Sunday, October 30, 2011

1 Corinthians 10:13

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: 
but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above 
that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, 
that ye may be able to bear it. 
~ 1 Corinthians 10:13

I love this verse in 1 Corinthians!  It reminds me that God will never tempt me above what I am able.  This scripture calms me when I'm overwhelmed.  I know that God loves me and He knows what I can handle, and when...His will and timing are perfect! :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Ireland Has Voted...

Yesterday was the day when most Irish citizens went to vote in the Presidential election.  To be perfectly honest I'm so glad it's finally over; now they can all take down their campaign signs, that have littered the road sides for weeks and cease posting out their flyer's full of empty promises and lies.

It has been said that "A country will always get the government it deserves".  Such a provoking thought that, isn't it?

On an interesting note, the topic of abortion has raged upon the airwaves all week, discussing each candidates views on such.  Pro-murder women bombarded the radio stations with calls, defending pro-life candidates and stating that "forcing a woman to endure a full term pregnancy when she doesn't want to, is equal to abuse".  Letting these feminazi's vote, was such a master stroke for the modern world... 

Yes as the title suggests, Ireland's votes have indeed been counted, and pro-murder candidate, Michael D Higgins has been elected as Ireland's 9th President.  Not too bad of a feat, considering he was up against two brain dead women, an "ex" IRA commander and a social welfare dependant homosexual, and a bunch of other half wits with dodgy morals.  You would be astounded by the amount of people I have spoken with,  who even though, they know full well that Michael D Higgins supports murdering babies, still feel that he is the best man for the job!  Perhaps it was a case of choosing the best out of a bad lot?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Best Loved Bear

Dylan just loves, what we call "once upon a time" stories, in which we tell him a tale from our childhoods!  He never tires of hearing them, and often asks for his favourites, even when we've forgotten which ones he is asking for!

Just recently I was telling him about the time my father went on a sailing trip for two weeks, when I was about 6 or 7.  I told him that I was very sad my dad had gone on holiday, becuase two weeks is a very long time for a sad girl who misses her daddy.  But then I went on to the part, were my dad promised (on the telephone) to bring me a special gift when he returned!  Boy was I excited!  So a few days later when he returned he brought me my "Special Ted".

My teddy was just beautiful and I loved him for many years!  Even now he sits on our bed during the it really would just look odd without him!  And so I brought "Special Ted" out when I had finished telling my story...Dylan was so excited that "Special Ted" was still alive!  ;)  We disussed how you could tell, I had loved him very much over the years, by the way his fur had been rubbed off in places, half his smile has gone, the tear in his ear and how many chips were on his little nose!  Our talk reminded me of "The Velveteen Rabbit", which is one of my favourite children's books. 

Then just this Friday, we picked this book out of the library...about the very same thing!  The Best Loved Bear!  It was such a simple but sweet story for young readers, that I wanted to share it with you all!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Our Special Announcement...

Brian and I would like to announce that we...





Our Two Donkeys!

...have become the proud owners of two DONKEYS!  Ha!  I bet you didn't guess that, that was what I was going to announce, was it?  No, if it had have been a pregnancy announcement, I definitely would have been MUCH more excited, but alas no such news as yet!  I look forward to the day, that we will have that news to share!  :)


Recently a friend contacted me, asking did I know anyone who wanted two donkeys.  A new homeschooling family within driving distance were giving them away, as they were finding it hard to afford to keep them.  Feeding animals over the winter in Ireland can be seriously expensive, fortunately our family are able to provide our cows with home produced hay and silage, and we have plenty of grass for everyone in the meantime!

So I sent the message to Brian while he was at work, and later in the evening he asked me how much the person wanted for the donkeys, as at that stage we didn't know they were free.  I asked my friend the next day, and she gave me the details of the family who owned them.  I contacted the lady and she gave me all the information, which I then passed on to Brian.

Black-Jack...He Is The Cheeky One!

We decided to keep all of this a secret from the kids, as we figured, if we decided no then they would be disappointed and if we were going to say yes, then we wanted it to be a great surprise! We talked it over after the kids where in bed...and my lovely hubby simply said "Okay lets get some donkeys!"  :)  Yes its things like this that make our relatives think we're loopy!

That was Friday, and the man wanted to deliver them on Sunday afternoon...boy was it hard keeping the secret until then!  But Sunday rolled around at last.  As we were gathered around the breakfast table eating cinnamon toast, daddy and I told the kids the big secret  The kids were very surprised!

So we are now the proud owners of two male donkeys.  They are named Black-Jack and Bobby and are so cute and are almost too friendly!   We cannot wait to build the trust so the kids can ride them! 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Crazy, Busy, Blessed Days!

Our Littlest Miss, Reading :)

Everyday life around here is usually pretty hectic and crazy, but sometimes it just seems overwhelmingly busy; like now for example, hence my lack of blogging!   Admittedly times like these are some of the most enjoyable, exciting and blessed times we have as a family!  Here is some of what has happened, over the latter end of the week:

On Wednesday I nearly fainted, when I realised that no one had been to water in the poly tunnel, or harvest any produce since my parents departure for England on Sunday!  Yikes!  I had simply forgotten!  The plants actually looked pretty good considering, but I'm sure they look even better now after we spent around 30 minutes watering them all!  Phew, then we had to harvest a BUMPER crop of tomatoes!  Amy and I flew around filling up the wheelbarrow as fast as we could!  Brian was waiting to go to town on his own errands, and so had asked us to be super quick.  We hurried as fast as we could but it still took us one hour...Amy and I were beat by the time we got home!  So for the past few days I have been as busy as a bee, making all the tomato sauce I can cram into my pans!  Smells delicious! 

Banana And Walnut Bread...Mmmmm!

Thursday morning we cancelled school and went visiting instead!  I find it very difficult to stop the normal routine and go visiting a friend or relative, but sometimes I feel really bad because I never visit anyone!   So I packed the kids into the car and we went to visit my sister-in-law and her children. Meggie stole the show and her aunties heart with her sweet smile and friendly nature!  We had a lovely visit!

Yesterday I ran into town in the morning for a few errands that could not wait until the afternoon, and we got back just in time for Amy's music lesson.  Amy's first piano examination is within a few weeks time and she is really feeling the pressure!  She was a little teary after her lesson, so we had a little talk and a cuddle...she felt a little better then I think!   :)

Yum...Leftover Pizza!

After lunchtime we did a quick-clean and had some quiet time for about an hour, before it was time for Meg to wake up from her nap, and to get ready for book club!   We were late, but we had a great time with our friends at the library.  Meg LOVED pretending to snuggle me, as we sat on the floor down one of the book took me a while to realise she was only doing it, so she could try and pull the books off the shelves behind me...little fox!

I then drove home with the little kids, as Amy went on a sleepover with our friends!  Amy was very excited to go, as they were going to a fireworks display in the night time!  Brian and I both had extra chores to do last night, but we were able to finish up reasonably early, and thankfully had a little quiet time together before he went to bed.

Today has been very busy so far!  I've had a few extra chores since Amy is not here and plus Saturday is always can tell I just LOVED doing the ducks and chickens in the pouring rain, with a baby strapped to my front and a crying child who had just fell flat on his face!  But now all is quiet: Meg is napping, Dylan is eating fresh banana bread, so I thought I'd just pop in and say "hello" before I go and start all over again, make MORE tomato sauce and press all of our clothes for church tomorrow!

So yes, things here at Plumfield are very busy, as usual, but we wouldn't change it for all the gold in the world!  How blessed we are!  We may also have an important announcement in a day or keep a watch out! ;) 

I Hope You All Enjoy The Lords Day Tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My Top Ten Dislikes!

I know you might find this boring.  But just in case you're interested in boring kind of stuff, then here is a list of my top ten dislikes! ;)

  1. The cat scratching on the window pane *shudder*
  2. When I lose something!  Aaarrggghh!
  3. Dogs barking...even mine!
  4. Laziness in any form.
  5. My husband pretending to listen to me, whilst reading the newspaper and doing it badly!
  6. When the iron breaks down and you just had one more shirt to do!
  7. Nasty attitudes!
  8. When someone else stacks the dishwasher...wrongly of course!
  9. Drivers who utterly fail to indicate before a turn!
  10. Accidentally standing on a snail and hearing "Crruuunncchh!!"

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    The Imaginings Of A 3 Year Old!

    Oh to be three years old!  What a wonderful age it is, they are old enough to converse with and think complex thoughts, but still oh so cute and innocent!  Dylan is really into imagining, and pretending at the moment.  Although from his point of view it isn't is real!

    Dylan ~ I has a wife (sometimes he uses the word "mother" here, but means wife) and she is called (thinks for a long time) Juicy.

    Me ~ Really, that is a lovely name for your wife...she sounds very fruity.

    Dylan ~ Yeah she is!  She is a good cooker and makes nice ones like: wrapperkoko and muckalakka.

    Me ~ Oh they sound yummy.  What else does Juicy do?

    Dylan ~  She cleans the house, does the washing and looks after the children.  She sleeps over there, on the side next to the cooker!


    Dylan ~ I has a son (Juicy gave birth to a twenty tonne baby just last week!) he wants to go to Dublin, but I won't let him 'cause there is bad peoples in Dublin!

    Brian ~ Yes, children aren't allowed to go by themselves, but a grown-up could.

    Dylan ~ He is grown up, but I's still not allowed him!  'Cause he went and died on the cross and God had to bring him alive again.  God is very powerful!

    At that point Dylan left the room, and Brian and I nearly died laughing!  What an imagination!  It seems as though, he just likes to talk about all the things, he either likes or knows about, and smushes them all together in a story!  He is such a funny boy!

    Dylan Showing Off His Latest Invention!

    The Hand Tool And String Is To Keep The "Silage" From 
    Falling Out His Trailer!

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

    Random Update

       Chubby Chops!

      So I just thought I'd drop in with a quick update on all our goings on, while everything is quiet!  Of course being midday on a wet, grey and sleepy sort of Saturday, my house is still in total chaos...but I'd much rather be blogging than cleaning anyway! ;)

      • Dylan is trying to become dry in the night time, now that he is getting bigger, so I printed up this chart for him just a few weeks ago.  As you can see he is getting so much better!  He LOVES receiving his sticker on the days he did a good job!  Just yesterday, we gave Dylan, "Horton Hears A Who" on DVD, as a BIG reward for 7 dry nights in a row!  Dylan was thrilled as he loves Dr Seuss books and the movie was really very funny!  Well done champ! :)
        • One of my dearest friends has just had a baby boy!  He is her third child and her first since suffering two miscarriages in a row.  I'm so happy that he is here at last!  Just three day ago they finally decided on the little man's name: Logan, which I think is just perfect!  I've almost finished the crocheted blanket we'll be giving them as a baby gift, I'd just like to single crochet around the edge to finish it off nicely!   

            • We are in the process of redecorating our downstairs shower/wc.  Our extract fan was not working for a while, and we neglected to use bathroom paint in there when we painted initially, so tonnes of yucky mould had appeared on the ceiling and top of the wall.  It is redecoration through necessity, rather than preference!  So I've scrubbed it clean last week and the kids helped me to paint most of it.  Though I think Brian is going to finish painting the ceiling for me as I'm just not tall enough really...even with a step-ladder!  Thank goodness for husbands!  We also put up a bathroom cabinet for Brian to keep all his toiletries in, as he can be kinda messy!!!

            • Update on Meg ~ Well you'll remember this post, in which I detailed Megs unusual night waking.  Well we tried the paracetamol suppositories we received from the doctor, and they did nothing at all!  The next morning I discussed what had been going on with my mother.  She suggested turning Meg around in her bed to help with her stiff neck...thinking that she may simply have gotten into the habit of turning her head too far in one direction when she was sleeping.  I had, had the same thought the previous it seemed that to try it, would be a wise thing to do.  It was!  We've been so blessed with full nights sleep since!  It seems that switching her around was just enough to break the habit!  Thanks Mum!  :)

            •  I'm still waiting patiently, for the 70 % Amazon children's book sale...I wish they'd hurry up!  I've been checking ever few days but nothing as yet!  Come on guys...get a move on!

            •  Just today, we have started having a pre-Christmas sort out! always looks worse before it gets better!  I always start upstairs when doing this kind of thing, as upstairs isn't as messy in-use as downstairs.  So this morning, we got going on sorting out all the books in the kids rooms.  Amy had some to give to Dylan, and Dylan had some to give to Meg!  At the moment all the kids books, are stored neatly in grocery boxes...hopefully sometime in the future we can look into getting some shelving or bookcases to store them all.  We have a lot of books!  This afternoon I hope to start sorting toys by throwing away or mending broken ones...though that shouldn't take long as they don't many in their rooms.

            • Brian and I are on our 5th week (out of six) this coming week, of our "Christianity Explored" (a pre-requisite to becoming members) course with our Pastor.  We have both enjoyed it!  It has given us much to discuss both with our Pastor, and by ourselves.   
            • Our little scamp Meg now has two teeth!  Also she is going very well at crawling!  Admittedly she is very hesitant to crawl on her hands and knees, she tried that one day, and fell and hurt her face on the ground.  So she simply drags herself around on her funny to see her doing it, with her right leg giving her a little push when needed! Ha!  Can't believe how fast she is growing up!  Her birthday will be here before we know it! 

            •  We'll be staying home from church tomorrow, as Brian must take my parents to the airport to catch their flight to the UK; for Graham's funeral and so my mum can spend some quality time with my grandmother who is quite ill at the moment.  Unfortunately their truck decided that now would be a great time to break down completely!  

            • On a related note, there seems to be many sad and challenging things happening at the moment, that are driving both our immediate, and extended families to love, support and care for each other, more than usual.  When I think on this, I'm reminded that our Father in heaven, really does work all things for good!  :)

                  Tuesday, October 11, 2011

                  Are You Weary?

                  Truth be told, I've been going through a down period over the last two/three weeks, though it is thankfully lifting.  I'm usually a happy, positive type of person, so this feeling was unusual.  Sometimes I literally cried out to God, begging Him to let me rest.  I confessed to Him that I could not take another blow or else I'd fall.  Other times I was asking forgiveness for my selfishness, as I realise that my troubles were minor and that I should have been thankful for all the blessings He has given me.

                  I remember a time when newly expecting Meg, that we feared I was miscarrying again.  I cried out to God then too, telling Him how unfair it was to do this to me again, and that I would surely fall apart if I had to endure another miscarriage.  And so I became completely dependent on His strength and immediately I felt renewed.  When praying, or in His word I felt stronger!  And I came to realise what it meant, to lean on the Lord. 

                  It seems as though that I am at that place again.  Where the Lord is showing me that He is my rock, the place to which I can continually resort.  So even when I feel weary, if I keep my eyes on the Lord and His word in my heart then I will be renewed and I shall not faint. 

                  This weekend I watched this sermon, and was encouraged so much by it, that I felt I needed to share it. 

                  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
                  they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, 
                  and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
                  ~ Isaiah  40:31 

                  Monday, October 10, 2011

                  Brighter Future!

                  As some of you may know, our family recently lost dear Graham.  Although just 22 years old, Graham had brought so much joy into the lives of all those who knew him.  We will all miss his larger than life, fun loving  character.  Graham worked at the Brighter Future Mobility Workshop in Skelmersdale; he LOVED working there!

                  We recently became aware that there were several videos made by the workshop, that featured Graham talking about his work there, and what the workshop and team meant to him.  Please take the time to watch the following videos in rememberence of Graham, and to support this charity.

                  Sunday, October 9, 2011

                  In Loving Memory...

                  The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want
                  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
                  he leadeth me beside the still waters.
                  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the
                  paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
                  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
                  I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; 
                  thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
                  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
                  thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
                  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: 
                  and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

                  ~ Psalm 23

                  ...In Loving Memory Of Graham...

                  Tuesday, October 4, 2011

                  Baby Transport...Country Style!

                  No new fangled buggies for us country folk!  No, all the "hip" babies are just dying to be seen out and about in high performance...wheelbarrows!  Keep up with the times ladies! ;)

                  Yesterday I plopped Meggie in a wheelbarrow, and grabbed Dylan, and off we went to the poly tunnel to harvest some more tomatoes for sauce making!  Meg LOVED riding in the wheelbarrow!

                  My little helpers had a blast.  Dylan and I raced to see, who could get the most tomatoes in the quickest!  I think he won!  I just set Meg down on the ground and gave her a tomato to eat...though I think she ate more mud then tomato!

                  I hadn't realised she would get so grubby...she looks so funny by the time we had finished.  We quickly called in to see my father and to wash Megs hands as they were very dirty.  Then we trundled home with our bounty and our baby!

                  Saturday, October 1, 2011

                  Jehovahs Witnesses - Exposed

                  The Mothership!

                  One day about two years ago, an old lady came knocking on my door.  She explained she was going door-to-door discussing Bible teachings, with whoever wanted to talk.  I invited her into our home to talk...after a short while talking, she asked me which Bible translation I read from, which at that stage, was the New King James (this was before our family's research on the differences in modern Bible translations, compared with the King James Version) she informed me she was reading from the New World Translation...I had no idea what that was, as I had never heard of it!

                  So she came, she talked, gave me the "watchtower" and went!  Obviously when she gave me the "watchtower" I realised that she was a Jehovah's Witness.  I smiled and waved and hoped she would not return.  But she did...faithfully every few months or so she would come back with another watchtower magazine!  Sometimes I would discuss key Bible teachings with her and sometimes not.

                  Why didn't I just tell her to go away?  Well, I guess I just didn't want to be rude to an old lady and I kind of figured that she was doing the Lord's work by taking the gospel door-to-door and getting people saved, as we are biblically instructed to do.  I will point out however, that in all the time this lady knocked at my door, she never gave me the gospel, nor talked about salvation?...I reasoned "Well she is sweet old lady and is doing the Lord's work, so whats the harm?"

                  Hmm...whats the harm?  Boy, was I wrong!  I began to do a little digging on the "religion" of Jehovah's Witnesses.  I was so surprised with what I learned!

                  The biggest shock to me, was realising that they don't take the gospel door-to-door, trying to get people saved!  That's right, they take a false gospel!  Shameless works salvation!  According to what I was able to find out, Jehovah's Witnesses teach that salvation is only possible once a person has repented of their sins and has called upon God; a free gift, though this is unattainable without good works!  They also believe that you can lose your salvation by not being faithful to God!

                  This made me so mad!  *Newsflash*  If you have to work for it, then its not free!  Jesus did all the work for us!  Seriously I'm not making this up, they really believe this.  The Bible teaches that all believers are apt to by their logic aren't we all going to lose our salvation at some point?  The Bible has this (along with others) to say on the issue of works salvation:

                  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

                  So, I was wrong; Jehovah's Witnesses are doing a lot of harm, by bringing their false gospel and false doctrines door-to-door.  Many people are being deceived by them, how many people are un-saved, without realising it, spending their lives relying on their works to earn themselves a place in heaven?

                  To further corrupt the word of God, they fashioned for themselves a whole new Bible translation; The New World Translation.  Which interestingly enough cuts out some of the same complete verses that the NIV does!  Also a word in here or taken out there, has demoted Jesus from God in the flesh, to being the archangel Michael!  Their reason for devising a whole new translation...

                  "one of the main reasons for producing a new translation was that most Bible versions in common use, including the Authorized Version (King James), employed archaic language."

                  We all know how difficult it is to read the archaic King James Bible *eyeroll*  What a better way to keep your members ignorant of vital truth, than to rewrite and corrupt the word of God, to suit your denominational beliefs.  Some others have said this about the New World Translation:

                   Dr. William Barclay, Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism, concluded that "the deliberate distortion of truth by this sect is seen in the New Testament translation. ... It is abundantly clear that a sect which can translate the New Testament like that is intellectually dishonest."

                  Robert McCoy stated "... In not a few instances the New World Translation contains passages which must be considered as 'theological translations.' This fact is particularly evident in those passages which express or imply the deity of Jesus Christ.

                  I was once told by another lady, (accompanying the older lady) to my home that the watchtower "headquarters" was like a "mothership" that filtered down doctrine to the individual Kingdom Halls.  I queried this, as I know from my own Bible study that New Testament churches where to be "independent", not controlled by a mothership!  The lady had no scripturally credible answer.  Jehovah's Witnesses are organized under a hierarchical arrangement, which their leadership calls a "theocratic government"!

                  There are many more weird doctrines to which the Jehovah's Witnesses hold, but to save time I will not go into them all here, though if you do not know please take the time to research them.  Once I had my information about JW beliefs about salvation gathered, I waited...

                  Sure enough a just a few days later two women knocked at my door.  I left the playroom where I was doing a read aloud with my kids, I picked up the watchtower left previously and went to the door.  I greeted them nicely and I explained that I had been researching their denomination and had been shocked to find that they held to a false gospel.  I told her that our beliefs as Baptists is, that salvation was through faith in Jesus Christ only...

                  You could have knocked my socks off, when they said "Oh no you must be mistaken because we do too".  I was a little taken aback until the older lady said "but the Bible says faith without works is dead".  That was it...the argument I had been waiting for!  The confirmation of what I had already discovered.  I had my verses ready, but was cut off short.  The old lady quickly quoted:

                  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
                  ~ Philippians 3:14

                  She told me it was JW belief that the "prize" mentioned in this verse meant salvation, and that this proved that salvation was something we needed to work towards.  Yikes!  I told her her kindly but firmly that I thought she was wrong, that the Bible clearly states that salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ only.  Our good works are evidence of our salvation, as when we are truly saved (with eternal security) we desire to live our lives in a God honouring way.  I offered her the watchtower back and said that I could no longer receive their publication as I believed they contained false doctrine.  They left and have not been back.

                  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there
                  shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable 
                  heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon 
                  themselves swift destruction.
                  ~ 2 Peter 2:1