GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #114

Hi everyone, welcome back to Darling Downs Diaries.

We are now up to week #114 in our Good Morning Mondays Link Up and I feel blessed each week when you stop by and share what you are doing and what God is teaching you.

We had a good week at home and it was even better because my husband was home for some of it too. Unfortunately he had a small accident and had to get six stitches above his ankle. It’s going okay now and it wasn’t really a big cut it was just deep. So that was a bit of excitement to keep us on our toes!!!

The cream separating has been going well and I managed to get some butter made.  I got this one and one in the freezer so that will keep us going for a little bit.

Home made cow’s milk butter

I also made some vanilla ice cream and that was pretty good too. One batch only makes just enough to feed our family of 5 so if we were having visitors I would need to make a couple batches in advance.  I bought some nice chocolate biscuits today to make put in some chocolate ice cream next week.

Vanilla Ice cream

I managed to get started on our son-in-law’s jumper and I think it’s going to knit up really quickly seeing as it’s 12 ply. The wool has a lovely texture so I’m looking forward to seeing it completed and him wearing it this winter. I get such joy out of making and giving, what do you enjoy making???I’ve also started on some socks for the granddaughters birthdays which are coming up in April and May. I’m giving myself plenty of time so I don’t need to rush with them. Swapping around keeps me interested.

We sold some pigs last weekend and had to deliver them and we were able to stop and have some pizza for tea on the way home. The children really enjoyed themselves and I must admit that the soft serve and chocolate mousse for dessert was pretty good too.
Our daily “home blessing hour” is still going well and it’s becoming a good routine now, and definitely something I am going to keep up. We have slacked off a bit in the bedrooms but my aim is to get on top of them this coming week. It is so nice to have the house clean more often and not such a chore on a Friday.  What system do you use to keep your house clean and tidy??

On Saturday night we had our no 1 daughter’s father-in-law’s 70th birthday. It was a great evening and lovely to catch up with them.

Okay, I would love to hear what you all have been up to???

Onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… Happy Home Maker Monday – February 27, 2017 by Harvest Moon by Hand God is not Trying, He is Doing! by Blessed TransgressionsEvening Song – I Am not Ashamed by The Cotton Apron

Thank you for linking up each week, as I said before it is such a blessing and you make this link up a lovely place to visit.

This week we have music lessons mid week because we may be going to the Lost Trades Fair. This is a Fair that showcases all the old arts, weaving, spinning, blacksmithing, leather making etc. Hopefully we can make it because it sounds so exciting.

Then on Sunday we will go to the Port Fairy Folk Festival to see our son-in-law, daughter and family. They join together with a Christian group to spread the Gospel in song and puppetry. My husband and the children will help with the singing and playing as well, it should be a good day.

Apart from all that it’s just the usual.  We’ve been having some quite warm, consistent weather this past week so our tomatoes are slowly ripening and hopefully they will be full on in a week or so. We hope to sell some again this year, but we’ll have to see how the season finishes up. We have lots of plans for our next season and it will take the months in between to get it all organised.

Also don’t forget our monthly link up…This months topic is…

WHEN YOU’VE BEEN LET DOWN

I would love to see you here if you get a chance, but…

This will be the last Wednesday Wisdom Searching for a little bit because I’m  starting a series of posts on Marriage, I’m not sure how many I will do or how often but I would like to just focus on them at the moment. I will come back to our WWS and I will keep you updated as things progress.

 

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 #113

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

It’s been a good week all round. On Monday we started our “Daily Home Blessing Hour”.  After discussions with our No 1 daughter during their visit last week, we decided to give this a go. She had heard about it from a lady on Instagram.

So it basically means that every morning before school, for about an hour, we give the house a clean. So all the bathroom sinks, toilets and laundry get a clean each day, along with dusting and floors. I’ve broken the hour into 15 min sections. The first 15 mins is for bedroom tidy up and then the sinks and toilets and then the dusting and floors being the last 15 mins. I also broke our house into 2 zones, kitchen and lounge and hallway and bathrooms, and while our no 2 daughter and I do inside our no 2 son does the outside verandas.

This has gone really well, and it’s amazing now how easy it is to do, even after a week. The kitchen floor is mopped every morning and it is so nice to sit down in the evening to a tidy home. There will be times of deeper cleaning for windows and behind furniture but it won’t be this big huge weekly cleaning task that leaves us all grumpy. We also use it as a bit of a race to see who can get completed first, mostly it’s good fun.

It was my birthday on Monday and my wonderful family all clubbed together and bought me a cream separator. It came all the way from the Ukraine and it’s great.

My new separator.

The cream that came out was thick and creamy (haha) and was a wonderful addition to our chocolate self saucing pudding that we had for tea. I intend to turn the rest into butter but we may eat it before I get to it.

Thick dollop cream.

I’ve also been making sauce from a case of tomatoes from our no 1 daughter. Ours aren’t ripe yet and I really wanted to get some sauce put away so it was really a blessing. I got a heap of jars which should keep us going until next season.

Putting the cooked tomatoes through the press to get rid of the skins.

I dried the skins as well and blended them up and this is a wonderful addition to soups and stews during the winter months.

Our new chickens are officially laying and we are getting a few eggs each day. They haven’t got any boxes yet so it sort of looks like an egg game in their pen.

I also managed to finish our no 2 daughters jumper this weekend and it was just in time for the cooler weather we’ve been having. This coming week will be quite warm so she won’t get to wear it again or a while, but the warm weather is good for the vegetables so that’s okay.
I’m now excited to get into our son-in-laws jumper, and hopefully get it done in a month or so, but we’ll see. Our granddaughters have birthdays in April and May and I would like to make them a quilt each and maybe some socks but we’ll see how we go.

Okay enough about us, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…
Poverty in the 1800’s from The Legacy of Home  Dad’s Worksheets Review from An Island Family By Grace
Wordless Wednesday: The Crown from Bible Fun 4 Kids and More

Thanks everyone or stopping by and linking up, it’s always great to see what you have each week.

With the warmer weather coming there may be more tomatoes to deal with so that will be on the agenda this coming week. There will be school to do and our cleaning schedule to complete and piano practice.

As far as I know we are home all week and have a 70th birthday party next Saturday night. So a nice quiet week is on the agenda.

What’s been happening in your lives lately, I’d love to hear.

Also don’t forget our…This months topic is…

WHEN YOU’VE BEEN LET DOWN

Love to see you here if you get a chance

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 #112

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

What a week we’ve had, has yours been good??

Our week started with a nights babysitting. We got to look after our delightful granddaughters while their parents and uncle went to pick something up. We had a lovely time together, they are such cuties.We then had our son-in-law and daughter with us for a couple of nights and that was great too. We had a really good time together and it’s always a bundle of laughs.  We eat, we talk, and we usually watch a movie together and have late nights, which is great but it’s nice to get back to a normal routine too.

I’m sure they are all thinking “not another photo”…

We were all pretty tired once they’d left so we pushed through our piano practice but we have also been doing a bit of deeper cleaning and tidying up so it was good to get that done as well this week.

We even wrangled a trip to Port Fairy and fish and chips for tea one night. It was only a quick visit but it was very enjoyable and relaxing and a beautiful evening.Our weather hasn’t really been conducive to tomatoes ripening at the moment so it may be another month before we get any bulk tomatoes.  Where our daughter lives it is much warmer and she blessed us with a big bag of fresh tomatoes and zucchinis.Home grown fresh tomatoes are so much nicer than the bought ones.  Our celery has been going well but has now started to go to seed so our no 2 daughter went and picked me a basket full and I dried it overnight. It turned out really well and I’m pleased with the results.  I will do more this coming week and may also make some veggie powder to use as flavouring in soups and stews.

Fresh celery in the dehydrator.

Last year I dehydrated tomato skins and I might use that and make a powdered stock mix.

On Sunday after church we went on a picnic which was lovely and we even did some kite flying, which the children really enjoyed. We’ve had these kites for ages but we just haven’t had the chance to try them.

Okay, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were… This Is Not Fair by Lisa Notes… An Invitation To Freedom by Purposeful and MeaningfulHow Do I Love You? 8 Ways To Demonstrate Love by Hope Prevails

I hope you got a chance to read these great posts and thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up.

I’m looking forward to a quieter week and a good routine, I haven’t got much else on that I know of at the moment.

As you can tell from the Wednesday Wisdom Search title I’ve been dealing with being let down and disappointed. God has been speaking to me about forgiveness even if I don’t have reconciliation. It’s been challenging for me but God is good and He will never let us down. Forgiveness is really important not just for our spiritual walk but our health as well.

I hope you get a chance to stop by and leave me a comment on our…

This months topic is…

WHEN YOU’VE BEEN LET DOWN

Love to see you here if you get a chance

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 #111

Hey there all, welcome back to another Monday and another link up.

As I sit here writing this I’m trying to remember what I did this past week but it’s all a bit of a blur. When you are home all day and there is nothing “exciting” happening time just seems to motor along.

This week we started Bible Study before breakfast.  We have been struggling with this for a while and we are too tired at nights to focus properly so my husband made the decision to go for 6:30 am studies. This involves our no 1 son as well before he leaves for work, when he is shearing they start at 7:30 am.We are following a calendar that takes a Character Quality each month and this month’s is Sensitivity. We are having some great conversations about the scriptures and it’s good to see the younger children opening up.

I must admit I am struggling with the early mornings but we just need to go to bed earlier, but that’s a struggle too (haha).

I’ve been making cream cheese and it’s going really well. It’s delicious on crackers and I’ve also made a cheesecake. Suffice to say it was delicious with the added mixed berries.
The children have been busy practicing their piano and we have been doing school.  We spent time weeding the veggie garden, I’m sure the weeds grow quicker than anything else, probably due to some lovely rain we had last weekend.

We’ve had some quite warm weather with one night not dropping down under 28 degrees. We don’t often run the air con all night but we did that night. Thankfully it cooled off a bit over the next couple of days and it is quite pleasant now.

Okay I haven’t much to report this week, so onto our link up…

Our top three posts were…All You have to Be Is Desperate by Living Our DaysDepression Era Chocolate CRAZY CAKE Recipe by Taylor Made HomesteadHomemade Yogurt the Easy Way by Oak Hill Homestead

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes along this week.

I’ve got another quiet week, although we have two piano lessons because our music teacher had a wedding so we had to skip a lesson. So Monday morning is a town trip and then I’m home for the rest of the week.

It’s the usual school, gardening and house cleaning.

Also a reminder about our monthly link up…This months topic will be on…

WHEN YOU’VE BEEN LET DOWN.

I’m looking forward to getting back into these link ups and I hope to see you there on Wednesday.

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 #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.”


 

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

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