Master Jedidiah turned 10 this week. Due to Pa being in hospital suddenly we had to have his birthday celebrations over two different days. We were able to finish up and have birthday cake and party games last night.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Our actual wedding anniversary was spent on World Heritage Cruises along the Gordon River and Macquarie Harbour. We purchased gold pass seating upstairs with our own window lounge chairs and catering. It was luxury.
Watching farmed Atlantic Salmon being fed in their open pens on Macquarie Harbour. We saw a seal swimming just to the left of the boat hoping to catch a feed too.
The Gordon River. The best way to describe the water was like "oil". It appeared super smooth, thick and very dark. Unlike any other river we have been on. This is what produces this amazing "mirror" effect on our photos.
We were able to stop at a pre-arranged section of the World Heritage Wilderness area and walk along a boardwalk through a small section of rainforest. It was crowded with our boat load of tourists but we were all very much aware of the privilege to be in this part of the world at all. This was the farthest part of the river that the boat was allowed up to. All commercial boats and operations are very strictly governed to keep this area as natural and untouched as possible. Our boat took nothing into the river and harbour system and left nothing. All waste is contained and even the hull of the boat is built so as to minimise the wake effect on the shore as we cruise past.
This was a lunch point in the car due to rain, fog, ice, you name it! Cozy? Let me tell you ...
Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain National Park
From the mountains to the sea .. Turners Beach to be precise! A beach after our own name!
Our second week was spent in a beach house on this stretch of coast overlooking the Bass Strait.
Afternoons were spent on this deck watching the sun go down with a drink and a chocolate talking about our day's travels or planning our next day's wanderings. This was our last sunset.
From the beach house we watched and could set our clocks to the nightly departure of the Spirit of Tasmania back to the mainland and then again in the morning over breakfast we watched it appear over the horizon almost with the sun coming up as it headed back to us.
One morning as I watched the ship appear on the horizon through binoculars, I spied a pod of dolphins swim by. Another moment when I wept over the goodness of God and what He was showing me.
On this day we had travelled from true mountains to the sea. I tried to capture it here.
On this day we took our handy lunch basket to Launceston and sat in City Park.
Mersy Bluff Lighthouse at Devonport.
A collage of silly selfies. Each one was met with gales of laughter. We often felt very silly taking our own photos.
On our last day we travelled home through the Midlands of Tasmania and took a turnoff to Ross. What a surprising little town.
Tasmania has become dear to our hearts. One day we would like to think we may live there for a season or two. For now, our memories live on and we are all increased for it.
It's nice to be home. We emailed, talked and "hang out" ed each day all the weeks. I had my children around me enjoying it right along with us. (In a sense). I set up a group Hangout where instant messaging was enjoyed simultaneously with the four of our children with phones/Ipads and the youngest two watched on. We shared instant moments and photos and they chatted on to each other long after we left the conversation. It was great fun. My eldest two being at work throughout the day were able to involve their work colleagues sometimes with the places, faces and grand imagery we were transmitting at the time! All that to say, loads enjoyed the time with us and we gave Him the glory all the while.
Thank you LORD.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His Name: bring an offering, and come before Him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
1 Chronicles 16:29
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Reading this book again this week. It is always so simple, so timely and so profound. This week I have asked Jedidiah to do something then turned around and walked away. It works.
This past month we have struggled with first time obedience to simple things like "time for dinner" or "please tidy up your room". Things we have trained each child in over the years but yet, they go wanting during some seasons of life or just plain rebellious times.
Dr. Leman lays our child's attitude on our shoulders. "Your attitude has everything to do with how you live your life. It has everything to do with how you behave. And it has everything to do with the character you develop." P. 41
The key to changing your child is changing your attitude
"Almost 100 percent of the time parents know the difference between respect and getting dissed, but they choose to ignore it." P. 40
When the rewards stop, the behaviour will stop
Attention, albeit unwanted, from Mum and Dad for disobedience won't be worth it if we ask, turn around and leave the room in expectation the child will comply. If they don't there are consequences. Consequences prior we have decided upon and communicated to the child over time. Most importantly consequences that we are willing to follow through on!
In my opinon, this books heavily relies on prior discipline training for each child so they know what to expect and what our behaviour standards are and why - of course age appropriate each time.
In our case, Jedidiah knew his responsibilities to his room, under his bed and the floor area in particular and secondly, when Mum calls for dinner it is time to "drop sticks" and make your way to the table via the hand basin to clean up. Stat.
You're the parent and the adult in the situation, so you apologise first
So key to be humble with our children. Consistent consequences and real, transparent parenting on our part including sorry and asking for forgiveness when we "lose" it are important. Sometimes we didn't have all the information for the situation, sometimes we are just too hard, sometimes we are just in a bad mood too. I hope they are the exceptions rather than the rule for me and Mathew. Most of the time we prayerfully approach discipline and control techniques for each child well. It's hard to be patient for the fruit of righteousness though.
For me that's where this book comes in. It encourages me to go on, toughen up and expect and demand that obedience that we have ALL worked on so hard.
Monday, February 1, 2016
We have started our new school year today. This year marks 17 years of homeschooling for me. I have graduated three students and am grateful that they all went on to tertiary study and full time employment in Nursing, I.T and Hospitality. This morning my three "littles" begin Level 4, 6 and 7 respectively!
It's always nice to have had a break and to recharge, get in new pens and pencils, books and folders and dive back in for a new year.
By the end of each year all finished books are filed and school reports generated and grades noted for each child. I like to do this to keep me interested and abreast of how each child is coping and tracking. If I'm going to take the responsibility of their education I should do a good job! It always encourages me in doing this because I see just what they have accomplished throughout the year and so does Mathew. I've simplified the work boxes for this year. Easy go to storage space in our former library area - now a make shift bedroom.
This morning I found hard to motivate me but one thing at a time and I found my feet. This is my laundry room in full swing with a pile for everything and all things ready and waiting for their next action. This is OK with me. It's never ALL done but it's in a priority pile and being processed.
Oh, and my trust crockpot - love it so much! - is on and smelling fine. This year sees two of the children begin a weekly activity outside our home. Tonight is one of those. We need to eat by 5 and be out of the house by 6 at the very latest. Pressure! Just one or two little things pre-arranged will help and make all the difference.
Jedidiah had a very difficult start back - problems obeying ..... however we handled that with loads of contemplative time ..... and finally got the wheels rolling only to later apologise to Mum for his behaviour this morning and then proceed to set off for a record morning of reading and painting and writing. Thank God!
These children are just that, children. Homeschooling doesn't make them perfect but it does, with God's grace and forgiveness daily, enable us to make close relationships with them and therefore in times of conflict have those conversations with them and that influence over them.
This classic verse so often used is a promise to me. Reason for my hope.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Christmas music, a Gingerbread House Kit and many happy hands on a bright, early Summer Sunday afternoon. One of our traditions.
Charlotte was home this year to help! Jedidiah made the pattern on the roof his very own.
White sugar covers a thousand mistakes with the tubed icing and looks incredibly realistic as snow on the ground.
And icing sugar sifted over the roof adds another realistic dimension. Don't you love Charlotte's icicles hanging off the roof edge!
Thursday, October 22, 2015
|Time with Mum. Water and a cookie at a roadside cafe. Perfect, unplanned, whimsical. The best kind of.|
|While dropping off Budd for an early morning shift. Take time to the sunrise. Driving, it's annoying, watching, it's a blessing.|