Monday, May 31, 2010

Fun and games after school, cuddles and pumpkin pasta ... this week's P365

When I tell her to go and look it up in the dictionary she replies but you're my dictionary #tryagain

Day 143 - Dictionary

It's always interesting when piano and violin practice are happening simultaneously ... luckily not in the same room.

Day 144 - Violin Practice

Piggy went to school and back then joined in after school activities.

Day 145 - Piggy

Weekly progress chart is posted in the bathroom so when she cleans her teeth she can also do her speech exercises

Day 146 - Speech practise

While the other two are running wild in the backyard, she's inside completing various craft projects.

Day 147  - Busy Hands

With one girl at a slumber party, the other at a friend's for sleepover and Hubby at a friends watching footy ... it was just me and him.

Day 148 - Home Alone

Having friends over for lunch that we hadn't seen in 8 years ... a good opportunity to use our home grown pumpkins in a special pasta dish.

Day 149 - Pumpkin Pasta

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

Written as a series of letters we are introduced to a cast of charming characters through their letters. As Juliet is drawn into the lives of the people of Guernsey and captivated by their stories of the German occupation ... so was I. Completely engaging and totally enjoyable this is currently occupying top spot for my favourite book read this year.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Some things I Can Recommend

After my recent caning review of a question and answer book for kids about the Christian faith I thought I'd share a couple of things I can recommend.

Firstly for kids ... The case for Christ for Kids by Lee Strobel gives a decent defence of the resurrection at a level that's appropriate for kids from upper primary age.  Definitely a good starting point for providing a framework for a reasonable belief, because believe me, it won't be long before the comparisons come between God and the tooth fairy.  At least they will have enough information to get them through to a time when they are old enough to do more in depth research if they need to.

There is a couple of other books in the series.  We also have The Case for Faith for Kids which looks at some of the big questions like suffering, other religions and The Case for a Creator for Kids, both are worthwhile.

For adults this is a pretty comprehensive post about the Apostle's Death which for me is one of the most compelling pieces of evidence in favour of the resurrection.  It's pretty long but if you scroll down there is a summary for why their death's are significant.

And this is off the point but an excellent message from a couple of week's ago.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Movies, autumn and just hanging around ... this week's P365

A bit of silliness after seeing Robin Hood at Crown goldclass courtesy of Craig's travel ... canapes and drinks included.

Day 137 - Movies

They're only there so my girl can practice her speech exercises.

Day 138 - Junk Food

New haircut with awesome blowdry ... feeling much too glamorous for school pickup, swimming lessons and church business meeting.

Day 139 - That's Me

He sounded terrible in the morning ... I hoped a quiet day at home would help him shake the lingering cough.

Day 140 - Home Again

Won't be long and the trees will be bare.

Day 141 - Autumn Colour

Lots of these under the tree in our backyard.

Day 141 - Fungi

Looks exciting.

Day 142 - Sunday, lazy Sunday

Saturday, May 22, 2010

If I Coud Ask God Anything by Kathryn Slattery

If I Could Ask God Anything If I Could Ask God Anything by Kathryn Slattery

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A couple years back my daughter who was 8 at the time came to me and said "If God is good and God created everything, where did the devil come from?" A short conversation ensued in which we talked a little about freewill. A couple of days later she came back and asked "Why did God create us with freewill?". I tried to explain about the need for love to be a choice but in the end she looked at me with a puzzled look and said "I just don't get it". A couple of months later she asked my "What if it's all a lie ... you know G-O-D?" so when I saw this book was up for review at Booksneeze I requested it to see how the author dealt with some of these questions.

The book consists of answers to 180+ questions broken up into eleven categories: God, Jesus, Holy spirit, The Bible, Christianity, Prayer, The Church, Christian Seasons and Holidays, Being a Christian Here and Now, Being a Christian Forever and Ever and Big Questions. Most of the answers are about one page and in some instances could have been longer.  Many of the answers are good and would be useful as a starting point in in discussions with children, with bible verses so you can look up the original stories in the bible.

My eleven year old daughter has been concerned about how God speaks so I suggested we read the section "Can God actually speak to me?". In my opinion the author gave an excellent answer to this question but my daughter raised her eyebrows after reading the answer to "How do I really know Jesus walked on water".  I think she found the statement Yes Jesus really did followed by a retelling of the bible story with a verse completely inadequate in answering the question.

I had some major issues with her treatment of some topics, the biggest of these being her views on heaven and the soul which tended to make me grind my teeth when I came to them and in particular her sloppy use of the bible in relation to this.  There are numerous times when she writes about our souls living in heaven with God after we die and uses John 3:16 to illustrate this.  John 3:16 only talks about having eternal life.   The author makes the very common mistake of reducing our hope in Christ and Jesus triumph over death to the idea that a little bit of us that is eternal will go to live in heaven where Jesus is now, when in fact the resurrection of Jesus points to the time when all creation will be made new, us included.  In the bible it says that the current heaven and earth will pass away. Some of the passages in revelation which she uses to talk about heaven actually refer to the new earth and new heaven. It is in this new creation that every tear will be wiped away our hope is not in leaving the physical to inhabit some spiritual realm but in the redemption of the whole creation.

I also feel that Jesus divinity was not well explained or stressed.  The only section that explicitly names Jesus as God is in the question "Who is the trinity?".  In the rest of the book it is not mentioned at all and Jesus could almost be considered just a very special human.

Lastly have a think about what you might say to the question "What's the major difference between Christianity and other religions"  I was surprised to see that there was no mention of the fact that in Christianity God stoops down to rescue us and completely bridges the gap as contrasted with other beliefs that centre on how we can try to make our own way to God (or perfection).  Also what about the fact the Christianity is based around an event that happened in history, that there is good reasons to believe actually happened.

I can't recommend this as a resource for answering your kids questions about God, mainly because of the issues above.  I believe we need to be very careful in giving a good example to our kids of how to use the bible, and we also need to show them that there are good reasons to believe that the Christian faith is true and not just a big lie.

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Night the Mozzie's Bit


Me: That's what happens when you run around outside with hardly any clothes on after dark.

The Boy:  Big Girl was the one who got us into it.

(OK, he didn't say Big Girl but you get the gist)

 ... and a bit later ...

The Boy: Can I not go to school tomorrow because when I itch my mozzie bite I look at it and we need to look at the teacher to listen properly.

You've got two chances mate ... Buckley's and none.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Donna Duncombe's Happy Birthday

Donna has moved across to Pickle Berry Pop and after a bit of a hiccup last week with the huge server problems that hit a number of digishops she has her first new releases up this week.  Birthday Solids, Birthday Spots and Happy Birthday.

and a little inspiration (if you can call it that) from me:

First up a two page layout for our 2009 album.  The journaling is a slightly edited version of this post.


This one is a blast from the past ... 2004 to be exact.  

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lego Video

I light of the proliferation of lego men and their vehicles at our house I really should show this to the kids ... but for now I'll just share it with you.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cross Country

Big Girl was supposed to be running in the district cross country for her school last Friday but she woke up in the morning barking like a dog ... she was pretty disappointed to miss it because she has been training and that is the only run.

The upside was that we no longer had a clash with The Boy's cross country so both Hubby and I went out to watch.  They broke the year 1's into two groups, The Boy was in the first.  Here they all are getting their instructions.  They basically chase a teacher on a bike around the oval.  The Boy is on the right end of the line.


He's easily distracted ... starting up a conversation with a teacher.


But he's keen ...


and they're off ...


He really does enjoy himself, although I think he needs to take a least two strides for most kids one.


Here he is after the race ... I'm not sure what the attitude was about.


The Boy's usual teacher was helping out with the older kids so The Boy's class had a fill-in. The Boy obviously decided to push the boundaries because when I went to pick him up at the end of the day she said was out of control and got in trouble five times and another teacher got very angry with him.  I'm always unsure what is the proper response in these instances ... I usually go with a look of concern and then quickly make tracks out of there.   Upon questioning in the car The Boy says he got in trouble for going outside the area and for playing.

Big Girl's opinion "That sucks ... he's a kid ... kids should be able to play."

um ... thanks for supporting your brother, but we're let's try and foster some respect for authorities shall we?

Monday, May 17, 2010

A new pump, new book, new shoes, new skis, cross country and some things from the garden ... this week's P365

A new pump and we're back on track after a weekend of doing laundry at Tan's.

Day 130 - Fixed

Thinking what's for tea and I remembered the 9 pumpkins out in the garden ... we did some harvesting.

Day 131 - Pumpkin Harvest

She buried her nose in her early birthday present as soon as Nan had left.

Day 132 - Happy Girl

A last taste of summer brought inside as the cold weather rolls in.

Day 133 - Late Rose

We both went to support the boy after my girl got sick and couldn't compete in her district crosscountry which would have clashed.

Day 134 - Cross Country

The fact that they would fall off her feet if she ran hardly counts when they are so silver and sparkly.

Day 135 - New Shoes

Getting ready for the ski season ... we pulled everything out, got the kids to try it on, then replaced and put on sale the too small items.

Day 136 - New skis, boots ...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Christian Non-fiction Challenge

I've had this challenge in my bookmarks for a while and am finally getting around to doing a post ... I know not another challenge ... but this one will be one that I'm sure to finish.

The goal is to read at least 10 Nonfiction books in the Christian genre - Christian Living, Inspiration, or Christian biography/autobiography. I plan to list the books ahead of time, but may end up changing the list as I go along. If anyone would like to join me for this challenge, please sign up in the comments.

WHEN: January 1-December 31, 2010
WHAT: 10 or more Christian Non-Fiction books

Books can be changed at any time and can be used for multiple challenges.

My list (including books I've already read this year)

  1. The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay
  2. The Vertical Self: How Biblical Faith Can Help Us Discover Who We Are in An Age of Self Obsession by Mark Sayers
  3. The Open Secret by Leslie Newbigin
  4. Justification by Tom Wright
  5. The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis
  6. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
  7. The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller 
  8. Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill 
  9. The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun
  10. Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller

Friday, May 14, 2010

This has been doing the rounds ...

it's funny.

"I welcome everybody with arms wide open, revealing my tattoo, so you know I have a past" ... mwhahaha.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

P365 April 2010

Last month's P365 round-up page.

Credits:  Snap Minikit by Listgirl Designs for the Little Dreamer Apprentice Round 1.  You can pick it up for free.
Stitching by Holly Designs in Artemia a charity collaboration which is no longer available.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Birthday and Christmas List

On Sunday I went to bed and found this on my bedside table ...

Hayley's List

and it continues over the back.

Hayley's List pg 2

She's dreaming big for the top two!

I guess I should start thinking about what we are going to do for her birthday. After major hassling a couple of months ago I made the rule that Big Girl wasn't allowed to discuss birthday parties until May ... it's now May.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mother's Day

Began with coaxing out Little girl out of bed ... she had a bad cough and no voice.  Then I enlisted The Boy and Big girl to take photos while I enjoyed the traditional present time in bed.


Both schools run a Mother's day stall so the kids picked up some presents from there. The Boy was very lucky his teacher lent him some money after he threw the envelope of money he had nagged me for into his room instead of putting it straight into his bag. They also made cards and things for me too ...


From Big Girl:
Thank-you for being the kindest mum ever. You are the best!

At least she didn't put her sentiments from our horror morning on Friday in the card ... then I was "The meanest mum ever" ... I'll claim that if it means I *gasp* make her go to school.

Little Girl:
hope you have a spectacular Mother's Day. I will love you forever.

Putting her expanding vocabularly to use, very good.

and The Boy went with the basics:
Happy Mother's Day

He also made a book of vouchers:
This voucher entitles you to clean the toilet
This entitles you to make breakfast in bed
This voucher entitles you to cleanup the house

I'll be rushing to cash these in ... Hubby thought it was hilarious ... but The Boy did really mean that he would clean the toilet. I said I'd be happy if he just cleaned his room which looked like he had picked everything up thrown it in the air and left it all where it fell. So in the afternoon he did and Hubby supervised him.

After breakfast, croissants, not in bed, I hate eating in bed ... the mess you know, I took The Boy and Big Girl off to church and Hubby stayed home with Little Girl.  Then my day almost went horribly wrong.  We were crossing the road, with the green walky man, and The Boy was maybe a metre ahead of me.  A car came up from behind us and turned right, The Boy hadn't seen the car turning and kept walking until I screamed out at him.  The car probably missed him by less than a metre.  The driver didn't even acknowledge us ... jerk.  Big Girl piped up "That could have been the last time we saw The Boy".  I was pretty shaky and just was glad to get the kids dropped off at kidschurch and get into the service ... which was great ... challenging sermon by Allan.

I spent the middle of the day pottering around, making a card for my mum and doing some vege gardening.  For afternoon tea we went to Hubby's sister's, then for tea we went to my sister's for takeaway.  As usual I ate way too much we had a combination of Crust pizzas and Tea House ... love their peking duck.  There were also leftovers which we took home and had for tea last night.  Always pretty wild ... but no injuries tonight ... here's the kids table ... although a couple are missing from this photo.


Monday, May 10, 2010

Bad hair, concert, auskick amd Mother's day ... this week's P365

Phew the kids have gone outside ... they are seriously feral ... but the noise is bearable from in here ... considering locking the door.

Day 123 - Outside

For my littlest girl means she gets to miss hair brushing today ... bigger girl is not participating.

Day 124 - Crazy Hair Day

Sing, dance, play violin ... she did great.

Day 125 - School Concert

It's been 168 hrs since I saw her suck her thumb, considering it was hard to catch her without her thumb in her mouth, a double star effort.

Day 126 - Thumb Out

In case you didn't know this is the way a robot moves.

Day 127 - Robot Man

and it was Mother's Day. He enjoyed himself, I'm not a fan on pushups, situps on wet grass and tackling lifesize dummies.

Day 128 - Auskick

Me and mum before I overindulged on pizza, tea house and chocolate pudding.

Day 129 - Mother's Day