GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #110

Hey all, it’s almost Monday again so welcome back to our weekly Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

You’ll see by my photos that it’s vegetable season here, actually most of the vegetables I’ve been processing have been from our son-in-law and daughter. They have an amazing vegetable garden and although they only live 2 hours north, they have much warmer weather than us during the summer, and much more consistent.

Actually I don’t always mind inconsistent weather because we usually get cooler weather every few days which, when it is really hot is a great relief.

Last weekend as I mentioned we went and visited our no 1 daughter and her family. We had a great time together, as usual and they blessed us with heaps of zucchinis and cucumbers. So I’ve been busy dehydrating.

I dehydrated some zucchini slices first to re-hydrate and BBQ later in the year, then I moved onto grated cucumber and zucchini. The plan with the cucumber is to use it in tzatziki and the zucchini will go into soups, stews and sometimes cakes.

The green is cucumber the yellow zucchini

I store these dried vegetables in jars and when I have excess I bag them and vacuum seal them. They store really well in the bags and I can put them in the cupboard for later.

Zucchini in a vacuum sealed bag

I have an old blue bookcase in my kitchen that I use to store my jars on and I really like how colourful it is. This shelf makes me feel so productive, it’s great.Our no 2 son had been sick before we went and visited our son-in-law, daughter and family but we thought it was something he ate. Oops we were wrong, we spread the gastro germ. The grandchildren came down very quickly followed by their father and then finally their mum. Then my husband and myself. We all had it in varying degrees but it did knock us about for a couple of days. A few of us were spared, our 16 month old grandson and our no 2 daughter and no 1 son, hopefully they have missed out.

So it’s been a slower week around here, my husband only took a day off which was good, he is amazing and the children and I worked our way through some school and piano practice.

Friday we spent the day helping our friends cut up the meat that we butchered last week.  We had a great day and it’s so nice to spend time with like minded Christians, there’s always heaps to talk about.

So after our not so exciting week, I’d love to hear how yours was, what have you been up to???

Time for our top three…Outdoor Water Conservation & Irrigation by Taylor Made Homestead 52 Week Illustration Challenge – Can I really do this?!? by Mindie at The (mis) Adventures of a Born Again Farm GirlHow to Make Herbal Sleep Tea by Feathers in the Woods

Thank you to everyone who linked up this week. I was hoping to read a heap of posts but the gastro but paid to that unfortunately, so I’m sorry about that. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have for us this week and I will endeavour to read some more.

Some friends and I are doing a yearly scripture writing plan that Heidi St. John put together. I have been reminded how much God loves us and how much He does for us because of His love. There is nothing we can do to deserve His love, his Grace abounds over us. It’s awesome really.

I’m also so aware of how much He is in control of our lives and that He knows everything that is going on, nothing is hidden from Him. I can rest in the assurance that He’s got it all covered.

I’ve got a week at home coming up and it’s the usual, school, music, vegetables and gardening.

What’s on your agenda???

I hope you are all going good and I’m looking forward to hearing from you this week.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #109

Hi everyone, welcome back to Darling Downs Diaries and our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

We’ve had a few big days and it’s nice to be home and writing to you all.

On Friday we helped some friends butcher some pigs, well actually my husband helped with the pigs and I socialised with my friend and her wonderful children. We had a lovely time together and caught up with all God has been teaching and showing us. We are back this coming week to help cut up the pigs and it blesses us so much to be able to use a skill God has given us to help others.

We then spent Saturday night and Sunday with our son-in-law, daughter and family. They enticed us with the promise of vegetables and they didn’t disappoint us. We came home with a huge amount of zucchini and cucumbers and even a couple of chinese cabbages. We have been very blessed and you can guess what my job this coming week is…. that’s right, processing it all.

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Chinese Cabbage in my dehydrator

I’m excited to get into drying grated zucchini again this year, it was great to have that on hand through the winter and I’m even going to dry some grated cucumber so that we can have our own tzatziki this winter.

My husband had a great time with the grandchildren and he even managed to get in some reading time – in between tickling time…
20170128_192334They are such delightful children and it is such a pleasure to be with them all.  We have such great discussions and we all get on so well, it is definitely true that…

Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

It’s a busy time in our veggie garden as well and because we had been away at a homeschooling conference for a few days the weeds had taken over. So the children and I got out and pulled out most of the weeds around the tomato bushes.IMG_20170125_111649 The children were a great help and the three of us working together made short work of the weeds. An added bonus was I saw these lovely Black Russians ripening and we have been enjoying the first harvest of tomatoes. Hopefully there will be heaps more in the coming months.
IMG_20170125_122949My lovely no 1 daughter had given me a colouring book before Christmas and I finally got to doing some colouring in while the children were doing their school. This scripture Romans 12:12 is such an encouragement to me at the moment.
IMG_20170124_180223When we are going through tough times we should be constant in prayer to God. He is in control, He knows what is going on and He cares for us.

So the first half of my week was a quiet one at home, doing school, piano and weeding and then it was a busy but productive, rewarding few days over the weekend.

What have you all been up too?

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb588442e51dd91The Man Who Comes After Me, & 6th Update on Kristen by Cheryl at Homespun Devotionsthmb588478a7f141eThe Decision That Will Change Everything by Woman Abidingthmb5885f64eb51f4 (2)Happy Homemaker Monday by Colletta’s Kitchen Sink

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up. I really wanted to get to read your posts this week but our internet has been really dodgy and I just couldn’t connect. It seems better now so hopefully I can enjoy your posts.

I’ve got a quiet week this week until the weekend again. We’ve got heaps of piano practice to do as our first lesson for the year is this Saturday. Lots of school to do this week and some gardening as well.

Mondays is going to be hot, so a good day to practice and then it’s cooling off for the rest of the week so we can get out and get some weeding done.

God has really been speaking to me through His scriptures about patience and hope during trials and persecution, what has He been speaking to you about.

I hope you are all going good and I’m looking forward to hearing from you this week.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #108

Hey  there everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up and our new year 2017.

How was your Christmas and New Year?? We spent time with our family and as always it was a great time together. The children are growing up and we bought them a trike and wagon to line up with our daughters desire for less stuff. It has worked out a great gift and they use it often.
IMG_1775Our lovely no 1 daughter made me some really nice new oven mitts as mine were pretty bad and raggy. These ones are inspirational as well and keep my mind focussed on God’s word, and I have used them even though I struggled to not want to get them dirty.
IMG_20161231_105911We’ve been to the beach a couple of times and have enjoyed the cool water. We got together with our daughters family and had a great time with the grandies.

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Granddad with the girls

Our chickens have been growing and needed a new pen and this is what my husband and no 2 son came up with. They did a great job and the chickens have much more freedom now.20170113_185456I’ve been busy sock knitting and completed a pair for a friend for Christmas and then this pair for my husband. I am keen for him to wear and wear them to see how they last, so far so good.IMG_20170104_212219The vegetable garden is going well and the weeds are growing quickly.  There are tomatoes on the bushes but they are a long way off turning red.

The tomatoes in the aquaponics are booming and we picked our first one this past week, we are looking forward to many more.20170119_212215

We’ve just been to our annual home schooling conference so we’ve come back ready to get started again, so this coming Monday is it. We will have plenty of music practice to catch up on and book work to do. There will also be time for weeding and managing the garden as that’s very important too.

What have you been up to these past few weeks, I would love to hear??

Okay, onto our link up…

Thanks to everyone for linking up last time and I’m looking forward to seeing what you all have on offer at the moment.

I’m looking forward to the new year and new things to learn.

May God lead you and guide you as you focus on the New Year, may your plans be His plans for you.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

 


 

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BACK TO BASICS BUNDLE 2017

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Hi there everyone, I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and New Year.

I’m behind the times and I’m late promoting this great Bundle of books available at the moment.

We were away at a homeschooling conference and I thought that I wouldn’t get time to post this and maybe it wasn’t worth the effort, but after sitting down this morning and having a look at the bundle I couldn’t but share.

I’m new to this and as I’m running late, I won’t go on and on about how many books you get or what they are, let’s just say that it is awesome and once you have a look you’ll definitely be inspired.1500x1500-Simple-Living-One-300x300

Sections include:

  • Cooking From Scratch
  • Do It Yourself
  • Food Storage
  • Frugal Living
  • Gardening
  • Homesteading
  • Natural parenting
  • Natural Remedies
  • Preparedness
  • Simple living

There are topics and books for everyone, and I’m pleased to see a book by one of my good friends Deborah Olsen:

Raising Young Children On The Homestead – A Young Mother’s Guide To The Early Years

This would be a great resource for anyone with young children and living on the land.

ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT….FINISHES JANUARY 22ND…
So don’t miss out and pop over HERE and have a look and purchase your bundle and have on hand a wealth of resources.

Blessings my friends xxx

 

 

 

 

 

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #107

Hi all, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.  How has your week been, are you ready for Christmas and all the it entails???

I must admit that I am not as prepared as I like, but in the scheme of things it’s no big deal.

For a woman who only goes out to music lessons and church and is home the rest of the week, I haven’t been home one full day for a fortnight. But in saying that I have been so blessed to be able to be there and help my mother-in-law and encourage her in her physio each day.  She isn’t walking yet so there will be more physio in the new year to get her up and walking and caring for herself a bit more.

My mother-in-law is being moved to a nursing home on Monday afternoon so our hospital visits will cease now. We’ve built up a great rapport with the nurses and it’s always cheery and nice in the rehab unit.

I hope to still be able to visit my mother-in-law a couple of times a week.  She is going to a Nursing Home that has church services and bible studies, and our no 2 daughter is going on the church playing roster there once a month from February 2017 which will be a good opportunity for her and also for us to see Grandma.

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for my mother-in-law and our family, your prayers have been appreciated.

On Monday it was our no 2 son’s 9th birthday and we spent most of that at the hospital, but our No 1 son took us all to the beach for a swim and late tea after work.  It had been a warm day so it was nice to get away and get some fresh sea air. We enjoyed a BBQ and a rather whacky trip home which was just delightful.

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They had a great swim, but it was far too cold for me to even put my toe in the water.

Our aquaponics system has been producing heaps of broccoli at the moment and although the heads don’t actually form big, sort of side shoot stuff we have been enjoying it.
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Our no 2 daughter added it to some noodles with pork and eggs and it was delicious.

On Saturday morning our no 1 son took me to Warrnambool for some Christmas shopping. I actually had most of mine organised, we do a fair bit of making ourselves, I’ve still got a couple things to finish though.

So he got most of his done and I got a couple extra things and we had a lovely time, and some very good talks too. He is such an amazing young man and I enjoy his company very much. He is kind and caring and deep thinking.

On the way home we picked up a couple of kittens that I found for free. We already have cats but these were so cute and I just wanted a ginger one, the other one is a grey tabby. They aren’t quite settled in yet but they will and hopefully they’ll get on with our other ones. This one’s name is “Garfield” – very original.
img_20161217_150451It was an interesting trip home because we didn’t have a box, and we laughed and laughed, it was definitely good medicine after the week we had.

My husband had a week off work when my mother-in-law first went into hospital but now he is mainly back working. It is hay and harvest season here so he is busy keeping tractors and balers together, and working a bit later when necessary.

The farm stuff is moving along nicely, the chooks are laying and the little chickens are growing quickly. The rabbits haven’t had babies but we may leave them now until after summer. It hasn’t been consistently warm yet but it may get very hot after Christmas.

We still have one more cow to calve, our Scottish Highland cow Mildred had a bull calf this past week and he is so cute. He’s a little flighty and hard to photograph.

We have sold most of our piglets, only a few left to go and we have a sow due to have more in a few weeks.

Okay, enough about me onto our link up…thmb584db45fd1568 Not arguing aver the Word Of God by Finding Joy In The Every Day
thmb584ec28dd3900On the Verge of Collapse by Journey Of The Wordthmb584e0c05bcd47Environmentally-Friendly Gifts Can Be FUN by Taylor-Made Homestead

Thank you everyone for linking up and bringing such interesting topics for us to read about. There is so much we can learn from each other.

This will be the last link up for the year and I will be taking a break until the 21st January 2017. Our next Good Morning Mondays Link Up will be on the 22nd January 2017.
There will be no Wednesday Wisdom Link Up until the 15th February.

As I said we will be moving my mother-in-law to a nursing home on Monday afternoon and I think I will be home a bit more this week. I need to get some baking  and cleaning done before Christmas.

Our son-in-law, daughter and family will be spending Christmas day with his parents and will come to us on Boxing Day.

So on Christmas Day we will go to church at the nursing home with my in-laws and then come home and probably chill out for the afternoon. I was hoping to talk everyone into watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

After Christmas and New Year I would like to get on top of things around the house so I’m prepared for our new school year. Maybe some deeper cleaning and planning and there will be weeding to do as well.

Also don’t forget out monthly link up…wisdom search4This next months topic is…DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE.

So if you get a chance pop over and share your posts or just a comment. I would love to hear from you.

So I will say a fond farewell for a few weeks and I pray that you all have a wonderful, safe and blessed Christmas.

May we all remember the real reason and not get caught up in all the hype that this season brings.  JESUS IS THE REASON.

May God lead you and guide you as you focus on the New Year, may your plans be His plans for you.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings to you all my dear friends. xxxx

PS: I will leave this link up open until our new one on the 22nd January 2017.


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #106

Hi there everyone, welcome back to Darling Downs Diaries and our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

Is it a good Monday morning for you??? It’s actually Sunday night here but I’m hoping for a good Monday morning.

Really it’s up to us isn’t it, to how we deal with our mornings?? I’m not a morning person, I’m a night owl but I have worked on turning that around. I have gotten better but I really only kick in after 9 am and it takes a while for my eyes to focus properly and I guess if I’m honest with myself I need to focus my eyes on Jesus each morning to start the day fresh.

We have had a “way out there” week. As I mentioned last week, on Saturday morning my mother-in-law fell while in respite and broke here femur or thigh bone below her left hip. She was transferred by ambulance to another hospital on Saturday afternoon and underwent surgery on Sunday morning.

My father-in-law was away in another state with his brothers and sister at the time and didn’t make it home until Sunday night. Let’s just say it was a little stressful.

We had fantastic friends look after the children for us for a couple of days so that we could be with her as the hospital was about 50 mins away. She was transferred back to our local hospital on Tuesday night which has been much easier. I spent every day with her and the children have just been fantastic. Our no 2 daughter came with me and our no 2 son went with dad. Later in the week we were all at the hospital, talking to the necessary authorities about a nursing home and what that entails. My husband had already done some work on this but now it looks a definite.

My mother-in-law and I haven’t always had a good relationship and it has been really good for me to be able to help her.  Our whole past since we met has been a quagmire and really something I have wanted to write about – not to dishonour her – but to help others, so that’s why our next monthly link up will be on “dealing with difficult people”.

This won’t be a post on “she did” or “I didn’t” but I want to write about how we need to forgive even if we can’t always reconcile. I know that we have already talked about forgiveness but I think this is such an important topic.

So apart from my time at the hospital I have really only managed to cook and clean this past week. The children have made some Christmas cards and I am going to try and send them later this week, especially the further away ones.

Saturday we were able to stay home so the house got a clean and I almost caught up on the washing and my husband was able to tidy up the grass that is growing so bountifully since all our rain this past winter.

We visited my mother-in-law after church on Sunday and then we were able to come home and have a rest, which was nice.

I am busy knitting some Christmas presents and still have one more to make and a bit of shopping to do but I’ll hopefully accomplish all of it this week.

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I don’t have any photos this week but here’s a great one of our 2nd granddaughter and my husband when we played mini golf a few weeks ago.

So that’s been our week… onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…
thmb58449ba9c02f12017: Why Read through the Bible in a Year? + FREE Devotional by Donna at Soul Survivalthmb58460db110fbbChristmas & the Christian by Hebrews12Endurance.comthmb58441d8c841caA Very Tozer Christmas by Michele at Living Our Days

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, what a great variety of posts we have each week. You are all such a blessing.

This coming week will be busy, for a woman who never goes out, I’m getting my fill at the moment. We have a family meeting on Monday morning at the hospital with doctors and physios and occupational therapists etc. Then I think I may do some op-shopping after that for the children.

I won’t be at the hospital all day now probably only in the mornings so that I can catch up with doctors and see how physio is going. Then I will come home in the afternoons and do the usual, school and music and maybe even some Christmas baking.

Thank you for your prayers for my mother-in-law, they are appreciated and I ask that you could keep praying for her and us as it comes to mind.

We will have a music lesson because we cancelled our last one on Saturday so that will probably line up well with a hospital visit.

Also don’t forget our monthly link up which is due this coming Wednesday…wisdom search4

This next months topic is…

DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE.

So if you get a chance pop over and share your posts or just a comment. I would love to hear from you.

May God be with you all this coming week and especially as we focus on Him this Christmas Season – remember Jesus is the reason.

I pray that you will have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #105

Hi there everyone, welcome back to our weekly link up, I hope you will be blessed by your visit

What’s been happening in your lives??

Christmas is fast approaching and it feels like it is almost upon us. There are so many projects I want  to complete that it’s a little overwhelming.  I just need to sit down and write a list and then prioritise them all.

This past week has been good, but once again nothing is really standing out concerning what I achieved.

It was my husband’s birthday this week and even though we all got together last weekend we still had a special tea for him.  He ordered pizza and trifle and I think he enjoyed it all. I’m still cooking as though everyone is here, so we had heaps of leftovers, so he enjoyed his birthday food for a couple of days.20161130_183219He’s a fantastic husband and father and I am so blessed to be going through our life’s journey together.

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Our orchard and part of our veggie patch

Our chickens are growing and are now 5 weeks old.  We also have 5 bigger roosters in the pen and it’s starting to get crowded.  We’ve been discussing options of what to do with them next and that’s something we’ll be working on this coming week. 20161202_155838The veggie patch is going well and my husband has been inter-row weeding this week.  I still scratch around the tomato seedlings every couple of weeks to keep those weeds at bay, because they can get out of hand very quickly.

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Our orchard and some of our veggie patch

Sometimes it just amazes me how easy some things are. I usually make my feta and cheddar cheeses with rennet and starter culture but I ran out of rennet this week and made a farmers cheese with vinegar instead.  It worked really well and this may be another option, I actually prefer the taste because it’s milder but I need to add more seasoning next time.20161202_174729It’s so nice to be able to do this and I love giving it away and sharing the bounty from our land.  We are so excited with our orchard and veggie patch this year and look forward to what we can share from that.

And just because I can, here is a pic of our eldest granddaughter, she is such a happy little girl and it just warms my heart when she calls me grandma. 20161126_180928Okay, enough, onto our link up.

Our top three posts this week were…thmb583ae40384de0

MYO Sweetened Condensed Milk by Taylor Made Homesteadthmb583b897b25663

A Week of Homestead Photos November 20th – 26th by The (mis) Adventures of a “Born Again Farm Girl”thmb583f9eafe8323Follow Thou Me by Annie Johnson Flint from The Cotton Apron

Thank you for stopping by and sharing a part of your lives and thoughts with us here.

A prayer request please.  My mother in law fell on Saturday morning and has broken her hip badly and she is in a lot of pain, please pray that they can get her fixed up and get her moving again. Thank you my friends.

What happens this week will depend on how my mother in law is doing and maybe a bit of driving to take my father in law around a bit. He can  drive which is great but it will be hard for him, i guess more prayers are needed for him too, thank you.

I would like to get some weeding done and Christmas cards made and addressed. I’m working on hand made Christmas presents too so I will keep on with that, and of course school and piano practice. We only have one more lesson and that’s it for the year and it’s up to us to keep up our practice.

Also a reminder about our monthly link up…

wisdom search4This months topic is TAKING OUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

I pray that you will have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”


 

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #104

Hey there everyone, welcome back to our weekly Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

Have you had a great week??

We started our week attending the funeral of our dear friend Mr H. It was a great time of remembering him and his humour, a sad time to realise we won’t see him until we meet in Heaven. Our pastor preached a powerful gospel sermon and it was just wonderful.

It was a really hot day and we finally got a reprieve with a cool change mid afternoon which was really nice. Since then the rest of the week has been much cooler. It’s so hard and we try not to complain but when we haven’t had hot weather for such a long time it is hard to adjust – but we will, eventually.

Our vegetable garden is going well and the corn is coming up nicely.20161123_155745I have been out with my hoe and I have been scratching around all the tomato seedlings so that the weeds don’t get away on me, and it is working well.

We had a magnificent sunset the other night and it was on to see who could get a better photo, me or our no 1 son. He did win but mine looked pretty awesome too.img_20161121_204129We’ve been doing school as well this week and have moved on now to Jacob and Leah and Rachel in our Bible program. I’ve read these chapters before but when you read them to your children and need to discuss it, it really comes to life and we are enjoying it.

We have a few birthdays around at the moment. Our son-in-laws was on Thursday, our no 1 daughters is on Tuesday and my husbands is on Wednesday, then in a couple of weeks we have our no 2 sons birthday. So we all got together in Halls Gap on Saturday afternoon for a BBQ and a game of mini golf. It was great fun and a wonderful time together.

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I also got the okay from our son-in-law to try and find our no 1 daughter a milking goat. I was so excited and it took some searching, some disappointment and a wonderful connection with a lovely christian lady.

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Our daughters milking goat “Coco” and her kids

She had exactly what we wanted and even delivered it for us. We are looking forward to seeing how it all goes.

I have been busy trying to figure out sock knitting and I finally did it. The picture below is the first pair I made for my husband out of some wool I had here. They are pretty thick but it was a great way to learn and follow a rather easy pattern.  I’ve just finished another pair for our son-in-law for his birthday and they are thinner. 20161118_224222I really enjoy these old crafts, it makes me feel very pioneering.

We have had some issues with a bearing in the front wheel of our car and my husband managed to get it fixed this week. Our no 2 son really enjoyed helping him and having a go of the raddle gun.  He is learning so much from his father and it’s wonderful to watch it.

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On Sunday we went to church with some homeschooling friends and then got together for a lunch and afternoon of fellowship. It is wonderful to spend time with like minded people and the children love catching up with all their friends.

Okay enough, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb5832ebb251eedThe DIY disaster by Maidservants of Christ thmb58332e4bd9a84A. W. Tozer’s Thoughts on… by Thoughts on Booksthmb5831c9e923feaThe Inner Views of Caroline Harries by Homespun Devotions

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up.

I hope you all had a magnificent Thanksgiving. We don’t typically celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia but it’s a wonderful tradition – to take time to be thankful for all the Lord has done for us.

This coming week is a nice home one and hopefully a quiet one. We need to start making Christmas Cards and get them written out and addressed and sent out in early December. I don’t want to get behind this year.

I have a few Christmas gifts I want to make in the coming weeks and there is always plenty of baking to do as well. I’m not sure yet what we are doing for Christmas, we are just waiting to hear what our son-in-law and daughter are doing.

We will be keeping on with school and music practice and I’m hoping to not take too much time off this year, hopefully only a couple of weeks. I say this every year and it doesn’t always happen, so maybe this is the year.

Also a reminder about our monthly link up…
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This months topic is TAKING OUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

I pray that you will have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”


 

You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #103

Hey there everyone, welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

We had a busy gardening week and the weather is finally warming up some. When I see all you Northern Hemisphere folk starting your wood heaters and using your vegetables to make comforting warming stews I feel I small jolt of unbelief that our winter has gone.

I try and enjoy all the seasons but I so enjoy winter and keeping warm and cosy and being able to do heaps more inside jobs. Summer is good but it is definitely an outside time of the year.

We’ve been planting our tomatoes this week and managed to get them all in by Saturday afternoon. We also put in about 30 capsicums and 30 celery seedlings as well. I am hoping to dry the produce from them this year as it was great just grabbing a jar of dried vegetables and using it in soups and stews in the winter.

img_20161115_175506Here are a couple rows of tomatoes, in the end we had 6 rows, that’s almost 500 tomato seedlings. We are hoping to preserve heaps again this coming year and sell some at our roadside stall. The season is late and there is talk of rain right through January but only God knows what is going to happen so we put them in with hope and prayer.

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Our 2nd granddaughter

We spent last Sunday with our son-in-law, daughter and their children and we had a great time. It is always fun to get together, eat, talk and play.  They always enjoy having granddad around to tickle them.

I have been having a craving to use my dehydrator lately so I dried some of my sourdough bread into crumbs. This was just great and now I have them on the shelf ready to use whenever I want them.
img_20161115_140920I mentioned a couple weeks earlier that I was crochetting a bathmat for us out of fabric scraps, well I haven’t finished that one yet but I finished a rug for a friends birthday. So it is finally gifted so I can share it.20161116_132523I was really pleased with how it turned out and the colours look great, the photo doesn’t really do it justice. It is only a smaller size one for maybe beside her bed, but I’m sure she’ll find a place for it.  I so enjoy making things for gifts and I especially enjoy giving them.

Last Sunday’s message was on Jonah, only half the first chapter but we have been discussing this during our nightly studies. It’s an amazing story and I know I said to the children that it’s only 4 chapters in the bible but Veggie Tales got a whole 90 min DVD out of it. They thought this was funny.

We’ve gone from Abraham who was so obedient in taking Isaac to be sacrificed and Jonah who ran from God because he didn’t want to deliver the Lord’s message. Such good discussions this brings up.

Our dear friend Mr H passed away on Tuesday night. I want to thank all of you who have been praying for him and his family. His funeral is on Monday afternoon so I ask that you pray for comfort for his family and friends at this time.

My husband saw him on Saturday week ago in hospital and he was going to be coming home on the Monday but by Tuesday night he was gone. He went really quickly but we are glad that he didn’t have to suffer in pain for long.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…thmb5829ca757e992Just Keep Sinning by Lydia at Journey Of The Wordthmb5829b57362478Gratitude When You’ve Got A Bad Attitude by Nicki at Showered In Grace thmb5829be47c8cdcThe Lie: You are Good Enough by Helene at Maidservants of Christ

Thank you for stopping by and linking up. What a great array of posts there are to enjoy.

Okay this week is the usual although we have our friends funeral on Monday afternoon.

I have been trying to clean up some garden beds around the house and we have been doing a bit most days and they are coming along well. I need to start keeping an eye on the veggies and keep the weeds under control out there and not let it get away on me and then it is a huge job.

The children are coming along with their piano so it’s more practice and more school. I was thinking of changing our days around as it warms up and get outside in the morning and back inside in the afternoon for book work, but we’ll see.

The chickens are growing and will soon out grow their pen so my husband and I have been thinking of where to put them.

Everything is on the move around here and it is exciting, everything is growing and changing.

I hope this week to move on with our Bible program and see what happens next to Jacob and Esau and we might do a bit more on Jonah at nights too.

Next Saturday we are meeting our son-in-law, daughter and children in Halls Gap for a BBQ and maybe a game of mini golf. We have 4 birthdays in the next few weeks, our son-in-law, no 1 daughter, my husband and then our no 2 son in mid December. So it’s a birthday get together.

Also a reminder about our monthly link up…wisdom search4

This next months topic is TAKING OUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

Also another update and thank you for those of you who have been praying for Jotham. He came home from hospital in Melbourne on Saturday. It seems his issues were medication related. He has some improving to do but God is definitely in control and cares for that little boy and can do great things with him. Please continue to pray for his improvement.

I pray that you will have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”


 

You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.

WEDNESDAY WISDOM SEARCHING #6 TAKING OUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE

Welcome back to our monthly link up…

wisdom search4Once again I wonder where the last month has gone. Time is passing and I think that each month it will be the status quo.

Our last months topic was on CONTENTMENT and I am thankful for those of you who stopped by and linked up or left me a comment. I am still working on CONTENTMENT, but I think like most things in my life, it is a work in progress.

This months topic is…

TAKING OUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE

and just as I was contemplating this topic for the month, I was challenged on it.

Isn’t that just the way… We had an issue with an extended family member that left us very disappointed and here I am needing now to put this topic into practice.

Why do I need to put it into practice??? If I don’t I will allow this problem to build up in me and I will find myself thinking on what has happened and I will be having conversations in my mind about what I would have liked to say.

Now don’t get me wrong, we should try and reconcile the issue as well and we have taken steps to do this but that doesn’t stop my mind ticking over. It’s that spaghetti brain I guess and the way I am wired.

I first picked this topic after discussion with a dear friend of mine and some scripture that she shared with me.

Philippians 4:8-9  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

There you go whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure… etc etc MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS.

Now at the moment I am struggling to mediate on anything other than the situation that we’ve been challenged with and truly, it isn’t honouring God to be thinking the way I am.

I need to take hold of my thoughts – take them captive and bring them into the obedience of Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

I need to focus on what is good and lovely and pure and I find, especially when I start having conversation with people in my head that God convicts me and I stop and I pray for those people. I ask God to bless them and prosper them and give them good health.

But… I fail so often and fall into my old ways, mainly I think because they are so comfortable. No one wants to bless someone who has hurt them, it’s not always an easy thing to do, but it is important to give our whole lives and all our thoughts to God.

God is our “go to” in all situations and unless we are actively taking our thoughts captive, God stops being our “go to” and becomes our “sometimes” or “whenever it suits” and we become our own “go to”.

How do you handle TAKING YOUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE???

How do you focus on Christ instead of the problems and issues in your life???

I would love to hear from you this month on this topic and if you don’t have a post to link up please leave me your thoughts in the comment section, I need all the help I can get.

Also please forgive me if I delete your post if it doesn’t relate to our topic for the month.  Please feel free to pop over to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up each week if you have something else you would like to share.

Have a great month and I look forward to hearing from you.

Blessings to you all xxxxx


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