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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

Interceding expectantly for a tiny wee soldier

Last night, Lucas was 1wk old !!  I cannot even tell you how proud I am of him & his parents over that week.  Lucas has grown, developed, achieved, surprised and impressed.  His parents have carried themselves with dignity & grace, even under pressure and great emotional & physical stress.

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Lucas still hasn’t reached his birth weight as yet, but he’s not far off, and at the rate his 3hrly feeds are increasing, he’ll achieve it in no time at all.  We received some amazing news last night that his brain scan results were all clear.  No evidence of bleeds whatsoever.  There was some concern for possible lack of oxygen for the 2days prior to his birth last Wed night.

Now, I’m sure a lot of people would just say that he was ‘lucky’ or ‘dodged a bullet’, but I KNOW that it isn’t the case.  We had many many people praying for him and this exact issue within hours of his birth.  These faithful prayer warriors have joined us in covering Lucas in prayer ever since then.  This isn’t a fluke…  God healed him !!  Or, if there was nothing there to begin with, it was because Jesus held him in his arms during that time.  Remember my prayer time for Lucas last week when my sister was praying over him and I saw Jesus cradling him in his hands while my sister interceded for him?  God had him covered not just then, but long before his parents even thought to add him to their little family.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:13

So many people have rallied around during this time.  Not just prayer warriors, but practical help too when we needed to move this little family from one house to another.  Meals have been made and delivered.  Caring for Lucas’ big brother.  Driving here there and everywhere.  Yes, these things are, to some degree, just what you do as friends and family of someone in need, but it’s also when you see Jesus with skin on.  When someone will set aside their own time to cook meals for another family, it’s not just a ‘nice’ thing that someone decides to do, but it’s them letting Jesus shine out of them and into the meals they deliver.

praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,  Ephesians 6:18

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  Mark 11:24

This scripture ties in with one of my recent blogs about prayer.  THIS is how I have been praying for Lucas this past week, not asking or begging for healing, or clear scans etc, but DECLARING that he IS healed and that his scans were GOING TO BE clear.   So, last night, while it was great to get the practical confirmation, I can’t say that I was actually surprised, or even relieved, because this is what I EXPECTED to be the outcome.

but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

Further comfort is knowing just how much Jesus cares for His little children.  I literally SAW it last week when I was shown him holding Lucas when he was still in my nieces’ belly.  The love shining out of him and down onto Lucas was, to say the least, AMAZEBALLS !!!

Lucas could not have shown his warrior side more evidently since his arrival.  He continues to impress the nurses caring for him,  achieving goals that weren’t expected this early at all.  I particularly funny thing happened the other night in the nursery when Lucas’ Mumma was still in hospital and went down to him with some expressed breast milk in the middle of the night.  He was unsettled, so the nurses asked if my niece wanted to give him some skin on skin time to settle him.   My niece was just asking the nurse how long it would be before she could breastfeed and the nurse replied that it would be at least a few more weeks.. and then waa-laa..  Lucas latched on !!  Woot Woot !!!  Way to feed like a BOSS !!!!

But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 1 Thes 2:7

Tomorrow, Lucas will be transferred to a closer hospital.  This will make it easier for his parents to visit him each day.  We are so thankful for the NICU staff… they go above and beyond in all situations.  There’s clearly a lot of Jesus shining out of them, as it must be a tough gig to work in. Things wouldn’t always work out well, and I can only imagine how hard that would be.  Makes me realise that people like this need to be prayed for regularly.  Another slip of paper for the war room perhaps.

Ok peeps….  I’ll continue to update you on Lucas’ journey.  If you are joining us in #praingforlucas . …. Thank you so much !!

Blessings xox

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