Another Year Passes!

Well, it was my birthday yesterday, and I spent it with some of my favourite people. Here is a picture, taken by my husband of us having a Birthday Picnic at Packwood House.

Karen & Rachel eating sconesAlong with the sandwiches and Eisberg wine we are enjoying freshly homemade scones with Boysenberry Jam and whipped cream, fresh strawberries and more cream, marvelous! IMHO you can’t have too much cream on your birthday 😉

We listened to a very intersting talk about the history of the house and then went inside to have a look around. By this time it was getting a bit warm, but the NT had the heating on to reduce the humidity in the house – boiling!

Getting out of there was a breath of fresh air in the end, so we enjoyed a walk through the garden, the yew garden – with its topiary – and down around the lake and wood.

Here is Rachel sitting on a log, at about the same time that I got bitten by a mosquiMosquitos Beware!to. The mosquito came off worst, believe me!

It was a beautiful afternoon and we were among the last to leave.

Traffic was thick as we travelled home and we just had enough time to put some canneloni in the oven, have a quick shower and eat dinner before we were off out again to the pub with lovely friends.

I had been praying and trusting God for good weather on my birthday for a few weeks, knowing that I was keen to be outdoors this year and how awful the weather has been of late! God always comes through for me even if the answers are not quite what I expect, and He certainly did himself proud yesterday, and we were able to sit outside at the pub, in the garden by the river and 14th century bridge until 10.30pm. Here we are!

I had a lovely birthday, thank you everyone who made it so special. Sorry Landlord, I only remembered this morning that we forgot to put the tables back before we left :-S

Here’s to the next one!

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Learning to be Flexible

I have noticed recently that my daughter doesn’t handle change well. I guess it is one of the downsides of having a school timetable. Having a timetable means we get stuff done, but I don’t want it to teach inflexibility.

I’m a spontaneous kind of person. I like to down tools every now and then and do something different, but having a timetable keeps me focused on what things are needful during a day or a week. I have always felt that having a good routine for homeschooling means that when opportunities arise to do trips and educational visits and activities we are not going to get too behind with work. I have felt in the past that we have a good balance, but now I’m not sure.

Perhaps I need to use these summer weeks to be more  spontaneous and teach my daughter that it’s okay. So we are downing tools for a few unplanned days of camping with friends. School work will need to be done another time. Flexibility is a good lesson to learn.

The other point about learning to be flexible is one of ordering priorities. My number one ministry after that to my husband is to my daughter and her education, and she knows and experiences that daily. However occasionally life happens and I need to alter our day together. Communicating this as a healthy opportunity rather than an imposition is the key to teaching our children to be flexible. After all isn’t one of the main goals of child rearing to teach them that the world doesn’t revolve around them? The sooner they learn to love their neighbour the happier they will be.

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Train up your Child

I just have a few minutes before I go and have lunch with a friend. Rachel is with her grandparents (don’t you just love your in-laws?) She is visiting cousins, back this evening.

John and I have been talking recently about the importance of being prepared for the next stage of our daughter’s development. One great reason for doing The Marraige Course at the moment is to give us some space before we tackle the teenage years.

Even just having a dialogue about this is useful, as it means that we are both thinking along the same lines. There is some really useful information and advice online from (mostly mothers) who have been there and got the T-shirt.

How do we train up our daughters in today’s world to live exciting lives and following Jesus but also mindful of the dangers and distractions that might come their way?

Helping them to recognise their identity in Christ is a good start. When they know how loved they are by God, and the value that Jesus placed on them when He died on the cross in their place goes a long way to teach them what real value and love look like.

Modelling the behaviour and values that we consider important is also vital if we want our teens to sit up and listen to what we have to say. One thing teenagers see through immediately is hypocrisy, so we need the be the role models we want them to have, not just expect them to do as we say. The old adage “do as I say, don’t do as I do” will not cut it here!

So as we embark on this new chapter of our family life we are fully relying on the grace of God to be His disciples and in so doing praying that our daughter will follow the path chosen for her by God.

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Welcome to ME!

Well, I’m blogging!! I’ve been reading so many great blogs recently that have helped, inspired and encouraged me that I thought I would start one of my own. I hope you like it.

I was up at 6am this morning. I always wake early in the summer and late in the winter. It is 9am and we have a guest for dinner after church. So dessert is made – the Heston Blumenthal receipe that was advertising (Waitrose?) over the Jubilee weekend- but there is no main course as yet. I got distracted starting this blog, so I’m off to the kitchen to peel potatoes.

Enjoy Jesus as you celebrate Him today.

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