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

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Life is continuing….

Oh my goodness, if I’d left it another two days, it would have been an entire month between blogs…that’s downright SLACK !!!

So much has been going on.. which does help to explain my slackness in the blogging department.

The highlights are –

  • Baby Boy Lucas is now HOME and powering on like the little warrior he has proven himself to be.  He’s settling in at home, putting on weight, getting to know his big brother, and is having his first immunisations today.

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  • I scored myself a not very pleasant intercostal injury about a month ago and am actually still suffering from that.  However, it IS improving (PRAISE GOD !!) so things ARE on the up & up.  I think I did it because I did either too many sit ups, or did sit ups incorrectly.  I had both an ultrasound and an X-ray on my right side chest/ribs etc but it didn’t show anything.  As a result, I’ve had to change my exercise routine …  for the first two weeks, I couldn’t do ANYTHING.  I am pleased to say though that I must have been doing just enough to keep the weight loss train going as the number has continued to drop slowly each Tuesday morning for my weigh-in.
  • We are now down to only two weeks and two days until we sail far far away across the sea !!!  Our renewed passports finally arrived so this is a relief.  I cannot even tell you how excited & humbled I am to know that I get to enjoy two weeks ‘off the job’.  No cleaning, cooking, washing….  Thank you Jesus !!!
  • Sadly there is ups and downs (more downs)  in family over the last few weeks that look to be continuing for a while.  However, God is teaching me a lot throughout.  It’s so easy to see someone’s actions as selfishness on the surface, but when looking deeper, you can expose emotional issues that deserve additional care.  Also, sadly, it is human nature to ‘arc up’ when someone does something to upset you, when in fact, we’ve been commissioned to Love thy neighbour, repay bad with GOOD, do all we can to expand God’s Kingdom, and most importantly, be the LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS !!!
  • DH is really enjoying having his aeroplane and being able to go up to the airfield whenever he can and go for a fly IN HIS OWN PLANE.  He’s been waiting a very long time for this and is LOVING IT !!  He’s also made a nice group of friends up there, which is just as much a part of the whole ‘scene’ he’s been wanting to be apart of for so long. They sit around with their drinks and discuss all things ‘planes’.  I’m really really happy for him.  & as you can see, the kids are enjoying it too.

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  • The biggest homeschool excursion (78 people) I have ever organised went off without a hitch (or any drownings)… Woot Woot !!

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  • Miss 14’s dance comps all went very well.  Now to enjoy the break before it all starts again in Feb 2016.
  • The 2016 homeschool journey has been decided on which is also a weight off my shoulders.  The older two kiddos are currently working through diagnostic testing for next year and are doing very well with them.

So there you go, that basically brings you up to speed, to a degree, on our lives.

Even amongst the ups and downs of ‘life’ I love how God makes ‘lessons’ out of all situations, good & bad.  I’ve also been reading Jefferson Bethke’s Jesus>Religion which is really opening up my view on things.

Blessings xox

A great Warrior is born !!

Last night we welcomed the newest member to our extended family, Master Lucas.  9wks early and arriving in dramatic form via emergency c-section.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:13-16)

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My gorgeous niece had been struggling in her pregnancy the last few weeks so it wasn’t a huge surprise for this to happen, but it still was hard to process when it did happen.  However, I’m not here to blog about the dramatic experience but to tel you about my prayer time in the shower this morning… (Sorry for the visual.. LOL)

Quite often when I’m particularly praying over a situation, God will speak to me in pictures etc.  Last weekend fro example, when my niece was in hospital and I knew my sister was praying over at the time, I was shown a picture of the scene.  My niece in the hospital bed, my sister praying over her, and JESUS cradling the baby in his hands… like literally IN HIS HANDS.  Hard to explain, but it just shows that there is no limits or barriers between what he can do for us.  A mere human body doesn’t stop him cradling that baby in his hands.  I’m drawing on that image a lot today as I have Master LK on my mind & heart.

When praying for him this morning, I was given an image of the NICU and Lucas’s incubator, nurses in the background and lots of activity, but a pointed PEACE amongst the activity with Jesus having his hands through the holes in the incubator, resting them gently on the baby.   He can’t be touched more than is needed at present, and I had been thinking that he would miss that skin to skin human touch, especially from his mother, so to receive this image and know that he IS feeling human touch by his Heavenly Father was very comforting.

In the same prayer time, I was told that Lucas was a strong warrior !  That he would need to use his amazing strength far earlier than he should have had to, but nevertheless, I was shown that God has equipped him for this struggle ahead. He has blessed him with strength, perseverance, resilience, determination, patience and an amazing tolerance for the difficulties ahead, as well as an anticipated appreciation for the victories !!!

As an added prayer request with this blog entry, my precious niece is also in ICU with Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA).  If you don’t know much about DKA, (neither did I until I researched it at 11pm last night. :0)

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones.

The condition develops when your body can’t produce enough insulin. (in my nieces case it was because she went through a severe emotional trauma.  aka..  scared poopless and then being rushed to surgery with the safety of her baby in question.)  Insulin normally plays a key role in helping sugar (glucose) — a major source of energy for your muscles and other tissues — enter your cells. Without enough insulin, your body begins to break down fat as fuel. This process produces a buildup of acids in the bloodstream called ketones, eventually leading to diabetic ketoacidosis if untreated.

I’d really appreciate it if you could pray for Lucas and his Mummy, Daddy, big brother as well as the extended family.  Each of them will have their own difficulties and sacrifices to make in the weeks ahead and will need God’s strength like never before.  Also, we need to pray that there are absolutely no adverse effects from Lucas’ dramatic arrival.  I’m beyond thankful to know that God totally has this !!!

I am constantly reminded though that, worries aside, Lucas is an amazing blessing from The Lord and he will be much loved in our family.  I know that he will show amazing strength to all of us around him, and be an amazing example to all that meet him.  And above all, I know that he is FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY MADE !!!

Blessings Peeps  xox

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