Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Baby names

Baby names have been running through my head lately. I'm not pregnant again but I have become an aunty again to a beautiful little miracle girl. Her name was a surprise till birth but I was pondering what it could be for months. Her name is Melita, which means "sweet as honey". I never would have guessed it!

There is something about a name. It gives you a sense of being and identity yes. But more than that it tells others who you are. For this reason I believe names and their meanings are very important.

In Bible times names and their meanings were a big thing too. There was even a guy in the Bible (Jabez) who prayed to God to bless him because of his name and its effect on his life. 2 Chron 4:9-10

With Christmas coming up I really want to remind myself that baby Jesus was named specifically and with meaning. From the very beginning baby Jesus was given a name by God with meaning to match perfectly the plans He had for Him. See here...

Matthew 1:20-25 KJV
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, a baby boy who grew up to be everything his name suggests. Emmanuel and our Saviour. Thank you God. Praise you Jesus!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Australian Christmas Dinner

At Christmas time I always and especially look forward to the main event - Christmas dinner. For me it has to be mostly traditional feast, over-catered for, with a stack of family and gorgeous decorations. I like to plan my menu months in advance and then think about portions, how to serve it, the timing, leftovers and well everything down to the last green pea.

This year I decided to have it outside, I'm hoping it creates less mess to clean afterwards. So to accompany my outdoor Christmas dinner I decided to make it an Australian theme. Mind you there are some things like pumpkin pie (very American) that our family could not pass up.

So here is our menu...

Turkey breast roast
Gravy (from scratch)
Cranberry jelly
Roast veg mix (seasoned with Italian herbs & sea salt)
Peas & corn
Bbq'd garlic prawns
Cold honey glazed ham on the bone
Egg salad
Beetroot
Pineapple
Dinner rolls

Pumpkin pie
Christmas pudding
Damper
Jam
Cream
Custard

Fruit punch
Egg nog
Fronti (non alcoholic sparkling wine)
Iced water

Yum. I'm so excited!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Chocolate Candy Cane Fudge

Christmas is fast approaching and I love this time of year. I think most people do. What's not to love?!

Here is a great Nigella recipe that I adapted to make more Christmassy. I call it Chocolate candy cane fudge. It's perfect for end of year Christmas parties and I plan on making up a few batches to create some gifts.

Chocolate candy cane fudge recipe:

Ingredients:

375 grams good cooking chocolate (I used chocolate buds)
120 grams candy cane (10 regular size ones)
1 can condensed milk
Pinch of salt
2tbs butter

Method:

1. Put the candy canes into a food processor and blitz them until desired size. Some candy powder and quite small pieces worked well for me. I didn't want any broken teeth.

2. Put the chocolate, condensed milk, butter and salt in a heavy-based pan on a low heat, and stir to melt.

3. Add the candy cane to the melted chocolate and condensed milk and stir well to mix.

4. Pour and spatch this mixture into a foil tray 23cm square, smoothing the top.

5. Let the fudge cool, and refrigerate until set. About 90mins.

6. You can then cut it into small pieces approx. 3 x 2.25cm. Cutting 8 x 10 lines in the tin to give 64 pieces best achieves this.

Once cut, it can be kept in the freezer - no need to thaw just eat straight away.

Yum!

Monday, December 10, 2012

What is in your hands today?

Recently just in my everyday stuff I've been encouraged and inspired to continue on and to excel at what God has placed in my hands to do now. Overtime I can sometimes get lost or lose sight of what I set out to do. And I forget what my now purpose is. For example; At this time in my life I am a mum, housewife and carer. This is my now purpose. It is what God has given me to do at such a time as this.

But I'm a dreamer, I love working towards something and looking to the future. None of these are bad things but we can get caught up in them an lose sight of what God has called us to do right now. Dreaming of the future can distract us from what God wants us to do now.

What has he called you to do right now? It may be motherhood, business, study, to work your way up in the workplace, volunteer, music... Whatever it is do it well! There is a time for everything. God has called you to do that right now for a specific reason.

Two scriptures come to mind:

Psalms 92:4
For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

And

Colossians 3:23
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.

I want to encourage you to remember what God has put in your hands to do today. Not tomorrow. And do it with a spirit of excellence!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Being thankful

Its easy to get bogged down, upset, or even depressed about what you've lost. A loss of something can be hard.

I know it seems a silly thing for me to be upset about but this year I lost a Christmas tree. We moved house this year, I also did a lot of decluttering this year and in the process I lost the top of my majestic, inherited and sentimental Christmas tree.

There are four parts to it; the base, then 3 sections of full, green, looking real, kind of branches. I lost the top section... I think I worked out it went to a thrift store charity bin. It's a shame. Christmas means a lot to me. Growing up in my mums house we had almost one gorgeous tree in every room of the house. I loved it!

Obviously there are much more important things in life and I can be grateful I didn't lose anything of great value like my home, my health or life of a family member. I am very blessed!

Colossians: 2:6-7 says
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

So this Christmas although I have no majestic tree, (I should mention I do have a family room tree), I am healthy, I have a beautiful family, somewhere to live, food to eat and a relationship with the Lord Jesus. He is always more than enough! I'm so grateful :)

Be grateful for what you have this Christmas season.

P.S. I believe this is Christine Caine's Christmas tree - absolutely gorgeous!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

3 part series to start...

Lots has been happening for my young family over the past few weeks. We have decluttered, packed up the entire house with only 7 days notice and moved into a new house. We did have some help but the majority of the work fell onto me... The mum!

How does a mum cope during such a busy time? I'm glad you asked.

My next few posts are dedicated to...
1. Decluttering
2. Packing up a family home (in record time)
3. Helping your children to re-settle

I feel very experienced in the moving business, seeing I've moved house 15 times in my 28 years of life. And I have never been so busy yet so organised. I highly recommend a good declutter whether you are moving or not. It's fun once you get the hang of it. Honestly!

Anywho, I hope you are all well and looking forward to doing life today :)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Amazing!

Our God is amazing. He guides us. Gives us life. Forgives us. Protects us. Shelters us. Provides for us. Shows us mercy. Reminds us. Redeems us. Sets us free. He has plans for us. Good ones. He performs miracles! And loves us unconditionally!

That is just the beginning. There is so much that God does for us; things we may never even know about.

Stop today and praise Him. Because he is good! He deserves our highest praise.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Financial Hardship

Money! It's fair to say that you can't live without it; especially in the Western World. You need it for food, water, shelter, sewerage, clothing, education, etc. these are just the basics. The list goes on!

I can say from experience that not having enough money can be a burden. Our young family is almost about to come through the other side of a long term financial hardship.

It's like being kicked when you are down when struggling financially. One thing after another always seems to pop up unexpectedly. Sometimes even when you have the best intentions and/or you've specifically planned to be wise it doesn't always turn out the way you would hope.

Our story...
At the end of 2009 DH and I brought a block of land with the dream of building our own family size home. For us it was perfect but we still got a soil test, checked with builders and banks before going ahead with the purchase. At the time we had no children or immediate plans for trying, we were both working full time, we were approved for finance and found a top 3 builder in our state with plans that would suit our shape block. We were told on average most houses are completed in 5 months. We officially signed up with the builder in February 2010. It's now October 2012 and we have only got an excavated block. Circumstances beyond our control have meant that now that we have two children, one of us is working full time and we have had two mortgages (we already owned a home) for three years we cannot afford to continue trying to build our dream home. In fact we also need to sell our first home because of other commitments. Plus we need a car, our clothes dryer broke and our fridge is ancient.

It's hard and disappointing! But especially when struggling financially we need to remember:

1. God is everywhere
2. God is our provider
3. God knows best

We, our family are almost coming up for air now. It's almost time for us to breathe again. So I want to encourage you, it is just a season. It may not seem that way when you are so worried you can't help but cry or you can't sleep. But it is just a season and seasons come and go. This will pass.

God is bigger than money and finances. He is looking out for us. He is our provider. And He owns a cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10).

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Make lemonade

There is that saying, 'when life gives you lemons make lemonade'...

Well this week my adorable girl and I made lemonade. You could say that we've had a big week or two so I suppose the saying works. But it was just soooo much fun to do. And then yummy afterwards!

Here is our recipe for:

Homemade Lemonade

375ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 12 lemons)
140gm sugar
6 cups of water divided

1. Cut and squeeze lemons to make juice.
2. Add 1 cup of water and sugar to the juice and stir till sugar is dissolved.
3. Add remaining 5 cups of water and stir.
4. Chill in fridge then serve.



Friday, September 28, 2012

Ephesians 6:18 says

Ephesians 6:18 says keep on praying, in the spirit, at all times in all kinds of ways. La, la la. La la la laaaaa. Ephesians 6:18 says keep on praying.

I learnt this verse as a small child. My mother had a cassette player and some Christian music. One of the cassettes was full of songs that each themed a different bible verse. She would play it every now and then and I know all the verses from each of those songs.

I find myself desperately needing God at this time. Our family needs a breakthrough. Especially financially. And just now as I was cradling my youngest sweet baby girl, thinking of my needs, my concerns/worries; the Holy Spirit reminded me of this song - this verse in which God instructs us to keep on praying.

Cradling my baby girl I started to ponder the words of the verse. As the the song phrased it (the 1st paragraph above), the verse has actually got four instructions:
1. Keep on praying
2. Pray in the spirit
3. Pray at all times
4. Pray in all kinds of ways

These are things that I know. They are also things that I am capable of doing. But how often do I follow these Godly instructions...?

So I am going to start. Again. That's one of the great things about God, he wipes our slate clean, cleanses us, makes us new. He gives us a 2nd chance. Many in fact. So instead of worrying I am going to be praying. At all times and in all kinds of ways.

My first 'in all kinds of ways' (welcome to the technological world)...

Lord, Thank you for reminding me of this verse tonight. Thank you for teaching me this verse! Using your Word and my iPad I come before you boldly to ask that you change our family's financial situation. You know our needs. You know of all the incomings and outgoings. Please take control of it all. We need you and in my personal opinion, we need a miracle. I will do my best not to worry and freak out about it. But you know me, so please don't leave me hanging till the last minute. I love you and I trust you. So now I leave it in your more than capable hands. Thank you Papa. Amen.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Teething

Argh teeth!

There is nothing like the scream and desperate agony of a lil bubba and the utter helplessness you feel when a baby is getting their first tooth. Or any tooth for that matter.

I personally know a number of babies who just go to sleep and wake up with teeth. Not my girls! I've been up late and early or all night with both of them while waiting on the arrival of a tiny white pearl. And my youngest hasn't even got her first tooth yet although I'm sure it's not far away.

It's hard for both parent and child. How do all you wonderful mummy's out there deal with teething?

Usually I try baby panadol or baby nurofen or both! Along with distraction, icy-poles and hugs. I could do with some new ideas :)

Just as long as i'm being honest... When I get really tired at new teeth time sometimes I turn into the grumpy, frustrated, be quiet because I can't take it anymore, kind of mum. Then I realise it's worse for them!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Tips for a bad hair day

Sometimes we wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Other days we wake up happy and motivated ready to tackle whatever may come our way. And other days are just bad hair days!

I have dirty, messy hair at the moment but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about days where you feel like nothing is going right. We all have these days. They just happen. It's part of life. Things can't be all roses and chocolates every day.

So what do we do when we are having a bad hair day? Here's my top 5 tips...

1. Stop right where you are and spend five minutes in prayer. A good honest chat with God about what's going on can help. Spend some of that time listening and expecting a response too. God changes peoples perspectives all the time.

2. Put on some praise music! We are created to Praise God. So get off your butt and shout it out. Even when there is a storm the nature still gives him glory. The trees don't cower or fall because of a little rain. Neither should we. Stand tall. Give him what he deserves, your highest praise.

3. Put on a smile. There was one year in particular when I was a teenager and honestly at the time u just thought it was crap, a big ugly mess. But I walked around with a smile all the time. All day. Others started to notice and respond positively. It changed their mood and in turn it changed me. A smile can make a world of difference.

4. Positive self talk. Tell yourself that you can do it. You can make it! It's just a season and seasons come to an end. If you have to be brutal with yourself - tell yourself to suck it up. Both of my parents have a quote that has helped them through life, ten two letter words, "if it is to be, it is up to me". Not true if you have God in your life but it is a very motivating little phrase. So believe in yourself and speak good, positive, motivating words to yourself.

5. Last but not least of my helpful bad hair day tips... Eat chocolate cake. Mmmm, a yummy, rich, goey, fresh, heavenly, chocolate cake. One bite of an awesomely irresistible chocolate cake will help you forget what's going on. Even if it's just for that one minute.

Of course I have other tips... Like make a list, retail therapy and so on. But these 5 really are the most helpful.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Things greater than my world!

Recently I decided that I need to do something greater than what I do in my everyday world. Part of me laughs at myself, actually maybe it's more like a crazy snicker, then I think to myself 'don't you already have enough going on?'

Yes!!! Between being a wife, a mummy to two under 19 months, a carer, housekeeper, helping to paint our family home, selling our block of land, organising a rental property and moving 5 people into it (in the next 6 weeks), financial pressure, plus being a daughter, sister and aunty; I have enough going on.

But I'm choosing to make an effort to go that extra mile. I want to help others. I want to make a difference in some other area. Now just to do it. So I've chosen... The Miracle Babies foundation. I hope to love and support other mums - those who are doing it tough with a premie or sick newborn.

I will volunteer my time as needed. And I'm sending in my volunteer application form in this week to help out at the upcoming Parents Babies & Children's Expo. It's not much for now. But i'm sure every little bit of support helps.

Sometimes we need a different perspective. I know I do! It's important especially when going through your own tough times to remember that there is always someone else worse off.

Don't get bogged down. Change your perspective and your position. Then help others get out of the mud as well.

http://www.miraclebabies.org.au/

http://www.pbcexpo.com.au/melbourne/

Friday, August 31, 2012

Happy Fathers Day

This is a special post to pay honour and show respect to all the dads out there. Happy Fathers day 2012!

An extra special mention to the father of my girls. You are wonderful! Thank you for all your help and support. We absolutely love you! Xxx

Remember God is our Heavenly Father, Abba Father, Daddy.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Believe

Over the last week I've been reminded to just believe. Believe in God. His goodness. His love. His faithfulness.

I have to remember to that no matter what, he has my back. He will and does protect, provide for and love my family.

Sometimes it's hard to remember this when you're going through a season that's hard. But he never leaves us and he wants what is best for us.

For us now is one of those hard season. But praise God that a season only lasts for a time and then it changes.

Lord thank you for this season. Please continue to help me remember and believe your truth, the Word.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

He's home!

I'd love to write something like... When daddy's away the girls did play!

But it's more like... mummy is even more tired than usual and all 3 of us are out of sorts because we missed daddy. We don't like doing life without him.

Today I'm very thankful that my dear husband came home from a half week work trip. And he is safe!

I love you hubby of mine. Xox

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Safety Warning

Oh my goodness! I cannot believe what a morning we had. All by 8.20am.

DH (dear husband) is away for part of this week and the girls and I are holding the fort. This morning while I was feeding DD2 (dear daughter two) some of her breakfast I left DD1 to do her own thing. She'd already eaten and was happy amusing herself. I knew she was chattering away in the kitchen. The very next room.

I started smelling gas. DD2 was in her high chair and I was kneeling down to feed her. Right next to me is an old gas wall heater that we don't use. I thought the smell came from there. I checked it out, opened it up, doubled checked the switches. All off. I instantly thought maybe it's leaking. Should I call a heater guy or the fire brigade?

Then my motherly instinct to protect my babies kicked in. Get the girls out. I walked into the kitchen to get DD1 and immediately discovered the problem. The kitchen stunk of gas. It was strong. DD1 was standing over the stove. She'd used the step stool to get up high enough. Turned one of the stove top gas burners on high - by accident or deliberately? I don't think she knows how. But I should not underestimate what she watches and knows.

I turned off the gas, ran her to the front door for fresh air (I already had a slight headache) and I knew then that we needed to leave the house till the gas cleared. Quickly I opened the windows, grabbed the nappy bag and we were off. DD2 didn't get to finish breakfast. Both girls were in their pj's and let's not even mention my look. But we were safe. Praise God! :)

Accidents can happen so quickly. I'm going to do a good check of the whole house. Be careful peeps.

Note to self: Get DH to put baby gate back up at kitchen door as soon as he gets home.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Church day

When I was a young child I called Sunday 'Church day'. That's because I knew that we went to church every week on a Sunday. As I grew I looked forward to going to church. Actually even as a young toddler I remember running into mums room of a morning excited because I knew it was church day.

I thank God that my mother made that effort and commitment to get our whole family to church. I love church and it is an important part of my life; past, present and future.

Since becoming a mum I have sometimes found it difficult to have everyone in our house ready for church and then arriving on time each week. As a mum you have to work in and around a baby's (or two) routine. Sometimes that is tricky. Quite often they will fall asleep before we arrive. Or you can have a rough night and really need the extra sleep in or rest.

But it was not until a recent message by a new mum and Pastor, Denae Ioannou that I really started to see and understand the benefits of my mums hard work and commitment in taking us to church every week.

These are some of the benefits that have really stood out to me: Manners, morals, a sense of commitment, a sense of community, values, a deeper understanding of character, vision, purpose, the presence of God and the most important: a relationship (or the opportunity of a relationship) with Jesus Christ.

These benefits (and the many I didn't mention) should not be taken for granted. They may seem normal and everyday. However these benefits are rare and precious. Something you should fight hard for. It's worth it.

I want to and I'm going to make it a priority for my family to be at church every week. No matter what the issue... Sleeping bubba, a winter cold, no clothes to wear, grumpy kids etc.

And you know what? This commitment could be the start of something that changes the world. You never know!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tantrums!

So this morning I experienced my first 18 month old tantrum. So I now understand the unpleasant-ness associated with them.

I know why it happened...
DD1 is sick with an ear infection. Poor little thing. As a result she is over tired and she wanted something that she is usually allowed to play with when sick and miserable (the family iPad) but halfway through her watching a show the battery died.

Her response...
To cry, moan and whinge and then to tense her body and not move from that one spot. This went on for 30 minutes.

Mummy's response...
Well at first I had no idea! Then a quick think and I came up with this list:
1. Don't give in to her behaviour.
2. Distract her, give her another option.
3. Love her. Don't get angry.
4. Let her have some space to cool off.
5. After she's quiet enough to listen get down to her level and explain the situation.

That did not seem to help. So I continued with my task while continually counting to eight...
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8;
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8;
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. This worked!

I still don't know if this is right. What do other mums do? I will need to research this. I read at least 4 books about having and looking after a baby but now I need to read a toddler book. I actually have one called Toddler Time by Robin Baker. I'd better get it out and start reading.

What would you all do? Was this a normal toddler tantrum? Oh Lordy help me.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Coming Around, Full Circle

Today I got something. Something finally just clicked. Let me explain...

Growing up I had a lot of responsibilities. Some placed on me by people or circumstances beyond my control and others I took upon myself. The responsibility aspect of my life started quite young. I am the oldest of 5 siblings and we come from a single parent household.

The first time I remember the feeling of responsibility was at age five. I won't share all the details but I believe and now know that the level of responsibility I felt regularly was too much and unfair for a child and as I grew, teenager. But for me it was normal and it became a natural instinct. Part of who I was.

As I became an older teenager and young adult people who spent time around me trusted me and saw me as mature and responsible. I liked this. I am a natural leader and I am very ambitious. So I saw those characteristics as valuable.

However after being married a few years and a number of things in life not going how I had hoped or imagined, I found myself in a situation where I really did not like responsibility. The weight and burden of responsibility was too much. I'd had enough of it! I wanted to be fun and carefree and irresponsible. I would often ponder 'why should I be the good girl?' I felt tired.

So for a little while I ran from my responsibilities and commitments. I wasn't the "good girl". And I had the carefree, irresponsible fun that I thought I wanted. Have you heard the Prodigal Son story? That was me... The son. I'm not too proud of it now but it was something that I felt at the time was missing in my life. I was never a wild teenager or young adult. Never went to parties or stayed out late. Never not called to say where I was. And I thought I needed that, I felt as though I'd missed that part of growing up.

As time went on I realised and learnt that life could not be sustained that way. Well not the life I really wanted to live. So a few things changed. I changed. I grew. God took me on a journey. Slowly I had been adding more responsibility back into my life. Sometimes resisting and taking it slowly. Because part of me, my attitude, blamed responsibilities for certain things, events taking place that I didn't like.

Today for me as a mum, wife, daughter, carer & friend was a big day. Just in that I felt stretched. I had a lot of different hats on and it seemed like there was a lot to do. So as I was driving towards one of the big jobs for the day I prayed aloud to God. And to sum it up I prayed "God, thank you for the responsibilities you have given to me." after praying it was like a weight had lifted and my mindset had shifted. I'm not running from responsibility anymore. I'm not afraid. I'm not missing anything. I can handle it. I want responsibility.

What I've learnt in the last four years while on this God journey is that...
1. there is healthy responsibility and non-healthy.
2. that being responsible does not mean you can't have fun.
3. God won't give me more than I can handle

Praise God!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Child Like Faith

Yesterday I was having a little chat with my girls. As we were chatting I was watching them play and interact. So cute. DH (dear husband) and I are so blessed! Mid conversation I told each of the girls "you are beautiful".

The youngest smiled in response (almost 7 months) and the oldest (18 months) looked at me as if taking it in. I was surprised. She was thinking it through. Then as if she'd had a little light bulb moment, her eyes lit up and she said back to me with belief and in a matter of fact way "I am boot-a-ful".

Amazing! It made me smile. No more than a minute after I told her she was beautiful did she believe it. What trust in me she must have.

Later on as I was pondering, I heard Him, that voice inside me say 'child like faith'. And it reminded me I need to believe in God and trust God like my daughter trusted me. Instantly believing and verbalising the truth.

Thank you for the reminder Lord.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Olympic Spirit

I love the Olympics! I love the competition and I love the Spirit of the games.

The first Olympics I ever saw... The 1992 games. I dont remember the actual sporting events but I do remember sitting up on the couch in the dark, wearing my pj's with my mum and a warm blanket. We watched every country walk out with pride. I also remember at my ripe old age of 7 the spirit of the ceremony. The feeling of sportsmanship, peace, a fair go and equality.

Over the last week or so I've been thinking about the games; London 2012 yes but more than that, I've been thinking about that Olympic spirit.

It is a shame that we don't see that spirit or that level of spirit very often during the four years between each games. I am hoping that as a mum I can instill the same qualities of that Olympic spirit into my kids and our everyday life. I don't want it to be an occasional thing but something we strive for everyday. I want them to know and share the spirit of sportsmanship, peace, a fair go and equality.

I believe that if I can help them understand those qualities they can help the world be a better place. A place more loving and peaceful. A place of a fair go for all and equality of all people. They will be my Olympians. Gold!


Monday, July 23, 2012

My adopted mum!

Recently (last week) the mum that I adopted got news that she has cancer. This blog (and poem) is dedicated to her. With all my love. Xox

............

My adopted mum!

A legend, a special gift from God.
A mum that's what you are.
I met you when I was just fourteen,
And you were always smiling like a star.

A prayer warrior at heart,
Never have you judged me.
Spoke words of wisdom
And always loved me.

You brought me gifts.
Helped me grow into who I am.
Made plans with me
And became a close friend

My husband loves you even more!
Words cannot express.
The feelings we have inside of us,
Having you makes us blessed.

Don't worry mum,
You won't be alone.
I'll be there to hold your hand
And listening for my phone

Come on kick that cancers butt!
I cant bare the thought of losing you.
More of your hopes and dreams are waiting.
I love you more than handbags & shoes.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Family Outings

Our girls, well at least one of them is big enough now to enjoy a family outing. So we've been making a few especially because we just finished school holidays here in Victoria. Our most recent trip was the Melbourne Aquarium.

It is lovely seeing the look on a little one's face when they experience something new. The expression is in awe and wonder. I love it. It's so priceless. Dear daughter one (dd1) had a moment like this when we went through a tunnel that was surrounded by, even overhead by the big tanks. Stingray, shark and big fish were swimming around and over her. Her comment at 17 months old, "wow!"

While there I enjoyed breast feeding dd2 sitting beside and watching a large coral and tropical fish tank. It was so beautiful and there were so many colours. It reminded me how creative and beautiful God is. He is magnificent.

We should be like dd1, in awe and wonder of Him. Everything God has done should never cease to amaze us. Praise Him!

And thank him for family time!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Proverbs 22:6

"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it." Amen!

And what a beautiful picture :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Accountability

I need to be more accountable to the Word of God. Since becoming a full time mummy I find it alot more difficult to sit and really read or immerse myself in the scriptures.

I used to and of course I loved it! I still have that burning desire. Just thinking about the precious jewels of revelation and the quiet words spoken between me & my Saviour makes my heart excited. So my problem is not the need and attitude so much as it is making the time to sit and read. It needs to be more of a priority.

I'm not sure how I'm going to do it yet. But I'm using this platform to encourage and motivate myself to get back to it. No excuses!!

“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”” Matthew 4:4 NIV

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Mummy Chatter

Over the last month or two, I have been meeting the most amazing and beautiful mums in parents rooms. As I go about my day at the shops there is always at least one stop into a parents room. Now I'm a chatter so I always like to say hi especially if there is a newborn bub in there. I like to say hi and congratulations and then tell them they look like they're doing a wonderful job. Other times I talk about the difficulty of changing a toddlers nappy or I ask a multicultural mum what languages their child knows. See I'm a chatter!

You know what ive discovered? Mums in parents rooms (But not limited to parent rooms. Lol.) are lovely, intelligent and caring women. We might be wearing old track pants with baby slobber or we might be dressed up, hair done and a sweet smelling aroma but when you get down to it, we are all mums doing our personl best.

I'd like to say a special thank you to two mums I've met over the last month. I don't know your names and at this stage I don't believe you follow my blog but thank you! :)

The first: an Asian mum with two young children; a little boy and girl. I met you at Knox shopping centre on a day that was hardwork, long and tiring for me. I was trying to breast feed my youngest while my toddler was trying to escape not only the toy area but also the entire parents room. Thank you for entertaining her while I fed and changed y baby. You were a sweetheart and I appreciated your time.

The second: an older Christian mum I met just last week, also at Knox. You have three kids but just one toddler with you on the day. We got talking and you informed me of a program called MOPS. I'd never heard of it and it sounded great. Just what I need. You then went on to encourage me and tell me that I was doing a great job as a mum. Thank you so much. I felt very blessed. I believe our encounter was a God-thing.

So I'd like to encourage you to be a mummy chatter when you enter a parents room. You never know what will happen.

P.S. all mummy's have something in common so it's easy to find something to chat about

A Special Occasion

Hubby and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary. And beforehand it got me thinking about what we would do to celebrate. I love special occasions! But especially our anniversary. I love it because I get to remember the past, celebrate the present and dream about the future with my favourite person.

How should we celebrate? So many things to choose: an overnight stay, food, gifts, flowers, what to wear and what to do with our special alone time.

I thought. I googled. I called. And I was done, all organised. I was very excited and prepared for some great, well deserved special occasion alone time.

Haha. So I thought. Unfortunately I got sick and dear daughter one (the oldest) was also. So we un-arranged. Cancelled our plans. Then dear hubby took us all out for a family lunch and brought us home with the ingredients for soup and homemade pizza while we watched tv. That was all we could manage.

But we still enjoyed ourselves and are planning on our big alone time celebrations in a couple of weeks when everyone is better.

Happy Anniversary to us!! Love u babe. Xox

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Taking a break

I don't know what to do with myself!

I'm sick and tired but can't sleep. Everyone is doing there own thing at the moment and I'm just... Doing nothing. That doesn't happen to me anymore. I'm always doing something. I can assure you there are plenty of things to do. My housework is in abundance.

I might try taking some more medicine and getting some food.

But I must say it feels weird and almost uncomfortable doing nothing.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

When a mummy's sick


When a mummy's sick she doesn't get to rest. She does...

...The laundry
And loads the dishwasher
And nurses babies
And feeds children
And cooks dinner
And cleans the mess
And wipes children's noses
And gives hugs
And plays
And reads stories
And changes nappies
And puts bubba's down for a rest
And after that's all been done for today, she thinks about tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sitting in the car...

Have you ever done car time? Or do u regularly, like me, sit in the car while your child/children are asleep?

That's what I'm doing now. Other mums that I speak to in passing don't tend to like their kids having sleeps or naps in the car. I'm not sure why. Am I missing something? For me there are so many advantages. In fact I don't see any negatives.

Positives:
1. The girls get a needed sleep.
2. I don't have to struggle or work to get them to sleep.
3. They are both asleep at the same time.
4. I get things done.
5. I get time for myself.
6. Its at least 30mins of peace and quiet. Guaranteed.

So what do I do with these moments? Use them. Love them. Treasure them.

...And take time to read a book, pray, blog (ta-da!), pay bills online, check the family budget, text a few friends, Facebook, drive to the supermarket, eat something, dream up a yummy dinner and sleep.

Monday, June 25, 2012

I need sleep!

Ah, I'm so tired tonight! I've been up since 4.30am. Hubby left this morning on a school camp for 1/2 the week. So I'm flying solo with the two girls. Call me super mum!

I know I should go to bed and get some sleep while I can but this is the first scrap of time I've had for me all day. Plus I just don't like going to bed without my best friend. I miss you babe.

Please girls sleep through the night. Sleep the night away. And give mummy some precious z's. Who am I kidding? I'm going to bed now!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Christmas shopping done

I'm very excited to say that all of my Christmas shopping for the kids in my world is done! Woohoo!!!

So that's my two girls and their six cousins all with presents. I just have to pick the lay by up and wrap them. It's such a relief.

Thank you Target toy sale.

www.target.com.au


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Special Moments

This morning my oldest daughter and I decided to do something different for breakfast. We made a special moment, a creative memory.

It doesn't take a lot to make a smile on your child's face. We made the most of our opportunity... it's pouring rain outside and my other child is still asleep.

We made a yummy breakfast of toast and fruit salad then ate it while watching, dancing and singing to The Ultimate Countdown of Silly Songs by VeggieTales.

Try making time today to do something with your precious bundle. Do something out of the ordinary and make a special moment smile. It's fun!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

An old grump

How to not be grumpy first thing in the morning? ... I wonder!

You see I've never really been a morning person. People who really know me agree that even before having kids I needed 10 hours of sleep each night. I prefer that most days start anytime after 8am. That way I can just slowly get up. Make my breakfast and hot chocolate then sit peacefully somewhere (usually the couch or kitchen floor) and slowly wake and move and think. Reading a book or the paper sometimes is nice.

Things that set me off onto my grumpy war path are:

Being woken unnecessarily
The tv on before 8am
Being hungry and no food left to eat
Someone yelling at me or arguing
A baby who won't stop whinging an doesn't want to be put down and
Being rushed!

My dear hubby (DH) would probably add another to that list; "any day that ends in 'y'". Lol!

DH also says he doesn't want the girls first glimpse of me in the morning to be like that. I tend to agree. So I guess I'd better work on it.

I will try to remind myself to Rejoice in the Lord always and to see the best in every situation. Starting tomorrow...

Friday, June 15, 2012

Queen procrastination

“Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing—you're at least decent to your own children. And don't you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”
Luke 11:13 MSG

I read this verse this morning and was reminded that I should be bringing a need to the Lord. Truth is I've known all week that I should be but I've been putting it off. And I know he's just waiting for me to come to him in prayer.

Why have I been putting it off? Because I'm scared. Pathetic really. But I've been a situation for such a long time. One I don't want to be in and been struggling in my own strength and capabilities to get out of it. However now I know the breakthrough is just around the corner I'm comfortable and stagnant. I'm also nervous about going to him because I know that God answers prayers and will give to me exactly what I need when I go to him and ask.

So today (after my lil reminder) I'm going to get off my pathetic chubby mummy butt and go boldly to him with my request. No dilly dallying, no stuttering or procrastination. Just do it!

I encourage you also to stop procrastinating and do whatever it is in your world that needs to be done. If I may make a suggestion; don't do it alone. He's waiting for us to come.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Psalm 139:13-16

Psalm 139:13-16
The Message (MSG)

13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother's womb.
I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I'd even lived one day.

Say no to equal love

There's no equal love in our house...

...Not anymore. Recently I went to Adore, an annual Christian womens conference. I loved it! It wasn't just the girlie chats, the romantic Parisian decorated foyer, the free photo booth and pamper lounge or the good food. I learnt stuff. Real good stuff.

I want to share one small thing I learnt. But first let me say I didn't get it straight away. It didnt gel or click until a week later after i'd pondered it and looked at it from another angle. So hear me out before jumping in or judging. Actually the speaker said something similar before she dropped the bomb too.

I don't love my kids equally. They don't get the same amount of love in the same way or at the same time. I don't look at them the same or talk to them the same. Everything is different. I love them differently.

When I first heard this concept I thought 'oh my gosh!', I also thought 'isn't that playing favourites?'

But the explanation makes sense. Are your kids exactly the same? Do they look the same, think the same and act the same all at once? Every single person on this planet is different. There is not one of us that is duplicated exactly 100% the same as another. Not even identical twins. For a start everyone has their fingerprints and their own DNA. We might have similarities with someone else but in other ways we are different. We have all been made uniquely and wonderfully. See Psalm 139:13-16 in the Bible.

So if we are all different, why should we be loved the same? We should be loved according to our needs and who we are. That doesn't mean that we are playing favourites. And it doesn't mean we are loving one more than another. I believe that it is possible to play favourites but it is not done purely by loving differently.

So instead of equal love, try unique love. I am.



P.S. I would do absolutely anything, whatever is needed to love and protect both my girls.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My kind of crazy

So what is it like having two babies born 11 months apart? I love it! I dont know any different. But there are days it seems a little crazy. Who am I kidding? Very crazy!

At the moment it looks a little like this... 1 or 2 overnight feeds. The official day starting at 5.30am. Going from one job straight to another while working out in my head how to accomplish the next three jobs. Quickly grabbing food, water and toilet breaks for myself whenever I can take them. Breastfeeding the baby with an active/unsettled toddler sitting on my shins getting a ride. Sometimes having to depend on Giggle & Hoot and Sesame Street to help me do laundry, dishes or cook dinner. Doing the weekly grocery shopping is interesting. I take the girls with me and we visit Coles, Aldi & the butcher in between sleep and feeds singing songs as we go. Dancing in the lounge with one or both on my hip making up songs. Snot, burped up breastmilk, poop and banana have all touched me in some way. And that's all before 11am. Sometime I wonder why I bother putting clean clothes on.

These moments are all normal for me. But I have a specific way - my way for doing things. I do things my way because i know it works. And if it works it's a little less crazy :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Growing strong & healthy

My family: Growing strong & healthy

Our 2nd daughter was born Early January. Not only was her conception a miracle but her birth was one of a kind. Total labour time was 1 hour 25 minutes. We just made it to the hospital!!

Born healthy & perfect (as all are to mothers eyes). She is a delightful addition. We all adore her. So our family has grown from three to four.

It's hard to imagine that I was told by doctors (and according to medical tests) that I may never have children.

I am blessed. Thank you God. Thank you.