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

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Riding the Roller-coaster called LIFE !!

Hiya blog readers !!  It’s after 10 on a Saturday night (of course I’m in & blogging because I’m so NOT a party animal… LOL).    We actually have been at a party tonight but it was a workmate of DH’s & we seriously didn’t know anyone at all so we didn’t stay too long.  I didn’t mind that at all seeing as we had to leave the house at 7.30 this morning to head off on a loooooooong drive to the boys soccer game.  1hr 40mins to the game today… not a bad drive actually so it was enjoyable, but I’ll certainly enjoy the Home game next week.

Life has certainly had it’s ups & downs in the last month or so for us…  there have been some heartbreaking lows… BUT…  amongst all this ‘negative’, God has turned ashes to beauty !!   My DH, who is saved, but has struggled big-time with the whole ‘die to self’ part of the deal, has had more than ample reason to be angry this past month.  (seriously, a saint woulda lost his shiz through this stuff), but he’s been cool as a cucumber… and I know that it’s God’s hand in him.

I had my suspicions of course, but they were confirmed when we were at Alapha last week and one of the questions was “What dramatic change has God brought about in your life since becoming a Christian?”  DH answered “He’s taken my anger away.”  (Of course I did a fist pump on the inside at this time.. lol)

I was thinking about this in the car heading to soccer this morning.  We were listening to ABBA (coz Abba rocks !!) and I can’t remember what song it was, but a tambourine was mentioned.  Straight away…. way too fast for me to have thought it myself, I was reminded of that verse in Exodus where Miriam dances and sings with her tambourine.  (Exodus 15:20).  Hardcore blog followers of mine will remember why this is the verse that was laid on my heart this morning.

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For everyone else… here’s the super fast recap…  In 2014 my sister & I went to Colour Conference (the women’s conference at Hillsong church) and Beth Moore was one of the speakers. (LOVE Beth Moore).  She taught from the Exodus passage, bringing it home to us that we need to have our tambourine’s at the ready… anticipating the victory… be ready to grab it at a moments notice (as Miriam did) and get up and rejoice !!  I got onto ebay (trusty ebay) when at the airport waiting to fly home from Colour that year, and purchased a tambourine.  It arrived about a week later and it hangs in a very predominant place in my home…  right in the heart of our home….  handy to pick up at any time.  Even just looking at it hanging there gives me the encouragement I need to get through tough times in a normal day.

I strongly believe that these verses coming to mind during the drive this morning was a subtle reminder to me to remember to not just rejoice for these HUGE steps DH has taken of late, and throughout these struggles, but to also be EXPECTANT for more victory to come.

Exciting right !!!!!

It’s safe to say that I’m really really excited for what’s in store…. and that’s even with the knowledge that, sadly, there will be some really yucky stuff ahead too.  I always know that God totally has us covered in every situation, and I never doubt this…. but things like this morning, getting those ‘moments with The Lord’ and being reminded of His presence, always put an extra spring in our step.. and a wider smile on our face.

Blessings Peeps !!!  xox

HS Day 278 – It’s raining, it’s pouring, the school kids want to be snoring..

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Well, it’s cold and raining here in Sunny Queensland….. Beautiful one minute, perfect the next. LOL. I actually do think it’s pretty perfect when it’s cold and raining … so relaxing and comfy to stay at home, knowing I don’t have to do the school run.. (HUGE homeschooling benefit). I should clarify though.. I only think it’s perfect weather if the rain goes away by day 3 or 4… after that, it just gets yucky with laundry and other jobs that require dry weather. To date, I have refused to buy a clothes dryer as I think they are a waste of money and electricity… but it is on days like today that I’m super tempted to get one. I certainly did enjoy having one when we were away, so who knows.. maybe you might see a blog in the future entitled :I bought a clothes dryer”.. man, what an exciting blog that would be. LOL.
We are well into our schoolwork for the term, which is fantastic. Master 12s maths tutor is here at present. He claims to hate having a maths tutor, but whenever she’s here, he loves the learning… and says so afterwards too. His extreme improvement in Maths show that he is most defiantly benefiting from the tutoring.
There are several tests on the cards for today, so that always makes for a slightly more ‘interesting’ day… usually in a good way.. sometimes, not so much. At least there’s only one spelling test… last fortnight, all 3 kids spelling tests lined up on the SAME day and I was ready to scream by the end of it.. I just felt like all I did all day was read out spelling words. Arrrggghhh !! So, as a result, I’m VERY glad there is only one spelling text today. :0)
After our ‘normal’ schoolwork is complete today, we will go onto some pre-naplan testing. Napoleon is The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in these year levels are expected to participate in tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. I’m just super ‘lucky’ to have all 3 kiddos falling in the participating years this year. It will be a slight adventure though, as they return to their previous school in order to do the testing. It goes for 3 days, but only for the morning session each day. I’m not really looking forward to it to be honest, as I won’t know what to do with myself for those hours… I’ll have to plan coffee dates to keep me distracted from he fact that my children aren’t with me.. yes, pathetic I know. I believe I’ve set myself up for additional heartache when it comes time for them to ‘fly the nest’. Oh well, I’ll face that when I get there.. after all, I KNOW that God gives me strength to get through ALL things, so I’ll be fine.
DH has let me know that he has a trip coming up for work.. he’ll be away for 2wks, so I’m in the process of planning a weekend away to visit him in the middle of his trip. We haven’t had time away without children in 6yrs, so it’ll certainly be good if I can make it happen.
Side note – I LOVE hearing the rain falling outside as I type this… it’s a simply glorious sound.. I’ve told you guys before that we often listen to classical or worship music while working, but on rainy days like these.. we all prefer to have the rain as our music.
There, of course, are some drawbacks to these rainy days, like soccer training cancellation for this afternoon, as well as a most likely cancelled game on Saturday. It’s a home game and the field tends to stay wet for a while, and seeing the rain is predicted to stay around until Sat, I don’t think our chances are good.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner too and I’m trying to think of things to do for the day… No, my DH is, shall we say, PATHETIC when it comes to celebrating these days, so this year I’ve decided that rather than get down about the fact that he doesn’t organise anything… I’ll just do it.. that way, at least I’ll enjoy the day. Gotta take the good with the bad.. I may not have been blessed with a super romantic DH, but I certainly was blessed with a skilled one. There are so many things he has been able to do around & in our houses over the years that have saved us buckets of money. In addition to that, there are so many things he does do that perhaps other DHs don’t, so I came to the point a few years back to always focus on that, rather than the things that I ‘wish’ were in his skill-set. Plus, there’s the added bonus that we don’t need to own a stepladder… Hahahahahaha. For those that don’t know us personally, my DH is 6ft 6inches tall. Lightbulbs are changed with ease here in our home. LOL !!!
Okies peeps.. I pray you’re having a blessed day !! xox

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