Sep 29 2016

Cassandra sews

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I thought I should also show you that Cassandra has done a bit of sewing herself. She sewed a little dress for her little neice, Grace. She did a great job with only a bit of help from me. When Grace came to visit with her mummy and daddy, we pretty much grabbed her and put it in. Grace is tall, just like her daddy, so it is a top. Next time we will make it longer.20160812_12072420160812_104208Grace is a real sweetie. We are so blessed to have her as part of our family.

I saw a really snazzy top in Best and Lest and I just HAD to buy it. The sequins, when stroked in the opposite direction change colour. A top like this would be great for someone who has dementia…or me. 20160817_150220

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Sep 22 2016

Make and Do.

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By popular demand ( not really), I will show you some of what I have made. I’m so computer illiterate, I now have to figure out how to upload the photos from my phone to here…

I have done quite a bit of sewing in the last month. Who knows why I suddenly get the urge to sew and then go full speed ahead. I actually made my first completed quilt. 20160831_111159Ok, so it was only baby size, but it was still an achievement for me. It was a quilt as you go. I found the tutorial on Youtube. Youtube is my favourite place for someone like me who needs to see things about 30 times before it goes into my head, and even then I will do things wrong every step of the way. Perseverance comes in handy. The tutorial was by MadeByMarzipan.

I have also discovered The Crafty Gemini, I understand her tutorials, so I have made a few items, but you can’t see those because they are for a swap ( sorry Jo).  I have made a few pouches which I love, but once again, I sewed everything back to front, unpicked and did it again. I am not a great sewer, and I am not patient, but I can do it now, because I force myself.20160901_182858

I sewed about 10 or so items20160825_155758 and then discovered that my favourite fabric store had a sale on. Jo annes on Canterbury rd ( located in the Keith Fagg tile place) had lovely cotton fabric for $5 a meter, when normally it is about $15-$20. Alycia who is 16 told me that my breathing changed when I walked in. Excited much. I made an apron for a friend. 20160902_075852 I also made a book cover. It was suppose to be for a swap, but a friend came over and said that she liked it, so I gave it to her.20160819_103843And the  I did what every crafty person does, bought it, had a rush, packed into a draw and haven’t sewn since. Oh dear. Maybe now Dayspring is over for another year.

The next lot of pictures are of things I have made in the past. I have been looking for photos so I can prove that I do make things. I often sew for a purpose, and in bulk. I have sewn for Days for Girls ( menstrual pads). I think that I made about 30 complete packs ( I enjoyed doing that, but haven’t made any for about a year), and Softies for Mirabel for a couple of years ( although last year I didn’t). I’ve made 100 chef hats for Dayspring one year2012-05-02-13-16-11-225x300, 100 fabric swords for another…they all go.img_1036-300x225Pencil cases.DSC_0154Felt crowns ( these were for Dayspring too), every baby recieved one. These were the leftovers and I sold them as a set for $10 on the swap and sell site on Facebook. I was pretty chuffed that someone was actually willing to buy them.2012-04-13-11-51-36-300x225These bunny hand bags. One was given to a little girl who was baptized. I popped in a Bible for her too. The other one was for a little girl fighting a battle with cancer. 188905_10200837303512471_695029876_nAs I said, I enjoy making toys, especially this little monkey.1743439_10203041071725299_1072228146_nI think I have made over a hundred of these tissue holders. I get the tissue packets from Daiso and then whip up a few to give as party favours etc. you can always find one that suits someone.

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Sep 22 2016

A New Year 2016

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2016, wow, how times goes. I still am thankful for the blessings of God. I am still a bit stuck, I cry less often, time ticks on.

Today, I achieved my greatest goal. I decided in October to try and read the whole Bible in three months, and I did. The is the first time I have read it so quickly. I try to read it once a year, but I seriously have only done that about 7 times in order.  I am always reading my favorite bits ( I don’t think I am suppose to admit that), well, I will continue on this new reading plan, it suits me. If I didn’t have the reading, I was excited to get back to it. Yes, the Word is refreshing. It is always encouraging to read of God’s mercy to His people, of whom I am one. I hope that you are too. Btw the picture below shows that my cool nails match my Bible cover. Haha20160918_085823

My family has grown. My grand daughter Grace is gorgeous, and yet stubborn, with her own personality.20160824_164922 I am so glad that she was born. My oldest daughter, Stephanie has finished her Bachelor of Arts, and she did very well. Her husband is still studying, and learning life skills along the way. Lachlan has finished  his first year of a bachelor  of arts science. Alycia will be doing year 11 this year, Camden year 9 and Cassie grade 5. Here is a picture of Camden and Cassandra going to the Boys Brigade dinner. 20160915_181025

Well, you can see that this has been sitting in my drafts for nearly a year. I ended up reading the Bible through two and a bit times. I was aiming for three  times in the year, but alas, I got slack. Still I enjoyed it, and will need to keep up the good habit. Once again I made a yearly Bible chart for the kiddies for Dayspring Day ( more on that later), so I am set to go. I was very happy to have Cassandra who is 10 receive her medal for reading through the entire Bible this year. It is only 4 chapters a day, but so many people neglect to read…..sad.

 

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Feb 19 2016

Baby, it’s Cold Outside…..

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Yep, it sure is cold. Note.to self, get a handyman to fix our gas heater and learn to light the fireplace. Seriously, how can I not light a fire? That is my challenge this week.

My hubby, Jared had his birthday this week. He asked for one thing a black forest cake.

I was very proud of this. I made about three in the next couple of weeks.

I have had this sitting in my drafts for nearly 8 months. I guess I’m not as eager to write these days, the world seems to be going crazy. I now think whatever we write, say or do will be held against us. Perhaps I should just make sure, that I make the gospel clear. People like to say, all religions lead down the same path, but Christianity stands out from all other religions, because we have a saviour. Every other religion in the world says you can save yourself, except for Biblical Christianity. We are all sinners, all our works are like filthy rags, but Christ died for us, so that we might be forgiven and be righteous before God. I’m so thankful, that I have hope.

For the last few months, I have set myself a goal to read the Bible in 3 months, and I did it. I normally read my Bible, I try to read it once a year, but to be honest, I have only done that straight through about 5 times. I normally focus on whatever happens to take my fancy. I have read the NT a lot more often. I found a printable study guide and followed it. Basically it is around 12-16 chapters a day to read it within 3 months. I will put in the link for the one I am using this time in case you would like to do it.         http://www.haventoday.org/blog/2016/01/03/join-us-in-reading-the-bible-in-90-days-2/

 

I am doing it for the second time now. My hubby does this constantly, he doesn’t follow a paper plan, he just reads it. He is also a faster reader than me.  Jared actually gave a “talk” to the children last night saying that if a Christian isn’t reading the Bible, they are in open rebellion. Our sinful, lazy selves don’t want to, but we should. Sometimes you have to force yourself to read the Bible, but when you do, you will find it is gripping and uplifting and thought provoking.

Now I’m writing this at least 8 months after I started. Since alot has happened, life does that. My granddaughter has grown. We have been to places, the Melbourne ShowDSC_0182 (5) Dayspring Day. We had a Kings and Queen theme this year. I made so many cookies for the children to decorate. It was a good day. DSC_0152 (6)I made some little felt crowns for the babies. Everyone has to take part 😀DSC_0154Weddings, a homeschooling camp, trips. Maybe I will try and write more often. It is good to look back on.

 

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Dec 31 2014

Last Day Of the Year.

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Oih, It’s been a long time. So much life in one year. I have much to be thankful for, despite what my head sometimes says. For a long time, I wake up and say to myself ” I don’t care”, it’s not quite the mantra that a mother/wife should have. I redirect my thoughts and say instead “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it”. We all have choices to make don’t we? 10858561_329926607192860_2534142109528080004_n Look at this! I am now a Grandma!! God has blessed Sam and Stephanie with a lovely little girl. She has brought such great joy into our hearts, into my heart. At 8 weeks she is smiling, she smiles at me. I thank God for those dear little smiles. Now the battle is on, who gets to cuddle her the most. So far, Alycia ( her auntie) is winning.
My Dad lived with us for 8 months ( I could write a blog about that), we all survived, but he has moved on to greener pastures. He was reunited with a friend that he had as a teen ( I hear that she looked good in her swimsuit back in the day ), she heard of his loss and wrote him a letter, they met up, and now they are married. It is so good to see my dad happy again. He has someone to make him laugh, someone to hug, and someone to inspire him onto better things. I thank God for my Step mother Barbara. barb and dad
Lately I really want to talk to my mum, I still find that really tough. The other day her sister called, I could hear the same inflections in her speech, that both my mum and nana had. Voice is such a powerful thing.
So my New Years Resolution? To care. To wake up, and to care. To care about my family, the people that I meet. To look after the things that God has given to me, to care for my soul, and to try once again to stop looking and feeling like a whale. It is a new season of life, and people need me. I might not change the world, but I can change the world for someone.
I hope that you all have a good 2015, and even if you don’t, remember that there is a mighty God who is near to all who call on Him.f8bca106b2188087a82af64f0193098b

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Feb 28 2014

Give Away

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Ok, folks, so I am de-cluttering again! I have the biggest postage paid bag ready to be filled with all manner of crafty things. So if you want some goodies, such as the things in the pic, write a comment on THIS post and I will draw a name out of hat in one week. That would be next Friday!! March 7th.  ( I should say that the bread tin isn’t included, duh!)1690017_10203278646744526_272215342_n

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Feb 11 2014

A Wedding.

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My lovely Stephanie was married on Saturday to Sam. It amazes me, that you get up in front of a bunch of people, say a few words, sign a piece of paper, and then, Bang! You are married. Well, it goes something like that. Poor dear Jared, had to give our daughter away, what an overwhelming task to do. Thankfully we love Sam, and know that he will be a good husband for our girl. We will really miss her, her siblings will too, they already do. 1604421_402883813180454_229781736_nPeople expected me to be overwhelmed, considering all that has happened lately, but I’m not. I was so happy for them, I know that they love eachother, and that they are commited for life. It is such a blessing to know that they both know Christ as their saviour. They have started a new family, I pray that God will bless them with godly offspring :D. I will miss Steph, but I think we are friends, we will still talk. My girl is so happy, it is so lovely to see. God bless you both, we all love you.1557705_10203136794638312_1223660861_nThey are both 18, young right? What a blessing for them to rejoice in the wife of your youth.  I will give you more details about the day soon, but for now, this is all that matters…two young ones promising to love eachother for their entire lives, may God give you many happy years, and grace to handle whatever is before you.

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Jan 02 2014

And the Lord takes away…

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It already seems like a bad dream, going off to Wangaratta hospital while we stayed in Bright for our annual holiday. I was loosing my baby, and experiencing labour for the first time in my life. Yes, I have had five babies, but no labour. Stephanie was 2 weeks over due, and after not responding to being induced, they had to do an emergecy because of fetal distress. The next four were planned caesars due to other reasons the Drs saw fit.

After lots of prodding, internal ultrasounds etc, it was confirmed, my baby had died. 14 weeks. They believe that the baby might have been dead for a couple of weeks. I was sent home after 8 hours with some strong painkillers. The labour pains grew stronger until I lay on the bed, in the most pain I have ever had. I begged Jared not to take me to another hospital, he said, you are going….The Bright hospital, was great. I actually got a maternal nurse in emergency, she knew what to do. Lots of painkillers, and me going a little looney on some morphine, I eventually went back to our holiday place. I had my baby at home, a tiny little baby, all in one piece. I was thankful to see this precious little one, although it was very daunting and overwhelmingly sad. I put him/her in a box, and in the morning we took her/him to the hospital. I probably should have brought him/her home, already regrets…..

Already I am hearing that God has nothing to do with this, that it is just nature, perhaps the child was disabled? I want to block my ears, I don’t believe that!  Man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. I have hope because I know God is in control, and that He will use this for our good. How?, I don’t know, but I trust Him. Am I being punished? I don’t know, perhaps..I recall the book of Job, and although I am reserved to call myself a righteous person apart from Christ, I can say his prayer..prayer

20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.21 And he said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

I want to be like Job, and not charge God with wrong, not to be bitter, not to falter, but to cling to Him as I have never done before. Now I have a choice, do I wallow, or do I cry to Him to say “Please don’t let me go” Yes, I cling to Him, but in fact, He has me in his hands like Psalm 91:4

He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. Now I will cry, and suffer physically for a time, but I will trust.2630301-20313b3f03abcde40e99427cab2deb07-fp-973618c743cad51ea5a8d8552706eba6

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Dec 22 2013

Time to wake up!

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Time ticks on, my mind has worked hard these last 8 months. I have battled, and God has pulled me through. I can understand how people can get stuck in grief, live in a fog, not really caring about what is going on around them. I have been lazy, watched too much tv, and have not reached out to others as I should. I am thankful for God’s Word, I can rely on it, it tells me the truth. I have hope, and yet I know that life is short. I am ready, if I should die, I trust in Jesus to save me like no one can do. I have a purpose that does not stop when I get old, or when I am sick, or when I grieve, that is to live for God’s glory, to praise Him as I should. I am waking from my fog,  I will miss mum, I feel for my Dad, but we must press on, we are not without hope or purpose.images (1)

 

So much has happened, and I want to tell you with some excitement..Firstly, my daughter Stephanie is engaged!!! There is so much to say here, but let me keep it brief. Sam asked Jared for permission to “Date with a purpose” our girl. It was all very sweet. Jared said a few things, and so it begun. There has been a lot of chaperoning, lots of talks, many late nights, many talks again….

 

1236445_171926929659496_119419500_nThis is Sam, the young man that has won my daughter’s heart. I am happy for her, but I will be a little sad to see her go. The precious thing about daughters is that they grow up and become friends. Love you, Steph, and I pray for both of you, that God will always guide you, and that you may grow together in wisdom and love. They will be married in Feb, so you can imagine what has been going on in this house.

Would you like to know what else is happeing? I am going to have a baby!!! I am 13 weeks pregnant. I pray that God will keep this little one safe and sound as He knits the child in my womb. I am 42, so I know that this is  a true miracle. Don’t ask me if it was planned, it is no one’s business, but yes, every child is planned.  Even if the child is disabled, they are planned. I don’t believe in fate, or luck, God has his hand on everything, and I am happy to be in His will what ever He gives me or takes away. May God’s name be  praised.sam

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Apr 24 2013

20/04/2013

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My mother passed away this morning.

I am so thankful to God that my sister, my Dad and myself where there for her, all together. We were at the hospital for over 30 hrs, give or take and hour or two. It is such a personal thing watching someone die, someone you love so  much. There were some horrible moments, but I think she was at peace before she died. I am going to miss her so much. I called her every morning to “touch base” as she would say.  My dad has lost his other half, I hope that God will provide him the comfort and strength that he will need. Daughters are helpless..

The nurses presented her like a princess, putting a lovely red rose on her pillow. A Gideon Bible was placed on the table with Psalm 27 opened. Yes, wait on the Lord, and He will strengthen your heart..

I am up at 3am, it is the next day. It is my birthday. I won’t want to celebrate, but yet I do. I thank God for my life, which is so fragile. We busy our lives going here and there..building up our homes, and our accumulating our stuff.. Stuff that is left behind.

Acknowledge and take heart this day, that the Lord is God. In heaven above and earth below, this is no other. Deut 4 :39.

Four days later, only four. It seems like months…Today is my mother’s funeral. I hoped it would be in the morning, so it would be done, but I sit here instead..crying already. It is like saying goodbye again, but I know the truth, that she has already left us. I will miss her so much, words seem so inadequate.

Stephanie made a slide show of mum’s life, it makes me cry every time I see it. Jared just came down and told me not to keep watching it. I will have to be sneeky..

Kay Edwards, my mum.

 

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Apr 03 2013

Numb

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I haven’t written for a while, and this time it has been difficult not to. Why? Because I have the worst news.  My mother is dying. My Mum is only 65, she has never complained of anything health related, but she was diagnosed with lung and liver cancer only 6 weeks ago.   Now she has been told that she has 12 weeks left to live. Is this a bad dream? Less than 6 months ago, I thought to myself “I will spend more time with Jared’s Grandparents, because they have less time. Then I will spend more time with my mum, take her out, and do stuff that she likes” Who was I kidding? What an arrogant person I am to assume I know the plans of God. It’s surreal really, how much time I am thinking of her, wanting to see her, and then I ask myself “Why aren’t I doing this with everyone I love?” Cause time is short, we get distracted, life is too busy.My mother is a private person, so I guess I’m playing the rebellious teen (although, well past the teenage years obviously) and saying the facts. If I didn’t, I would stop this blog, cause you wouldn’t know me anymore.

My prayer, or at least the words that are going through my head constantly are Psalm 121. I put the words to music one evening while waiting in the car. It’s a daggy tune, but with heart felt words. My help comes for the Lord who made Heaven and Earth. I pray that His name might be exalted even during these sad and difficult times, and that He might be close to all who call on His name.

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Feb 17 2013

This is Why!

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So everyone loves a selfie these days, but now I know for sure why you hold the camera above your head when you take one :/ So, be honest now, which photo would you like hanging up on your wall?or this one..Not liking he second one? Nah, me either, lol. On another note, I have spent a lot of this week  just waiting. Picking up Lachlan on a really hot day, waiting in the Dr’s office for Cassandra’s appointment for over 2 hours, taking older children to different things, oih! The weather has been so hot here, it actually makes you feel ill. Saying that though, it’s good to be needed right?we had the college commencement service on Friday night (it was soooo hot). It was a good night, Jared led the evening, once again showing his knack for being able to do anything he is asked to do. My husband is one of the most talented men I know, and he is humble about it, which is great. Note to self ” loose five stone, and buy a pretty dress to wear for next one”

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Feb 17 2013

Two Weddings and a Onesie

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My Older children have gone to two weddings in January ( I went to one). It is so lovely to see younger Christian adults get married. I have heard bitter women say “why are they getting married so young, they should travel and study first”, why? Doesn’t even God say that you should rejoice with the wife of your youth? Anyways…I digress. We made another towel cake.I love how my two oldest children looked on the day.The three oldest went to a Onesie party, every heard of one of those? It was a 21st. My children were uncool and didn’t dress up, I would have, but evidently I would have embarrassed them, go figure! The party was for a chap, who takes his onesie wearing seriously (well, that’s another post, lol), most people dressed up for him. What I liked was the way, everyone said lovely things about him, and he responded by saying “Give God the glory” . It is nice to see good clean fun. If you don’t know what a onesie is, this is one

Last week I went to a baby shower, it was lovely. We played a few games, like guess how much everything was (fail), and draw a baby on a piece of paper on the top of your head. I found that I have a talent, who knew!Artistic bunch aren’t we? The host did such a lovely job decorating, and making lots of yummy food.We were asked to write down some advice for child raising on some love hearts to give to the expectant mummy.Stephanie shoved hers into my hand too, so I blabbed on for a bit longer :/My girl has bought a car! Now all she needs is a license! Hopefully by April she will have one we will wait and see.

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Feb 13 2013

Holidays!

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It has been so lovely to have a family holiday. I wonder if  it might be one of the last ones we have as a complete family, considering that Steph will be 18 in March. We went to Torquay, right next to the beach. I took the kiddies ( or a couple of them) to the beach every day, I love the beach. When we got home we had a few days to catch up on the washing and then we went off again, to Rosebud. We stayed at my sister’s.  It was really relaxing just pottering around. Stephanie had received her entrance into Melbourne University, so they went back at one point to sign up and do what every uni student has to do.During the holiday we also had three birthdays to celebrate. Firstly there was Cassandra’s 7th birthday. We had two families come over, and because Cassie loves craft we got her and her buddies to decorate some plain cheap china cups. They were about $1 and item, and I already had sharpies, so off they went.This is one of the bowls that a child drew, isn’t it cute?Look at this proud little fellow.I’ve already told you about Lachlan’s, but we also had Camden’s. He had a friend over for the night.  Even as I type I am thinking “what do I buy Alycia for her birthday which is on Monday?” ugh! Too many birthdays close together, sooo expensive. But we are thankful for birthdays, it is a sign of blessing, they have lived for another year.

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Feb 13 2013

Silly Me!

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Where has the time gone? I haven’t been very good on my blog have I? Now I can’t remember what I have been up to for the  last few months! I didn’t even tell you about Dayspring Day. Dayspring was in October. This time it was a food theme ( I know a fatty running a food theme children’s day is a little sad). Do you realise how many food analogies that the Bible uses? The obvious is the Fruit of the Spirit, The salt of the earth, Bread of Life…well, you get the picture. I thought it was a good day. I have more helpers now, so things are easier. I ask people what to do, and they turn up and faithfully do it. Of course this involves my own children 😀 Stephanie and Lachlan are still the prayer twins. Jesse came as a giant banana for me, and of course I had Alison be head chef, playing the spoons (she came up with that on her own). Even the PWMU ladies got into the spirit of the day and dressed as the Golden Circle ladies. It was a joy to have some missionaries with us this year, after all this is what the day is all about. I want to encourage the children to be missionaries themselves, he we say we are Christians, we should be sharing the good news about Jesus dying for our sins with everyone. I am hoping to put up some pdfs of Bible charts in case anyone would like to use one. I find them helpful.

Christmas was lovely. We had a few friends over this year, instead of driving for ours to family. I guess that sounds terrible to some, but I think it worked out. It was a more relaxing day, with Church in the morning, followed by a lovely lunch ( if I do say so myself ;). The next day we caught up with family and Gumbaya Park, where I seriously stepped out of my comfort zone. Along with Jared and the children I went on the toboggan ride, the bicycle paddle boats, the go carts with Camden. Seriously, you do not know what fear is until you are the passenger with a 10 year old doing the driving at 30 km and hour! Camden laughed the whole time, and he would turn to me and say “are you scared?” and when he did, the whole car would head in the direction he was looking, towards the wall. Anyhow I survived. We also played mini golf ( a lesson in patience/frustration). I am a cheat, that is all I will say on the subject.

After Christmas I started the big “Do I really need this?” drive. Seriously I have so much stuff. I don’t want it, and yet I am attached to it. I have given away a lot of stuff, it feels so good. I can feel the difference in the air. Ok, so no one else can yet, but they will soon ( insert evil laugh now..mwhaaa), you know what I am talking about, don’t you ladies.We have had a serious problem with huntsman (spiders) in our house right now. We have had 9 in our house in the last two weeks, I have found all but two. I hate them, they are so scary for me, it is the only time you will find me screaming. I have to be honest and say that it is actually Alycia and Stephanie who kill the majority of them. I tried spraying lavender on the windows, because I read that they don’t like the smell. Well, don’t believe everything you  read :/ I have been bitten by a huntsman, it was  red  and smaller. It was in my washing up glove. Boy, did it hurt. I was pregnant at the time, so I called the poison info, my finger swelled straight away, but went down in an hour. So now, Alycia thinks that I am attracting them because I have their venom in my blood. Lovely thought.

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Dec 17 2012

That’s My Girl

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VCE results are in! My girl was up at 6 am this morning (highly unlike her), waiting for the 7am results on the computer. Of course it crashed for about 15 min ( overload I imagine). Anyway, she recieved a great mark 87.8! She can now get into the course that she wanted to at Melbourne University, without even applying for the special consideration ( because she was home schooled until year 11 and 12), she doesn’t even need it! Way to go Steph. I am so happy for her, she is such a good worker, and I can honestly say that she did it on her own. I have been amazed at how many people have assumed that she would not do well, and they have actually said that there is no way that she will be able to get into Melb Uni because she won’t get a high enough score..I am proud of Stephanie’s character, she didn’t get upset, she just did her work, and now she has proved them all wrong. Well done!Lachlan had a birthday party last week. Stephanie arranged it all. Lachlan’s birthday is actually on the 27th of December, but we had a party early so he could actually have some friends over. They had to dress as Egyptian, Greeks or Romans. It was a good night, and Lachlan really enjoyed the effort his friends took to get there. I loved Cassandra’s costume, what do you think? Who knew sheets could be so useful? The next morning we got up at 4 am to go to Geelong Adventure Park. The Today show was hosting a free entry between 6-8am. Bargain! I dragged my Dad along too, it was a good morning. CAn you spot us? The girl in the pink is the weather girl.I know we have done more, but I have already forgotten :/  We just spent the day with some family doing an early Christmas. It was very nice. Yesterday we spent the day at Church, followed by lunch, then  tea at another church followed by another church service. It was a big day, but enjoyable. I had a lady ask me what the church was on about, and was able to answer. My heart is the happiest when I can speak of the gospel, there is no greater joy. My salvation is sure, it is not based on me, it is based on my saviour and his amazing mercy. The Bible is my only authority for knowing what God wants, who He is, who I am. The OT points to Jesus, and the New reveals Him. He died to take away my sin, He has given me all things. How can I not rejoice? Ah, it is good to share the gospel, what a privileged.

I made up some little kiddie bags for an outreach Christmas dinner for two weeks ago. The groups that the church invited are people who are good at recycling, creative etc, so I tried to reach them where they are at. I tried as part of my little bags to make up a pegdoll kit. Do you like the stickers? lol, it is a little lame, but hopefully the big bouncy ball etc made up for it.A couple of nights ago we also had a final night for the oldest three at their youth group. Jared and I and the younger two went as well, it was a hat night. They had a huge twister (no, thanks), and played “who knows the book of Hebrews the best” I am so glad that I memorised that chapter off by heart 20 years ago! Take the time to memorize it’s awesome how God’s word will come back to you over your life. ON that note, I am going to bed, I am tired.

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Dec 01 2012

Finished, Kinda, Sorta.

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My time is up! November has gone, and I have not lost 36 kilos, but 20! Although it has made a difference to me, It is still disappointing. I have to be honest, it was easy to stay motivated for about 4 months, afterall people where supporting me financially, I was exercising and everything was falling into place. I lost 2o kilos quite easily, and loved maxing out the credit card buying some new clothes that don’t look as big as a three man tent! Then suddenly, my thinking changed. I lost some more weight, but then put it back on, so that is where I am at. 20 kilos. Now is it the end? Well, it is for the finacial support to the children’s home in India, but I will continue and try to be a good girl again. I am a little sad that the home won’t get as much money as I hoped, but they will still get about 13oo dollars if everyone pays. That should help out right? I have to be honest and say that I have to really loose another 3o kilos to be “normal”, but wobbly skin might/ will  be an issue. I have been blessed in the last month of having someone offer me their weight machine, this nearly made me cry, cause seriously, it will make a difference.   I hope you can see a difference.  Thank you to anyone who has sponsered me. I will list my bank details so you can direct deposit with “India” as the deposit word. I will send you a receipt and a thankful heart ( not literally cause I only have one, and if I gave it to you, it would defeat the purpose of trying to get healthy right?), you know what I mean though right? I am thankful.Before…marshmellow ladyAfter…slightly smaller marshmellow. The biggest difference has been in my face.  Anyhow..these are my details.

Cassie Hood

BSB 704230

Account number 417556

Police Credit Co Op.

 

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Dec 01 2012

Holiday!

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I have had a lovely week. My sister’s friend gave Jared and I an opportunity to have a mini two day holiday in Phillip Island. Jared is very busy right now, so I took Camden and Cassandra. We had a lovely little holiday, it was so nice to focus on just the two younger ones.We went searching for seals, we went to the library. We went swimming, in both the pool and at the beach. Tough life eh?Cassandra insisted that I took this photo of the pigs from a book found in the library for Stephanie ( you now know that Stephanie loves pigs right?).Let’s just say that Stephanie wasn’t as thrilled as Cassandra was giving it to her, lol.Here are the kiddies outside of our little home.You should have seen the size of the pool! We had it to ourselves, coolness!oh, yeah, I’m still enjoying the beach….now for the pool.I have a new appreciation for Camden, he showed patience, simple enjoyment, and was able to work the DVD player when I couldn’t 😀 Cassandra tripped over at least three times on the first day (due to excitement I guess), it was a lesson in self control, she wanted to let out a huge scream, but I was able to say in a calm way ” self control, I know it hurts, but try to calm yourself” and she did. I need to do a little bit more of that I think. I enjoyed the holiday, but was very thankful to go home, I missed the rest of my family. It was lovely to come home to a clean house ( My girls blessed me so much, by putting in some hard work to get everything in order). Oh, and we ate pizza. Don’t you think that my children look tired? Yay, at last, I tired them out!!

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Nov 20 2012

Nearly done!

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One more pace to go until we finish for the year, yay! Saying that, Alycia will then join Camden in learning latin. Thankfully Stephanie wants to continue to learn it too, so they will have a buddy. I need some full on attention for Cassandra, because although she can read, it is not up to the standard that it should be yet. Today Alycia went to Nanas and Grandpas to stay for a couple of nights. I met up with mum at a shopping centre to “do the exchange”. We had a bit of fun checking out some glasses.We also dropped in to Ikea to pick up some drawers. Stephanie showed her rebellious side by riding on the trolley.We bought some yummy cherries, $16 for 5kg.Yesterday, I spent an hour or so sewing on buttons for Jared’s jacket. They are special buttons to commemorate the Queen’s jubilee. Snazzy huh?The children have enjoyed a nice clean pool too. Me? I’m not game enough, not yet, it’s not that warm!Now I have just finished a book on courtship, it is the second one in a series. I had already read the first one years ago. I think I have another two to go.

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Nov 18 2012

A Couple of Days

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Yay, Steph has finally finished her schooling. After years of homeschooling and the last two years of nearly regular school, she has finished.  Stephanie has been such a good student, doing all her work without prompting, but Yet not stressing, because she gets the bigger picture.  The thing I am most greatful is the fact that she has loves the Lord, and is a lovely young lady. Only recently she said to me, that she is most greatful for the things that Jared and I have taught her, especially regarding the Bible. When she said this, it bought tears to my eyes, what more could I want? I have a greatful, sweet girl, who walks in the truth.We met Stephanie at the end of her final exam with some balloons. She likes pigs so the kiddies choose them for her. She had to have her exams at Bayswater secondary college. We went out for tea at night to celebrate. We gave her a Bible that she has been wanting.Although it was a lovely meal, I was more interested in the two fish eating a dead fish in the fish tank right next to me. One little black fish was amazingly cute, but yet vicious..Speaking of fish, our neighbour across the road gave us a huge snapper for dinner. I have never cooked fish so fresh before, it was creepy having the eyes still on it!Ain’t it big? 

Friday we drove down to Moe, Lachlan was with us, but Jared was at work. We spent the day walking around, visiting our once regular spots.  We went to some op shops, found heaps of Trixie Belden books for 20c each and beanie bears for 50c each. We bought 19 of them, half we will be giving away to a little girl who has just started to collect them.andSat. we all went and did some gardening. Our garden is out of control right now.  It will take me weeks to get it tidy. The pool needs a bit of work too, ugh! In the afternoon we went to Ikea with the younger two children. The bonus was that outside, Anaconda was giving free Kayak demos. Both Camden and Cassandra got to ride? one for free, oh yeah! Bonus.andToday we went to Church, then waited for Jared to preach in the next one, joined him for a fellowship lunch, and then waited again for Jared to have a meeting. Once home the kiddies jumped into a cleaner pool, freezing…brrr.

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