bad ones in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia.  We have had thunderstorms and this brings lightning strikes which start fires and there were quite a few of them earlier in the week.

Then came the rain and the cooler weather mid week.  We live in a very blessed area where we get cool changes regularly and it isn’t often that we get weeks and weeks of hot weather.  We live about 50 mins from the coast and we get a lovely sea breeze in the late afternoon and early evening.  I really enjoy living here because of that.  Our No 1 daughter and family live a couple hours north west of us and they have much warmer weather than us.

The only problem with where we live is that we rely on the weather for our vegetables and it has been a couple of years since we have had a good tomato crop but we are blessed in so many other ways.

This week has seen our No 1 son go away fighting fires only to come home the next day due to wet weather. Thank you Lord for the rain and his safe return.

We picked our apricots this week and I stewed them with a little sugar. I preserved 6 bottles to store in the pantry for the coming months and I have some left in the fridge to enjoy this week.

This first preserving of the season is very exciting and I look forward to more to come.  We don’t have many fruit trees yet, that is a farm goal this year to plant at least 20 trees if we can.

In Australia we have our longer school holidays until February but I like to start earlier, so this week we will get going on music practice again and a little school.

I want to finish clearing up my creative space (a room we have that has our sewing machines, quilting machine, our No 1 sons gym and lots of other stuff).  This is a great space but it can really get away from me and I am nearly finished, then I have some quilting to do some mending of work jeans and some general sewing for the children.

They are growing so quickly that my No 2 son has often got a bare midriff which is definitely not a good look.

Ok enough about me now onto the Link up…

Our three top posts this week were:

thmb54aace543984fHappinness is Homemade Link Party from Rahab to Riches

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Tiny Toadstool Cottage: No Superfluous Spending   from Jayne at Tiny Toadstool Cottage

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Blessed to be a Homemaker from So Much at Home

and my personal favourite:

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This is my favourite because it really spoke to me about getting up and getting going.  So I am going to endeavour to do this, hopefully starting this week.

Congratulations to these lovely ladies and, to all of you who took the time to link up I say thank you.  I enjoy reading each and every post, and I am learning so much.

My encouragement to you this week is to try and encourage others, whether your children, husband or friends.  Maybe you could send a card or note to someone in your life who you know is having troubles or maybe give them a ring.

Proverbs 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

Ok 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 #12

Hello everyone, welcome back to Good Morning Mondays. Welcome to the New Year.  I am excited to see what God has for us in 2015 and where He is going to lead us.

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We had a lovely New Years Eve get together with about 30 people from our church, mainly older couples.  We really enjoy getting together with these people and sharing our hearts and lives with them.  They are always interested in the children and what we are doing and we like to give them the best meal we can because we love blessing them.

My husband smoked some pork and beef roasts.  They were in the smoker for about 12 hours each and they were absolutely delicious and melt in the mouth.

They were all gone before midnight so we had it all cleaned up and were relaxing on the couch when the clocked ticked over into 2015, so it was very relaxing.

I must admit since then I have been a bit whacked and I am taking some time to catch up and get ready to start our new school year in a week.  I have got some new planners from a couple of wonderful blogs and I am looking at which one is going to help me be organised.

Our No 1 daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters have headed off on their grand adventure and you will be able to follow their journey here. They are heading to the outback of Australia by the end of January and my daughter has a humorous way of writing, so the journey will not be boring.  We will miss them while they are gone but 8 weeks is only a short period of the year and they should have a great time, see heaps and learn heaps.

We went to a wedding yesterday and had an enjoyable time.  It was the second time round for both and we pray that God will bless them as they blend their families together and learn to live with each other.  Weddings always make me remember my own and just how much I love my husband and how blessed I feel.

Now onto Good Morning Mondays.

Out top four post this week were…thmb54a0ef3d3ccde Petite, Plus-Sized, Modest by Sweet Water and Bitter

thmb54a125c538e1eAn Organized and Orderly Home ~ Inspirational & Printable Helps from Jes at Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

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5 New Things Around the Clay House from Adelaide at Clay Clan Cultivatesthmb54a1548f08486

Modest Winter Outfits Inspiration from Marie at Different Kind of Woman.

My favourite was…thmb54a0acfa1aa49

Dehydrating Pumpkins from the Farmer’s Wife at Growing in His Grace

Once again, thank you ladies for sharing your hearts and ideas.  I didn’t even think that you could dry pumpkin, what a wonderful, space saving idea.  Also thank you to everyone else who linked up I really enjoy reading your posts.  I am looking forward to what everyone links up this week.

This week I want to encourage us all to remember our family and all that they mean to us everyday, not just on special occasions. Let’s enjoy them and love them.  Blessings to you all this week.

Ok 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 #11

Wow we made it through the Christmas week to another Monday. We had a great Christmas with 17 here for lunch (dinner) on Christmas Day.  Our beautiful No 1 daughter and son-in-law and their children came late on Christmas Eve and it was wonderful to spend time with them.

The celebrations started with our Christmas Eve service at church with the children doing the Nativity play.  They did a great job and I believe that it really reminds them about Jesus being the reason we celebrate Christmas.

We had my husbands parents and some of his aunts and an uncle for lunch on Christmas Day. They are an interesting bunch all with their own personalities and they bring colour to every gathering, so it was a great day.

We smoked some of our pork and beef, I bought a ham (this is a tradition and my children would be very upset if I didn’t), everyone bought salads and sweets and it was a great mix.

I must thank my No 1 daughter for all her help, without her and our younger daughter it would have been a big job.  I started to feel ill on Christmas Eve and had a sore throat and temperature during Christmas Day so I wasn’t quite feeling my usual bubbly, energetic self (!!??). So my daughters really filled the gap for me.  Thank you No 1 and No 2 daughters xxxxx.

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Here is our No 1 daughter with her lovely husband
Here are some photos of the family at present opening time:

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Here are the presents.  We don’t have a tree but we place the presents around and under a nativity set.

IMG_0665[1]Here is our No 1 granddaughter wearing her new sunglasses, and her dad and little sister in the background.

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No 1 son and I bought my husband a 4 string banjo, he was shocked and thrilled.

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Here is dad and granddad with No 1 granddaughter and No 2 son.

IMG_0672[1]No 2 daughter was just thrilled with her tenor ukulele and has been playing it on and off ever since.  She has been wanting one for months, and I get such pleasure to see everyone so thrilled with their gifts.

All in all it was a wonderful time of family and giving, caring and sharing.

I’m now looking forward to some of the people from church coming out for tea on New Years Eve.  We usually get the older couples out and they have tea and enjoy some fellowship and are home well before midnight.  We have some younger couples as well and that helps keep the party moving along!!!

How was your Christmas???? What are your plans for the New Year celebrations????

I am looking forward to a few days to relax, tidy up, finish a few UFO’s and plan and prepare for our schooling for next year.  I don’t believe in New Years Resolutions but I make plans and endeavour to carry them out, my main aim is I want to be more organised this coming year (I can hear No 1 daughter chuckling from here)…

Now on to the next Good Morning Monday.

Our top three posts were:

thmb5497b127b75b2Why Santa doesn’t come to our house by Growing in His Grace

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Book Musing Mondays No 4 by Mary Hill

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The Art of Homemaking Mondays Link Up No 32  by Jes at Strangers and Pilgrims.

My favourite for the week was:

thmb549718182fa1eMax & Makeya will be home for Christmas by Homespun Devotions.

Thank you ladies for linking up and to everyone else who took the time during this busy Christmas period.  Once again I must tell you how blessed I feel with this.

So with the New Year fast approaching I am still feeling convicted to remind myself that the caring and sharing that we have celebrated during Christmas is something Jesus wants us to do all year.  Let’s try to continue to look to others to help them in their time of need and if we can’t do anything physically we can always pray.

Love and blessings from our family to yours.

Ok 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.