Friday 26 August 2011

This week we had Sean's friends Artem and his brother Denis over for most of the week. I took them swimming a few times and also over to JJB for play and football. We had a full, tiring but good week and I took a few photos of some of the things they got up to...

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Help for your prayer life...

I heard that this can be a good way to help you with your prayer life.

Think of your hand.
Your thumb is nearest to you so think and pray for the people nearest and dearest to you, family, neighbours and friends.

Your second finger is the one you point with when teaching so use this as a reminder to pray for all the teachers in your life, Pastor, Sunday school teacher, husband etc.

Your third finger is the tallest, the VIP finger! Use this finger as a reminder to pray for your government leaders and other leaders in your life.

Your forth finger, according to a piano teacher is your weakest so pray for the sick and the troubled people in your life.

Finally your small finger is the unimportant one and when we think of this finger we should think of ourselves....

Wedding number 1

Niall and I went to Portrush to attend a Christian wedding. It was a lovely, lovely wedding, one of the best I have ever been to.

Friday 19 August 2011

Looking forwards...

Well, the Summer is almost gone and although we didn't have much heat or sun, as usual I am starting to warm up to the idea of Autumn, my favourite season. This Summer went well for my family. Yes, Niall is still unemployed, but God is stretching and growing us in the midst of all this and I know the joy of going through various trials, cause through it all I see Jesus more clearly and that has got to be good.

Sean is happy. He spent a great five months in school, and has spent the Summer looking forwards to going to 'big' school at the end of this month. We got to the beach a few times and he also went on holidays with his nanny to Cranfield several times which is nice. He enjoyed lots of play and hanging out with kids on the street, lots of lie-ins, sailing most Saturday's in Carlingford, studying a christian book along with me about astronomy and also spending time in the College football grounds with his dog and practicing his javelin. All in all he has had a very good Summer.

I am looking forwards to going to Moira Baptist College in September!!!!!! I, and three other women from our church are hoping to start the three year women's ministry course on the 21st. I am so pleased to be doing this. I wanted to do it four years ago but decided it would be too much to take on with what with teaching Sean at home. I spent a lot of time in the garden and working on community gardening. I also joined the resident's association this year and this has kept me busy.

Niall is forever busy for an unemployed man! Always helping somebody out and he is also working away at his training with FAS. We are also busy during the week working on the slide show of Dundalk for our visit to the local nursing home. It is going down a treat and we are all enjoying the experience.

As usual, the next few days are busy with a wedding tomorrow in Portrush N.I., Niall, Kevin, Stephen and Mick holding a talk in Carlingford on Tuesday while displaying Mick's model Ark in the Carlingford Heritage Centre, outdoor movie for the local kids on our back garden, Sean back to school the following Monday and my sister's wedding that Thursday.

I am grateful to God for bringing us safely through the Summer with only the incident with Sean in hospital to cloud our happiness and even then He answered prayers.

I hope you all had plenty to thank God for and so, on that note, I am happy to let go of Summer and look forwards to shorter evenings, more fires, duvet on bed and time on my own every morning, that is, time with just me and my Lord :0)

Tuesday 16 August 2011

How a child learns.

If a child lives with criticism,
He learns how to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility,
He learns how to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule,
He learns how to be shy.

If a child lives with shame,
He learns how to feel guilty.

If a child lives with tolerance,
He learns how to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement,
He learns how to have confidence.

If a child lives with praise,
He learns how to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness,
He learns how to practice justice.

If a child lives with security,
He learns how to have faith.

If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,
He learns how to find love in this world.

Monday 8 August 2011

Something Niall sent me... Very funny!


These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken
down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.
ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you kidding me?

ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS: Oral...
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
And last:

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

Tuesday 2 August 2011

Holiday Bible Club.

Today we started our Holiday Bible Club in the Dundalk Baptist Centre. This year we are working with our own children and a couple of their friends and it is so much easier :0)
Daniel and Chasity are the main organisers and Rebeca, Rory and I are helping out. We had great fun and the kids were so very well behaved. I think we are all looking forwards to tomorrow.
Chasity hard at it!
Daniel is a fab teacher and presented the gospel very clearly during the story/teaching time with the younger kids.
We rolled out large sheets of paper for the craft. Now this was fun!!!! We had to lie down on top of the paper and get somebody to draw the outline of our bodies on it. Then we coloured them in.

Makely won a prise for best effort/behaviour today.
We finished the day by playing lots of games... phew!!!