Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A link I want to share with you all.

Twisted Valley is a new blog I recently started reading.

The other day I was over there and she had linked to This post on Gimme Some of Your Tots.

I was so moved by this preteen's post that I wanted to link to it here.

In the words of her mother:

Please, leave her comments to encourage her budding talent.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Getting everything ready.

It is now less than two weeks till I take Tom to Adelaide and get his pump. I am looking forward to this. While we are in Adelaide I will start his homeschool programe.

This weekend I went to Linda's and Bill's place and got some resources for our homeschool.

The programmes I will be doing are:

Fitzroy reading

Essential spelling

Signpost Maths

Catch the sewing bug

I am also going to do some writing, science, cooking and teach the catechism. Steve is going to help me put together some work for this and maybe I will get a programme next year for them all.

For myself I got:

Design your own Classical Curriculum

I have had a flick through and it looks like there is a lot of good information in there.

Thanks to all the people that have given me many idea's and encouraged me in my efforts. I am really excited about starting this and spending more time with Tom. I am also looking forward to next year when I have him and Amelia at home.

I also want to thank Linda and Bill for their hospitality. It was great to finally meet. Your children were all very lovely and my children really enjoyed being with you. Brigette will be having a go at making the chocolate fudge sometime soon.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Wanting other people's approval.

I have come to realize that I want to have people's approval when I make decisions about my life and the way I live it.

I especially want the approval of my parents and siblings. When ever they don't approve or tell me to do something contrary to what I want to do I get frightened to do it.

I know that God has called me to do what he wants and to seek approval with him rather than others, but when I make a decision about our children that the family isn't going to approve of I get all twisted up in knots and frightened of telling them.

Have any others felt this way? Have you been able to overcome wanting people's approval? What have you done to overcome this?

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Day light savings.

Starts tonight here. So all your Aussies, wind your clocks FORWARD one hour before you go to bed tonight.

I hate the first week of DLS but love it once we have adjusted to the time change. I really like going out for a walk with the children after evening jobs.

When do the American's/European people finish Day Light Savings?

Bumbo seats.

Karin has a post on Bumbo seats.

They are being recalled.

From Karin's blog:

Serious Head Injuries Prompt Recall of Bumbo Baby Sitter Seats -

New Warnings and Instructions to Be Provided To Consumers.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Bumbo “Baby Sitter” Seats

Units: About 1 million

Manufacturer: Bumbo International, of South Africa

Hazard: If the seat is placed on a table, countertop, chair, or other elevated surface, young children can arch their backs, flip out of the Bumbo seat, and fall onto the floor, posing a risk of serious head injuries.

Now I just have to say here, this appears to me that the problem is not the seat but the way it is used.

What kind of idiot recalls a seat because someone has misused it. Isn't it obvious that these shouldn't be put on a table top?

Back to info from Karin:

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC has received 28 reports of young children falling out of the Bumbo Baby Sitter seat, including three skull fractures, which occurred when children fell out of chairs that had been placed on tables.

Description: The bottom of the children’s seat is round and flat with a diameter of about 15 inches. It is constructed of a single piece of molded foam and comes in yellow, blue, purple, pink, aqua, and lime green. The seat has leg holes and seat back that wraps completely around the child. On the front of the seat in raised lettering is the word “Bumbo” with the image of an elephant on top. The bottom of the seat has the following words: “Manufactured by Bumbo South Africa Material: Polyurethane World Patent No. PCT: ZA/1999/00030.” The back of the seat contains the following “WARNING” – “Never use on a raised surface. Never use as a car seat or bath seat. Designed for floor level use only. Never leave your baby unattended as the seat is not designed to be totally restrictive and may not prevent release of your baby in the event of vigorous movement.”

Sold by: Target, Wal-Mart, Sears, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, USA Babies and various other toy and children’s stores nationwide, and various online sellers, from August 2003 through October 2007 for about $40.

Manufactured in: South Africa

Remedy: Consumers should never use the infant seat on a table, countertop, chair, or other elevated surface. Consumers can contact Bumbo to obtain new warning label stickers and instructions, free of charge. The new warning label will state: “WARNING – Prevent Falls; Never use on any elevated surface.” Consumers should use the Bumbo seat at ground level, but should never leave a child unattended.

Consumer Contact: Contact Bumbo International at (877) 932-8626 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at

Blithering idiots. :roll eyes:

Happy Birthday Sam.

14 years ago I gave birth to our second child. Another Son who we called Sam.

Sam was born 4 weeks prem but was a nice healthy 2.9 kg. That is 6 pounds 6 oz for you non metric people. He was a champion feeder and we really couldn't tell that he was prem at all.

I hope you have a great day Sam and thank God for the blessing that you are to our family.
Maybe we will give him a hair cut for his birthday lol.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Sister Mary Matha made me laugh out loud tonight.

Go and read sisters post Hot Topic

Look at the nuns in the Rose coloured habits. I laughed out loud when I saw the picture of them.

I think if I was ever a nun I would love to wear a habit like that.

In fun

size zero madness.

Today over at Big is Beautiful Marie has posted some links to the you tube video, The Truth about size zero.

There are a total of six parts for the whole show. It shows a women, Louise Redknapp and what she goes through to get down from a size 8 to size 4 (size 0 in the States).

These video's show how unhealthy crash dieting is. It really is a must see for every women.

Adversity and hatred.

In my post about socialization a poster has bought up one of the main concerns I have.

The post:

Well, we homeschool and are currently wrestling with this question also. First, I think "socialization" is best done in the family, but as our kids age I am increasingly recognizing another aspect of socialization. Before becoming an adult, we have to learn how to deal with adversity and with different opinions, even hatred towards us and our religion. Now that our oldest has a pretty solid foundation, I am wondering if the next step would be to send him to institutional high school so that he can develop practical skills in dealing with this type of adversity/diversity while he still has daily contact with his parents.We have made no decisions yet, but a big part of me wonders if this would be preferable to having his first major dose of "the world" when he is an adult living far away at college or now. He would have a better foundation if we waited, but less contact with his support system.

Since it is quite a few days since I did the post I decided to bring this comment here and see what others think.

As stated yesterday Madeline has changed school's. The main reason we changed schools was because she was so unhappy and her self esteem was getting a huge beating from exclusion and bullying. The reason we changed schools is because she wasn't learning any skills from it, she was just becoming an unhappy person. In my opinion she was starting to hate the person she was and wanted to be someone different. I am pretty sure that her unhappiness stemmed from this and nothing else.

Now Madeline is only 12. Maybe things would have been very different if she had come up against the adversity when she was older. Maybe if she had been homeschooled up until now she wouldn't have been so affected by it.

In truth do we ever learn to cope with diversity or hatred? What are your thoughts on this?

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Madeline starts at a new school today.

Over the last three years Madeline has had a lot of problems at school. There has been some bullying and some excluding that has just made her unhappy.

This year has been the hardest so far and some of the girls have been really nasty. I have thought about homeschooling her again but it really isn't an option with Tom getting his new pump, me relearning how to manage his diabetes and homeschooling him once he gets it. After speaking with her about it we asked her if she wanted to try another school for the last few months this year.

She did want to so she has started at our local public school around the corner today. If you could all keep her in your prayers and pray for Steve and I too. Over the next 7 weeks we need to make some decisions about our other children's education next year.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

New links in my favourite blogs list.

The list keeps growing. I keep on coming across blogs that interest me and that I want to visit.

Added this week:

From my friend Genny at Defender's of the Catholic Faith forums. Genny has two new blogs. First is Unschooling with the duck and next is Women Working at home. Go and check them both out.

Next is Seven Little Australian's. A mother's blog about homeschooling her 7 children.

I have also added Play the dad? No, be the dad this week. It is great to read a Catholic blog from a Father's perspective.

Speaking of a Father's perspective I have also recently come across two Australian Catholic Blogs written by fathers. They have also been added to the sidebar.

Peter from With a Grain of Salt is the first and The Bob Catholic Show is the other one. Both great blogs that I am visiting regularly.

Finally my other addition is from Ivar. Ivar is anther poster from Defender's of the Catholic Faith forums and he has recently started a new blog (since I told him he should) called Musings on the Divine

Check them all out.

Catholic Carnival 142

Head over to Play the dad? No, be the dad for Catholic Carnival 142.

He has some great links (including one back to here so I may be a little bit bias) to other Catholic blogs and posts. Go and check out his post and go to other Catholic blogs and have your say.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Thanks for all your prayers.

I see so often that when ever I make a decision in life that is God's will for me that I start to doubt it always at some time. I am so aware that the devil will try to deceive us especially when we are coming closer to God.

When I first started thinking about homeschooling I was reflecting a lot on how doing God's will brings us closer to him. I remember reading the post at Paramedic Girl's blog a story about a soul in hell and thinking about her choices and the eternal consequences they had.

I remember praying at the time that I would always make the right choices and following God's will so that I didn't have to look back on my life and regret wrong decisions. I also had a couple of discussions with Steve about choices we had made in the past and how they had bought us closer to God. Some decisions seemed wrong sometimes but years on from them we can see that they were God's way of bringing us both closer to each other and to him.

I am also very aware that Satan doesn't want us to persue God's will and will always be trying to put doubt in our minds and trying to distract us from doing it. I know that I am guilty of thinking don't worry about going to mass today or you can leave confession until next week. I even have thought a couple of times that you don't want the priest to think you are too extreme.

The story about the soul in hell says that she thought about going to Mass that day and didn't. I made a consious decision when I read it, that I would make more effort to get to daily mass and to imerse myself in all the sacraments.

Anyway I am starting to believe that my doubts yesterday were not from God or God trying to say to me, no you have it wrong. I can look back today and see lots of God-instances when Steve and I first started talking about home schooling showing us that he did want us to persue it.

So thanks for all your prayers. The next month is going to bring a lot of changes about in our family so continued prayers for us all would be apreciated.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Today has been one of those days.

tonight I burnt my arm while cooking tea. I have also been having lots of doubts about homeschooling and if it really is something God wants us to do. I have had some conversations with some people that make me think well maybe God doesn't want me to do this.

If you could all please pray for me while I discern his will for me. I did believe pretty strongly up until today that this is the path God wants me to take but today I have felt many doubts about my ability and if it really is the best thing.

Sunday, October 21, 2007


We have all heard it. We all have to defend against it. The very first thing I hear as soon as I mention that we are going to homeschool is what about their socialization or don't you think it is important that they mix with other children outside the family.

I have spent a lot of time thinking about this. What exactly is socialization and why is it important that a child mixes with other children outside the family?

Now my children do lots of mixing with other children outside of school. They go to a kids club, scouts, musical theatre and play soccer.

Now after much thought and prayer about this I am asking questions. I think that many people say things without really thinking about it. They don't really know what it is that a child will lack because they haven't mixed with other children in a school setting.

So for all those that think that children should attend school. I would like to know:

What is an unsocialized child like? What skills do they lack?

What age should a child start mixing with other children outside their family?

Do you think that a parent should choose the types of children their child mixes with and stop them from mixing with children who's parents have a different philosophy to us?

These questions are genuine questions. I have thought long and hard about them because I do want the best for my children. I am opening comments up and letting anonymous comments for this because I want to get answers. I will still be moderating comments though.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

The man meme

I saw this at Confessions of a hot carmel sundae and wanted to do it.

1. Who is your man? Steve.

2. How long have you been together? 20 years next May since we met. (Is it really that long)

3. How long did you date? nearly 3 years.

4. How old is your man? 41

5. Who eats more? Usually Steve.

6. Who said “I love you” first? I cannot remember but I think it would have been me.

7. Who is taller? Steve

8. Who sings better? Steve definitely.

9. Who is smarter? He is. After all he chose me. :::grin:::

10. Whose temper is worse? Definitely mine.

11. Who does the laundry? Sam (our 13 year old) washes and hangs. I fold and put away.

12. Who takes out the trash? Steve

13. Who sleeps on the right hand side of the bed? Steve

14. Who pays the bills? me.

15. Who is better with the computer? Steve

16. Who mows the lawn? Steve.

17. Who cooks dinner? I do most of the time but Steve often helps and can prepare a great meal.

18. Who drives when you are together? Steve does most of the time. I often pick him up from work and drive then though..

19. Who pays when you go out? Steve does but like Christina says it comes from the same source.

20. Who is most stubborn? According to our 13 year old I am. I really don't know though.

21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? Me I think.

22. Whose parents do you see the most? We see my mother and his parents about the same amount. My father is in a nursing home and I should make more of an effort to see him when we go home.

23. Who kissed who first? Probably Steve kissed me. I was such a shy girl when it came to things like this.

24. Who asked who out? Our first date I asked him if he wanted to go for a walk to Morialta falls. This was in the car when he was driving me home from a party we had both been at.

25. Who Proposed? He did. He didn't do anything really romantic. He said I was going to ask your dad the other day if I could marry you. I was a bit shocked and said well why don't you ask me. I cannot remember what he said but that night he did ask my dad.

26. Who is more sensitive? Me.

27. Who has more friends? I do.

28. Who has more siblings? Me. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother living and a sister that died. Steve has one sister.

29. Who wears the pants in the family? We both do. We are united in every decision that needs to be made. We haven't had a situation yet that we haven't been able to compromise on and agree on the decision made.

Tagging anyone that wants to do this. Just let me know below.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Mother dies so that her child may live.

H/T to Adoro te Devote and Angela Messenger for this story.

I just have to say first though that I am shocked that I didn't hear about this from other news sources. This kind of heroic act is ignored by the mainstream media.

Doctor Ellise Hammond dies to save unborn child.

From the article.

A MELBOURNE GP refused high-level chemotherapy, ultimately sacrificing her life to save her unborn daughter.

Family and friends farewelled Dr Ellice Hammond, 37, at a funeral service yesterday, the same day anti-solarium campaigner Clare Oliver succumbed to melanoma.

Dr Hammond lost her battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma on Sunday, three weeks after daughter Mia Ellice was born nine weeks prematurely at the Monash Medical Centre, where she remains in neonatal intensive care, The Herald Sun said today.

Dr Hammond was diagnosed in the 22nd week of pregnancy and refused high-level chemotherapy that could have saved her but might have killed Mia, whose induced birth took place on August 20.

Now I don't watch the news on TV often or read many papers but I do tend to hear top news stories. This should have been on the front page of papers and on every television station. Such heroic love should be presented to the world. I didn't even hear this news from an Australian source. It was from a couple of American blogs that I read about this.

Many prayers for baby Mia and her father.

ETA here is a comment about Dr. Hammond's decision from the above article:

Mark may have overstated it, but what surprises me is that she had more consideration for an unborn child that she did love for her own husband. Had I been in his place I would have made every effort to make her reconsider. They could've replaced their unborn child with another later on after greiving, but he can't replace his wife. Now has to bring up his daughter alone for the rest of his life. Being a matyr can be taken too far at times without considering the wishes and needs of others.

What is it about an unborn child that makes someone say this? A child is not a possesion. It is not a thing that you take back if it isn't perfect. A child is a human person in their own right. A child is no more replaceable than a spouse. Children in the womb have become so devalued in our society.

I remember when Steve and I lost a baby at 9 weeks many people said to us don't worry you will have another one. This comment really hurt me. I didn't want another baby. Our baby was just as real as our other children even though we had never meet it face to face.

A busy afternoon.

I spent the afternoon and evening driving our children around to all their different social activities. From 4.30 this afternoon till 9.00pm I was either driving someone, picking someone up or waiting for someone to take. We had kids club for Tom and Amelia, a party for Madeline and Brigette, soccer for Daniel, Sam, Tom and Amelia and we also picked up a couple of Daniel's friends.

Soccer was good. Tom kicked a goal and stopped quite a few when he was in goals. Amelia also had a go in goals and stopped a couple going in.

Tomorrow my in laws are coming for a visit so I probably won't be online much over the weekend.

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A little miracle.

I was reading over at Vox Nova an article on tithing this week. I was thinking as I was reading it that we have seen God looking after us since we started tithing.

Today is pay day and I was going through our bills. After paying them all we were going to have about $100.00 to feed our family and get petrol for the fortnight. We do have savings for bills from previous fortnights when we haven't had a lot of bills but I was hoping that a fair bit of that would be used for Christmas presents and some more renovations. With the bills that we have our savings were going to be pretty insignificant.

I finished of going through our paper work and found a tax notice down the bottom. I thought what is this? We haven't received anything recently from the tax office. It was a refund cheque from 2003. I couldn't believe it. I cannot believe it has been in the bottom of our paper work for so long and shown up when we have an expensive fortnight of bills. There was much rejoicing when I told Steve and the children. It has come at just the right time.

Praise God for small miracles.

I should play the piano.

You Should Play the Piano

You are a true music aficionado who loves many musical style and eras.
You find music to be an escape. And you'd like to be relaxed and comfortable when you're making it.

You're very innovative, and you have a unique way of knowing what may sound beautiful.
There's a strong possibility that you could compose some of your own work songs quite easily.

While you have a lot of creative energy, you are also serious and conscientious.
Your musical talent needs time, practice, and lots of privacy to flourish.

Your dominant personality characteristic: your painstaking attention to detail

Your secondary personality characteristic: your natural tendency to be whimsical

I have always liked the piano. It is definitely an instrument I would be interested in learning. Do you all think I am too old to learn?

H/ T to Lowdenclear for this quiz

No Water for Port Augusta

No Water for Port Augusta.

A main water pipe burst last night around 7pm. I had a shower at about 10pm last night and had low water pressure but didn't really think anything of it.

This morning I ran a bath for Tom and Amelia and the water pressure was even lower. The school's on the eastside were all closed since they didn't have any running water. Our children's school was open (since it is on the westside) but tomorrow it will be shut probably.

We don't know when we are getting water back yet. Hopefully it won't be too long.

Don't come to me for advise.

Your Movie Buff Quotient: 14%

When it comes to seeing great films, you're just getting started.
Refer back to this quiz whenever you need some viewing suggestions.

H/T to Esther for this quiz.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Ivar at Musings on the divine has tagged me.

I have to give 7 things I like about myself.

1. I like that I am a Catholic.

2. I like that I am a mum.

3. I like being my husbands wife.

4. I like that I stay at home looking after our children and taking care of the household (even though I complain and don't really like doing the housework).

5. I like that I am an adult.

6. I like sewing and thank God for this tallent that he has given me.

7. I like that I am able to get to weekday masses as well as Sunday mass.

I tag

Jean at Catholic Fire.

Dawn at three B's

Amy Caroline at Knit together in love.

Some Changes

I have changed commments on this blog to be under complete moderation. I have had to do this because my friend from Chicago that left an anoymous comment has decided to join blogger so that he can insult me and other Catholic bloggers.

This poster calls himself Marcus. If he comes to your blog and leaves an insulting comment don't hesitate to contact me and I will give you the information to contact his isp.

Marcus if you are reading this just know that you are waisting your time posting here. None of your comments will ever be posted on my blog.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Pachelbel Bedtime

I originally saw this over at nine texans a while ago. Today I saw it at Shoved to them

I think many parents can relate to this.

New addition to the side bar.

I was reading over at Salve Regina a prayer of St. Gurtrude the Great. Our Lord told St. Gertrude that the prayer would release 1,000 souls from purgatory each time it is prayed. read alll about the prayer here.

I have added the prayer to the sidebar here and at Mary's Prayer Garden. If everyone prays the prayer each time they come here we can really help many souls to heaven.

This is the prayer:

"Eternal Father, I offer thee the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory. -Amen"

Monday, October 15, 2007

Back to school.

Today Steve and the children go back to school. It has been a good holiday but all good things come to an end. Only 9 weeks till the end of this term and then we get a 6 week break.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Happy Birthday Steve.

Today Steve turns 41. I hope you have a great day honey and get lots of great presents.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Walk in Robe

Storage room.

Off our bedroom we had a laundry. Because the house was originally two places there were two of everything. (two laundries, two kitchens two loungerooms etc).

We decided to change the laundry to a walk in linen closet/storage room.

Some photos of our bedroom.

Steve has finished 90% of the bedroom so I have some photos to share.

First is my sewing table that he has in the corner next to the walk in robe.

Next is the other end of our bedroom. Our bedroom was originally a kitchen dining room. We still have the taps from the kitchen sink just above my side of the bed.

Divine Mercy Blog.

Marilena is having a competition. Head over to her blog Divine Mercy Blog and see if you can guess her favourite book when she was a kid.

I guessed and didn't get it right so maybe someone from here can. Marilena is giving away a couple of relic medals.

Reason why every single life has value.

The following two video's are about children that were born with trisomy 18 (Edward's syndrome) and are true testimonies to the value of every human life. Please remember both sets of parents in your prayers.

H/T to American Papist for this one.

H/T to Jane at Building the Ark for this one.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Hot creamy tomato ravioli sauce.

I am looking for your best sauce recipe. The children have asked for ravioli this week and I usually buy the packet sauces for it but this week I want to make it from scratch myself. So if anyone has a spicy creamy tomato sauce recipe post it below.


Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Cross and Icon are here.

Today at 4pm the Cross and Icon that have been traveling around the world arrived in Port Augusta.

We had a handing over ceremony. There were youth present from Darwin Diocese that handed it over the the Port Augusta youth and then we had a procession around Port Augusta and stopped at several spots and reflected on different stations of the cross. It was great to walk with the Cross and Icon and let all of the town know about WYD.

The procession ended at Caritas College and there was a bbq tea and different entertainers. Daniel's band Absoulute Zero played and did a great job. This was their first public appearance.

Tomorrow morning there is going to be Reconciliation, Mass and a breakfast at the church. We have heaps of photo's so if I get a chance I will put some up tomorrow.

You can read about the Cross and Icon here.

Any money saving tips?

We got our electricity bill yesterday. It was higher than we expected. Does anyone have any money saving tips for us to bring down the bill?

Today the Cross arrives.

The WYD cross is coming to Port Augusta today. Yesterday Daniel and Sam were in the local paper and last night Daniel was on television talking about the cross. He spoke really well (even though it was only for 30 seconds).

This afternoon we will go to the church and there will be a procession with the cross around Port Augusta and over to Caritas College. There will be entertainment and tea over there. We are looking forward to taking part in the festivities. I will take some photo's to share with you all.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Thank you Marie and Ginny.

Thanks to Ginny and Marie for this beautiful bouquet of flowers. Ginny and Marie have such a wonderful blog. They share many poem's and talk about all kinds of controversial topics and give their opinion which always supports our faith and a Catholic World View. Receiving a bouquet of flowers from them is such a compliment to me.

I think I fixed it.

You can now subscribe to Aussie Coffee Shop in a reader. I have put the shortcut in the sidebar. I hope I didn't stuff it up for those that are already subscribed. Click on the rss feed icon in the sidebar and you can choose which reader you want to subscribe in. Thanks also Esther for bringing this to my attention. Without you saying anything I wouldn't have realized that people were having a problem.



Eather has been trying to subscribe to my blog with bloglines. She got this message first:

Available Feeds
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Sat, Sep 29 2007 8:13 AM (0 subscribers)
Preview This Feed

And this one when she clicked on the icon in the side bar:

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Can someone please have a go and see if they can get a subscription to this and if they have the same problem or does anyone know why Esther is having this problem?

Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Prayer for Peace.

I love this prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Lowdenclear wins.

Congratulations Lowdenclear. You win a copy of the movie God in the Street's of New York.

You were just a half hour over. I know I said you couldn't go over but everyone did.

Esther, your time was about a hour out. I think it was 12.00pm your time.

So Lowdenclear, I will email you.

Congratulations and thanks all for guessing (and for the visits).

Monday, October 08, 2007

Bloggers for World Peace.

Bloggers for World Peace is an idea from Marie and Ginny at View from the Pews.

They want Christians to come together and pray for world peace. My blog is going to be one to post a prayer each week for World peace. It would be great if more bloggers could join in.

grassroots films.

I was over at Ivar's blog this morning and saw this video by grassroots films.

It reminded me of another one of theirs that I had seen so went and looked on you tube for it. I found it so decided to post it. I love this video. This is the trailer and you can purchase the video from grassroots films.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Nearly 2000 views.

I am approaching 2000 views on my blog. I thought it would be fun to have a competition. The person that is closest in date and time without going over will win a copy of the grassroots dvd that is previewed above.

If you go to the bottom of my blog you will see my sitemeter. I have opened it up so that anyone can read it. Go and check out all the data and see if you can guess when this blog will have had 2000 hits. You can write a time and date. I will be going on the time it is here. If you look over to the left there is a clock. showing the time here and I have changed it so that you know if it is morning or night time.

I wish you all the best in choosing.

God bless
the begining of the walk in robe.

Photos of the house

Here are the photo's of the house painted. We still need to paint the bottom edges and will do them in white. We are really pleased with the way they have turned out.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

A tribute to my wonderful husband.

Over at Jackie's blog she has a post on handling husbands.

After reading it I wanted to post a tribute to my husband. So many men work hard to provide for the families needs and it goes unnoticed and without gratitude. As well as working as a teacher full time my husband has worked on many different projects this year renovating our house. He has done the Kitchen, Knocked out walls and started our fruit garden.

This week while the girls and I were away he built my sewing cupboard and started working on our Walk in robe. He also finished of the painting out the front. Here are a couple of partially painted pictures but you will have to wait till tomorrow for the finished product. I have the finish photo's on the camera still. I also have a couple of photos of the walk in robe partially finished and will put up photos of my sewing table.

Thank you Steve for all you do. You work so hard to provide a roof over our head and keep up with all the renovations.

World Youth Day

Next week the cross from World Youth Day is coming to Port Augusta. My two older son's have been on the planning committee that organises the festivities why they are here.

Daniel is holding the banner and Sam is standing next to him.

Great pro life post.

Head over to Shoved to them and read this post. A pro life experience with RU-486.

Have any prayer requests?

Tomorrow I will be updating my prayer intentions at Mary's prayer garden.

If you have a prayer request please post here or email me.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Received in an email.

If you have children or grandchildren, work with children at church, or you have neighborhood children whose parents you know, please take note of the information below and pass it along to others.

Schools are distributing this book to children through the Scholastic Book Club. The name of the book is “Conversations with God.” James Dobson talked about this book twice this week. It is devastating. Parents, churches and Christian schools need to be aware of it. Please pass this information on to churches, e-mail addressees, Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, friends. Please pay special attention not only to what your kids watch on TV, in movie theaters, on the internet, and the music they listen to, but also be alert regarding the books they read.
Two particular books are, Conversations with God, and Conversations with God for Teens, written by Neale D. Walsch. They sound harmless enough by their titles alone. The books have been on the New York Times best sellers list for a number of weeks, and they make truth of the statement, "Don't judge a book by its cover or title."
The author purports to answer various questions asked by kids using the "voice of God". However, the "answers" that he gives are not Bible-based and go against the very infallible word of God. For instance (and I paraphrase), when a girl asks the question "Why am I a #######?" His answer is that she was 'born that way' because of genetics, just as you were born right-handed, or with brown eyes, etc. Then he tells her to go out and "celebrate" her differences.
Another girls poses the question "I am living with my boyfriend. My parents say that I should marry him because I am living in sin. Should I marry him?" His reply is, "Who are you sinning against? Not me, because you have done nothing wrong."
Another question asks about God's forgiveness of sin. His reply "I do not forgive anyone because there is nothing to forgive. There is no such thing as right or wrong and that is what I have been trying to tell everyone, do not judge people. People have chosen to judge one another and this is wrong, because the rule is "'judge not lest ye be judged."
Not only are these books the false doctrine of the devil, but in some instances quote (in error) the Word of God. And the list goes on.
These books (and others like it) are being sold to schoolchildren through (The Scholastic Book Club), and we need to be aware of what is being fed to our children. Our children are under attack.
So I pray that you be sober and vigilant about teaching your children the Word of God, and guarding their exposure to worldly mediums, because our adversary, the Devil, roams about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). We know that lions usually hunt for the slowest, weakest and YOUNGEST of its prey.
Pass this on to every Believer you know. God bless! And, if you are in doubt, check out the books yourself.

The attack is on. How many parents have read the title of this book and thought what a great book for my child to read.

This author contradicts himself. Look at this paragraph:

Another question asks about God's forgiveness of sin. His reply "I do not forgive anyone because there is nothing to forgive. There is no such thing as right or wrong and that is what I have been trying to tell everyone, do not judge people. People have chosen to judge one another and this is wrong, because the rule is "'judge not lest ye be judged."

Of course there is no such thing as right and wrong but to judge someone is wrong. Now I really see why Louise has a label blithering idiots. There are so many out there.
God bless

Aussie Coffee Shop Banned.

Fr. Tim has been on a blog banning bonanza. Aussie Coffee Shop is now on the list. This was one of my dreams come true. I always wanted to be on Fr. Tim's list of banned websites.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Fun holiday

We have had three fun days away. I have missed the boys but it has been really good to get away with just the girls.

The first day was spent catching up with family. We went to my mother's house and my sister came over with her baby and my brother, sister in law and their two daughter's also came to visit. I took Brigette to her God parents to stay for a night and the other two girls and I went back to mum's to stay for the night.

On Wedensday we went and meet Louse from Purcell's Chicken Voluntary . We had a great lunch and talked about things that Catholic mum's talk about when they get together.

Today was our shopping day. We got the girls some new shoes and a new top each. We went out to see my mum again and took her to see my father (who is in a nursing home) and then took her food shopping. We went and saw my in laws for a short visit and then I took the girls out for tea. We went to Charlies all you can eat and I am really full.

Tomorrow we will be leaving early and getting back home around lunch time hopefully. I am looking forward to seeing the boys.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

And Another.

Thanks Esther for this card.

Another Card.

Thanks Deb for this one.

Go and see her other E Cards.

Girls holiday.

I am taking the girls to Adelaide today. Steve and the boys will stay home and look after the dog, cat, chickens and birds.

We are going to see family and friends and go on a big shopping safari.

I probably won't be online much between now and then so there won't be any updates until Friday when we get back.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Thanks Jean.

Thanks Ginny and Marie.

Happy Birthday to me.

Today I turn 41. Because Daniel was working from 10.30 till 7.00 Steve and I decided to go out for breakfast so that Daniel could watch the other children for us. It was good to have some time alone and talk about things.

When we got back from breakfast the children had cleaned up the main living area's and outside. I was so surprised. I told them that this was the best present I have ever received. They even folded the washing (but left it all on the table). I really shouldn't complain though. They know that folding and doing washing is the job I hate the most.

Please pray for a cure for Type One Diabetes

Please pray for a cure for Type One Diabetes
Our sons Tom and Christopher and our daughter Amelia are type one diabetics. We pray everyday for a cure. We do not want one by illicit means though so don't support any organisation that contributes to Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Click on the photo of Tom and Christopher to read about why I am against using Embryonic Stem cells for a cure.

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Australian Catholic Homeschoolers.

Tom's and Christopher's insulin pump

New book: Faith Quilt.

New book: Faith Quilt.
All proceeds from sales of "FAITH QUILT" going to "Casa de Amor Children's Homes in Bolivia" and "Sarah's Covenant Homes in India" Two truly extraordinary organisations that take in the most needy children and give them a place of love and security to call home.