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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.

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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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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My 10 favourite blogs! You will love them all!

Hey it’s  Friday!
Do you know what my favourite thing to do is on Friday ( night) ,on a good Friday, one where I don’t fall asleep  at 8 PM putting baby Hannah to sleep ?
 
I like to make a cup of tea and catch up on my favourite blogs.
 I’m telling you , it’s like reading a good book. I feel inspired and ready for the weekend.

 I’m going to share with you today some of my favourite bloggers. You are going to fall in love with them , all of them, just like I did. You are welcome! 🙂

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Happy Reading!