Blogging has become a big part of my life – I set aside time to write but then I have gaps where I just don’t.  I’m quite comfortable with this pattern.  I read how-to-blog ebooks and blogs and hear that consistency and promotion is what it is all about.  And I know there is truth in that, if you want to make a business from your blog.  But my blog is just about my thoughts, life and things that I hope will encourage you in the discipleship of your family.  So I blog when I blog.

But I thought it might be fun to show you what I do when I’m not blogging…

When we can Peter and I like to go out for a cuppa or the occasional lunch

route

 

The house needs to be maintained – this doesn’t mean I do a lot of work actually, but rather as a family we work together to keep the house clean, clean clothes and food at the table!  My main job is to co-ordinate it all and make sure it happens!

laundry

Love the feeling of a clothesline of clothes hanging in the sun.

 

Keep family traditions going.  Every Sunday we eat a cooked breakfast together out on the veranda – it is one of the best times of our week.  But we have other traditions too – like hugs in the morning and birthday celebrations.

breakfast

 

Be available to talk to my kids – conversations can happen anytime – early in the morning (while I’m blogging!), mid morning (while we are studying), after lunch (while I’m reading) – you get the picture.  No photos of us talking – cause we are all too busy talking!!

 

One of the things that takes up a lot of time is taking the kids to their various appointments and commitments.  One day this week I actually took a ‘selfie’ showing my girls what I do while waiting!!

waiting

 

Teaching and encouraging my kids in their whole person – heart, mind and body.

discipleship approach word cloud

Word cloud taken from my blog (we learnt about word clouds during our Communicating with Technology unit)

 

I too need to grow in heart, mind and body

fruit of the spirit

 

Teaching new skills to my kids and myself

all in a days work

 

Spending time with friends

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Relaxing and being creative myself  – I love scrapbooking, and even more special that my mum and sister join me and we chat everyday about our latest pages.  I also like to read, and am working on reading a little more intentionally each day.  This is the season for growing a veggie garden so I hope to keep on top of that over the next few weeks.

all people smile

marathon

 

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