He hears…


A few months ago amongst alot of sickness and the boys are I were house bound, Byron woke up one morning and said, “Mum, I really want to feed the ducks….”
Feeding the ducks isn’t something that we do alot of and because of sickness we wouldn’t be leaving our yard that day I said to Byron,”Not today Byron…maybe another day.”

The day went on and by the afternoon we were out in the backyard and as the boys were playing around and we were all enjoying the sunshine…two brown wood ducks landed in our yard. Two very tame wood ducks…two ducks we had never seen before or since…

I felt that God had heard my sick two year old boys desire to feed the ducks :) and He sent two very willing participants.
The ducks loved being fed and the boys loved watching them and following them around.


I wanted to record our little duck experience so I don’t forget how God hears and He can send two ducks to cheer up His children!

Love Martine

Eleven!


Our not so little Jack…

who is strong…

always setting out on new adventures…

searching for treasures…

and who can’t be held back…

is…

joyfully as always…ELEVEN months today!!

We love you Jack!

Love Martine

So I don’t forget…

The past few months have been particularly crazy for our family in the area of health. I’m just listing out the different health challenges that we have been facing so I don’t forget this season…
  •  Noah’s eye has turned in and has double vision (seeing multiple doctors, many thousands of dollars later and still no solution) 

  • The three boys seem to have had virus after virus…Byron alone has had a staf infection twice, a myriad of “general” viruses, hand-foot-mouth, gastro twice, conjuctivitis….


  • The last two weeks has served up a cocktail of sickness with two boys with ear infections, four in the family with the flu and Jack with gastro/conjuctivitis/body rash and the flu!

  • Then on Wednesday night, Byron had his face glued back together after tripping over and getting a small gash.


I’m writing this down not to complain or get sympathy – but primarily so I don’t forget!!!I know we will get through this tough season and I think we will be having many more quiet weeks as we recover and build up strength again before venturing out :)

I hope this can be an encouragement to any other families or individuals who are having a tough time with your health. I am praying for complete healing for my family…a solution/miracle for Noah…strength and joy admist this craziness.

I’m thankful that I have the experience of God’s power admist our struggles…I know He will provide a way through like He has in the past…and I see the evidence of His care in so many ways…practically with a friend and family members dropping over food…beautiful flowers from a neighbour…and His peace in amongst the trying circumstances.

The sky always seems so much more crisp and blue after the rain…

and I know that I will keep telling His story…how he saved my life, healed my family and poured His heavenly love upon us every day…snotty noses and all!

Love Martine

Winter Is…


Winter is…going home to visit my parents in the country…

Visiting the neighbours…

and the very cute runt Molly…
 

We are loving the holidays and the rest from the routine of everyday life.
I’m learning to keep trusting God for the strength for each day knowing that my God has our lives and times in His care.

Love Martine

In the hood…


We went for a bushwalk yesterday in our local area.

It was so refreshing getting out in God’s creation and breathing the fresh air. Seeing the light change and fall at the end of the day.

The boys were loving “going on my trail” as Byron shouted as he ran up the paths :)

This little guy enjoyed sitting in the grass…

and today is celebrating being ten months old!

Love Martine

…just some musings to remember the special moments of rest and restoration amongst every day life…

Vision…


Hello! It seems like ages since I’ve been in this space. I have had lots to share but sometimes finding the time and the right words has been a challenge. Five weeks ago our gorgeous Noah’s eye turned suddenly after a chiropractic treatment. Since then he has had double vision. Its been a big month of the initial shock, emotion, trying to get to the bottom of it all, tests and finding a way forward and a solution to recover his sight.

God has been strongly with us through it all. As Noah’s mum, I want to take difficulty away from him. I wish that I could take his double vision and give him my clear sight. I wish I could restore things for him to how it was before. But I can’t. I look to God who has my son in the palm of his hand. My God who kindly loves and encourages us in so many ways.

God gave me a beautiful picture when I was praying and asking God to heal Noah. It was of Dan and I and the boys sitting around Jesus and Noah was sitting on Jesus lap. Jesus took Noah’s little black glasses with the white stickers on the front and Jesus put them in his coat pocket. It spoke to me that Jesus has Noah’s vision covered “its in his coat pocket”. He has taken care of this. He knows the way forward and we just need to trust Him.


A lovely friend dropped a surprise bag of goodies at our door the other day…encouraging us practically and lovingly. Noah received a beautiful bag of “Super Noah” goodies from this same friend after his MRI…thank you so much!

We have had lots of distractions this past month which has been great…hair cuts :)

Distance Ed excursions…
 

Milking cows…

Lots of smiles from Jack…

Lots of love…

and warmth.

God has our family and you too in the palm of his hand. My God has it covered, our troubles are “in his coat pocket”.

Love Martine

Reflecting the sun…

 
 
 
 
 
“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them and make rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
Isaiah 42:16

Love Martine

Surrounded…


God speaks in the simple beauty of his creation…

…he speaks in the reflections…

…in the gifts He gives us…

…in the sunset…

…love…love and more love…

I am surrounded by His love for me.

Love Martine

We’ve been on….


…holidays…

Nothing is much sweeter to me than holidays! A break from the everyday and be together as a family for a whole week just us…

…to be the only people on the beach…

…to be free…

…to imagine…

…to explore…

…alone with our dreams…

…and our God…

Love Martine

New Life Love

 
 
 
 
 
 

The ultimate sacrifice Jesus gave to give his creation new spiritual life…freedom…relationship with the Father…and so much more…

Love Martine