This quote from Nancy Campbell was an encouragement to me. After talking about how as mothers we don't have many quiet moments so we have to learn to multitask, she said,
"Don't despair, dear mother. God created you with the ability to do many things at once! You can cope! The only thing that stops you coping is your negative thinking! Believe that you can do it. Rejoice in everything that is happening. Embrace your motherhood and have a great time!"
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Sunday, 8 December 2013
I had my first Sunday School lesson with my little girls this afternoon. I read them the story of Moses. Then I did a craft with my 'nearly 3 yr old', which I found in my Bible craft book.
You need either a newborn sock or bootie. Fill it with some type of filling--I used bubblewrap.
Tie a rubberband around the top of sock or bootie. Glue face on sock/bootie just below rubberband. I used a felt circle for the face.
Fold top of sock/bootie down to make a little hat!
Then for the basket...Cut the top out of a toilet roll tube--big enough for baby Moses to fit in. Glue a long strip of colored paper all along the tube, as in picture. Then glue on straw--I didn't have straw, so I just used uncooked noodles!
It's best to do all preparations first.
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
A while ago, after reading the suggestion in a book, I started keeping a few notebooks on different topics. For example one is on marriage and another on motherhood/homemaking. They are two things that I want to learn a lot on during life, so when I find particular poems, verses, quotes etc. that I find helpful, I write it down in the right notebook so I don't forget it.
But since I love color and beauty, I found the notebooks very drab and colorless!
This week I bought a scrapbook and started to take the ideas from my motherhood/homemaking notebook and start scrapbooking! Lots of fun!
A good idea for saving poems or sermon outlines etc.
Sunday, 17 November 2013
A good wife rose from her bed one morn,
And thought, with a nervous dread,
Of the piles of clothes to be washed,
and more than a dozen mouths to be fed.
"There's the meals to get for the men in the field,
and the children to fix away
To school, and the milk to be skimmed and churned;
And all to be done this day."
It had rained in the night, and all the wood
was wet as it could be;
There were puddings and pies to bake, besides
A loaf of cake for tea.
And the day was hot, and her aching head
throbbed wearily as she said,
"If maidens but knew what good wives know,
They would not be in haste to wed!"
"Jennie, what do you think I told Ben Brown?"
Called the farmer from the well;
And a flush crept up to his bronzed brow,
And his eyes half-bashfully fell:
"It was this," he said, and coming near
He smiled, and stooping down,
Kissed her cheek--"'Twas this, that you were the best
And the dearest wife in town!"
The farmer went back to the field, and the wife,
In a smiling, absent way,
Sang snatches of tender little songs
She'd not sung for many a day.
And the pain in her head was gone, and the clothes
Were white as the foam of the sea;
Her bread was light, and her butter was sweet,
And as golden as it could be.
"Just think" the children all called in a breath,
"Tom Wood has run off to sea!
He wouldn't, I know, if he'd only had
As happy a home as we."
The night came down, and the good wife smiled
To herself, as she softly said:
"'Tis so sweet to labor for those we love;
'It's not strange that maids will wed!
Friday, 1 November 2013
This is a little lesson that I've been learning which has made a big difference to my life!
I read the phrase “Pray before spending” in a book I've been reading. Part of the book was about money management. One of the tips the author gave about getting out of debt was to pray before spending. Instead of rushing ahead and buying, pray and wait to see what God will do. Or maybe you'll find you don't actually need it after all!
I've started to apply this lesson to things that I need and can't afford or just things that I want for a good reason but they're not necessarily 'needs'.
It's amazing the way God can answer.
First of all, I wanted a certain Bible to help me with my Bible study. I had been struggling with my Bible study and was praying about how I could understand it better. Talking to my mum on the phone one day, she told me a certain book/Bible which was really helping her -especially with the Proverbs. Proverbs happens to be a book that I love to study, but often find hard to understand. So I decided I wanted to get this Bible that she had. I couldn't afford a brand new one, so I wanted to find a cheap second hand one. But there were none on trademe or the online second hand bookshop. I gave up looking and prayed about it. A few weeks later, I got a text from one of my sisters who knew I wanted this certain Bible. She had just bought one for me at a second hand booksale! Wow!
Sometime later there was something else I wanted. It wasn't something I couldn't do without, but I wanted it for a very good reason. But the only ones I could find in my area were very expensive ones, and it was something too big to be sent in the mail. I was a bit frustrated, but decided to just pray about it and wait. One morning I was praying about it again, and I thought maybe I should try looking on trademe again. Guess what? There was one right in my area for a price I could definitely afford!
And then a week or so ago, once again, there was something I started to want for my girls. Something they didn't exactly 'need', but something that would be good for them. I couldn't afford to go and buy a new one, but again there were no cheap ones on trademe in our area. So I put it on my prayer list and waited. Thismorning I was thinking about it and looked on trademe again. There it was! In our area and at an affordable price!
And then there are other things that I've put on my list but realized later that I can make do with what I have.
Pray Before Spending
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Friday, 25 October 2013
This is a Chinese recipe.
1 large chicken breast
1/2 tsp salt
2 tblsp cold water
1 can creamed corn
6 cups chicken stock
2 tblsp corn flour
11/2 tsp sesame oil
Cut chicken very small. Mix the chicken with the salt and cold water. Add the creamed corn to the chicken mixture and blend thoroughly. Bring the chicken stock to the boil. Add chicken and corn mixture, mix well and return to the boil.
Mix corn flour with a little cold water and add to the soup, stirring constantly. Simmer for about 2 minutes.
Stir in sesame oil.