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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

My heart is breaking for the Duggar family today.

So, here I am blogging about the Duggars again…  but I’m not really blogging abut the Duggars so much as sin itself, and the terrible consequences that can come from it.  Don’t get me wrong… I’m not feeling sorry for anyone today, but feeling for them in their brokenness.

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My heart breaks for Anna this morning.  She has only just a month ago given birth to her fourth child, and now after the scandal that hit earlier this year …which in fact she WAS aware of years before the world found out… she has been hit once again, but his time..  She was not in the know on this one.

I have seen this situation lived out in a friend, actually two friends..  and it hurts so much to watch, I can only imagine the agony of actually living it.

My thoughts go heavenward for Anna, Josh, their children and their entire extended family today as they go through this situation.  Of course the media has already begun to attack them in the most violent way, but I can only trust that they will be able to ignore that and lean into God like never before.

I know that as soon as we Christians talk about God’s forgiveness, the haters hit back with what a crutch that is, or that this sin is not forgivable, but we KNOW that it is, and in fact we need to KNOW that it is, or we would get bogged down in our own failings.

Psalm 103:12 (NIV)

as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

I also came across this in my limited research this morning, and thought it was quite a good reminder for all of us.

FIGHTING THE DAILY BATTLE

To overcome the temptations you will continually face, follow God’s simple plan:

  • Stand firm against temptation (James 4:7; 1 Pet. 5:6-9; 2 Tim. 2:22).
  • Confess your sins to a brother or sister in Christ and pray to be healed (James 5:16).
  • Hide God’s Word in your heart (Psalm 119:11), trusting in its strength (Heb. 4:12).
  • Minister to God with sacrifices of praise (Heb. 13:15) until you are filled with the peace and joy of the Lord (Isaiah 26:3).

Blessings !!! xox

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