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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

and my favourite was…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings to you all and your families. XXXX

25 thoughts on “GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #21”

  1. Thank you so much for the feature. I truly appreciate it far more than I can express. It sounds like you all had a wonderful time on your little adventures. I love the picture of you and your kids.

    By the way, my best friend from high school lives in Australia.

    1. Oh thank you so much Crystal for your comment, thank you for stopping by and featuring you was my pleasure. We had a great time together. It is a small world maybe I know your friend in Australia??? Thanks and blessings.

  2. Seems a great time was had by all! So glad to hear the trip to Melbourne was so successful. I have been preserving apples too – there are so many! I have been reading all your posts for the last week or two. So much to think about there, I am a bit overwhelmed at the moment. You are truly a blessing – thank you.

    1. Thanks Jayne, the apples seem to be really abundant this year and we only have one tree, the rest we pick off the side of the road. I think we picked about 6 boxes full the other day and didn’t really put a dent in the trees. Do you make apple butter??? I have the gift of the gab (as my mother used to call it) and I write how I talk (heaps). Don’t let what I write or other overwhelm you just take in what you can and the rest will always be there for you when you have the brain space to take it all in. Thank you for your friendship and lovely comment. Blessings

  3. Oh wow! I forgot that seasons are switched on your side of the world. Here in California (USA) we are just heading into spring! how funny how the world works 🙂

    1. I agree, it is hard to imagine winter when we are in summer and vise versa. Enjoy your spring weather and I am enjoying the autumn weather. God’s creation is just amazing isn’t it. Blessings to you and your lovely family.

    1. Thanks Laura, featuring you was my pleasure definitely, you have such wisdom and I enjoy what you write. We have just started Autumn in Australia so I will enjoy our first couple of Autumn weeks while you enjoy the beginning of spring. Blessings to you and your lovely family.

  4. What a relief that the men are all home and on fire for Jesus! (Send them out as boys, and they come back men, yes?) A very encouraging update.
    I have been sewing since I can’t even remember and am vigorously trying to finish my to-do stack each time I hear your harvest update–even though I know I won’t plant until June. I have some time…I have never learned to quilt. It’s on my to-do list. I really really really want to learn how. That’s on our vacation to-do list, right? 🙂
    I am always so glad that apples are at the end of our harvest. They seem to stay good through a few freezes so I get to feel like I’m taking my time with all the canning & dehydrating after it’s been rush rush rush on everything else.
    Thank you for your update. Watching it snow now…dreaming of Australia…

    1. Yes you are so right, it was so encouraging when they came home, just have to keep the fires burning. I never learned to sew until I was at least 15 so I am making sure that my girls are different. Wow, you have vacations???? yep I have heaps on my list but that’s ok, I would probably get bored on vacation. Keep working on your stack because once you plant, harvest is just around the corner. I think I might can some corn tomorrow so I get that started, the apples will keep for quite a while so there is no pressure to get them done urgently. I would just love to be watching it snow, it sounds so lovely :-). Blessings

  5. Hello beautiful! What a fun party! Thank you for hosting. Please stop by our party that starts tonight at 7. We would love to share one of your amazing creations. We pin and tweet everything! Lou Lou Girls

  6. Terri,
    As always, it so much fun to hear about your family. It seems like I could pull up a chair at your next sewing day and feel right at home! So what time is “tea” usually enjoyed? Is it midday or late afternoon or ?

    1. Thanks Donna, I would love you to come join us, imagine all the biblical chatter, it would be great. Tea time for us is about 6 or 7 pm so our evening meal. It differs here depending on where you grew up. I was born in Queensland and we had lunch (midday meal) and tea (evening meal) where my husband grew up in Victoria and he had lunch (midday meal) and then dinner (tea time). Sometimes in the country in Queensland dinner was lunch. All very confusing and we still sometimes have to verify what we actually mean and I have been married for 26 years. Thanks and blessings

  7. Thank you for hosting the link! My favorite quote:

    ” time is short and what are we doing as Christians. Are we arguing over the little things and being distracted by Church politics or maybe we are allowing too much of the world to seep into our lives.”

    I share this sentiment, which is what drives me at Embracing His Will. My only prayer is that I will encourage my children to grow into adults who examine the impact they are having as Christians.

    God bless!

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