Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Temple Grandin - Movie Review

Ok, so I don't normally like to do movie reviews; what our family deems appropriate viewing and what another family does, can be very different!  But...we enjoyed this one so much, that I just wanted to share it with you!  The movie was based on a true story of a young woman with autism.  It focuses on how Miss Grandin excelled academically, despite her autism.

According to our family's movie standards, this movie gets a "thumbs up!"  No nudity and no cursing that we could recall!  Brian and I both felt that this movie would be appropriate for children Amy's age...any younger and they may find it a little boring and some scenes could probably be upsetting for little ones. 

What I enjoyed in particular was gaining an understanding of how (some) people with autism learn and see things a lot differently.  It gave me a glimpse of how difficult it must be for autistic people, to move through a traditional school system.  

All in all this movie was a wonderful heart warming movie, and the fact that it was based on a true story made it all the better for us! 


Just to add that this Friday is the deadline for my giveaway so be sure to enter if you haven't already, to win a copy of the Duggar family's newest book "A Love That Multiplies".  I cannot wait to read it myself!

I am currently reading  Randy Alcorn's "Pro-Life Answers For Pro-Choice Questions".  This horrific topic is often so hushed up and the horrible facts swept under the rug that it can be difficult to access the vital facts.

I am working on a challenging post regarding a similar topic at the moment and hope to have it finished later this week, ready to post in time for the Pill Kills campaign.  I hope it will provide some vital information and perhaps educate us on the facts that are so often hidden from us.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Reduction In Irish Women Travelling For Abortions!

This post should kindle a sense of hope in us all.  Just yseterday morning the Irish Pro-Life Campaign released the article below, stating that the number of Irish women travelling to the UK, to have an abortion procedure performed is on the decline for the 9th consecutive year!  Just think of all those precious lives saved!

News Release by the Pro Life Campaign
24th May 2011
Pro Life Campaign says downward trend is “very encouraging”
The latest Irish abortion figures released today by the British Department of Health* show a further reduction in the number of Irish women travelling to Britain for abortions.
In 2010, 4,402 Irish women travelled to Britain for abortions, down from 4,422 for the previous year. It is the ninth consecutive year that Irish abortions have declined after more than a decade of upward trends. It marks a 34% decline since the high of 6,673 Irish abortions in 2001.
Responding to the latest figures, Dr Ruth Cullen of the Pro-Life Campaign said:
The Pro-Life Campaign welcomes the continued downward trend in abortions.
It has been suggested that the reduction in abortions may be as a result of more Irish women travelling to countries other than England for abortions. This is purely anecdotal as there is no statistical evidence to back up these claims. In fact, the official figures for countries like Holland have shown a drop in recent years of abortions on foreign nationals.
Over the past nine years, there has been a 34% decline in Irish abortions. It is an extremely encouraging trend and should be welcomed by everyone on both sides of the abortion debate. For years, abortion advocates claimed that an upward trend in abortions was inevitable. These claims have now proven to be false.
Legalised abortion totally ignores the humanity and rights of the unborn child as well as the latest peer reviewed medical research highlighting the long-term negative effects of abortion on women.
Ireland’s abortion rate is now 4.4 per 1,000 female residents aged 15-44 where England’s is 17.5.
*Statistical Bulletin, Summary Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2010 (24/05/11)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Happy Husbands 101

What does it take to make our husband feel loved and appreciated?  Surprisingly, nothing that requires too much effort or forward thinking!  Making our husbands happy is actually really easy!  Obviously this list is by no means exhaustive, neither should you force yourself to "achieve" several all in the one day (your hubby may explode!)  Just a few ideas to help us busy wives brighten our husbands day!

  • Hide a small note, thanking him for working hard, in his wallet before he goes off to work.
  • Have some casual shirts pressed and hung ready for wearing, rather than him asking for them.
  • Make his favourite dinner.
  • Warm his slippers/indoors shoes by the fire for when he comes home late at night!
  • Hide a treat in his lunch bag/box.
  • Read the Bible/other book to him if he wishes.  Brian and I often read book together like this!
  • Let him enjoy a lie-in on his days off!
  • Light the fire before he comes home on cold winter nights.
  • Sort through his sock drawer and throw out holey ones and replace them.
  • Run him a nice hot bath (complete with a rubber duckie) after a hard day at work.
  • Offer him a back massage that lasts longer than five minutes! 
  • Take time to stop and listen about your husbands day when he come in from work. No nagging! 
  •  Offer to wash his hair when he is bathing.  A good head massage is a great stress buster!
  • Bake his favourite dessert.
  • Try not to shrink all his favourite jumpers!  (who said I was speaking from experience...ahem!)
  • Husbands love physical affection and attentiveness...so do not neglect him! ;)
  • Try to take care of minor d.i.y matters yourself, as to alleviate his responsibilities.
  • Leave other small notes in places he will find them later in the day.
  • Spend your evening time with him when he is home...not blogging!
  • Ask him what he would like to talk about! 

I would love to hear some of your suggestions and tips, for showing our husbands love and appreciation and/or let me know if you tried any of these out!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Catching Up!

 Phew, what a busy few weeks that has been!  I have been meaning to blog about what has been going on recently but I really haven't had much time other than to post some 'ones I prepared earlier', read and answer a few comments.  So if you are interested here it is:

Meg And Granny

Me And Our Little Nephew Brian

Firstly as you will remember from this post, we had relatives over from the UK to stay with us.  It was so great to see my aunt again, as I had not seen her in quite a few years!  There were many late nights, with lots of talking, rib aching belly laughs and catching up.  The day after they arrived we had a large family party, which in the end turned out to be a wonderful day, despite all the hiccups leading up to it!  For the rest of the week they toured around attractions local to us here.  I was so sad to see them leave, particularly my brother, whom I wished I'd have had more time to talk to.  The week that they stayed really had flown over...but my aunt assures me, that she will be back as quickly as she can and will definitely stay for a longer period!  Yippee!

My Mum And Me!

My Mother And Aunt

Another wonderful thing that we had happen, was that Brian had been able to purchase bikes for himself and Amy!  Brians bike also has a childs seat mounted on the back of his bike so he can take Dylan along too!  Dylan was none too happy at first having his photograph taken with his new helmet on!  Amy has been cycling everywhere...they even go to feed/check the cows on them!  What fun!

Dylan Reluctantly Posing In His Helmet!

You will probably have noticed that I there has been a lot of negative comments on my blog recently, as I had been featured on a 'snarking' website.  My husband was worried about what people were writing about me.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a hateful person and it is upsetting for them that I was being individually targeted.  My husband read through my recent blog posts and the comments that were left (some published, some not).  We then discussed this and he felt that the people commenting were just trying to be mean and most didn't appear to have anything worthwhile to say, so he gave me permission to continue blogging!  Thankfully the 'snarkers' seem to have gotten bored of me and moved on!

 Meg And Me!

Happy Meg In Her Bouncer!

Wednesday evening, Brian and I went out for dinner at a beautiful French restaurant!  We had intended to go for our fifth wedding anniversary just shortly after Meg was born...but I just didn't feel ready to leave her at that time so we postponed it!   It was such a blessed time, I love spending quality time with my hubby!  It is nice to reconnect, reaffirm and just plain love on each other!  I think my favourite dish was my starter which was: flame grilled wood pigeon, with onion mash, pistachios and fig confit!  Mmmmm!  Thanks honey for spoiling me!

Our adorable Meg has also learnt to laugh!  Normally either Dylan or Amy can get the heartiest belly chuckles from her!   It is the sweetest sound!  She is growing so big so fast!  The older we get the more we realise how fast their childhoods slip by...so bittersweet.

Sweet Smiles

On Thursday poor Dylan shut the car door on his fingers!  Oh my, any mother will know, the sound of your child screaming is just the scariest thing in the world!  Once I had dried hs tears and we had picked up Amy in town from her aunts, I drove us around to my fathers house and had him check that there were no broken bones (I can almost hear the frantic typing, "tut-tutting" his lack of medical attention! Ha!)...thankfully there doesn't appear to be any breakages, just a little bruising.  I think he was a very lucky boy!

Dylans New Friend! (The Ladybird On His Arm!)

You may remember this post where I discussed some issues that we had come across, in the fellowship we had attended.  Since we stopped attending the fellowship, we had been having 'homechurch' with our children and even though we were enjoying that, we knew that we needed to attend a church also.  So we began looking again.  Yesterday we went for our first visit to a Baptist church (yes we finally found one!) in the city next to us.  It is a small church comprised mainly of two other families.  There were lots of children in attendence.  It was so refreshing to hear a pastor in Ireland preach salvation through faith in Jesus Christ only! 

Oh and don't forget to enter my giveaway to receive a copy of the Duggars new book "A Love That Multiplies" if you haven't already done so!  

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Giveaway!

I am so excited to host my second blog giveaway!  I have been deliberating on the item for a while now and have finally decided!  Just today I have spotted that the delightful Duggar family has a new book available for pre-order, titled 'A Love That Mulitplies'.  This book will be released on the 7th June 2011.  I know that the Duggar family are such an encouragement to many of us, so I thought that their new book would be a great prize for my giveaway!  The rules of entry are as follows:

  • Become a follower of this blog, and leave a comment letting me know that you did so.
  • Leave a comment below (no anonymous comments - Google ID or other required) 
  • Post about this giveaway on your blog, and leave a comment letting me know that you did so.
  • Share this post on facebook, and leave me a comment letting me know that you did so.
That means you could get as many as four entries, but you must leave a separate comment for each entry. 

I will give away one book per 40 entries, so your chances of winning will not be decreased if a lot of people enter!

Deadline to enter is Friday, 3rd June, 2011.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sticks And Stones...

Through my blog over the last two years, I have come to be blessed by many like minded women.  I have been encouraged, challenged and guided in truth.  Because of this my faith has grown and I feel closer and more settled as a follower of Jesus Christ.  But as we acknowledge that the internet is packed to the brim with useful information, new ideas and like minded people...we must also acknowledge that there are people who choose to troll through this vast space with hateful, evil words who wish to hurt us and distract us from Christ.

I have often wondered why some people would choose to leave hate filled comments and emails for me to read.    I have published some negative comments (provided that they are free of expletives and are not linked to vulgar sites) as I feel that in doing so it will encourage other believers to stand firm against atheists and other haters of God.  Most of the negative comments I receive I do not publish, simply due to them having sexual references, being expletive filled and/or that they are linked to offensive sites.  I initially (perhaps naively) figured that if someone strongly disagreed with what I write, that they would simply choose not to read here (far too simple huh?!)  But now I have come to know that there are some people who, even though I will not publish their comments still repeatedly choose to verbally attack me. 

There are also those 'ladies' who visit my blog through links provided in 'fundie bashing' websites.  I find it pathetic that they feel the need to copy and paste posts that I have written and have a rant about it.  It is actually funny that in doing so, they are bumping my sitemeter up quite a bit, so to those people....thank you I guess!   I wonder about the fact, that my spelling mistakes are the highlight of what they write about...maybe the old adage of "small things amuse small minds" is true for them?

To those people who leave such comments or rant about me on other websites, please ask yourselves why you continue to read here and/or comment about me, if you "hate" me so much.  If our faith/parenting/lifestyle/marriage/clothing is so offensive to you why do you repeatedly comment on it?  ...When you leave me expletive filled messages and emails it only causes me to wonder why you are so angry at God?  I know Satan is working through you, to try and distract me from following Christ; to cause me to anger and lose sight of Him.  Your ignorant words will only encourage me to cling to Him more tightly.  I will not hate you no matter what you write about me or my family.  I will never cease to write Gods truth here, to encourage and challenge other Christians.  I will not pray for your demise...only that you will in time, come to know Christ and will accept Him as your saviour.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wonderful Sermon By Pastor Anderson!

I have been hoping to find time recently to share this sermon with you all.  We watched this about three weeks ago; it was the first full length sermon of Pastor Andersons' that my husband and I watched together and he really enjoyed it.  Brian also suggested that next time we watch one together that we make notes of the verses so we can look them up afterwards, which I thought was a great idea!  Brian and I stayed up late that evening to discuss what we had watched and how fortunate we were to have realised early on in our Christian life how perverse Catholicism really is!  It is very refreshing to hear real preaching direct from the Bible,  please take the time to watch it!

And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.  For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Revelation 18:1-5

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Aborted Babies Used To Make The MMR Vaccine!

Did that get your attention?  I bet it did.  I also bet many of us never knew, that yes indeed, those wonderful people who develop vaccines to 'protect' us, use cells from murdered babies in order to develop their vaccines!

Nice huh?  Thank you to Elizabeth and Twinkle Toes who provided me with links and after I felt the Lord showing me this issue again and again...I decided to research the vaccinations used within Ireland.  I was shocked to discover that even our Irish vaccines do use cells from murdered babies!  I have discovered that our MMR (yes that one again!)  manufactured here for us by GSK does appear on this list which states very clearly that it does contain aborted fetal tissue!  Did you just hear me?  We are allowing doctors to inject a vaccine incubated in cells from a poor murdered baby, into our children!

I have talked about this issue within my own immediate and extended family and yet no one appears to be disturbed by this?  Do they think I am making this up?  It saddens me.  We need to all stop being so afraid of our 'big brother' governments and doctors!  We are our children's parents...a God given authority!  I've said this so many times and I may say it many more:  Educate yourself and keep your family safe!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Oh my, what a week so far!  We are so busy preparing for our visitors that are arriving in Ireland, late Friday afternoon and a large family gathering on Saturday.  I might have already mentioned that my 'to-do' list is HUGE!  Thankfully we have gotten a lot checked off over the last two weeks.  Seriously though, we should have visitors and gatherings more often because we really got going on all those chores that have been ignored put aside for the last few months!

I have made my party menu as follows:

Homemade Leek and Potato Soup
Bread Rolls
Homemade Mini Pizzas
Cheese Whirls (so delicious that I made three batches!)
Sandwiches (Brian offered to buy these in, because he's just sweet like that!)
A Colourful Salad
Spiced Oven-Baked Chicken Pieces
Sliced Watermelon

I have already made the soup, pizzas and cheese whirls and have put them in my deep freeze until Saturday.  Tomorrow I hope to make, bake and freeze all of the bread rolls too!  I also wanted to make a batch of granola in the morning ready for use over the next week.  Dylan usually helps with granola making, because he just loves pretending he is a digger when dumping all the ingredients in the baking pan!  

Today has been the most stressful day we have had in a long time.  Brian and I were both pretty worn out by midday.  Most things that could go wrong, did!  Sometimes dealing with others can be so frustrating, but throughout the course of the day we were able to help each other with kind words, a quick cuddle and sometimes a tissue to wipe my tears!  I won't bore you all with the details of what has been going on outside our home, but we believe the Lord is using these happenings to teach and instruct us.  We are beginning to see that we need to focus more on what the Lord wants for our family and less over what other people think!

Well, I think that's it for tonight as I must still wake Meg to feed and finish up a few last minute chores!  Oh, check out my new updated sidebar! 

 I hope you are all having an enjoyable week!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

What's The Catch?

This week my husband asked me to call around several furniture stores, and collect quotes for a new mattress for our single (3ft) guest bed.  I rang around several companies; I actually learnt an awful lot about mattresses as I compiled my comparative list.  One brand was deemed by all as the 'king' of mattresses, with an extortionate price tag to boot!  One company actually quoted me €410!  A little while later at Brian's request I called another small company and asked my well rehearsed questions.  I was absolutely speechless when he quoted me only €175 for the same mattress!  I took down the details and thanked him for his time.

I stood there for a little while, probably with a dumbfounded look upon my face.  Why was his price waaaay cheaper than anyone elses?  I mean, if the mattress was so good why wasn't it expensive?  Why didn't I have to jump through hoops to get one?  I began to ponder on this.  Words like: stolen, damaged, illegal and faulty came into my suspicious mind.  I wondered ...whats the catch?

Hmmm...isn't this what unbelievers sometimes think when we share the gospel with them?  If we are honest with ourselves maybe some of us felt like this at one time also.  Certainly there are some Christian denominations that feel like this now.  Denominations that preach 'works based' or 'repent of your sins' salvation. 

Maybe they feel, that because the gift of salvation is so great, they must have to do something to earn it...surely?  Even people who do not profess to have any defined religion, assure themselves that they will go to heaven because they have been a good person...despite having no actual faith in Christ!  Most people who read here will know that one must only have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ in order to be given the gift of salvation.  And yes I really did get all of this from shopping for mattresses!

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. - Ephesians 2:8-9

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. - John 3-16

Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. - Luke 8:12

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the 
Lord shall be saved. - Acts 2:21

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. 
- Acts 15:11

And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. - Acts 16:30-31

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. - Romans 5:9-10

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. - Romans 10:9-10

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. - Romans 10:13

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; - Titus 3:5

So there you have it dear people...let us let go, of our suspicions and worldly assumptions. 

There is no catch!  Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ alone!
Praise Him!