I was honoured with this award from my friend Diane. I love learning about Diane’s way of life in Arkansas and have gotten to know her daughter though her blog. Diane has recently become a grandma and her grand daughter is beautiful. I love the way Diane has a close relationship with her sisters. Diane has a very beautiful blog I always love her subject borders.
Now I have to present this award to 5 bloggie friends. This is going to be hard as I love all my bloggie friends, you are all
ROCKIN’ GIRL BLOGGERS
I love this blog. Val has many blogs. This is one of hers I love the best. Val is a
photographer and her work
Val is a Mom of 2 and in this blog she explores her Visions, her Life, her family, her pieces of perfection and to me thats what her photos are.
These 2 girls are sisters, twins in fact. They bless lots of people by running competitions. They tell asbout their lives with their children and both are pregant. They host many memes. One of which I find particularly
because it motivations many of us. This meme is called Tackle it Tuesday. Their blog is very informative.
This lady along with her hubby are a real team and they are amazing and inspirational to me. They
because they are missionaries whom have gone to Cambodia to help the poor and needy children in that country. They have opened at least 2 centres where these children’s lives are being changed and transformed for the better.
This grovvy lady is a fellow New Zealander. She home schools 3 of her 5 children. She has an awesome personality that shines through her blog. Kate is very creative and she makes jewelery that
In fact Kate is a beautiful lady that has a beautiful blog
This is another New Zealander and is probably my youngest bloggie friend. This little girl is very special, she has a very rare condition of the bowel known as total aganglionasis or total Hirschsprung disease. Her family are her rock they are working hard to raise awareness of this disease and in the process raise $$ so she may go to America to get a life saving operation. Aria
she is a bright and amazing little girl. I pray that she can have this life saving operation one day.
I use to walk but then stopped. I got lazy. It got more rainy and it was hard walking in the rain with Daniel. Today I decided to get back into it. Today I started by walking for 20 minutes when my washing was doing its thing in the laundromat. Then I walked part of the way to get Billy from school and back to the car equaling another 27 minute walk. I also have a skipping rope on order so I can skip inside when its raining outside. I read that a 10 minute skip equals a 30 minute jog. As I am not a jogging/running type of person Im going to build up skipping up slowly each time its raining.
I think the reason or at least part of the reason I have put on weight is because I (apart from doing the housework and looking after Daniel) am rather inactive.
Im going to keep a record of my walking here if you want to see how Im going and want to encourage me further.
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Id like to quote Lisa before I start as this has happened to me
I was sent an ecard today thanks Denise. I love the quote that was part of the card and I feel it ties in with the study:- It is through the hard times that we often rediscover that our hearts can only be comforted by the One who invites us to come to Him
1. On a scale of 1 to 10, rate yourself on how often your conversation is seasoned with the works of the Lord on your behalf? If you speak very little of Him, is there a reason you know of? If you speak often, how do people respond?
7. Sometimes people tell me they dont believe. More often people accept what I say outwardly anyway.
2. Have you experienced a Set Up for a Show Up when you were uncertain whether the situation was the chastisement of the Lord or a temptation of Satan?
Yes. However, i believe that whenever this has happened to me God has shown up and seen me through. He has reminded me to lean on Him and it has helped so much 🙂
3. Have you ever or are you now experiencing any Job trials where you can still not identify any wrong-doing on your part?
Yes. However, as bad it was at the time I have come to learn to focus on what I do have and be very grateful to the gifts God has bestowed on me. I have learnt to be grateful for my boys and Muzz
4. Apply this principle: How can my response make my God famous? Will obedience result in my sanctification and God’s Glory?
I like to remember that God will remind me to lean on Him. And that everything works together for good for those that love the Lord. No matter how bad the situation may seem something good will come of it if we look for it. God is a good God. If we can show this though our attitudes people will come to see and understand Him better thus bringing glory to Him. If we mope around in our trails what does that tell the world? If we can show that we still have hope then it models a much better demonstration of our faith.
5. Does the origin of our affliction matter in view of the fame God can gain from it?
NO. I believe I am a stronger person because of the trails I have endured and this is all thanks to Him. I am nothing without Him.
Im taking Daniel to the doctors this afternoon. He has had a bad bad cold since the weekend and a cough at night. He is funny and cute. He coughs and then does a deep throaty growl at his cough. I also wonder if he has conjunctivitis. Poor wee lad.
The doctor has put him on antibiotics. His ears are clear thank goodness. He thinks the reason he growls is because the coughing hurts. He has does have conjunctivitis. And a very mucky nose. Hes running temperatures. Muzz does a lot of work for the doctors keeping their computers working properly. So Daniel got to see his daddy. When we were finished Daddy Muzz came down to the car to say goodbye to our little man. Daniel gave him BIG BIG hugs. He tried to shut the car door so he didnt have to go with me leaving Daddy Muzz behind. He said “No, No” when Daddy said it was time. He cried a little when he was put in the car but not for long. Daniel is a real daddy’s boy 🙂
When the notice came home from school about this trip I jumped at the chance. I knew Daniel would love it. They only required one parent help from Billys class so I was excited when they said I could be it. I was in doubt whether I would be able to go after hurting my foot and while its still a bit sore I decided I would put up with the pain.
So this morning we set off. I drove 2 boys and Billy and Daniel in my car. We got there and were spoken to in the education room by a lady. Then we went on a tour with a man.
During the morning the children saw a feeding of the fish taking part. Lastly the children did a worksheet.
After the aquarium visit we walked down to a park where the children played and ate lunch. Billys teacher brought me a coffee. Then we walked all the children further down the street to the ice cream parlour and bless her she brought us all an ice-cream. It was a good trip and Daniel enjoyed looking at the fish. And exploring the aquarium.
June 22, 2007
Im not blogging much at the moment. Im too sore to do much at all. I cant concentrate on reading.
Today after crying on the phone to Muzz last night because of the pain I am in I went to see the doctor. He thought I might have broken my foot so I went and had a xray. Its not but it is S O R E!!! As is my back. In the evenings my arms and legs ache.
I had several rides in wheelchairs and as Muzz was taking me out to the car at one point there was a loud siren. He took us up to the roadside and Daniel who was sitting on my good leg saw 2 fire engines roaring off to a fire. There is a fire station right next to the doctors.
I am pleased to report that the doctor I saw is a new one and he was very nice. He asked if there was anything else he could help me with. I told him I seem to have extremely dry skin on my face at the moment and that it seemed to get worse last Tuesday. I could see it getting bad as the morning wore on. He has put me on antibiotics to see if they will help. I also told him about my scratching problem and he wants to see me again in 2 weeks time. He said he thinks he knows how to fix my problem. But that it will take time. He said it was like self harming ones self with cutting which is what I have said for years. Although I wasnt taken seriously until today by him. Even when I asked and tried to confirm my suspicions that it was similar. He said he would prefer to start treating it in 2 weeks because if he treats my face and the pills have a bad side effect he wants to know that its the antibiotics that are causing the problems and nothing else. Im ok with this as I know hes taking me and my problem seriously.
Im off to bed to try to rest and over come the pain Im in again
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1. Have you ever been in a situation where you had to ‘go back’ to a place of shame or ridicule? How did that make you feel?
Yes I have and I wished I could have done things differently but hind sight is a wonderful thing and it may not have helped in the final outcome anyway
2. Is there any circumstance in your life that still has you running for cover? Share if you feel comfortable.
A bit. I worry a wee bit about this guy. However, I have trust in God He will keep us safe. I also reassure myself by talking to Muzz and have an action plan should he show his face at my door.
3. When is the last time you felt like an overcomer?
At the end of last week. I know I dont have to go through that trial anymore. I can get on with my life without it hanging over my head.
4. If you have not yet taken the serpent by the tail, are you willing to stop running, take hold and trust God to transform it into a tool for wonders?
Yes!!! I regularly tell the evil one where to go. As I said in question 2 I put my trust in Him. He will protect me.
5. I would like for you to write down this statement based on 1 John 2:14 somewhere you will see it often this week: “I am strong, the Word of God abides in me, and I have overcome the evil one.” Memorize it. Say it over and over until you believe it. Will you do this?? Most of the time, there are no right or wrong answers, but on this one, I’m expecting a ‘yes’!
Done and it reminds me of the fact that when I was going through last week a lot of bloggie friends said I was a strong lady – more than I even realise – I say again its because of whom is right beside me every step of the way – God. Praise His Holy name. Through Him everything is possible.
This morning I was taking Billy to school (via visiting his tutor) and he went out the front door and down the front steps slightly ahead of me. He told me to be careful of the front steps. They were a bit slippery with ice. I was being carefully and helping Daniel down them. I hadnt got very far when it felt like someone had pulled a mat from underneath my feet. I momentary forgot my wee boy and struggled all the way to stop slip sliding. The steps had disappeared and been replaced with a slippy slop and down I was going fast. Finally I landed at the bottom with the side my face smacking the footpath hard. I laid there moaning and crying out. Daniel was still at the top of the steps lying down on his back crying too. Billy came back from the car worried I told him to look after Daniel not me. He left him where he was and run next door to get our wonderful next door neighbour. She came over and helped me up. Billy picked Daniel up. We all went inside with my head aching. My back hurting a bit again. I also have a bruise already on my leg.
The offending stairs
Landed here face down
Dee (my wonderful next door neighbour) took Billy to school then came to check on me. In the meantime I had taken some pain killers and rung the landlord telling him what had happened and telling him he needed to either put a handrail up or sand paint the steps. I dont know whether he will do anything – you know what hes like. Billys tutor whom he was suppose to be seeing before school suggested I do the work and take the $$ off my rent. I think I may do this if nothing is done by Monday.
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Today was a good but busy day after playgroup and the Sports afternoon
I came home and tidied this area up. I cant show you before pictures but what I can tell you is I think its much better. We use rubbish bags for our rubbish (in Auckland we had big green wheelie bins we cant get those here unless we pay for it) and while its in a bin I had to construct something that will keep Daniel out of it. Hence the boards on the wooden box.
I got all the wood from my wonderful next door neighbours house. They are offcuts from their restoration of their house
and as I often find when I do one tackle I get spurred on to do more. Our letter box is slowly rotting if you are a regular reader this wont surprise you we have a useless landlord. So I used some wood to repair the top of the letterbox too.