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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…


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…


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 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:

thmb54bc3f81420efFrugal?…. or Cheap? by Gentle Joy Homemaker

thmb54bc512905420Why I Might Delete Your Comment or Facebook Post by Thaleia from Something 2 Offer

thmb54bc9bb7c3b4eHow to Ferment Garlic and Why You Should by Mindie from (Mis) Adventures of a Born Again Farm Girl

My favourite this week was…

thmb54bc3fc45cecfBobsled Run…Off the Deck? by Gentle Joy Homemaker

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.


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.

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:


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:


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


Frugal Fashion Friday by Diary of a Prairie Girl

and my favourite post was…

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.


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


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


Blessed to be a Homemaker from So Much at Home

and my personal favourite:

thmb54aa02cccc50bHow to Enjoy an Early, Joyful & Productive Morning from Morning Motivated Mom

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.



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.


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


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.


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.

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


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.


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


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


Book Musing Mondays No 4 by Mary Hill


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.


It’s been 10 weeks since I started the Good Morning Mondays Link Up and I have learnt so much, both spiritually and physically.  I am enjoying this link up and want to thank you all for taking the time to do so.

There has been some tragedies in Australia this past week and it has touched the hearts of thousands of people – me included. Sometimes I just sit in shock at what happens in our society and I am thankful that God is in control.

We have had a good week at home, and I think we achieved heaps. We finished processing the bull on Friday night and it is safely in the freezers, which are at bursting point.  I think we have at least  700 sausages in the freezer, all different flavours.  (If you want to know more about this go to Butchery 101).  We have another big pig to butcher but he will just have to wait until we’ve eaten some meat to make room for him.

We took the children to the local towns Christmas Market, for a BBQ and chat with the locals.  It was a nice evening and it is always good to catch up with those we don’t  see often.

I had an optomertrist appointment this week and need to upgrade my glasses, so I am getting a new pair.  It is hard to pick new glasses by yourself and my No 2 daughter thought they all looked great.  So selfies were taken and sent to my husband and No 1 daughter from my phone for their opinion and approval.  I hope I got the right ones???

Now onto the link up.  As I said before thank you to all who linked up. I am not quite through reading them all so I apologise for not getting to it and will endeavour to do so shortly.

Our top three posts this week were…


Christian when convenient from Sweet Water and Bitter

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Dishes for Jesus from Growing in His Grace

thmb548e0042c0a35 Home Birth and Free Printables from Rahab to Riches

Thank you ladies for sharing with us and congratulations to Miranda and family from Rahab to Riches on the birth of their daughter and sister.

I am really being convicted lately about turning our eyes from ourselves and looking around us to see who needs help or encouragement.

With Christmas fast approaching I want to encourage you all to remember Jesus as the reason why we celebrate and I pray that you all will have a wonderful time with family and friends.

May you all be Blessed this Christmas and I look forward to hearing all about it.

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.


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.


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.


Now our top three link ups were..

thmb5485135d3f299Blessed to be a Homemaker from So Much at Home

thmb5484e6da91eab Don’t Judge a book from Taylor Made Ranch


 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.


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


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…

thmb547ba283391f8Conformity – Or Not from Tiny Toadstool Cottage

thmb547bb80eae0b0The Party’s Over: the handwriting on the wall from Soul Survival

thmb547c4522bf0eaThe Art of Home-Making Mondays LINK UP

My personal favourite is….


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.


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.


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:


Happiness Choice by Tiny Toadstool Cottage


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.