Monday Musings

Everyone finally back to school today ….. the cat and I have the house back to ourselves!

It is only a month until our trip to Florida – can’t wait, especially on dark, wet and gloomy mornings like today!

This was at 8.45 am this morning. I am looking forward to the lighter mornings!

Our daughters have exams at school at the minute – trying to help go over some maths but let’s just say it has been a LONG time since my brain got it’s head around simultaneous quadratic equations!It has proved a lesson in remembering what I no longer remember!

It was our Covenant service in church yesterday – a special service in the Methodist church, when we recommit our lives to God, traditionally on the first Sunday of the new year.

As part of the service we were challenged by our minister to do the following:

Look back and thank God
Look up and seek God
Look around and serve God
Look forward and trust God

Here is part of the prayer/promise we make together

I am no longer my own but yours.
   Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing,
   put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you
   or laid aside for you,
exalted for you
   or brought low for you;
let me be full,
   let me be empty,
let me have all things,
   let me have nothing;
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.

I am not sure if any other denominations have a similar commitment service, but it has become an important and meaningful part of my Christian faith.

1 comment on Monday Musings

  1. Marcia Francois
    07/01/2013 at 5:57 pm (2 years ago)

    love your church tradition :)

    thanks again for that iphone app – I am seriously loving it, in all my weather nerdiness!

    Florida? GREAT!!!

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Monday Musings

It’s been a busy week since returning from our house swap in Cotswolds, England.

We spent most of it back up at our cottage, so our daughters could attend On The Edge, the teen evening programme at New Horizon Christian conference in Coleraine.

I was able to attend on Friday evening – it was challenging and inspiring, and maybe next year we will manage to attend more of the conference!

Also during the week we met up with some friends for coffee/ice-cream in Portstewart

On another evening friends from England who were over on hcoliday met up with us for a trip to Barry’s.  All 6 kids had a great – all (ages 15 to 7) went together on the Cyclone.

Tonight is the start of REFRESH, a kids club at our church this week – the primary school kids come for an hour of games, craft and story, then the older kids come for coffee bar, sport and dance.

 We will end the Refresh week with a family BBQ.

Yesterday my father-in-law visited and brought his very cute dog Pippi with him.

There are now FOUR of us in our family who would love a dog, but my husband is remaining the sensible, practical one……for now!  How could you resist such a cute dog?

She is a Miniature Schnauzer ….. and very adorable….and tolerant all the attention she was receiving!

What is happening in your world this week?

Please share in the comments below.

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Monday Musings

Inspired by Elizabeth I am planning to start of my bloggy week with a roundup of what’s been happening.

I have already blogged about our great day on St Patrick’s Day with our friends from USA.

Yesterday we had a quieter but still enjoyable day. It was Mothers Day here, so it started with breakfast in bed with the help of my 7 year old – tea and toast (with LOTS of butter and jam!)

I received some lovely cards and gifts from my kids – a plant, a book, a Reese peanut butter bar (love them), and some homemade gifts too.

My 7 year old brought this home from school:

All About My Mum

“What is she like?
She has brown hair
She wirs wundfull cloos
I love them
Things she likes doing?
She makes jullery every day
Why do you love her?
She dos lots of stuff for me
She heps me wif my homwerk
and thats all about my Mum”

 This is the poem (which my 7 year old said he was made to copy, and he assured me that is WAS NOT his words!!!)

“M is for the many times you have hugged me
U is for the unbelievable things you do
M is for all our memories together

Mum I am so glad I have you”
Before church I had a wee walk in Wallace Park – it was a beautiful spring morning.

Did you spot the butterfly?

In church all the ladies (not just the mums) receive a wee posy of flowers – here is a pic from my iphone (hence the poor quality) of the front of our church will all the flowers.

What did you do yesterday? Care to share?

5 comments on Monday Musings

  1. Mrs. Miles
    20/03/2012 at 5:13 am (3 years ago)

    Hi JM! I keep meaning and meaning and MEANING to email you but goshness I am busy from a.m. to p.m. running running all the day. I plan to slow down here a bit in the coming weeks. I had some quiet time this evening so thought I’d like to come by and check out your blog. Long overdue!

    Your spring is far advanced of ours and I so long for it to be here. Seeing your photos made me smell the fresh green grass and my eyes so welcomed the brilliant flowers.

    Its hard to imagine Mother’s day just yet, but yours looks like it was wondeful. I love these efforts of children to put into sincere words what we mean to them. Words to treasure. Thanks so much for showing and sharing.

    I’ll catch up more very very soon.

    Love,
    Barb

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  2. twopointfourchildren
    20/03/2012 at 9:54 pm (3 years ago)

    that is so nice that all ladies get flowers rather than just the mums. I love all your gifts especially the poem!

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    • JanMary @ www.janmary.com
      20/03/2012 at 10:28 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes – it is lovely to include all the ladies – for some without kids it must be a tough day.

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  3. lori
    21/03/2012 at 1:52 am (3 years ago)

    LOVED my time here visiting! I feel like I left the states for a bit and headed across the ocean. I’ve got English blood and I’ve always been a tad jealous of the ladies who are called “mum.” Here in the southern U.S., it’s momma…and there’s just something so special about “mum” like my great grandma used to say :)
    Happy Mum’s Day! What a visit! Loved it! lori

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Monday musings

I know Mother’s Day is over for another year, but for my daily photo for Project 365, I wanted to photograph some of the cards and the little posy of flowers from church I received yesterday.

I have 3 kids, but so far have received 7 cards, and counting! (There is an unfinished one apparently somewhere in the house, which is not yet ready to be delivered).

Every year in church all the ladies are given a small posy of flowers – usually a daffodil, some heather, a little greenery and whatever else has been donated from gardens. The kids hand them out at the end of the service, and I like that all ladies are included.

So here is today’s pic.

And a close up of some of the cards.


I came across a number of great posts today, and wanted to link to them immediately. I often save links on Tumblr with the intention of sharing them with you, my bloggy friends at a later date…..but I never do!

Today, however, I will :

20 tips for finding routine with kids – Simple Mom

The Generosity Experiment

Advice from Shannon (Rocks in My Dryer) at Start Your Family

Whittaker Woman Heather asks a quick question about our identities as women, and opens up a great discussion.

If you would like to discover some of the other items I have found useful, inspirational or inspiring, you can check out my Tumblr links HERE.

I warn you now, there are many! Most of the photo links relate to my kitchen/family room redesign.

I find Tumblr very useful for remembering anything that catches my eye, without the need to categorise it or tag it.

9 comments on Monday musings

  1. Martencja Designs
    24/03/2009 at 12:27 am (6 years ago)

    wwooow how sweet :) and those cards are so beautiful!!

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  2. jen@odbt
    24/03/2009 at 12:53 am (6 years ago)

    What treasures – the daffodil card is so cute. I loved Simple Mom’s blog post too.

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  3. Amy B.
    24/03/2009 at 3:00 am (6 years ago)

    Don’t you just love those homemade cards? They are the best!!

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  4. Mrs. Miles
    24/03/2009 at 4:14 am (6 years ago)

    Wow, these kids are CRAFTY… sweet cards – and the posy is simple but means more than any florist’s bouquet could – right?

    I too tend to file away interesting bits to share and then promptly forget to do this. I think we are simply far too busy. Sigh.

    VERY much nicer and warmer here today – So nice not to have to don a heavy jacket each time one goes out of doors!

    Have great week!

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  5. bentonflocke
    24/03/2009 at 6:31 am (6 years ago)

    those cards are really wonderful!! Each in a special way – the one with the yellow flower is my favorite

    Have a good day!

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  6. Nanna K
    24/03/2009 at 10:12 am (6 years ago)

    Oh how precious, the cards are beautiful and what a lovely gesture that all the ladies recieve a posy.

    I hope my e-mail found it’s way to you, if it didn’t just let me know. My e-mail has had a mind of it’s own lately!

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