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October 25, 2016

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Oh, Mr Jacob, I love you to bits. 

Not a day goes past where I don’t thank God for you being our surprise baby.

You are now two and you have well and truly developed your own character which fluctuates between model, placid child, and noisy strong-willed child on an hourly basis. 

Words and copying everything we say is something you love right now. Running through the house yelling ‘Just perfect, just perfect,’ was new for today! 

Sleeping is still one of your favourite pastimes and you remind me of the teenagers in the house with your ‘leave alone, Jake’s sleeping’ quips in the morning when you need to get out of bed because we need to get the older kids to school. The little wiggle you do to let us know that you’d like your back rubbed is cute now.. Let’s just hope you grow out of that one. 

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You watch everything we do and you are quick to work out how things work. Going for a drive means we are all reminded to shut the garage door, turn on the car and put on our seatbelts. Phew, we are glad we have you around, as I am sure we’d forget sometimes! 

Sometimes you wear me out and then I’m glad you love jumping into bed with me for a nanna nap in the afternoon. 

You are a true boy and you love to get wet, dirty and do things with the boys like helping in the garage or in the garden. Bunnings is a Saturday morning favourite. You have a love/hate relationship with Tonka and watching you interact with him is hilarious. One moment he is your big buddy, the next you are screaming blue murder at him. Bundy, well, Bundy has learned with the other kids that it’s best to give a wide berth when those humans are so little. 

Having Chiara home is something you are loving right now and I have a slight suspicion that you love her more than me, even though you are so smart in saying that “Jake loves Mum!” when asked. 

You are at a fantastic age and I love these days, but please stay little for just a wee while longer. 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17 ESV

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The Gratitude Collection #2

August 19, 2016

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I’m so grateful for learning and knowledge this week. It has been one of those weeks where my head has been filled with so many new things and ideas and if I had you over for a cuppa right now, I’m sure I’d be spilling the beans on everything I’ve learned. 

This week I managed to finish two books – one a short one about Depression. (You can read my book review here) and our current book club book “When People are Big and God is Small” by Ed Welch. These two titles are a must read for any Christian. I loved both books immensely, and the Ed Welch one, which was a little heavy going at times finished on a high note with the last two chapters being the most practical. 

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On Wednesday I went to a workshop entitled “The Wasteless Pantry” at my local library. Wow, it was such a great workshop with so many really useful tips and hints that you could easily work into your daily life. The idea is to cut down on the waste that come out of our kitchens, as in Australia the statistics show that for every five bags of groceries that you bring into your house, you may as well throw one straight in the garbage! STAGGERING! I have been given permission to share a few of the great things I learned with you all here, so stay tuned.. that will be coming next week! 

My Paigey Poo has been home sick for the past few days. This kid lives and breathes knowledge and learning, so to keep her brain occupied I wrote a few general knowledge questions on cards and she had the job of finding the answers to using books in the house, with the last resort being the iPad. Some were “Who was Pythagoras and what mathematical theory did he invent?” and “Name twenty countries that have stars on their flags.” Do you have any good general knowledge questions I could add to her cards? 

So, another week ends and it was full of so many things to be grateful for, even on the tough days. 

What are you thankful for this week? Join in and share on your Instagram or Facebook account and hashtag it #thegratitudecollection so I can find it. Or you can comment here, even add a photo if you like! If you write a blog post, let me know! 

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Enjoy your weekend! 

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

 

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Lately : August

August 8, 2016

We are already at the end of the first week of August. How did this happen? Where have the past seven months gone? 

I haven’t done a ‘lately’ post for a little while and I thought I’d just slip this one in while I have the time and photos! 

 

Making: Playdough for Jacob.

Cooking: Lots of low carb meals. #gettingolder

Drinking: Tea. What else?

Reading: The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Wearing: My stay at home Monday uniform. Trackies and my favourite ’round the house’ t and a comfy cardigan. 

Appreciating: New relationships that reinforce to me that I need to keep doing what I am doing for the 99% and ignore the 1%.

Loving: How the photos I took of the kids turned out. Even though there wasn’t one in the fifty that I took that didn’t have them all looking at the camera at the same time! #groan

Enjoying: The peace that is my self-imposed quiet time when Jacob goes to bed. Only noise is the clock ticking and my fingers tapping on the keyboard. #bliss

Knowing: That I can’t fix the problems in my beloved ones lives. 

Learning: To let go and allow God to do his thing more and more each day.

Watching: All the rain fall down on my garden. I am so grateful for the rain that we have had in the past few days and I LOVE the look of the forecast..more rain! God is good. 

Listening: To the last chapter of Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman via my Audible account. This book has blown my mind and reminded me about so many good things that God wants us to be busy with. #reviewcomingsoon

Celebrating: Rob being another year older.. and wiser at tactfully telling me to let things go. 

Making: A start on the binding of my latest quilt. 

Anticipating: More growth on my succulents. 

Needing: To complete the editing of the photos from my latest photo shoot. 

Disliking: Sin. My sin, your sin, their sin. 

Opening: My new secret sister allocation for this year. It’s always exciting and daunting at the same time. 

Noticing: Just how much my math nerd is enjoying Adam Spence’s World of Numbers.

Following: The Australian’s at the Olympics. All my favourite sports are on right now. Cycling, Gymnastics and Swimming. 

Getting: A sore back because I should be sitting at my desk and not at the kitchen bench. #ergonomicsallwrong

Saying: Goodbye for now. 

Have a wonderful Monday whereever God has placed you. 

Tash x 

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Where Will Your Vulnerability Lead You?

July 18, 2016

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Putting yourself in a position where you feel vulnerable is not the type of thing we choose to put on our ‘to do’ list, is it?

I think when Brené Brown recited this quote she wasn’t talking about the primary dictionary definition of the word vulnerable which means ‘exposed to the possibility of attack,’ but rather the alternative definition; exposed and unguarded. Purposefully placing yourself in a position where you will be unfamiliar with the circumstance, uncertain of how things will pan out and stepping outside of your comfort box is how I see this type of vulnerability.

The last time I felt exposed would have been when I turned up to a social media workshop just last week. As I was driving there it occurred to me that there would be bloggers, probably writers, definitely social media people and maybe some small business owners present. The blogger group terrified me, as I had distanced myself from previous ‘blogging tribes’ I had connected myself to in the past and the circumstances which led to me making that decision had left quite a nasty taste in my mouth. 

I sat in the car and prayed when I arrived. I needed more than my own strength. Psalm 138:3

From the moment I sat down I knew that this was going to be different. There wasn’t any one-upmanship, no one was hogging the limelight and I realised that I wasn’t the only one who had rolled up with a tonne of vulnerability and self-doubt. The best bit was that this group was mostly made up of women who loved God. I could hear from their stories that He was a very important part of their lives. Integrity and honesty dripped from every story that was shared. 

After the workshop, which felt more like an afternoon tea with long lost friends, I felt like I had gained some of my confidence back. I have a story to tell and there are people who listen to it and look forward to me telling another snippet.  I left with new ideas on where I would focus my energies with my social media platforms, and I left feeling weirdly reassured I wasn’t the only one that doubted her abilities. 

My vulnerabilities lead to inspiring new creativity and it lead to change in how I deal with my self-doubt. 

I stepped out of my comfortable padded box and walked through the pouring rain, and into a cosy place which just felt so right. And God helped me when I needed it, just as He always promises His children!

Is there something you need to step outside your box for?

Is there something that is holding you back because of fear?

Is it other people who are holding you back?

Have you asked God to help you, before you try to do it in your own strength?

Go for it!

 

Tash x 

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