25 May 2018

Words




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I've been thinking about words a lot lately and how powerful they really are.

We are living in a time where words don't seem to carry as much weight as they used to. We don't think much about breaking a promise, talking about others behind their backs, commenting negatively about people online or consuming the latest goss for fun in the shiny magazines sold at our local supermarkets.

As a parent and wife, I'm so aware that my words impact not only my world, but the world of my kids and my marriage.

So lately I've been imagining my words are like seeds.  When we sow seeds into the garden, we expect to grow something because we know they are living and there will be something produced from them. My words are exactly the same.

Instead of being casual with my words, I've started to imagine them being like seeds... realising that they will have an effect when planted, whether positive or negative.

When I talk to my children, my words are like seeds... they will either negatively or positively affect my kids. Same thing goes for the words I speak over myself, my husband and my friends.

Lately, I've been asking myself what kind of garden I am planting in my life with my words. Am I looking around at a life full of weeds and thorns which are the result of years of negativity and criticism, or have I planted words (seeds) of hope and encouragement into my life and those around me?

If my words are like seeds, am I as careful and thoughtful with my words as I am when I plant seeds into my vegetable garden at home?

One area I've really had to watch is the way I use my words when speaking negatively about or to myself.  One question I ask myself is, "Would I let someone speak to my friends or kids the way I speak to myself?".  I've realised that my relationship with myself sets the tone for every other relationship I have.

I want to be someone whose words encourage (give courage to) others, not discourage (take courage from) others.

When I speak, 3 good things to check are:

1. Is it true?
2. Is it kind?
3. Is it necessary? 

Without realising it, one of the most powerful things we possess are our words – especially over others. 

With your words you can tear down or build up. Your words can change the course of a life – you can destroy dreams, or you can spark hope.


Chose your words wisely. 



I recently spoke on this topic at our church here


16 May 2018

Things I'm loving...


It's that time again - a little summary of the last few weeks and focusing on the good stuff, cause keeping a thankful heart is the secret to a joy-filled life (in my opinion anyway!). 

So thankful for the opportunity to recently attend an awesome conference recently (Life Conference) with these amazing people... 















Getting to see some of our beautiful friends while down in Auckland!














Loving this line on my letterboard for this week (see if you can spot Boo too)... 



Loving the evening sky, especially when you can see a roller-coaster in it! 













Loving Krispy Kreme... need I say more?



Sooooo loving crochet! I hardly sit down to craft lately, so when I do, it's such a treat. This blanket for my son is taking a lot longer than I'd originally planned... But hopefully it will be finished sometime this year! 






















Lastly, absolutely loving my family. We got to have some special photos on Mother's Day - some of them at our church with the coolest props!






So much to be thankful for!

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09 May 2018

Doctor Who Tardis Cake!


 
Today our eldest daughter turns 14 years old! 

We celebrated with a casual family afternoon tea and a quick and easy Dr Who Tardis Cake! This cake was super quick to make - we just designed a Tardis stencil then sprinkled icing sugar over top. Wallah!! 



Years ago our Doctor Who mad son requested a Tardis birthday cake (check it out here).  This one was a lot more elaborate, so today's cake was a nice reprieve!


We love our sweet girl! A caring and sweet hearted soul with a crazy sense of humour and love for all things Doctor Who, Star Wars and super hero related. Major influence from her big brothers here I think!






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