Dreams


When I was fourteen I lived in a small isolated town in far north Queensland called Cooktown. It was a tough place to be as a teenager. The highlight of my week was going to church….a really small church plant that met in a very tiny community building. There wasn’t a band…often we sang along to CDs…and every now and then a man would come along with his guitar and play very out of tune. I loved that group of people. I had only been a follower of Christ for about six months before moving to that town and in that small community of people from so many varied backgrounds I learnt about following Jesus.

One day after a service the same man who played very out of tune came up to me and said, “God gave me a dream about you…in it you were sitting on top of a hill surrounded by children…”

As a fourteen year old I was puzzled by what he said and I pondered it in my heart and the dream stayed there. At different times in my life I have been surrounded by children…as a classroom teacher I was surrounded by children but never on a hill:)…in Cambodia on a short term mission trip I was surrounded by children but never on a hill… every now and then I’d remember this man’s words and I’d think maybe one day I will teach children in Africa and then I’ll be surrounded….

Then quietly and beautifully God brought me three miracle boys….and twenty years later…here I am sitting on a hill surrounded by children…my children…but I’ve learnt they are really His.

That dream will come to pass…see Him do it.

Love Martine

Brave…


“Being brave isn’t the absence of feeling scared but doing it anyway…”

As I have watched Noah bravely do so many things while having such difficulty seeing I am reminded of his brave and courageous heart. That while he has been teased, constantly questioned about his eyes and asked if he is a pirate he continues to try new things.
 

These photos were taken at Noah’s first “Sports Day” with the Distance Education school we are a part of. At the end of the day we were getting in the car and Noah whispers to Dan, “Daddy maybe I could give Byron one of my ribbons because he didn’t get any…” Byron was very taken with his “Special Effort” ribbon Noah gave him as I was with Noah’s kindness.

Love Martine

A woodland party for our Jack…


Jack turned one last Saturday and we celebrated with a party in the local forest picnic area. I really wanted to CELEBRATE and bring our friends and family together in a beautiful bush setting for Jack’s party. The spot was next to a rocky creek bed and was perfect for the kids to explore and to enjoy God’s creation.
 

…setting up the party scene before the guests arrived…

…Byron sneaking a quick bite of a treat before any one else…
 
 
 
 

My Dad stoking the barbeque…

and some party props for woodland guests!

Jack’s party was a lovely time and a special memory for our family. A big thanks to my Mum (check out her blog at Inspiring Simplicity) who when I mentioned the words, “I would really love a woodland theme for Jack’s party…” put on her interior stylist’s hat and made such beautiful decorations for the party! Thanks Mum!

And a big happy birthday to Jack….our son born at 10:10 am reminding us of the verse John 10:10, the words of Jesus, “I have come to bring LIFE and life to the fullest…”

Love Martine

Loving


A really long post about things I’ve been LOVING of late…including the crazy cats in the photo above!

…boys playing…

…Jack smiling…

…the biggest care parcel we have ever received (Thank you so much Emma and Chris!!)…

…this stuff works miracles!…

…my brave boy who takes on everyday as an adventure while he sees the world in double…

…the knock..knock..knock at the door and seeing our local delivery man bringing a gift to us (Thanks so much Laura and Chris!)…

…baking a cake for a friend’s birthday…

…and enjoying the cake!!…

…I’m learning to expand my reading interests…

…Noah being student of the week at Martial Arts…

…the smell of Play Doh…

…baking for Jack’s birthday party…

…and some birthday cake fun for the youngest member of the family…

Love Martine

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