Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Time Of My Life

I had a great time at Dirty Dancing: The Musical back on the 9th August with my dear friend and former housemate, Emma.  It has become an annual tradition that we go and see a musical together.  Kid-free time and no men whinging that they're bored.....woohoo!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

5 Favourite Wendy Matthews Songs

Another one of my favourite artists I enjoy listening to while on roadtrips (alone, of course, otherwise Duncan complains haha).

1. Ten Miles of Timber
2. Standing Strong
3. The Day You Went Away
4. Let's Kiss (Like Angels Do)
5. Beloved

Monday, August 31, 2015

Diary of an Incubator: 35 Weeks

The bubba's arrival is so close now.  It's scary and a relief at the same time.

Pelvic pain is now in full swing.

I just need to hang on until 37 weeks, so I don't get flown to Perth (Albany doesn't have the facilities for premature babies).

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Marriage 101: Men Can't 'Have it All' Either

As a married woman, I constantly hear that I can 'have it all' - the family, the career etc. etc.  That there is a way to juggle, to have your cake and eat it too.

It's such a lie.  It doesn't take into account that women have different limitations and often something has to give.  That's why I was so relieved when I heard one speaker at a conference say, "Yes, you can have it all....just not at the same time."  Sometimes you might have to wait until the kids are in full-time school or have left home to pursue study or a career.  I'm glad I got all of my study out of the way before I had kids....I know I can't cope with both at once.

But what annoys me is that while the message to women is slowly changing, the message to men remains the same....THEY can have it all.  They can be a full-time working man and a family man.  They can be heavily involved at church.  All at the same time.

It's just not true.

I know many women who are privately frustrated that their husbands put work and church above family.  But after confessing that, they plaster on a smile and say, "Whatever makes him happy."

Just to be clear, I'm not advocating making family life into some kind of idol.  I know families need to put food on the table, and often that responsibility for working outside the home falls to the husband.  I'm not advocating that families becoming self-functioning islands who don't need other relationships.  I'm not advocating skipping church to have 'family fun time'.

While some women care too much about what their workplace and church thinks of them, so do some men.  It's like the responsibility of having a family has become a sort of hobby that they tack onto their life.

The Bible is clear that both singleness and marriage are good things.  Paul even goes as far as to say some people should remain single as they have undivided attention to focus on the Lord.  I hear some people wanting to matchmake singles who are very, very busy people.  Personally, unless some people cut down on their dedication to their career and their extracurricular activities, I don't think they should get married.  Where on earth would a wife fit in their jampacked life?

God comes first, but that doesn't mean going on every church roster in existence.

No-one can 'have it all' at once.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Bible Verse of the Day

I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs - how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world - how he can please his wife - and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world - how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Funny

This is what a sense of humour looks like:

This will make you smile:

How to deal with a problem neighbour:

Best tattoo ever:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

5 Reasons I Haven't Been Blogging Much Lately

1.  I've been unwell.  I had an iron infusion recently since my most recent blood test showed I am slightly anaemic.  I felt fine during the infusion but, 36 hours later I got a headache.  I kicked it with Panadol, but it came back with a vengeance along with nausea and body aches and pains.

2.  While I was in Albany having my iron infusion, my uncle and aunt from Geraldton came to visit.

3.  I don't get time to blog during the day anymore, so I have to do it at night.  Some nights I've been out, too tired, or just wanting to sit and relax with Duncan.

4.  We had our good friend Alison from Perth come and stay with us.

5.  I've been flat out getting Rory's new room ready, washing all the baby clothes we've been given (we have a heap that get shared between all the ladies on the farm), and continuing my decluttering mission.