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.