Meeting Jack….


Some mornings don’t start with a leisurely cup of tea in the quiet of the house….

But rather start with going into labour and then into the operating theatre!

Friday, 17th August 2012 at 10.10am – Jack Archer Harding entered the world joyfully into Dan and I’s arms…He weighed 8 pounds,1o ounces (3.920kg) and 56cm long.

We were relieved…

happy….

and couldn’t wait to introduce him to his brothers….
 

Jack’s first outfit :)

We are thankful to God for blessing us with Jack – God’s gracious gift to us and reminded by his delivery time 10:10am of Jesus’precious words,

John 10:10
“I have come that they may have LIFE and have it to the full…”

We are settling in at home and I’m recovering and thankful for our “new little prince”…

Love Martine

The Royal Brisbane Show – the Ekka….where dreams come true…

After patiently waiting for 12 months Noah got to finally got to go to the Ekka!
A train ride was the mode of transport to arrive at the beloved Ekka with Dan.

The army stall was a winner….as was driving a dodgem car (with a little bit of help from Dan), eating a strawberry ice-cream and getting a Lightning McQueen showbag….

…patting the very tired animals at the end of the day…

…driving a plane…

Though the toys may not last out the week from the show-bag…the memories will last and until next year – thank you Ekka for being a place with five year old dreams can come true!

Love Martine


Waiting…

Little bubba’s sweet corner is ready….we are waiting…. :)
Its not time yet for bubs to come…
I’m glad I’m made to wait.
Its uncomfortable sometimes.
I’d rather have what I want when I want it.

But life is not like that and God has a purpose in our waiting.
If you told me three years ago that God would bless Dan and I with two babies in the next 3 years – I would have found it hard to believe.

Can God really bring life and hope from the ashes?
Can He restore broken dreams and hopes?
I know He can.
But not by always giving us what we want, when we want it.
Sometimes we have to wait.
Its then we learn about the goodness of the Giver and His infinite love and adoration of us – His children.

God doesn’t place us in the waiting room of life…
He is active as we step out trusting Him and as we keep walking with Him…

He tells us to wait upon Him…
To know Him…
To look to Him…
To honour Him…

To find joy in all His gifts…
To place our waiting in His hands,
To surrender and to love Him and others with all we have.

Much love while I’m waiting,
Martine

PS. Thanks Emma and Clarence – we loved catching up with you the other week! :)

There is a time for everything ….jasmine, dates, thrifting, being born….

Dan and I enjoyed a date this morning out in our local community….
The beautiful jasmine was blooming and reminded me that soon our bubs will be here!

Thank you Euro Vida we enjoyed our breakfast :)

 

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born, a time to heal, a time to laugh, to dance, to embrace, to mend, to love….
God has made everything beautiful in its own time…
Ecclesiastes 3
Love Martine

Slow days…

Our week has been filled with slow days due to illness and being heavily pregnant.

 I’ve been enjoying someone else cooking – thank you Burrito Bar and Pizza Capers :)

We have been enjoying seeing my sister Luana (in the photo below on the right) with her husband Mitchell and very cute son Oliver!

All the way from San Francisco :)

Noah has been letting his creative juices flow…above is his racing horse…

Last week’s gymnastics lesson…

Time with cousins and Byron enjoying being in control of the music…

Olympics viewing…Byron sits on the couch saying “TV TV” and Noah dresses the part being a swimming  /sword fighting / Spider man… maybe a future Olympic sport?

Love Martine

Could it be?

 Nesting?? The drive to get “everything ready” before bubs arrives anytime??
I have a whole lot of nesting happening…
Like the 2.30am need to cut out bunting….and then sew it in a flurry the next morning…
The need to clean previously uncleaned cupboards, walls, drawers anything really as long as my enormous tummy allows me…
Make long lists of “things to do before baby”…

Maybe its the realization that life is going to change with a new little person in the house (who we can’t wait to meet!) but life is going to be different and that will mean being flexible, not caring that I can’t do it all but to take all things in my stride and to ask for help when I need it :)

I think its the realization too that I need God’s continual presence and strength for each moment…

Its the reminder that prayer works (Byron hijacked Dan’s prayer cards and was gently reminding us :)… 

4 + 1 = 5 (not long until we meet you bubba and we can’t wait!)

Love Martine

ps. Dan is wearing a “pirate earring” Noah made :))