Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 30

Today I am thanking God for:



1190.  An outing to see the sand sculptures;

1191.  A fun birthday present for me (yes I know it's a week early but I want to take it on holidays next week);

1192.  The girls getting to play Minecraft with their interstate friends.



Why does it always end in a sand bath???


Prov 16:9 
The heart of man plans his way, 
    but the Lord establishes his steps.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 29

Today I am thanking God for:

Somebody loved the foam pit and thinks we
should get one at home...


1186.  Flip Out Fun with Friends (note for locals - everyone else is at the beach so this is the perfect time to go);

1187.  The spider or critter or whatever it was that bit me this afternoon not being too poisonous - I'm still standing and it's been 5 hours now;

1188.  Those wonderful parenting moments when you assume your big kids have been half eating and then discarding your Christmas chocolates but then you find out you were completely wrong and that it was Ashlea unwrapping and taste testing the chocolates!  How clever - she even ate almost an entire strawberry cream;

1189.  No Added Salt rice crackers in Coles.  Do you know how long it's been since I've eaten a rice cracker?  Now I just need to make some tasty dip to go with them.


Prov 16:9 
The heart of man plans his way, 
    but the Lord establishes his steps.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 28

Today I am thanking God for:





1183.  Some relaxing days at home.  We are probably in danger of becoming completely inert from too much relaxing...we had better get out and about soon;

1184.  Long summer evenings;

1185.  Snacks.


Isaiah 9:6 
For to us a child is born, 
to us a son is given, 
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, 
Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, 
Prince of Peace.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 27

Today I am thanking God for:

Before....I got to the stage I would just stand on the step and throw
things in..


1180.  Lazy Saturday mornings;

1181.  A spot of tidying done.  I bought myself a shredder so I could file and / or shred documents but I didn't get that far.  Instead I made piles of documents to file or shred.  It's a start right?  I also have piles and piles of school books and art works.  Anyone got any ideas on what to do with them?  Will I regret it if I recycle the lot?

1182.  Christmas choccies to sustain me during my tidying.


Better - at least you can see some floor now!  That will have to do for now
I can't be bothered to do anymore.

Although I have created a new problem...
Isaiah 9:6 
For to us a child is born, 
to us a son is given, 
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, 
Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, 
Prince of Peace.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 26

Today I am thanking God for:

Audrey and her favourite pressie - Stampy Cat


1177.  Kids happily playing;

1178.  Leftovers;

1179.  Time to sit back and watch the first day of the Test match.  Have I mentioned that Boxing Day might just be my favourite day of the year?


Isaiah 9:6 
For to us a child is born, 
to us a son is given, 
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, 
Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, 
Prince of Peace.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 25

Today I am thanking God for:


Worst toy ever - needs to be fed and have it's nappy changed!


1174.  A great morning at church remembering why Jesus came into the world;

1175.  A lovely Christmas lunch with family (incident free thankfully);

1176.  Awesome present fun with the kids.  I love seeing their reactions to their gifts although I am getting a bit sick of having to share the credit with Santa for choosing the perfect gift .


Yes even worse than a new furby (the one on the right was from last Chrissy)


Isaiah 9:6 
For to us a child is born, 
to us a son is given, 
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, 
Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, 
Prince of Peace.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 24

Today I am thanking God for:

Emma needed something Christmassy to do today
so she set the table for tomorrow

1171.  Christmas preparations taken care of;

1172.  The excited anticipation of my children;

1173.  Sending His Son Jesus that first Christmas to be our Saviour.

Just don't turn around - my desk is right behind our dining table and I
just don't have it in me to tidy it!


Also randomly google sent me this summary of my year - it's pretty cool.  

Isaiah 9:6 
For to us a child is born, 
to us a son is given, 
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, 
Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, 
Prince of Peace.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 23

Today I am thanking God for:

New sparkly shoes for Audrey from her Grandy.  She LOVES them.

1168.  My first Christmas pressie of the season - new Christmas pi's and a book;

1169.  Special grace to get through Christmas dinner with the in-laws.  I know that sounds ungracious but when I tell you that there was a random act of vomit in the middle of dinner you will understand what I mean.  Did I mention that Emma and I are severe emetophobes???

1170.  My awesome friend who gave me the present and then talked me down from the ledge after the family dinner.

Isaiah 9:6 
For to us a child is born, 
to us a son is given, 
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, 
Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, 
Prince of Peace.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 22

Today I am thanking God for:

Christmas lights

1165.  Last day of work for 3 weeks;

1166.  Christmas lights with the kids - local friends there is a house in Baulkham Hills Road that has a computer controlled light show set to music - and yes Frozen is on the playlist;

1167.  Ice cream.

Isaiah 9:6 
For to us a child is born, 
to us a son is given, 
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, 
Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, 
Prince of Peace.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 21

Today I am thanking God for:




No photos from today as we had a quiet day at
home after church but these shots from last week
clearly show the bravery levels of my big girls...
Audrey - pony ride

Emma - pony ride

1162.  Gifts wrapped;

1163.  A reminder of all the many gifts we have to be thankful for;

1164.  The even more important reminder to be thankful to the Giver of the gifts.


If anyone needs a reminder of the many gifts we have here in Australia The Surgery Ship is being shown again on SBS tonight at 8:30pm.


John 3:16 
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 20

Today I am thanking God for:

Wiggly Fun!

1159.  Fun at the Wiggles concert today;

1160.  The free tickets and free parking;

1161.  Ashlea's total lack of a freak out at the concert.  She had her hands on her ears for about half of it but she was watching and paying attention the whole time with not even the hint of a meltdown.


John 3:16 
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 19

Today I am thanking God for:

Tasty


1156.  A quiet day at home.  I had big plans to have a pre-Christmas tidying frenzy but instead we created more mess by icing gingerbread.  Don't ask how much of the decorations landed on (and are still on) the floor;

1157.  Finally making a start of this year's Christmas newsletters.  It's not looking good for me getting them sent out in time though.  Or at all;

1158.  Friends who throw out random items (disco balls) that your child just happens to really want for her birthday.  Anyone want to take a guess as to which child?


John 3:16 
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 18

Today I am thanking God for:

I asked Santa for this for Christmas.  His response?
Tell her she's dreaming!

1153.  A fun morning at our local Swim Spa Shop.  I don't know what it is about friendly spa salesmen but this one (clearly without knowing just what he was getting himself in for) invited the kids and I to come and try out the swim spa in the shop.  Not going to turn down an offer like that;

1154.  A lovely Christmas dinner with the neighbours for our last Thursday night dinner of the year;

1155.  A toy room sleep over for the girls.  I don't know if I'll be thankful for that in a few hours when Ashlea refuses to go to sleep, but she is SO excited to camp out with her sisters it is very cute.
First Christmas Dinner of the season

John 3:16 
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 17

Today I am thanking God for:

Another day another duck to love

1150.  The opportunity to attend the Variety special children's Christmas party yesterday;

1151.  Lots of jobs ticked off my to-do-list today before the start of the school holidays;

1152.   A good school year completed.  How have my babies finished Year 4 and Year 2???



Another day another Santa to recite her wish list too






John 3:16 
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 16

Today I am thanking God for:


Flowers for Sydney

1147.  The way our beautiful city has responded with dignity and compassion to the awful events that unfolded overnight;

1148.  The police and emergency services who put their lives on the line last night - and do so every time they go to work;

1149.  The lives saved and the bravery of the hostages.



Image / Getty Images


John 3:16 
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 15

Today I am thanking God for:

From yesterday's party... New parenting highs:
"ASHLEA - STOP LICKING THE DUCK"

1144.  Good end of year reports for all 3 girls;

1145.  The opportunity to attend a special little girl's farewell service today;

1146.  Safe release of some of the hostages from today's siege.  Prayers for those still inside.


John 3:16 
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 14

Today I am thanking God for:


She loves telling Santa what she wants for Christmas

1142.  A lovely afternoon at the Bear Cottage Christmas party;



1143.  A lovely evening at Carols on the Green at church.


Psalm 52:9 
For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. 
And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 13

Today I am thanking God for:

The cutest choristers

1139.  Ashlea's participation in the school choir performance at the shops this afternoon.  I think she had her hands on her ears the whole time and didn't sing a word but she also didn't howl wildly so I'll call that a win;

1140.  Getting a car park at the shops this close to Christmas;

1141.  Lots of friends at the shops today!


Psalm 52:9 
For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. 
And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 12

Today I am thanking God for:

Yums

1136.  A big day of hospital business done and dusted.  Hopefully we won't need to go back until next year;

1137.  Great kidney numbers for Ashlea to finish off the year;

1138.  The opportunity to visit a special young man in hospital.

Psalm 52:9 
For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. 
And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 11

Today I am thanking God for:

After years of Santa fear now Ashlea has to
stop and say hi to every single Santa we see

1133.  Christmas morning tea treats to finish off playgroup for the year;

1134.  No Added Salt potato chips;

1135.  Friends to enjoy all these treats with.


Psalm 52:9 
For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. 
And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 10

Today I am thanking God for:

Another day another gingerbread creation to eat...

1130.  The genius who created liquorice allsorts;

1131.  A spot of Christmas shopping with my Mum;

1132.  A Gingerbread tree AND a Christmas pudding courtesy of my Mum.  The Christmas eating has commenced.


Psalm 52:9 
For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. 
And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 9

Today I am thanking God for:

Look at this cute gingerbread house Ashlea made
using 6 milk coffee biscuits (and lollies of course)

1127.  A great year of bible study with some awesome ladies;

1128.  My sister for making a detour on her way home (from the gym) just to get me chocolate;

1129.  Audrey and Emma being able to write their own Christmas cards for their classmates now!

Psalm 52:9 
For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. 
And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Thankfulness Dec 8

Today I am thanking God for:



1124.  Ashlea's amazing progress at school this year.  Today it was lovely to see her get an award for her achievements in literacy;

1125.  Ashlea's fantastic teacher.  This year (and hopefully for next year too?) we have had one of those 'go above and beyond' teachers that all parents love.  She has a class of children with such a variety of strengths and abilities and she manages to get them all to achieve their best and then takes genuine delight in their successes;

1126.  Audrey's lovely music teacher - Audrey has had such a fun year with her.


Christmas craft...guess what they made today?

Psalm 52:9 
For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. 
And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.