Archive for February, 2009

Feb 28 2009

A Lovely Saturday.

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It was a quiet morning, we all just potted around. Ellie came over early, we gave her a little sewing machine ($20) from Clints. I hope that she will get some practice making some things. Alycia also gave her “Happy Birthday” crown to her. Camden and Cassandra played “Let’s dig up gold in the back yard”…I wish! Lachlan played outside with some neighbourhood boys.

After lunch we popped into see mum and dad, and then to Southland to do some more pottering! Afterward Jared said “let’s go to a Chinese restaurant” so off we went to Sandringham, we actually mean’t to go to Blackrock. On the way we reminised about all the places that we have been to, or was special to us. First stop was my Nana’s old place, but it has changed so much…was it number 6?

We ended up in Mordialloc, and had our chinese food.img_0624We then walked along the pier, and climbed on rocks and a raft..img_0640It was lovely to all be so relaxed.img_0708Jared pretended to throw Lachlan backwards into a very expensive car!img_0632Camden loved the sprays of water.img_0694Lastly a picture of Steph and me!img_0672

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Feb 27 2009

Where Have the Days Gone?

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The last few days are a blur. We have friends who live in Belgrave Heights, and they were evacuated on Monday? because of the fires. We actually had some ash over in The Basin….very scary, and yet surreal. It was very smokey. Thankfully they were able to go back home on Tuesday. Today everyone was warned about being on alert. Schools were closed for the day in our area, and others. The wind started to pick up at lunch, so I decided to go out with the kiddies. I asked Alycia to check the two children next door to see if they would come with me, but their mum had the good idea to have a sign on the door telling me that they were at work with her. We sat in the shops, the children played thumb wars.img_0611It is good to be home again, we even went for a swim after tea!

Yesterday Camden decided that he wanted to be a scientist. He is really interested in those magic trees at the moment, I’ll show you one tommorow. Yesterday we made some green pancakes, Camden was thrilled. We all gagged though, because they tasted like playdoh, ugh! Who would have thought that food colouring would have made such a differance to the taste?img_0602Some day this week, I really couldn’t tell you what day, I went into Dimmey’s. Cassandra always want to run off in this store, in 5 seconds, this is where I found her…up on the platform, and in a dog house! A new cubby house perhaps?img_0607Today we did some sorting of all my horded stuff, I am ashamed of myself. I have so many stickers, stickers that I don’t even give to my children because they end up on walls, floors, furniture….well, you get the picture.img_0622

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Feb 25 2009

Another Day..

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Today is what I consided to be a great day. School went well, I had a lot of cooking done by lunch, and Cassandra was content doing crafts, yay!img_0532img_0531

After school the neighbourhood children played outside. Cassandra went out too!img_0543I love this photo of Steph, that Ellie took.img_0583

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Feb 24 2009

Confessions of a Hoarder…

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This afternoon I decided to go through the many draws that I have filled with craft items, plastic bags, Dayspring stuff and material. Do you believe after gathering everything together this is my biggest collection of..Rubber Bands! How can I have so many? I obviously can never find them, so I go out and buy more, duh! Here is a photo of my hoarding habit.img_0528

img_0521We started the day with Alycia donning a chef’s hat and apron, and cooking her first caserole. She did the whole thing herself, with me from the table (teaching Camden) talking her through the next step. She did a really great job, she was so good at following directions.

The washing machine leaked all over the place, suds and all, ugh “Mr Washing Machine man where are you?”img_0523Cassandra tried her hand at “sewing” with lacing cards.img_0524Just for interest, check out this photo of Jared and I, we were 17!  How young do we look? Oh man, I wish that I never looked at chocolate!img_0517and now, a silhouette version of our family..img_0505

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Feb 22 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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simple-woman-daybook-smallFOR TODAY 23.2.09

 Outside my a little dark and smokey, with a little glimpse of blue.

 I am thinking… I hope that it rains soon.

I am thankful for..My family, a beautiful home, and freedom to worship Christ.

 From the learning rooms…Alycia singing while she starts work on a Pace, Camden playing with Marbles

 From the kitchen… Ingredients are out to teach Alycia how to make a casserole.

I am wearing…  Jeans and a blue T-shirt.

I am creating… An appliqued square of Sun bonnet Sue for a friend (over due)

I am going… No where today, except to buy milk!

I am reading..My Bible, I am hoping to have read through the whole book by Septemeber (at this stage should have that done, in time to start again!)…

 I am hearing… The squawking of Cockies on the telephone wire..they are very loud, and the occasional Kookaburra.

Around the house…Cleaning needs to be done, especially the floor. 

 One of my favorite things… My computer, and my hoard of material..

A few plans for the rest of the week: to finish my applique, to shop way under budget (that should be a first).

Here is picture thought I am sharing…img_0501

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Feb 18 2009

Alycia Turns 9!

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img_0421Today Alycia turns 9!  I still see her as about 6, but no, time has moved on. I decided not to buy her toys because she is notorious for leaving things on the floor, so she chose a new doona cover set. I was pretty happy with that, especially as it was 40% off at Adairs Kids (a place I don’t even go into normally). She also recieved her first adult Bible! She choose a black NKJ, so now all she has to do is read it! img_0439Alycia is a little treasure, a little insecure though. I recently had a talk to her about “feeling” loved.  For some people they always have a feeling of being unloved, so it is important that she remembers that besides us loving her, she has a heavenly Father who loves her, and has proved that,by the sacrifice of His Son.  We met up with mum and my sister Nicky to have lunch, and then we went out for tea, taking Ellie with us too. Look at the size of this gelati!img_0460

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Feb 17 2009

A Good Example.

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Tonight I have been thinking about good examples. I have been blessed to have had some good christian role models in my life, ones that come to mind when I am thinking of which direction to take. I was talking to some friends the other day about the sabbath, there is no doubt that the Bible is clear about keeping the sabbath holy, so why have I gone into a shop or paid for the movies on a Sunday before? I guess I am a hypocrite. It really is amazing how you can think that something isn’t so bad if everyone does it. It is really rare to hear of people avoiding shops and the like these days.  It also makes me think now about what I do, and what negative influence I might have on someone…If you know me, it won’t take you long to realise that I slip up often, but hopefully you will also know that my trust is in Christ alone for my salvation.  I know with a certainty that only Christ  can save a sinner such as me!

img_0396This is Cassandra, yesterday she made some coconut balls for the College Opening Service. She couldn’t roll them into balls, but as you can see, she did everything else. She washed her hands about 20 times, so I can assure you that they were safe to eat!

The children were all well behaved during the service, it was such a late night for them.img_0405

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Feb 14 2009

Happy Valentines!

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Before I write this, I should really say that Jared and I have never celebrated Valentine’s day, but then again, if Jared choose to, I wouldn’t complain! But, Hey, I’m going to Europe, that is every Valentine, Christmas and Birthday since my birth, right? Today has been a day to remember our spouses in particular. My girls and I went to a friends renewal of wedding vows today. It was very God honouring, and one thing came across loud and clear, and that was that they gave God the glory for sustaining their marriage. I loved the fact that their three girls, aged 21, 18 and 15? each spoke or sang. One made a poem, another a song, wow, I actually shed a tear…..To celebrate, they didn’t want gifts, but just some afternoon tea, so that everyone could share in their day. I found these cute “Hershey Kisses” on another blog bellabia? Now I guess you would have to be an American to know what a Hershey is, so it was a little lost in translation..but it still tasted ok. The recipe was very simple, Orea biscuits, one packet plus 4 more biscuits, and a block of light cream cheese! Crush biscuits, mix in cheese, how easy is that? Here are some pics…oh, and you need to dip them in chocolate!img_0362


 Mold the cream cheese mixture into balls, put in the freezer for 10 min, take out then form a little tip at the top.img_0368

Dip into chocolate, place on foil, print off some little saying, and gather up the foil, easy!img_0376

I also made some for our church luncheon tommorow, Stephanie made the sausage rolls all by herself, how good is that?

 Gotta go now, so I hope that you all have a happy Valentine’s day. Now you can have a kiss with your cuddle! (how corny is that!)

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Feb 11 2009

I'm going to Europe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Do you believe it? Jared will be going to Geneva to the Calvin 500 conferance, and because he loves me sooooooooooooo much, he can’t bear to experience Europe alone. Jared is sacrificing an expensive  motel, and other little luxuries so that he can bring ME!  Wow, I can’t believe such a thing. Despite saying that I don’t have any interest in Rome, I will even be visiting there for a Day!  I don’t know if I could take on the Pope, but if I see him, I would probably try to convince him that he isn’t any mediator and neither is Mary. Aren’t we glad that we have the Bible to read ourselves? This is what the conferance is all about. Both sets of parents have offered to look after the children for three weeks (yeah, I know, they are very brave), but considering my dad works full time, it might be fairer to have two parents (being Jared’s) to brave our little bundle. I feel a little nervous leaving Cassandra ( I hope that she doesn’t forget me!).vintage

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Feb 11 2009


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Today we started on school and then went with mum to the Carrabean Gardens. After some food shopping, we came home for lunch, and then back to school. Camden fell in love with this little tin train for $12, he had kept his birthday money from December, so I let him spend it, check it out.img_0350

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Feb 10 2009


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Seeing that we are homeschooling again, Cassandra has started getting into everything again, so…We did some cooking.img_0331 Cassandra really takes cooking seriously, you can tell by the photo that she puts everything into it.


 Yesterday Steph and Alycia went back to Girl’s Brigade, they made these little sponge men. Cassandra was wrapped with them, off they went to the bath. It is very disturbing to see eyes floating in the bath, even if they are fake ones!img_0324

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Feb 10 2009

Emotional days..

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The days have been very emotional this week. The fires have cast a stillness over everyone’s lives. It seems as though everyone knows someone who has been affected by loss. We just heard of a missionary’s family who has lost their home, another friend has lost two of her friends. I have had two calls from people today asking how we are considering that their is another fire that started not too far from us, and we are surrounded by trees! Personally I can’t smell any smoke, but that is because the wind is blowing north, good news for us, but bad news for someone else. I/we have no intention of defending our home, we will go without  a second thought. I asked Lachlan and Stephanie seperately why they thought God allows some to die and others to live. Lachlan said that perhaps God wants to see if people will still trust him despite their difficult times. Steph said that we all deserve God’s judgement, no one more than others, while Alycia chimed in to say, that it was God’s plan for those who died to die. I don’t claim to know the mind of God especially when it comes to such tradgic loss of life, but I am assured that God is in control, He promises never to leave His people, and that He is not willing that any should perish. I hope that these events don’t harden people’s hearts, but rather soften them.comeuntome1

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Feb 07 2009

Hot Hermits

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What a terrible day of heat 450c! We closed curtains, turned on the air conditioner (thank you God for this luxury) and stayed still. I sat and googled most of the day (stuck to my seat), Jared did the same. Cassandra had a tea party with Lachlan (against Lachlan’s will)img_03081

Alycia played with Legoimg_0309

In other words there is stuff is everywhere, and guess what? I don’t care!

What I do care about is my family up in Buln Buln, they were on high alert for bushfires. Thankfully now at 8pm the woarst is over, and they are relieved, so are we. A number of times through the day, I called the children together to pray for their cousins and grandparents and Auntie and Uncle. Everyone prayed in order of age, starting with Cassandra, I was amazed at how much she seemed to understand, until I heard her say something about a boat? We need to keep our fire fighters in our prayers too, they are so brave. fffirehouse2






I also read the new book by the Duggars “20 and counting”, it is a simple and quick book to read. I liked it because the mum and dad showed that they weren’t perfect, but just regular christians who prayed for their children to become godly adults. There was some good practical advice on child raising. Unlike the rest of us, they will never regret not having enough children. What a blessing it is to have children!img_0311

To finish on a summery note, look at this cute watermelon fruit dish. It combines todays two topics, summer and babies..y_834









Check out this great site called the tipjunkie , I think that I found this great monkey pattern off this site (although I did say that I have been on google all day, who knows!)3227821132_8b3f60f5b8

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Feb 05 2009


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Today while rummaging through some cupboards I came across a little stash of silver (or silver plated if truth be told). Here are two serviet rings, one with Jared’s intials and one with my name. When I first met Jared, his family use to use serviet rings at dinner time, and after I had been going out with Jared for a while, they got me one too! Call me easy, but this was important to me, and when I see it, I smile. It really is the little things that can make someone feel loved don’t you think? A little thought, and a small tradition. I might start this up with my children now. If you get a serviet ring, watch out, I might have my eye on you for a future son or daughter in-law!

We finally got our school paces, $2000 later! img_0281img_0282img_02841


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Feb 03 2009


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Yesterday we had our homeschooling group. This year I am helping with a “Keepers at Home” class. Lian has some great ideas to encourage the young girls to learn new skills, and then use them. Both Lian and I were hopeless when we first married our husbands, not ever having to cook, clean or look after babies before. My children will be a lot more confidant and useful with their skills. The first lesson was designing their personal folder file, to fill with recipes etc. Lian wrote the words, and I just put in some clip art around it. We made two different designs to give the girls a choice.keeperand the other one..keeper2Today we started school, Camden started on his tables, and he will give Lachlan a run for his money soon. Cassandra always plays up despite the box of creative goodies that I had stored ready for her use. The painting occupied her for about 10 minutes.


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