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About last year…

 
It’s been over a year since my last post. And what a year has been! We serve an amazing God who is full of surprises and new beginnings. His ways are not our ways and His timing is perfect!
    I took a year off from blogging to start something new. I just finished Art and Design Foundation Course and in October this year by God’s will, I will start a three year Textile Design  Degree.
  Having  three children  and a home to manage it was all quite a challenge. I had my sweet mum moving in with us for a year to help me with everything. I am very blessed, I know!
            People who inspire others
are those who see invisible bridges at the end of dead-end streets.
– Charels R Swindoll, Wisdom for the way.
 
From getting accepted on the course to actually starting the course I had some challenges and I could see God’s hand over me.
 One of the challenges was tuition. I thought I could get a student loan to pay for it…well, on the portfolio review day, we had a lecture on the course and one of the tutors said: Oh by the way this is an undergraduate course so you can’t access the student loan for it, you have to pay for it, it’s free for those under 19…
And two weeks before the course started I  remembered noticing the price going up. I could not afford it.
 I remember trying to gasp for ideas in my mind  on how to resolve this, trying not to get discouraged …and honestly trying not to cry right there on the spot.
  I could see God working  in the months when I put my portfolio together, how He blessed my hands and  gave me wisdom to manage to fulfill the university requirements …I haven’t sketched since 8th grade…over 15 years ago and I could’t believe what I could do…He answered my prayers, every time I held a pencil I would pray : God guide me! And He did!
I knew this was His will for me…I took me two years to actually listen and obey…so I was really confused that day in the lecture room.
    After the lecture there was a presentation and a walk trough all the workshops we would be working in…and I was like…great…let’s see what I’m NOT getting…God why are you doing this to me?…I wanted to just leave,…and then I remembered my Pastor saying: If it’s His will, it’s His bill. I picked my self up and went for the walk.  I kept saying to myself : walk by faith and not by sight regardless of what human logic tells you!
God is not a man,so he does not lie. He is not human,so he does not change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it trough? 
Numbers 23:19 
 
Our ways are not God’s ways.
 Isaiah 55:8,9
After the presentation  I over heard a girl asking for payment options. The tutor said there are options to pay in installments and advised her to speak to the finance department and kindly offered to walk her over to the office. I followed them thinking this could be my solution too.
I still remember the lady’s warm smile when she said: Oh, there’s just been approved a new loan option…two weeks ago…it’s called Advanced Learner Loan for those over 25.  I went from discouragement to full on excitement. In the next 5 minutes I went online to check for my self..It was true! He had it all prepared, all I had to do is to trust Him! My blessing was right there in front of me…if I would have left I would have giving up literally with my blessing around the corner.
I am sharing this with you to encourage you to not give up. Whatever He has promised you He will fulfill it, in His time and perfect way. Trust, even when when it seams impossible.
There are no hopeless situations, only people who has grown hopeless about them! Don’t lose hope and trust Him!
              Enjoying  those Workshops! 🙂 Textile Screen Print was my favorite!
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LIFE LATELY – ACCORDING TO MY PHONE PICTURES

                                           Happy Friday! Realy excited it’s the weekend!

                                                 My nephew,sister’s son, got married! It was a beautiful wedding!

                 Some fun with chalk in the car park. Thank you Pinterest for the inspiration!

Date night with my hubby!
 
 

         My girls and a very pretty entryway! We try to visit new places every weekend …little villages with beautiful little cottages or …this beauty of a house! 🙂

All we got were some pillows…promise!: they were free…so I took all of them!

                                                                He’s on the move!! Barefoot in the grass.

            
                                                   this is a weekly thing…they love it!

                       I got the chance to go to an restaurant opening…a day late. It was so good!

She has such a beautiful soul.

                                                             I have a thing for red doors.

This little guy turned ONE!!

 We went to the sea side in Hunstanton. We had a great day with good friends and fish and chips. You can’t beat that!

Channelling my inner Martha and canned some blackberry jam.

The day before our trip to the farm…it was a rough one for mama so the next morning after breakfast I took the kids to the farm & a picnic. We had so much fun and I got a chance to relax and enjoy them without any other distractions…like the pile of dirty dishes I left in the sink. Don’t worry, they were still there when I got back..sadly.

Emma decided that the baby goats are just like them…two girls and one boy…I am mama goat.:)

My three blessings! My hands are full, yes, but you should see my heart…it’s about to burst!

                                                                              Church.

Nature Scavenger hunt on our way to the park.

Were did the Summer go? I can’t believe that next week school starts!? …and Little Sister is starting school! She is so excited!
Our Summer was fun but I am so ready for Autumn! My favourite season!

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LIFE LATELY…ACCORDING TO MY PHONE PICTURES.

I think these type of blog posts are my favourite.It’s like an entry to a journal or a memory box with pictures of moments that I would like to keep and remember for ever. Life is short, so I want to share the best days and remember the good.
A lot has happen since my last post:

I went back to blond!

                        We went to visit family and friends in Romania for 10 days.

 
Last month we celebrated 8 years of marriage! So, while in Romania we took a family photo in the exact same spot were we took our wedding pictures.

 

Lunch break.at the airport.
 

After all that Romanian food and eating like there’s no tomorrow…it’s time to …
well…eat a melon..?…

 
 …& talk to the ducks.

 
 Can you tell by his cute little face that he still wakes up 5 times EVERY night?

 
 Thank you Tesco for your free magazine…we use it as craft supply to entertain little sister and baby brother as we wait for big sister to finish her tennis lessons.

                                   This is what keeps me together…it’s like glue…but tastes better.

                                             Oh..Love hose chubby little legs! It’s Summer! for like…3 days.

                                               

      She made up a song about me. Mummy is a tissue, she wipes your mouth she wipes your nose, mummy is a tissue!
Yup, that’s motherhood for you folks!

                   
                                                    We have the same bottom teeth.:D

                                                           

                                                               Thank you for reading!

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Our trip to London – Visiting The British Museum

 
 
 
This Summer, we decided is going to be the Summer of Museums! We love taking the girls to visit different museums. It’s a great activity to do in the weekend as a family. There is always something fun to do even for toddlers and best of all, it’s free. 
 
 
 
Big sister was fascinated by everything she saw! I confess, it made my heart burst seeing her enjoy it. I dreamt about these days. Visiting museums, libraries and feed their little minds with knowledge..the right kind of knowledge.  Seeing my children grow and discover the beautiful world around them is such a blessing .
 
 
 

This right here, was the best part. There were special desks were museum staff showed and tell the history of objects as old as 700 years. You had the chance to touch and study the beautiful craftsmanship and interesting designs. I think this was my favourite part too.

 
When Little Sister turn came to touch and feel an 700 year old Chinese decoration, I think the lady’s heart skipped a beat. 🙂
 

Colouring session.
We had lunch at a small restaurant right across the street from the museum…can’t remember the name..but what I do know…I’m never going back there..EVER. The staff was lovely, but the food..not so much.
 

The weather was fantastic.
 We had such a slow and  lovely day. We planned the trip ahead of time to avoid any disappointment and unnecessary  stress.
 
Here are a few tips:
You can visit your local museum website for  opening times and what they have going on, any fees that they might have for special exhibitions that you need to pay cash for, parking arrangements.
 Always carry change with you to pay for parking and the ice-cream van that seams to be EVERYWHERE…and ice cream from the ice-cream van in London it’s NOT cheep.
Where comfortable shoes and clothes…well, for me, that go’s for everyday life with 3 small children. If I don’t feel comfortable with what I am wearing and I have to fuss with a necklace or scarf..I just take it off to avoid getting cranky 🙂 No one likes a cranky mummy.
If the weather is nice, pack a picnic and enjoy it in the park.

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Big Sister is 6.

 
 
 

A few months after we celebrated our One year wedding anniversary we found out we were expecting our first blessing!
 I can’t believe I have a 6 year old. And what an amazing 6 year old she is.
 We celebrated her birthday together as a family by starting the day with cake for breakfast.
 It becoming a tradition. I always made them a festive breakfast for their birthdays, but this year we skipped the birthday parties and together with the girls decided on being just us, no fuss no stress, and making their day special with little surprises and their festive cake.

My dear Emma, you are such a blessing and a joy to us!  We love you so very much and we are so amazed by your kind and gentle spirit! Always ready to help and nurture your little sister and brother. You are going to be such a great mummy one day!
 

You are funny and you love to make people laugh. I adore your laugh, it’s so contagious!
I pray you will never lose that!
I pray that God will bless you all the days of your life my sweet baby girl!

                                                        
                                                            Happy birthday Big Sister!

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Little sister is 4!

 
 
 
 

 This morning we had birthday cake for breakfast! It’s my 4 year old’s birthday! 4! wow! We are so blessed by our children! Truly, children are a blessing from the Lord!
She is so excited for her birthday! Since this morning she has the biggest smile on her face!

We surprised her with her Minnie Mouse boutique cake that she was praying for .  She went to preschool with no fuss and when I picked her up with baby brother we had some balloons for her! She was over the moon. She loves all the attention and that this day it’s all about her.
On our way to preschool this morning, I asked her what would she like to do for her birthday. And she said that all she wants is a party with her family in her room playing pass the parcel.
So as soon as she got home, she got some toilet paper and some small toys and started wrapping them for the game. I offered to help but she insisted that it’s her birthday and her party and she has to do it on her own…I wander were did she got that from…not me. Looking forward  to a fun family  party tonight when daddy gets off work.
 
 

My sweet Hannah!
Today is your birthday!
  Every day you inspire and challenge me to be a better mum.
 You are strong willed and courageous! You my darling daughter can move mountains!
 We adore you and we are so blessed to be your mama and daddy! We can’t wait to see you bloom into the woman God has created you to be.
 Happy birthday Hanny!

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Baby Alex Noah. Six months.

 

Were did time go?…I say that a lot…
I love this season of motherhood. This right now, is my favourite. Well, every stage is kind of my favourite…
We did had a rough start with colics and chickenpox…not fun! But thank God all is well and my baby is growing so well! He is so alert and engaging and laughs his head off at his sisters shenanigans. He is such a joy and a blessing.

Motherhood is no easy job …having three little ones depending on you for everything is a huge responsibility. Sometimes I feel like all I’m doing is meddling with these perfect spirits and placing my own fears and habits and short comings on them. I spend a lot of my time  praying I don’t mess them up too terribly. I’m just thankful I have been given this chance, with these three beautiful healthy and happy babies of mine.
 
I wouldn’t mind if time slowed down and let us linger a bit longer. Sometimes I feel like I’m going to wake up soon and it will all have been a very short dream.
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New Year Family Resolution / Goals ideas

   Every first of January we make lists, plans for the new year. Things we would like to change or improve, things we would like to do more of or not doing them at all.It’s a fresh start, a blank canvas. As me and my husband thought about the year ahead of us I decided to write a post were I share some ideas to inspire your list. Some of these things we already do and some are new to our list.

                                                       Enjoy the outdoors more.

  My girls really like going on “adventures” every time we go to a nature park. Pretend they are chasing and fighting dragons or discovering new things, like a hollow tree.
   Living in UK, our outings  are very much conditioned by the weather. So our plan for 2015 is to face the bad weather, get our rain boots on and enjoy the great outdoors no matter the weather. We just need to put together a bad weather day kit or something. I appreciate any suggestion! 🙂

                                                                     Read together.

       Read with your children, to them or let them see you reading. Just surround yourself with books. I love books, reading them, decorate with them. I dream of a huge library in my home one day. Just surround yourself with knowledge. I often tell Big Sister : If you don’t know the answer to something, someone, somewhere wrote a book about it. And children always learn by example, so pick up a book and read.

Cook together.

      There is a saying :” Letting your child help you with something is the fastest way to discover you are the world’s  biggest control freak.” Especially in the kitchen. But it is such a great way to bond and make some beautiful memories together. And the girls really like helping me in the kitchen. 

                                                                    Go on picnics.

     We love picnics. It’s one of our family tradition, as soon as warm weathered kicks in we go on a picnic almost every other weekend. It’s a great way to spend time with your loved ones without spending any money, just pack your lunch, grab your blanket and find a grass patch.

                                                           Questions of the day.

    Every night, after  bed time story, when we put our girls to bed for the night, before we pray together we ask them three questions:

Could you tell us something that made you smile today?
How about something that made you sad?
Did you learn something new today?
 
 
    I have read about this idea somewhere on Pinterest and we have been doing it for the past few months. It is already part of our bed time routine and the girls look forward to it. It sparks some interesting and funny conversations :)). It is just so good to end the day as a family and on a positive note.

                                                       Random acts of kindness.

 
      Practise gratitude as a family. Go out and clean a park. Help out a family member or an elderly neighbour by doing something for them around the house like cleaning and preparing their garden for spring.
    Donate something you don’t use anymore.  Have a clear out, look trough their toys or clothes together and let them decide what they want to give.  And just remember to donate clean and nice things, something that you would buy allover again if you saw it in a charity shop ( and needed) .
 
     Set a weekend day aside to go for a walk around your city and look out for street artists ( we have plenty here in our neck of the woods) or street beggars. After you find them go into the nearest food shop / McDonald’s and get them a hot drink or a meal.  When you see the surprise on their face and gratitude, it  gives you the best feeling in the world. I want my kids to feel that and think about others. The world is so big and full of people in need, when you change your focus from your problems to other people problems you realise  you didn’t had a problem in the first place. You become so much more grateful for what you have.
 
These are some of the things on our list for this new year. I hope it inspired you to make a change or encouraged you to keep doing what you are doing! I wish you a Happy New Year and days filled with laughter no mater what challenges you might face!
 

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MOM’S SURVIVAL TIPS – for the holiday season …for life!

 Holiday season gets very busy for everyone, especially for moms.
I put together some tips that helps me put everything in perspective and prioritise what is important for me , to enjoy life really..not just the season, with my dear ones with no  minimum stress .


Plan it. Set  goals for yourself. For your day or week. Long term or short term goals.
I like making lists, organise/plan the next day on paper but most of the time in my head. If I don’t have some kind of plan for the next day , it tends to be a hectic day. I plan the meals I’m going to cook, the activities I will do with my girls or things around the house that needed to be done. Plan it, pray about it and then give your day to God. I almost never cross everything off my list the next day, but it helps me to keep it together :).

Here we went to visit Coombe Abbey…it was beautiful and so romantic…and best of all…free! 🙂

Make time for your spouse. I can not stress enough about this. Put time aside and go out on date night or just for a walk. Have a date night at home, you don’t have to spend a lot of money, you just need to be intentional about it and make time for it.

Make time for you. Friday night I take a few hours for myself and have a SPA night at home.It’s my time to relax and recharge for the weekend. A good book or a great blog post to read and a cup of coffee does it for me.

Do not compare yourself to others. Be grateful and happy with who you are and what you have. Comparison is the thief of Joy. Appreciate this and now and don’t wish your time away dreaming of better days. Live your life to the fullest as it is.

You don’t have to do it all. I know I said to plan it all, but it is to help you and give you some kind of structure to your day not to stress over it. Do what you can and prioritise things. Don’t sacrifice your time with your kids or your husband over a clean house or a project. Sit down and play, your dirty floor and dirty dishes will still be there.

If you have other tips please feel free to share them in the comments sections below.
Thank you for reading. I hope it was useful.
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LIFE LATELY…ACCORDING TO MY PHONE PICTURES.

Life has been quite fun lately. Hard. But FUN!
I think I had a routine down now, the colic stage is gone and little brother is doing great!
 Growing by the minute! We have fallen in love with his cheeky smile. The sweetest thing!
 
I’m sharing some phone pictures from our life lately, scroll down if you want to see.
Warning, this post is picture heavy! 🙂

 
 

                                                          
                                                  *back to school/preschool

                                                            
                                                              *my birthday gift

 
                                                 *multitasking 🙂 I got this haha

                                                                  In love .            

 

                       All dressed up for the Children’s fancy dress Praise Party at church.