Loaded Wedges.Β 

Niki and i have a date night every Saturday night. After all our kids go to bed we cook something yummy. 

This meal cost us less then $2 per person to make.

There is nothing healthy about it but bacon cheese and wedges seem to be a great match. 

Ask us for the recipe and we will tell you how to cook cheap but soo tasty and in most cases healthy. 

Christmas Love

The year was 2006, for me Christmas started in a Western Brisbane suburb called Ipswich, while I loved the usual tradition of going somewhere either to a park or to relatives houses for a hot Christmas day, something was different about this Christmas, a feeling of love was in my world.

In November that year on the way down to a church camp I asked Niki if we can officially take our relationship to the next level. I couldn’t wait to hit the western freeway and head north to see my girlfriend, I can still remember walking in that day to a house filled with Christmas decorations, lots of yummy food that I had never had at Christmas, most of my Christmas days consisted of food that you had to fight over before your hungry siblings and adults and cousins took it all. My pregnant sister in law was sitting on the lounge as her baby was kicking her. We opened presents and Niki bought me a wallet.

2008 we spent our first Christmas married, Niki and I woke up dressed our dogs up in Christmas gear and exchanged presents and thanked and said happy birthday to our Savior Jesus. We then went to Niki’s for lunch then the next day we went to my families place. Things with my family had changed, Niki and I were one and we were starting our own traditions and life together, the pull away from the normal ways of doing thing prior to our marriage was leaving and new exciting things were coming into our lives, as the bible says, I had left my mother and joined with my wife.

10 years later 2017 we are celebrating our 10th Christmas together as a married couple, we have great traditions now, like Christmas eve we look at Christmas lights and go to emergency services offices and give them hand made gifts and cookies to say thanks for their tireless efforts and safety they bring us. We do stocking, something I never did growing up, this year we are putting up Christmas lights and decorating the house as much as we can. But the biggest thing that we sit back and wonder what happened, is we are now celebrating the 2017 Christmas as a family of 6.

Our 4 children continue to challenge and bless our lives, everyday they throw new things at us to keep us constantly reacting, mostly well, to their outbursts, tantrums, and love. The feeling of your child giving you a kiss and saying they love you makes every trouble in this world disappear.

We have great traditions, we seem to make more every year. We look forward to Christmas all year round, yes even us as parents look forward to it. In my last blog post I wrote about a Christmas hater, people also tell us Christmas is only for the kids.

For us Christmas is about our family of 6. The love, the fun, the presents, the sparkle of Christmas that is only here once a year, Christ was born to save this world and we as a family of 6 will celebrate with everything we have.

I hope and pray that this Christmas will be great for you and your family. Please comment and subscribe.

Its Christmas Time Again

After a short conversation with a sales person at a local hardware, I was taken back by his negative look on Christmas, an over marketed way of the rich getting richer, the poor being forgotten and a waste of time. For this man his Christmas spirit has been crushed by 1 or a few events in his life, where maybe he didn’t get his train set he wanted from Santa, or his mum or dad  had to work on Christmas.

In Santa clause 3 the ice man wanted to become Santa, he did everything evil in his power to become Santa, he kept hardening his heart to love, and to the real meaning of Christmas. Myself being a evangelical christian, Santa is a distant 2nd to Christ but in this example the more he tried to hate Santa the harder he became, SPOILER ALERT here, but in the end of the movie a sweet little girl, gave the ice man a hug, he asked, what is this feeling that has come over me, I feel like i am warming up, in front of a big crowd of other super heroes and made up figures, Love over came him and he felt the real meaning of Christmas. Love.

The bible says Love covers a multitude of sins and hurt, Christmas is yes very material filled, tables filled and tummies filled but in the context of things this is the way it should be. We must make the most of the time we have on this earth and Christmas is a very special time. Some people do it tough but that is where us who are mentally, physically and spiritually ok should be doing everything we can to warm the hearts of the hurt and the lonely.

My friend at the hardware should be finding ways of giving this Christmas, instead of worrying about how much money is going around. Maybe he need a smile a present and a good feed with loving caring people. Maybe he needs a hug, maybe he needs some Christmas magic.

After all isn’t this the real reason for the season, our heavenly father giving his son to a world that will end up killing him? To love the unlovely, the proud and the forgotten.

Lets love, lets give, lets make the best of Christmas 2017!

Former Senator Nick Xenophon trying to escape the high court?

Its official Nick Xenophon is leaving the Senate.  After such a long time in the role and holding such an important part in the parliament, what would make him step down?

When asked, former adf officer Bernard Gaynor said that Nick Xenophon is leaving to save embarrassment from the high court. 

 The citizenship scandal still seems to be having an affect on even the most solid and popular political figures.

Nick has been a senator since 2007 and has been a very powerful independent.  We have seen the rise and fall of Tony Windsor and other independents but as most people thought Nick would be around for a long time yet. 

What ever happened, we wish him all the best and as we sit back and watch the citizenship debarkle, take down more and more people, maybe the libertarians will get their way. The disbanding of parliament.  The right to be ungoverned 🍾πŸ”ͺ which would in all reality, last a week before they beg for leadership again.  

Be blessed Michael McDowell 

Washing, washing and more washing!?

 

WhatsApp Image 2017-10-04 at 4.07.13 PMIt’s 3.30 pm and the kids are happy playing and eating their afternoon tea, while I sit down with my cup of tea to write this blog. As I was thinking about what to write today’s blog on…I walked past the laundry room and saw the washing needed to be switched into the dryer, realised that there was already clean washing in the dryer, I looked at my pile of clean laundry getting bigger and bigger as my eldest son helped to switch the washing over! I can’t even imagine what it is like washing for 19 kids like TheΒ Duggars! GAH! Help me Lord…how do I deal with little ones, homeschooling, house work, attending to my husbands needs, being a friend, blog, vlog, and somehow get time with God???

I am reminded gently by the Lord my saviour, who has placed me right here, right now in this so called “crazy” life. That it is not so crazy! After all He has me where He wants me to be. He is in control, not me! This is not crazy, it is a season. We as Mum’s live this life, because we have been called to.

So wherever you are, how ever you are feeling about “crazy” just remember that it is a season. You are doing well, so well!!!

Here is a verse I found when thinking about this…

Psalm 1:3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

You are doing an amazing job, as Dory says, just keep swimming!

~Bless you, Niki

Footy NightΒ 

One of our favorite things to do when its State Of Origin, or the NRL Grand Final is to turn down all our offers from fast food places, yes they now txt special footy offers, and cook pies, chips and gravy. On origin nights we also have Nikis amazing self saucing pudding. 

I hope that memories shared while eating yummy food and watching big men belt each other on tv will serve our kids well when there older. 

Blessings Michael McDowell 

How To Sugar Soap A Wall

I have bond cleaned hundreds of houses now in my cleaning career, it has not always been that flash, I have made some big mistakes. One common question I get asked is how to clean a wall.
The answer can be very simple but also complex, A wall is a wall, a few common materials used are, Fibro, Gyprock, just to name a couple, the next thing for consideration is, what kind of paint is used? Lead? Oil? Water? the list goes on, the common silly paint used for rentals is cheap matt paint the seems to grab stains and scuff marks like its starving for it.

My brother asked me how to sugar soap a wall so here goes Matthew.

Step 1. Splash some blue sugar soap into a bucket and fill it with water.

Step 2. Use a good quality cloth, no chux as it to rough,

Step 3. Check to see if there are any scuff marks, or marks that sugar soap will not get out, test a bit to see. If the scuff mark is still there, then use GUMPTION first, lightly scrub the spot with your finger covered in a cloth, focus only on the scuff mark. It is guaranteed to come off, but if its paint missing and chipped which even the best bond cleaners can get confused with it will take more off.

Step 4. Wash the wall again with QUALITY cloths, you need microfiber or you will see the difference. start from the top of the wall where the ceiling meets the wall and go across side ways, don’t leave it to wet but still wet. It will take about 10 minutes or more to dry, if you have done it well then it will look like you have just painted the wall.

Step 5. Take a break!! washing walls is high energy and you will feel it unless you take regular breaks and have water.

The main thing to remember is, Wet Quality Cloths, DO NOT USE DRY CHEAP CLOTHS, or you will take paint off. Do not push to hard on the scuff mark just enough to see it removed. Remember also that the easiest thing is to call My Green Cleaner and relax.

P.S Sugar Soap is not edible!!