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How to save on rent…

MOVE.

Yep, that’s what we’re doing, so everybody should do it, too, am I right?! Haha, nah, I doubt everyone wants to go through the hassle, and if we’re honest, neither do we! Alas, it’s not really up to us as hubby is going from a good paying job to minimum wage, thus the necessity of change.

As I’m sure that all of you are faithful followers of my blog because you hit “follow” last time you were reading my ramblings, you will have read the post about my husband losing his great job recently. Here’s a link to the beginning of the story, and this blog will be an update to calm your curiosity! 😉

10563199_651968334911588_5123040647543176932_nSo I wrote that post about a month ago now, and we received four weeks notice from his work, so thankfully we’ve been paid until now. God is so good, and we are thankful for His provision! It worked out that hubby basically had two months off over summer- completely paid! Albeit it wasn’t the most awesome way to spend summer…the uncertainty, anyway! We got in a lot of family time, though, and that WAS awesome!

Hubby applied for and got a job at the local gourmet burger place- Burger Fuel…pretty much our favourite place to eat. 🙂 WIN! He starts on Monday and we’re so stoked that he has work already! As I mentioned in the previous post, he had gone more than a year without a job last time because of his ridiculously amazing qualifications and superman skills, so it’s a huge answer to prayer that he got this job so quickly! THANK YOU for those who have been praying for us!

We realised once he lost his job that we would need to move as our income would very likely go to minimum wage, so we started looking for a new house over a month ago. Nothing was ever quite right, and the one place we were super keen on had an agent that just would NOT get back to me for anything. (I can see the blessing in that now!) Yesterday, after ever so slightly bugging a real estate lady, we were able to view a place that had potential and we confirmed that we wanted it. It is $115 a WEEK ( A WEEK!!) less than our current rental! I know those of you living in other countries may not pay much in rent, but over here in the most beautiful country in the world, our rent rates are dumb- I guess we’re paying for the views. 😉

We will miss our hillside home that backs onto the gondolas (as seen here!) and has lake and city views, but for that savings, we praise God for His provision! And you know what?! When we went to see the house, we realised that the views were beautiful there, too! Oh, how God gives over and abundantly above all that we ask or think!  Check out the view from the new place!!!

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Tell me you aren’t impressed with that view?!! I was so amazed! We have loved our last two houses as they’ve been on hills so we don’t feel smothered from a city atmosphere, and now I don’t even have to look at houses! Sure, there are houses on both sides and behind us, but WOW! What a view! And do you know what is even BETTER?! We are directly below the flight path- and only about one kilometre from the end of the runway as the crow flies! My boys (all three of them. 😉 ) are going to LOVE that! I love it! There’s a reason aeroplanes is in the name of this blog!

Part of why the house is so cheap (only $195 a week!) is that it’s on quite a dodgy road…sometimes considered the worst road in the town. I talked to a close friend (who owns a house two doors down and has had it for twenty years) to get his opinion. He assured me that this part of the street is fine, so you can breathe easy now! (in and out, in and out…sloooower…that’s better!) Do you know what? We’re not afraid!

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim 1:7

Everywhere we’ve gone over the past few months, God has given my husband and I amazing peace in choosing the homes we’ve chosen. We’ve seen His hand of protection in the bad areas that we’ve lived in (pretty much the only areas we can afford!) The safest place we will ever be is in the centre of His will, and we have no doubt that we are there now- and will be in moving to this new home.

We look forward to getting to know our neighbours, and we’re sad to be leaving the amazing neighbours we have now. Check out this welcome home note from our neighbour, Lisa, that we found when we got home a week ago…

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…there were even “footprints” up to the door! My three year old was tickled pink! He adores our sweet Lisa! Yes, we will definitely have to visit her regularly!

So that’s the latest anyway! We’re moving- AGAIN. We have been in this house for FOUR WHOLE MONTHS now, after all! That’s how long we were in the last house, six months in the one before, and seven and a half months in the one before that. We hope that this will be that last move for a while! Maybe a year?! Dare we hope?!

How many times have you moved? Do you like change or detest it? We are obviously not too phased by change and probably thrive just a little bit too much on it, but I am sure that some of you have stayed in one place much longer than we ever have! I would love to hear your stories in the comments below! Maybe some moving tips?! Pretty please?

The ramblings of the crazy woman who is packing up her house yet again…and the mama of this adorable boy whose face shall go instead of mine this time!

He was having fun on the swing at the playground just across the street from the new house!
He was having fun on the swing at the playground just across the street from the new house!

LydiaPs. Here’s a song that always encourages my heart…

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Contentment during unemployment- is that even possible?

My husband lost his job this week. We’ve known for a couple weeks that it was a possibility, so it wasn’t a shock. (It was a shock when we found out a few weeks ago, though!)

Again we can’t help but be curious about what God has in store for us! Here’s a little bit of our last experience of unemployment…


We had been married only 7 months when my husband was made redundant from his “good” job. They said there was re-structuring happening, and to no surprise of ours, despite them saying they’d call back when they needed more instructors, that never came to pass.

He took a six month automotive course and that has been paid for time and again by all of the things he learned and has applied to our cars and friend’s cars.

At this point he was diligently looking for work and doing some online designing. I was working two part-time jobs as Nanny and Secretary, and then later as a call centre staff for our tax department. I loved it! After a year, I got pregnant, so you can imagine that we were kind of wondering when he would get work! I was going to have a baby in nine months- that much we knew!

Time went on and it was fairly stressful, obviously quite tight, but God always provided. Sometimes we’d get to church and friends would have some groceries for us. Things wouldn’t have added up on paper…but we never lacked. God is so faithful! (We were still learning the “trusting in God completely” thing!)

When I was 34 weeks along, my waters broke one morning right before work and we had a little boy show up less than five hours later. He was pretty healthy, but spent three weeks in NICU doing a bit of growing. Now we were really starting to think “Ok, God! Any time now would be great!”

Within a week of J coming home from hospital, Hubby got a temp job which turned into a full time position. Praise God! We were thrilled. God’s timing was actually perfect (It’s so silly that we mere humans are surprised at God’s perfectness, isn’t it?!)

Had Hubby started a job earlier, he likely couldn’t have had any time off for the baby, and he was so helpful in that first week and the three weeks in NICU. It was a special time for us all, and after that, we could appreciate God’s timing so much more.

That, combined with having long waits for our children, we’ve seen the beauty in God’s timing, and we’ve learned so much trust. I LOVE these verses. If everyone followed them, think of the joy that would surround us!

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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So, here we are again, this time anticipating  God’s plan. We certainly didn’t expect it, but He knows exactly what is happening and why, and He can provide our every need. In the mean time, we’ll keep trusting him, rejoicing in him, thanking Him, thinking on the blessings He has given us, and learning through this time. Please do pray with us as we seek only His best for our lives!

Have you seen God miraculously providing for you in difficult times? I would love to hear how He has shown Himself faithful to you! Click here to read about hubby getting a job!

To God be ALL the Glory.

With a heart full of peace that passes all understanding,

Lydia

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I made a list of things my son needs to change…

…and afterwards, I realised that I should be fair and make a list for myself as well. Guess what?!? My list is LONGER. My list is probably a big reason why there are several things on his list. He is only three after all.

Have any of you seen the newish movie called Mom’s Night Out ? I watched it the other night and I could totally relate to the frazzled mama who was questioning why she wasn’t happy doing her dream job of wife and mother.  Yeah… check out the trailer here! If you are a mum- you need to watch it!

Whoops- distracted! So, back to the subject…his list included things that many mums with three year old’s must struggle with…surely!

– Not coming when we call

– Not listening to simple instructions

– Sneaking food all the time (big issue since gluten makes him crazy!)

– Fighting all sleeps

– Throwing fits with screaming

– Won’t pick toys up

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“Who, me? Mama! You know that I’m just a little angel!”

Now, I know that all of these are very fixable things with some diligence and work, and that is why I was writing them down. We need to change our habits and have a game plan. We are reading some excellent parenting books, but not diligently enough!

So, as I said, as I wrote the above list, I realised that I can’t focus on him and carry on ignoring my own faults! My list is far more serious if we’re honest! Things like:

– Not letting my husband lead our family as he should

– Not showing self-restraint with baked goods or things in general

– Not spending time in God’s Word regularly to cultivate that vital relationship and seek His necessary strength to be a good mama

– Not praying for my family regularly

– Unhealthy addictions

– Losing my temper often (no doubt leading to him copying me!)

– Being too lazy and unproductive and spending too much time browsing Facebook/Pinterest/blogs/ anything other than housework!

I’m pretty sure that I could list many more things, but these were the main culprits that came to light.

If we “fail to plan, we plan to fail”! I have to have accountability! I struggle so much without it. Today has been an awesomely productive and pleasant day, as is usually the case following a big break through and resolution! How to carry these on? I think what really grabbed my attention was this line from the book “What the Bible says about… Child Training” –

“Parents are the symbol and representative of God’s authority to their children. The way parents handle their ruler-ship is the way children will come to think about God and all other authorities in their lives.”

YIKES!! I definitely need to work on my list simultaneously as I seek to be a godly mama to my boys. Maybe I’ll learn all of these tough lessons and be the perfect mama by the time J is five! (haha! as if!)

Please comment below with what you have learned in the course of raising your children? I am so open to your tried and tested results, especially if you are seeking to raise your children to love and honour God!

From one tired and humbled mama to the next,

Lydia

I'm glad we aren't really aware of how hard parenting is in advance!
I’m glad we aren’t really aware of how hard parenting is in advance!

What if tomorrow never came?

IMG_0117What if tomorrow never came? In my reading today, the first verse stopped me in my tracks and I ended up reading it multiple times and thinking on the many results of “boasting thyself of tomorrow”.

The verse says

“Boast not thyself of tomorrow;                                                                                       for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”

If I knew that, how would I change today?

What would I do differently?

I would shout from the housetops how we need Christ- how we were designed to have God as a daily and constant part of our lives. I would share this video to help them grasp this concept and understand what the Bible is truly about:

I would appreciate my boys more and hug and kiss them heaps…

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In between kisses and cuddles, I would keep telling my friends about God’s goodness and their need of him. These are the verses that God impressed on my heart today…

Proverbs 27-

1. “Boast not thyself of tomorrow;                                                                                      for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”

8. “As a bird that wandereth from her nest,                                                                  so is a man that wandereth from his place.”

9. “Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart:                                                               so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.”

12. “A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself;                                      but the simple pass on, and are punished.”

17. “Iron sharpeneth iron;                                                                                                        so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

20. “Hell and destruction are never full;                                                                        so the eyes of man are never satisfied.”

My friend, you may not think about what happens after today, after your God-given moments are over. I plead with you to spend 11 minutes watching the video above- 11 minutes that could change how you spend eternity.