Thursday, July 28, 2011

An Emotional Farewell...




Meg's Crib Set Up In Her Own Bedroom *sniff*

Yes, I am feeling a little bit emotional.  My sweet baby girl has moved into her own bedroom.  Her sleep is often disturbed by Brian rising for work in the early morning, that I thought it would be better for her to be in her own room and sleep undisturbed.  I have never before encountered a problem when moving a child into his/her own bedroom before.  What I describe here as a "problem", Brian described as a "emotional meltdown"...


Meg's Door Plaque

Once Megs curtain had been put up in her room, the very next day I began moving junk and furniture.  The room had previously been used as a computer/guest room.  As we disassembled Megs crib to take through to the other room, I got a little teary.


A Beautiful Room For A Beautiful Girl!

Her room looked beautiful by the time we were finished.   Kind big sister Amy also donated her lovely fairy lamp to help furnish Megs bedroom!  What a sweetie!  Brian headed up to bed that evening slightly before me and was already in a semi sleep when I crept in about fifteen minutes later.  I looked just across from my side of the bed and felt a sudden pang of deep sadness at the empty space where her crib had been.  I immediately burst into tears and sobbed about my "empty nest" for about ten full minutes!  A sweet cuddle from my husband quietened me and before long I drifted off to sleep.


Amy's Lamp That She So Kindly Gave To Meg!

I have never experienced such a strong feeling such as this before.  I'm sure that it is down to the fact, that as I age, I have a better understanding of that our babies are small for such a short time.  Their childhoods are so bittersweet.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Caring For Our Elderly




Caring for the elderly members in our families and indeed in our community is so important!  It not only helps the person we are caring for to feel loved, respected and valued, but it also helps us develop life skills and a servants heart.  I once knew of two girls who were asked by their grandmother to fetch in fuel for the fire.  The mother of the two girls corrected the grandmother before the children, saying "How could they bring in such things for you, they are only children!".  So the children were free to continue playing, having been taught by their own mother that elderly family members are not to be given our help, respect or care.  I don't know about you, but I sure would not like to be the mother of those girls, when I myself were elderly!  What a terrible thing to think of; someone passing their old age away in a nursing home for want of caring older children and grandchildren, to help with a few chores and to offer companionship.

Brian's mother is now living on her own since the passing of Brian's father some three years ago.  Shortly after that my mother-in-law put out her hip twice and contracted a nasty virus, all of which caused her to be hospitalized for some time.  After she came home the family discussed the possibility of having someone from each family staying one night per week with her, so that she wouldn't be alone in the night times, should she require any help and to be around early morning to assist with some chores.  It was agreed upon, although not all family members thought this was a good idea and some even refused to help.  The reasoning being that they either didn't have time or they thought it would be too much a a burden.  What a wonderful burden to have!  We feel blessed to still have my mother-in-law here on earth with us.   Our family relish the chance to help out the wonder woman, who bore 11 children, hand washed laundry, cooked, cleaned, milked cows and helped her husband run the family farm!   

We have been taking part in this arrangement for approximately two years now.  Brian stays one night per week and Amy also stays another night by herself.  Although we were a little nervous at first of having Amy stay there by herself, we concluded that it would provide Amy with vital skills and wonderful memories to treasure!  Amy loves to stay at grannies and she has learned so many things, one of the most important of which, is how to love and respect our elders, and the showing of such, through the care we can happily give.

Some Of The Tasks Amy Does For Granny:

  • Helps to put on her socks and shoes on.
  • Assists her to walk around the yard in the morning.
  • Weighs and records her weight (to measure fluids).
  • Makes her cups of tea.
  • Puts her eye drops in (Amy gets totally creeped out by eyeballs too!)
  • Helps with foot care.
  • Fetches things and puts things away.  
 
Honour widows that are widows indeed.  But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
~1 Timothy 5:3-4

I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
~ Acts 20:35


    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    Lesbian Goldfish?...More Wonderful Statements From David Norris






    More from the perverted Mr Norris, who is running for President in Ireland.  A man known to be a sodomite and supporter of paedophilia.  He talks during this video, about the high number of suicide rates amongst homosexual men.  Has he never considered that the inescapable guilt that racks most homosexuals, comes from the knowledge that they are acting against God?  Brian and I just learned this evening, that our local TD is supporting this beast in his presidential campaign!  Also since allowing "civil partnership" in our country, our wonderful government has given homosexual couples the same tax rates as a married man and wife!  Nice huh?


    Tuesday, July 19, 2011

    Our Recent Reads...



    We have been reading up a storm at the moment!  We have listened to many tales on audio too!  I just wanted to share with you some of the titles which we have enjoyed!

     
    First And Foremost...The King James Bible!

    Brian and I love to study the Bible together!  Recently alongside this topic, we are just enjoying dipping into the scriptures at random, discussing and copying verses out to help us remember them!  Brian has also asked me to ensure that I make time for "Bible time" with the kids everyday!  This request helped me so much by ensuring that I prioritize my duties!


    My History - Slave Girl

    We have just begun this for one of our "read-alouds" and we are enjoying it immensely!  I love the chance to do different accents when I read out aloud to the children, so this gives me a great opportunity to work on my southern accent!  We do love historical fictions such as these, as they often give an informative and fun foundation, on which to build further study.


    Sold And A Promise To Nadia

    A friend recommended these two books to me.  Both of them were heartbreaking to read but I did feel as though I gained an informative insight into the muslim culture.  Even though one may conclude, that not all men in this culture sell their children and treat their wives like dogs, it does seem that muslim women are often treated very poorly, and physical and emotional abuse are the norm.


    Beautiful In His Eyes

    I was given this by a lady at church (a mother of 18!!!)  Even though I have only dipped into it at this stage, I have enjoyed and been encouraged by what I have read.  I love that it unashamedly exhorts women to respect, reverence and love their husbands with all submission, as the Bible teaches!


    Beyond Belief

    A man whom Brian was chatting to whilst at work last week gave him this book to read.  We have read small amounts of this book.  It is incredibly sad but nonetheless important to read.  As this has happened in our own country we must be aware of all the facts.  I have been shocked by many things contained in this book and also by facts that we have unearthed on our own.  So, much to the delight of "freejinger" catholics who feel targeted by me...I will be posting about this topic again soon. ;)


    Shepherding A Child's Heart

    This audio was loaned to us by our Pastor and his wife.  Brian and I have been listening to it in stages; a little every few nights.  We have found the advice on biblical parenting and discipline to be sound.  As parents we do retain the parental right to smack our children when necessary, this book shows how to do so effectively and lovingly.  We cannot wait to finish this audio!


    Little House In The Big Woods

    Amy received this for her birthday.  It is such a sweet story!   We had already read this before, but there is just something so special about an audio with a well chosen narrator!  Wonderful!


    Green Eggs And Ham

    Oh my favourite of the whole list!  What a wonderful story for all the family!  I have been know to wander the house quoting this book, this week!  Dylan loved this so much that he asked to have it re-stamped at the library...prompting us to think that we should get it for our home library!  "I do not like green eggs and ham!  I do not like them Sam-I-Am!"

     

    Sunday, July 17, 2011

    The Glorious Victory Of Catan!




    "Aaarrrggghhh, I Can't Believe I Won!"


    An Overview of Our Game


    A Glorious Victory...Amy Creamed Me...10 Points To 4!!!!!!


    Amy's Empire!


    ...Time For A Victory Dance!


    That Wily Scoundrel "The Robber"...The Source Of All My Woes!


    Saturday, July 16, 2011

    More Lies To Cover Catholic Clerical Abuse



    Recently this report has hit the headlines within Ireland, and indeed the rest of the world!  Disgraced Bishop John Magee, has finally resigned from his position in light of scathing criticism, contained in the Cloyne report.  It is stated that Bishop Magee deliberately misled the authorities, by claiming to have been reporting all claims of clerical abuse, when in reality he was not.   He continued to conceal and hide the truth, in order to aide his perverted colleagues in the sexual abuse of more children.

    Between 1996 and 2005, 15 complaints were made which should have been reported to the Garda; of these, nine were not reported. Two of the unreported cases involved minors and in another case, Msgr O’Callaghan reported the complainant’s name but not that of the perpetrator.

    The diocese also failed to report complaints against deceased priests until 2009, in contravention of the church’s rules.

    Between 1996 and 2009, just one complaint was reported to the health authorities. The diocese is also faulted for not appointing separate support people for complainants and for not setting up an advisory panel that was independent.

    Living in Ireland I have seen first hand the detrimental effect the Catholic church has had on Irish society.  There are so many brave victims that have spoken out, and as one would imagine there must be many more who won't speak out.  The majority are afraid to go against the church.

    I have nieces and nephews who serve/have served at Catholic mass, and it makes me sick with worry as to how much danger they are in.  I would never leave a child around such beasts.  These men are dangerous, violent criminals who prey on innocent children.  We know from the way they live in direct opposition from Gods word, that they are not to be trusted.  A great many Catholic priests have been found to be sodomites and paedophiles.  I am convinced that most join the priesthood to simply have discreet access to other homosexuals and also to abuse children.  It is horrific that this has been allowed to continue.

    But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 
    ~ Matthew 18:6


    Friday, July 15, 2011

    Random Photographs



    Just a few snaps taken over the last few weeks!


    Mmmm...Cinnamon Rolls!


    A Handsome Boy!


    A Nature Shot...


    Happy Face Porridge!


    Amys First Violin Lesson


    A Blanket I Am Making For My Friends New Baby!


    Our Driveway


    Dylan Made His Very Own Tiny Loaf!


    Sweet Smiles!


    Who Needs A TV?


    Dylan Showing Of His Lovely Baby Sister


     Meg In Her Walker!


    Dylan "Gardening"


    Lovely Blooms!

     

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Recent Happenings...



    It has been so busy around here lately, that I have barely been able to keep track of it all...so rather than boring you all to death with lengthy accounts, I have summarised all of our adventures into this disjointed, random post! 

    •  Meg has learned to wave "bye-bye"!!!  What a genius!!!
    • I washed with an "exfoliating" soap, only to later realise is was grit, left over from when Dylan washed his toy excavator in the bathroom sink!
    • We discovered that Meg LOVES her baby doll...a lot!!!
      • We made another huge batch of Cheesy Whirls (recipe to come, one of these days!) for our churchs family service.
      • Done tonnes of laundry...seriously where does it come from, I only have three children?!!
      • We discovered that we have a wasp nest in the guttering of our house.  
      • Ordered Meg's bedroom curtains, when they are ready she will be moving into her own room.  *sniff*
        • Brian, Amy, Dylan and I went to view the Tall Ships when they were docked in Waterford city.
          •  Picked lots of lovely fresh fruit from our orchard.
          • Think we may have FINALLY worked out how to play "Settlers of Catan".
          • Rescued a knocked out magpie from our garage. 
          • Read heaps and heaps of books! (hope to share more on this later)
            •  Had fun meeting up with friends.
            • Cooked one of our own turkeys out of the freezer, and got to enjoy turkey based meals for days!
            • Discussed the possiblity of attending the HEN (home education network) conference, if only for a day.
            • Caught a woman red-handed, dumping rubbish on our property!  She ended up in huge trouble with the litter-warden for dumping, and the gardai (police), because she had no car insurance and was driving on a learners permit.
            • Booked Amy and Dylan in to watch a magic show at our local library. 
            I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend...have a great week in the Lord!


              Wednesday, July 6, 2011

              A Reprobate Mind...



              The biblical concept of God giving a person up to a "reprobate" mind is a topic that Brian and I have been researching for a while now.  I firstly searched for Bible verses that referenced the term online.  Then I read each passage in context individually, to try and ascertain what the term meant.  The first chapter of Romans was particularly helpful, though initially I was confused mainly because I am limited in my knowledge of the Bible as a whole.  I read the chapter out loud over and over again to Brian, to try and help us understand what was meant by the term "reprobate". 

              Some time later we felt that we had come to an understanding of what the term "reprobate" meant, and what effect that would have on a persons opportunity for salvation.  We agreed to watch an online sermon of Pastor Anderson's, to either confirm or dispute what we thought we had learnt.  Additionally like I mentioned last time we jotted down the scripture references as we went so we could go back through them later on to discuss and re-read them and we were glad for it.  Just as we were seated ready to watch the following sermon, our oldest daughter Amy asked could she watch it with us (the others were sleeping); so she snuggled up with us, to learn about what the Bible teaches on this topic!





              I can imagine that it is one area of the Bible that a lot of people would like to skim over or skip altogether.   It is not pleasant to think that salvation is impossible for some individuals.  I really do not want to get into a long drawn out discussion over this topic, as I understand that most people may disagree with our understanding, but I did want to share with you what we had been studying in the hope of encouraging someone else to study this also.  We did ask our own Pastor about this, he told us honestly that he knew nothing of it.  We are so glad for online sermons such as the one that can help us understand more about Gods word.

              Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath rejected them.
              - Jeremiah 6:30

              For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those
              things which are not convenient;
              - Romans 1:26-28

              They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
              - Titus 1:16

              Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
              - 2 Timothy 3:8

               

              Monday, July 4, 2011

              Making A Joyful Noise!




              Our Beautiful Musician!


              Peep!




              As I mentioned in this post, our family have been hoping to get a violin.  Amy had wanted to learn another instrument for quite a while, and she had originally mentioned it last year.  So Brian and I had discussed it and decided that now really would be a great time for her to learn the violin.  Amys music teacher and several other friends, had given us great advice to consider when making our purchase, for which we were extremely grateful!


              Smile!

              Just this week Brian and I planned to take just Amy, along shopping with us into our nearest city.  This in itself was a treat for her, as we could shop the big sales in the department stores, without having to stop for feeds, bathroom breaks, food...etc.  We got many great deals on quality clothing (mainly for Meg and Amy) with as much as 70% off the original price!  Though it must be said, that we still save far more by shopping at secondhand/thrift stores!  When we had finished our shopping we stopped at a fast food place, *gasp* and filled our tummies before heading on once more.  Brians took us into a kitchenware place where we found Kilner canning jars for €3 with 20% off!  The cheapest I had ever seen them for in Ireland was €10 a jar!!!!!  We bought all they had!


              Just when Amy thought we were done and heading for home...we ventured into a small music store.  Her face was priceless, as we told the man that we had come in to buy a violin!  Amy was SO happy and thanked her Daddy and I for our gift!  We hurried home and arrived just in time for Amys music teacher to arrive!  Miss Murphy did some piano practice with her, and then spent the rest of her lesson on basic violin care and giving her some basic things to practice on until next week!  We all had a blast trying out our new instrument!


              Ooops a wrong note!




              Saturday, July 2, 2011

              Happy Birthday To My Sweet Husband!


              edited to add a more recent photograph! ;)

              Today as we celebrate your birthday I will share 42 reasons why I love you so much!

              1. You make up such cute, silly songs.
              2. You would love to have lots of beautiful children!
              3. I love that you say "Why not?", when the world says "Why?"
              4. You make me feel beautiful.
              5. I love it when you trump and blame the dog! Ha!
              6. You encourage me to embrace my femininity.
              7. You are such a hard worker.
              8. I love that you choose to spend time with our children over leisure time for yourself.
              9. You were so patient with me when we first married...I know it must have been hard!
              10. You make a wonderful and kind, accountability partner.
              11. The stories you make up to help explain things to us.
              12. The way you tell me you love me first thing in the morning.
              13. You are the best daddy in the whole world!
              14. You never complain about your workload.
              15. I love that you seek to lead our family in faith.
              16. I love the late night history lessons you give me!
              17. You provide for our family so well.
              18. You ensure we have plenty of water and logs for the fire in the deep frosts.
              19. I love the way you dance!
              20. You get so passionate about protecting our family's faith, health, education and freedom.
              21. You are my best friend!
              22. Your back rubs are legendary!
              23. That you like to read books aloud together.
              24. You love animals as much as I do.
              25. You love my cooking...mostly!
              26. I love the way you cheat at Bananagrams with made up words! Tut, tut, tut!
              27. I love that we still stay up late, talk and lay our plans together!
              28. The 'once upon a time' stories you tell Dylan.
              29. You set such a great example to our children, on how to love to labour.
              30. You are so wise and knowledgeable.
              31. You encourage me when I get downhearted about being first generation Christians.
              32. You are a fantastic birthing partner!
              33. I love that you willingly help care for your mother.
              34. You enjoy learning more and more what the Bible teaches.
              35. I love that you proposed to me after a whirlwind 10 days!
              36. You wish to teach our son useful skills which will enable him to support a family of his own.
              37. You try your best to forgive me when I make mistakes.
              38. You play a brilliant rendition of 'Twinkle Twinkle' on the piano!
              39. You seek to protect your own eyes and those of our family.
              40. I love that you try to help injured animals.
              41. You are so sweet to make me cup of tea, when you just got in from work!
              42. The way you add raisins and cumin seeds to almost every dish that you cook! 

               Happy Birthday Sweetie!