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Stumbling in – with a Smile and a half decent glass of Champagne

1 Jan

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That’s it!
We’re in!!
2014….

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For better, for worse, there’s nothing we can do about it… let’s stumble into it together, hand in hand and holding tight to the Saviour and Lover and Creator of each one of us.
After all he is the beginning and the end, and everything in between.
He knows all that we don’t yet know.
The good, the bad, the ugly; the triumphs and the sorrows.
So let’s stumble in, trusting that He has enough grace for us to face everything He has planned for us…and to be victorious in it all.
I, for one, am excited…
First stop: Australia, for two weeks holiday in the sun with one of my all-time besties…. Can it get any better!!?!

We think, quite possibly, not.

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Canvas

23 Oct

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I painted my first canvas today.
It’s beautiful – because God painted it through me.
I am totally ecstatic about this new thing…..

Yes, YET another new thing!!

I am beside myself with excitement to have discovered another way of expressing my love for Him, my joy to be alive – and my deep desire to see people come to know Him and be set free by Him.

Wow.
Thank you, Lord.
Oh – and thank you, James. What a godsend you are!!

I will post a picture of my painting once my gorgeous hubby’s birthday is out of the way and he has his present – wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise…. 😉

Although I suspect he has seen a photo of it on Facebook. But then I wouldn’t know about that now, would I.

Mummy Wisdom on Mother’s Day

10 Mar

Here is a little collection of quotes which all have something to do with being a mum.
Oh – There are a few ridiculously sentimental (and some, funny) posters thrown in for good measure too.
None of them are my own.
Which is probably why they’re so good 🙂

Maternal Love: a miraculous substance which God multiplies as he divides it. Victor Hugo

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Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home. Mother Teresa

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Children reinvent your world for you. Susan Sarandon

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Conran’s law of housework – it expands to fill the time + half an hour. Shirley Conran

It took me years to realise that every time I interrupted my mother to ask her to look at my homework, wash my clothes or find something that I’d lost, and she quietly laid aside whatever she was doing and gave me her full attention, she was displaying self-sacrifice and self-control of practically superhuman proportions.
Emily – 25

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We can’t form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.
Goethe

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It is a fact of life that mums react badly to odd socks and dirty mugs.
Much pain and stress can be easily avoided by grasping this early on.
James – 30

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You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for example.
Franklin Jones

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Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners.
Anon.

Children today are tyrants.
They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.
Socrates (!!)

A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.
Ogden Nash

Children seldom misquote you.
In fact they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.
Anon

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I am not young enough to know everything.
Oscar Wilde

It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours.
Joyce Maynard

The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing
and stimulating in all creation.
Ray Wilbur

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The best thing about my mother is her unwillingness to give up.
Sophie – 15

The intelligent mum takes care to have a few coping strategies in place.
Tea with friends is one of them.
Anon

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The soul is healed by being with children.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners.
Charles Parkhurst

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He loves me well

16 Feb

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Thank you my darling 🙂

Max Update

9 Apr

Today we took the boys to meet their new friend.
Max is still tiny but a lot more awake and bouncy than the last time we saw him.
Needless to say we are all utterly and completely smitten!! Except me, who is head over heels in love… Crazy but true.

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I’m happy and God is good

10 Mar

I know these kinds of posts can be a touch abrasive. But bear with me; I’m celebrating, not bragging

In the past two weeks,
1. it has been mild enough to eat ice cream and take close-up pictures of beautiful flowers.

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2. We found out our Sam has been offered a place at the prestigious (and outstanding) grammar school literally a few yards up the road from us… So we gave him a polka-dot, lime green-wrapped present to reward him for doing so well.

Not that I’m proud or anything.

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3. Our Ben lost his first tooth (which, in Devon, rhymes with “book” and “cook” rather than “booth” and “smooth”. DON’T ASK)
He was so excited about the tooth fairy that he insisted on having his window open so she would be able to get in.

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4. Our insurance company was generous enough to provide funds (again – d.o.n’t a.s.k…) for me to finally acquire a KMix mixer 🙂 Meaning I can now bake the fluffiest, yummiest cakes EVER!! Move over Nigella.

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5. My gorgeous Mr Wibbs has been ‘gigging’ with a newly-formed jazz band, much to my delight. I love to see him do things that fulfil him so deeply… It’s rather beautiful.
Praise God.

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6. My children have been playing together, making things, and generally enjoying life. What more could a mama ask for?!

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So there you have it.
A tiny snippet into some of my thanksgiving right now.
I am blessed.
Beyond measure.

What do YOU have to be thankful for…?

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Nothing Quite Like It

9 Jan

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Well if discovering this site doesn’t make me want to blog about food again I really don’t know what will…
Witty writing combined with heavenly pictures of indecently, delicious-looking yummy stuff is just too much for a girl to resist.

Am also adding this site for its author’s hysterically quirky and honest writing, as well as her beautiful-sounding recipes – totally LOVIN it 🙂

Oh, and Foodgawker is where I found the above two blogs. Worth checking out if you like feasting your eyes on gorgeous food. (There’s even an App for those with an iPhone habit. You’re welcome.)

Needless to say, my taste buds seem to be coming out of hibernation so you better brace yourselves.
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