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WWW Wednesday 4th December 2018

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I’ve missed sharing about a number of books recently but have made my way back for another round of WWW Wednesday with Sam from Taking on a World of Words. This is a fun and simple meme, with just three W questions to answer: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? You can also join by answering and linking your blog post back on Sam’s post here.  

What did you recently finish reading:

Rosie Coloured Glasses By Brianna Wolfson – I picked this off the library display shelf quickly for a weekend read. From Goodreads

Just as opposites attract, they can also cause friction, and no one feels that friction more than Rex and Rosie’s daughter, Willow. Rex is serious and unsentimental and tapes checklists of chores on Willow’s bedroom door. Rosie is sparkling and enchanting and meets Willow in their treehouse in the middle of the night to feast on candy.

After Rex and Rosie’s divorce, Willow finds herself navigating their two different worlds. She is clearly under the spell of her exciting, fun-loving mother. But as Rosie’s behaviour becomes more turbulent, the darker underpinnings of her manic love are revealed.

I found this to be a wonderfully written story, with insightful characters, however it was also incredibly sad and for that reason difficult to read. Not a light weekend fluff but worth a look 4/5.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe – again I picked this one up from the library, as an audiobook for the car. The narrator Mirron Willis was fantastic. I’m glad I listened to this book as I’m sure some parts would have dragged and yet it felt like such an important book about american slavery, a must-read which was truly heart-breaking. The characters created were so easy to imagine 5/5.

Also recently read Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the Nigerian civil war and Walking the Boundaries by Jackie French about the changing landscape of a property and the people who come before, I love Jackie French (and my son’s class just had a letter to her replied to)

I really enjoyed all of these books and would love to hear what other’s have thought about them.

What are you currently reading:

Rising Strong by Brene Brown

What do you think you’ll read next:

I’m coming into summer holidays so I might be able to allow myself a longer read. I’ve got some politic themed books I bought for my hubby to give me for Christmas but actually I don’t know what I’ll pick up next.

*Updated – thank you for the comments which gave me the motivation to add a bit more detail. And thanks to Goldenager’s review a Kate Kerrigan book may be next for me

Happy Reading 🙂

 

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#4 Sunday ABC

I had so many thoughts for blogging this week and now that I’m finally sitting in front of the computer, it’s sadly quite a chore. But writing posts in my head is therapeutic, reading others words often inspires and connecting can turn a day around, so here’s Round 4.

Please feel free to join in with your own responses either in the comments or as your own post 🙂

My week in a nutshell – I’ve been flat and then productive and now tired and worried. My husband  has injured his foot just as we start harvest and I’m fairly well the worst nurse-wife ever.

A is for Affirmation

My motto for the week is to ride it out…..maybe not quite like this fella :p

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B is for Best, Worst and OMM

Best – Coming through a fog of flatness and the gratitude of feeling energetic again. enjoying some favourite episodes of Grey’s

Worst – Seeing jobs that need doing and having no desire to do them

OMM – (On my mind) How I will cope doing all the cooking and supporting my husband who will understandably get frustrated as he heals.

C is for Community

Katie from How I Killed Betty wrote two blogs this week that really hit home for me.

Attacking Life, or Running Away

and, What do you do to combat depression and/or anxiety?

She describes her blog as a diary on how to tackle depression and anxiety and it definitely helps me to have others share their journeys, ideas and challenges. Sometimes it can all feel hopeless or just hard work but when the skies clear…..

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You know it’s worth pulling through and that you can do it, time and time again.

 

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#3 Sunday ABC

Welcome to Round 3 of my new-ish regular feature, please feel free to join in with your own responses either in the comments or as your own post 🙂

A is for Affirmation

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B is for Best, Worst and OMM

Best – Staying at the world’s best B&B aka my sister and brother-in-laws. They let me sleep in and serve bacon and egg muffins!

Worst – Feeling fatigued all week

OMM – (On my mind) I think I’ve been too tired to think this week :p but we do have our council elections voting slips to send back so have been thinking about some of the candidates and local issues.

C is for Community – this is normally when I share a favourite post or two from the last week. Today however I’m sharing today’s experience of worship. Our congregation was invited to attend a destination 2+hours away in another rural community. I love the feeling of being amongst family in whatever church we worship in. Today felt extra special being Reformation Sunday.

I’m sorry it’s short today. I debated not posting but I think it’s a fair reflection of my last week!

Ooops need to add a p.s. A shout out to OT’s and OT week, a profession I’m so proud and privileged to be a part of and special thanks to the amazing people we work with.

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#2 Sunday ABC’s

I’m back for Round 2 of my new regular feature 🙂

A is for Affirmation

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From Matilda the Musical – song Naughty, link to video clip

B is for Best, Worst and OMM

Best – Getting to the end of what was a surprisingly busy week and enjoying a lovely day in the sunshine, drinking with friends.

Worst – I’ve spent today following the Dewey 24 hour readathon, and falling in love with the bloggers, but only managed 58 pages myself!

OMM – (On my mind) Themes that came up for me this week included stillbirth, domestic violence, abortion and sexual harassment. I talked about it with my placement supervisor and gave myself a slow day Thursday to feel the emotions but with Matilda singing me on, it’s not enough to hear these stories (but oh what a privilege that is), I want to DO something too…first step for now is continuing my commitments with our local suicide prevention network and also sharing blogs like the one below

C is for Community – where we can share a favourite post or two from the last week.

I was a Promiscuous Teen: An Open Letter to all the Men from my Past

On a lighter note I am so not a cook or baker but I have left this page open in the hope of making it soon (or passing on the recipe to my Mum!)

Carrot Cake Bites

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday

GJ

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Dewey’s 24 hour readathon

I’m about to go to bed, not having just been reading but watching an episode of the West Wing….after watching the opening of the Invictus Games…I did start Black Beauty by Anna Sewell as I watched that one though, which I think may be a re-read for book club.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Australia, this years host of the Invictus Games

 
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? hmmm….I have a few non-fictions I’ve started which would be great to finish off.

 
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Anything chocolate – if I allow myself (on again off again dieting!)

 
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Mum of three, wife of one, a unique awesome individual :p

 
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?  I’m looking forward to learning more about this community and maybe getting my head around how it actually works.

If you’d like to join in here are the links, otherwise Good night and Sweet dreams

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Check out the mini-challenges ANY TIME YOU WANT! 

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook groups!

Tag your posts with #readathon on all your social channels!

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Your Sunday ABC

I’m contemplating starting a regular (most likely irregular) feature on my blog, and would love your feedback.

I’ve always been a fan of blogs which give you a chance to share an update on your life. I first experienced this on Mamamia an Australian women’s website which started small and intimate and has grown big and commercial. I admire the creator Mia Freedman and all she has achieved but sincerely miss the days of the Best and Worst. It was a true God-send in my early parenting days, keeping me in touch with the world and other people.

More recently I have been following Sammy Hope whose blog covers her three big passions of beauty, mental health, and self-improvement, including a weekly Friday check-in. Sammy, I most certainly leave your blog feeling encouraged – thank you.

I’ve also been reflecting on my new years goals (yes mostly forgotten lol) and remembered that I’d talked about how community is super important to me. To build on this my new feature is going to be the Sunday ABC (along with continuing my spotlights)

So how I think this may work (did I mention anything about feedback?!?):

A is for Affirmation

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(from a church hymn this morning)

B is for Best, Worst and OMM

Best – I’ve had a great weekend (finishing a book, starting another, out for tea with friends, games with the kids and a nap with hubby) PLUS school’s back tomorrow

Worst – I think this week it goes to the refugees in particular the children on Nauru kept there by the Australian Government despite diagnosed mental and physical illnesses.

OMM – (On my mind) Mental Health – I’ve just been link following from http://samentalhealthcommission.com.au and a guest post by Matt Ball 2017 Mental Health Nurse of the Year who has experienced psychosis. I’ve also thinking about finances as I’ve started Scott Page’s The Barefoot Investor and hoping I can convince my hubby to book in a Barefoot Date Night 🙂

Lastly….I did have something for C before I had something for A but unfortunately somewhere in the tea, bath, bed routine I lost it…ahhh wait

C is for Community – where we can share a favourite post or two from the last week.

Oh gosh there were too many good ones this week, stop being such good, interesting writers y’all :p

I’ve chosen this one though by Max The Confidence Problem , which included this great quote “Confidence comes from being okay with being imperfect. “

I hope you all have a perfectly imperfect week and of course please feel feel to join in with all or any of the ABC’s

God Bless

GJ

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My Family Haven

Doing an 8 hour drive while grumpy with your man, and two beautiful but oh so annoying children in tow, truly is not a recipe for success. But we are home, the kids are in bed, husband has disappeared and I get peace and quiet to reflect on the whole mess.

It follows what has actually been three of the most lovely days of my life. My super fantabulous older sister decided to celebrate a milestone birthday with her parents, siblings, outlaws, nieces and nephews altogether at a secluded Lutheran beach side camp. We had an amazing time making life-long memories. Between us we have 9 children 8 and under, who were spread over two of the dorms with grandparents and their aunt keeping watch and us parents (mostly) getting a room to ourselves. There were cuddles, games, tantrums, even a teeny bit of sharing. We had early mornings keeping early risers quiet and fed, and late nights competing with each other at cards. I absolutely adore my family. To go to bed each night after looking in on all those gorgeous kids was true bliss. There were beach walks, freezing cold swims (crazy kids not me!), horse carriage rides, table tennis competitions and LOTS of yummy food. I want to go back and do it all again.

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Back however to the troubling return home. I guess I’m just sick of farm life getting in the way of family time. And I’m sick of my husband not seeming to care.

He must  be acknowledged though for driving us there and back, helping with the cooking, interacting and I even saw him doing dishes.

I guess I haven’t been very understanding either…

So home again we are, back to the mess, back to ABC 2, back to real life which when it boils down, ain’t too bad either.

Praying that I keep all things in perspective, that hubby and I communicate and show care to each other, thanking God for the overwhelming blessing of wonderful family and praying that I can show His love to my family and the world around me.

Holiday isn’t completely over – off now to finish my vacation reading 🙂