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NaBloPoMo– Habits.. One book?! say it isn’t so!


Thursday, January 15, 2015
If you had to read the same book year after year after year, what would it be?

If you asked me this last year I would have said “Gone with the Wind” I love the book, I love the history and I just love all of it.

but then In July last year I discovered the Bible, and Jesus, and began doing Bible studies and reading different bits, the challenge I had previously with the Bible was that I would pick it up and “attempt” to read it cover to cover… I never got far and always threw it away… and then I had a good Christian friend who explained to me “oh NO! you don’t read the Bible like a normal book” OHH.. “OK so how do I read it?” those seven words changed me! Because her answer was so thorough and helpful (Oh and I was trying to read the “wrong” sort of Bible, you know the ones with “thee, thou, shalt” etc ect, so she suggested NIV and start from there,) I brought myself a pretty little green bible and then I was too scared to mark the pages.. in my next letter from my pal I received a hand written sheet with verses and chapters to read for different things, and THAT begun my love affair with the Bible and the stories it held within. I have read a portion of it every day twice a day since then!

Along came “Good Morning Girls” with Courtney’s challenge to “Read the Bible in a year” so I signed up for that and have been working on her plan ever since. I know I have read some parts of the bible in other studies because the pages are highlighted (EKKK you HAVE to write in the Bible it’s mandatory.. that was a hard lesson to learn!!) but then I read it again in context to what I am studying and it seems to read differently.. so I am still learning from stuff previously read..

That is why if I can take ONLY one book, (and even typing that makes me feel nervous!!) I would choose the Bible.. as long as I could have my highlighters and crayons to colour code!!

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NaBloPoMo January 2015…

NaBloPoMo January 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015
What are your resolutions for the new year? Tell us how you picked them.

Yes! as a matter of fact I do make them and 9/10 I do keep them or make them happen. Last year was the exception but we’ve covered that in another post.

This year I made less but they will go “Deeper” which is my 2015 word.

Go Deeper with the Lord– this one has been calling to me for a little while, I don’t know yet how I am going to accomplish this. I don’t go to “Church” and at first it worried me, but then speaking to Pastor Frank and also reading Joyce Meyer’s book “How to hear from God” they both said that going to church is not the ONLY thing to do to have a good relationship with the Lord. So I am going to have a meeting with Pastor Frank when the kids are back at school and work out “How, where, when and what?” I need to do to make this goal happen. All my studies have been great and I have learnt a bunch, made some new like-minded friends, but ALL the information says that unless you have a buddy to discuss this stuff with you are missing out, there in lies my problem, no “real life” Christian buddies.

Aussie Author Challenge– is going to be fun, last count I did of my “Aussie Author” collection was 19 books. I’m happy with that.

The Year of New recipes– Like Reannon said I have a gazillion cook books that look nice on the shelf but are not doing anything for me. So time to start using them, I have also got a few paleo sites that I want to play with and lots of “Grain free, dairy free” recipe sites.

Continue with the Daniel Plan– I feel like I need to go “Deeper” with that and it bloody includes excersize which I HATE! Not very christian of me, but I feel that my progress would be so much better if I did something more than walking, so I am thinking time to crack out the Zumba and other gazillion work out DVDs that I have collected and “Suck it up Princess” if I start now, by the time winter hits I’ll have my metabolism under control enough that I wont gain the usual 5 kilos over winter! When I hibernate!!

So they are my New Years Resolutions and I’m sure you’ll hear more about them as the year goes on. If you want to join any let me know I’d love to have you along.


The end of another year…goodbye 2014…


What a year it’s been! The first half of the year I had my number two daughter and Sweet pea living with us.

The second half of the year I’ve had daughter number one and Squishy living with us.

I love my children and I especially love my Grandchildren, but I miss my art! I am so consumed with babies, and all that they entail that I have not done any art, not much of note, I have so much to do, to finish my “Art Instructors” course and I have just learnt Zentangle so that needs doing, and my penpalling fell off for a little while but happily that is back on track.

In January– We went away camping with long time friends, daughter number one and two grand babies. That was over the “Australia Day” weekend, fun times.

In February, My Husband took me away for a romantic weekend to Brisbane in Queensland, we got a mystery flight so we only found out where we were going a few days before hand, we have been there but we didn’t care it was us flying (I LOVE flying) away to be together. Had a great weekend.

In March– Heralded the Start of “Footy Season” and again I donned my hat as “football tragic mum”

In April– We had an engagement party for one of my nephews and the following weekend we had a roadt trip to Queensland to do some repairs on a friends house. Camping trip loved it.

In May– Nothing special but lots of football matches.

In June– Daughter number two and Sweetpea flew the nest.

In July– I discovered the Lord, we went out for dinner for a friends birthday. Had a date day at the Art Gallery and then lunch

In August– Number one daughter moved home with Squishy, Football Grand-final, we lost by one point!!

In September– My Nephew’s engagement party, great night out.

In October– My Niece had her engagement party, my birthday, Moved Mother-in-law into a nursing home and we went camping.

In November– Still camping for the first whole week.  Zentangle art class, Sweetpea turned one and said farewell to a long time friend. She Who Rambles Salad Challenge

In December– Christmas party at the Nursing home, Squishy turned one, huge birthday party, Christmas and quality time at our holiday place.

November, I started “The Daniel Plan” and to date I have lost 6 kilograms and 12 inches, I am happy about that!


Reading all that it’s been a busy year! Speaking of reading

IMG_0300This is the pile of books I finished,  along with the note books full of notes, and the second bible I brought so I could do bible art in it. This one has the two inch wide margins.



My first piece of Bible art Psalm 139;13 I need to add some colour to it, but I’m scared to ruin it. I since quit that group because it was making me nervous about ruining my beautiful new bible.

IMG_0304This is my “awaiting” to be read pile… sheesh it makes me tired just looking at it, The book about Luther belongs to Pastor Frank, he loans me his personal books, I find that very humbling that he trusts me with his books.

IMG_0306A 90 day devotional study that I want to do, I haven’t booked it in yet, I’m really busy in January. Maybe I’ll pencil it in for April, May and June.



Two more Studies that I just got in the mail, both have 12 lessons.

IMG_0302This is my Bible study folder, which I do my daily studies in with “The Good Morning Girls” group, I am in a Facebook group called “The Heart of Esther” and have just been made Assistant for the group, so already my “deeper” is working! I have different sections in this folder.. the books that concern Men go in one bit, the Books that concern women go in another and the general books which is most of them go into a separate section. This year Good Morning Girls is introducing a different hing we are going to start colour coordinating the scriptures. Monday 5th January “Good Morning Girls” starts back with the Book of Exodus.




So I have a feeling my morning study session is going to get a bit longer.. if I do this I haven’t actually decided yet.



This neat little pile lives by my bed. Each morning and each night, I read the daily devotional in each book and write in my journal. Basically my journal I write in any time, but I always start off with good intentions each morning and do a wrap up of each day before I go to bed, then I know my mind is clear and I am all set for my prayer.

Tonight I am ending the year as I started it, with Sweetpea while her Mum goes out for the night. We did that last year too.. except last year I didn’t feel as tired as I do this year!

Happy New Year to all my friends out there who take time to read my blog, thank- you for reading and I hope you all come back next year for more and I wish you all a very happy 2015!!





Spiritual Sunday – last blog for 2014

Spiritual Sunday



Monday- Psalm 18:1-3

Scripture– “I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my god is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my strong hold. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies”


  • David is singing this Psalm in praise to the Lord for saving Saul.
  • he is praising the Lord for being his shield.
  • God is a shield to protect those who walk with him.

Tuesday- Psalm 19:1-5

Scripture-  “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands, day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends pf the world. In the Heavens, God pitched a tent for the sun.” (I love this verse!)


  • God is singing of God’s glory in Nature
  • “Day after Day they pour forth speech” the days turn from night to day everyday God did that.
  • everything on display in nature in the natural world God made that!

Wednesday- Psalm 20:6 & 7

Scripture- “Now this I know, the Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary, with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, nut we trust in the name of the Lord our God”


  • The Lord gives victory to the anointed. Meaning he helps those who believe in him.
  • David is speaking about God.

Thursday- Psalm 21:1-5

Scripture- “The King rejoices in your strength Lord. How great is his joy on victories you give! You have granted him his hearts desire and have not withheld the request on jos lips. You came to greet him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure go,d on his head. He asked you for life, and you gave it to him length of days, for ever and ever. Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty”


  • With the Lords blessings for loyal fellowship, we can rejoice in the Lords strength
  • with the Lords blessings we can be victorious in our dealings, following the Lords ways we will have splendor and majesty, all things are possible with the Lord.

Friday- Psalm 22:6-10

JeaScripture- “But I am a worm and not a man, scorned ny everyone, despised by the people, all who mock me, they hurl insults, shaking their heads “He trusts the Lord” they say. “Let the Lord rescue him, Let him deliver him, since he delights in him” yet you brought me out of the womb, you made me trust in you, even at my Mother’s breast, from birth I was cast on you; from my Mother’s womb you have been my God”


  • David is singing praises to the Lord, even though he is despised and mocked, he believes in the Lord.
  • hold firm to your faith even when those around you mock and scorn. The Lord will reward you.



Week Four- “Peace”

Monday- Scripture- Isaiah 9:6

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.”


  • Jesus is born! The government will be on his shoulders (meaning: he will deal with decisions made by the government)
  • he will be called all those good names because he is “Prince of peace” Son of God who wants only good and calm. For his children.

Tuesday- Scripture- Zephaniah 3:14-15

“Sing, daughter of Zion, shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned his back on your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you, never again will you fear any harm”


  • The Lord is telling the people that he will destroy Israel and when he restores the remains the rest ( followers) this is what will happen.
  • He will be with the loyal followers and the need never fear him

Wednesday- Scripture Philippians 4:4-7

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let you gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts nd your minds in Christ Jesus.”


  • The book of Philippians was written by Paul and Timothy.
  • they are reminding us all to rejoice (be glad and happy) that the Lord is near.
  • the peace of God will come into our hearts and minds when we give our worries to Jesus and God.

Thursday- Scripture- Matthew 1:20 & 21

“But after he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from sin”


  • Angels visited Joseph to reassure him that  the Un-wed Mary was carrying the Messiah, child of the Lord.
  • Angels prophesied that Jesus would be the one to save the people from their sins.

Friday – Scripture- John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you; my people I give you, I do not give to you as the world gives to you. Do not let your hearts ve troubled and do not be afraid”


  • Jesus promises us that by following his example of living peacefully, God will give us his love.
  • do not be troubled or afraid, live as Jesus did and receive the Fathers Love and protection.


So that my friends concludes this years Bible Studies, I went through all my notes to see what else have I done in the last 74 days since I began my “Walk with the Lord” and I was surprised at how much I have managed to fit in and learn.

Studies and Bibles books I’ve completed so far!

  • The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, read the book and completed the studies.
  • Wives of the Bible -Jolene  Engel book and study.
  • girlfriends in God, email studies.
  • 30 Days Husband Encouragement-Darby Duggar. Through emails.
  • study of Psalm 139, for the entire month we had to read it and then re write it in our own words.
  • How to hear from God – Joyce Meyer, Book and study session.

From the Bible studies group, we’ve done..

  • Book of Genesis
  • Psalms 1-22
  • Book of John
  • Books of 2 John and 3 John
  • Book of Jude
  • Books of 1 Peter, and 2 Peter
  • Book of Esther.

Over all, I am really happy with how much I have read, studies and learnt. I am so excited to start the next session on January 5th when we are studying “Book of Exodus” I hope you’ll come back and join me.


for more information check our Courtney’s site : http://womenlivingwell.org/2014/12/lets-go-deeper-with-god-in-the-new-year/


NaBloPoMo December… Joy!


having successfully completed my first NaBloPoMo in November, I decided that it was much too much fun to just stop.. what would I do with my blog if I didn’t have all these challenges?!

So here we are starting again.. December is all about JOY!

Wikipedia tells me this..

Joy may refer to:

Hmm I was hoping for a little more than that, let me go check…

Rick Warren, one of my faves has this to say.. http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/the-definition-of-joy

And, now we are getting somewhere… http://www.thrivingfamily.com/Family/Faith/2010/jan/joy.aspx

The book of Psalms is full of joyful statements, often created amid difficult circumstances.

Although happiness and joy can be present at the same time, happiness is based on material things or events, such as when a person is given a gift, graduates from college or celebrates a birthday.

Joy, on the other hand, is from God and runs deeper — it can be present even during unhappy times. Do you have God’s joy?

So now we know what it is.. how do we find it?

For me personally, I find it in the outdoors.. in the sunset (I always miss Sunrise I like my bed too much) in watching ducks swim, in watching nature change seasons, waves crashing at some beach, the breeze that ruffles your hair and whispers through the trees.. all speak of Joy to me.

Here is today’s official prompt..Monday, December 1, 2014- What do you do when you’re down to bring yourself a little joy?

Oh see that is different to every day “joy” that’s sadness joy.. so I would snuggle up with a good book and some chocolate.. although now that I am off sugar and Chocolate is not an option I guess I’d better rethink that and ask for guidance from God on a better way to find my joy!


Now it’s your turn… “What brings you joy?”


Daniel Plan day 18 and Salad Challenge…Day 29



Breakfast– Mango and some mixed nuts

Lunch– Salad with chicken satay meatballs

Snack– kabana, nuts and cranberries

Dinner– Salad with chicken wings

This week while I am away from home, I came better prepared to suceed. Today has been an easy day to follow my Daniel Plan and I wasn’t even tempted to not be compliant.

I am still spending the first half an hour up on waking “With the Lord” and I could not now imagine NOT doing that, its become such a part of my routine, its as normal as breathing.

I am feeling Dainel Strong and walking a good walk.

NaBloPoMo 2014- Day 27- Today I did…. a LOT!

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I know, I know right, it’s not a big deal to you all, but to me it’s HUGE!

You see, I look after my Grandson full-time while his Mum works and I love him to bits, but my Art Studio is down stairs and so when I am with my Squishy I rarely go down there. In fact, today was the first time I’ve even walked into that room for over two weeks.

So my daughter was home most of the day she only worked 5.00 pm- 10.00 pm today, she didn’t leave home till almost 3;00 pm. We had made plans to go and do some running around this morning, picking up some things ad going to the bank, we got a salad for lunch and come home and then I had all this free time, I’d already done the laundry this morning and it was on the line drying, so I wandered down stairs.

At first I stood there and looked around because let’s face it, it’s been a while since I worked down there, and it’s become a bit of a dumping ground as we move children and grandchildren in and out of the family home. I’ve got myself a nice little path but I really need to de-clutter a LOT of stuff. Plus there’s so much to do ART Wise, where to start was the questions, it all gets a bit overwhelming. My Sister-in-law came for a cup of tea and said “Do you remember HOW to paint?” I reassured her I don’t think I’ll ever forget that…. and then if I do there’s You Tube.

My gaze fell upon a painting as yet unfinished when I started her I had such a clear vision and then I got her head and the outline of her wings (she was going to be a red-headed angel) done and then for whatever reason I stopped. So I chose to work on her today. Since I have done some classes on drawing faces since I started her, I could see her face shape was wrong, so I started off by adjusting that with some neutral colour paint, then I decided that I could do her eyes better too, so I painted over those also, and while I’m going, her mouth needed work.. I love her nose though that can stay! I have no idea what I am doing as yet with her body or if she will retain her wings, but I’ll see how we go she’ll tell me what she wants as I go along, they usually do..


What Else dd I do today?

Breakfast– Quinoa bake and Maple Syrup.

Snack- 1/2 banana (I shared with the Squishy boy!) and some dried cranberries (he loved those!) and some cashews.

Lunch– Greek Salad

Snack– Fruit and 10 nuts

Dinner– Home made chicken balls with salad and Satay dipping sauce, (All made from scratch and ALL Daniel Compliant)

Water is up to date, yay, another target reached.

Did I do anything else??

Oh yes! When I was shopping with my daughter and Squishy, I brought myself some more veggies for the newest garden bed, today I got Cucumbers and Zucchini! So now we have…

  • Tomatoes
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • corn
  • broccoli,
  • capsicum
  • Strawberry
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini

I’d say we’re doing good, I am thinking the final garden bed I might do a selection of herbs.  The family is not interested in the Capsicum or Zucchini, so they are for me.. the Children don’t want the tomatoes so I might as well just have all of it.. at least it’s Daniel Compliant!


So How was your day? Did you do anything exciting?

NaBloPoMo 2014- Day 23- Rambling, I’m tired!!

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I am really enjoying having to blog every day, as I go about my day I think.. “Ooh that would be a good thing to blog about” or I snap a photo and think “Can I make this into a post for my blog

Last Month I did a 30 day Digital journaling Challenge and Blogtoberfest 2014. Both of those made us blog something, anything each day, didn’t matter what some offered suggestions, few I liked enough to use, I just found the ritual of sitting down and logging on and writing relaxing.

This Month I am doing NaBloPoMo 2014 and “a Photo a day” challenge on Instagram with Fat Mum Slim you can find out more about her here: http://fatmumslim.com.au/  I think Chantelle is my Role Model, she has great blog posts, funny and sad, travel recipes, all kinds of things and I  love to get her emails in my inbox.


Here is our current list.. the goal is to take a photo a day and upload it and #FMSphotoadayNov.

So that was totally not what I was going to blog about tonight *Laughing* but my mind works in mysterious ways. The bottom line of this story is, read your emails because sometimes a line or a phrase or something someone else is talking about will prompt you to write your own version.

I’m tired, I have had a busy day and my mind rambles when that happens, some time I wonder if doing my blog at night is a good idea. Which reminds me I need to go take my vitamins be right back… So I was on the facebook support group for “The Daniel Plan” and I put an idea out there because I found that I have been having severe mood swings. One minute I am fine then I want to cry and the other night I flew off the handle and went birko at my Star Son because he broke a window that was already cracked. I couldn’t understand why no body else in the house thought it was a BIG DEAL, he broke my house!! So I went away and had a few quiet words with the man upstairs and then it hit me.. “Is the Detox doing this mood swing thing to me?” So I asked the group and the resounding reply was “YES!!!” and then the moderator a very smart lady named Kimberly.. similar name to me! Explained that because we have deprived our body of sugar, coffee, gluten, dairy and whatever else all at once out hormones are going nuts! it’s perfectly normal don’t quit and go get some vitamins… so there came another discussion “what vitamins to buy” I ended up with B complex and a Multivitamin and mineral thing.. So let’s see how we go.. on a positive note I am down two kilos and I am very happy with that!!

Today was a crazy busy day and it’s 10.03pm and I’ve been in the garden digging but that’s for another blog, so remind me to tell you about that tomorrow… I’m off to shower and bed.. sleep well friends.

Day 12 of Daniel Plan and Day 22 of Salad Challenge… Catch up!


Friday 21/11/2014

Crazy busy day, I had.. I had time for a sneak peek at the scales and I am officially down two kilograms (about 4.6 pounds)

Breakfast– Banana and cup of chinese tea.

Lunch– beef and black bean (chinese healthy, quick and easy)

Afternoon– Almonds

Dinner– Roast Lamb, with baked potatoes,pumpkin, steamed cauliflower, brocolli and carrots, side serve of gravy, (I was so good!!!)

dessert– blew it!! it’s my Grand daughters first birthday, I could not have a small piece of birthday cake.

** REMEMBER– 90/10, I didn’t have wine or soft drink, only water! hot my water target! Hot my steps target, the cake was all that let me down!

Saturday 22/11/2014

Breakfast– banana and vitamins B and multi.

Lunch– Salad with Chicken pesto with pine nuts.

Snack– handful of peanuts

Dinner– Salad with grilled fish vitamins B and Multi.

**** ATTENTION– due to the lazy nature of today, I have NOT hit my step total, and I don’t even feel bad, I walked in the sun, spoke to the Lord and spent quality time with my men. I did hit  my water target and take my viatmins morning and night.

The Daniel Plan and Salad Challenge day 20… Forgive me Father….


Forgive me Father for I have sinned.

I broke my own best intentions.

Breakfast– Scrambled eggs with spring onion, red capsicum, beans and tomato. (so nothing illegal there)

LunchMISTAKE!! We wanted to try out a new shop and it’s called “Nanna’s Roasts” I didn’t realize that you could buy a meal, I ordered a “roast lamb with gravy (all good so far!) roll… see that ROLL as in BREAD ROLL.. my theory was I would come home, whip up a salad and take the meat out of the roll and stay Daniel Strong and compliant…. until… I smelt it…….. that was my undoing, I smelt the lunch and I ate it. At first I picked out the meat without making a salad and I was never going to be satisfied with just that, so I ate the ROLL!!! Which in fact just went to prove my will power is not as strong as I thought it was. So why am I confessing this to you? I could have kept my trap shut and went on about my day, but this is my watch dog, I have it in writing, YOU dear readers (if there are any I am pretending that you are all reading this) Keep me Honest!!

OK, somewhere on the website www.danielplan.com I am sure I read something about aiming for 90 % of the time eating properly…

let me go check that!!


Follow the 90/10 rule

Make great food choices 90% of the time. For the remaining 10%, cut yourself a little slack and allow yourself margin to enjoy some of your favorite foods on occasion.

There! I did read it but I still do not forgive myself for eating that roll and just as if that wasn’t bad enough, this afternoon as I was preparing a snack for the boys after school, Star Son’s favorite is salada biscuits with Vegemite and cheese, and I LOVE Cheese and I have not eaten it I have been true and loyal to no dairy.. stupidly I took a bite, but the joke was on me because it was terrible! it left a greasy taste in the back of my throat, does this mean I am cured of my love of fattening cheese? Dunno, but I did not enjoy that bite! More work needed on “Faith” and strengthening my willpower to say “NO”

Snack- Almonds and cranberries (what can fit in my hand, so about 10 almonds and a small pile of cranberries.)

Dinner- Salad with half a hamburger and a small piece of my corn tortilla lasagna and an egg… protein in egg and hamburger. I had half because Squishy had the other bigger piece.

Good positive about today… Water’s on track! and only had one cup of Chinese tea all day, all water today.