Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Year of Farewelling Pets

A few weeks ago, I received some very sad news.  A friend of mine from Albany saw Ebony listed on a Facebook buy, swap and sell page.  The bloke who I gave her to was trying to rehome her due to being too busy and her not getting along with his farm dogs.

I was devastated to say the least.  I just wanted her back.  I worried about what the impact of going to yet another home would be on her.

A few days later I received a call from a lady who had adopted Ebony.  She wanted to know if Ebony's microchip was still registered in my name or the guy I'd given her to.  She sounded lovely and said Ebony has settled in well with her family in a town an hour south of us.  Her three boys are doting on her and she is lapping it up.  This put my mind at ease somewhat.

But I still miss her terribly.  This will be my first Christmas without her in many years.

This has been a horrible year, as far as my pets are concerned.  Another hen, Shelley, passed away last night.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Boo, Boo, Boo

That's the noise Rory makes whenever I mention the chooks or we visit them.  He's trying to say, "Book, book, book" Hehehe.

He's just like his mum and late Great Nan...he loves chooks!  He loves going into the chook pen and being surrounded by chooks, they don't scare him in the least.  He even tried to catch Solomon once.  Solomon wasn't having any of that!

So proud of his fowls.

It's more crowded around the self feeder now.

Rory's favourite hen is Sheba.  I told him, "That's Sheba," and now, whenever he sees her, he shouts, "BAAA."  I'm not sure if he misheard me and thought I said 'sheep' and now thinks she's a sheep, not a chook.  Perhaps the poor chap is confused.  Or maybe he's just emphasising the 'ba' at the end of her name.

Friday, December 12, 2014

We Have a Winner, Folks!

The random number generator thingy has chosen....

Karen from Life Actually

Congratulations Karen!  Could you please leave a comment with your postal address and choice of book (the comment won't be published).  Due to Christmas being so close, it may take a while for the book to arrive.

Thank you to everyone who entered. 

Now, I asked what 'Christian issue' has most interested readers if this blog lately.  Here are the anonymous responses.  It was interesting that no-one seems to have any pet issues at the moment:

Well, I'm not one for really getting caught up in issues so I don't often go looking for books on particular issues. The best book I've read in last 12 months is Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. Highly recommended. Her account of becoming a Christian and leaving behind life as a lesbian. Most convicting is the wonderful way her church family loved her as she explored, questioned and grew. A challenge for all of us to love the way Jesus did. 

My reading this last six months has been very sparse, mainly books to keep up with Bible study preparation. So obviously "A Gospel Pageant" by Allan Chapple has been big on my agenda and more recently a couple of books on the minor prophets.
And now in December you will find me dipping once again into "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus" edited by dear Nancy Guthrie.
So not issues as such - more study preparation and now Christmas preparation.

My Christian book reading lately has been pretty limited really. Our church encouraged us to read a book, and then discuss it in small groups with the plan of giving it away to a non Christian friend, so I read a book called "Stepping Out in Faith" by Mark Gilbert. It's a book about former Catholics sharing how they came to know the Gospel in their lives. Hoping to pass that one on to a Catholic friend of mine.
I have also started reading "Good News for Weary Women" by Elyse Fitzpatrick. The title sounds terrible, but weariness is probably an apt description of the state of my life at present! It's been a good reminder that we don't need to place unrealistic expectations on ourselves because we already have everything we need in the Gospel.
So I guess maybe the theme of my reading lately has been that the Gospel is all that we need!

My plans for next year are to read some Christian biographies (The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert is actually at the top of my list).

Thursday, December 11, 2014

24 Hours To Go enter my competition!

You could win a Christian book by simply telling me which Christian issues most interest you at the moment, and which books you've already read on the topic.

Your comments will not be published and will remain anonymous.  I will publish a list of responses, but will not mention who said what.

Details here.

I will draw the winner randomly tomorrow at 5pm (West Australian time).

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Don't Forget to Enter My Competition

Three days to go....

You could win a Christian book by simply telling me which Christian issues most interest you at the moment, and which books you've already read on the topic.

Details here.

Hurry!  You know you want to...

Friday, December 05, 2014

Sedshed Christian Book Giveaway

Maybe this will liven things up a bit....

It's been over a year and a half since I did one of these.  It's almost Christmas.  It's time!

Here's the choice of books with links to my reviews:

Battlefield of the Mind

Why We Love the Church

This Little Church Stayed Home


God's Good Design

Why Trust the Bible?

The Postpartum Survival Guide

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

The How and Why of Love


 Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Islam in our Backyard

Living with the Underworld

What's the catch?  All you have to do is tell me which 'Christian issue' you're most interested in at the moment and what books you've read on that topic.  I tend to get thinking about a particular topic and then read Christian books on that topic.  What's your topic of interest lately?  Is it baptism, the Lord's Supper/communion, evangelism/mission, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, the cross, spiritual gifts, how to do church, church music, end times, creation vs. theistic evolution, prayer, Christian views on parenting, education..etc. etc?

An issue that has really interested me is ethics and this year I read The How and Why of Love and Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (both on the list below).

All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know of your favourite topic lately and which books you've read on that topic (and if you recommend them or not).

No comments will be published.  When I announce the winner, I will also compile an anonymous list of responses, but no names will be included.

This giveaway is open to everyone - bloggers and non-bloggers, Christians and non-Christians, from anywhere in the world.

You have until 5pm next Friday 12th December (West Australian time).  The winner will be drawn randomly.

If you're not much of a reader, why not try to win a book for a friend?

GO! :)

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Wake Up Blogosphere!

It's waaay too quiet out there.

There are very few bloggers blogging, and even less people commenting.  Page hits are way down.

Maybe this would be a good way to liven things up a bit.