Archive for August, 2008

Aug 31 2008

Oink!

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Today I took the girls with me to worship at our home church, Jared took the boys to his preaching post. I got home from church with the idea of making these special pig pancakes that I saw on another blog. Just as I finished the first one, I got a call from the boys saying that they won’t be home for lunch. So here is the one and only pig pancake, What quickly followed was a platypus and a faceless one.

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Aug 30 2008

A special gift.

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Last night we had a special visitor for tea, somone who has been living in Burkina Faso for over 30 years as a missionary. I was delighted and honoured by the gift that she gave to me, as I knew that it would be a treasure of hers. It is a lovely smelling wallet, and two key chains that have been burnt? with a picture. I’m not sure what the picture is of, so that is half the fun. I think it looks like a skate board ramp, or a shelter for melons…I will need to ask. I have already emptied my old torn purse, for my new and special one. Thank you friend for thinking of me!

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Aug 29 2008

A cut above the rest!

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Yesterday late afternoon Jared came home looking a little tired and declared that he was going out to cut wood. I suggested that he should probably rest, as He looked a little pale. About half an hour later, Lachlan came running in saying that Dad had cut himself with the axe! I quickly ran down stairs, saying “Do I need to call an ambulance?” To my suprise Jared was inside, with his leg still attached, but with a nasty little cut. He doesn’t need stiches, but I imagine it will hurt for a little bit. The children found it amusing after they got use to the blood, seeing that his sock now had a hole in it (they said thay they mustn’t be the Holeproof brand!). After a bit of pampering, I said that we need to invite our friend Samuel over to teach him how to use an axe (he is 13). Perhaps that is like rubbing salt into the wound?  We thank God, that it wasn’t worse.

Oh, he might have a scar!

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Aug 29 2008

Breaky!

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Jared loves to have a cooked breakfast if he has a long day ahead of him, such as five hours of lectures to give, preaching on a Sunday, or giving lectures at night. So here is what he had ( I sometimes join him). This time he had an extra treat, freshly squeezed orange juice!Just in case you think I am the perfect housewife (yeah right!), Jared would like me to inform you that his spot at the table was still sticky! You just can’t find good help these days…..

Today I cleaned out Lachlan and Cassandra’s room. I have been putting it off for various reasons. Every day, the cupboard gets totally emptied, Lachlan also collects every piece of paper and piece of wire….. Guess what I found under Cassandra’s bed? I have been looking for these.

As you can see Camden found it very amusing. Note to self “check under the bed when you need a spoon!”.

On a brighter note, look at these Camilias, we have a lovely bush out the front of our home. I love flowers, have I said that before?

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Aug 28 2008

What era do you want to live in?

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Ok, today I went to a meeting and learn’t about the work of the Presbyterian Chruch in Malawi. The amazing work that can be done over there, in particular a new orphanage is about to be built. Wow, what a differance some people can make. I think it is wonderful that you can travel around the world, and find like minded Christians who want to serve Christ in everything they do. What we take for granted,water, food, shelter and family.

Today I heard of a group of women who dress and live in different eras such as the 50’s 60’s etc. There is a show called “Time Warp Wives”. Ok, I’ll be honest, I am partial to a bit of vintage myself, but this takes it to a different level. I could write a whole lot of sayings like “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” and the like, but is this more than a hobby or what? Perhaps these women are just tired of seeing women dress immodestly, or seeing people swear in the streets, perhaps it is just seeing lives so busy that the family is no longer a priority. What ever it is, It reminds me of a sermon that I heared Prof M. preach that said that we should appriciate the era that we are born in. God is soverign, he puts us in the time that He wants us to be in. We have a job to do. We are to glorify God, and tell others about him.  Lets not get carried away with fads, and things, but keep our lives focussed on our saviour.

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Aug 26 2008

Target, 100!

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I need to make sure I have 100 of everything! 100 David Livingstone packs, 100 frogs, 100 lights. That’s what the children and I did yesterday. Have a look at the photos!

My mother came over yesterday too, to teach me how to prune the roses. Mum has always kept a lovely garden. When I was younger she use to point our all her plants, and drag me to the nursery, I never paid attention….I wish I did! After 20 photos of the two of us, and everyone of them looking gross, I decided to just put one of her up. Dad Had just called, so she is answering the phone.

Today was a catch up day of school. As you can see Cassandra tried to join in too, but school just got too much for her! Nasty mummy took a photo, she loves the camera, so she cheered up fairly quickly.

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Aug 23 2008

A little bit daft!

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That describes me at the moment! I am trying to do too many things at once. Nothing too taxing, but I’m a bit all over the place. I am printing, cutting, designing. I never finish one thing completely before I start on something else. I have just started a “read your bible in a year” chart. Because the Dayspring theme is Fully Rely On God, or F.R.O.G. Frog is the them for the chart…see it so far. I have also printed out little flies for the children to stick on the appropriate frog for when they have read that book of the Bible.

Here is a draft of the little calendar that Stephanie designed for Dayspring. We have little photos of our missionaries to stick on their birthday squares, a little reminder to send them a card or something. Steph has been a huge help this year, she is putting a lot of effort into it herself.

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Aug 21 2008

Apples and laminators!

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Yesterday I peeled a huge box of apples. From this huge pile I have enough stewed apple to make 4 apple pies, 20 mini pastries, and three large family sized ones, oh! and two apple crumbles!

My new laminator just ate up a Dayspring missionary box! Ahh!!! What’s worse is that I cannot find the reciept that I put in a “safe” place! Feeling very grumpy right now, perhaps I need an early night?

On a brighter note, Ellie our neighbour did Cassandra’s hair in two little braids, ain’t they cute?

Oh, and that meeting I thought was last Tuesday, I went to today!

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Aug 19 2008

working to get no where!

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Today, I got together with a girl friend and the children to cut, cut and more cut, ready for Dayspring Day. We also had a lot of laminating to do, but guess what, the laminator decided to die! I tried to revive it by unscrewing the casing, but who am I kidding? Ok, it made me feel intelligent for a brief second, but the laminate wouldn’t pull out any easier!!!Ugh!! So after spending a day at my friend’s house (which was nice of course), we drove home only to find that Camden’s feet had suddenly grown, or his shoes had shrunk! Yes, that’s right, we had the little three year olds clogs (Note to self, check that my children are wearing their own shoes, and not your friend’s child’s). Too bad that I live about 3/4 hr away!

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Aug 17 2008

Still Sunday!

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Ok, Cassandra is never still but we are working on that one! Church is always a challenge, but I can generally hear the sermon (I hope that everyone else can!). Our minister encouraged us to live out our christian faith, not to be just hearers, but doers!

 This afternoon we watched “Chariots of Fire”. I cried through some of it (Steph said that I looked silly enough to video and put on You Tube, ugh!). I am always moved by the faith of people and the stands that they take admist trouble. Eric Liddell was put under preasure to run on the sabbath, but he stood firm because he believed it was going against God’s law. Many would of thought he was a legalist, or over the top, but he stood firm and was a witness to the world. We might not be challenged like that, but every day we are a witness if we claim to know Christ. When things aren’t going your way, when someone is out to get you, or when you feel discouraged, how do you react? This message is for me more so, because I always over act, someone once labelled me a “Drama Queen”. Even when I feel that life is becoming a little overwhelming, I hear God’s word saying to me “trust in me, and I will give you rest”, and “those that Honour me, I will honour” and the simple but amazing fact, that God is in control of everything. How can a Christian be discouraged? I have always prayed “Lord, grant me even more faith, that I will always trust in you”

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Aug 17 2008

Flowers and more flowers!

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Guess what this post is about? You guessed it, flowers! Yesterday Jared suprised me with some beautiful Irises. What I loved most was how excited Camden was about hiding them behind his back, it makes me think of him doing this for his wife in the distant future. I love the little glint in his eye! I love flowers, and I suppose I can be easily pleased, as nothing says “I love you” or “I appreciate you” like a bunch of fragrant posies. I guess I am easily pleased eh? Here is a picture of Stephanie holding the flowers, and then one of where they ended up, and another of some roses that I bought to cheer the house up the day before,. How spoilt am I?

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Aug 15 2008

My to do list!

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Aug 14 2008

Calendars and Cute Things.

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Today, the children worked indepedantly, which is always a delight for me. Stephanie went with Jared to college to help sort the boxes of books clogging up his office. What a great helper!

This afternoon I worked on the Dayspring Calendar that Stephanie has designed, she had the pages all mixed up, it was like a puzzel to know how to print it, but at last it is ready to print, yay! I will print about 120 of them.

The Cute things are in regard to my new pen found at Office Works for $5! What a spend thrift I am, but it was calling out my name!

I love these type of cheery things! I have a dish scrubber like this, it makes the hours at the sink doing dishes that much more sweeter!

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Aug 13 2008

Under the sea!

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We hurried off Tuesday morning to Melb, ready for a mission meeting, only to discover that I had  the date mixed up, it’s for Thursday not Tuesday, duh! Plan B was put into action…The Melb. Aquarium! We have a yearly membership, which I think is a bargain (if you actually like the place!).  Jared doesn’t like it, but the children and I do, so whenever we are in Melb. we pop in!

Last night I took Stephanie to the PLC open night, it was for girls going into year 9 or 10 next year. We wanted Stephanie to have a good feel for the place to see what she thought. She didn’t feel overwhelmed by it, although she did get some strange comments regarding having been homeschooled up to that point. We still haven’t decided, we have until next week. One thing that I was aware of, was that Steph has had a great education regardless of what anyone might think. It’s weird to think that we think it is normal to put 100 girls the same age together to learn, when else in all your life, are you surrounded by only the same aged people?  No doubt Steph could benefit from some of the resources, and it would make her more chatty, but is being reserved such a bad thing?

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Aug 11 2008

Green, and a little blue!

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No, I’m not sad, I’m just playing with words! Green is referring to Stephanie’s first Nappy Cake that she made, it’s for a baby boy! The picture hasn’t come out very well, but you get the idea. She is thinking of making them as a little business, but all up it cost about $40, so who really will buy it for $60? It has a whole packet of Huggies nappies, a homemade flannel backed baby blanket, two facewashes, a hat and booties, Bunnykins lotion, and a plush dinosaur rattle.

The next thing for my little show and tell are these magnets! They are for Dayspring Day, they have all our missionaries’ birthdays printed on them to encourage people to send off a small gift or card on their special day. I will probably print off 100 of these. They look pretty enough to go on the fridge (well, I think so!)

And the blue? A little sleeping set for Cassandra’s doll. She has been running around with the boy’s swords saying “die, die”, so I thought that I would try and nuture her gentle side. She loves this little cot that I found in an opp shop for $3, and the dotty sheets which are joined together to avoid frustration. I love the little pillow!

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Aug 10 2008

Serene Sunday

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The boys went with Jared today to his preaching post, and I took the girls to our church. We had a sermon on Psalm 1 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the council of the ungodly” Our minister talked about the fact that there are two kinds of people those who follow God, and those who don’t. Follow God, and you will have peace, not only for this life, but for all eternity!

This morning it actually snowed in The Basin! It didn’t last long though, but that tells you how cold it actually is. We have a lovely open fire place to keep us all snug and cosy. It is overwheming sometimes to consider the blessings that we take for granted, such as a warm and comfortable home. We have enjoyed a quiet day of playing, some computer time, and some time dedicated to Lachlan to teach him to march in time! This was done with Boy’s brigade in mind.

I also made a muslei slice with Cassandra today. I dare not cook with her, as she would probably try by herself, and get the house in a terrible state, perhaps by the time she is five she will be a proficient chef?

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Aug 09 2008

It almost feels like spring!

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We had a lovely day today! We went to Tooradin to see Creepy’s natural habitat. Last time that we went to Tooradin, we saw about 40 Hermit crabs popping back into the sand after being startled, I was hoping that we would see them again, but no! Instead we saw this dead crab. We all enjoyed the beach with it’s cool breeze, the beautiful sights and the lovely sound of the waves gently breaking on the pier.

The nicest part of the day was that Jared was with us. we all miss the fact that we don’t see him as much now that he works away from the home, rather than in it. Cassandra treasures him being around too!

We then went to Tyab packaging houses, a huge place full of antiques! The children loved the carriage out the front, it reminded them of Little House on the Prairie!

Take a look at these gorgeous books in this box, I don’t know the books, but who cares when they are packaged so scrumptiously!

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Aug 08 2008

Giving him the creeps!

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Yes, that’s right, I gave Camden the Creeps, or at least Creepy! That’s the name of his new little hermit crab! Anyone that knows us, knows that we haven’t had a good track record with animals, but Camden has had a hermit crab before for about 18 months until it died. So here is Creepy the second!

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Aug 07 2008

Princesses and Knights in training!

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I was really impressed with Lachlan today, I put a deal to him that if he dug up the pond, we could sell it, and he could have the money. It was hard work, but he went to it like a man with a mission! All he has to do is clean it now!Here is princess Stephanie, my beautiful maiden with her hair braided ( I can only braid backwards, go figure!).  I’ll have to take a photo of my friend Lian soon, she is doing a really cute style with her hair at the moment. Princess Cassandra shown here, was at her worst today, deciding not to use the potty, but to instead hide and do her “private things” in private! She tried to hide her activity, by placing different items over it, including an orange building block right in the middle. I can see a sermon illustration in anything… isn’t it just like our sin? It doesn’t matter how we try and cover it up, it’s still  just as disqusting and unacceptable to God! I am so thankful for a forgiving God, who can take away our sin, and make us as white as snow. Cassandra wasn’t capable of cleaning herself up, just as I’m not of getting rid of my own sin, but God can, and does, through Jesus and his work on the cross! Don’t we feel better when we are declared clean?

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Aug 06 2008

Mix and Match!

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Mix, because of the cooking, and match, because my son decided to use Scotch towel instead of toilet rolls. When I told Jared about the Scotch towel, he was expecting me to say that he put a tea towel there instead, so, It  really  is how you look at things, it could always be worse!We had cooking class again Monday, it is rather chaotic cooking with flour and eggs with children, but it makes me want to just burst out laughing, because they enjoy it so much (ok, it takes ages cleaning up afterwards, but who cares?). We made the lemon cake, one for each child, even little Cassie made one all by herself!

Today I did a “copy cat”, and tried making my own wagon wheels. They are so Yummy, and so easy! Check out the during, and after photos!. I must have will power!

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