Saturday, January 26, 2013

All The Days Of Her Life...



"Who can find a virtuous woman? 
for her price is far above rubies.   
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her,
 so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil 
all the days of her life." ~ Proverbs 31:10-12

This topic has been on my heart for many months now, and came to be so, as I was reading through a particular online thread.  That day I was a witness to a Christian woman, openly disrespecting her husband to others.  The lady in question often disrespects her husband online, telling others of his many failings as a father, husband and Christian man.  This woman often prides herself on her "spirituality", whilst all the time acting against God, through disobeying His word and His will for the conduct of wives.

Now let me just say, that the mans behaviour is of little importance to this post.  The wife may be rightly describing his lack of leadership in the home, immoral values and disobedience to God; but does that give excuse to Christian wives to disrespect their husbands, online or otherwise?

"Every wise woman buildeth her house: 
but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands."
~Proverbs 14:7

The Bible is very clear about the roles of both wife and husband, and how they should behave toward one another.  My husband and I recently listened to a wonderful sermon dealing with having a biblical marriage, I can certainly recommend it.  ...Nowhere in the Bible does it say: be loving and in subjection to your husband ONLY is he loves you like Christ loved the church.  Neither does it say that wives should only reverence their husbands IF he measures up with your favourite evangelist/pastor/missionary and is on par with him in terms of Bible knowledge and/or his spirituality.

Of course a wife must always obey God first, and if her husband is asking her to do something immoral (morality based on God's word) then she should not do it, but this can still be done with the right attitude.

If she really thinks her husband is such a jerk *hat tip* then why did she marry him?  I understand that maybe the lady was not saved when she married (neither my husband or I were) and has now come to realise that her husband is lacking in his leadership (though I sincerely doubt he is the only one lacking); but that is NO excuse to talk him down to others.  To do this for any reason is to directly disobey God.

Perhaps if this lady was to fast/pray for her husband, restrict herself to only commenting on the positive qualities of her husband, and act as a wife is instructed in the Bible, then perhaps her husband would become stronger in his faith and become a good leader of the family...and most importantly, she would be living in obedience to God. 

"Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands;
 that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word
 be won by the conversation of the wives;" ~ 1 Peter 3


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Water Wipes ~ A Review




Not long ago, I began a search to find all natural baby wipes.  I searched and searched, and yet every time I researched a little further into any claim of "all natural", I was sadly disappointed.  It would appear that "all natural" doesn't really mean "all natural".  I was encouraged when I read this blog post, over at Are They All Yours?!??, and purposed to make my own once my current supply of wipes ran out.


As my wipe supply diminished, I was all ready to order my dry wipes in order to make my own baby wipes at home...when I found DermaH20 "WaterWipes" on Amazon.  I was so skeptical about the "all natural" claim, but to my surprise they are just that!  All natural: 99.9% water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract and absolutely NOTHING else!  I also loved the fact, that these wipes are owned by an Irish company and are made in Ireland!


Despite the wonderful reviews I found online, I was still nervous about the quality of the wipe, whether they would be too dry or that they may smell musty given the lack of preservatives/nasties.  I needn't have worried.  The quality of the wipe itself was just as good (in my opinion) as any big branded wipe.  That issue is one reason why I loathe to buy "Huggies" wipes, as they just fall apart as you take them out the pack!  Secondly, the wipes have adequate wetness to use in any dirty nappy situation or to wipe any grubby hands or faces.  Lastly there is simply a clean, fresh smell on the wipes and they do not smell "musty" in the slightest!


So there you have it, DermaH20 "WaterWipes" do what they say on the pack and we love them. You can order them from here (Euro) and here (U.S).  Additionally you can enter here for a chance to win a three month supply of "WaterWipes" (U.K and Ireland only).



**Note: I am NOT affiliated with this company in any way - I just really liked their product! :)**



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Meg's Ladybird Birthday





First of all, my apologies on letting this post go unpublished for so long!  I have had very little time to blog lately, but here it is, better late than never I guess.  So yes, our sweet Meg turned TWO on the last day of December!  Unfortunately Meg was suffering from another bout of croup on the Sunday evening and was still poorly on the day of her birthday, so we postponed everything until the following day.  It worked out great as she was greatly improved by mid-afternoon on the Monday and plus, because we waited, my husband would get to be home for the whole day, on the day we actually celebrated Meg's birthday.



I had planned to do a special breakfast...but that didn't quite turn out as planned, so we enjoyed some homemade granola instead!  Meg was so funny about her gift; she did not want to open it at all!!!  She was so distracted with the labybird balloons, that she fussed everytime we showed her the gift box instead...  Eventually she did open it with some help from a certain eager sibling, who then promptly showed her how to use it, whilst she went back to her balloon play!






My parents and brother came over for a time, to visit with Meg and to wish her happy birthday.  We then got about our usual chores and had a light lunch, Meg went up for her nap a little earlier on account of her still needing to rest after her illness.  Whilst she napped, Amy and I made the New Years dinner, which consisted of: home-reared roast lamb, mashed potatoes, sprouts, carrots, stuffing and gravy!  Delicious!



After that delicious dinner we cleared up the mess, until it was time for cake!!  This cake was definitely the most adventurous cake I have ever attempted - decoration wise.  I made it according to our usual pumpkin cake recipe, except that we had no pumpkin so I substituted with grated carrot instead.  The cake was 100% wholewheat with only organic ingredients...I tell you that to displace some of the guilt I felt, in having to use so much food colourant in the cream cheese frosting! :(  I have tried to get the natural colourants from India Tree, BUT Amazon.com won't ship it to my address.  Anyway, the cake looked great, and tasted delicious, despite the fact that everyones teeth and tongues turned black after eating it!!!





 
After a full day of playing with her doting siblings, visiting, wrestling with Dad, reading, eating cake and causing mischief, Meg was a VERY tired girl at bedtime!  Our littlest girl is such a blessing to our family and brings us so much joy, we are so thankful to God for her!  :)



Happy 2nd Birthday To Our Sweet Meg!
 
 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

How Readest Thou?





My husband and I have had the pleasure of attending, watching and listening to many fantastic sermons over the Christmas period.  I hope to share some of them with you over the next few months, I hope you find them as instructing and encouraging as we did.  This particular sermon focused on how vitally important it is to be in God's word everyday!  God commands it of us.  How else would we know what He expects of us, how to praise Him, how to live, how would we grow as believers...etc?

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is 
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
 for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God
 may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."
 ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Our children do have devotionals that we get from our church, and they do offer small snippets of scripture to help with their understanding, but reading directly from the Bible and letting the Holy Spirit be our guide is of much more importance.  The Bible is inspired, devotionals are not.  Make the most of your limited time, and read whole chapters of God's perfect, preserved, inspired word, not one or two verses that someone else picked out.

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
 a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
 rightly dividing the word of truth." ~ Timothy 2:15

At the start of the year many Christians begin to re-read through the Bible cover-to-cover, if you have never done so, I encourage you to begin today!  You don't need fancy reading plans or similar (although they can be helpful if you want to use them), just pick up your Bible (if you don't have one buy one, or go online), choose a book and begin reading! :)


Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Meg Overload!




Dressing Up With Playsilks


Helping Mama With The Pizza Dough...
And Looking At Nanny Out Of The Window Too!



I Just ADORE Her Pigtails!


My Littlest Helper


Cheeky!


Watching Dylan Playing On His Tractor After Breakfast


Having Bubble Fun With Amy


Big Sisters Are So FUN!



Sampling The Christmas Cookies!


Friday, January 4, 2013

More Funny Quotes...




Our lovely boy Dylan, keeps us in stitches with the funny things he says.  I have to write them down, or else I'll forget them.  I hope they brighten your day! :)

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Dylan: "How old do you have to be before you can get married?"

Me: "Eighteen"

Dylan: "How old is Uncle Tom?"

Me: "Nineteen" 

Dylan: "Is that older than the marriage age?"

Me: "Yes, why?"

Dylan: "Well, he should hurry up, and get married!  He's wasting time!"

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Dylan: "When I get married, I will bring my wife to church in my JCB backhoe loader.  She can wear her marrying dress and sit in the front bucket"

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Throughout the whole month of December, adult workers at the supermarket have bombarded Dylan (well intentioned of course) with questions about whether or not he was excited for "santa".  He privately told me that he thought the adults there must really believe in santa, since they talk so much about him.  I asked him what he felt about it:

Dylan: "Well he isn't real and it's bad to tell lies...so I think it's CRAZY!!!" 

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Dylan: "Remember when we went to Dublin all together, and we went to that place were you can rest, I mean the resting place?"

Me: "Resting place?"

Dylan: "Yes, the place were we could rest and eat food and watch the meerkats"

Me: *laughing so hard inside* "Oh, yes do you mean the Meerkat RESTaurant, at Dublin Zoo?"

Dylan: "Yes, that's it!"

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Even just typing these out makes me smile; what a cutie...and very wise too!  We are absolutely blessed to be his parents! :)


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Meet "Dorian"!




Just before Christmas, we had a special delivery on our farm.  One of our oldest "girls" had a heifer calf, which we named Dorian.  My husband picked the name on account of her grey colour.  These pictures really don't do any justice to how pretty this calf is!  Welcome to the herd Dorian!