My 3 boys and I

November 30, 2007

Lots of Reasons to Be . . .

Filed under: awards,Home and Family,My Thoughts,National Blog Posting Month,On this day — by my3boysandi @ 7:09 am


Ive been blessed by several people this week

Bridget gave me these

The Blog Buddies Award:blogbuddiesaward.jpg

and “It’s A Major Award”major-award.jpg
thanks Bridget

Then I also got these awards from both Jenny and


The second one your a “tough blogger who is true to your self.”thanks girls 🙂

I would like to pass all of these on to

Barbara H.





Kay in PA

Diane J.


Tot’s Mom


You are all very supportive friends. I really wondered whether I should post my thoughts on Discipline the other day. You guys all embraced and shared your thoughts andd support as well. Thanks. I was also indirectly help someone discipline in a better way without anger being involved. When one disciplines in anger thats when its easy to lose control. One should always cool down (if necessary) before discipling.

I also got a blog-review.jpg if you want to read it its here

Joe the author is cool.  He has a great sense of humor and makes me smile and has been known to have me in stitches of laughter.  Thanks buddy

The other thing that made me wake up


is today is the day before Mr Wonderful and I and our boys move into our new house. I dont know if Ill be anywhere near my computer tomorrow morning so Im posting this today. I am positive this move will be good for all of us. The boys love Mr Wonderful and it will be good for them to have him around all the time. There will be no more goodbyes. You all know how I feel about my new home too. Cant wait to share photos with you. If I dont post again till Monday be good be safe and be happy. I am!! Blessings to you all.

One last thing

I have just completed the National Blog Posting Month challenge. During the month of November we had to post something everyday. I did it!!



November 29, 2007

Thanking God

Filed under: faith,Home and Family,National Blog Posting Month,Thanks Giving — by my3boysandi @ 6:12 am

Im singing Praises to God this morning

To God Be The Glory

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.


Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.


Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.


For almost 3 weeks I have scrimping and saving.  Eating soup for lunch, sometimes baked beans for dinner.  Buying 1/2 the groceys I usually buy and cutting costs where I could.  It hasnt been easy.  Ive been praying to God to please provide us with enough $$ to get us into the new house.  This morning I checked my bank and He has provided.  We’ve done it.  God and I 🙂 and not only has he allowed this to happen he has in fact been a little over generous.

Thank you so much Lord.  Theres been times in my life where I really wondered whether you could provide.  Know I now like most things you expect us to help you but YOU do provide 🙂

Watching What I Say

Filed under: My Thoughts,National Blog Posting Month — by my3boysandi @ 4:49 am





click on any or all of the buttons to get yours to display on your blog

I found these the other day and they sum up my

attitude towards life and my blog

I think about what I say on my blog

even to the point of will this be accepted ok. Will people judge me. Where will some posts lead me – into hot water. Will people still like me. (I do suffer from low self esteem thanks to the way I was brought up). THANKS so much for your supporting comments yesterday. They made my day. U guys are awesome.

Blogs where the author swears and have

unwholesome content tend to really turn me off

Blog authors can still I believe get their point

across without being rude or offensive

What does your blog say about U???

November 28, 2007

Forms of Discipline



Proverbs 13:24

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.

TM wanted to know whether I do spare the rod when it comes to my disciplining my toddler.

First of all let me say there have been times when my toddler has been such a rascal I have smacked him. On the leg or hand with my hand.

I dont think this makes me a bad mum. I hardly ever do it. I am NOT abusive. I usually growl at him though or not allow him to sit on my knee which he likes. This last one works quite well. I explain that I do not like what he has done that it hurts or something. I believe children (even as young as toddlers) understand far more than some people give them credit for.

Generally I think My Little Man is a good boy.

I LOVE my boys. I care deeply about them. I however do not spoil them and let them get away with things. Spoil children are usually in my opinion not nice children to be around. Sometimes life is not fair and we dont always get everything we want.

In New Zealand it is against the law to smack your child

I am NOT in favour of this law

I DO NOT believe it will help get to the abusive parents

Smacking is very different to hitting, punching, kicking and abusing your child

I see this law as a interference in the way good parents have parented their children for years and years and generations and generations

I see it as a way of breaking up families

I believe a friend of mine is right when she says that while we are not allowed to smack our children they (the government) do not support us in parenting our children

I am aware that some people may not agree with everything I do. That is their right. This is my blog, my view and my life.

I am now suppose to tag 5 people but Im not going to. Another thing I believe is how you discipline your child is up to you. Unless of course you are abusing them. I have been out with several abusive men I am not one to now stand by and let it happen. Peace be with you and yours

November 27, 2007

Another Book Read

Filed under: Christian Genre Changelle,National Blog Posting Month — by my3boysandi @ 6:39 am




Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far: Books: Amy Grant by Amy Grant

autobiography, nonfiction, 11th in the Christian challenge

Wow I could hardly put this book down

Its easy to read and interesting

Im going to add to my list because Amy is Christian and this book is all about her faith and her life

Thanks again to my special friend Denise

Now I have to sort out what Im going to read next Im too busy to get to the library and Ive packed all my unread books

November 26, 2007

Week in Review

Filed under: Home and Family,National Blog Posting Month,week in review — by my3boysandi @ 6:03 am





went over to a courier company to get prices for my stuff that sold on Trademe

Packed some more boxes

Had some people come and get the stuff they brought off Trademe from me

This afternoon I was jumping up and down . . . nearly and was very excited I put this on trademe and it exceeded all my expections on how much it would make. Mr Wonderful and I watched it together excitedly go under the hammer


God is very good Ive been worried and praying to God about the $$

He provides



posted some parcels

set up next door neighbor up with an account on Trademe over a cuppa of coffee

after school sat in the sun and waited for the man to come and pick up the screen door

Took My Trier to his lesson

Tried to get some petrol and the petrol pump wouldnt read my eftpos card

Went to another service station and asked if they could do the transation first which they wouldnt

picked up My Trier

tried again at the first place eventually worked

popped home to ask my wonderful next door neighbor to look after one of the trades I was doing the lady was due to pick the cups she brought

took My Trier to school

what a busy morning already and a pain about the petrol but at least I finally got it

hit a slump this avo didnt want to do anymore packing

missed the deadline for advertising for the last garage sale but decided it was ok

after getting a bit sad about the slump decided on a plan for tomorrow which helped my mood greatly

after school went grocery shopping

My Trier didnt go to school today he couldnt go to sleep until very late last night
I went and signed our rental agreement and posted another parcel

Home again

Packed up car

Left My Little Man and My Trier with my wonderful next door neighbour

took clothes including baby clothes, and a few more bits and pieces to the sheild.gifstore

Mid avo I went over to Mr Wonderfuls

My Little Man fell asleep early tonight he didnt get a nap today and I fell asleep watching TV

I could sleep for a week

Im tired but this shall be all worth it very soon

Went and did a house inspection with my new landlady

I saw my kitchen again

My Trier fell off his chair and landed on the kitchen/dining room floor

so she gave him 3 lollies

After lunch I moved the rest of the stuff that was too big to go into the car yesterday over to my next door neighbours where they will be stored until the salvation army can come and pick it up

This was HOT work I got a headache

restful afternoon after that getting over it

played this

In the late afternoon I hang some washing out

I woke up at 1130 knowing Id put my neck out earlier in the day when I do this I end up with a massive headache and before or while this occurs I get moody

I got up and took 2 pain killers and went back to bed

Thankfully today my neck is better

Mowed the 3/4 of the lawns

The mower gave up the ghost again

I think it needs oil shall ask Mr Wonderful if he has some tomorrow when he comes over

Mowing the lawns was actually a very yukky experience while Im doing them because I want my bond back there really isnt that much grass its mostly dirt and the dirt went everywhere and reminded me of one of first jobs when I worked in a plant nursery one would fill plant bags with soil and the soil would end up everywhere up ones nose and in ones mouth so all you could taste was dirt this was much the case today with the lawns as My Little Man would say “uck”!!!

Still at least I can leave knowing the lawns are done a far cry from when I first moved in and the grass was knee high and a fire risk

Had morning tea with my wonderful next door neighbor she is going to keep an eye on my mail when I move out

there use to be a time when one could simply go into the post office and fill out a form and the post office would take care of it

These days one has to pay for the service and I cant afford it

Did some packing this avo My Trier has taped the remaining boxes together so this helps a bit

Bless him

Hes a real trooper and an energizer bunny

He goes and goes and goes

He helped me pack this avo

and he was still rearing to go when I was hot and tired must be that ADHD

still we quite a bit done

I would have packed some more after dinner only we ran out of boxes again

Instead I had a quiet evening alone

My Little Man didnt get an afternoon sleep today so he was in bed by 5.30pm and slept right through apart from a bottle when I went to bed

My Trier slept over at the next door neighbors apparently they had a GREAT time

I will be staying in touch with my wonderful next door neighbors – they are probably the best neighbors Ive ever had

I should come up with nicknames for them in case I chat about them after I leave

From here on in they shall be known as Dee,James, Emilio, Rebeca its much nicer than saying my ex-wonderful next door neighbors isnt it???


church it was my turn to look after the preschoolers

we also had a church lunch which Id forgotten all about

Mr Wonderful came over this afternoon we packed boxes did some maintance on the house

then we spent about an hour lazying around together as a family

it was nice lying in the sun even if it was a bit hot

After dinner I had to go and post a parcel in the post box on our road although we took the pushchair My Little Man walked all the way there and back (1.5 kms). He was determined to do it. I asked him several times if he wanted to go in the pushchair but no he wanted to be a big boy and walk. There were cheers and claps when he got home.

November 25, 2007

Alive – Book Review

Filed under: Christian Genre Changelle,National Blog Posting Month — by my3boysandi @ 5:49 am





Alive – Piers Paul Reid My 10th read in the Christian challenge

I found this book with some stuff some people were getting rid of on the side of the road they had a sign up stuff for free

I grabbed this book and some other stuff

This book was on its last legs it literally fell apart as I read it

Im pleased I read it though

I think I saw the movie years ago

I wasnt sure I could use this in the challenge but Im sure I could its a documentary type book (non-fiction) and the faith the survicors had in God really shines though this book

This is the story of how a group of young rugby players and others survived after the plane they were traveling on crashed in the Andes in 1972. They were stranded for 10 weeks in the middle of ice and snow. It tells how they depended on each other and put their faith in God under terrible conditions and lived to tell the tale. It tells of how many of their parents mounted searches and didnt give up. It tells how 2 men hiked for 10 days over rough terrian to get help for the others. It tells how they survived and although some felt guilty knew the only way to do this was to eat the dead.

This is a story that will long remain with me. Although the book is now being recycled in the recycling station. I was most touched by the fact that each night these boys would pray together. They are an example to us all. They could have given up hope on God in such conditions but they didnt. In fact I think it brought them closer to God. I feel blessed to have read this amazing story.



November 24, 2007

Out My Bedroom Window

Filed under: Home and Family,meme,National Blog Posting Month — by my3boysandi @ 6:15 am


Got this idea from Amy’s blog

Normally I wouldnt post something like this

I like to be a little private about where I live but as

Ive got a week


sori about that Im really excited

I dont think it matters to show you the view from my bedroom window


November 23, 2007

Im Sponge Bob too !!! :)

Filed under: meme,National Blog Posting Month — by my3boysandi @ 5:52 am



Nicked this off Jenny

This is a fun tag! This time you don’t have to provide answers, all you have to do is gather all your points and you’ll find out the result at the end!

Here’s The Rules:

Everyone has a personality of a cartoon character. Have you ever asked yourself what cartoon character do you most resemble?

A group of investigators got together and analyzed the personalities of well known and modern cartoon characters. The information that was gathered was made into this test.

Answer all the questions (only 10) with what describes you best, add up all your Points (which are next to the answer that you choose) at the end and look for your results.

Do not cheat by looking at the end of the e-mail before you are done.
Then ask your Friends to answer it. (Make sure to Highlight your answers)

1. Which one of the following describes the perfect date?
.a) Candlelight dinner (4 pts.)
.b) Fun/Theme Park (2 pts.)
.c) Painting in the park (5 pts)
.d) Rock concert (1 pt.)
.e) Going to the movies (3 pts.)

2. What is your favorite type of music?
.a) Rock and Roll (2 pts.)

.b) Alternative (1pt.).

.c) Soft Rock (4 pts.)
.d) Country (5 pts.)
.e) Pop (3 pts.)

3. What type of movies= do you prefer?
.a) Comedy (2 pts.)
.b) Horror (1 pt.)
.c) Musical (3 pts.)

.d) Romance (4 pts.)
.e) Documentary (5 pts.)

4.. Which one of these occupations would you choose if you only could choose one of these?
.a) Waiter (4 pts.)
.b) Professional Sports Player (5 pts.)
.c) Teacher (3 pts.)
d) Police (2 pts.)
.e) Cashier (1 pt)

5 . What do you do with your spare time?
.a) Exercise (5 pts.)
.b) Read (4 pts.)

.c) Watch television (2 pts)
.d) Listen to music (1 pt.)
.e) Sleep (3 pts.)

6. Which one of the following colors do you like best?
.a) Yellow (1 pt.)
.b) White (5 pts.)
.c) Sky Blue (3 pts.)
.d) Dark Blue (2 pts.)
.e) Red (4 pts.)

7. What do you prefer to eat?
.a) Snow (3 pts.)

.b) Pizza (2pts)
.c) Sushi (1 pt.)
.d) Pasta (4 pts.)
.e) Salad (5 pts.)

8 What is your favorite holiday?
.a) Halloween (1 pt.)
.b) Christmas (3 pts.)
c) New Year (2 pts.)
.d) Valentine’s Day (4 pts.)
.e) Thanksgiving (5 pts.)

9. If you could go to one of these places which one would it be?
.a) Parris (4 pts)
.b) Spain (5 pts)
.c) Las Vegas (1 pt)
.d) Hawaii (4 pts)
.e) Hollywood (3 pts)

10. With which of the following would you prefer to spend time with?
.a) Someone Smart (5 pts.)
.b) Someone attractive (2 pts.)
.c) Someone who likes to Party (1 pt.)
.d) Someone who always has fun (3 pts.)
.e) Someone very sentimental (4 pts.)

Now add up your points and find out the answer you have been waiting for!

Put your character in the subject line and forward to your friends and back to the person that sent this to you.

Very interesting to see ‘who’ your friends are!

(10-16 points) You are Garfield :
You are very comfortable, easy going, and you definitely know how to
have fun but sometimes you take it to an extreme. You always know what
you are doing and you are always in control of your life. Others may
not see things as you do, but that doesn’t mean that you always have to do what is right. Try to remember, your happy spirit may hurt you or others.

(17-23 points) You are Snoopy:
You are fun, you are very cool and popular. You always know what’s i n
and you are never are out of style You are good at knowing how to
satisfy everyone else. You have probably disappeared for a few days
more than once but you always come home with the family values that you learned Being married and having children are important to you, but
only after you have had your share of fun times

(24-28 points) You are Elmo:
You have lots of friends and you are also popular, always willing to
give advice and help out a person in need. You are very optimistic and
you always see the bright side of things. Some good advice: try not to
be too much of a dreamer. Dreaming too big could cause many conflicts in
your life.


(29-35 points) You are Sponge Bob Square Pants: You are the classic person that everyone loves. You are the best friend that anyone could ever have and never wants to lose. You never cause harm to anyone and they would never not understand your feelings. Life is a journey, it’s funny and calm for the most part. Stay away from traitors and jealous people, and you will be stress free

(36-43 points) You are Charlie Brown:

You are tender, you fall in love quickly but you are also very serious
about all relationships. You are a family person. You call your Mom
every Sunday. You have many friends and may occasionally forget a few
Birthdays. Don’t let your passion confuse you with reality.

(44-50 points) You are Dexter:
You are smart and definitely a thinker… Every situation is fronted
with a plan. You have a brilliant mind. You demonstrate very strong
family principles. You maintain a stable routine but never ignore a bad
situation when it comes. Try to do less over thinking every once in a
while to spice things up a bit with spontaneity!

If you want to play do so 🙂 and let me know 🙂

November 22, 2007

Bygones – Kim Vogel Sawyer

Filed under: Christian Genre Changelle,National Blog Posting Month — by my3boysandi @ 5:47 am





This was my 9th book in this challenge.


This is the first book of the Sommerfield trilogy. The main character in this book is a widow who returns to the Mennonite community. She grew up here and when her great aunt leaves everything to her she has to go back and live there with her daughter for 3 months to claim the inheritance. Her teenage daughter is far from happy about this arrangement. Its hard for the main character to return as she had left many years ago because shed fallen in love with a trucker who wasnt part of the community.

I found there were similarities between then main character and my background. She leaves the community because of love. I left Auckland for the same reason. The community feel abandoned by her. I think my estranged family feel the same way. Her family dont reach out to her and she feels this is inhospitable. I too feel ill treated as my family never gave Mr Wonderful a chance to prove how wonderful he is.

In the story everyone has to reconsider their feelings and end up in resolution.

I was a bit disappointed in this book as I thought it would focus more on the Amish way of life.

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