Monday, June 30, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 30

Today I am thanking God for:

Why working from home during the
school holidays is a challenge...


597.  Six months of finding 3 things per day to be thankful for.  It really has changed the way I think - no matter how rough a day I've had it has been a good challenge and discipline to find 3 things to be thankful for;

598.  My boss very graciously granting my last minute request to have next Monday off work.  It is not easy working from home during the school holidays - especially when your kids are playing Mario Kart with great enthusiasm in the background;

599.  A little bit of furniture re-arranging - it's really very therapeutic!



Psalm 73:28 
But as for me, it is good to be near God.
     
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
   
I will tell of all your deeds.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Thankfulness June 29

Today I am thanking God for:

Ikea building success

594.  A sister with a knack for deciphering Ikea instructions;

595.  The best product I've ever seen advertised on TV;

596.  Church, church sermons, church friends - anything to do with church.


OK, so the best ever product?

Last night Emma and I were not particularly paying attention to the TV until we both heard the final tag line of an ad.... and it got our attention.  The product was described as 'an uggboot for your whole body'.  We both sat bolt upright as I exclaimed I need one of those and she declared you so need one of those Mum.  I went online and ordered myself a duvet suit - basically a trackie suit made out of a doona.  I can't wait for it to arrive - finally I will be warm.  Check out their website - they describe their products as a revolution in couchwear.  I have finally found my people.


Psalm 5:11 
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; 
let them ever sing for joy. 
Spread your protection over them, 
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 28

Today I am thanking God for:

Colourful toes


591.  An afternoon outing to Ikea;

592.  The van lifter and the front door lifter to assist with getting Ikea purchases home and in the house;

593.  My sister to help me assemble the purchases.  I haven't started building yet but surely she'll be happy to help me ... :)


Psalm 5:11 
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; 
let them ever sing for joy. 
Spread your protection over them, 
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 27

Today I am thanking God for:

Wii time


588.  Last day of term!!

589.  A reliable GPS - I had to get to Edgecliff today - I had no idea where I was going and even though I may have uttered a few obscenities at her my GPS lady got me there.  On time even;

590.  Pyjamas and ugg boots on a cold Friday night.


Psalm 5:11 
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; 
let them ever sing for joy. 
Spread your protection over them, 
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 26

Today I am thanking God for:

Perfect for Ashlea...makes things a little tricky for the
rest of us...

585.  A step and rail for Ashlea.  Toilet timing here we come....;

586.  Some funding $$ well spent (yes I ordered the swing);

587.  Great organisations like TAD that make all sorts of gadgets at very low cost for people with disabilities.  They made this step and rail, as well as Ashlea's bed rails and her modified bike.  They are pretty awesome.


We tried out the step and rail this afternoon.  Ashlea quite happily climbed up and sat on the toilet but nothing happened and she disappointedly told me 'there's no water coming out'.  I think this could take awhile!


Psalm 5:11 
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; 
let them ever sing for joy. 
Spread your protection over them, 
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 25

Today I am thanking God for:

What do you think?

582.  A respite package for Murray that can be used for personal training sessions;

583.  Unspent respite $$$ of Ashlea's that are available to be spent before June 30th.  Anyone got any ideas?  I'm thinking another swing...you can never have too many right?  Suggestions welcome;

584.  Praying friends.


Psalm 5:11 
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; 
let them ever sing for joy. 
Spread your protection over them, 
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 24

Today I am thanking God for:

Mmm Rachel's home made pie


578.  Conversations with Ashlea:
Mum you can go on ebay and buy me a diving mask so I can talk underwater.

579.  Coffee out with some mums;

580.  Fun with plastic spiders.  Emma found some little toy spiders and stuck them all over the house to scare her sisters.  The first time they fell for it was pretty funny;

581.  People of awesomeness who really get me.


Contrast my conversation with Ashlea with tonight's conversation with Siri.

Me:  Call Di R***********

Siri:  I can't find any Guy's in your address book

Me:  Not Guy Di!  (Yelling now) DI !!!!!!

Siri:  Good bye would have been more polite.

Psalm 5:11 
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; 
let them ever sing for joy. 
Spread your protection over them, 
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 23

Today I am thanking God for:


Work Sustenance...

575.  A couple of school holiday activities organised for the girls;

576.  A roast dinner on this freezing cold day;

577.  A house to live in, food to eat and heating to keep us warm - all things that are so easily taken for granted on a cold day like today.


Psalm 5:11 
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; 
let them ever sing for joy. 
Spread your protection over them, 
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 22

Today I am thanking God for:

Surviving shopping with these two


572.  Encouraging sermons from the book of Ruth (you can listen here) and the reminder that God is at work in all the circumstances of our lives - even the messy ones (especially the messy ones?);

573.  Sunshine;

574.  Ashlea and her lovely way with words - 'Daddy I love you SO MUCH because I love you every day'.  So cute.


Psalm 56:12  
I am under vows to you, my God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 21

Today I am thanking God for:

LPS feast

569.  A pet shop and pyjama day for the girls (and possibly an excess of screen time too).  It seems such a waste on a beautiful sunny day but I just didn't have it in me to do anything today;

570.  Home made veggie soup - I had to make something healthy to counteract all the biscuits I've eaten this week;

571.  A lovely mid year choir concert for Audrey.  Well I"m assuming it will be lovely - I am quickly posting this between dropping her off and going back to watch the concert so I haven't actually seen it yet but they always put on a good show so I figure I'll put it on the list sight unseen.

Psalm 56:12  
I am under vows to you, my God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 20

Today I am thanking God for:

Mmm....dinner


566.  A just in time delivery of feeding supplies;

567.  Easy access to medical experts.  Emma always has a few itchy bites on her as she is a scratcher.  I realised tonight that she has a personal record of 12 at the moment....which seems suspicious seeing as half her class are out with chicken pox.  I am waiting for the renal registrar to let me know if I need to take Ashlea in for a shot of IVIG.  If she needs one hopefully it can wait until the morning - I'm already in my pyjamas;

568.  Vaccination to make the pox (if that is what it is - I'm not convinced yet) much milder than it would otherwise have been.  I am surprised at just how many (vaccinated) kids at our school have had it over the last few weeks.  Anyone know if I'm at risk of getting shingles again?  That wasn't much fun!

Psalm 56:12  
I am under vows to you, my God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 19

Today I am thanking God for:



562.  Another win for Emma.  Tonight she went to the school disco - her first since Murray's injury and the onset of her anxiety;

563.  Seeing a favourite teacher as we were lining up to go in to the disco.  Emma was on the verge of changing her mind - I had already conceded that she could keep the mankie blankie with her AND have extra screen time for her bravery - seeing a familiar face helped her in the door;

564.  Aunty Carolin for doing school drop off and pick up while I took Murray to a day of appointments;

565.  The chance to sit in the sun for an hour or two while Murray did his assessment - an unexpected blessing.


Psalm 56:12  
I am under vows to you, my God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 18

Today I am thanking God for:

I am thankful that (a) this can was empty and (b) Ashlea
can't suck through a straw when I found this


559.  The support of friends;

560.  A skirt found for Audrey.  I didn't realise when I went looking for a cheap black skirt for her concert that I would need to specify cheap, black, not leather or denim and long enough to reach her knees;

561.  My iPod car connectivity issue sorted so I can listen to music and / or sermons while I'm driving  Murray's car.


Psalm 56:12  
I am under vows to you, my God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 17

Today I am thanking God for:

Who wants to come over for a cuppa and a bickie?

556.  A friend with a solution to yesterday's biscuit crisis;

557.  Ashlea's reading improvement - her teacher told me today she is skipping from Level 4 books to Level 9;

558.  Eye drops for my pink eye that I suspect I got from Ashlea sneezing in my face.  Isn't parenting fun?


Psalm 56:12  
I am under vows to you, my God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 16

Today I am thanking God for:

Sports Carnival Preparation Emma style -
studying the special canteen menu


553.   A lovely sunny day for the kids sports carnival;

554.  A meal cooked by someone else;

555.  Hugs.  Actually I stole that one off Ashlea's list today - it was too cute not to.  Plus I needed an Ashlea hug today.  Today was a work day but there were no bickies to be found anywhere in the whole house.  Sigh.  Talk about a first world problem!


Psalm 56:12I am under vows to you, my God;I will present my thank offerings to you.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 15

Today I am thanking God for:



550.  A win for Emma - she attended kids day of Kidney Capers and got to see the Lion King (and meet Simba).  Audrey went too and loved it but for Emma it was a Really Big Deal and one of her biggest wins since her anxiety went through the roof after Murray's brain injury;

551.  All the volunteers who make Kidney Capers possible.  When I say Emma had a win it was not without difficulty.  Even though she was looking forward to going she freaked out when it was time for me to drop her off.  Then she decided she would stay but only if she could take her favourite blankie AND birdy with her.  Then after an hour or so I got a phone call saying she had a sore tummy and wanted to come home.  Thankfully they managed to distract her and she calmed down - until it was time to get on the mini bus to drive from lunch to the theatre.  Big freak out about the bus so in the end she and a volunteer went in a TAXI to and from the theatre.  Seriously.  I was going to say the carers earned their money today but there was no money in it for them - they are all volunteers. Above and beyond I tell you;

552.  My couch and a cup of tea after the day's excitement.

Psalm 100:4 
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 14

Today I am thanking God for:

A fine afternoon for some footy...

547.  Kidney Health Australia for their hard work fundraising and organising Kidney Capers events for children living with kidney disease.  Today we went to see the Swans play.  Ashlea's hands didn't leave her ears the whole time but there was no screaming like last year so I'll call that a win;

548.  A glorious sunny winter's day for our footy outing (and a good win by our team);

549.  Kidney friends to share the journey with.

Selfies with kidney peeps :)

Psalm 100:4 
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 13

Today I am thanking God for:

The things you find on your phone after your kids have been playing
with it...


543.  Being able to tick some items off my to-do list - it's always a little easier to breath when the list is decreasing rather than increasing in length;

544.  Patient leaders at kids club - I believe one of my children was a little ahem challenging this afternoon;

545.  Friends to share the drop off and pick up from kids club with;

546.  Friends to natter in the car park with.



Psalm 100:4 
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 12

Today I am thanking God for:

Throwback Thursday...Aged 11 months
But who is it..?

539.  Morning tea with friends;

540.  Reading the bible with a friend;

541.  Dinner with friends;

542.  Friends to pick up my girls from school (forgot to thank yesterday's friend who picked up the big girls while Ashlea and I were at botox - thanks!).


Psalm 100:4 
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 11

Today is the day of Murray's Big Birthday.  We celebrated with botox - for Ashlea not for the birthday boy.

We didn't use the correct number of candles as we didn't want
to set the house on fire :)


Today I am thanking God for:

535.  Birthday celebrations;

536.  A milestone for Ashlea.  This morning when we went to buy Murray a birthday cake I really couldn't be bothered to get the wheelchair out of the van so Ashlea walked in the shops holding my hand - no walker or wheelchair.  It was fantastic;

537.  The botox program at our local children's hospital.  It makes a huge difference to Ashlea and thanks to Medicare costs us nothing (even though each visit is worth $3000 and today was her 10th series of injections).


Yep I think the midaz is working...


538.  Being last on the injecting list.  Usually I would hate that but Ashlea has such bad come downs from the midaz (30 minutes of inconsolable crying) that today I was thankful that the waiting room was much emptier by the time we were done!




Psalm 100:4 
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 10

Today I am thanking God for:


531.  Party preparations begun;

532.  Stable kidney function for Ashlea (creatinine 49);

533.  Other kidney parents to chat to during the very long pathology wait (1 hour 45 today);

534.  Such easy access to good medical care.  And it's all free!


Psalm 100:4 
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Thankfulness Jun 9


The sad view from my kitchen window....DARKNESS....
...the super neighbours are gone....
DON'T PANIC they will be back .... but not until they've
rebuilt their house
(How will we cope in the meantime...???)


Today I am thanking God for:

528.  Another quiet day at home for my coughing children;

529.  My hot water bottle - it appears that winter has definitely arrived;

530.  The gift of prayer and knowing that God listens to us when we cry out to Him.



Psalm 100:4 
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.