Archive for December, 2008

Dec 31 2008

Happy New Year!

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be_still_vaLast night we went to a friends house to play some board games. We left Cassandra with Jared’s parents and took Camden and Alycia (Steph and Lach are still at camp), we pick them up today. Our friends live in Upwey where they have limited parking space, so we had a little oppsy with our car getting stuck between two levels. Thankfully a friend  has a four wheel drive so he was able to pull us out. We won’t talk about the strange metal noise that we heard on the way home coming from under the car…ugh!

I’ll just confess now, that I hate Trivial pursuit, because I am dumb! The only questions that I got right were the chick flick questions, how sad is that? We then played pictionary, do you believe that three guys won that?

I hope that everyone has time to reflect and to plan for the year ahead today. That you might consider dedicating this year to serve the risen Christ. Our life is but a vapour, so we want it to count for something…let us invest in eternal treasures.2077720_722432

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Dec 30 2008

The Great Challenge!

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Monday night Jared’s parents arrived to stay for a couple of weeks. It was Julie’s 60th  birthday so we went out for tea to Sophia’s. The great challenge was to eat the huge meals that were given to us. I ordered a chicken snitzelblog-1442Even I could not eat it all, and that was with Cassandra and Camden’s help! Everyone liked the meals that they ordered. For dessert I shared a gelati with Cassandra, even that was huge!blog-1446Jared had a banana crepe, Julie had some cake with coffee in it, and George had some yummy chocolate thingy, delivered with about 1 litre of icescream scooped on top! We all passed our desserts around and felt totally ill afterward, how piggy was that?

The day after Christmas was a quiet day where we potted around the house doing general cleaning. Lachlan helped Jared paint the gate.blog-14291Cassandra played in the bath with her new toys (supervised of course!)blog-1434and I figured out what to do with all of that extra christmas meat, make family roasts to put in the freezer!blog-1435

On Sat. it was Lachlan’s 12th birthday, so we had a little lunch to celebrate, and then he went off with Stephanie to PYV camp. We drove to Bacchus Marsh to drop them off. The theme this year is “Cops and Robbers” they have to dress as one of the above. Steph has a police outfit, and because Lach didn’t have a balaclava I suggest a stocking, he was horrified! Here is a photo of him with a blow up gun.blog-1440He looks ugly don’t you think? Remind me not to go out with a stocking on my head! As it was he “accidently” forgot to take it, ugh!

Sunday we went to Belgrave in the morning and then to the Presbyterian Chruch of Eastern Aust. for the evening. We had two good sermons!

Today is Tuesday. Cassandra is at last asleep next to me. The G’parents just got back with Jared, and I need to think about tea, so see you.

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Dec 25 2008

Merry Christmas!

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blog-1403What a lovely day! We woke up at 6am, and I called out “Merry Christmas” to wake the children. They came up carrying their sacks, then they opened their presents on our bed. There was a lot of “Wows”. Alycia and Steph gave presents to everyone too. Camden gave one to Lachlan and Cassandra.Belgrave didn’t have a church service so we went to Heathmont, where there was a good message and well worded songs. We then drove to Buln Buln after picking up the christmas meat from home.

Louise, my sister in-law had gone to alot of trouble with many different salads, and some cute desserts. This is what she made for the children.blog-1420I was able to take a few pictures of my beautiful neices and nephew with my little blessings. It was a bit sunny so it was difficult for them to look up. I love the photo though!blog-1412In the afternoon I spent my time in the pool with the children, it was cold! I wish that I could spend more time getting to know these little people, the time just flies though. In a blink of an eye they will be adults with families of their own, ugh!

Now we are home, Cassandra is exhausted. The boys are revved up, Steph is happy to find some solace, and Alycia is at a loose end. G’night everyone, and Godbless!

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Dec 24 2008

This and that.

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blog-1357Yesterday Jared’s parents came over and worked very hard on removing rust from metal  duvas off the pool, then painted them. The pool guy turned up for five minutes to see what was going on and then promised to come back at 7am today, guess what? Yup, that’s right, he did a no show, again! Steph, Lachlan and I went and did some cutting etc for some friends who are preparing for a camp.blog-1361I have always wanted a yellow rose by the front door since my first unit as a single girl had one, and it was beautiful, so…Jared planted me one, and it has just bloomed. This is one of the sweetest things Jared has done for me, remembering, and then planting. Don’t you think that it is a lovely rose?

Today I caught up on the washing (“wow” I hear you say, but it has to be done!) We have recieved a few gifts in response to our cake and bickie tins in our street. I didn’t want to give anyone any stress about giving us anything, in fact, I can honestly say that it didn’t cross my mind that we would get anything, but…We have riecived a box of chocolates, a packet of freddos, and a basket of lollies, and a thank you card! I have been madly writing everyone’s name down so that I can remember them.

This afternoon as “The Basin tradition” has it, the firebrigade arrived to give all the children lollies. I am amazed by how many children come pouring out of the houses, in our street and others.blog-1385

It was great to finally have the neighbourhood boys talk to me, they all want more rocky road! Boys try to act all cool, but they can be quite sweet when they aren’t trying to impress.blog-1368 While waiting for her lollies, Cassandra was grumpy because I wouldn’t let her out of my sight..she ran away again today. She walked in bare feet for about 1km! It is by God’s grace that nothing has happened to her. What am I doing? I was tyding my linen cupboard. I couldn’t hear her, so I called, can anyone see Cassie, no one said yes, but I didn’t get up and check, and this is what happens. The side gate was open ready for the pool man, and off she went. She was nearly at the shops, when Alycia found her. She was bleeding from a cut toe.  I did buy an alarm for her, the instructions sounded complicated, but I need to put it on her. I must get distracted too easlily. After the children had their baths, we went off to look at the houses that are lit up. Jared and I couldn’t get over how many people get into decorating their homes with lights, and Santas. I think it is pretty, but I also feel a sadness that Christ isn’t proclaimed instead of Santa.

Have a nice Christmas everyone, may you know the peace that only Christ can give.

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Dec 22 2008

A mixture of a day..

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What a mixture of a day! I started off sweeping and mopping, while Jared worked on pulling the pool apart. He evidently found a lot of spiders under the liner and experimented with stabbing a few with his screw driver. One spider squirted and he got the dead spider remnants on his face! Eww!! Steph could even see it, yuck! Who would of thought that spiders have guts!

After lunch we had a visit from Lian and two of her three children. They brought gifts with them, yay! I’m so shallow. Cassandra recieved a towel with a frog on it which she has been carrying around all day. Camden got some freaky glasses with some false teeth (they could come in handy when my time comes). Lachlan got some young man fragrance, to make the girls swoon. Lian also gave me a lovely spotty cup with some yummy hot chocolate mix, thank you Lian. While they were here, our new couch arrived, oh man, you should never watch removalists, let alone listen to them. After dropping and shoving, the couch and chair landed in one piece in our lounge. My chair could be a bed!blog-1334I look like I’m in a cocoon! I would like to say that I would emerge as a beautiful butterfly, but I don’t think that the chair has magical powers.

The pool man didn’t turn up again (suprise, suprise). He is now going to come on Wednesday, in the mean time Jared has just asked his parents to come and work on it tommorow. Watch out for those gooey spiders!

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Dec 21 2008

A couple of days…

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Wow, it must be Christmas time! Here are some pictures of a couple of days in pictures..

Thursday, we picked up our new second hand van. From now on we will be easy to spot, at least I will never lose the car in the shop car park!blog-1292We celebrated Cassandra’s 3rd birthday. Happy Birthday little Cassie!blog-1303She got this great scooter for her birthday. It’s great because it has two wheels in the front which keeps her balanced.blog-1318She is such a poser!

On Friday we went to the Dandenong market, picked up Jared’s whipper snipper duva, and then to Frankston where we bought a Beiblog-1297ge lounge suite…beige, do you believe it? Now we have bought some sheets to protect it, go figure!

We celebrated Christmas with my Mum and Dad.blog-1321Today we went to Belgrave church and one generous man gave my children $50 to share between them, wow! How spoilt are my children? I really don’t want them to accept it, but I don’t want to offend the gentleman. There certainly will be some letters in the post tommorow.

This afternoon we put together 18 tins of yummy goodies for our neighbours. The last couple of days I have stayed up late to cook, rocky road, wagon wheels, mini plum puddings, banana muffins and chocolate muffins. We also had a few candy canes thrown in. blog-1332

Most of our neighbours were out! Ugh! Talk about chaos! Five children all excited, tins dropping everywhere, children tripping..Two families just said that they didn’t want any, but others were happy to have them. Later in the afternoon the girls went back to the houses that were missed. We found that the teenage boys were the most eager. It is a good way to get to know our neighbours a little better too.blog-1333We finished the day with painting, now we have some lovely art work drying on the clothes line!

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Dec 17 2008

100 today!

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This is my 100th post! What a lot of blabbing I have done.  Ok, so this is a picture for May Day, but let’s  just say “May you be filled with joy today”

may-day-basket-1-2008 On Monday, I finally wrapped up all of the presents for Christmas. Personally I don’t find it enjoyable any more, I just think that everyone has too much, including myself.  I have tried to buy the children something small or useful. Steph loves books, so I got her a latin book, a history book…Alycia will leave anything on the floor, so I thought that I would get her some stories on tape, Anne of Green Gables being one. Camden has his birthday a week later, he is getting a tent (big enough for all of the children). Lachlan is getting lego and a devotional book by Spurgeon.blog-1278

 Yesterday Jared, the children and I went into the city. Jared had a meeting at Melbourne Uni regarding his Doctrate. we went to the Vic market, the highlight for Jared was the jam donuts. blog-1276I got the belt for G’pa at last… We had lunch at La  Porchetta for free! The waiter dropped a glass that smashed into hundreds of pieces (which landed on all of us), so as an appology we got a free lunch!  We then went looking for Jared’s special American 100% cottton paper for his masters….no can do, must get it directly from the US. We checked out the free kiddies train, avoided Santa, and had a roast dinner at Myer.blog-1283

Today I had four little boys over so their mum could do some shopping. They were such good boys. My children loved the extra company. We made cubbies, played with play doh, and blew bubbles. We also had Jared’s parents drop in on their way from QLD to Jared’s brother’s place. We were suppose to pick up our new van today (jared’s brother’s old one, which we have bought), but it won’t be ready until tommorow.  We just drained  the pool and found some tad poles..blog-1273

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Dec 14 2008

Got him!

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At least I hope we did! I went to the bathroom last night, and he was above the door! The door was closed, I was trapped! I screamed, Jared laughed, I screamed again, Jared continued to laugh…and well, you get the picture. Jared eventually had mercy on me (knowing that I would continue to scream), until the horrible BIG spider was dead. Now I think everything is a spider…blog-12511

What a busy, but delightful weekend we have had. On Friday we went to Science Works with another family. With 9 children in total, we had no trouble using up their energy. Jared and I even got a bit of exercise too! The children all seemed nice and calm after the day.

 At night we had our homeschooling graduating night. We were the only ones who didn’t present our children with awards, perhaps I shouldn’t go there. It was nice to see the dad’s thank their wives for putting in the hard yards too. You certainly need your husband’s support when you homeschool. We wives must remember to thank our husbands for providing for us, so that we can. Most homeschoolers are on one income, and it can prove a challenge for some. We have been very blessed.

On Saturday we went (Steph, Alycia, our little friend Anna and I) to see Ellie’s ballet concert. She was fantastic. She had great energy, and perfect posture and moves. It was a long concert though, so I was really glad that I didn’t take Cassandra.blog-1270 At night I went with my girls to an 18th birthday party. It was a square dancing party. Once you get over the “I’m too embarrassed to dance” idea, it was enjoyable. Leah is a lovely 18 year old who seeks after God, may God continue to bless her, and be her strength.

 Today we went to Belgrave, it was a Christmas service.

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Dec 12 2008

There is a…

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Huntsman around my desk….ahhhhhhhhhh. Steoh got up to kill it, but without a weapon, duh! Now it is in hiding…speak to you later…must find huntsman..c8vtcasrmlvbcaai3hg8cacczxsjca1eo92mca4j0ox3caw5fy09carzhmq8ca01steqca1shawpca1zbvh9cazmykxdcasr0zglcauxny31ca2oyt6kca7nrthzca2qu6ubca0egr26cayr5s3lcay88hexI can’t even stand looking at the picture!

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Dec 11 2008

Paces, and Paddle Balls..

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blog-1240Two nights ago, Steph and I stayed up until 10.30pm to try and finish school for the year. Steph was on a roll. I could tell that she was up to the tests, so I pushed her, and she came up trumps!  The next morning we were up early to go head on, and guess what, she is finished…yay!  We then went off to Chadstone, before visiting my sister, Nicky. The children love auntie Nicky, she is always fun to be around, and she spoils them. Even Cassandra, loves Nicky, she wanted to stay there.  Typically Cassandra got grumpy, and thus wrecked this photo.blog-1249Perhaps it was under the influence of the red cordial? Nicky and I have discovered that we have a shared talent, we can bat a paddle ball! You bet ya. Nicky suggested that the Hood children all paddle ball, and sing at the same time, what a show!  Thanks Nicky for being a good auntie.

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Dec 09 2008

Yay!

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Today we walked Ellie to school, and came home and finished school for Camden and Lachlan…yay! Poor Steph has 20 more paces than the others, so she might take another week, ugh! She went in with Jared again today to work in the Library, evidently she is a good worker helping Jared to catch up. cutecolorscnyboy

 Today I also played “guess what I’m talking about on Facebook” I guess it is a bit like chinese whispers, ugh!

This afternoon I took the children (and Jared came too), to see High School Musical 3. I felt a little uncomfortable with it, too, um, what shall I say? Let’s put it this way, Gabriel and Troy should be walking down the isle. I did like the songs though. I think I whispered to my daughter “don’t dance like that with someone unless you are married to him”. Then it would be romantic!you_aremyvalentineI had a talk with a lady the other month who told me that she hoped that her daughter would keep her self for marriage, although she doubted it. The girl she was talking about is only15. I said that I have taught my children that God wants us to keep ourselves for the one that we marry. Mothers and Fathers, don’t forget to teach your children this. Temptation will come, but with biblical teaching, they will be better prepared to withstand it.

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Dec 08 2008

They made me cry…

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Today I cried, not sad tears, but happy ones. I had two lovely ladies, Lisa and Sevy, give me a lovely Christmas present. Lisa made a beautiful bag for me, and Sevvy filled it with all craft goodies, ribbons, material, scissors, all manner of things. I had seen Lisa’s bag during the year, and people were saying “I’d love one of those”, and I did the unthinkable, and said it too. blog-1219

This is Sevvy and Lisa, thank you so much for thinking of me, and for being so generous. I know I don’t deserve such a special blessing, but I realllllly appreciate it. I feel very loved.

It has been such a busy few days. Today we had a market, Alycia made $40, Lachlan 20, Camden 10 and Steph $20. This was clear, after they had given their tithe to a young man who is a missionary in China. They actually gave a lot more than their tithe, which made me very happy to see them give money away cheerfully.blog-1205Alycia manning the store.blog-1206Steph made two nappy cakes at $50, she got an order for early next year, but she still has these two. They are made using the best quality nappies, lotion, hat, and booties, and a baby blanket sewn by her. I think she clears about $10 when she sells them.blog-1207

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There were a number of other stalls, all the children tried their best. I felt bad that I couldn’t buy something from each stall to encourage them.

On Sunday morning Jared went to Morwell with Lachlan and Alycia. I went to a fire awareness meeting  next to our street run by the fire station. I felt horrible missing out on morning church for such a thing, but they didn’t run it any other time. After the hour long lesson, I was freaked out! In the afternoon I went to a commisioning of Issac Motor Yat, who will be returning to Sudan to teach and preach. It was a lovely service full of praise to God. Despite Cassandra turning on the “I don’t want to be here button”, we all felt inspired and up lifted after the message. I was encouraged to see children who recognised other missionaries from the Dayspring cards, when they told me, I felt very happy. Never underestimate the faith of children, and the work that they can do.

 Saturday we went to Morwell, to the German club. STeph and Lachlan were taught German by a friends for a number of years back in Moe. Mr and Mrs Mocnik have become very special to us. Mr Mocnik cooked the potatoes pancakes.blog-1194And Mrs Mocnik did some major organising..blog-1196On the way home we popped in to visit Jared’s G’ma and Pa in Buln Buln for a few hours.

Friday night I went out with my homeschooling mothers. It was a fun night with a lot of laughs. The meals where huge! We went to Sophia’s in Berwick.blog-1188

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Dec 05 2008

Dedicated to my Mother…

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My dear mother has been searching out her name on my blog, so I thought that I would say something about her…She is very special to me, I am very similar to her in personality, but not in gifts. My mum has a very awesome ability to make a house look wonderful, even if it is a dump. Mum use to come up and visit me in Moe, the place would look like a wreck, but with little effort (or so it seemed), she would turn a mess into a fresh feminine sparkle. Mum always has flowers in her house, but never clutter. I have never seen her house messy, mine is never neat! Why didn’t I inherit that gene? I have said to mum constantly over the years that she should go into interior decorating, she has a gift.2i9rcafucmysca2ars5bcakozak0cabvf0xucaof3h38cacoexg0caja48u5ca92ummycayj98rocazonateca80cvc8ca3nhwcvca0zduvbca0o752jcahorazsca4fxdr5cav3dkc2caxgizdncakpoag8Ok, so this isn’t a picture of my mother, and she has never even looked like this, but hey, it gives me a laugh!

Today we went to a homeschooling market, not our one, that is on Monday. I also dropped off Jared’s gardening duva for a service…exciting stuff eh? I am going out for tea though, so I am pretty chuffed about that.

 Here are some pictures of Alycia’s paddle balls to sell for $2 each, and Lachlan’s lacing cards for littlies.blog-1183blog-1184blog-1185blog-1181

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Dec 03 2008

To market to market….

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Dotted between school, the children made some items for the homeschooling market. Firstly Alycia made some paddle balls, we cut out some scrapbooking paper to give them a cool look.blog-1171

We are also working on a couple of clip boards with a matching pencil…

And some magnets, these are my favourite, because they are so easy that Alycia can do them on her own, and yet, they look great!blog-1177blog-1176

blog-1178There are more, but I have to get more magnets for them.

Steph has been working on some baby blankets for her nappy cakes, and on about 10 cushions. Lachlan has started on some plaster caste, and some bookmarks, and some lacing cards for toddlers. I’ll have picks another day.

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Dec 02 2008

The wheels on the car go round and round…

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What a busy couple of days we have had. On Friday night we went to the Presbyterian Theological college graduation. The night starts at 8pm, so I think that is why the male lecturers sit up the front….to avoid grumpy babies in the pew! As it was, the children behaved. We had a brilliant sermon from Rev Benn. He preached about being men of integrity. He also said that we need strong godly fathers and mothers, something that is not preached about enough these days. Rev Benn, obviously had a godly father, and in turn, he himself is now able to guide and direct his grandchildren in God’s ways.blog-1101Camden ready for church!

On saturday morning we dropped off Alycia and Stephanie to my mother and fathers to stay a few nights while the rest of us went to warrnambool.  When we arrived we unpacked, and then set off to the beach. We climbed, and enjoyed the sea breeze, ah, beautiful! I love the sea, wild one minute, peaceful and tranquil the next.blog-1113blog-1118

blog-1119blog-1123On Sunday, Jared preached three times at Warrnambool Pressie Chruch. We went to two of them with him. For Lunch we went to the park with the minister and his family, and another church family. It was a great time to get to know them a little. Jared preached on the inspiration of Scripture. Because we know that the Bible is God breathed, we should know that it is without error, because God is truth, He does not lie. The Bible is like no other book ever written, so we should read it, and obey it, and to not neglect it. I thought that Jared did not have the interest of the young people’s service, but not long into the sermon, there was silence, you could tell that people were taking it in…

Monday was a bonus day. We went to Portland. On the way we climbed gravel hills..Jared said that they were flatter after I got up!blog-1143We walked along the pier.blog-1151

I had a little rest on Monday after tea, and look what I woke up to!

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That has to be worth an hours sleep don’t you think? And that my friend is why I never have naps! There were two eggs stuffed into that kettle. Oh, and the chocolate milk was lying on it’s side inside the fridge, without a lid on!blog-1163Here is our first Christmas photo (and probably the only one).

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