Saturday 28 June 2008

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Sally at 'I take joy' has written a great post about mothers stretching themselves too much. I recommend it as a good read. Here is a sample of the post....

So, after years and years of 24/7, I have learned that I have to force things into my schedule that give me rest, provide a break, fill my cup. I am not talking about the cultural expectation that we deserve to have our own time--as my life has never regularly allowed this. But I am talking about being a good steward of yourself. Women must take time to read the word and pray--it is a foundation for fitting in to a schedule. I found that for my health and adrenalin, I had to build walking into my life almost everyday--Health and eating the right foods makes me last longer. It is also Biblical to have friends who can encourage us in the Lord--Lone Ranger mommies are more prone to give up, give in to depression and quit their ideals. Ecclesiastes tells us to find a companion to lift us up. As an introvert , I have to have some alone time in order to keep centered--it is why I developed the habit of getting up early to have a quiet time an to drink a cup of tea all alone. It doesn't always work, but I worked to let the kids stay up later so that they would sleep a little longer.

Thursday 26 June 2008

My Photo

Nicloe over at 168 hours has blogged about Down Syndrome and abortion. It is very well worth the read, along with the comments left by visiting bloggers. Check it out.

Wednesday 25 June 2008


Teach Your Children to Pray

I have started to read 'Teach Your Children To Pray, by Denise George'. I don't know what to think of it yet, there are a couple of things I do not fully agree with, but so far I have gleaned some ideas from it.
One of them would be the idea of confessing our sins with each other before family Bible reading and prayer.
Another idea would be to start a caned food collection. Buy a can every week, and when y0u fill a box, give it to a family in need and pray for them.

I was encouraged to note that we are, as a family, getting some of it right!

Here is an idea of our own that we have put together for Sean.

We put a pin board/white board in his bedroom and got photos of family and friends we know and pined some of them on the board and wrote their names on it.
Every now and again we change the photos and names and pray for the new bunch. I like the idea of the visual and I think it might work well, especially with children.

Saving on shopping

A couple of days ago when my son was staying two nights with his granny and I had extra time on my hands, I went into town and checked out a couple of shops at my leisure. In Tesco's they have a place where they sell stuff on discount because they are coming to the end of their sell-by date. I bought some goods and decided to copy Cassie at Home Schooling Four and blog about it... So if you have time and you want some tips on wise shopping, drop by Cassie's blog and have a look, and by the way, wish her a Happy Birthday!

BBQ Chicken wings €2.99...............€0.69
French bread €1.00...............€0.40
Sweet corn €1.69................€0.34
Strawberries €2.99.............€1.79
10 small yoghurt drinks €3.99...............€0.80
4 pears €2.99................€0.60
2 packs of mushrooms €1.39..............€0.28
BBQ chicken wings €2.99.............€1.79
Pizza €6.99............€1.40
Onion rings €4.99..............€0.94
3 Disney shepherd pies €2.99............€0.60
Fajita strips €2.81............€1.40
Bacon €7.98............€3.99
Fine beans €1.69...............€0.85
Apples €0.89..............€0.67

The total price of all the food would have been €51.27 but I only paid €15.85!

Later, Niall phoned me to say that his shoes had split on him and he needed a new pair so we met up and went to Clarks and got him a leather pair in the shop that were down from €75 to €35... While there I picked up a pair of runners for Seán that were down from €42 to €18....

A month ago I spent €54 on a similar pair for him...

When all is said and done, I would like to know, who would pay €6.99 for a pizza you have to take home and cook!
Best buy??? The bacon. It is very expensive here...

Favourite thing?

Sarah at Fiddledeedee! posts every week about her favourite thing and so I thought I would join her with one of my own...

I just LOVE cuddling up on the sofa with the fire lit to watch a movie with my husband and son... and the colder out side the better, and, pyjamas are a must!

.....I enjoyed doing this post because it helped me to think of some of the things God has given to me, like my friends, my family and Sunday lunch with the brethren!

Saturday 21 June 2008

Hello again,
mum is home from hospital. She had a couple of scans on her liver and we think that it may be damaged due to all the medication she has had to take over the years. We should get the results soon.
We went to visit our Russian sister in the Lord, Yana on Sunday and she quite shyly showed us around her new home. Her husband and she have built it themselves and it is really beautiful. My testimony in Russian is here!Yesterday a Christian pastor from another Church used our premises to wed a Latvian couple, and so, if you want to read my testimony in the Latvian language click here! (and if you want to read my testimony in English read it here!)
We also visited other breathern, Colin and Mary the other evening. Their daughter Molly was playing a game of Gaelic football and so we joined them to lend a bit of support. Later we went back to their home and ended up having supper and then a sing-song until quite late!!! It was a good visit.

Thursday 19 June 2008

Funny short video

After reading my last post Nadia sent me this link. You have to check it out, it's quite short and I think well worth your effort!

Thanks Nadia :)

Tuesday 17 June 2008

A fun e-mail

My husband sent me this e-mail today... I guess he can send it to me and feel comfortable in doing so since I think he is one of those rare specimens of men who doesn't fit into all the categories.. for example, he remembered that he proposed to me 6 years ago today (I forgot) and even had flowers waiting for me when I got out of bed this mornin, so he definitely passes no 13. Thank you darling*****

Fall Classes for Men at


by Monday, Aug 30, 2008


Class 1
How To Fill Up The Ice Cube Trays--Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.
Meets 4 weeks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 2
The Toilet Paper Roll--Does It Change Itself?
Round Table Discussion.
Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 3
Is It Possible To Urinate Using The Technique Of Lifting The Seat and Avoiding The Floor, Walls and Nearby Bathtub?--Group Practice.
Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 4
Fundamental Differences Between The Laundry Hamper and The Floor--Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.
Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

Class 5
Dinner Dishes--Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Kitchen Sink?
Examples on Video.
Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning
at 7:00 PM

Class 6
Loss Of Identity--Losing The Remote To Your Significant Other.
Help Line Support and Support Groups.
Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM

Class 7
Learning How To Find Things--Starting With Looking In The Right Places And Not Turning The House Upside Down While Screaming.
Open Forum .
Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours. & lt; /FONT>

Class 8
Health Watch--Bringing Her Flowers Is Not Harmful To Your Health.
Graphics and Audio Tapes.
Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 9
Real Men Ask For Directions When Lost--Real Life Testimonials.
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined.

Class 10
Is It Genetically Impossible To Sit Quietly While She Parallel Parks?
Driving Simulations.
4 weeks, Saturday's noon, 2 hours.

Class 11
Learning to Live--Basic Differences Between Mother and Wife.
Online Classes and role-playing .
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined

Class 12
How to be the Ideal Shopping Companion
Relaxation Exercises, Meditation and Breathing Techniques.
Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 13
How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy--Remembering Birthdays, Anniversaries and Other Important Dates and Calling When You're Going To Be Late.
Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions and Full Lobotomies Offered.
Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 14
The Stove/Oven--What It Is and How It Is Used.
Live Demonstration.
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, location to be determined.

Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.

Send this to all the guys that you think can stand the heat, and to all the ladies for the best chuckle of their day!

Niall just sent me this by e-mail, the sweet man! He always writes me a poem of one sort or another on our anniversaries and because he hadn't time to put it on a card, he e-mailed it to me, that's a first!!!

Those seven weeks seemed like forever, six short years ago,
Waiting on our Lord to tell us which way we should go.
He turned our hearts towards one another, giving us true love
And showed us that we fit together, just like a hand and glove.

It wasn't at the restaurant nor at the Ballymac
Nor at your dear grandfather's grave (my memory was slack!)
But back in your beloved 'Rock down on my bended knee
I asked that simple question, Ruth, "Will you please marry me?"

I fumbled in my pockets trying to find my mother's ring.
Then panicked as I tried to think, "On which hand goes this thing?"
You answered "Yes" and I was glad you didn't leave me linger.
The ring my father gave me, then, I placed upon your finger.

That moment on the beach in June was only just the start
That led us to this place today - where you still own my heart.
Through thin and thick we travelled far - now, more than ever, sure
That God's plans are perfection and what we have is pure.

Whenever you think back and ponder, "Was it really true?"
Just glance at that engagement ring bought back in World War Two
And look into the eyes of him who knelt down on that stone
Then see that he still loves your soul more than his very own!

Happy Engagement Anniversary, gorgeous......

Monday 16 June 2008


Well, I have been spending time with my mum recently while she is in hospital.  Anybody who knows me well knows that I don't get to spend a lot of time with her and so although it is not good that she is back in hospital, it is good that I can see her.

She has an infection and because she is old and has had MS for over 40 years, it is taking a lot out of her.  Like I said, we lost my dad in December and I think she may follow him soon enough.  She told me that she thinks it's time to go and leave us kids behind...
There has been a great softening between mum and me and I have no doubt it has come from the Lord and I am very glad of it.  I am enjoying spending time with her again.

She should be out  and back home within a couple of days.  Will keep this blog updated..

Here is what I have read today in 'My Utmost for His Highest' by Oswald Chambers...

"If I am a friend os Jesus, I have deliberately and carefully to lay  down my life for Him.  It is difficult, and thank God it is difficult.  Salvation is easy because it cost God so much, but the manifestation of it in my life is difficult.  God saves a man and endues him with the Holy  Spirit, and then says in effect, -"Now work this out, be loyal to Me, whilst the nature of things round about you would make you disloyal."  "I have called you friends."  
Stand loyal to your Friend, and remember that His honour is at stake in your bodily life."

Saturday 14 June 2008


Yesterday my mum wasn't well and I rode with her in the ambulance to the hospital. Mum has had MS for more than 40 years. She can only move her left arm and head and is not saved...
She lost dad in December. I got news just now (While I was blogging) that she is not well and so I am on my way in to visit her. Please pray for her salvation and for me, that I let the Lord direct me in my thoughts and speech? I took this photo of our hands yesterday while she was in bed.
Many thanks.

Thursday 12 June 2008


Last year I decided to make something decorative for my hallway. It is a small long hall with little light and painted yellow, so I wanted to make something bright that would suit it. I have never quilted before and thought I would give it a go. My friend Jean sews and has made some very beautiful quilts for her two children, so seeing her make them encouraged me to try my hand at it.

So, I decided to use yellow in the design and create a theme along the lines of Autumn. I sewed acorns and leaves etc on the panels. Eventually I would like to make another three for Spring, Summer and Winter and hang them up during the appropriate seasons..

Anyway, I took the almost finished article over to Jean to show her and she suggested to get a piece of wood to hang it on, and on our way home from her house that evening we spotted some workmen trimming the local trees, so we stopped and asked them to cut a piece down to size, which they did, so that's what is on top of the finished work!

I have to say that I was more than a little surprised with the results. I really thought it would be a disaster and so it gave me the courage to start work on Sean's quilt! A few years ago Jean told me she was collecting her children's favourite t-shirts and was planning to eventually make two t-shirt quilts out of them. So I started to collect Sean's favourite t-shirts, pyjamas etc. Well, as you know, it was Sean's 10th birthday this month so I thought it would be nice to try to have the quilt made in time to give to him as a gift.

I had posted in the past about Sean and presents and money etc, here and I am very aware of how much Sean and other kids have in this society we live in, and both Niall and I are trying to curb this whole thing in Sean's life. So this is the main reason I wanted to make a gift for Sean, this and the fact that I would like him to have something personal from me that he can take into his adult life and who knows, even pass on to one of his kids (forward planning or wishful thinking?!!).

Anyway, here are a few photos of the quilt as I had been making it... And by the way, Sean loves it!
Some of the t-shirts were,
Lego, Bionicle.
A t-shirt hand made for Sean by Peter & Grace when he was 4 years old and in hospital,
Home made Star Trek,
A Crocodile t-shirt Peter made Sean,
Some baby clothes from when Sean was 3 months old,
A Den t-shirt from a visit Sean had to RTE (television)
Samba Soccer Summer Clubs,
Summer Bible Clubs,
T-shirt from Portugal from when he was 2 years old,
T-Shirt from Travis Avenue Baptist Church,
Our favourite Hawaiian shirt!...

I had fun making it, along with denim from Niall's old jeans, but would think again before making another. However, I do plan to make him a different kind of quilt for MacCarthaigh day!!

Sunday 8 June 2008


Not us, sadly, but friends from Virginia went on a cruise recently and posted a great set of photos on their blog here.

And here's a sample...

Beach party/BBQ

Well the big day has come and gone and like every 7th of June, thanks to God, the weather was beautiful. Seán had stayed the night in his friend's house and so he had a 'birthday breakfast' there! When he got home he opened his presents that Niall and I gave him. I had finished a 't-shirt' quilt I had been making him and Niall had given him a pen-knife, computer game and a hiking stick. Seán just loved all the gifts especially the iPod touch he had been saving up for since last Autumn.

We asked Kevin and Mike to help us for the day so they arrived with their car and transported children and things to the beach. Niall packed up our car with the BBQ and off we went. Lisa, Seán's Russian teacher (from Latvia), joined us. She had balloons and a gift for Seán, along with a Russian birthday card she made for him and she sang 'Happy Birthday" to him in Russian.

The tide was in and we had food and drinks. Lots of our guests arrived throughout the day. We had taken spare wet suits along with us (bought them in sale last October for €3 each!) and most of the kids spent the best part of the day in the ocean playing with small boats and floats etc. There was no squabbling, arguing or fighting I am glad to report.

Niall cooked and then made a giant sandcastle. We put up a tent for the kids to change into and we also set up a volley ball net. Niall had made a piñata and there was a water balloon fight that the kids particularly liked. We couldn't light the candles on the cake which didn't bother Seán, and his two grannies turned up at the party! This is pretty amazing since the last time we had the two of them together with Seán was when Seán was about 4 months old!

Everybody just chilled out and the party went on well past teatime. Yana and Rhys said it was the best party they have ever been to and you know, I think it was too!!! Enjoy the photos.

Friday 6 June 2008

Sean's Birthday

Don't forget to wish Sean a 'happy birthday' on his blog! He is 10 tomorrow (Saturday 7th)

This is a photo Becky found of me on the internet (walking in the marathon), you are supposed to buy it for fifteen euros (not likely!).
It's a strange feeling looking at it, that is, a photo taken of my without my knowing about it...

Wednesday 4 June 2008

Mini Marathon

Well, Becky and I walked the marathon together and we had a ball! What a day. The weather was fabulous, the crowd was huge and the crack good!

The queue to the toilets were something else...Becky & I were interviewed for radio! There was 3 different starting points, for runners, joggers and walkers. This marathon is the largest women's marathon in the world and there was well over 40 thousand taking part.Lots of women collect money for their favourite charity and wear t-shirts to show which ones they support. Here are a few examples.
It's a tradition each year at the marathon for the local firemen to stand outside their station and hose anybody walking past on their side of the road... just to cool you down of course, sure where would we be without them! This years medal was the shape of a heart! I have a photo of me and Becky with them on taken after the event but can't find it just now.. will go looking!
Ah, here it is!

And here are my medals from the four Mini Marathons I've far!

Tuesday 3 June 2008

Birthday Wishes

This Saturday my son Sean will celebrate his 10th birthday. Will you say happy birthday to him on his blog??

Many thanks!

This is a photo of me and Sean's dad, Sean Campbell... This is a photo of me in my night-dress the night I went into labour! At this stage Sean's dad had been dead 12 weeks, so his sister Theresa and her girls stayed with me that night, just as well! Theresa was a true friend and great help to me during this time. This is Theresa. This is Sean aged one day, and me who aged 10 years... This is Sean with his two grannies. This is my boy now... ooops! Sometimes still in our arms, but always in our hearts.

Monday 2 June 2008

Wedding photos

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Wife of valor has posted on Marriage Monday and her photos are beautiful!
It's been almost 6 years singe Niall and I wed and so I thought I would refresh my own memory of the day by posting a few photos of my own! We didn't have a professional photographer on the day so don't be too disappointed by the quality, but rather, think on the GREAT blessing the day was to Niall and me.

I can hardly believe that we had our first kiss on our wedding day, and because lots of our friends and relatives knew this they gave a huge round of applause when we kissed, really, we have the evidence on video!!! By the goodness and grace of God we have a terrific tale to tell concerning our wedding day and I must write a post on it soon.

Ok, I will try to give you a quick run down on our wedding. We started our courtship with the understanding that there would be no holding hands, kissing, cuddling etc in case it didn't work out... After 7 weeks Niall proposed to me and within 6 months we were married. I was a year saved! I know that this sounds dodgy but even though Niall was 15 years saved by then, Stephen our pastor had been discipline me and the Lord 'grew' me VERY quickly so Stephen thought the match equal... and time has proven him to be right...

We were as poor as church mice but would have been happy with a tiny wedding but in our hearts we wanted to invite everybody we ever met so that they would hear the Gospel, so the little Church that we are joined to arranged the whole wedding, catering and all.

We got married on a Sunday which is most unusual in Ireland and after the service, (where Niall and I kissed for the very first time!) the tables were set up and lunch was served. The Church bought tables and hired out the delph and cutlery and glasses etc for the day. Each member brought in food with them (Marie organised this monumental task) as did some of Niall and my family members, and we had a feast for almost 200 guests.

A sister in the Lord made us the most beautiful 3 tier wedding cake,
another paid for the cold meat which was in the hundreds,
another family provided the flower arrangements for the Church building,
another family provided my bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers, flowers for the top of my veil, flowers for my bridesmaid and the button holes for Niall, the best man and Sean,
another member made up all the invitations and table notes,
other people provided our wedding rings,
other people valeted Niall's car for us
and yet other people rented out a beautiful hooded cape for me to wear to the Church because we got married in November.
Someone else provided the photographs,
and somebody else provided the video.
A sister/brother in the lord (still unknown to us) put £400 in an envelope and this paid for the rent of Niall and Sean's matching suits AND the purchase my new wedding dress.
Somebody else bought my veil
and people even provided two honeymoons for us!!...
Without being too familiar, the only thing I had to buy was my under wear and my shoes!

The Lord, mostly through his people, provided everything for our day and more than 125 un-saved people heard the Gospel preached that day, many for the first time in their lives.

Our day ended about 4 o clock and so we went to visit our pastor's mother in her home who had been invited but couldn't come, (a couple of years later the Lord saved her 3 weeks before her death) and we went to visit Marie's mum and dad who are elderly and had also missed the wedding. Then we went to visit a young man (teenager) who was in hospital with a lot of back pain and had missed our wedding (this was something else, walking up the corridor in my wedding dress, veil and beautiful cape!!!) and then we went to visit a dear friend and sister in the lord who was old and couldn't come to the wedding. We sat in her parlour in front of the fire and she wept... She died a couple of weeks late and we are so glad we made the effort to go to her.

Finally, Niall carried me over the threshold into his tiny rented council house and there I found a big mattress on the floor in the sitting room with new sheets etc on it, a huge log and coal fire, soft drinks, crisps and other goodies and what more can I say!!! Well, not a lot here anyway!

Our wedding day was a dream come true for us... Praise the Lord.