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Royalty, Wife, Mummy, friend, teacher, student & fitness blogger


June 2014

Halfway through the school year.. and we’re still smiling !


So, here we are…. first day of the SCHOOL HOLIDAYS !!  The kids are excited, but to be honest, I still think holidays are a waste of time… well unless you’re actually going away on holidays.  It just seems silly being here at home with not much to do.

I’m sure it would be different if I could drive… I imagine we’d fill most days with trips here and there.  As it is, I need to really work in with my Mum as far as what she’s doing and getting lifts places etc.

As I sit back and take stock of my first half year as a homeschooling Mum…  these are my brief observations –

* It is hard to buy good quality pencils (Yes, I put the most important one first.. LOL)

* There are nowhere near as many hard days as I thought there were going to be in the beginning.

* I’m still not sick of being around my children.. LOL

* I learn a LOT when being right there in the thick of things with my children’s education.

* It really is a privilege to be in control of my children’s education.

* Finding date time with my Husband is harder. :0(

* I LOVE that God’s word is so much a part of my children’s school day.

* Children (my children at least) will feed off my attitude and mood, so make it good.  :0)

So much more has been learnt these 6 months, or really 10 months really, since beginning this journey.  So much more to learn.  Good thing I”ve got another 8.5yrs to learn all I need.  LOL

Blessings Peeps.



HS Day 105 – The Character Trait journey begins !!



So, after reading about this in the book I’m reading…  A Love that Multiplies, but Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar, I thought this was a fantastic idea for our home.

I had it blown up to A0 and laminated so it can by easily seen from across the room etc.

My plan, starting today, is to focus on two character traits per week.  I have also begun to copy & paste each individual CT onto an A4 sheet which I’m going to print, laminate, and display on the fridge for the week that we are focusing on that particular CT.

I’ll keep you guys posted on the developments.

If you are interested in using this chart, it can be found at  .  You’ll see there is a PDF link to download  on the bottom left side.

Blessings peeps !!  xox

What a man needs.. 😊

Love this !!


Heading to Tassie !!!

Last Friday at the lovely (cough cough) hour of 4.30am, Terry, James & I rose, loaded our suitcases into the car, picked up two passengers, and headed to the airport for our much anticipated GEMS & Cadets leaders conference.

It’s probably a good thing we left so early, in that it was quite cold even here in Brisbane, so we were fairly well rugged up for our chilly arrival in Hobart later that morning.

James managed to do his day’s schoolwork during the 2.5hr flight south.  :0)

Although quite chilly, it was wonderful to step off that plane knowing we were back in the beautiful state of Tasmania.  We LOVE Tassie and hope to move there one day, or at the very least, have an extended holiday.  We also have much loved relatives & friends who live there, so it’s always great to be able to catch up with them.

After being picked up by our lovely conference hosts at the airport, they kindly dropped our group of 12 in Hobart City for some sightseeing while they took our luggage back to the camp site.  We had been in Hobart City for a day when in Tassie in early 2013, but there was a very busy market going on at that time, so it was great to see Salamanca Place empty of market stalls this time around.

Down at the wharf, it was great to the see the Aurora Australis in dock.  Here is a great site with info on it…

After some great lunch at an Irish Pub on Salamanca Place.. guess what… I had Irish stew… Well, you have to don’t you?  LOL.  We had a couple of hours of leisurely shopping in Hobart before being picked up again by our hosts, and taken to Dodges Ferry, where the conference was being held.  The temperature starts to drop quite early in Tassie, so by our 3pm pick up time, we were very glad to be getting in the nice warm bus.

After settling into our ‘digs’ for the long weekend, we spend some time meet/greeting, catching up with old friends, making new ones.. and generally having some great fellowship with our fellow GEMS & Cadets leaders from all over Australia.  As everyone was coming in from all over, new arrivals were appearing at all times through the evening. By 9PM, everyone had finally arrived and we could sit down for our first session.

Getting to bed by 10.30, it was great to snuggle down into our sleeping bags (they could handle temps up to -8 degrees celsius).  Having gotten up so early that morning, and basically talked ALL DAY LONG…  we were all very tired.

Saturday morning was a far too early wake up at 7.30 (Yes, I know…  I’m a bit precious with my early saturday mornings, however Soccer is helping me to adjust temporarily.).

Breakfast was followed by the morning session, based on our Theme for 2014/2015…  ‘It’s God’s, handle with Care’.  Focusing on Psalms 8 & 22, it was a great message.  Reminding us all of the great responsibility we have as GEMS & Cadet leaders with these impressionable young girls & boys.

Finishing up the morning session, we all loaded into busses to head to a few of Southern Tasmanians great sights.  First stop – Eaglehawk Neck & the Tessellated Pavement.


Other sights seen that day included The Devil’s kitchen, the Blowhole and the Tasman Arch. 


All in all, it was a great day of getting to see some more beautiful Tassie spots that we’d missed last visit due to the Dunali Bush fires.  It was great having James along with us for this trip, but we certainly missed our older two.

Heading back for a late afternoon session at conference, some time on the slippery slide (as you do), followed by dinner and an evening session, some toasty warm times had around the open fire were enjoyed by everyone !!


Sunday was a day of church, more sessions, as well as prep for the Biennial AGM.

Monday was to be a busy morning of pack up for all but our group, as we were staying on for an extra day, but thankfully we were able to stay on at the campsite for our extra night.

We headed off in our hire cars to explore.  Terry, James & I to meet up with my cousins at a fantastic Bistro right on the beach in Blackman’s Bay.. and the others to travel up to Mt. Wellington.  While I was disappointed to have missed it, we had been up there before in our previous visit, and I was very excited to be getting together with my cousins.  The lunch was delicious too !!!  On our way to Blackman’s Bay, we stopped for a quick look at Dodges Ferry and got this great pic on the Jetty.  It was particularly cold from Sunday morning through to us leaving on Tuesday, so it was amazing to see so many people going out on boats.. standing in the water in shorts etc at the boat ramp, but I guess they’re used to it.  We also always love travelling over the bridge to Hobart… don’t know why.

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Meeting up with the rest of our QLD group after our time with cousins & their trip up Mt. Wellinton, we headed to the house of an Uncle of one of the conference hosts, who started a whiskey distillery in his shed.  He has since grown it to be a world renowned label that is extremely sought after.

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Heading off from Blackmans Bay, we headed to a much anticipated dinner at … wait for it… Pizza Hut !!  We no longer have any ‘eat in’ Pizza Huts in Brisbane, so it was a bit of a novelty to get to go to one.

Crawling into bed that Monday night was with some excitement to be going home in the morning, but some sadness too…  We love being in Tassie !!

All in all..  a really enjoyable long weekend in Southern Tasmania !!  If you haven’t been to Tasmania, I would highly recommend it !!!!!

Blessings peeps !!!

Lv Fi  xox





The Surrendered Life

I loved reading today’s devotion . Thought I would share . 🙂

To become one with Jesus Christ, a person must be willing not only to give up sin, but also to surrender his whole way of looking at things. Being born again by the Spirit of God means that we must first be willing to let go before we can grasp something else. The first thing we must surrender is all of our pretense or deceit. What our Lord wants us to present to Him is not our goodness, honesty, or our efforts to do better, but real solid sin. Actually, that is all He can take from us. And what He gives us in exchange for our sin is real solid righteousness. But we must surrender all pretense that we are anything, and give up all our claims of even being worthy of God’s consideration.

Once we have done that, the Spirit of God will show us what we need to surrender next. Along each step of this process, we will have to give up our claims to our rights to ourselves. Are we willing to surrender our grasp on all that we possess, our desires, and everything else in our lives? Are we ready to be identified with the death of Jesus Christ?

We will suffer a sharp painful disillusionment before we fully surrender. When people really see themselves as the Lord sees them, it is not the terribly offensive sins of the flesh that shock them, but the awful nature of the pride of their own hearts opposing Jesus Christ. When they see themselves in the light of the Lord, the shame, horror, and desperate conviction hit home for them.

If you are faced with the question of whether or not to surrender, make a determination to go on through the crisis, surrendering all that you have and all that you are to Him. And God will then equip you to do all that He requires of you.

Breath on me, Breath of God, until my mind and spirit are in suitable adjustment to You. Shed abroad liberty and purity and power among and in us all.

No Other Name !!

Tonight, Terry & I watched a fantastic sermon via Hillsong Live Stream.  For those of you who know Hillsong church.. you’ll likely know who preached, but hey, I”m not going to name names, as that would very much go against the entire message tonight.

Hillsong church has been putting a lot of focus on No Other Name for quite a while now…. leading up to the new album release THIS TUESDAY !!  (Excited much !!)

I’ve heard all the stories before…. read and re-read all the scripture that talk of the power in the name of Jesus… but tonight’s message simply brings it home and reminds me that we are capable of ANYTHING in and through the power of the name of Jesus.  It’s so easy to get bogged down in our day to day, sometimes stressful existence, forgetting that we can overcome ALL things in Jesus’ name !!

I have been unwell for several weeks now… and while I have been claiming that health & wholeness that Jesus came to give us…  I know I haven’t been claiming it as wholeheartedly as I could have been.  It’s just so easy to get down when you’re dealing with lack of energy, a messy house due to said lack of energy, slightly unsettled children due to a decreased amount of attention from their mother, and a general frustration at ‘just feeling yuck’.  Add the lovely side effects of being on strong antibiotics for a prolonged period.. and it’s easy to get stroppy.  BUT…  Jesus came that we may have life and have it ABUNDANTLY !!

This situation simply reiterates what I already know…  God uses EVERY situation to bring about growth !!  I find that I learn something in every situation…..  good, bad, or just mundane.  It certainly does seem that I learn a lot more in a tough situation though… but hey.. Life in abundance is what he came to give us … so that is what we shall have !!

A song that will be on the new album coming out on Tuesday, is ‘This I believe’.  It is a fantastic worship song based on the apostles creed.  I think I may have shared the lyrics before, but here is a small segment of them…. I just LOVE singing them EVERY time !!

I believe in God the Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in one
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus

It is so great to be able to sing what is so deeply etched in my heart, in a great worship song !!

When attending the CRCA church prior to where we worship now, we would recite the Apostles creed on a semi regular basis…. I just love it !!

1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:

3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:

4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:

5. The third day he rose again from the dead:

6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:

7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:

8. I believe in the Holy Ghost:

9. I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:

10. The forgiveness of sins:

1l. The resurrection of the body:

12. And the life everlasting. Amen.

Blessings Peeps !!

Lv Fi xox


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