GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #169

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Hey there my friends, it’s good to be back and I hope you are all doing well.

Sorry about not being around last week but we had a rather full on week to deal with and by the weekend I just couldn’t get my head around doing the link up.

Last Monday morning my husband was driving to work and had to stop because he was having crushing chest pains. Thankfully he was only 10 kms from home so he rang me and then rang an ambulance and the children and I went to wait with him.

He’s never had this pain before and it was pretty full on so the ambulance took him to our local hospital and checked him out. Thankfully nothing was showing up on his blood tests or the ECG’s which meant that no damage was being done to his heart. The pains and shortness of breath continued throughout the next couple of days and finally on Wednesday they decided to send him to a bigger hospital a couple of hours away where they would give him an angiogram to see what was going on.The angiogram was carried out first thing on Thursday morning and came back clear – there is nothing wrong with his heart.  Praise God all was clear and he was home that night.

That of course is the shortened version, let’s just say that my husband came to the point where he didn’t think he would ever come home, see our younger two grow up or see our no 1 son married. He thought that he wouldn’t see our no 1 daughter and son-in-law and their children again or meet the new one due in August either.

I guess he gave everything that is important to him up, he was at a place where he realised that all he had was Jesus  and nothing else. There was nothing he could do to stop or help what was happening – he was helpless.

There were many prayers prayed and many prayers answered and I personally feel like I have been given an amazing gift and never want to lose the feeling of gratefulness that I have now.

Grateful to God that He has left my husband here with us, grateful that our wonderful family pulled together in a very difficult situation. Grateful that our older daughter and our wonderful son-in-law care so much for their younger siblings that they could look after them for us. Grateful to our no 1 son who cared for me and drove me to Geelong and picked up the slack here at home whilst we were away. Grateful for an amazing church family that surrounded us with love, prayers and support and still continue to do so.

I have so many things to be grateful for and I guess I am extremely grateful that God brought my husband to a place where he could only rely on Him, and it has made him even more committed to leading his family in God’s ways and teaching them to totally rely on Him.

There has been talk of the heart issue being a spiritual attack and of the outcome being a mighty healing – God only knows but I know that He was definitely in charge of the whole situation and was working it out to our better good and my husband has come out stronger and closer to God – what an outcome.

I must admit I had my times during the week, especially when I had taken the children home for a rest and I got called back in urgently because my husband was having another attack and wanted me there. That was the toughest trip in I’ve ever had and I am suffering separation anxiety but that is improving. I have a great desire to spend every moment with my husband holding his hand, but each day it is getting easier.

He is still tired and is working on building up his strength again. He is having more tests and they have now found that he has gallstones so he has done a flush and passed quite a few, and he amazed the doctor that you could even do that. He will do another one in a couple of weeks and get another scan.

They still aren’t ruling out his heart due to the pain that he had on the Monday – that definitely wasn’t gallstones, but both of us don’t want to discount what God did for him that week with giving him a clear angiogram.

We are taking each day at a time and loving each other even more than what we did two weeks ago and getting back to doing what we were before all this happened but with a greater appreciation of God’s plan for our lives, for each other and our family.

I won’t do a top three this week but it’ll be back next week.

This coming week we’ll be trying to get back to normal, with work and school.

The eisteddfod is only 2 weeks away now so it’s all on practicing for that. The children are working hard with their piano and their singing.

My husband and I are doing a marriage course and we’ve got the 2nd session this week. I think it’ll be a really good one and we even get homework to do, and we need to do “marriage time”.

The children have music lessons and we’ve got book group later in the week. We’re up to strategy 4 – our family and it’s a good section. I’m looking forward to meeting up with the girls again to see what they took from it.

Okay my friends that’s it for this week and I’m looking forward to hearing how you have all been.

Have a great 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


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #168

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

What’s been happening in your part of the world, how has God been speaking to you this past week???

We’ve had a good week, albeit a busy one. We’ve had a mixture of sick children and doctors visits and Bible studies and grandchildren visiting. Full on but fun.

I’ve been working my way through the apples that need preserving and we’ve been watching the tree below for a few weeks now and it still has apples on it so we took the plunge and picked some.

We are always on the lookout for roadside apples that have some characteristic that we like so that we can use them to graft onto root stock. This tree is a very late season one and the apples were very tasty so it gets a tick all round.

We got to spend some time with our son-in-law, no 1 daughter and their children this week and we were able to help them move a couple of loads to their new home. This coming week will be the big move but it was nice to get some stuff gone for them, and it was also great to see the children and have heaps of cuddles.
This is our grandson and he is almost 3 and a real wag, such a joy to have around. He’s really started to interact with us lately and sat with me for ages the other day just putting his cold little hands on my cheeks and then laughing his head off when I reacted – so cute.

I managed to get my seedlings in the ground too and we had some rain which has been lovely. The air is definitely cooler and it won’t be long and we’ll be starting the wood stove to keep us warm. I’ve got broccoli, cauliflowers, cabbages, lettuces and beetroots in the ground now and snow peas and garlic to get in next week.

I really like the winter vegetable garden because we all like the brassicas that we can grow this time of year. We can’t grow them in summer because the cabbage moth love them and just about destroy them, so we don’t bother now.

The children had their Bible class and I was able to meet up with my friend to read and study our Bible together. We were in 1st Corinthians this week and it led to a very interesting discussion.

Saturday was piano lessons and my husband bought me a new chair for the lounge room. It’s sort of like a club chair and it’s very comfy and my feet actually touch the ground. We brought it home in the boot of the car, it was an interesting load but my husband is most amazing so it made it home in good condition.

Our local wool shop was having it’s final closing down sale and I managed to grab a bit more wool for sock making. I’ve never seen so many people in that store at one time, it was amazing and everyone was out for a bargain and we definitely got one.

Sunday there was a luncheon at our church which is always the first Sunday of the month. We always enjoy these Sundays as we get time to fellowship with our friends and church family.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…Backyard Blooms by Penny’s Vintage Home What I Wish I Knew Before I Became A Work At Home Mom by Mama Finds Her Way
Living in the Light by Dr Michelle Bengtson, Hope Prevails

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, I hope you enjoyed your visit and learnt something new.

This week is going to be equally as busy as the last one, actually all of May is kinda crazy, so I’m hanging on until after the Eisteddfod. Really I should be enjoying every moment, and I am, I’m just more of a homebody than an outbody but I’ll get there.

We’ve got the usual singing lessons this week due to cancelling last week. Wednesday is big moving day for our daughter so we’ll be up helping them. I’m so excited that they are moving closer to us and I’m looking forward to spending more time with them and the children.

We’ve also got our book club this week and were up to Strategy 4 – our family, it should be a good get together. The children also have their usual Bible study and I’m meeting with my friend again.

We’ve got a steer to hang up at the end of the week for our bi-annual butchery day the following week. We worked it really well last time and I’m almost out of meat and I’ve been scrounging off our daughter as they had more left. It’s such a great system for us.

Our no 2 daughter and myself have a market next Saturday morning, so that should be good and there’ll be heaps of friends to catch up with during that, and then it’s chill out time and next Sunday is Mother’s Day, so I’m looking forward to being pampered and lavished upon ;-).

I can’t remember if I’ve told you but I’m doing a Koinonia Institute course at the moment and we’re up to Revelation. I’m finding it very interesting and understanding more and more of the end times, though I’ll never get it all. Dr Charles Missler passed away this week and our family has been blessed by his teaching and I always liked that he said “don’t just listen to what I say but search the scriptures for yourself”, such sound advice.

Have a great 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


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #167

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

I’ve been watching all my Northern Hemisphere friends getting ready to plant their vegetable gardens after a long winter and it’s fun to see how they do it all. Here, where we are, we are waiting on some more rain and it’s been a dry summer and Autumn.

We had some rain a week or so ago which was lovely but we really need some constant stuff to really make a difference.

The summer vegetables are just about finished in the raised beds and I’m still getting a few zucchini and now I’m waiting for the pumpkin plants to die off so that I can pick the pumpkins and put them away until I need them.  The Golden Nugget pumpkins that we grew are still going and are delicious, they would have to be one of my favourites and are lovely roasted too.

We’ve got bags of apples stored at the moment and I’m slowly working my way through them. I’ve put some through the dehydrator and they are delicious and great snacks, and I’ve also bottled some stewed apples and run them through the Fowlers preserver (water bath method).

Dried apple slices

I’ve got a few bags to go and want to knock as many off this coming week as I can. I don’t have to go out as much this week so I should be able to motor through them.

I’m nearly finished our no 1 daughter’s cardigan that I’m knitting for her and then I’ve got plans for two more and a vest for our grandson. It’s been sort of great that our wool/craft shop in town is closing down because they’ve had great sales and I managed to stock up a little bit. It isn’t great though that they are closing because it was a great little shop but I’m pleased that the owner is getting to retire and have a rest. It’s a double edged sword really…

This wool is for our 2nd granddaughter’s cardigan. Her favourite colours are purple, green and white. I might incorporate white in the buttons.

I really enjoy knitting for our family and friends, so once I’ve finished the cardigans and vest I’ll be looking at socks again, they are a great gifts.

We started out the week with our no 2 daughter down and out with some virus, and it took her a couple of days to get back on her feet, and her throats still a bit sore still.  So it slowed us up a bit but it has been a good week for our no 2 son as he has got to go work with his dad a bit and is learning lots of stuff about plumbing and windmills and truck engine stuff. He’s been so excited to go with that he’s been doing his other school at night before he goes to bed which has been a good thing to see.

Piano practice is still going on and the eisteddfod is looming closer and closer, their duet is still not together but that’s our plan for this coming week, once they’ve got it together it won’t take them long to get it good.

We had our book group this past week and we’ve just completed Strategy 3 on Our Identity in the book Fervent. It has been a few weeks since we’ve gotten together what with Easter and school holidays and it was good to meet again.

It’s also good to look at who we are in Christ and how satan tries to steal our identity from us and make us feel worthless. We are daughters of the King and it’s important for us to stay grounded in His word and in prayer; that’s how we combat our insecurities, only through Him can we feel whole and our value comes from Him.

I also got to meet with my dear friend this week and we’ve been studying submission. It’s a hot topic but we are enjoying it and it’s a good thing to really look at what God’s word says. We shouldn’t behave or react out of emotion but should use the word of God to guide us and enlighten us. We’ll meet again this coming week and will continue on this topic, it’s amazing what we are reading and learning.

My husband was busy on Saturday afternoon harvesting potatoes again as we have used or sold out of them. They are now in bags on our market stall and it’s a good feeling to have it done again.

Okay, that’s our week…

Onto our link up… Kitchen Herb Garden by Penny’s Vintage Home Strawberry Marshmallow Cake Pops – With Natural Food Coloring by Sew historicallyToo Much Stuff? It’s Time For A Spring Clean by Fifteen Acre Homestead

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, I hope you had fun visiting.

This week we’ve got singing lessons and that’s it until Friday. It’ll be nice to be home and get some more work done. Our no 2 daughter and myself are doing another market in a couple weeks so we’ve got some work to do for that and there’s the usual stuff as well.

Our chickens are growing well and we’ll be looking at selling them off in about another 4 – 5 weeks, we’ve also got some piglets that will need to go around the same time. We’ve got a butchery session in a few weeks so I should think about making a couple of meals and freezing them so that I’m prepared but we’ll see how I go with that.

I’m meeting with my friend on Friday and then the children have their Bible Class and it’s piano lessons on Saturday, and I want to get some knitting done and plant the garlic as well.

With the weeks going by so quickly it’s easy to loose our focus and get caught up in hectic lifestyles that leave little time for God and family.

I’d like to encourage you (if you are struggling with focus) to take time to spend with God and in His word. Focus on all He has done for you and given you and have a thankful and repentant heart.

Have a great 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


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #166

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

What sort of week have you all had? Has it been productive, quiet, running around busy??? I’d love to hear from you all.
Our latest harvest
 We’ve had a good week and we’ve been busy in the raised vegetable gardens. Earlier in the week our no 2 son helped me and we pulled out and harvested all the capsicum plants to make way for our onion seedlings which we planted later in the week. We had a fantastic capsicum crop this year with plenty dehydrated and put away for the coming winter months.
I think that we planted over 100 onions with half being white and the other half brown. I’m excited about this and it’ll be very important to keep the weed growth to a minimum.
Onion seedlings
Seedlings planted and netted to keep the magpies away.
We had singing lessons this week and the children have chosen their pieces for the local eisteddfod in June. They haven’t sung at an eisteddfod before so they are a bit nervous, there isn’t a piano to hide behind when you just sing. They are doing really well though and it’ll really help their confidence.
We’ve been doing school and music practice as well this week, it’s really been just a normal every day week until we got to the weekend.
On Friday night we all went up and visited our son-in-law, daughter and their children for our oldest granddaughters 5th birthday. It was great fun and good to see them all again. The other grandparents and aunts and uncle were there as well so it was a big family do. It’s so nice that we can all come together and enjoy our fellowship.
We stayed one night and came home on Saturday afternoon. It was a definite highlight of our week.
 Onto our link up…
Our top three this week were…
God’s Call: The Lord Equips by Growing Together in Grace and Knowledge
Thank you for linking up last week and I look forward to seeing you again this week.
 This coming week is just like the last one with music lessons and we do have our book group this week so that’ll be nice. We’ve had a long break due to Easter and school holidays so it’ll be great to get together again.
I hope to catch up with my friend again this week, but we’ll have to see how that goes.
It’s been a hard week for a couple of our married friends with the falling apart of their marriages. We need to keep vigilant and aware that satan wants to destroy Christian marriages.
I was told of some excellent marriage counselling advice – men you are called to love your wives and wives we are called to submit to our husbands. I know that is not a “modern” way of thinking but it is Biblical truth and we need to stand on that and not be part of the world’s thinking.
On that note I pray that you all  have a great 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


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #165

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

Well another week has gone by and the weather has gone from warm and humid to wet and cold. It’s been quite a warm and dry Summer/Autumn so the rain is very welcome.It rained most of Saturday and the weather was not much over 12 degrees C for the day. I planted some more seedlings on Friday and the raised beds had started to dry out but it’s not an issue any more.

We had some good friends stay with us on Tuesday night. They used to attend our church and are now on a journey of learning to become missionaries in Africa. This journey will probably take them around 5 years but they are dedicated to God’s calling on their lives. They are good fun so it was lovely to have them around for a little bit and we enjoyed some deep conversations as well. They are such an inspiration.

Our no 2 daughter helped with a Bible Kids Club on Wednesday morning and I was able to meet up with my friend. We are busy catching up on our lives at the moment and we’re hoping to get back to our Bible reading this coming week. So much has been going on it’s hard to stop talking to each other.

A good friend gave me this beautiful jug for my birthday so I was thrilled when my husband brought me home these lovely roses to put in it. They look so nice in the kitchen. With the warmer Autumn weather we’ve been having the garden has still been producing. This week I picked tomatoes, zucchinis, capsicums and one lonely eggplant. The homegrown tomatoes taste so much better than the bought ones.With the change now to much colder it will be interesting to see how the garden finishes off. I need to wait for the pumpkin vines to die off before picking what pumpkins there are. The artichokes are still growing and I’m about to pull out the capsicums and zucchinis so that I can plant garlic and onions. I planted more broccoli and cabbage seedlings this week along with lettuces and beetroots.

Saturday my husband and no 1 son went on a camp with some other men and their children. It was just as well there was a hall to bunk it as it wouldn’t have been much fun outside. They had a good time but it was nice when they got home.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… Our God is “Bigger Than This” – Powerful New Song by Jo Dee Messina by Homespun DevotionsManaging Time On The Fringes by Living Our DaysHow We Complement Each Other In Marriage by G & E

Welcome to any new bloggers linking up, I hope you enjoyed your visit and thank you all for taking the time to stop by.

School holidays are now over and it’s back to the hustle and bustle of school term. We have singing and piano lessons this week and my husband is busy with the Father’s course as well. The children’s Bible study will start again this week and I’m looking forward to catching up with all the mothers while that is on.

I’m home most of the other days and we’ll be continuing on with school and music practice. There will be gardening getting done and animals to feed and look after as well.

I’m now onto preserving apples so that’ll be high on my agenda this coming week. I will probably stew and bottle most of the apples and dehydrate slices as well. They are a great snack to nibble on.

Okay my friends, it’s been good to be here and I hope you have a great 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


 

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #164

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

In Victoria we have just gone back to “normal” time with the end of daylight savings, it’s darker earlier and lighter earlier which is really nice. I like it that we get to eat tea at a reasonable time and it’s much easier to get up in the morning when it is light. This won’t last once winter approaches and then it will be dark at both ends of the day.

We’ve had a good week school wise and it’s been an added bonus that all our usual activities have been put on hold for school holidays.

We had a great weekend with some of our church family here for Easter Sunday lunch. The weather was warm and sunny and the hidden chocolate eggs melted before they could find them all. We really enjoy having people out and getting to know each other over food and the children enjoy having others to run around with.

The summer vegetable garden is coming to an end and we went and got some more brassica seedlings and onions as well. Our onions didn’t go well last year but I’ve learnt now and I’m looking forward to having our own next year. I’m thinking I will dehydrate them and powder them but we’ll just have to see how they go.

The dehydrator has been running non stop this week with tomatoes and I’ve managed to get them all done. I’ve got a huge jar of tomato powder for the coming winter season and the storage space is minimal. I also managed to finish our garlic and that’s powdered as well.

I used some of our beans in a casserole this week and I was amazed at how they came back looking like they were before they were dried, it is just so great and retains all the goodness of the vegetables.

My husband and our no 2 daughter have been busy picking more apples and the season is about finished. I think they’ve got over 100 kgs in bags and we may even be able to get a few more this week if the one apple tree we have our eye on stays loaded.

So I guess the next job is apples and I’ve already started stewing some and using it in cakes and they have been moist and delicious. Half of the apples will be for our no 1 daughter and her family but I’m hoping to get them done for her because they have a few things coming up, but once again we’ll see how we go.

I’ve been working through a Dr C Missler program and we’ve been studying Romans this week. We’ve been having lots of discussions at home on pre-destination and our inheritance and although it doesn’t really matter and only God knows our hearts, it’s been fascinating.

What has God been talking to you about lately?

Okay, onto our link up…

Urban Alternatives for Homesteading Methods by 15 Acre Homestead
Spring Beauties by Paper Seedlings5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – April 2018

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up. I see we have some new bloggers and I’d like to welcome you all and thank you for sharing your hearts with us all.

This week we’ve got good friends coming to stay for a night, we haven’t seen them since New Year so it’ll be so good catching up with them.

I’m also blessed this week to be able to be meeting up with my friend and doing our Bible study together. Our no 2 daughter is going to be helping with a Holiday Bible Program, she’ll be doing craft activities with the younger children.

I think we may have piano lessons this coming weekend, but that’ll be confirmed and my husband and our no 1 son are going on a Father’s camp up the bush, so it’s just the younger two and myself on Saturday night.

I’m also hoping to do some work in the vegetable garden and plant some seedlings and tidy up a bit. The weather this coming week is meant to be warm so I may wait and plant later in the week once it cools off.

Well my friends that’s our adventures for you, I’m looking forward to hearing from you all this coming week and if you get a chance have a look at someone else’s post and leave them an encouraging comment.

Have a great 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 #162

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

How has your week been??

After the fires on the weekend we were quite worn out and everyone has been a bit edgy as well, due to the continuing weather conditions.

We were blessed on Monday though when we met up with our No 1 daughter and her children in town and had lunch with them. Our daughter had been to a Ladies talk in the area so she was close by. We had a lovely time together for a couple of hours and then we all dispersed to our own homes.

My husband has been busy with the Father’s course that he is running and at the moment he is out 2 nights per week but he is enjoying it and it is great when the men take hold of being the heads of their families and start building on their relationships with their wives and children. It’s a great course to be involved with.

I was blessed this week to be able to meet up with my friend and catch up with all her news since shes been away, we then had our church’s ladies mission group, which was great.

Our book group met on Thursday and we have just finished Strategy No 2 – Our Focus. We are all enjoying the book and learning to be strategic and direct with our prayers, once again I would encourage everyone to read Fervent and watch War Room, it really opens our eyes to prayer and changing our prayer life.

From Friday on it is usually busy and this week was no different. Friday night the children had their Bible Class and because it was the last one of the term they made pizzas. They really enjoy this time during the week and getting together with their friends and learning about God, and I love meeting up with the mothers and catching up on all their news and encouraging each other.

Our son-in-law, daughter and their children stayed over on Friday night but got in very late, so we didn’t see them until we met up with them for breakfast in town after the children’s piano lessons. It was a wonderful noisy time and it was great to see them and the children again.

Then it was just our no 2 daughter and my husband and I home for the night because our no 1 and no 2 son went to their sister’s house for the night via some 4wd tracks.

Sunday was church and we had lunch with a couple of other churches in town. That was a nice time and enjoyed by all.

I APOLOGISE AGAIN ABOUT NO TOP 3 DUE TO OUR INTERNET.

This coming week is the last one before school holidays and Easter. The children have singing lessons on Tuesday and I hope to take a friend out for her birthday on Thursday.

My husband has his courses as well and our no 1 son is going away for Easter. It’s full on trying to keep up with what everyone is doing :-).

We are having a Church BBQ here on Easter Sunday, a relaxed afternoon and then the following week I would love to get in and try out the pottery wheel my family gave me for my birthday.

Have a great week my friends and again I encourage you all to remember who your best friend is – Jesus, speak to Him,  praise Him, He listens, He cares and He will never leave us – It’s all about Him.

Blessings xxx


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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #163

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

How was your pre-Easter week? I am writing this on Saturday because we’ve got some of our church family here for lunch on Sunday and I don’t think I’ll get time after that.

It’s been a busy week but a good one. The children had singing lessons and have been working on what pieces they are going to perform at our first Eisteddfod this year. This is the first time they have sung at an Eisteddfod so they are a bit nervous but their older sister is going to accompany them so that should help a bit.

I was able to take one of my good friends out for lunch this week for her birthday and we had a really nice time. She brought her daughter and grandchildren along and another friend came as well. It is so nice to get together with our Christian sisters and encourage and love each other.

I gave her some socks for her birthday and I was really pleased with how they turned out. I didn’t get them finished until really late (early morn) the night before so I’ve started a pair for another friend for her birthday in May so I’ll be well prepared the next time.We have three granddaughters with birthdays in April and May so I need to get onto some for them as well. I was thinking of making them a cardigan each but I’m not sure if I’ll have time or not and I need to finish one I’m making for their mother (no 1 daughter) as well. I usually knit after tea and I really miss it if I don’t get the time then, it finishes the evening off nicely.

The summer vegetable garden is finishing off and the zucchinis have slowed down but I’m still getting a few each week. I was blessed with another load of tomatoes this week and I’ve got some dehydrating at the moment along with some garlic that I had already harvested. The kitchen sort of smells like pizza :-).

My husband and our no 2 daughter picked nearly 100 kgs of apples last week from road side trees. That’s the next job I’ll need to get into and if I do a load each day or so I should get them done easily before they rot.

We had an awesome Good Friday service yesterday and an absolutely amazing sermon from our minister. He definitely didn’t pull any punches as to what Jesus did for us and the strong reminder that we are in a battle and that Jesus came to deliver us from the tyranny of the devil.

We all fall short and that gives the devil claim over us, we are sinners and we have guilt and that’s his no 1 weapon.  There is one man in history over who the devil has no claim whatsoever. Jesus never gave in, he never sinned and he took the judgement of our sin and set us free.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three…Spring Clean Your Heart by Jennifer LambertTaking New Steps by Chronically ContentA New Easter Sermon by Christian Stress Management

It is so nice to get back to the top three after a couple weeks of extremely slow internet. Thank you everyone for linking up and I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Tomorrow as I said before we’ve got some church family here for a BBQ lunch which we’re all looking forward too. Our no 1 son is away for Easter but he’ll be back late Monday night.

This coming week is technically school holidays but we do have a piano lesson and we will keep schooling as well. I’m hoping I can catch up with my friend and do our Bible study while the children play and we’ve got visitors for lunch next Sunday as well.

Lots of cooking and fellowshipping this week, but that’s good.

May our risen Lord come to you and give you the peace and knowledge of your redemption through Him.

Have a great 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 #161

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

As I am writing this it is blowing an absolute gale outside and there is so much dust and dirt as well, it is quite awful. We are holed up inside waiting for it to pass so hopefully by the morning it will be calm again. They are predicting rain tomorrow and that would be wonderful as it’s been quite a dry start to autumn and a dry summer.

We’ve had a good week and it’s nice to look back to see what we did, sometimes I have to look in my diary because I can’t remember ;-).

The children and I met up with a friend and her daughter at the park for lunch and a chat earlier in the week. It was a lovely time and I’m enjoying how our friendship is developing even though I am old enough to be her mother, quite amazing really.

The children had singing lessons as well and then I was home for the rest of the week until Friday. Our no 2 daughter was asked to do a fundraising market for our local hospital so she was busy making jewellery all week.That kept her busy all week and after encouragement we are thinking of opening an Etsy store so that she can sell them on line. They are very good and she has a good eye for colour and flair.

My lovely husband gave me a wood burning tool for Christmas and I managed to get some wood burning done for the market as well. Wood burning is good fun and my husband cut discs of timber from our own tree branches and sanded them up for me and they hang with a leather cord.

My husband also took some laying hens and potatoes to sell and he did quite well too. He has a great way with people and can talk to anyone, he’s just great.Our no 1 daughter’s mother-in-law blessed us with a couple boxes of tomatoes, zucchinis and cucumbers so I got busy this week and dehydrated some tomatoes and our own capsicums. I then powdered them together and put it in a jar.It does go down to nothing but you don’t need to add too much to get flavour into a casserole or soup.

A final note to this week, my husband spent Saturday night at a fire not too far from us. They lost 4 – 5 houses and it’s not quite under control yet. Our no 1 son left this morning to relieve the night crew and should be home shortly. There were concerns for our side of town due to a very strong westerly wind change that was due this morning but it turned out not to be as bad as predicted so we are safe. Please pray for those families that lost their houses and those that lost their stock, sheep and cattle.

There are still concerns for the main fire and they now have aerial support which will be helping. We’ve got tree branches down all over the place and the wind even flipped our trampoline but except for some fence issues we haven’t got any damage.

Due to our amazing internet I won’t be able to do a top 3 this week,  so I apologise again.

This coming week is a busy one with our churches women’s mission group meeting on Wednesday and my friend who I meet with to read the Bible is back and we are getting together this week. I’m so excited about that as I’ve really missed our time together. We’ve also got our book group and then the usual stuff for the children.

I’ll be busy fitting in the children’s school in between but it’ll be nice to get back to it and we’ll be motoring through the school holidays as well when they start in a couple of weeks. (wow where did that go??)

That’s it for me this week and I look forward to hearing from you all.

May God bless you this coming week, may you feel His presence in your daily lives.

Blessings my friends xxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #160

 

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Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

It’s good to be back again and I must admit that it’s been a very slow week for me. After all our partying and visitors we are all a bit tired, but life goes on and were trying to find routine again.

My husband has been co-running a Father’s courses the past few weeks and he’s started up another one this week. It isn’t ideal for him to be out two nights a week but the impact this course has on all the men is far more beneficial. We just have to make sure that we take time with each other and talk.

Our no 1 son is home at the moment after cutting his hand shearing on Monday. He’s got a few stitches and it all bandaged up but it’s on the mend and there is no sign of infection which is a blessing. It’s been nice to have him around, especially with my husband out a bit.

The children have been working on their school and piano practice and it’s only about 13 weeks until the first Eisteddfod. It’s mind blowing how quickly this year is going and it’s almost school holidays and Easter. I don’t think we’ll be holidaying too much this time and we might just keep on schooling until the next big event.

The garden is going good although I am fighting a battle with chickens digging stuff up. We are in the process of netting the beds because no sooner do I plant seedlings and the chickens scratch them about. The weather is still warm and we are hoping that the tomatoes will ripen before the weather runs out. We are planning next spring’s garden already and working out strategies to get our vegetables in earlier than this last year. The raised beds will be an added bonus in this process as they don’t get waterlogged but we’re still working on keeping frosts off those beds so that the plants can survive.

We had our second meeting of our book club this week and the ladies are all excited by Fervent. It’s getting our focus off ourselves and others and onto fighting against the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy. He wants to steal our joy, and destroy our marriages and family and we’re not going to allow him to do this to us. It’s so nice to come together with like minded friends to discuss our prayer strategies.

This next fortnight we are onto strategy 2 and I’m looking forward to discussing this with the ladies.

 

On Sunday we were invited out by friends for lunch and that was just wonderful. This young couple and their children are such a blessing and we enjoyed ourselves very much.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… 5 Self-Care Tips for When You Are Feeling Depressed by Eclectic Evelyn Biblical Minimalism by Homespun DevotionsEffortless Apple Dip… by Making a House a Home

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up. I hope you were blessed by your visit.

Next weekend our no 2 daughter has been asked to do a stall at a fundraising market for our local hospital. She’s been busy making earrings and key rings and other items and that’s what she’ll be busy with this week. It’s called business studies, and she’s even getting business cards.We really like to develop an entrepreneurial gifting with our children and always encourage them with any business ideas. Our no 2 daughter has been making cards for the mission table at church and the jewellery is just another thing she enjoys doing. I might put a couple things on the table as well but we’ll see how the week pans out for that.

The children have singing lessons this week and the usual Bible class but that’s about all the outings for me during the week. I’m hoping to keep the home fires burning or the house clean instead of being out too much.

I want to encourage you all to try and find the book Fervent and maybe find another friend or two to read it together and encourage each other.

We are in a battle, hands down a big battle, for our lives and our families. I’ve been encouraged to pray more and more for direct needs and issues in our lives, and that’s how we come to Jesus, first in repentance and thanksgiving and then we can bring our petitions to Him. He never lets us down.

Have a great 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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