Thankful Thursday ~ July 10

This week's theme is Freedom. I have added in this video that I was reminded of when I read Iris' post.

On my first day of my Thankful week our son got a TV at the op-shop. It was a nice big one and he and I were able to get it home. It worked and the timing was very good. This Monday was the start of winter school holidays here. They last two weeks. Today (Tuesday) we had a very quiet day, there wasn't a peep out of them.

A really great book came from the library. It is called Sorted by Lisanne Oliver. I got a lot of joy watching this lady on TV in the past in a show called Your Life On The Lawn. She made the analogy that decluttering is like losing weight. You eat less and exercise and you will lose weight, also you bring less things into the house and take some out and the house will "lose weight" too. So I might be thinner but I still have a fat house. Ouch. I just found out the TV show is probably like Clean Sweep. I am thankful that the library had the book, as I had wanted to see it. Now I am happy lol.

My hubby picked up our eldest and his girlfriend at the railway station at a late hour and drove home. It was a long drive, he saw some wombats and a small kangaroo, but made it home safely.

My middle daughter went to a party in the same town. Some parents here organise for parties in the regional centre, which is very generous of them. They organise a bus, it is really special.

Our eldest daughter organised some reading material for her holiday and spent a lot of time on the couch reading happily.

This week we caught a mouse in our new house. The mouse shows us if there are any holes we need to block up. Since we caught the mouse, we wait and see if another one comes. The mouse was very small, so hopefully it means the hole was very small too. We are hoping, not mice, no snakes. Too small for mice, too small for snakes.

I felt really blessed to see some wattle (mimosa) nearly out in flower and a bank of smaller types fully out in flower. It has been awhile, at least I think so since it has been out in July, which is nice and cheery for winter. When it comes out it has a lovely smell. I was so excited the same day to see an iris at our new house out in flower too. We accidently I think planted the earliest flowering iris in a place that gets the late afternoon winter sun. Wasn't that special? Lovely.

I felt blessed to find a Billy Tea sign to take a photo of. You can see it here. The bus was on time, and we weren't cold waiting for it.

We had rain and wind yesterday but the power didn't go out which was great. A lovely lady posted some lovely thoughts on my forum, and I really enjoyed them.

This was the one I enjoyed:

Deuteronomy 33:27
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, 'Destroy him!'

What a gift we have in our own arms and hands—they can swing a hammer, hold a child, or help a friend. But while our strength is limited, God’s boundless power on our behalf is expressed in might and gentle care.
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save” (Isaiah 59:1). “He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom” (Isaiah 40:11).

Whatever challenge or opportunity we face, there is security and peace in His everlasting arms. — David C. McCasland

The heavenly Father’s arms never tire of holding His children.

Gaither - Leaning on the everlasting arms

Thank you Fig.

I had a difficult thing happen last week. There was a problem with our son's school results that meant he could pass but not necessarily go to university. The glitch was something I didn't know about in advance. We is very bright. I needed the reassurance that it is all under control.

We were able to get some gardening done.

We lost our hymn book, I hope we find that.

Today I found a video with rueben sandwiches in it. So now I know what they are like, and thanks to hubby's shopping before lunch I was able to try one or two. I found some great treechange videos too. The area is about 3 hours or less from here, and it was amazing to see it on video. I have found two great homesteading videos online that I enjoy. This one is a little cheeky, but I just love old house sites like that. I am glad I am not the only one. I was really impressed with this one, it seems they are going OK with their seachange.

There are a lot of disused churches in Australia I would imagine. Most of the country people are more living in the cities or along the coast these days. I hope I have explained it right. I really was blessed walking with my daughter to take this photo, since I grew up on a sheep farm. We had many sheep and it was a little like being on our own farm, if only for a few minutes, and teaching my daughter that it she runs you end up with a picture of their wrong end.

I am thankful for the end of the financial year. It will bring a small change. Also hubby has had the time to organise some financial things as well.

We were able to buy some meat at a different supermarket. We just love Italian sausages, so it will be a nice change. Each of our supermarkets have different meats standard. It was nice to be able to access the one with the sausages in it. Hubby also got some different things that we haven't tasted like Breakfast Sausages and Lamb Sausages. It is nice to have something different to brighten up our winter.

I went with our 11 year old daughter to get some money so she could buy some sequins for a school project. She and her friend got an outfit from the op-shop, so she has that sewing project organised now and it looks nice so far. I dropped in at the supermarket to see about sauerkraut. Hubby had been there yesterday and couldn't find the sauerkraut in bags. There is a new one by a company that also makes jars of spinach. That is something novel. It was a blessing to me because I really enjoy seeing things like that. Anything that is interesting to make quick meals. I don't think I will use the spinach but I still think it is great.


I am enjoying your new blog, Linda! I liked the youtube video as well --- added it to my favourites.
Stacy said…
That is a very good analogy about losing weight and clutter. We have a small home, and with homeschooling, it clutters up fast just with school books! I'm always brainstorming, trying to find more creative ways to either declutter, or at least organize in a way where it helps hide the clutter.
Cheryl said…

Great post. I also like the part about losing weight/cleaning house. I need to do an overhaul. Maybe with the upcoming weekend, I can get motivated.

Have a great TT.

Susan said…
Thanks Linda for all these neat analogies on FREEDOM.

Loved the pictures, video and all the things you shared today.

Blessings to you and your family, enjoy your holiday!!
Anonymous said…
you're so blessed to have a great family.
I enjoyed reading your posts. :)
Linda said…
Thank you Linda.

It is always great to have a little bit of stuff around for craft or science isn't it? Or some interesting historical piece.

Thanks cheryl have fun!

Thank you susan, pia, steven & aisha.
Laurie Ann said…
You are blessed, indeed! I hope you find that hymnbook. Happy Thankful Thursday!
alihsee said…
What a great, thankful list! :) I've just spent a while listening to the Gaither Vocal Band on YouTube - brings back memories! Happy TT!
Linda said…
Thank you laurie ann.

I had a lot of fun with the Gaither video too. Glad you liked it.
sharon said…
What a delightful read! i really like the one about weight and clutter...

Thanks so much.God bless
Mary said…
Thanks so much for sharing today. I was just thinking today about decluttering. It sometimes seems overwhelming. One step at a time, right? Blessings on your weekend.
Linda said…
I sometimes get to watch Neat I think it is called, a program from the States. I did visit this group and they are very supportive.

Lisanne actually mentioned it a couple of years ago. I have visited for awhile though.

Yes, baby steps.

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