Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Year with God by R.P. Nettelhorst

 I recently received this book from Booksneeze.

A Year with God is a devotional which, funnily enough, covers a year. Each page has the bible passage for the day, with a devotional, reflecting upon that passage.

 The year is divided into topics. Topics include:
  • Hope and Fear
  • Love and Hate
  • Perseverance and Quitting
  • Faith and Doubt
  • Loyalty and Betrayal
  • Companionship and Isolation
  • Mercy and Judgment
  • Forgiveness and Anger
  • Joy and Sadness
  • Peace and Conflict

The different topics allow you to choose a subject suiting your situation or your mood.

A Year With God, follows each reading with insights and applications to help explain the context and nuances of each text.  However, the author uses different bible translations (CEV, Holman, Message, NAS, NIV, NKJ, NLT and NRSV) for each day, making it a patchwork, rather than a consistent message. Many people like the jumping between different translations, I am not one of them.

The devotional takes about 5 minutes a day to read, which is a great length, not too long that you forget what you read, but not too short, so you reflect on what you have read throughout the day.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Post Christmas Blues

I love Christmas!

But then there is the cleanup afterwards.
I usually leave the tree up until the 5th of January, but this year I took it down on the 27th of December... having an 8 month old does that to you.

This year was wierd for me, the last 8 years I worked in retail, which meant that Christmas was a very busy and prolonged business for me. And this year, well, it really didn't feel like Christmas without working in retail.

I know, I know I am odd

I loved Rona's first Christmas, the joy and enthusiasm of a child really makes Christmas more special.

So I am going to eat the last of the turkey tomorrow and plot for next year :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Craft at Church

Rona had a great time doing craft for the first time. She was at church and there was organised craft activites for the kids.

There weren't many kids, so Rona got to join in, even though she is a little young


She got into the paint and tried to eat it


But it was so fun, and now the magnet decoration that she made is displayed in the study :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Rona's first Christmas


Rona really enjoyed her first Christmas, especially the wrapping paper!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Tonight we went to my Church's Carols service.

We had a sausage sizzle, craft for the kids and then the service.

Rona got to do craft, making sleigh bells and a magnet for the fridge. She got green paint everywhere, but it was so very cute.

The carols were good, but a bit too loud, we had to move them inside due to the rain.

It is finally starting to feel like Christmas.

My last eight Christmases have been with me working in retail, and so it doesn't feel like Christmas really, but now I am officially a Stay at home mum, I will be getting used to it :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gratituesday - First Christmas

Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

Today I am so very grateful for my beautiful daughter Rona, and her first Christmas!

I love every special moment I get to spend with her

Like decorating the tree

And teaching her about the real meaning of Christmas

Monday, December 20, 2010

A sad time for our family

It has been a sad time for our family recently.

Husband's Uncle Kenny died just over a month ago, then Husband's Uncle Graham died 2 weeks after Uncle Kenny.
This has caused a lot of grief in Husband's family, these men were sick for a long time so we are happy they are no longer in pain, but it is still terribly sad for us, for they are sorely missed.

Then my great uncle has had a heart attack and has been in hospital for the past 2 weeks. I am not sure how long he will be in there. The hard part is that he is in New Zealand, and I am in Australia. So we cannot visit.......... and cannot afford to visit either.

So this is a hard time in my family, with so many people sick and gone, especially during the Christmas season

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Baking

I love baking!

And I was recently in a baking mood, so I made:

*3 gingerbread cakes (actual cakes, not like gingerbread men)
*1 lot of cherry ripe slice
*2 tea cakes
* and 2 banana bread batches

It is so very satisfying to bake so much, and now I am working on giving it all away

Friday, December 17, 2010

Advent book by Holy Experience

I love the blog by Ann, it feeds my soul

And she has available an advent book that can be downloaded.

It goes from the start of December until Christmas. It is a fabulous resource and I love it.

Just click here

Seriously..... click here

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas preparations

Yes, Christmas is just around the corner....


Our tree is up!


And I am teaching Rona about the true meaning of Christmas.
I LOVE this nativity set!

This is Rona's first Christmas, and I am loving every minute of the preparations, and cannot wait for the actual day :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Weather troubles

One fine day, the sky turned black in seconds


Rain and hail fell noisily against the house


The baby cried in fright


The garden was shredded


But then it stopped and we enjoyed the cooler air

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Late at night...

Husband is at the moment at a music concert.... and it is very late at night. And I cannot sleep.

I have tried, lying in bed, but sleep does not come.

So I am up.... and blogging

Rona is asleep, has been asleep since her bedtime, she went to bed without any problems. So I cannot blame her for my lack of sleep.

I am not afraid of being in the house late at night without Husband, that isn't the reason that I cannot sleep.

I can't blame it on the thunderstorm outside, I love storms and they are soothing to go to sleep to.

So.... I really don't know why I am awake

I will try some warm milk and go to bed

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Eat Pray Love

Today my friend, Rona and I went to see Eat Pray Love.

I did enjoy the movie, it was very eastern philosophy, but I had assumed that seeing that the main character was going to spent time in India. And it was a happily ever after movie, which I enjoy.

Rona did get bored by the end, if it was a 2 instead of a 2.5 hour movie, she would have been fine.

I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of gratuitous sex scenes which seem to be obligatory for all movies in these "modern" times. Yes, there was a shot of a bare bottom, but the rest was hinted at, not explicitly shown.

I also like the idea that we don't have to be tied to the modern western life ethic - Work, Work, Work, Buy, Buy, Buy. And that we don't have to be completed by a husband/boyfriend, you can be whole by yourself, but it is good to be part of a couple if you want to.

I try to live my life differently to those around me, not to the point of moving overseas for a year, but by smaller degrees, but in more radical ways.

By radical, I mean that I strive to live according to God's will, not my own. Instead of "getting in touch with myself" or "Having god in me, as me", I have the Holy Spirit to guide me. True, I sometimes have a hard time listening, but I know if I do listen, my life will be so much better for it. And the best thing about having the Holy Spirit - you don't need to go to India or even to the next town to get guidance.

I will use this movie as a reminder that if I listen, He will answer.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A snapshot part 2

While the situation for Husband's work isn't quite as dire as my previous post, it is still bad.

He works 6 days a week most weeks (sometimes we are lucky and get him for a whole weekend), and he also works "back late" quite a few days a week.

The "project" will end.... eventually, yes they are getting closer.... but it is a long and tortuous journey, one that I am sick of.

We thought the project would finish before last Christmas, and then we thought it would finish before Rona arrived..... and now...... goodness knows when.... maybe it will be like Duke Nukem Forever

So, hopefully the project will be done soon, and Rona can spend some more time with her Daddy, as I know that he regrets all the time he misses with her.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A snapshot of how hard it is to be a spouse of a game developer

DISCLAIMER: Husband DOES NOT work for Rockstar, I am just using this as an example on how.... extreme a working place is a game development company

Wives of Rockstar San Diego employees have collected themselves
On Gamasutra

To whomever it may concern,

In response to the unfortunate circumstances, some wives of Rockstar San Diego employees have collected themselves to assert their concerns and announce a necessary rejoinder, in the form of an immediate action to ameliorate conditions of employees.

The turning for the worse came approximately in the month of March of 2009. Till present, the working conditions persists to deteriorate as employees are manipulated by certain hands that wield the reigns of power in Rockstar San Diego. Furthermore, the extent of degradation employees have suffered extends to their quality of life and their family members. Though it is presumed, this unfortunate circumstance is due largely to ignorance and unawareness of most, with enlightened knowledge, action must be taken to protect the rights of employees and those who depend on them. Realizing that such broad claims could hardly spark any interest to take a stand, a better illustration of the wrongs made unto Rockstar San Diego workers is necessary. Futhermore, the detailed descriptions about to be given can serve as a starting point as it will provide a clearer direction for change.

Initially, as work pressure in the office increases, so do the stress levels of employees. Recently, with the amount of stress that has been built up, there have been physical manifestations caused by stress making health a concern. It is known that some employees have been diagnosed with depression symptoms and at least one among them is acknowledged to have suicidal tendencies. These will not be ameliorated with a full time masseuse and will only worsen if no change to improve conditions take place and managers continue with their dishonesty of deadlines. There are understandably times when crunching in work is needed and extended working time is expected. However; as with all systems known to man, there must always be an effort for balance. Ergo, where there are times of acceleration, there are other times of deceleration in order to recuperate. This is not being practiced though, and instead of valued employees, a sentiment grows that they have lost not only the sense of being valued but turned into machines as they are slowly robbed of their humanity. The managers at Rockstar San Diego continue in their dishonesty, pushing their employees to the brink promising temporariness fully equipped with the knowledge of another deadline just around the corner. The reigns whip again, and it becomes mandatory to work close to twelve hours a day including Saturdays, regardless if an employee has finished all his duties prior. These, yes all these are horrendous, yet what makes it unacceptable has yet to come. The fact that these conditions, the same ones that have been proven time and time again to worsen the mental, physical and emotional parts of employees, are also met with further obstruction of employees rights. That of even any effort to retain any health still owned by the employee by seeking medical attention on a Saturday, because on Sundays most medical offices are closed, they must call in sick. Furthermore, not only is it not received with sympathy and understanding rather the must endure an attitude presented to them that they pose a hindrance! No, such core hours step outside the law and will not be accepted as the norm!

In the last years, there have also been many cuts on benefits despite the increasing demands on employees. After dedicated hard work on a project, weeks of comp time were offered as a reward and illustration of appreciation and understanding. Far from what is currently being met by the employees after nearly a year of constant strenuous activity. Little is there to motivate continuation as they also have lost a free vacation week between Christmas and New Year. Without time to recuperate and no efforts made to alleviate the stress of such conditions would procure on an employee after a period time, serious health concerns. Yet, now the health concern becomes another financial concern as the stripping of medical benefits surfaces to realization. It becomes rather worse rather than better as employees gain experience and become "senior". Instead of appreciation, numerous non-exempt designers and artists have had their overtime pay cut as a result for being "too senior". Looking to upper management provides no comfort rather the contrary. With unsuitable behavior from a newly promoted studio manager that vulgarly speaks the F word in most sentences and those who refuse to look at the workers' faces as they pass in the hall, it is clear their attempt to ignore the injustice they have implemented on their once valued and appreciated employees. Perhaps it should be them who explain to our children and loved ones the absence of their increasingly frustrated fathers.

Yet and still, there is more to be said of the working conditions that Rockstar San Diego employees have had to suffer. While managing to endure through the trying times, they still were hit with more blows. Again balance is denied, as working conditions worsened with no appreciation. Working harder, longer, faster, yet there was never a guarantee of a bonus nor if there was any earned, when they will be received! Moreover, bonuses could significantly be reduced based on ANYTHING management comes up with, while the employee would have no way to know about it. Thus bringing to light, the current Rockstar management has grown a thirst for power as it enables itself to grow in the Rockstar's structure. Besides bonuses, financial appreciation has lacked in other aspects as well. For four consecutive years, salary raises have not adjusted properly to cover inflation. This is especially unjust to those who significantly contribute to projects. Further than unappreciative, employees are disrespected when lied to as a whole on how Rockstar games does not generate money and as claims of justification for unappreciated employees are made pointing to the deficit, meanwhile the last Grand Theft Auto game made over a billion dollars of revenue. “Over a billion dollars of revenue”, so where is the recognition and appreciation to those of whom, without them, such success would not have been made?

Conclusively, if these working conditions stay unchanged in the upcoming weeks, preparation will be made to take legal action against Rockstar San Diego. This is the course that naturally presents itself, as either these conditions were manufactured from unawareness and actions to improve conditions will prove such innocence. Or if no action is seen after this letter, it clear that other aspects are the cause of the deteriorated conditions of Rockstar San Diego employees and must be further addressed. Rest assure, all that is desired is compensation for health, mental, financial, and damages done to families of employees.

With all due respect,

Determined Devoted Wives of Rockstar San Diego employees.

Friday, December 3, 2010


When someone is injected with, or swallows, a vaccine, their body produces an immune response in the same way it would following exposure to a disease but without the person getting the disease. If the person comes in contact with the disease in the future, the body is able to make an immune response fast enough to prevent the person getting sick.

I dislike having Rona vaccinated, as it makes her feel not well and cry. But I think there is great value in immunisation.

Immunisation means that we no longer get smallpox or polio. It means that few people catch, and even fewer die of those communicable diseases that we get immunised for.

Rona has gotten immunised for:
Hepatitis B
Pertussis (Whooping cough)
Influenza (B)

And most of these more than once. She has had 8 needles so far in her 6 months (poor thing)

At 12 months (yay, we get a 6 month break from needles) she will get vaccinated for:
Influenza (B)
Meningococcal C

While I wonder sometimes how much dead diseases I am getting pumped into my baby's body, I cannot help but wonder how worried I would be if she wasn't immunised.

Back before children were immunised so many died or were disabled I cannot imagine how worried those mothers would be when a particular disease "broke out" and worrying if your child would get it, and then if they did, whether your other children would get it....... and so on....

So this morning I praised God for allowing scientists to discover immunisations, and baby panadol. And will continue praying that Rona comes through this round of immunisations without too much discomfort.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Links for December

Some crafty links for December

Crazy Mom Quilts

So many more Quilting Blogs

A fabric doll house tutorial

And a fabulous felt dollhouse tutorial

I cannnot decide which of the tutorials to follow, I am leaning towards the felt one, will wait until Rona is a little older though

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gratituesday - remembering

The last couple of weeks have been hard for my family, we have lost 2 great uncles and another is in ICU for a heart attack, I don't know if he will survive.

In all this, it is important to remember Gratitude.
I am thankful for:
*Our great-uncle's lives, the blessing they were/are to our family
*For the family we still have with us
*How close our family are, that we can lean on each other
*For GPS (to get me to where the funerals are, they are about 90kms [60miles], I would so get lost if not for that)

30 days of giving - The End

Well, it is the end of November, which is the end of the 30 days of giving.

It has been a great month, I have realised how much giving I can do while out and about.

Oh, I forgot to mention about a couple of things I did... thinking.... "oh I must blog that" and I never did.

One of the main ones was the gift tree at my local Target. I took a label and bought a present and then handed it in. They are no longer handed in at the tree, apparently people STEAL them!!!!
I was shocked, but I am glad that the present I bought will go to the person it is meant to.

So here is to a future focus on giving

Monday, November 29, 2010

30 days of giving - around and about

30-Day Giving Challenge

I left some change in a vending machine, and a package of food in another (chips that I bought from that vending machine)

I left some books on a bench near the local library, with a note to enjoy the books

And I made a cake for my sister-in-law's birthday ( I only got asked the day before, normally I would say no as it takes me hours to decorate it)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

30 days of giving - to work and others

30-Day Giving Challenge

Today I took a cake to my old work (I resigned to be a SAHM). I made it, thinking that it would be a nice surprise for them, to brighten my day.

Another way to give was I stayed outside to thank the mailman for his work, thinking that he wouldn't get thanked often.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

30 days of giving - to the kid's ministry

30-Day Giving Challenge

My mum volunteers at our church's kid's ministry. It is for a couple of hours each Friday, and she usually organises the craft activity. Which means a lot of prep work.

And today I am cutting out paper stars for her..... 180 down, 420 to go :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

30 Days of giving - Impromptu giving

30-Day Giving Challenge

My sister rang me asking me for a favour, she has 4 children, and the eldest (7) wears glasses. The glasses were broken during playing and she was wondering if I could take the eldest child to have her frames fixed.

I said yes, of course. And I took her to get the frames fixed.
The people at the optometrist said that it was going to be tricky to fix, so come back in 30 mins, so I walked around the shopping centre with a 7 year old and a 6 month old, and went back.
The frames broke during the attempt to fix it, so they had to go and get new frames, but had to wait to ask me to ask my permission..... and then I had to go away for another hour while they did that......

So, a simple errand took 1.5 hours, but at least my sister didn't have to wander around the shopping centre for that long with 4 kids, one who is sick.

So that is my giving today :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

30 days of giving - To my husband

30-Day Giving Challenge

Today I wanted to make sure that I gave something to my husband.

So I spent about an hour making a list of things I love about him

Here is the (edited) list

Reasons I love you/what I love about you
  1. You married me

  2. you gave me Rona

  3. You take care of Rona when I need to sleep

  4. You put the bins out every week

  5. You refill my water each night

  6. You listen to me when I talk to you

  7. You think I am funny

  8. You think I am beautiful

  9. You aren't afraid to make decisions

  10. You are great at drumming

  11. You are really good at buying gifts

  12. You go to work every day, even when you don't want to

  13. You pwn n00bs

  14. You are generous with your time and money, to me, to our families and our friends

  15. You love me

  16. You put up with me, even when I am not really loveable

  17. The look in your eyes when you smile at me

  18. I love that you are a geek and I am so very not :)

  19. You reach for my hand in the car and in church

  20. I love the muscles on your arms

  21. I love it when you play soccer

  22. I love when you give me back rubs

  23. I love kissing you

  24. I love how you are slightly grumpy when you wake up in the mornings

  25. You have a great deal of patience

  26. I love that you look after me and Rona

  27. I love waking up next to you

  28. I love how smart you are

  29. I love that you love my family

  30. You are totally trustworthy

  31. I am proud of you

  32. I love to watch you with Rona

  33. I love how you would entertain my do-you-love-me questions everyday

  34. I love that you are chivalrous

  35. I love that we are best friends

  36. I love that we are lovers

  37. I love how safe I feel with you

  38. I love your sense of humour

  39. I love how polite you are

  40. I love how you are a deep thinker

Monday, November 22, 2010

30 days of giving - To the police

30-Day Giving Challenge

Today I wrote a thank you note to the local police. They get a lot of abuse by drunken or just cranky people, so I wanted them to know that they are appreciated.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

30 days of giving - giving to those around me again

30-Day Giving Challenge

Today I:

Wrote a card to a dear friend who is one of the most hospitable and loving people I know, and I wrote to tell her that.

I saved some magazines that I had bought and gave them to another friend, knowing she loves magazines.

I left positive feedback for a customer service person when I probably wouldn't have normally, but I thought this was a great way to give to the people who serve us

Friday, November 19, 2010

30 days of giving - Human milk bank

30-Day Giving Challenge

Today I saw a great idea for giving - giving some of my spare breast milk to a human milk bank.

Unfortunately there isn't one on Sydney.... there are some in other states, but none here. I have become passionate about this cause. Because there is no milk bank here, I have started to write to the State and Federal Health ministers.
For more information about this:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

30 days of giving - Letters to the troops

30-Day Giving Challenge

Today I wrote a letter to our Australian Troops who are serving.

I really didn't know what to write, but I wanted to let them know that I am grateful for their service.
So I wrote:

To our wonderful troops,

You have my heartfelt gratitude for all you do to protect our freedoms at home. I pray for all of you, and for your safety, you make us proud. Your hard work and courage has not gone unrecognised

Jeremiah 29:11-12 (New International Version)
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

30 days of giving - Random Acts of Kindess

30-Day Giving Challenge

Today I did 3 things to give....

PhotobucketBrought in the bins of my neighbour

PhotobucketBought extra punnets of strawberries to give to my family


And reminded my friend to donate blood.... okay, so it would be nicer if I could do it myself, but as I am still breastfeeding Rona, I am not allowed.... so this is the best I can do for the time being :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

30 days of giving - Overwhelmed

30-Day Giving Challenge

I sit here and think about all the people I should be giving to, after all, I have so much, and they have so little.

But where to start? In my immediate community, abroard, my church, my country..... the choices are endless.

I admit, I am completely overwhelmed....

Saturday, November 13, 2010

30 days of giving - Voice of the Martyrs

I almost got a job with the Sydney office of the Voice of the Martyrs... many, many years ago. I also have friends who have worked with this charity.

Voice of the Martyrs does such important work, heartbreaking, gutwrenching work. Work that I am not strong enough for. Just reading their newsletter breaks my heart (hence my on again, off again subscription to their newsletter)

There are many ways to give to the Voice of the Martyrs:

PRAY!!!! There is a prayer newsletter, so you know what specifically what to pray for

Give, you can give specifically to causes that mean a lot to you i.e. medical aid or bibles

Become an advocate - now this one is new to me, you write a letter to a persecuted Christian, and pray for him/her and those letters send a message to the governments and officials that what they do to Christians isn't unwitnessed and that Christians are aware of our persecuted bretheren.

I am trying to work out what to write as an advocate, what can you say? I will pray for the right words to write, and for Alimujiang Yimiti (this month's focus)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

30 days of giving - Samaritan's purse

Samaritan's Purse, a fantastic charity, you probably know it best for Operation Christmas Child

Yes, my church is a drop off place for the boxes. So I am very aware of this.

The videos make me want to cry, what a blessing to be able to bless children's lives in this way.

The collection date has passed, but remember to keep them in mind for next year.
My birthday is in September, so I use that as a reminder that Christmas is coming, and to start collecting things.

Also, remember to donate to pay for the postage of these boxes, otherwise they cannot get to where they need to go!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

30 Days of Giving - to extended family

Last Saturday Rona and I went to see a sick relative. He is Husband's Great-Uncle, we usually see him once or maybe twice a year, so we are not really close. But he is sick and my Mother in Law mentioned that they were going.

Seeing Husband was at work, I said that Rona and I would come along.

Now, I don't like driving long distances, especially not to where I have never been before. It was 80kms (50 miles) each way, in some heavy traffic. But I decided that it would mean a lot for them for us to come (as the uncle hadn't met Rona).

So we went. I don't regret it at all, even though it took all day. It was great to catch up, and Rona was the star of the show.

Giving to others really blesses me too

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

30 days of giving - Mercy House

30-Day Giving Challenge

Mercy House, the amazing project I have blogged about in the past

This is a wonderful project, and worthy of giving to.

There are several ways to do so....

Donate directly here

Shop at the Etsy shop here

You could buy this:

There are so many gorgeous things....

Prayer is the most important thing you can do for anyone

Sign up to their newsletter here

Yes, I am giving to this cause (in case you are wondering) and I think it is a cause you all should consider too :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

30 days of giving - neighbourly kindness

30-Day Giving Challenge

Yesterday my neighbour asked if she could have a copy of the local newspaper that was delivered to me. Her niece is in it and she wanted another copy to be able to post one to her father.

So of course I said yes.

And today, while I was out, I noticed our local library had a copy of that same paper that was available for the public to take. So I took it and left it on my neighbour's front verandah for her to find.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

30 days of Giving - at church

30-Day Giving Challenge

This past Saturday Rona and I went to volunteer in our church's annual Garage Sale (A yard sale to Americans)

We donated 50 books, as well as a few bits and pieces around the house (clothes weren't welcome). We also booked ourselves in to help (Husband was at work).

When we arrived at 10 to 8, people were already trying to buy things (we weren't meant to be open until 8). I was promptly put onto the "bags, linen etc" stall, next to the kids stall. Rona sat in her pram for most of the time (although I did have to hide the pram in the church when I took her out of it, I had about 10 queries about how much my pram would cost to buy).

The coordinator said to "not charge too much, we just want to get rid of things", as the main point of the day was to get people in the community into dialogue with the church.

A secondary mission was to raise money, but as everything was donated, and there were all volunteers working, so there were no overheads to deal with.

I ended up selling most items for $0.50 each, handbags, sheets etc, all $0.50, which I thought was a great deal. We were very popular for that reason :)

My mum was in the kid's stall, helping, so we overlapped that section. We sold about 4 prams (NOT mine!), and it was really great, as one lady we sold a pram to, hers was ripped and falling apart, and she got a good quality pram for $3 (we tried to sell it to her for $0.20, but she insisted.... it was about 1hr from closing time and we were just trying to sell as much as possible as fast a possible).

So, it was a long 6 hours for Rona and I, but it was great to give back to my church and my community!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

30 Days of Giving - to children

Read this blog -

I have, and donated a card to a child.

This is such a great idea, I wish I had had it :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

30 days of Giving - in the scriptures

Why give? The answer -

"In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Acts 20:35~

John answered, "The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same." Luke 3:11

" But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in Him?" I John 3:17

Today, I am going through my books, clothes and house items to give some away. I will be giving the books and house items to our church for a garage sale, and the clothes to an op shop.

I am overwhelmed that I have too much, we are showered with riches, and I am nowhere grateful enough. I am praying that this month I can open my eyes to how I can give, in this month and in the future.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

30 days of giving - giving to those around me

30-Day Giving Challenge

I am starting off small....

I gave a 2 for 1 voucher for the movies to my newly-wed brother that I had received in a competition. I know that they like movies but have a tight budget.

I gave an artwork that I had done of Sarah (my best friend) in high school, to Sarah. I just popped it in her letterbox, hopefully that will brighten her day :)

I sent a bouquet of roses to my mum. She mentioned at my brother-in-law's wedding that the bride's bouquet was what she wanted for her wedding and didn't get. So I sent a bouquet to her "just because"

I thought this was a nice way to start my 30 days

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

30 days of giving

I am going to join the 30 Days Giving Challenge

This is the blurb about what it is all about

"If you have a heart for giving, we invite you to join us from November 1 – 30, 2010 as we take giving to new heights, combining the efforts of thousands of people. We’ll be working together to bless our friends, family, neighbors, and complete strangers by making a conscious effort to give each day of November. And we’ll do it all for God’s glory!"

I am going to be working on giving this month, time as well as money. I will be focusing on time and effort I can give (as being a SAHM we don't have much spare money).

Keep posted for what I am doing to give this month

Monday, November 1, 2010

Links for November

Some deep thinking for November

Emerging Pastor
A great blog for the thinking Christian, an honest journey of a student pastor

Christianity Today
Some great articles, some light and some that give you pause

Matthias Media
The best Christian publishing group (in my humble opinion), fantastic resources and irreproachable teaching

And this one just for fun

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Laundry Day

I think that Spring Cleaning has finally set in

Today I:

*Washed the sheets for all 3 beds
*Dried the sheets
*Vacuumed each of the beds
*Sewed new curtains for Rona's bedroom
*Washed the clothes and nappies
*Dried and put away the clothes and nappies
*Made the three beds again
*Did the dishes

As well as all of my normal activities and taking care of Rona, it has been a busy day :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Every now and then, I sit down to blog, and totally forget what I was going to say.

Like now..............

What was I going to say?

I really shouldn't blog late at night. Rona had a hard time settling tonight, which throws out my evening entirely (she has one difficult night every 3 weeks) she is such a good baby I have started to count on my evening routine, which means it is harder when it doesn't work out.

But blogging is a great release, I love writing, even when I don't have that much to say. I wrote a lot in my teens/very early twenties, but I have since thrown most of it out.... I was far to introspective and my depression was very evident.

Goodness knows if anyone actually reads this, but I like writing to "an audience" anyway, it has let me keep writing even when I really don't have anything to say.

I can write about anything, just recounting the day, deep thoughts or just a vent about something. I like this as I wouldn't just write anything in a diary, like I wouldn't write about my favourite links, or what I did on a stay at home day. That sounds odd, I would write for an auidence what I wouldn't write for myself.

And I love the tactile sensation of typing, something I got addicted to during uni.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

You Capture - Spring

Okay, so it is Spring down here, so I shall catch that instead of Autumn.


A lovely picnic with the relatives


Love the view while playing frisbee!


The colours just are brighter during spring!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

Today I am very grateful that the drought has ended!

Here in Australia, my area has been officially in drought for 10 years, although we have been in parts of drought for a long time. From 1991 to 1995 we had "a long El-Nino" which was essentially a drought, and then from 1995 to 2000 we had something close to average rainfall.....
but still, a great deal of my life we have been in drought-like conditions.....

But at least that is over for now! :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Rona is so very hungry at the moment, she will feed every 2 hours at the moment, so I have decided that it is time to feed her solids.

I have been fighting this decision for a long time, Rona has been tracking food for a month and reaching for the food for about that long too. I have been trying to wait for her 6 month birthday, but I gave in today.

Today for a couple of reasons;
- because Husband is home during the day, when he works 6 days a week normally
- because she is terribly hungry today

We ended up feeding her some Rice Cereal and some banana.
She pulled a few interesting faces, but she seemed to really like the foods, we will see how she goes tomorrow, I will try feeding her a tablespoon or two worth (today was just an experiment and I have no idea how much she actually swallowed versus spread everywhere).

My baby is growing up!

Friday, October 22, 2010

The minister at church

The church that Husband, Rona and I attend, we have only really been going to this church for about 6 months, well, it is going through some turbulent times.

The minister has been there for about a year and a half, he is a new minister and as such... he hasn't really learned tact. While his passion and vision is fantastic, he cannot abide questioning on his methods or direction.

So many have left the church because this change over has been so tough. It has made our entering the church harder, as people, especially people who are our age are leaving.

We are going to stick with it, and pray that the church will be unified once more and that Husband, Rona and I will fit in somewhere soon.

I sometimes wonder what to do......
*Ministers are meant to be the leaders of their churches
*The bible says to test everything that is being taught so that we are not lead astray by false teaching
*The bible also says that God puts those in authority who He chooses, so leaders are there by divine will
*Does that mean I can point out when the minister does not use tact when he should, or ask him about why he sees the church heading in a particular direction?

Or I should just follow?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Love and Respect for a Lifetime by Dr. Emerson Eggrichs

I recently received Love and Respect for a Lifetime by Dr. Emerson Eggrichs from Booksneeze

This is a lovely gift book based on the popular Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggrichs. This is a wonderful Christian marriage book, based on Ephesians 5:33 -

"However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband." (NIV)

The book features a Simple Message:

- women have one essential need - to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy. Men have one essential need - to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy.

When these needs are not met, things get crazy - or as Dr. Eggrichs likes to call it "The Crazy Cycle". Love and Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily and biblically.

When I received the book, I adored the set up, it is a lovely gift book. I think that this book would be a lovely wedding or engagement present.

This book is a simplistic rehash of the original book. But that is not a bad thing, I think that it gives the message succinctly and with beautiful illustrations.

This book has reminded me how marriage should work, I should respect my husband, whether I think he deserves it or not. To resepct him, I need to make sure I show respect in how I act and how I speak, to him and others. Not that I disrespect him intentionally, but I know when I am tired and frazzled looking after Rona, I can be short or impatient with him for no reason.

The author is gifted with words, he puts his point across well and in a way that makes me think he is a good word-smith.

I love this book because it is a marriage book that conveys an important biblical truth, using scriptures to make points. I love this, as so many marriage books just use "everyday examples" only, without backing it up with scripture, which detracts from their points.

I am definitely going to be giving this book as a gift to my newly married siblings for their Christmas presents!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Church is a messy, sanctifying entity.

Growing up, I went to an Anglican church. It was a little conservative, but the people love the Lord and taught me to love Him too.

When I was a teen, there were no teens in the church I grew up in, so I moved to a Churches of Christ church (not the cult!). These people were passionate, charismatic and taught me more about the Holy Spirit than I had known before. I found that while it was great while I was an impassioned teen, but once I wanted more "meat" than "milk", it was time to move on.

I then went to an Anglican church once I had been married, it was the friendliest church I have ever been to. The congregation just reaches out and accepts new people in, I love how intentional and natural the hospitality is. The minister taught well and deeply. While not so Charismatic, it was a church where faith is felt deeply and lived truly.

And now I am back at my childhood church, as we moved 2 years into marriage. I have found I don't quite fit and things are a little awkward, but the teaching is good. While the last church I fit in automatically I need to work in this church.

Church is messy as we are all fallen beings, but fantastic as we all have the love that flows from the One who loved us first.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Rona's first outing to the city - Part 2

During our outing to the city recently, I mentioned that we went to the botanical gardens. It is a beautiful place and you could spent many hours there. My time was taken up by my nieces and nephew running from flower to flower saying: "take a photo of this one".... so I did


I love this one, I love poppies, and it is just so pretty

And yellow roses are my personal favourites.

I adore flowers, am trying to come up with a way to have more around my house, must dig some more garden beds....

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The city as art

At the moment there is an art celebration going on in the city.

When Rona, my family and I went into the city I found some interesting pieces of installation art


Yes, the statues are somehow dressed. I found this a delightful change and I quite enjoyed this part of the Art and About exhibitions. I really enjoy intstallation art, as it brings art places where people are and live, and because most of them are temporary and it says something about how everything is transitory.

I would have taken a picture of Queen Victoria's statue dressed up, but the tourists got in the way :)

There is more going on, if I manage to get to any more pieces, I will make sure I blog about them.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rona's first outing to the City

My mum, dad, Great-Nana, Rebecca, Ruth, Samuel, Charlotte, Ryan, Rona and myself all went into the city. We were going to see the Jeannie Baker exhibition at the Museum of Sydney.

First we caught the train, and here is my beautiful photo of the train lines map. This was Rona's first train trip!

We then went to the State library and Botanical Gardens, then we arrived at the Museum of Sydney


It was somewhere we had never been before, it was Rona's first museum visit, and to tell you the truth I had forgotten it existed. We loved the Jeannie Baker Mirror Exhibition


Outside (as I am not allowed to take photos inside)
This is an artwork called Edge of the Trees, it is very tactile.

Then after that, we went home again, it was a full day.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

You Capture - Animals


This week is animals, and considering I haven't been around animals lately.....

My nephew climbing on a lion...


A dressed up statue in the middle of the city


A fondant lion I made for my other nephew's first birthday

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

Today I am grateful that my baby is 6 months old!
I cannot imagine my life without her