Monday, July 30, 2012

Our TREE House!

The Foundation...

Measuring VERY Carefully!

My Hardworking Boys :)

 Our "Professional" Set-Up!

The Front Entrance...I LOVE The Timber Panelling!

Recycled Windows!
...Can You See The Tree INSIDE Our "Tree" House? :)

My Husband Will Not Be Putting A Roof On Until Next Year,
But It Is Plenty Finished To Have Lots Of FUN In!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Trip To The Doctors...

Just this last fortnight our sweet Meg has been showing all the signs of seasonal, or allergy-induced asthma. :(

Due to the high pollen count at this present time of year, all of us are admittedly sneezing and sniffing mostly all day long!  Poor Meg has been mildly wheezing (mostly at bedtimes) and having that cough.  On Friday evening, I discussed with my husband that I would like to take Meg in to the doctors, once the weekend has passed to have her checked out, he agreed.  We could not take Meg in until Monday as our doctors offices are only open Saturday and Sunday for emergencies only.

However Friday evening I decided to intervene and help her breathe better, by administering one puff of my own Ventolin inhaler, into her open mouth.  The wheezing stopped and she slept soundly all wheezing until the next evening.  We continued using this "treatment" until we could get an appointment at our doctors office.

My husband and I waited with Meg for almost three hours!  Happily our own Dr Dead-Slug was on holiday, and a sweet lady doctor was covering his absence.  Dr Lady was so sweet, but seemed inexperienced.  To cut a long story short, Dr Lady detected no wheezing when she listened to Meg's chest with the stethoscope, but seemed happy to take my word for it, for which I was grateful.  She prescribed a Ventolin inhaler exactly like the one we had already been using, however my husband and I were surprised when she also prescribed a three month course of steroids (via an additional inhaler).  We questioned whether this seemed a little extreme for seasonal asthma, she explained that this was a normal recommendation.  *eye-roll* 

Needless, to say we didn't pick up the steroids, but we are happy to use the Ventolin for Meg, as and only when needed.  I was told that for babies, doctors normally give a "mask" of sorts to help administer the medication...but the doctor was happy for me to continue administering the medicine as I already had been.  I'm also happy to report that Dr Lady did not berate us for not fact it never even came up!!! 

At this point Meg has used the inhaler most nights since; one quick dose of the Ventolin seems to check the wheezing very quickly.  Given that Meg's breathing issues are mild, my husband and I wish to look into managing breathing treatments with a natural approach.  I found many articles on very helpful...although I disagreed with the advice given regarding boosting vitamin D levels, with "safe" tanning bed exposure?!??  A fellow blogger has written this great post (one in a four part series) on this topic.  I hope to be able to research and discuss some remedies with my husband over the next few evenings, and look into managing Meg's asthma (however long it lasts) with something natural, and only use a regular breathing treatment when necessary. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Spare Time...What's That?

Flowers From My Honey!

I have so many unfinished blog posts at the moment, and I know I have been terrible at keeping you all up-to-date with what's been going on with our family...BUT in my defence I am trying my best to use my time (our most valuable commodity) wisely, and so yes that means that our little blog has fallen by the wayside much over these last few months!  Also I just wanted to let you all know, that I am enjoying reading all of your blogs, even if I haven't been so faithful in leaving comments all are SUCH A BLESSING to me!  So here is a sample of what I/we have been doing with ourselves, during those few hours of free time that we manage to carve out each week.

  • Well since it is almost almost the end of July, I have decided to get a head start and begin on all those handmade gifts that I plan to give to family and friends at Christmas time!  I am sewing, crocheting and ribbon making up a storm!  Yes, I know it seems a little early, but I'm factoring in all those weeks that I don't get around to crafting, and all those other disruptions that seem to happen frequently around our home!  I won't be posting any pictures, so as not to spoil any surprises! ;)

  • Last week our family enjoyed the "Trail of Blood" conference hosted at our church!  A missionary couple all the way from Tennessee, came and blessed us all with four special services; focusing on the "Trail of Blood" booklet and the importance of born-again, immersionist, Bible faith, from the time of Christ right up to our present age.  What a treat that was!  If you have never read this booklet, you can download it for your Kindle here (U.K) or here (U.S); It is an absolute MUST READ for any Bible believing Christian. 

  • At the moment it is "haying" time on our farm.  It has all been cut and was supposed to have been baled and wrapped last Sunday, which was forecast to be a warm and dry was NOT!  It rained :(  And has rained mostly everyday ever since!  My poor hubby groans every time he looks out of the window.  But we hope (Lord willing) to have it baled as soon as we get a nice bit of dry weather and we are praying that the hay won't be spoiled too badly.

  • Lately I've been hoping to put together a gospel tract, that would be informative and instructional for Catholics.  My husband and I know many Catholics and it is a burden on our hearts to see how many are still being deceived in our country by this false religion.  I have collected together some points and different Bible verses, that I think would be good to use.  However if any of you ladies know of any free, printable, tracts specifically for winning Catholics to Christ, then I'd be so grateful if you would leave a link in a comment section below. :) 

  • As I've already mentioned, any evening that we get the chores finished early and we are all home...we are LOVING to sit down and watch an hour or two of Dr Hovind's Creation Seminar DVDs.  They are SO GOOD!  Just last night my husband, Amy and I watched the whole of Disc 5.  We normally watch each DVD over two or three nights, but Disc 5 was so INFORMATIVE that we watched it in full.  They really are great, and it would be so nice to be able to buy our own copy one day.  If you have never watched them you should check them out!   

Well that's all I have time for right now, so I guess I'll leave it there for the time being.  I hope to blog about Meg's trip to the doctors later this week, an update on the tree-house, a product recommendation, and also to finish off another (yes, there are many!!) as yet un-finished blog post!

I Hope You Are All Having A Blessed Week In HIM!!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sew Far, Sew Good!

Meg's Skirt Might Look Long From These Angles,
 But Really It Is About Two/Three Inches Above Her Ankles

I have been sewing up a storm lately!  Well...not really, but I have been trying very hard to learn.  Since I last blogged about it, I have made another skirt for Meg, plus a cozy pair of flannel pajamas for Dylan!  I found the tutorial for the jammie pants on Pinterest; yes, yes, I jumped on that band-wagon!  You can find me there at: oneillsarah

...To say I'm pleased with these projects would be kind of an understatement!  I'm just "sew" thrilled!!!!

Dylan Was So Happy...He Wore Them As Soon
 As They Were Finished, And Even Later On 
When We Visited Grannies House!

"Who Says You Can't Climb Mountains In A Skirt!"

Camouflaged Dylan! 

Pretty Girl!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Public Education...No Thanks!

Just recently the following article was posted in our weekly church bulletin.  I was so surprised by what I read.  I know that our society is on a slippery slope to hell, but I still did not think it was yet this bad.  Once again it is presented to us that the public education system is wicked, perverted, and definitely not a place for God-fearing Christians to be sending their children.

School inspectors have praised primary schools for labelling children as young as four ‘transgender’ because they want to dress up as the opposite sex.
A new Ofsted report commends schools where “transgender pupils are taken seriously” and “gender-neutral” environments are encouraged.
The education watchdog highlighted examples of good practice, such as appreciating “that a boy may prefer to be known as a girl and have a girl’s name and similarly a girl may have a girl’s name but wants to dress as and be a boy”.

As part of the study, Ofsted visited 37 primary and 19 secondary schools and questioned 1,357 pupils.  According to the Daily Mail, one unnamed school encouraged children to behave in a “non-gender stereotypical way”, with younger boys dressing up in traditionally female clothing and allowed to wear ribbons in their hair.
The Daily Mail’s Steve Doughty, hit out at the report. He said it is the job of teachers to stop bullying, and always has been, but: “It is not the job of teachers to pick out which children belong to which sexual minority, and especially not at ludicrously young ages”.

Last year homosexual lobby group Stonewall sent a teacher training pack to primary schools, which said young boys in primary schools should be encouraged to try on dresses or dance with pompoms in the cheerleading team.
An accompanying DVD, backed by the Training and Development Agency, features primary school teachers giving “best practice” tips from their own experience.
One head teacher on the DVD says pupils should be taught to be resilient to the values of their parents and grandparents.

So there you have it folks; ...coming to a school near you!


Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power
of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, 
that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in
high places.  ~ Ephesians 6:10-12


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Science Falsely So Called


Our family watched this sermon just last week, and we wanted to share it here for you all to enjoy and learn from also!  We LOVE learning all about science guided by what we read in God's word, and enjoy learning it together as a family.

Just last week, our pastor loaned us the Creation Seminar DVD's by Dr. Kent Hovind!  We think they are AMAZING!   Very educational, informative and SO funny too!  :)

In the above video, the Pastor Anderson correctly points out (using the Bible) that there are many people today who are willingly ignorant of God's creation, the flood and the coming judgement.  There are many "scoffers" today who think God's word is a joke, and that the Genesis account of the creation is a nice fairytale, at best.  The public schooling system ranks highly amongst the "scoffers".  It makes me scratch my head with wonder, when confessing Christians, send their precious children into an institution, designed to indoctrinate them into a socialist mindest, and cause them to doubt the infallible word of God!  It just doesn't make sense to me.  But hey, at least they'll be "socialised" *giant eye-roll*

We have a duty as parents to educate our own children as we are instructed to in the Bible (Deuteronomy 6), this includes teaching them all about God's creation from the womb!  We should be ever so careful to avoid "science falsely so called".

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust,
 avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith.
 Grace be with thee. Amen
 ~ 1 Timothy 6:20-21

Monday, July 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Honey!

Just last week my wonderful, handsome, hard-working, loving and funny husband celebrated his 43rd birthday!!!  What made it extra special this year, was that my husband is currently on his annual holiday from work, so we got to enjoy having him home ALL day on his birthday! :)

Daddy And His Fan-Club!

Monday, July 2, 2012

My First Ever Successful Attempt...

...At making a skirt for Meg!  It can be VERY hard to find pretty skirts for little girls (or any female for that matter!) in regular shops; only in summer can I usually find them, and then they are usually short and yucky!  I did try sewing one myself once before, but it went horribly wrong!  I have decided that I had better learn to sew, so I can custon make some nice things for our family, and so that I can teach my own children how to do it also.  No time like the present to start learning!  So I dusted off my sewing machine and steeled myself...

Being a beginner-beginner, I used Amy's "Stitches & Pins" book to direct me as I went.  It is a great book to use, as anything more "adult" sends me into a tail-spin!  I need something b.a.s.i.c!  I used the fabric from an old blue Laura Ashley dress for the skirt; I think the design is very pretty. 

Meg looks as cute as a button in it!  She wore it for church this past Sunday, and for the family portrait we had taken before we went!  I was so happy with how it turned out; so happy in fact, that I'm already planning to make her many more!