Family, Health, Home Schooling, My Daybook, Uncategorized

My Daybook – November

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I SEE….Beth and Dami playing together. That 3 year old is one lucky kid! He adores his older siblings and they are so good to him.


I AM GIVING THANKS….. for this beautiful weather at the moment. I can’t get enough of being outside.

I AM PRAYING FOR…… members who are ill. My Nana, who is 93, has been struggling with her health lately. She never ceases to amaze me with how switched on she is though. When you go visit her in the nursing home she gives you a running commentary  of all the old folk whose poor minds have been lost to them long ago. I think her good brain health is due to her never having her drivers licence so she would walk and take public transport everywhere.

I AM LISTENING TO…the sound of the basketball hitting the driveway – the two big boys are really enjoying shooting hoops together at the moment. They are out there at any chance they get. I can also hear the laughter from Beth and Dami.

I AM THINKING ABOUT….next year! I know it seems like a long way off but now is the time to order books.

I AM LEARNING….as always, I seem to being learning about the gut. I have loved reading ‘Brain Maker’ and now I am reading Pete Evans ‘The Complete Gut Health Cookbook’.

I AM CREATING….neat and tidy bookshelves. Not very exciting – or creative! I needed to give our playroom/schoolroom a makeover. There is still plenty of work to be done…my house looks like a bomb has gone off in it. I hate it how things always get worse before they get better 🙂

IN THE SCHOOLROOM….we are taking it very easy this term. We have enjoyed plenty of excursions, and the kids are planning their own days. All the kids know what needs to be done to finish the school year so as soon as one subject is finished, then they have less work to do. Beth, Zac and Dami are creating pretend food for their Cafe. They have finished their maths, spelling, religion and geography for the year.

Our Zoo Excursion

COOKING IN THE KITCHEN….as always… our GAPs food and plenty of ferments.

IN THE MORNING BASKET…we are using the Baltimore Catechism each morning. I read from the text then choose one question for the kids to write in their notebooks. It has lead to many an interesting conversions about many parts of our faith.

We are also doing a fair bit of picture study. I’ll keep my method for another post, but it has been a lovely addition to the morning.

Our morning basket time. Dami is fully dressed for the day but insisted on wearing his dressing gown.

I NEVER WANT TO FORGET….what a blessing it is to be a mother. Every day has its challenges, but also its blessings. I can choose to dwell on the bad, or I can try to see the blessings in each day. Sometimes it is as simple as a walk among the roses, or a cuddle from the three year old.

This rose was picked and given to me 🙂

I don’t want to wish this time away because I know that in the blink of an eye they will be all grown up and left home.

Faith, Parenting


Life. Is. Hard. We all know how difficult life can be. Everyone has their own sufferings. What may seem like nothing to one person, is almost more than another person can bear. I have found myself sometimes even looking at someone’s life and thinking that they have it easy, only to hear that they have sufferings in their life which they have never told anyone about.


We live in a world where everything is available to us right now. We can buy anything we want on the internet 24 hours a day. We can find out the answer to any question within seconds on our devices. We can become quite selfish because of this.  But when it comes to suffering, the answers often aren’t there. We can’t google  it. We can’t buy anything to fix it. Suffering does help us to grow though. Though we don’t feel it at the time, looking back we can see how we are now a stronger person because of it.

I was talking to the kids the other day about suffering. They are in pain. All of them have just got retainers in their mouths…and they really hurt. Their gums and teeth are hurting and they are uncomfortable. One has ulcers, another has cuts all through his mouth, another has sores. They know someone suffering a lot more than them at the moment though. I asked them to offer up their pain for them. Their pain then is turned into a sacrifice, a special prayer. Much harder than just, “Please God, help this person.” But so much more meaningful and more beautiful.

They get it. Even the 7 year old gets it. They will still complain, I know that. But I can gently remind them of their special prayer, and they will remember that there are more important things in life. And people who are suffering more than them. Hopefully it will help them to become less selfish. Even if only to step outside themselves for a minute.

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