Showing posts with label home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home. Show all posts

Monday, September 26, 2016

My Favourite 25th

It was my birthday this past weekend.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


It's that time of year.  Spring. When I love to sit in the sun on our garage porch and look out over

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Raising An Alien Child

My youngest son.  The sixth child I have been gifted to raise to give back to his own Heavenly Father

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Winter Comes To Heralds'Nest

At last!  After a super slow start to the season, it is just the tiniest bit cool enough

Monday, May 30, 2016

Our Day Today 30.5.16

This morning is the first really cold morning for us.  It's been a late start but it's here now - Winter in Brisbane.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Our Day Today 12.5.16

It's been a very scattered two weeks since we came home from Tasmania.  Pa went to hospital

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

In My Garden Today

My flowers are my Husband and my children.  I water, weed and tend them every day.  With God's grace they will be a beautiful aroma first to Him and then to all who will see.  God help me to be faithful and a blessing to those around me.

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

Psalm 9

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Happy Wife And Mother - The Real House Tours

The Real House Tours is a collaborative series from bloggers around the world. The goal of the series is to show what real, unstyled homes look like. They are still beautiful, just realistic. No more feeling intimidated by those perfect, styled homes, follow along at #TheRealHouseTours to see more inspiration.

For more information on the series, visit Little City Adventures.

Abby Barstow
creative & creator, Little City Adventures
So, welcome to our home! We live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. We are situated on acreage property half way between the city of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast region of Australia.

I wanted to take part in this series to show you a little about the Happy Wife And Mother and who she is, then to enjoy seeing your spaces, where you come from and get an idea of what it's like to live there!

I am always fascinated with another woman's home. It never fails to give me little tweek ideas for my own home. I'm always honoured too, to share in her realm. Our homes are a part of us, they can give refuge and peace to all who enter. There's no place like home!

This is part of our library area which opens out through these french doors to our family room.  The photo is dark.  Sorry.

Our family room.  This room is where I have my quiet times in winter.  It has a combustion heater in the corner!

Family Room.  We only use this room for special movie nights or special meeting nights.

This is our sewing room also!

Our back porch area looking out.

Kitchen Area.

Our kitchen.  Never still!  I love it as there's loads of space for many cooks and helpers!

Hallway to children's wing.  That's what I call it!

Another family room area off the kitchen.  We live in this room mostly.

Family meal table.  This is where it all happens!  Hospitality, conversation and fellowship.  Note the Happy Birthday banner left over for the accepted 7 days' season from my eldest son's birthday.

We have another combustion heater in our kitchen for the winter time.  It's funny because by and large Queensland is in a tropical zone yet it can throw a very cold week or two of winter.  This is Button, our ragdoll cat.  He followed me from room to room this morning and had to photobomb!

Now, this is my "real" photo.  A sink of dishes soaking.  We had unexpected, or I should say, super earlier than agreed upon arrival time, visitors and this was in my sink.  As I raced to answer the door and threw off my apron I just gave it up to the Lord.  You know what, .... they never noticed.  Note to self next time ... don't worry so much :-)

Front Porch area.  This is my favourite place to have "tea time" every day in winter with Mathew.

Looking toward our home from our garden gate leading to the street.  This is planted to seem like a wandering, secluded pathway, where glimpses of our home are seen through the palms.  The lamp post is my favourite thing, or one of them, in our home and gardens.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rocky Road

Our famous Rocky Road - never disappoints is changeable and so much fun to make!

The basic recipe is:

400g dark chocolate
200g milk chocolate
250g mini marshmellows - interchangeable *
240g chocolate almonds - interchangeable *
150g Cherry Ripe (chopped) - interchangeable *
1/2 cup coconut

* For this rendition we interchanged with:

250g Smarties (M&Ms)
150g Gummi Bears

then carried on with the basic recipe.

TIP:  In winter, assemble and put in airtight container on the bench.  It will set fine.
In summer, put it in the fridge but bring it out 30 or more minutes prior to indulging - it will be too hard otherwise.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Settlement Cove, Redcliffe, Queensland

Sun and sea.  Perfect.

No matter how many times we visit the "lagoon" to swim, I'm grateful for this beautiful coast and peaceful part of the world.

That's Jed and Emm bottom right in the water.  Moreton Island is in the distance out to sea across the Bay.

So will I sing praise unto Thy Name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.
Psalm 61:8

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

This Week ...

At the shopping centre this morning, these two baby fawns.  So cute!

Our holiday food order arrived.

Mathew is home for two weeks!  So nice to have him home.

Loving pretty decorations on our family meal table.  This ornament is made from mismatched cup and saucer sets from my Grandmother from England.  Rather than let them sit unused in our sideboard, I took a tip from Pinterest and glued them together in this way to make a cup cake stand.  This way I get to enjoy them much more often and let their story be told.

Our tree this year.  I leave the curtain open at night and turn the lights on.  Gives those coming in late from work a nice welcome home feeling.

 In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
Proverbs 14:26

Thursday, December 17, 2015


McDonalds for breakfast

A park bench, tall pines, an early morning cool breeze, deafening bird life - always tastes better that way!

Selfies - can't beat them really.  Always happy and fun.  Just thought my favourite little gingerbread house in the middle there adds some colour.

Swimming at Gran and Pa's pool!

Aw Mum.  Another photo.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1 Thess. 5:8

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Our Garden This Week

This week has been very hot which is to be expected in December.  I was outside late in the afternoon seeing Mathew off and closing the gate when I just looked around and felt grateful for where the Lord has placed us these past 12 years.  I went inside and grabbed my phone to take a few pictures.

Red Neck Palm and grove area outside our family room windows.  A garden area I call my kitchen garden.  One day ... I would love a vegetable patch in this garden.  We feed the local Lorikeets here when we remember to fill the bird feeder with sunflower seeds.

Love our garden path driveway.  A gentle curve lined with palms, banana trees and local tree varieties.  Gives just a hint of home from the roadway and opens out to our back yard and shed area.

 A funnel cloud looking to the West.

My camera isn't good enough to get this close up shot so well.  This is a fig tree along our driveway that flowers on the branches.  So unusual and pretty.

In that way as is our God.  Special, unique and upon close inspection so lovely.  Yet often we just drive past Him in our day to day lives.  I'm so grateful to be able to be grateful.  I pray it is never taken from me.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

Isaiah 55:8
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