I took the photo below a few weeks ago when Falcon and I went for a walk to do some photography. There is a little waterfall and picnic area. It is a serene and peaceful area and I’m glad to have spent an hour or so there. But life has not been quite so smooth over the last week or so.

John had to go away for three weeks to Victoria, for work. As usual, something went wrong and I had car troubles again. If you visited our home you wouldn’t think it possible. For me to be car-less. But I assure you it is. Yes, there’s a car in the shed, one on the front lawn, one on the kerb and two in the drive-way. Yet at one stage, not one of them was usable! Egads! I ended up driving one of them around but I prayed every time I got in and out of it.

Rambo also went away during this time. He went on a school camping trip as part of Outdoor Education. They went rock climbing and he had a great time. This left Falcon and I at home. Alone! Good times. Quiet times. Clean and tidy times!

Eventually all my men-folk came home and all seemed fine. Seemed fine. John hurt his knee. He’s had some time off work and will have even more as he waits to see a specialist and be assessed for surgery. Poor John, it seems to be one thing after another with him. 🙁

So I’ve been playing taxi – to my husband! That will obviously continue for awhile, until he’s able to drive… and work.

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
~Matthew 4:4

Links Worth Reading

Perhaps you should sue God
I’m not sure how you look into those almond shaped eyes-grasp that warm hand smaller than most-hold close the body vibrating with life and say “We wish we could have aborted you”.

Underage Dating: The Elephant in the Social Conservative Living-Room
I have a bone to pick with young, socially conservative Americans, and I know it’s something that will get under your skin. Just sit tight, though, and hear me out, because the elephant in our tidy little room is starting to tear things up. It’s time we acknowledge his existence, and maybe even call in some animal movers to take him back to the zoo.

Gracious Candor: A Tutorial in Speaking Truth in Love
I’m going to go through this with the boys this week.

Letter to an Incomplete, Insecure Teenager
But God is good. He has his plan and it is not to make this metamorphosis easy. Just certain. There are a thousand lessons to be learned in the process. Nothing is wasted. Life is not on hold waiting for the great coming-out.

Milk, Mush or Meat? What are you growing on?
The Bible says that young Christians are like infants who drink milk, while mature Christians are like grown-ups who dine on porterhouse steaks. Me? I put a glob of ketchup on my medium-rare kobe and drank it down with a wine glass full of Yoohoo.

How To Enjoy Bible Study
Bible study is not optional in the Christian life. It is both the obligation and the privilege of all believers. If you are not involved in regular, systematic Bible study, you are missing one of the primary means God uses to bring us to maturity.

Tim Challies on Kony2012
I always enjoy being mentally stimulated by Tim Challies. Once again he offers a few thoughts, this time on the topic of Kony2012

10 Steps to Raising Generous Children, Part 1
I’ve had conflict most of my life between what I think I want and what I really need. Most people share this conflict with me. That conflict also appears in our children as well. We don’t have to teach them to struggle with determining between wants and needs, because they will do this naturally and, if not, they will learn it from us.

The Most Powerful Parenting Practice
What wise parents do when they don’t know what to do.

Diapers, Nursing, Clinging to Christ
The details of last Sunday’s sermon might be foggy, or lost entirely. How much more so the teachings from a year or more ago. But don’t let that trouble you. If nothing else sticks, remember this: Cling to Christ.

Forgiveness for Moms Who Fail
I don’t think I have met a mom, including a preschool mom, who feels like she has done a good enough job. Most mothers labor under the weight of guilt—of frustrated ideals, imperfect performance, and deficient production. The laundry remains undone; story books unread, and tempers flare. . . .

Keys for Kids
You can learn more about God’s love every day! Read a fun story and hide God’s Word in your heart with the Key Verse of the day. Check out today’s Key, or look for your favourite story in the archives!

“A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying Him…. The more a tree is like itself, the more it is like Him….”
~Thomas Merton