Sunday, May 18, 2014
Praise the Lord for another baptismal service today, in which four candidates went through the waters. Jacques, Ina, Gerda and Justus have all submitted themselves in obedience to the Lord's command and example to be baptised as believers by immersion.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Baby shower day again - a huge blessing to be welcoming new little ones into our family. Today was Joy's turn to be spoiled and pampered...
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Mother's Day - Nick and the boys spent the day making sure I was happy and looked after :) We took our Chinese takeaways to Liz and Graham and enjoyed a shared lunch in the sunshine along with Simon and Monique and their three lovely girls - more about them in future posts, I'm sure! Since the Clevely boys were so eager to please today, I snared the opportunity for a photo. I suspect that next Mother's Day at least one boy will be taller than his mother.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Saturdays, when Nick is home, are great family chore days (other days, when Nick is out doing other stuff, we just do boring inside housework things). The boys got involved outside in the garden, helping with clearing away branch cuttings, and chainsawing (yikes) some trees which needed trimming. We like to acknowledge their hard work with reward (not the other way around, bribing to incentivise), so surprised them with a trip to the BMX track at Centennial Park in the afternoon.
Monday, May 05, 2014
The new term begins! After finally adjusting to the luxury of sleeping in during the holidays it was time to get back to 6 am alarms and early mornings. Alarms work better when you remember to set them though, which I didn't. 7.10 rolled around and I guess by then I had slept enough. Had a bit of panic; good thing the boys' lunches were already wrapped in tinfoil and ready for the piewarmer!
Sunday, May 04, 2014
Church today was such a celebration as we received Graham and Liz into membership, and so quickly that there was barely time to photograph the shaking of hands. They've been with us for a few years, and have now made their commitment to the family 'official'!
Thursday, May 01, 2014
To round off the holidays in a satisfactory and productive way, we sorted the boys' room. It's been a job which has been put off several times due to lack of interest, motivation and courage. It was tackled with groans but ended up being a job well done - who knew they had soooo many clothes in their cupboards? Hand-me-downs get passed on and the boys duly store them away without seeing a need to make space to accommodate more items, or sort through things and get selective. Consequently we managed to extract probably two thirds of their wardrobes. In truth, boys generally only need about three shirts and two pairs of pants, and as many pairs of underwear as days in a week. They tend to wear their favourite things repeatedly with little care of the items' cleanliness. They have also outgrown many of their toys, so we encouraged an overhaul in thinking and a generous attitude in giving. They are very happy to have whittled their stash down to mostly Lego and a few other items. I am very happy that there are definitely no more dirty socks under the bed.