Saturday, September 20, 2014

Thankfulness Sept 21

Today I am thanking God for:

Sometimes I wonder if this child is
related to me!


870.  A quiet morning in our pyjamas to start the school holidays;

871.  A successful shopping trip with the girls to fill our Operation Christmas Child box.  It nearly didn't end well though when I told the kids we had to be thoughtful about what to get as this might be the only present this child receives.  What about Santa?  Surely they get Santa presents?? asked my smart cookies.  Oops.  Quick change of subject;

872.  The opportunity to remind my children that we really are very rich compared to many people in the world and have much to be thankful for.


Psalm 9:2 
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thankfulness Sept 19

Today I am thanking God for:

A holiday miracle is needed:  how many days in bleach for the school
shirts to look clean again...?


867.  The last day of school;

868.  A fun outing for Emma and Audrey to Flip Out (trampolining place) for the kids with One Arvo this afternoon.  Extra thankful for no broken bones or injuries on the eve of the school holidays;

869.  Did I mention it's school holidays???


Psalm 9:2 
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.




Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thankfulness Sept 18

Today I am thanking God for:

Only my child would bring home these
treasures from market day...

863.  A fun day for the kids at school market day;

864.  Smart phones - without them I wouldn't have captured many of Ashlea's 'firsts' on video;

865.  Computers that make it easy to stitch together all the phone clips of Ashlea's firsts into a video that shows the progression of her walking.  Whenever I watch it I can't stop grinning.  Have a look:





Ashlea Walking Evolution Video


Psalm 9:2 
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thankfulness Sept 17

Today I am thanking God for:


I love the sound of girls giggling on the
trampoline

860.  The sound of my girls playing together.  Ashlea in particular has a very infectious giggle - I can't help but smile when I hear it;

861.  Some boring jobs taken care of - still plenty more to go but at least I've made a start;

862.  Days that are starting to get longer.  How many sleeps until daylight saving???

Psalm 9:2 
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thankfulness Sept 16

Today I am thanking God for:

Two years ago - where the walking started...
Once I realised Ashlea could stand and let
go we encouraged her to take a few steps

856.  The chance to see Ashlea's class perform in assembly.  They did a very cute song about transport with them (and their wheelchairs and walkers) all dressed up as planes, trains, cars and boats;

857.  Rachel's hamburgers for dinner;

858.  A slightly less untidy house at the end of the day compared to the beginning of the day;

859.  Ashlea's amazing walking progress over the last 2 years.  From those first shaky steps to Sunday's 2km walk.


Here are Ashlea's first steps in October 2012.  Clearly it took me a couple of weeks to make the connection between independent standing and walking.  In my memory it occurs on the same day but the photo and video are dated a month apart so there you go.




First steps video



Compare that to the most recent video of her walking that I have on my phone taken about a month ago at the sports carnival:



Walking at the carnival video 


Psalm 9:2 
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thankfulness Sept 15

Today I am thanking God for:

Look at that concentration!

853.  Last Mad Monday for awhile - I have the next two weeks off and then the week after that is a public holiday - yeehaas;

854.  Art classes for Emma.  I doubt that she will ever be an artist but she is really enjoying it and you should see her being STILL and CONCENTRATING.  It's way cheaper than therapy and a whole lot more fun;

855.  Generous friends who sponsored Ashlea's Big Red Walk.

Psalm 9:2 
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thankfulness Sept 14

Today I am thanking God for:

What a little champion

849.  An awesome day at the Big Red Kidney Walk today raising money and awareness for kidney disease.   The walk is 2km and Ashlea decided she wanted to walk it - and walk it she did. The WHOLE way.  Emma and Audrey took turns riding in her wheelchair seeing as it was empty. We were so far behind everyone else by the time we finished but WHO CARES - this is a massive achievement for Ashlea.  It was beyond awesome;

850.  Ashlea's stamina and determination;

851.  Beautiful spring sunshine;

852.  First day wearing shorts and t-shirts for the season.



A first for the season that I am NOT happy to see...
Let the games begin!

You can still donate here:  http://bigredkidneywalk2014.gofundraise.com.au/page/TeamAshlea2014



Psalm 147:7 
Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;  
make music to our God on the harp.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Thankfulness Sept 13

Today I am thanking God for:

Our 50c fete purchase... How could I say no?
What could possibly go wrong...???

846.  School fete fun;

847.  Meals and veggies delivered by friends;

848.  Conversations with Ashlea:

God is on His throne waiting for us she told me this morning.  So unprepared was I for this level of conversation during choir drop off that I thought she said God was on the phone.

She followed up with Are we going to fly like the angels in heaven?  I may have answered yes.  Fellow Armchair Theologians what do you think?  Jesus says that we will be like the angels in heaven.  Do angels actually fly?  Or are they more tele porters?  My kids really want to be flying in heaven.  I know the whole point of eternity is that we will spend it with God and it doesn't matter if we will fly or not .... but it's fun to wonder and imagine what it might be like!



Psalm 147:7 
Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;  
make music to our God on the harp.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thankfulness Sept 12

Today I am thanking God for:

The love note 

844.  Ashlea's lovely school friends;

845.  Ashlea's first love note.

Today Ashlea came home clutching a LOVE NOTE from her boyfriend Jack.  The hilarious thing is that neither Ashlea nor Jack can write.  Under interrogation the young lovers revealed that their classmate Cameron had been conscripted to play cupid by doing the hand writing.  So gorgeous.

Here is Ashlea's reply to Jack...





Psalm 147:7 
Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;  
make music to our God on the harp.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thankfulness Sept 11

Today I am thanking God for:

Throwback Thursday - Twins on Ashlea's home coming
from hospital (first home coming not second) - today is
the anniversary of her second home coming.

841.  Rachel's cinnamon cake, a cup of tea and a chat in the spring sunshine;

842.  Winner winner chicken dinner - the kids played nicely AND ate their dinner at Thursday night dinner with Kate;

843.  A home mods plan for a new bathroom for my mum!



Psalm 147:7 
Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;  
make music to our God on the harp.