Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Outside my window...The rain has not stopped today as well as gale force winds and hail.
I am thinking... Its good to be warm and snug inside mt home.
I am thankful for...My home helpers : dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and heater in this cold weather!
From the learning rooms... great bible stories, geography of the earths plates and their boundaries, rounding numbers, end of a poetry unit, Kepler, Amelia Earhart and so much more before we go on holiday!
From the kitchen...a wholesome vegetable soup for lunch and then cottage pie laden with more veg and a lemon meringue pie for desert tonight. (All made with the help of my sweet daughter)
I am wearing...Layers to keep the cold out, boots and a blanket wrapped around my waist (a trick from my dear far away sister!)
I am creating...baby beanies in lemon yellow and more in baby blue to give to a friend for baby boxes given to new mums at a local clinic.
I am going...to lie in bed with my little boy who wants his mums company tonight.
I am reading... my new Your family magazine and the second book in a series of three by Ted Dekker...the craziest stuff I have ever read!
I am hoping...to get done with our geography before we go on holiday so we can start our new science book as soon as we get back.
I am hearing...the lions playing the emerging boks.
Around the house...the dishes are done, the children are getting ready for bed and so will I soon!
One of my favorite things...reading aloud to my precious children. It always leads on to such interesting discussions!
A few plans for the rest of the week: A rare treat of coffee out tomorrow morning; a special friend coming for tea on Friday; arrival of a client on Saturday.
Here is picture thought I am sharing.....
I Love and miss you Mum
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Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The kids had fun exploring the helicopter.
All in all, it was a very informative tour of the ship and was enjoyed by all. We were all rather hungry after the tour and made the most of the sunshine by having a relaxing picnic on the lawns.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The only time he was truly happy today was when he had a deep, warm bath. His little legs kicked with joy! Now isn't that the cutest little smile!
K had some fun jay boarding with friends later this afternoon. She is getting so tall now and is developing her own style of dressing by mixing and matching all sorts. Its fun to see her develop her own tastes and style.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Not so "Small Paul" spoke and drew for Acts Club .
He is a chalk artist evangelist who is busy "drawing others to Christ".
He presented a clear gospel message, accompanied by a large beautiful chalk picture. Not only were Bible truths taught, but the children were inspired to use their talents, art or whatever, for our great God.
He engaged the children and it was very interactive, giving one plenty to think about. He travels around the country visiting schools, churches and prisons.
Late Saturday afternoon, a friend and I headed off to church to join some other friends for high tea. We had a wonderful time listening to a talk on the language of apology. For the first time, I understood why , when my dear husband apologises to me, it does not feel like he has apologised! He is not speaking my language of apology! (through no fault of his own!) I think I will be buying the book on the 5 languages of apology so I can identify and understand my family's language and make meaningful apologies when they are needed.
We sat down to a scrumptious high tea with quiches, sandwiches, cakes and other delights. Each table had been decorated by a different person and there were over 200 ladies there. I am sure there was food for 500!
This morning we had another spread for breakfast. We had my dad and brother coming to join us for a late breakfast. It was good to hear all about my dads recent trip to Canada and Arizona. He spent time in Canada at a Neurosurgical Congress and was elected as a vice president. He told us amazing stories of advancement in neurosurgery regarding deep brain stimulation for obesity, depression and even possibly Alzheimer's disease. We were fascinated!
Friday, June 12, 2009
This afternoon K and I haded over the mountains to our Keepers club. It was enjoyable to take the scenic mountain route and soak up the views of the sea while we chatted en route. Its good that we get some "girly time " together. The boys were visiting with their Ouma for the afternoon.
We had a great afternoon and I enjoyed learning yet another new skill. We learned how to make beaded dragonflies. That seemed like the simplest pattern to begin with and we have come home with patterns for many different designs.
I look forward to making some lemon curd and lemon juice this week. I am sure we will have to make some pancakes too with lashings of cinnamon and lemon juice!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
He has grown so well, his thighs have little rolls of baby fat and he is a happy, smiley ,gurgling little joy! He has dimples in his cheeks and is wide eyed and curious about all around him. He is chewing on those tiny little fists when he isn't drinking his milk. A gorgeous little boy!
Not ready to sleep yet!
We bathed him and he just loved the water and kicked those little legs like mad! I just love the way babies are so trusting of those taking care of them. They really gaze deep into ones eyes with a look that says so much. It reminded me of my own precious children when they were babies .
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
We had been keeping our eyes open for mushrooms and the likes after the recent rains. We spotted this tree trunk covered in mushrooms.The children were delighted to find a number of tepees made out of sticks in the forest too.
We had a bit of a scare when the bigger girls were climbing their favourite tree that arches over the river. Our dear crazy dog decided she should join them! We could not believe that she climbed up there! We watched in horror as she fell off when she trying to climb down. I think it was a good two metres high! She had mud on her face but otherwise survived her fall and ran on happily. I am thankful that she is OK and has eaten well and been her normal self tonight!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Today was a gloriously sunny day after the week that was. The skies had been gray and the heavens opened daily. We quite enjoy the rain in our home and I find it hard to relate when others call it miserable or unpleasant or bad weather. Never the less it is good to see the sun again!
This afternoon we headed off along the coast road to a meeting at Shirley's. She has started a support group for like minded mommies to give and receive support in our journeys as wives, mothers and home educators. It is wonderful to be part of a caring group that seeks to build one another up and encourage one another.
Our topic today was an interesting one...."Fair weather friends" . I am sure we have all had some experience with that in our lives. I know how crushing it can be to see our own precious daughters face this type of thing.(Usually this is more common amongst females and boys just seem to gt on with it!) Unfortunately the world we live in is one that is self seeking and not one that puts others first. I was inspired by today's discussions to pay more attention to my own words and to teaching my children to speak kindly of others, even when they have been treated in a way that may have been hurtful to them.
As we love God and desire to be more like Him, we will seek to have all that we say be glorifying to Him. It is never glorifying to speak ill of others or to slander them in any way.
What amazed me about this afternoon was the way in which the children played together! There were a total of 12 children there and some had never met. They ranged in age from 17 months to 13 years. They had a great time , no squabbles and ALL played together in sunshine! As we left, mine were asking when they would all see each other again!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
No wine, if grapes are not pressed
No perfume , if flowers are not crushed .
Have you felt any pressure in life today ?
Don’t worry, God is just bringing out the best in you