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My waking thoughts were…

“My legs are aching!” 

It was so bad it woke me up.  Don’t worry – Special Man to the rescue, he came and massaged them back to normality.  What a man!!!

The first thing I did today was…

Chat and chat and chat to Special man.  This was only his second morning home after two weeks away.  It was so nice to be able to spend a little face to face time together.

Today I wished I hadn’t…

Welcomed the day in at midnight.  Special Son is suffering with a nasty bought of bronchitis at the moment and so spent most of the night coughing up a lung.  Poor little guy.  Subsequently we got to see quite a lot of each other during the night season.

It’s amazing – just when you think you just cannot get up again, you manage to pull yourself out from under the covers to rescue the needy.  It’s at times like this I look around for the mother, and realise (with a sigh) that the mother is me!!!

Today I most needed God when…

I was out at a meeting.  It was nice to pause and hear His voice guiding my input.  I tend to be very impulsive and sometimes say things I regret later, but tonight I sensed God’s presence in a special way and there were times that I paused to ask Him when I should speak.  I enjoyed His guidance!

Today’s special moment…

Going out with just Special Son and me.  With three kids and a very busy husband these sort of events don’t happen very often, but today Special Son and I got to enjoy each other’s company for 2 uninterrupted hours (during daylight, which is always a good thing :)).  After we left the chemist, we walked arm in arm back to the car – it is a moment I will cherish forever!!

5 things I accomplished today…

  • Made spinach and “cheese” sausage rolls using unleavened bread as the pastry – they were yummy
  • Took Special Son to the doctor
  • Thought through various roles for the nominating committee report
  • Finally posted out an order (sorry patient customer)
  • Went out by myself to a meeting at night

A photo from today…

Although this photo wasn’t taken today, I discovered it today. It is of my Special man welding over at the Solomons – spot the dry spot.

My thought for today…

Prayer is not asking for what you think you want, but asking to be changed in ways you can’t imagine

– Kathleen Norris

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Well it has been awhile since I have graced my blog with my presence, but today my kids and I produced a piece of writing that I needed to share.  As you may or may not know, I homeschool.  This year homeschooling has become even more interesting and fun as Princess Joy Bug has joined the schooling ranks.  She just loves it and Special Son is enjoying having a school buddy and is also being motivated by her efforts – especially in the area of writing.  Princess Joy Bug loves writing – Special Son does not.  He is however motivated by the need to write as much as his sister, so with the pressure on we are seeing some literary marvels coming from his pen.

We have begun our year by jetsetting around the globe learning about God’s World – inspired by the song which has the same title – you may have heard it.

What shall we do with all the paper?

What shall we do with all the glass?

What shall we do, what shall we do?

We will recycle, reduce and reuse.

Cause it’s God’s world and we live in it

God’s world, so let’s take care of it

God’s world and we live in it

This is God’s world!

So to the tune of this great song we are travelling from Continent to Continent learning about the wonderful things each one has to offer and also completing a lapbook on an endangered animal that lives on its shores.  So far we have visited Africa and studied the rhino.  Interesting Fact (I love facts, so I had to insert this)  There are no black or white rhinos!  The african word for wide is “weit”, which was the response given to Europeans when they were asking about the rhinos – referring to the White rhino’s mouth – which is wide so it can graze on grass.  So the “clever” Europeans began calling the rhino with the wide mouth the White Rhino (thinking that was what it was called).  The name stuck (even though they did eventually discover that they were wrong) and because they called one rhino white, they thought that they may as well call the other rhino the black rhino, even though they are both grey.  So in this case I suppose you would be correct to say that there is no black or white – only shades of grey :).

Where was I?  Yes we were travelling, so after Africa and its endangered rhinos, we headed to Antartica and decided to save the whales.  This has been a very enjoyable lapbook.  Princess Joy Bug and Special Son loved measuring the whales in our backyard.  We incidently could not have a Blue Whale as a pet, due to the fact that it cannot fit in our backyard (that and the fact that we have no water there, or krill, or…well I’m sure you get the picture, but the measuring of its length was definately a fun exercise.  (Except for being bitten by black ants every time we went outside – what is it with them at this time of year!!!).

Part of the lapbook called for a retell of the story of Jonah, highlighting the lessons we can learn from this story.  Princess JoyBug managed to write 5 pages to complete this task – she certainly is a fantastic little storyteller – I may post up their efforts in another blog.  We also had to write a Whale of a Tale.  We decided to do this as a Joint construction.  So this afternoon we spent a very enjoyable half an hour brainstorming ideas for our outrageously silly whale story.

We eventually decided on a backwards Jonah story, where Jonah swallows the whale instead of the whale swallowing Jonah.  Here is the finished product…

Once there was a whale named Atlantis.  One day an angelfish named Rachel came and said to Atlantis,

“Go.  Go to the Coral Reef of turtles and tell them to stop eating all of the jellyfish.  If they don’t I will send a wave of water to wash them out to sea.”

But Atlantis said “No!”

He packed his clam purse with nickels and pennies and coins and caught the first iceberg headed to Antarctica.  All of a sudden the iceberg started to melt.  The penguin sailors were frightened, they were waddling everywhere squawking to their penguin god.  The captain of the iceberg waddled over and shook Atlantis, who was singing at the top of his lungs.  He hadn’t even noticed that the iceberg was melting.

“Do something about this!  You’re the biggest animal on earth!”

At once Atlantis stopped singing, stuck his head under the water and saw a seaweed lasso around the iceberg.  He turned to the captain and said, “I am the cause of this melting.  The angel fish is pulling this iceberg to shore.  Throw me onto the shore so I can beach myself and then the melting will stop.”

“No!” squawked the captain, but then some iceberg water dripped onto his beak freezing his mouth.  He pointed to the beach, because his mouth was frozen shut, but the other penguins knew what to do and before you could wink, Atlantis was turfed onto the sand. But the Angel fish didn’t want Atlantis to die, so he sent a big, strong, muscly lifesaver to put him on the back of his beach buggy.

The lifesaver was singing at the top of his lungs as he bounced the beach buggy across the sand.  Just as he was singing the chorus of “Angels we have heard on high” with a loud “Glorrrrrr…” the beach buggy ran right into a beach umbrella, causing Atlantis to fly high into the air and land headfirst in the lifesaver’s mouth.  The lifesaver swallowed him in one gulp.  Down, down, down the tube slid Atlantis.  He was inside the lifesaver for three days and three nights.  Then Atlantis knew it was time to obey.

At that moment, the lifesaver got the hiccups.  Atlantis felt like he was jumping on a trampoline and before he knew it, he was zooming up the pipe and diving headfirst back into the ocean he loved.

Bubbling up beside him came the angel fish, Rachel and once again said “Go to the coral reef of turtles.”

With a splish and a splash Atlantis zoomed off to obey.  He had definately learned his lesson and now had a whale of a tale to tell!

So there you have it – hope it made you smile.  We certainly had lots of laughs writing it! 

What can I say – we have a whale of a time in our homeschool 😉

 

 

 

 

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Special man has gone away for a couple of days…and you know what that means?

SLEEPING WITH MUMMY TIME!!!!!

Special son was so excited he was bouncing all over the house (I was a little less excited :)).  I was looking forward to the snuggles, but was a little less enthusiastic about the actual sleeping, or lack thereof that I knew I was in for.  You see Special son, let’s just say is not a “stay on your own side of the bed” kind of sleeper.

It was worse than I thought – I have now named him gymnastics boy 🙂  Many times he was rolling over and pushing into me and I was literally pushing him back saying, roll the other way, as he continued to push – almost pushing me off the bed.  But that wasn’t the worst of it.  Many other times he would flop over on his side facing me and as he flopped he ripped the covers down and shoved them between his legs – leaving me freezing.  Then he decided to sleep on his belly, with his entire body on top of the covers that he again managed to rip off me before his flop 🙂

When we woke up in the morning, he smiled and said to me – Mummy I woke up with my elbow on your chest – I must have slept close to you.  (Just a bit :))

The snuggles and chat time made it all worth it though!!!

It was Princess Joybug’s turn last night – and the difference is profoud.  I didn’t even know she was there until a little hand tapped me (in the very early hours of the morning) to have some snuggles.  I was struggling to keep my eyes open, as I was very tired.  Princess Joybug’s solution – mummy if you just open your eyes up, then you will wake up.  If only it was so simple 🙂

I must say it made my mummy heart glad that something as simple as a sleep over with mummy made my kids so very happy. 

May the simple joys continue to bring them pleasure through life.

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An article I found on Fructose…very interesting…

Scientists have proved for the first time that fructose, a cheap form of sugar used in thousands of food products and soft drinks, can damage human metabolism and is fueling the obesity crisis.

Fructose, a sweetener usually derived from corn, can cause dangerous growths of fat cells around vital organs and is able to trigger the early stages of diabetes and heart disease.

Over 10 weeks, 16 volunteers on a controlled diet including high levels of fructose produced new fat cells around their heart, liver and other digestive organs. They also showed signs of food-processing abnormalities linked to diabetes and heart disease. Another group of volunteers on the same diet, but with glucose sugar replacing fructose, did not have these problems.

This study takes its place in a growing lineup of scientific studies demonstrating that consuming high-fructose corn syrup is the fastest way to trash your health. It is now known without a doubt that sugar in your food, in all it’s myriad of forms, is taking a devastating toll.

And fructose in any form — including high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and crystalline fructose — is the worst of the worst!

Fructose is a major contributor to:

  • Insulin resistance and obesity
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Elevated triglycerides and elevated LDL
  • Depletion of vitamins and minerals
  • Cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer, arthritis and even gout

A Calorie is Not a Calorie

Glucose is the form of energy you were designed to run on. Every cell in your body, every bacterium — and in fact, every living thing on the Earth–uses glucose for energy.

If you received your fructose only from vegetables and fruits (where it originates) as most people did a century ago, you’d consume about 15 grams per day — a far cry from the 73 grams per day the typical adolescent gets from sweetened drinks. In vegetables and fruits, it’s mixed in with fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and beneficial phytonutrients, all which moderate any negative metabolic effects.

It isn’t that fructose itself is bad — it is the MASSIVE DOSES you’re exposed to that make it dangerous.

There are two reasons fructose is so damaging:

  1. Your body metabolizes fructose in a much different way than glucose. The entire burden of metabolizing fructose falls on your liver.
  2. People are consuming fructose in enormous quantities, which has made the negative effects much more profound.

Today, 55 percent of sweeteners used in food and beverage manufacturing are made from corn, and the number one source of calories in America is soda, in the form of HFCS.

Food and beverage manufacturers began switching their sweeteners from sucrose (table sugar) to corn syrup in the 1970s when they discovered that HFCS was not only far cheaper to make, it’s about 20% sweeter than table sugar.

HFCS is either 42% or 55% fructose, and sucrose is 50% fructose, so it’s really a wash in terms of sweetness.

Still, this switch drastically altered the average American diet.By USDA estimates, about one-quarter of the calories consumed by the average American is in the form of added sugars, and most of that is HFCS. The average Westerner consumes a staggering 142 pounds a year of sugar! And the very products most people rely on to lose weight — the low-fat diet foods — are often the ones highest in fructose.

Making matters worse, all of the fiber has been removed from these processed foods, so there is essentially no nutritive value at all.

Fructose Metabolism Basics

Without getting into the very complex biochemistry of carbohydrate metabolism, it is important to understand some differences about how your body handles glucose versus fructose.

Dr. Robert Lustig Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, has been a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism. His work has highlighted some major differences in how different sugars are broken down and used:

  • After eating fructose, 100 percent of the metabolic burden rests on your liver. But with glucose, your liver has to break down only 20 percent.
  • Every cell in your body, including your brain, utilizes glucose. Therefore, much of it is “burned up” immediately after you consume it. By contrast, fructose is turned into free fatty acids (FFAs), VLDL (the damaging form of cholesterol), and triglycerides, which get stored as fat.
  • The fatty acids created during fructose metabolism accumulate as fat droplets in your liver and skeletal muscle tissues, causing insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Insulin resistance progresses to metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes.
  • Fructose is the most lipophilic carbohydrate. In other words, fructose converts to activated glycerol (g-3-p), which is directly used to turn FFAs into triglycerides. The more g-3-p you have, the more fat you store. Glucose does not do this.
  • When you eat 120 calories of glucose, less than one calorie is stored as fat. 120 calories of fructose results in 40 calories being stored as fat. Consuming fructose is essentially consuming fat!
  • The metabolism of fructose by your liver creates a long list of waste products and toxins, including a large amount of uric acid, which drives up blood pressure and causes gout.
  • Glucose suppresses the hunger hormone ghrelin and stimulates leptin, which suppresses your appetite. Fructose has no effect on ghrelin and interferes with your brain’s communication with leptin, resulting in overeating.

If anyone tries to tell you “sugar is sugar,” they are way behind the times. As you can see, there are major differences in how your body processes each one.

The bottom line is: fructose leads to increased belly fat, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome — not to mention the long list of chronic diseases that directly result.

Panic in the Corn Fields

As the truth comes out about HFCS, the Corn Refiners Association is scrambling to convince you that their product is equal to table sugar, that it is “natural” and safe.

Of course, many things are “natural” — cocaine is natural, but you wouldn’t want to use 142 pounds of it each year.

The food and beverage industry doesn’t want you to realize how truly pervasive HFCS is in your diet — not just from soft drinks and juices, but also in salad dressings and condiments and virtually every processed food. The introduction of HFCS into the Western diet in 1975 has been a multi-billion dollar boon for the corn industry.

The FDA classifies fructose as GRAS: Generally Regarded As Safe. Which pretty much means nothing and is based on nothing.

There is plenty of data showing that fructose is not safe — but the effects on the nation’s health have not been immediate. That is why we are just now realizing the effects of the last three decades of nutritional misinformation.

As if the negative metabolic effects are not enough, there are other issues with fructose that disprove its safety:

  • More than one study has detected unsafe mercury levels in HFCS.
  • Crystalline fructose (a super-potent form of fructose the food and beverage industry is now using) may contain arsenic, lead, chloride and heavy metals.
  • Nearly all corn syrup is made from genetically modified corn, which comes with its own set of risks.

The FDA isn’t going to touch sugar, so it’s up to you to be proactive about your own dietary choices.

What’s a Sugarholic to Do?

Ideally, I recommend that you avoid as much sugar as possible. This is especially important if you are overweight or have diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure.

I also realize we don’t live in a perfect world, and following rigid dietary guidelines is not always practical or even possible.

If you want to use a sweetener occasionally, this is what I recommend:

  1. Use the herb stevia.
  2. Use organic cane sugar in moderation.
  3. Use organic raw honey in moderation.
  4. Avoid ALL artificial sweeteners, which can damage your health even more quickly than fructose.
  5. Avoid agave syrup since it is a highly processed sap that is almost all fructose. Your blood sugar will spike just as it would if you were consuming regular sugar or HFCS. Agave’s meteoric rise in popularity is due to a great marketing campaign, but any health benefits present in the original agave plant are processed out.
  6. Avoid so-called energy drinks and sports drinks because they are loaded with sugar, sodium and chemical additives. Rehydrating with pure, fresh water is a better choice.

Some food for thought…

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I found this list on Dr Mercola’s website, as I am researching the damaging effects of sugar for a kids program I am running.  I thought I would share this with you, because to be honest I found it quite frightening!!!  If you want to read the full article go here…http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/20/sugar-dangers.aspx

Nancy Appleton, PhD, author of the book Lick the Sugar Habit, contributed an extensive list of the many ways sugar can ruin your health from a vast number of medical journals and other scientific publications.

  1. Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease.
  2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  3. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.[
  4. Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol.
  5. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function.
  6. Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.
  7. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia.
  8. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
  9. Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including: an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
  10. Sugar can cause premature aging. In fact, the single most important factor that accelerates aging is insulin, which is triggered by sugar. 1
  11. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
  12. Sugar can cause your saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.
  13. Sugar contributes to obesity.
  14. Sugar can cause autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, asthma, and multiple sclerosis.
  15. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)
  16. Sugar can cause gallstones.
  17. Sugar can cause appendicitis.
  18. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
  19. Sugar can cause varicose veins.
  20. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.
  21. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
  22. Sugar can cause a decrease in your insulin sensitivity thereby causing an abnormally high insulin levels and eventually diabetes.
  23. Sugar can lower your Vitamin E levels.
  24. Sugar can increase your systolic blood pressure.
  25. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  26. High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs),which are sugar molecules that attach to and damage proteins in your body. AGEs speed up the aging of cells, which may contribute to a variety of chronic and fatal diseases.
  27. Sugar can interfere with your absorption of protein.
  28. Sugar causes food allergies.
  29. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
  30. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
  31. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
  32. Sugar can impair the structure of your DNA.
  33. Sugar can change the structure of protein and cause a permanent alteration of the way the proteins act in your body.
  34. Sugar can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
  35. Sugar can cause cataracts and nearsightedness.
  36. Sugar can cause emphysema.
  37. High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in your body.
  38. Sugar lowers the ability of enzymes to function.
  39. Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease.
  40. Sugar can increase the size of your liver by making your liver cells divide, and it can increase the amount of fat in your liver, leading to fatty liver disease.
  41. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney such as the formation of kidney stones. Fructose is helping to drive up rates of kidney disease.
  42. Sugar can damage your pancreas.
  43. Sugar can increase your body’s fluid retention.
  44. Sugar is enemy #1 of your bowel movement.
  45. Sugar can compromise the lining of your capillaries.
  46. Sugar can make your tendons more brittle.
  47. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
  48. Sugar can reduce the learning capacity, adversely affect your children’s grades and cause learning disorders.
  49. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves, which can alter your ability to think clearly.
  50. Sugar can cause depression.
  51. Sugar can increase your risk of gout.
  52. Sugar can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.  MRI studies show that adults 60 and older who have high uric acid are four to five times more likely to have vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s.
  53. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalances such as: increasing estrogen in men, exacerbating PMS, and decreasing growth hormone.
  54. Sugar can lead to dizziness.
  55. Diets high in sugar will increase free radicals and oxidative stress.
  56. A high sucrose diet of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.
  57. High sugar consumption by pregnant adolescents can lead to a substantial decrease in gestation duration and is associated with a twofold-increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.
  58. Sugar is an addictive substance.
  59. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.
  60. Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.
  61. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.
  62. Your body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.
  63. The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.
  64. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  65. Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.
  66. Sugar can impair the function of your adrenal glands.
  67. Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in normal, healthy individuals, thereby promoting chronic degenerative diseases.
  68. Intravenous feedings (IVs) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to your brain.
  69. Sugar increases your risk of polio.
  70. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.
  71. Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.
  72. In intensive care units, limiting sugar saves lives.
  73. Sugar may induce cell death.
  74. In juvenile rehabilitation centers, when children were put on low sugar diets, there was a 44 percent drop in antisocial behavior.
  75. Sugar dehydrates newborns.
  76. Sugar can cause gum disease.

It should now be crystal clear just how damaging sugar is. You simply cannot achieve your highest degree of health and vitality if you are consuming a significant amount of it.

Fortunately, your body has an amazing ability to heal itself when given the basic nutrition it needs, and your liver has an incredible ability to regenerate. If you start making changes today, your health WILL begin to improve, returning you to the state of vitality that nature intended.

Just a few little facts before I sign out…

A can of softdrink contains 10 tsp of sugar (or fructose which is the sugar that goes straight to your liver and does massive amounts of damage, it is the cheapest sweetener, so is basically used in everything – also known as corn syrup)

A small bottle of flavoured milk contains 8 tsp of sugar

A snickers bar contains 6 tsp of sugar

Half a cup of icecream contains 5 tsp of sugar

McDonald’s medium thick shake – a whopping 26 tsp of sugar

So there you have it…makes you think hey!!!

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Tonight we picked (and ate) mulberries by torch light.

Special Man’s parents have two mulberry trees in their backyard and at the moment they are jam packed full of fruit.  And we of course just had to help them lighten their load.

The mulberry tree laden with fruit is a magnificent site.  In my opinion each branch looks like it is covered in a multitude of caterpillars, each one a different colour along the spectrum between golden green and deep maroon.  I cannot help but think as I look at them – My God did that, and only my God could do that.

For me mulberries are synonomous with memories, and it was amazing how many came flooding back tonight as we munched our way around the tree.

Growing up, in my backyard, well not very far from the house actually, we had a massive mulberry tree.  It was taller than our house.  Every year it would produce an impressive crop of fruit and my favourite past time was  standing on tip toes under the tree, picking and eating mulberries until I was purple from head to toe, inside and out.

Another memory that came flooding back was of our dog Scruffy.  Scruffy joined our family after we discovered him at this commune which consisted of some very unsavoury type people and mum didn’t have the heart to leave him there.  After mum paid for him (I think it was a whopping $10.00), one of the unsavouries put Scruffy in a box, taped it up and then produced this machete sized knife and proceded to pound holes in the lid of the box.  We were all certain that Scruffy must have been killed, but thankfully we heard some movement in the box when we speedily drove off.  Thinking back, I’m glad we survived. 

So how does this fit into a mulberry memory…

Well Scruffy looked like he hadn’t been fed since he was born, (hence another reason Mum couldn’t leave him there) and when we got home, much to Scruffy’s delight, he found the backyard laden with the mulberries that had dropped from the tree.  Well Scruffy thought he had died and gone to heaven (heaven being the mulberry yard).  He whipped through the yard at a million miles an hour cleaning up all of the fruit.  His poor little system however, wasn’t used to that many mulberries (or even food), so it wasn’t long before our backyard was covered in lots of little purple mounds 🙂

The last memory that popped into my head was of mulberry pie.  My mum (hands down) makes the best mulberry pie ever!!!!  It was a tradition in our house and a much loved one at that – home made mulberry pie and custard or cream (or both if you were Dad). 

We moved from our mulberry tree house when I was ten.  So it was a sad day the next September when we all realised that there would be no mulberry pie that year.  One of us must have been reminiscing (or complaining) when Mum got a twinkle in her eye.  She disappeared out to the freezer and came back with a bag of frozen mulberries.  She had managed to smuggle that precious fruit with us all the miles away from our old mulberry house.  Saving it for this very moment.  So that year we shared one last mulberry pie together – it was the sweetest one ever!!!!

And tonight as all of my childhood memories flooded back, I smiled as I looked and listened to my happy children under yet another mulberry tree making their own mulberry memories.

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Did you know that Peter (the bible Peter) has a ladder?

I didn’t either until a couple of weeks ago.

It’s not a literal ladder, but a ladder none the less.  It is a series of steps, each one following the other, which in every sense is a ladder. 

You can’t jump from the bottom rung of the ladder to the top – well you could try, but the results I would say would be rather less than successful and probably very humorous to watch. (Funniest home video material) and when you climb the ladder step by step, you reach your goal – the top of the ladder.

Peter’s ladder is a step by step guide to helping us reach our peak mental and physical performance.  It is found in 2 Peter 1:5-7

“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,  to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.” NKJV

Did you pick out the rungs of the ladder?

  1. Faith
  2. Virtue (understanding)
  3. Knowledge
  4. Self control
  5. Perseverance (or Patience)
  6. Godliness
  7. Brotherly Kindness
  8. Love

Pretty cool ladder hey?

I’ve been studying each one of the rungs, trying to get the essense of what each of the topics are so I can truly have them in my life.  It was a real eye-opener for me reading about Faith and how little faith I really have and also a bigger eye opener to realise that if I don’t have faith I can never truly have love.

Some food for thought…

We’ll continue to climb Peter’s ladder next Thursday.  Until then…

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