During our history study last week, Puppy and I checked out some World War II photos.

It’s hard to imagine a 5 year old who’s excited about World War II, but Puppy is. (You can read about what sparked her interest, here.)

This particular photo struck a deep chord in me.


Thoughts of our family’s current financial situation have been pretty much on my mind lately.

Sweet Man’s a fantastic teacher. So his students say. But teachers get a shoddy pay packet here.

We had a domestic helper come in once a week for about 2 months, but we stopped that this week.

We stopped Puppy’s Junior Music Course lessons this month.

We feel the pinch of rising food prices, electricity tariffs and just about everything else that’s rising these days.

Somehow, though, I have an inexplicable sense of peace. We have so much to be thankful for.

A great homeschooling kit that we thoroughly enjoy, that is knitting our family close together in a tremendous way.

A homegrown domestic helper who is already a pro at floors, toilets and ironing – me!

A good musical resource at home. Sweet Man can teach the kids guitar and drums, and I have piano teaching qualifications.

3 happy, healthy, contented, and sometimes naughty, children.

We have skills to diversify our work.

We have an infinite resource in faith.

We have our families.

We have each other.

We have more than carrot stick lollies.


Linking up at Lovelinks #16.


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  1. Beautiful post and you are so right, there is so much to be grateful for and it seems to me that those children of the war years probably appreciated the little luxuries all the more. My happiest times have often been my poorest. Good to meet you via Love Links 16 and I’ll be following.

  2. Those are carrot stick lollies? I was just wondering what they were. If only the kids would take those these days. I would think it’s a blessing actually. Wonderful post. Money isn’t everything, what’s more important is the family. And you sure do have a lot to be at peace with.

  3. It is so good to stop, think, remember. What is important, what matters and counts. As long as you all are happy and healthy all else falls into place. I said it before. Teaching our children about WW2 is a must. Thank you for doing just that.

  4. Glad to know we can both share joy in poor times! Lovely to meet you, going to hop over to your blog now. Thanks so much for visiting!

  5. Yes, I’m looking at my sleeping munchkins now, Sweet Man included, and I feel so complete …. Thank you so much for the affirmation, you are great at that!

  6. You’re the first person I’ve met who thinks teaching about WW2 is a must! Love you! I’m still wading through a ponderous volume, Interrogations of the Nazi Elite. How will I ever finish it with all this blogging nonsense 😉

  7. Good that you keep up the positive. It is hard to see sometimes, but when we compare with others, man we are in heaven.

    That picture, by itself can make someone picture a story, huh?

  8. keeping it all in persepctive is important. Just think of what COULD be happening 🙂

    But wouldn’t a carrot stick lolly be cool?

    visiting from lovelinks

  9. As a retired teacher, I feel your financial pain! But it is important to be thankful for what we have.
    I just stopped by from SITS to say hello; hope you find time to do the same.

  10. I’d love a carrot stick lolly! I have yet to find a carrot that looks as big as the ones in the picture though. The hunt is on…

  11. I too ALWAYS worry about money. I try to be thankful for what I have right now. Good reminder, thank you!

    visiting from lovelinks #16

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