Friday 28 November 2008


Yesterday Sean spent the afternoon in a friends home so I had Yana's boys to myself. So, for a change I took them to the Marshes Shopping Centre to pass a few hours. I didn't know what to expect, if they had been there a thousand times before and would be bored, or what.Anyway, I started the trip on a high note by buying them an ice cream! Then we walked around looking at the Christmas decorations in the various shop. We had a bit of fun on the lift in Pennies. I let them go in the lift on their own (this was a big deal to them!) and I went downstairs (1 floor) on the escalator and so we had a race.. They won:)

Anyway, to cut a long story short, we has a nice time, the 3 hours flew in with a couple of high lights; Denis wanted to go to the book shop and being Russian called it the 'Library Shop!' We had a treat in Burger King and after drinking his soft drink, he saved his ice calling it 'Diamonds!'As I type this blog, there was a miniature upset and the three boys came downstairs. Artem bit Denis on the bottom... So I made him kiss him better, just there! Ha!

This cheered them all up and they went back up stairs laughing and happy as Larrie's:)

Monday 17 November 2008

Today, although a bit late, I am going to join 'The Homeschool Post' and post about where I home school Sean and which is my favourite place.

As you may know, I home school my 10 year old son. Sometimes I also school Dylan who is the same age. We have a class room here in my home but we also like getting out and about.

Some people don't like the idea of a class room but I decided to have one for lots of different reasons. I can keep everything to do with schooling in one room and when the regular work is done, its out of sight and out of mind. I think this is good for both me and Seán. Also, I sometimes help neighbouring kids with their homework so it's good to have the space for them to work. (desks) I like my house to be tidy. It's very small and when things are all over the place it looks terrible and drives me nuts so I am not keen to have school books all over the kitchen table/sitting room!

So, here are a few pictures of how Seán and I do our thing!

Click on the speech bubble and you will be able to find out what the photos are about...

Here are some photos of other blogger's and where they school their kids... enjoy!

I liked Tifanny's black board in her class room...

Sometimes Being Mrs Momma home schools out side on their picnic blanket...

Outdoor Picnic

Daddy's Chicks room looks sooooo tidy...
Flakey Friends are very crafty....

Paula's girl from A Large Room, prefers playing (of a different kind!) out doors...

Monica's young ones look very comfy!

Principled Discoveries wins my vote for 'most interesting and fun photo'
Sadie's son has found a place of his own...
Rhoda seems to love having maps in her room...

Learning Along The Way gets my 'cute' vote

One of Lori's girls wins the best 'uniform' vote from me!

Heather has my vote for the 'best bed' photo... Busy woman!

Friday 14 November 2008

Catch up.

Here is a photo diary of what we have been getting up to these days. You know about mum being in hospital. Well, here is part of an e mail I got today about her health...

Mam's consultant saw her this afternoon. She said that the heaviness that mam previously felt on her chest was definitely Angina. This was caused by heart disease. Mam has significant heart disease. There is a heart disorder. Mam is getting a tablet for this rythim disorder and it is helping a lot. The doctor describes the heart diesase as; the main arteries going through the heart, their internal diameter gets smaller and restricts flow of blood to other areas of heart. Whether mum is suitable or not for the usual treatment and the extent of the dieseas will be determined by a special CT scan hopefully early next week, (Monday?) and if mam wants to go through with any procedure... I don't think she will.

I visited her tonight. She was slepy and slow but by the time we left she was her usual self, but quieter. She knows about her condition and was probably in a bit of shock. Here she is with my sister Barbara.

Thank you again for your prayers.

We went and had an evening meal with Sigita and her mother. Sigita is from Lithuania and she comes to our services. (She typed out my testimony in her own language) Her dad is in hospital in her home country and so her mum came over to Ireland for a quick visit and a bit of a rest. Her mum did all the cooking and it was lovely! She boiled cabbage without cutting it up. As it cooked, she peeled off a leaf and wrapped it around minced bacon and rice. She covered it with a tomato sauce and it was really nice. We finished the night with Lithuanian coffee and chocolate, mmmmmmmmm....!A couple of weeks ago we took Seán to see Calamity Jane in the town hall. I told Seán that there was 'shooting and everything' in it. I had forgotten the story line and the poor chap sat there all night waiting for the 'boy' stuff! However, he got over the shock and we all enjoyed the night out. Seán still has his friend Rhys for regular sleep overs. Here they are enjoying pop corn and watching 'Close Encounters'. They LOVED it!A couple of weeks ago I bought Seán a glue gun, glue sticks and two bags of lolly pop sticks. We had loads of fun making a fort for him to play with his soldiers. He is at that age now where he and his friends enjoy playing with toy soldiers.We went to one of the Museums in Dublin City for the anniversary of the end of ww1. It has lots of information about the history of Irish soldiers throughout the years and is fascinating for all boys and men. Sean has been saving up his pocket money and so he bought 4 boxes of model soldiers that he has put away for MacCarthaigh Day. Right in the middle of Dublin, in O Connell St there is a giant needle which has attracted a lot of comments and a few jokes, and beside it, every Christmas they usually erect an enormous Christmas tree but this year they have put up something different!Seán is taking part in a National read-a-thon for the MS Society. He is reading books from the Bible (Job, Esther and some of the smaller letters) and also a series of Christian based novels. They are called Viking Quest by Lois Walfrid Johnson and he is just loving them. They are about a girl from Ireland who gets kidnapped by Vikings! I am still minding Yana's two boys Tuesday through Friday after school hours. Here is a photo of them and Dylan (home schooling lad I teach 1 day a week) playing, and LOVING the 'Pilgrims Progress' board game. Great success.We haven't had Kevin over to our house in ages, so on Sunday he joined us for a movie and a coke float. We love you Kev!

Today it would have been Sean's first dads 42nd birthday, so we made a wreath and took it up North to Camlough to his grave. We met Seán's granny Tess, and we had lunch in the hotel in Newry City. Later, we went to her home and met up with some of Seán's cousins. It was a day well marked and I am glad that we still get together to remember Seán Campbell.
Our brother in the Lord, Pete Matthews died this time last year so we had a special gospel service titled 'How we know Pete is in Heaven'. His family invited lots of Pete's friends and family members who are unsaved to it. Stephen spoke very, very well and afterwards we had soup and sandwiches. It was a good day for everyone I think, although my heart goes out to Pete's mother who is in her late eighties and has survived Pete...What can I say? I like this photo of the boys, on two different computers, interacting through 'Club Penguin!' This is not something we normally do in this home, but I suppose it is a sigh of the times.Niall took the boys out to Ravensdale forest for a bit of archery.We are still trying to visit my step-mum (who is going through chemotherapy) on a half regular basis. It's not ideal having the 3 boys but sometimes that is just the way that it has to be. They are good boys anyway so I don't think she minds. As you can tell by the photo, she likes pink!

Thursday 13 November 2008

Mum 2

Well, the news update with my mum is that she is in good form. I have had the chance to visit her 4 times since she went into hospital and I hope to visit her today. She is back in ICU for the day while they monitor her taking twice the dose of her normal tablets but she hopes to be home tomorro! Poor mum, she hates being away from home:)

Many, many thanks to you guys for your prayers. You have no idea how good it is to know that strangers from another part of the world are praying for mum and me, and yet, not strangers but sisters and friends!

Tuesday 11 November 2008


My mum is back in hospital this week. It turns out that she has something wrong with her heart. We think this has something to do with her MS. She was in ICU last night but they put her back to the regular ward today.

I can't go into all the many reasons and the 7 year history of my relationship with her since my slvation why I am not allowed to visit my mum in her own home. Anybody who is a true Christian will understand the whole concept of 'spiritual warfare.' This particular piece of scripture applies directly to me and my situation:

Matthew 10:34-36.

Jesus said...

'Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law:' and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own household.'

Think about it. If, for the most part, the world hated Jesus (for being a perfect person, why else? It showed them up.) then, as God sanctifies us and makes us more and more like Jesus, then the world will hate us. When God forgave me and entered me, He began to change me a lot. My family didn't like that. I stoped drinking, smoking, cursing and sleeping around and some were offended by that. Although I never said it, they assumed that by my change of lifestyle, I was condemming theirs. I wasn't. But saying, 'I am not geting drunk any more' makes people who get drunk mad at you. They think you are looking down your nose at them and judging them. Well, of course, I am the last person in the world to judge and condemn after being guilty myself and rescued from it, but there you go, it doesn't stop people thinking these things.

So, back to my mum. To my knowledge I have not offended her, but because of other relationships in her life, and other people who have a strong infulence over her, my presence causes unhappiness and so I am not allowed to call over. Haven't been able these 3 years or so. So when she goes into hospital I get the oppertunity to visit her.

I have seen her every day this past 4 days and we have got on like a house on fire. I bring her in a cup of milky coffee with cream. She drinks it through a straw like it was pure nectar! Mum can't move much. She can only lift her head a bit and move her left arm a bit too. Thats it. But she is a trooper. You wouldn't bellieve how she has survived over 40 years of MS. She has been wheelchair bound... must be 20 years. She is so jolly and happy and easy going.

I am aware she could last a lot longer than we think or that the Lord could end her life tonight, but after dad dying just last November, I want to spend time with her. Yes, the Lord may use me to show her that she is not saved, but to tell you the truth, I hope and believe He will save her, with or without me, so I just want to spend some time with her and enjoy her company without any hastle or strife.

I hope that soon, she will see that I am just me, that I am not a threat to her and that what other people have said about me to her is not true.

So, if you would pray for this situation, just once, let it be that the Lord will forgive and save mum, that I will remain calm and godly in the company of my family members and that mum and I will continue to enjoy each others company.

Thank you.

Friday 7 November 2008



Being justified by faith, we have peace with God. Conscience accuses no longer. Judgment now decides for the sinner instead of against him. Memory looks back upon past sins, with deep sorrow for the sin, but yet with no dread of any penalty to come; for Christ has paid the debt of his people to the last jot and tittle, and received the divine receipt; and unless God can be so unjust as to demand double payment for one debt, no soul for whom Jesus died as a substitute can ever be cast into hell. It seems to be one of the very principles of our enlightened nature to believe that God is just; we feel that it must be so, and this gives us our terror at first; but is it not marvellous that this very same belief that God is just, becomes afterwards the pillar of our confidence and peace! If God be just, I, a sinner, alone and without a substitute, must be punished; but Jesus stands in my stead and is punished for me; and now, if God be just, I, a sinner, standing in Christ, can never be punished. God must change his nature before one soul, for whom Jesus was a substitute, can ever by any possibility suffer the lash of the law. Therefore, Jesus having taken the place of the believer- having rendered a full equivalent to divine wrath for all that his people ought to have suffered as the result of sin, the believer can shout with glorious triumph, "Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?" Not God, for he hath justified; not Christ, for he hath died, "yea rather hath risen again." My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, he is my righteousness. My faith rests not upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what he has done, and in what he is now doing for me. On the lion of justice the fair maid of hope rides like a queen.

--C.H. Spurgeon

Wednesday 5 November 2008

Story telling


Last night we three cuddled up on the bed to tell each other stories. I started with, 'In a dark, dark, road, there was a dark, dark house, etc. You get the picture.

Niall told a story about somebody called Christopher running away from something.

Sean, however, told us this long story that actually included 'product placement'! He really did! He went on about a particular toy, how much it was and what shop it could be bought in, all in his story!!! (you know a certain holiday is only about 6 weeks away... and so does he)

Well, he hasn't a hope of getting it, however, we will give him 100% for trying!

Tuesday 4 November 2008

Anniversary photos.

Well, as you know, yesterday Niall and I were married 6 years. We always do something to mark the day. We include Seán in this as the three of us became a family on that day too.

The day started with Niall and Seán getting up and dressed before me. I found this a bit suspicious! I knew they were up to something but didn't mind as I guessed it was to do with surprising me! Anyway, Niall came up with breakfast for me and the laptop, and said that they were going out for a while and that I might like to go on Facebook. Ha!

Off they went and I put down my book that I had been reading (a brilliant book called 'The Other Comforter' Practical Studies on the Holy Spirit by Theodore H. Epp.) (Now that's a name to grow into... Theodore!) and logged into FB where Niall had left loads of love messages on it for me!

A while later they came home and Niall gave me a latte from Costa! Yum! I took it into the bathroom with me, as you can see, I was having a lazy start to the day! When I got out, Seán was like a cat on a hot tin roof, waiting for me, to give me a gift! He gave me a single red rose (his dad has taught him well, happy the woman that gets him!) and a make-up bag with toiletries in it. His dad told him to get the pink one but Seán being 'oh so very wise' got the beige on for me... good choice!

Next Niall gave me his present for me. I opened it and saw this...No, not the candle, the iPhone!

Now, I know that this is totally WRONG, and for any of you women out there, don't follow my lead... but I gave out to him! You see, the iPhone is about €165 over here in Ireland and right now, we can't afford to be giving each other presents worth that kind of money. However, Niall assured me that it was much less than €100 so I quietly submitted to him... (yelled 'Yippee!) I have to say that I don't enjoy expensive presents. I don't mind so much giving them, but don't like receiving them.
We were both due upgrades on our phones so Niall joined the two of them together, got the 'Platinum' deal and got the phone for me at a rock-bottom price.

So I have an iPhone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YeeeHaaaa!!

This is great because you can take a photo and send it straight to anybody via e mail, (I send some photos regularly to Jean in the US using Niall's iPhone). You can take a photo and post it straight onto FB, blog etc. It's great fun and I can really enjoy it now that I know how much he paid for it...!

So, we all went downstairs and I found a bunch of beautiful roses on the kitchen table for me, from Niall! It was getting to feel like it was my birthday and not a family celebration! We scooted into town and Niall bought me a gel cover for the phone. (Very much needed with an iPhone. Niall has dropped his 5 times since he got his in March. Thankfully it still works.)

When we got home my friend and neighbour, Becky, called over with a card and plant! She also gave Seán their pet hamster that her children had no heed in minding, so Seán gave it to Niall as a gift. (Which means he can play with it as much as he wants but Niall has to clean the cage and feed it etc... clever boy, he didn't come down in the last shower!) Now this new hamster and Seán's one get along really well. Then Niall went to work and I started preparing for the evening celebration. 4 times a year, on our birthdays and on our wedding anniversary we bring the dining room table in and eat in our sitting room. We make the table nice with candles, fancy glasses, and the ice bucket. (for Coke!) Then we hang up lights around the room, perhaps a few balloons, light a big fire and voilà! It's a lovely tradition, very cosy, and we look forwards to it. Eventually Niall came home and we settled down to a steak dinner. I had my gifts to them ready and on the table, which is customary.
I got a 'Marvel' mug for Seán and Niall got an action figure for him (Iron Man). I gave Niall a box set of the 'Pixar' movies which he wanted and was delighted with. After dinner we had cheesecake with cream, tided up, Niall made me coffee with cream, and we watched one of the Pixar movies (The Incredibles)

It was an amazing family/me (!) day and we ended it with prayer to God with thanks giving to Him for it.

Monday 3 November 2008

It started with a kiss!

Niall and I are married six years today. Our married life started with a kiss...

Here is a photo of our first kiss, on our wedding day!

I hope to post something tomorrow about the terrific day we had today as a family.

Saturday 1 November 2008

21st Birthday for my Husband!

Publish Post
Yesterday my Husband celebrated his 21st Birthday... Christian birthday! God saved him 21 years ago on 'Halloween Night' so to escape all the trick or treating and fireworks etc, a lot of us headed down to our Church building and has us a party! We had cake, lots of food and snacks, testimonies, songs and 'mad' games...

Nobody can say that the guys in our Church are stuffed shirts!