Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 30

Today I am thanking God for:
I'll just look after Mia and Jeremy's birthday presents
for them....

1101.  A tidy (tider anyway) house for the start of the working week;

1102.  Church;

1103.  Friends.


Rev 21:3-4 
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 
“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. 
They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.   
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, 
for the old order of things has passed away.”

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 29

Today I am thanking God for:


Don't ask me how I got her to the top of the slide...

1098.  A fun Christmas party at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (with water slide!);

1099.  Free Tupperware.  One of the gifts that the kids got at the party was a Tupperware lunch box and drink bottle - the same ones I was thinking of buying;

1100.  Tolerant fellow waiting room patrons.  We rushed straight from the party to Emma's Super Flex program.  We were ALL still in our swimmers and then some of us proceeded to sing the entire soundtrack of Frozen at the top of our lungs.

With her favourite person



Rev 21:3-4 
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 
“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. 
They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.   
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, 
for the old order of things has passed away.”

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 28

Today I am thanking God for:




1095.  More paperwork and jobs taken care of;

1096.  A great big chocolate bar after completing all those jobs;

1097.  Panadeine for the headache caused by the jobs.  The chocolate bar was a good help but not good enough!


Rev 21:3-4 
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 
“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. 
They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.   
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, 
for the old order of things has passed away.”

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 27

Today I am thanking God for:



1092.  Friends to read the bible with;

1093.  Friends to eat dinner with;

1094.  Friends to share yummy treats with.


Rev 21:3-4 
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 
“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. 
They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.   
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, 
for the old order of things has passed away.”

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 26

Today I am thanking God for:



1089.  Hot chocolate with the girls while watching their favourite TV show (David Attenborough's Life);

1090.  A new Christmas album to listen to - Prepare Him Room from Sovereign Grace Music. Usually I try to wait until December before I start listening to carols and putting the tree up but I've started early this year;

1091.  Some paperwork taken care of.




Baby Duck had her first taste of hot chocolate.
She was a fan although this is a VERY slow
way to drink!
Rev 21:3-4 
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 
“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. 
They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.   
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, 
for the old order of things has passed away.”

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 25

Today I am thanking God for:


1086.  No nasty surprises at the dentist (although there is major orthodontic work looming in Audrey's future);

1087.  Hot chips and a chat with a friend;

1088.  Lasagne for dinner (made by Rachel of course).


Rev 21:3-4 
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 
“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. 
They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.   
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, 
for the old order of things has passed away.”

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 24

Today I am thanking God for:

Audrey would LOVE long hair like this!

1083.  A productive day at work;

1084.  A baked dinner delivered;

1085.  Bickies dunked in tea.


Rev 21:3-4 
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 
“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. 
They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.   
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, 
for the old order of things has passed away.”

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 23

Today I am thanking God for:

I was surprised my phone thought it
was this hot?  It was hot but not THAT
hot surely?

1080.  Air conditioning;

1081.  Ice blocks;

1082.  A visit from Grandma.

Psalm 115:3 
Our God is in the heavens;  
he does all that he pleases.


NB That's a whisker over 111 degrees for those in the US.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 22

Today I am thanking God for:

Ashlea's preferred iPad viewing position

Ashlea edition....

1077.  iPad all day;

1078.  My sandwiches (she insisted I make her a vegemite sandwich today even though she can't actually eat sandwiches);

1079.  The Spa.


Psalm 115:3 
Our God is in the heavens;  
he does all that he pleases.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 21

Today I am thanking God for:

Ashlea in her chosen position under the tree


1073.  Listening to Christmas carols;

1074.  While putting up the Christmas tree;

1075.  And watching the cricket on the TV in the background;

1076.  All on a cracking hot Aussie summer's day.


Psalm 115:3 
Our God is in the heavens;  
he does all that he pleases.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 20

Today I am thanking God for:

Throwback Thursday - Probably the most twin-like my girls have
every looked!

1070.  Our first letter from our sponsor child;

1071.   The concern my girls have for our sponsor child, praying for her and her family every night;

1072.  The opportunity to change a child's life through Compassion sponsorship.


Psalm 115:3 
Our God is in the heavens;  
he does all that he pleases.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 19 World Toilet Day

Today I am thanking God for:

Hooray for Toilets!

1069.  Toilets, taps, running water and all things sanitation.

More than 1 billion people in the world do not have access to a toilet.  A further 1.5 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation.  If you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift for that person who has everything consider giving the gift of a toilet through Tear Fund, Compassion or Samaritan's Purse.

Psalm 115:3 
Our God is in the heavens;  
he does all that he pleases.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 18

Today I am thanking God for:

Hospital Business

1064.  A productive hospital day - bloods, AFO casting, eye clinic and kidney clinic;

1065.  The mum who let us go ahead of her in the pathology queue due to our rather overbooked hospital schedule;

1066.  A fairly successful eye exam without the need for anaesthesia - a first for Ashlea.  There was still some screaming but nothing too bad;

1067.  The people you bump into in waiting rooms;

1068.  Super Neighbour Kate for walking Emma and Audrey to school even though she is not living next door at the moment!


Psalm 115:3 
Our God is in the heavens;  
he does all that he pleases.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 17 World Prematurity Day

Today I am thanking God for:

Audrey - 3 weeks old (30 weeks gestation)

1061.  My amazing little premmie babies;

1062.  The amazing hospital and staff that helped keep them alive;

1063.  The very precious lessons learned in the NICU about Who is really in control of all things!


Ashlea 4 weeks old (31 wks gestation)
One of their first cuddles - 10 wks old (37 wks gestation)
One of their most recent cuddles


Psalm 115:3 
Our God is in the heavens;  
he does all that he pleases.





Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 16

Today I am thanking God for:

Gorgeous Choir Girl

1058.  A lovely afternoon at Audrey's end of year choir concert;

1059.  Aunty Carolin for minding the troublesome two so that Murray and I along with the two Grandmas could enjoy the concert uninterrupted.  Aunty Carolin is upstairs having a lie down now;

1060.  Eucalyptus oil to kill ants with.




A gorgeous day in a gorgeous city.

James 3:8 
Come near to God and he will come near to you.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 15

Today I am thanking God for:

The concentration required when trying to beat your sister at Singstar....
Ashlea's first choice of song was 'We Are The Champions'

1055.  Singstar Family Fun;

1056.  The rain staying away today so I could get all Ashlea's bedding washed and dried after a mega pump fail last night;

1057.  Mini Mars Bars.

And this is how it ended...
Is this a milestone?  Twins fighting over the microphone...

James 3:8 
Come near to God and he will come near to you.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 14

Today I am thanking God for:

Flashback Friday
Little Emma ... 10 years ago

1052.  AIRCONDITIONING on this randomly hot (39C / 102F) spring day;

1053.  The ATO automatically paying my tax bill for me from my Family Tax Benefit reconciliation - seems much less painful than when you have to pay the bill yourself;

1054.  A relaxing evening watching the One day cricket on the tele.  I know I probably should be drinking a beer while watching but I'll settle for a cup of tea.


James 3:8 
Come near to God and he will come near to you.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 13

Today I am thanking God for:

Spotted this on Hills District Mums tonight...
In a suburb not far from me!!!

1049.  My lizard problem not being as bad as it could be;

1050.  Good friends;

1051.  A good bloke to read the bible with Murray each week.

James 3:8 
Come near to God and he will come near to you.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 12

Today I am thanking God for:


Beginner Band Try Outs

1046.  Audrey NOT getting drums for school band.  She is going to play flute - which is easy seeing as we actually own one of those;

1047.  Ashlea's ever increasing cleverness.  One of the apps on her iPad has the option to switch between child and adult mode.  I couldn't work out why it kept switching back to adult mode when I set it to child mode.  Until I realised that the small child had worked out how to do it herself.  It even involves entering a different code each time:



1048.  Emma's teacher forgetting to give homework for the last two weeks.  Do you think I can hope that he's given up for the year???


James 3:8 
Come near to God and he will come near to you.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 11 Remembrance Day

Anyone who knows me well won't have trouble working out what I'm thankful for today.

Today I am thanking God for:

Frederick John Kelly
Lest We Forget

1041.  The freedom we enjoy (and take for granted) here in Australia;

1042.  All those who have fought to protect that freedom;

1043.  My Grandfather who alongside his brother served at Gallipoli and France in WW1, their younger brother who was imprisoned in Malaya in WW2, and my Uncle (my Grandfather's oldest son) who was killed in New Guinea in WW2.


The internet also tells me it is Thanku NICU day.

1044.  I am thankful for the NICU that kept Ashlea and Audrey alive - for the doctors, nurses, technicians, cleaners, life saving equipment and medications that are so readily available in Australia;

1045.  I am also thankful that in this great country this is all available at NO COST to anyone who needs it.


James 3:8 
Come near to God and he will come near to you.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thankfulness Nov 10

Today I am thanking God for:

Haha - had forgotten about this picture.
Birds of a feather...

1038.  Re-runs of I Dream of Jeannie for me to enjoy during my lunch break;

1039.  Friends who bring Baked Dinners;

1040.  Freddo Frogs.


James 3:8 
Come near to God and he will come near to you.