Wednesday 27 August 2008


I went to Yana's new Hair Salon yesterday. Yana washed and trimmed my hair and then put rollers in it so I could see what my hair would look like if I had a perm.

She did a beautiful job... but I wont be going for the perm...

Why? Because sitting there looking at myself in the mirror, I realised that when you are young, anything looks well on you. Now that I am older the perm just doesn't look the same as it did 20 years ago. I just have to face up to it. Not everything looks good on me anymore!

This is a poster her young son 'Artem' made for the shop window.

The "Ambassador", Yana's new Salon is at 19 Seatown, Dundalk tel:042 9386669 mob: 083 3335787

Sunday 24 August 2008

What happened?

Yesterday Sean and his friend Rhys tidied up after themselves without me telling them to...

I am in SHOCK...!

Thursday 21 August 2008

Posts to read.

Check out this blog at 168 hours...

Jesus centred singleness (and marriage)

Nicole writes about married couples, singles and divorced Christians. It's a good post. Also, check out the comments left there.

Also, while you're at it, look in at Shelley and what she has posted titled, "Is it Monday?"
By the way Shelley, hope you recover very soon...

Read this funny quote from

My witty child


The Flourishing Mother

it's a cracker!

Making my bed and lying in it!!!!

Knitting a blanket!!!

Wednesday 20 August 2008

Tidy-up and things

During these past few days I have had an urge to 'deep clean' my home, and when I get the urge to do this , and it's not very often, I go with it! (who knows when the next one will come!) We have a downstairs loo that we call "The Library". It has a couple of book cases in it that we bought second hand when we moved into our home a few years ago. Since then I have had a plan for me and Niall to build our own built in shelves so yesterday I took all the books out and put them on the kitchen table (to go into Sean's shed for a couple of weeks) and put the book cases under Sean's bed. I know that sounds like a weird place but I think it looks good! I intend to get the cash, buy the wood, wood stain etc., and start on the bookcase pretty soon.

I cleaned Seans bedroom from top to bottom, (v small room!) and got Niall to put up a few things with his drill, like this hanger that my neighbour Paula gave me. Up until now Sean had been hanging his dressing gown on the handle of the door so this is more handy and stops us having to pick it off the floor! He also hung up this little scripture that Evelyn gave Sean.

Next I started on the class room. I give it a thorough cleaning and passed on lots of things that Sean won't be using any more. Things like times-tables tapes, childish calculator, posters etc. Most of the walls are now clear for a new round of art work, posters etc. It looks particularly bare at the moment but it wont be long filling up!

Now, I have been reading other peoples blogs long enough to know that a LOT of you guys don't like the idea of using a school room when you are home schooling, but frankly, my home is small, and I would 'crack-up' if I had Sean's stuff was all over the house, so this is how we do it.

The clean room didn't last long however. You may remember that I have been helping one of Sean's friends with his school work during the summer. Well, when he was finished for the day today I allowed him to 'whittle' on a bar of soap with my son's smell pen-knife. We had some fun with that, and some cleaning up afterwards!

We bought Sean a pen-knife two years ago and started him the same way, with soap. I kept the knife in my bed-side locker and he only used it under supervision. Now, he has upgraded to a bigger one. I reckon it is better to teach Sean to use a knife now than to refuse him, and for him to eventually get his hands on one when he is older and do some serious damage with it...

Here is a photo of a scrapbook we have been working on during the summer. We have filled it up with Grammar facts and added in some newspaper cuttings. I hope to get my son to make one for himself this school year and add to it as he learns.

Last week we watched the eclipse of the moon. It was really, really nice to see it and a great reminder to us as a family about how amazing God is... better than any night out on the town!

Sunday 17 August 2008

Church lunch

Well, today after the service, we had our Church lunch. Mary O supplied a cake and some of the children carried it to Michael, and he gave us a little speech.

Also, we gave Kevin a card and a gift for his being so good to pray, prepare and preach for us while our pastor Stephen was away. The fellowship was good as was the weather!

Michael is going back to Kentucky tomorrow. It was good to have him with us and you never know, Lord willing he might just come back to us some day.

Saturday 16 August 2008

Stormy weather

Well, I am looking out my sitting room window this mid August day and what a surprise... Today it looks, sounds and feels like we are having a storm! The rain continues.

Yesterday the MacCarthaigh family and the O Hare family, along with Sean's friends Rhys and Sean R. took our American brother, Michael, up North to the beautiful Antrim Coast.

It was a wash out, good crack, good fellowship but a wash out. I can't say what he truly thought of it as he is very polite, but seeing as he is currently living in Kentucky I would think it is safe to say that he will be looking forwards to returning to the US on Monday!

We went to the Giants Causeway and then on to the Rope Bridge and we did manage to have a good picnic before the weather broke. Here are some shots from yesterday and some taken on the same site last spring, see if you can tell which... (!)

It was that bad I could barely take out my camera so ended up taking a few photos with my phone. We hope to make it up to him with our Church lunch tomorrow.

A quick phone call on the way back and at about 10 O clock our brother Kevin was waiting in our home with a fire lit to warm us up, AND he took Michael home the rest of the way saving Niall the trip. This left us able to have a hot bath, change into warm dry pyjamas, enjoy the fire and fall into bed.

Thanks Kevin.

Thursday 14 August 2008


Here is a link for a TV programme about dating with a difference... 100 men and women speed date but have extra help from Scientists!!!

Does it work, or not?

If you are interested give it a try. However, although I found it interesting and a bit of a laugh, beware, there is a bit of raw language.

Here is what the programme says about itself...

"Can science predict sexual attraction? In a ground-breaking experiment, a team of scientists orchestrate a unique speed date with a hundred singletons to test their theories - with unexpected results. The scientists analyse our speed-daters bodies, faces, and psychological and social profiles to find out what the key predictors of sexual chemistry really are."

Monday 11 August 2008


Yesterday I blogged about how it was my Birthday and how I am 7 years old as I was saved 7 years ago. Today I have blogged about it here in my Testimony Blog. Pop over and give it a read! I hope it encourages you, and help you to re-think your own salvation and we can praise out God and Saviour together!.

Sunday 10 August 2008

My birthday... again!

Yes, today I am seven. Seen years ago I went to a house meeting where two men preached the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and I heard it for the first time in my life, understood it and believed it.

That night I was born again! Thank God.

This is a photo of one of the two Evangelists that preached the Gospel that night. His name is Willie Fenton and he is a carpet layer from the North of Ireland.

Wednesday 6 August 2008

Catching up

Well, things have been a bit busy here this past couple of weeks. Sean sailed in his first race last Saturday. There were six kids sailing the small boats and five of them did not finish the race, it was hard going. Sean was one of the five. He was a bit disappointed but got over it quickly enough after he changed into warm clothes (it had rained and hailed out there) and played on the beach with his friend Sean R. We stayed for the prize giving and it was just great seeing all the kids and teens receive their cups. I think the whole experience will help Sean for future sailing.I finally have photos of the kids new Sunday School room. We bought tables and chairs so we can sit outside when the weather permits. As you can see, the children love sitting on the large balls!

Our sister in the Lord, Yana, opened her new hair salon last week. It looks great and during the service on Sunday she gave thanks to the Lord for things going smoothly... I enjoyed going in to visit her and say 'Hello' to her Russian customers in their own language. (One of the benefits of having my son learning the Russian language, I have picked up a phrase or two!)A few of us got together in the lads home out in Annagassan for a game of Trivial Pursuits. The crack was mighty and we got to know Michael, (from the States) a little better. That's him with guitar. He preached on Sunday and we were all very blessed, and impressed by the gift God has given to him in that particular department. He is training to be a pastor in Kentucky and is spending a little time over here in Ireland to see what the Churches are like over here. He said he is shocked and surprised at how small the Church is over here. He said he assumed that Ireland, and Europe in general had a large Christian population but now knows that in Ireland alone MAYBE about 4 to 5 % of the population are truly saved....

The weather here is up & down. It has been raining for two days straight, but on Monday evening, after the radio show, we headed out to the beach for a BBQ with Kevin and Michael. It was a beautiful balmy night and we didn't pack up until 10.45! Ahh, that's the ting that keeps me going during our Irish Summers, even when it rains you know there is a chance that things will change and that the sun will shine!