Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Latest news

We've been quite busy here lately and here are a few things that have been happening:

1. Our Little Man was sick with a 39 degree cel. temperature on Sunday. It was his first 'big' illness, poor thing! He lay in our arms all day and was burning hot. We took him to Emergency and they said we could wait 3.5 hours or go home and see if he get better, so we went home and after a somewhat disturbed night he was better the next day.

2. I'm pregnant! Seven weeks so far. I've been vomiting as usual but this time I seem to be able to keep it more under control with Maxolon and vitamin B6 tablets. Please pray that all goes well with the pregnancy!

3. My ever-resourceful husband has amped up the renovations on our flat and in between work, caring for me, and helping our with our Little Man, he's been painting, fixing lights and chipping off the cork veneer from the kitchen walls. An amazing man!

I'll be posting pictures of what he's done to the place when I get my act together.

4. I've joined a FANTASTIC mother's group which answers all I'd been looking for in a group. There are many mothers connected to my Catholic primary school and they are all fun-loving yet take their faith seriously, and many want to homeschool! What's more they are lovely ladies.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Helping hand

Our little man loves nothing better than to help his dad.

Monday, June 21, 2010

My Amazing Brother

I have one younger brother (besides one in Heaven) and he is a pretty amazing guy, so I'll tell a bit about him. He was homeschooled all through high school in a time when homeschooling was not yet as big as it is now in Australia. Most people were against my mum and dad's decision to homeschool him.

He didn't do the HSC or a literature degree but I'd say he's better read than me (in all the books that count). He overcame a great many difficulties to complete a music degree in Classical Voice and he has one of the most beautiful baritone voices you will ever hear!

He has now just completed a diploma in IT, and was consistently in the top three in the class. Before the course has even ended he's been snapped up by a data company and he started his new job today! All this and he and his lovely wife are expecting their first baby in October!

So not only is he clever but he's funny, caring and in general a great brother to have. I'm so proud of him!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pop and Grandson

If this photo were in a competition, I think it would win "The Best Grandather with Grandson Photo" category:

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

My other clever sister

My older sister, Emma, is another talented member of my family.

She is a professional jeweller and made for me a BEAUTIFUL rose-gold and green-gold quartz necklace for my wedding day, which you can kind of see in the picture below:

She mostly does custom designs for people, and she also creates beautiful devotional pieces:

I love them all but the geometric crucifix is a definite favourite of mine.

So nice to be a member of such a talented family!

Stay tuned for my talented brother...

My Monkee-obsessed sister

... created this Monkees picture for me. That's me playing the tambourine!

Clever, isn't she!

I wonder why I look so nervous? Is it because Mickey, my favourite Monkee, is standing behind me?

Friday, June 4, 2010

Two cousins

My sister, her husband and their little boy (three months older than my Little Man) are up from Victoria for a few days and today I took our Little Man over to play with him.

They were so cute together, and with Nana!

They were a bit wary at first... (it's been several months since they've met)

But our Little Man was soon keen to give his cousin a kiss...

... but then our Little Man poked his cousin in the face and it all ended in tears!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ghosts and the Devil

Yesterday I heard of someone I know who has been having trouble with many ghosts in her house. T heir presence has severely affected her life and that of her family. Fortutiously she had her house blessed by a priest last sunday and since then they have slept really well.

 I was thinking about this situation and what I've read about ghosts in the past.

Especially from An Exorcist Tells his Story by Fr Gabriel Amorth.

 If I'm not mistaken Fr Amorth says that usually houses become 'infested' because of the lifestyle of the people living there. Eg they behave in immoral and sinful ways, take drugs or dabble in the occult, palm reading, and other such things.

What can be done about this??

Any daemon hates the Cross and Jesus Christ and Our Blessed Mother with great venom. We all need to place crucifixes and blessed images of Our Lady in every room.

We all need to regularly go to mass and receive the blessed Eucharist. Fr Amorth says that frequent confession and reception of Holy Communion is the most efficacious way of preventing more infestations. possessions, obsessions etc.

We should not place our trust in witchcraft, crystals, burning of oils that are not sacramentals. We also should not have TVs - an American Exorcist Fr Wolf says that they attract the Evil One. Our faith, love and hope in Jesus Christ and CONSTANT PRAYER is all that is needed. To use crystals is placing faith in sources other than Our Lord and attracts the Devil.

Let us all go to Mass and Confession more frequently!!!!! Learn how to pray if you do not know already. Not yoga-related meditation, but Christian Meditation upon the Gospels and contemplation of Jesus' presence in the Eucharist.

This is all a very poor translation of what Fr Amorth says. But the main message is that we should abandon all articles of superstition and develop a greater love for our Lord and his Blessed Mother who crushed the head of the serpent.