Monday, August 15, 2016

Not the Best Start...

...to our holidays!

We had planned to spend six days in Dalwallinu and eight days in Perth (the only holidays we can afford at the moment are those with free accommodation).

Circumstances meant we were a day late getting away, and then we all came down with colds and are generally feeling rotten. Flynn isn't sleeping because he's sick, so nether are we. I've been very up and down and have sunk to some depressing lows over the past few weeks.

We changed our plans and are now in Perth for two weeks. Here, we can recover on our own. I don't think we'll be seeing anyone for a while.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Runner Up Hangover

The Eagles' 2016 campaign has been bitterly disappointing so far.  Unless they pull their fingers out of their butts, they'll only be making up numbers in the Top Eight come finals time.  They'll end up being the Eagles of the late nineties - making the finals each year, but no threat to the premiership.

It's like they thought they were shoe-ins after being Grand Finalists last year.  That the only way was up.  That Jetta and Redden were the missing pieces of the puzzle, and they'd be unbeatable with them. But their two prize recruits have been as disappointing as their new team.  A lot of the players are playing like they don't really want to be there.  It's lazy football.

One of the saddest things has been Eric Mackenzie's struggle to reassert himself as the fullback he once was.  It's a bit like learning to live without a limb.  The rest of the body takes on the extra load to compensate for the missing limb.  Likewise, the Eagles' defence changed their gameplan after Mackenzie went down with a knee injury in the 2015 pre-season.  While they were tipped to struggle big time without him, the defence stood tall and picked up the extra slack.  Imagine getting your limb back after years of living without it.  Now Mackenzie's back and they don't know where he fits anymore.

The Eagles have the talent, but do they have the hunger?  That is the question.

I am so relieved they won the derby.  Imagine the humiliation at losing to the Dorks this year *snort*.

Image from here.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The Random Number Generator Thingy Has Spoken

The winner is Wendy from On the Edge of Ordinary.

Congratulations Wendy!

Please leave a comment with your postal address and your choice of book (the comment won't be published).

Monday, August 01, 2016

Giveaway Deadline Extension

I've decided to extend my giveaway deadline by 24 hours as I'd like a couple more entries.

Come on, people! ;)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Don't Forget to Enter My Giveaway

Details here.

Open to anyone in the world.

You don't have to be a blogger to enter.

Deadline Monday 1st August, 5pm, West Australian time.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sedshed 10 Year Celebratory Book Giveaway

To celebrate 10 years of blogging, I'm offering one lucky reader a Christian book of their choice out of the past 12 books I've last reviewed on this blog.  All you have to do is answer one simple question:

Which Christian book is next on your to-read list?

It doesn't have to do be one on this list.  It can be anything.

Here are the books on offer (with links to my reviews).

A Gospel Pageant: A Reader's Guide to the Book of Revelation















Jim Elliot














The Case for Easter
















Walk On














The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert















Religion is for Fools















The Cross and the Switchblade














Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret















Trusting God














Why the Resurrection?















The Heavenly Man














Boundaries













Even if you don't consider yourself a reader, think about which book you might like to win for a friend - there are some encouraging books and biographies to help Christians grow in their faith, and some great evangelistic books if you have a friend with questions about Jesus and Christianity.

To enter, just leave a comment letting me know which Christian book is next on your to-read list.  No comments will be published.  I will compile a list of responses anonymously in a blog post when I reveal the winner.

If you know me in real life, you're welcome to email me at my personal email address.

You have until Monday 1st August, 5pm (West Australian time).
I will choose the winner via a random number generator thingy.

GO! :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Life After Nanny

Our nanny, Jordie, finished up with us on the 1st July.  I'm pleased to say I have survived nearly three weeks on my own during the day with the little fellows.  That might not seem like a big deal to many mums, but one small step for everyone else is a giant leap for me.

The first week went very smoothly, despite the fact we were all sick with colds.  The other weeks have been a bit more challenging at times, but nothing near the catastrophic drama my anxiety was leading me to expect.

I loved having Jordie stay with us.  She was so easygoing and helpful without the emotional attachment that extended family have.  This meant that she did what I asked, rather than consistently question and criticise.  I miss having adult company.

I am so thankful to God for providing the help I needed when all seemed hopeless.

We will look for another au pair before harvest starts in late October.