Family


More and more over recent days, I have been becoming convinced that I should stop blogging.

My little one, Rhiannon is almost crawling now and is most certainly mobile as she ‘rolls’ around the room and can pick up the tiniest of objects and therefore blogging is not top of my priority list – keeping her alive is!!
I have really enjoyed blogging over the past year, and making many friends among you! I will still enjoy reading all of your blogs whenever the littles are asleep! It might be something for the future, but for now I must say goodbye to it.

In the words of Lydia Brownback over at Purple Cellar, who has made a similar decision-

Are we living as Paul instructed, redeeming our time for kingdom purposes? Are we doing the best we can for God in work and recreation, in the morning and evening, on weekdays and weekends? It’s so easy to fall into patterns of second best or, perhaps more accurately stated, patterns of mediocrity. Sometimes even doing what’s good isn’t really all that good, because there is a greater good we could be doing instead. We need spiritual discernment to recognize where we are spending our time on the second best or the merely good.

With love and best wishes to all blogging friends:0)
In His Name,

Naomi

 

I always remember an old friend of ours telling us that when you have children (normally more than one child) there are three states of tiredness which you will experience most if not all of the time; tired, very tired and exhausted.

Another relative and mother of 6 tells of how she spent 15 or more years of her life being just plain tired. The tiredness is physical at times and often there is weariness of mind and emotion; that which comes after much discipline. Sometimes the discipline is followed by even more disobedience of the same kind on the child’s part right after you have ‘been through it all’ with them!
Refreshment of mind and spirit can be found upon your knees in prayer, and this is, as I am still learning, one of the most important ways of counteracting the inevitable stress which comes with ‘bringing our children up in the fear and admonition of the Lord’.
For a woman in particular, however, who is home alone with her children during the day all day long, I have realized that sometimes when I experience a break, away from the house perhaps with a friend or some valueble time on my own , I am so much more ready and able after this to face the battle and strengthen my reserve in the high calling which is motherhood.
A Pastor and friend recently voiced from the pulpit the often used quote that “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”, and oh how true it is – so how much more does this busy hand need a rest once in a while….

 I would go as far as to suggest that it is imperative that a Mother and wife and homemaker (to name but a few of her God-given responsibilites) takes a ‘breather’ and goes away to recharge batteries, even if it’s only for a few hours. A cup of coffee. A walk. An hour with a friend or perhaps some extra time alone in the quiet while dear husband puts the kids to bed. A long bath-soak! I know I appreciate it when Tim realises I’m all tethered out! 

Husbands who go out into the workplace every day are often so glad to get home!  Sometimes the wife feels the exact opposite – and it’s not that she is being unthankful – but perhaps a breath of fresh air causes her to have just that extra bit of appreciation for where God has placed her as His servant, in the home as a ‘joyful Mother of children’ (He settles the barren woman in her home as a Joyful Mother of children. Psalm 113:9)

 

And husbands – after a few hours you will reap the benefits of a fresh-faced, smiling wife and maybe a five-course meal the following evening! :0)

Jamie Oliver’s Sweet Tomato Pasta and Lemon Roasted Chicken

Lemon Roasted Chicken

* 1 lemon

* 1 clove garlic

* 1 pinch mixed dried herbs

* 35 ml Olive oil

* salt and ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 200 deg C . Prepare the marinade by blitzing the lemon zest and juice, garlic, herbs and oil in a blender. Add a small pinch of salt and pepper.  Pour the marinade over the chicken legs, rubbing it in. Cover and leave in the fridge for 2 hours. Transfer to shallow tray and spoon marinade over. Cook for 45 mins-1 hour. Serve with the tomato pasta. (I normally don’t blother blitzing anything, and just put the lemon juice and zest and everything else all over the chicken and cook in the oven as normal) BTW this smells delicious when it’s cooking!

Ooops, I forgot to mention you should use chicken legs for this recipe!

Sweet tomato pasta

 

 

* I onion

* 2 garlic cloves

* 100gm oil

* 1 teaspoon oregano

* 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder

* 800 g good quality tinned tomatoes ( I personally think tinned tomatoes should be good quality)

 

Fry the onion and garlic in olive oil, add oregano and chilli. Cook for 4 minutes then add tomatoes. Simmer for 15 minutes then add the balsamic vinegar and stir. Meanwhile cook the pasta for 8-10 mins (penne variety is nice with this). Drain, toss with the tomato sauce mixture, season and sprinkle with grated cheese or parmesan if you like it! Yum!
I make the pasta on it’s own sometimes just for lunch on a Saturday. It’s always all gone afterwards.

N

Rhiannon Jane last Saturday enjoying the lovely weather with her Dada.

For over a month now, our internet has been ‘playing up’ – sometimes as frequently as every minute; so at the moment we are in the middle of changing provider although it’s working presently.

Meanwhile, I’m reading ‘Loving God with all your mind’ by Elizabeth George. So far, it’s been an excellent read and I’m convinced one of the chapters was specifically written with ‘me’ in mind!!

I’m also trying to get Rhiannon (6 months now) properly onto solids. She has been ‘dithering’ for a few months, taking some somedays and not being interested on other occasions, but this could be to do with her having a chesty cough and hayfever (well that’s my diagnosis anyway). She does really enjoy sweet potato, carrot and parsnip puree though, which I whizzed-up and froze in little ice-cube trays. (so much cheaper than baby jars!) Breakfasts are coming on slowly but surely.

Washing and laundry are at a record high with Cameron having lots of little accidents and Rhiannon being sick and dribbling; so I know if I can get through this it can only get better! :0)

Today is sunny so all washes will be out! All 4 loads of them!

God is so good to me (and us all as a family) – I see his hand in every plan and providence! I’m being sanctifed and my attitudes are being honed with every little (or what may seem little) ‘accident’ and situation and I praise Him for this. He has been and is my help in times of trouble; my ever present aide. I never thought I would have four children, but I am so thankful that He ordained this for me and I’m learning slowly but surely.

N

Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. Colossians 3:21

This is something I have been thinking upon recently, and I am quite sure provocation of our dear children can be applicable to Mothers also. I think it may also apply to fellow believers and/or church members who are in contact with and talk to our children.

 To look back upon our lives, particularly as parents, and realise that we sowed seeds of resentment, discouragement, bitterness and even wrath because we did not deal with them in a gracious and understanding manner would be in many ways a difficult wound to heal.

Upon reading the following article by John MacArthur my eyes have been opened a little more with just how  we may be provoking them; perhaps at times without realising it, but as always we must be continually searching our hearts. We truly are not loving them, if we provoke, just as much as if we are not loving them if we do not discipline! In other words, as we should hold the discipline of our young ones in high regard, we equally should regard provocation as something which could impact upon and taint the effects of our discipline. Equally important, as outlined by John MacArthur, is that if we fail to build our children up by encouragement, but instead, more regularly ‘tear them down’ by our harshness, we are not producing what the Bible intended to be loving, balanced, parenting skills. 

To quote a quote from the end of the post, and encourage you (and me, of course) to read and think upon this issue, is what I found to be a humble account of the failings of one particular ‘older’ and maybe ‘wiser’ parent.

The confession of one Christian father,

My family’s all grown and the kids are all gone. But if I had to do it all over again, this is what I would do. I would love my wife more in front of my children. I would laugh with my children more—at our mistakes and our joys. I would listen more, even to the littlest child. I would be more honest about my own weaknesses, never pretending perfection. I would pray differently for my family; instead of focusing on them, I’d focus on me. I would do more things together with my children. I would encourage them more and bestow more praise. I would pay more attention to little things, like deeds and words of thoughtfulness. And then, finally, if I had to do it all over again, I would share God more intimately with my family; every ordinary thing that happened in every ordinary day I would use to direct them to God.

 

This is one post to ‘blue-tack’ to your fridge door, as one of the commenters suggests!

 
WAYS PARENTS PROVOKE (John MacArthur)

N

with a feline feel….as we’re awaiting the arrival of some kittens from our adopted cat, Tootsie!

The kids sing this one at the top of their voices in the car…I must admit so does their Mummy!

Lots of fun!

N

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