Happy Homemaker Monday – 20/03/20

I am link up at Diary of a Stay-at-Home Mom where other women share what is happening with them on their Monday. For me, it is actually Tuesday (I am one day ahead of the US), but it is still meaningful for me!





It’s Autumn here so it is definitely cooling down. However, we still have some gloriously warm days – just the last few days have been drizzly. It’s fun though, now living on a hill, that we often sit in the cloud of drizzle, rather than being below it. I like the atmosphere it produces – cosy and warm.

how i’m feeling this morning//

Fairly well. This is Day 6 of lockdown in NZ and each day I pray for peace settled on our hearts and minds here at home. It helps that Tim is studying still, but through online, and we’re doing 1-2hours of homeschooling in the morning. So routine is really, really beneficial. We’re quite happy currently.

on my mind//

Just what is the next thing to do, to be honest. I don’t check the news or media very much, just for updates. And, though it’s not a good place to be in, I have not been worried or anxious about Coronavirus. In many ways, I see it as a blessing for the West as I don’t think it could carry on as it has been. Perhaps this is a way the Lord is putting us in our places and allowing people to turn their hearts toward Him. I’m not in anyway saying that this pandemic is trivial, at all. Rather, I’m trying to have a broader perspective, especially a historical one, that enables me to see above the panic.

on my breakfast plate//

Currently, I don’t have breakfast. Because I like to have something special each night after dinner with my cup of tea, I have cut out eating in the morning until between 10.30 – 11am.

on my reading pile//

Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer – she has been a delight to me since my teens.

A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada.

on my tv//

Tim and I have been watching Line of Duty (UK version). It’s very gripping and at times rather surprising.

from the camera//

A scene that brings me much joy and thankfulness. We are into our third year of homeschooling and I have finally found a way of learning that suits us all, but especially my seven-year-old son. We are doing Gather Round Homeschool and it is an answer to prayer for us. I can’t wait to share more about how it is blessing us but I want to wait a month or two until I do.


looking around the house//

There are always things to do in our run-down, derelict home! Still working out cleaning routines and getting back into the habit of things since moving and being in survival mode.

chore i’m not looking forward to//

Despite loving being a homemaker, I don’t ever particularly like doing chores. It is taking me years to ‘learn to love what must be done’ as well as self-discipline myself. But, slowly, I am getting there!

to relax this week I will//

Read books and bullet journal.

on my prayer list//

Praying for families in lockdown, for those doing it alone (like my mother), and for those who struggle with mental health.

devotional/bible verse//

As always, my favourite verse is unfolding new layers of meaning during this time of lockdown:

“The LORD is my portion and my cup; You hold my lot.

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places,

Indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

Therefore, my heart is glad, my whole being rejoices;

My flesh also dwells secure.”



Happy Homemaker 6th May, 2019

Hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

We are staying with my father in a remote bay for a few days. The children love it here and, being where I spent part of my childhood, I love bringing them here when I can. We miss Daddy, but he is busy working, and wishes us well.

W E A T H E R: 

Overcast, the clouds hanging over the top of the harbour hills like a blanket.

R E A D I N G: 

Almost finished The Last of the Mohicans by James C Fenimore . Even though I am not American, I can see why it is a classic. I have been gripped by it from the start and I am almost at the end. Is it worth watching the film afterwards?

M O V I E S + T V : 

Nothing in particular, really. 

M E N U: 

Whatever I can scrounge up here at my father’s!

T O  D O: 

Watch the children enjoy being in this beautiful place, spending time with Poppa. // Finding books I need for Five and a Row from my father’s personal library (yes, he has a library of children’s books of around 5,000). Found Make Way for Ducklings! // Do a lesson or two with the children when it seems right. 

C R A F T: 

I have set up a homeschool bullet journal. I tried a number of years ago, but I don’t feel like I had the right tools and never felt satisfied with my creative work. But I am slightly less perfectionist and have tried various homeschool planners, and feel that a bullet journal will best suit. 

L O O K I N G  F O R W A R D: 

Seeing my husband again! But, mostly, enjoying this time with my father and keeping him company after he lost his long-time dog last week. I’m very thankful that I have the freedom to support him in this way, that I am not tied down to things that would prevent me putting family first.

F R O M  T H E  C A M E R A: 

Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera with me, so this photo is from the last time we came here as a family on holiday. Isn’t this place stunning? I love New Zealand and I am incredibly grateful that part of my childhood (about nine years) was spent in this beautiful place. And now, it’s in my children’s hearts also.

W E A R I N G:

It’s terrible – a hoodie, slacks, and sneakers. 

S I M P L E  P L E A S U R E S: 

A good book, a fireplace in a cool morning, and apple pie.

C H R I S T I A N  E N C O U R A G E M E N T: 

G K Chesterton,
“There is nothing more extraordinary than an ordinary man, an ordinary woman, and their ordinary children.”

Thank you for coming a long with me!

Happy Homemaker Monday (8th April, 2019)

Hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

I think this is fitting to be the first post on my new blog. It fits my heart’s vision for this online space: enjoying simple things, being intentionally thoughtful about daily life, and being thankful for this day the Lord has made.

W E A T H E R: 
Autumn has definitely hit the last few days. The days are cooler, especially the mornings. Today, after three or four grey and drizzley days, the sun has peaked through. It is just after 8am, and the morning sunshine is filling our kitchen and living room. It is delicious.
R E A D I N G: 
The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien (last quarter to go!), Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot (a much needed re-read), and Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson (soul-changing for me).
M O V I E S + T V : 
Tim and I started season four of Peaky Blinders, and as a family we watched Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
M E N U: 
Not 100% sure of the later end of the week due to us going away on a long trip for the weekend, but: 
Monday: Paprika Chicken
Tuesday: Creamy Coconut + Tomato Soup (with homemade bread)
Wednesday: Sushi
Thursday: Spaghetti
Friday – Monday: We are away down south at a wedding.
T O  D O: 
I am starting a new cleaning rhythm inspired by Homesong, and each day has a “set intention”, so this week my focus is to focus on each intention for the day plus the normal daily tasks.   //   Homeschool Josiah each morning   //    Pack and prepare for our big weekend trip. We are such homebodies and it’s a big deal for us.   //   Help Tim lead a Bible Study on Thursday night.
C R A F T: 
I haven’t picked up some projects in a while. I have a cross-stitch to keep doing, plus a quilt top for Josiah which has been a number of years in the making and I haven’t got very far with it. I have been distracted for far too long from the simple and beautiful things I have always loved, and I’m working on getting back there.
L O O K I N G  F O R W A R D: 
Even though this trip coming has been a source of anxiety to me (it will be our first long car drive), I am looking forward to seeing our friends marry and taking the children somewhere that is totally different. Queenstown is a beautiful lake town, the backdrop was part of The Lord of the Rings movies.
F R O M  T H E  C A M E R A: 
This was our first walk where I felt Autumn had arrived, a few weeks back, and a couple of days after the Mosque Attacks here in our city. It felt so surreal to be doing something very normal for us, and beautiful, knowing what people were going through and suffering not far away. 
W E A R I N G:
Jeans, black t-shirt, and socks. Pretty simple. Oh, and a little mascarra.

S I M P L E  P L E A S U R E S: 
Enjoying sunlight on different things during the day. Early morning in the kitchen, warming up the couch during Morning Basket, on the children’s faces at lunch, on our backs as we walk outside.
C H R I S T I A N  E N C O U R A G E M E N T: 
From Elisabeth Elliot this morning, 
“But God has set no traps for us. Quite the contrary. He has summoned us to the only true and full freedom.”

Thank you for coming a long with me!