DIY – Felt Car Play House Mat

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This is the cutest toy. No matter what stage of life you are in, you can appreciate and make this beautiful gift for your children, niece, nephews, friends kids or perhaps grand babies! I haven’t made it yet but, I just had to pop it on my blog so I wouldn’t forget to. When I make it I will try to use some organic felt type fabric. I haven’t got all the instructions on here because I would love you to visit the original creator HERE Narelle is so clever and she has all the measurements and a fab tutorial that you will love!
Enjoy ~ Sarah xxx

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How do you raise children in this day and age?

How do you raise children in this day in age? A friend with young ones asked me. All I could say and my only advice for her is that you raise each child one prayer at a time.

My eldest son phoned me to let me know he was in a accident with a truck. His little car was hit from behind by a huge truck. My son walked away without a scratch on him. No one was injured apart from his car being a total right off. He was confident and not phased at all by this accident. Would the outcome be different without praying parent?

My eldest daughter told me with a quivering voice. She got on the wrong train and day turned to night. The train guards saw her and rode the train with her. She lost her phone and couldn’t phone anyone. She said she was praying for protection the whole time on the train and on her walk all alone late at night to her flat. She told me if only she had written down emergency numbers on some paper in her purse like I use to do for them when they were small she could have got some help. She told me once she had lost her phone she had no way of calling anyone. The only thing she could think to do was pray and then the guards turned up and then she kept praying in the dark until she got to her flat safely. Would the outcome be different without the prayers of a daughter and Mother?

I see my oldest children run to and then away from God. They sometimes live in a worldly way. In times of trouble they run to and seek God. Isn’t that the way for a lot of us. I am thankful they do believe and have been baptized. They have been taught and know the truth. It is up to them if they choose to follow Jesus. God gave us free will. To choose Him or to reject Him. Even Pastor’s kids get to choose.

At times it can be a hard and narrow road being a Christian in this world. It isn’t easy. The life of parties and worldly living is enticing to teenagers and young adults. The thrill of the unknown and the new. The worldly life is empty, hollow and fleeting. Age teaches us that those thrills are nothing compared to the thrill and joy in walking with Jesus. But that is just it. There is a wise saying that says “You can’t put an old head on young shoulders”. In other words young people don’t have the wisdom that experience and age gives you.

When your children are small you think the struggles of the day are difficult. Just to get your gorgeous baby to sleep is a triumph. When they are small you can know they are safe cradled in your arms at home. Putting band aids on grazed knee’s is simple solution to their pain. Listening to their big problems of so and so has had more time on the computer and life is so unfair. Can frazzle the best of parents. For me it has been far harder seeing my older kids make mistakes and watching them do it. I have learnt lessons in letting go. The lessons they have to learn is between them and God. Mum’s can’t always be there to catch them when they fall like when they were little. Mum and Dad can pray, listen, use wisdom when to let go, step in or to speak at the right moments. Parents can always have a welcoming heart and a warm home and arms ready to hug the prodigal child.

While my big kids have breath there is hope. While anyone has breath there is hope. While I have breath I will pray, pray and pray some more. There is no doubt in my mind God and His Angels have been watching over our family especially my children my big kids. God has been protecting them without a doubt.

My mind turns to how many times in the bible men argue with God and pray for His intervention for God to change His Holy mind. The scripture that helps me through these tricky times with my big kids is in James 5:16 (NKJV)… “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

I know for my family prayer has availed much. I can never thank my Saviour enough for answered prayer.

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40 Random Things About Me

Random Things About Me

1. I was born in New Zealand.

2. I wish I could be a vegetarian, but I enjoy eating meat too much. I don’t really like seafood, but I cook it for my family. My husband LOVES seafood.

3. I love cats and rabbits. In the state where I live it is illegal to own a rabbit.

4. I am trying to work out what I want to do and be when I grow up. Time is running out.

5. I had a sister who died before I was born.

6. I went out with green eyebrows. No one said anything. My baby was only a few weeks old, sleeping in my room. I didn’t want to put the light on and wake her up so I put my make up on in the dark and I picked up the wrong coloured pencil. Oops.

7. I love the ocean. When we lived in Cincinnati in the USA, I put salt water in bowls around the house because I missed living by the ocean so much.

8. I played the viola when I was a child.

9. I have lived in three countries. New Zealand, United States of America (Cincinnati in the state of Ohio) and Australia.

10. I left school when I was 15 to go to work. I went to night school while I was working to get my High School education.

11. I’m a mother and wife.

12. I love singing. I have many favourite songs. I like loads of different types of music. I sometimes lead the worship service at our church.

13. I’ve travelled to many countries. Turkey, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, England etc …

14. My dad was born in the Netherlands. I have had a dutch passport (it has expired). I love Holland.

15. I have trained in drama and have worked in the theatre, television industry and I have also worked as a movie extra for Peter Jackson in his movie “Heavenly Creatures.”

16. I got a little claustrophobic while crawling through a cave. The young women in front of me got stuck. None of us could move in or out of a small crawl space. The more she panicked the longer it took to get out. We literally had to dig ourselves out, one handful of dirt at a time. It was frightening for the poor girl and for everyone else.

17. I have home schooled our kids. I love state schools (the good ones). I love home schooling and home schoolers. There is a time and a season for everything.

18. I wish I had nice finger nails. I am pretty rough on my hands and do lots of crafts and ruin my nails. I have weird thumbs that look like a toes. My poor daughter has them too.

19. I love fresh flowers especially Tulips.

20. I wear my croc’s far too much.

21. My favorite color is orange and I also love dark red.

22. My husband designed my engagement ring and had it made especially for me.

23. I wish I didn’t have to have a Gluten Free diet. Within half an hour of having any gluten I get very ill.

24. I have to dye my eyebrows regularly because being a redhead I have almost no colour in my eyebrows. I once thought about getting my eye brows tattooed so I wouldn’t have to dye them anymore. My best friend talked me out of it. THANK YOU for that…phew!

25. I wish my dad lived longer. He had a stroke when I was a teenager and never recovered. He lived in a tortured body for another 14 years after the stroke. He couldn’t speak but could sing hymns.

26. I have driven “legally” on both the right side and the left side of the road. It was scary driving on the right side for the first time.

27. I adore Mac love my iPod and love my iBook.

28. I don’t have a favourite book of the bible. Far too hard to pick. I do lead a young women’s bible study at our house and enjoy our Beth Moore study’s the most.

29. I am terrible at mathematics.

30. I still have my best friend from when I was five years old. We start school at age five in New Zealand and my friend and I were in the same class.

31. I have two older brothers.

32. I love high heel shoes but my feet and back don’t.

33. I love Corrie ten Boom’s book “The Hiding Place.” One of my favourite quotes from her is “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still” and “God will give us the love to be able to forgive our enemies.” After reading Corrie’s book it gave me the strength to choose God’s will over my own no matter what the cost. Our family then moved countries from New Zealand to the USA and my husband went to University and got his MA to become a qualified Pastor.

34. I sometimes wish we still owned our house with the ocean views. I miss sipping my coffee and watching the boats sail by from our bed in the mornings. I feel guilty and selfish for missing a house.

35. I bought my first house when I was 21 years old. It was a cute 100 year old rail men’s cottage.

36. I had a snake in our house. The kids and I freaked out as it slithered passed their feet. I hate snakes. My husband was out and so I vacuumed the snake up with my new vacuum cleaner. Shhhh… don’t tell anyone. The snake was 27cm long. I know it was small but huge in the gross factor. I don’t like snakes in my house.

37. Whenever we go to restaurants my darling husband is always disappointed and tells everyone we should have stayed home because I would have cooked it better than the chefs. Too funny. Or does it remind you of the husband in the Australian movie “Castle?”

38. I don’t have any tattoos.

39. I love wearing nail polish on my toes. I have blue sparkly polish on ATM.

40. I love playing Xbox and wii games with my family. I am not competitive I don’t care if I lose or win. It’s just a game !! ! !