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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