Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Reasons to be cheerful

So here I am (maybe even ahead of myself this week) joining in with Planet Penny's

Reasons to be Cheerful

It feels quite obvious to me that it is the last week of this half term, and next week the boys will all be home, and our time will be our sometimes I spend  two hours a day in the car, doing school runs, I will be glad of the break!

Chester is becoming a real welcome member of our family and on all  most occasions he makes me smile! (he loves to have his photo taken and always 'strikes a pose'....he also, in answer to Marigold's question, gets on very well with the farm Collie, fact Ned even budges up sometimes and makes room in his bed for Chester!)

So, I saw a lovely cake on the ever talented Country Rose's blog and I thought I would research it a little I followed the link here, and found this beautiful blog with inspirational cakes....and I got a little carried away in how advanced I thought my cake making abilities were.  I didn't stop there, I made it vertically striped (on the inside) too.....and that was sensational.......well would have been if I had been a gifted baker like the one on the blog.  Thankfully  I love to eat cakes almost as much as I love to bake cakes, but I am more talented at the former.

This week has been a tough one for my family, but especially for my sister....after a week in hospital, many horrible tests and deteriorating health, my sister has been diagnosed with MS........she said she knew, I was obviously in complete denial as the rug was certainly pulled out from under me.  I don't shout about what I believe, but at times like these I am thankful I have a God in whom I put my hope and trust......... I know that sometimes despite desperately not wanting something to happen and praying determinedly that it won't.......sometimes it just does.......I don't know why......

'But those who trust the Lord will find new strength.  They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired.'

I hope that you have found things to make you happy or grateful this week.....maybe pop on over to Planet Penny's blog and read other people's may well inspire you to join in too!


  1. Chester looks so cute!!
    Hope you enjoy half term, and sorry to hear about your sister, sending warm wishes to you and your family, and lots of prayer

  2. Hi Faith... You are amazing you know... posting about reasons to be happy when you have had such a horrible week. My heart goes out to you lovely... stay strong and keep believing.... I have worked with and known quite a few people with MS and it is always different... always a nasty diagnosis, not always a terrible pathway once the shock is over... I'm sending you and your family big strong hugs and prayers, Jill x

  3. Dearest Faith
    Your strong faith in God will comfort you and your family during this difficult time Faith and He will never let you down. My prayers are with you too and as Jill says MS can affect people in so many different ways, there is also some good drug therapy out there too. I work with people who have advanced stages of MS and have lived with it for many years.
    Keep strong in your faith and lean into God for the difficult moments. I pray for peace and strength for you all xox Penelope xxx

  4. Chester is such a cute puppy and is indeed a poser, and i am giving all my wishes for you and your sister xxx

  5. SO sorry to hear about your sister, Faith! But on the upside, treatments for MS are so much better than they used to be. I'm glad Ned likes Chester. I think dogs like having another dog around, just like goats like having other goats around. And just so you know, the Goatmother likes eating cakes too, its just that it seems to show up in the darndest places afterward. :) Happier week!

  6. Sorry to hear about your sister. Cakes are always a reason to be cheerful and Chester is just the cutest thing ever.

  7. I would make room for Chester in my bed too. He looks very snuggly.

    No picture of the cake? It must have been very delicious indeed.

    I am so very sorry to hear your sister's news. May God comfort her, and you, in your tribulation. "She who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust." God bless you both.

  8. I'm so sorry to hear about your sister, and send thoughts, prayers and good wishes to you all. It's so frightening to be given this sort of news but I hope now it's been identified the doctors can help her with medication and make it easier to cope with. I'm glad you were able to find some reasons to be cheerful in what must have been a traumatic week. I know dogs, especially puppies, can usually put a smile on one's face (when you're not groaning with exaspiration!) and that cake looks absolutely beautiful, a work of art and far too good to eat!
    love Penny xxx

  9. Hugs and Prayers from over here in Hilly Town. X

  10. Sending lots of love and prayers to you and all your family. xx

    Love your Rose cake, that blog is amazing. I have been wishing I could decorate like her for ages, have you seen the hydrangea cake?

  11. Chester is adorable!
    Sorry to hear about your sister, our thoughts are with you all.

  12. Mmmmm cake! It's only 5.48am and now I have very bad food thoughts going through my head! So sorry to hear about your sister hon. Take care. Leah x

  13. That is hard news about your sister but your love and faith will ease her fears. As for Chester, he is too cute -- and your cake -- yum!

  14. Hello Faith...So sorry to hear that your sister has been having such a tough must have been so difficult not knowing the cause of the problem too...I'm sending my thoughts and best wishes to you all...
    Chester is adorable and baking is always good for the soul...I agree, 2 things that will always bring a smile!
    Take care and keep warm,
    Susan x

  15. I am so sorry to hear that your sister is ill. I am thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Sending love, hugs and positive thoughts xxx

    Louise xx

  16. I am so very sorry to read of your sister's diagnosis. I'm sure she feels 100% supported in your love and your strength. Thinking of you and your family.

    Looking forward to some cake pics when you have time!

  17. such lovely reasong to be cheerful and your dog is gorgeous, he certainly looks like a poser.

    I am so sorry to hear about your sister and her illness, I am a true believer in positive and the power of love of friends and family. You have my positive thinking and my prayers for you and your family.

    Hugs and best wishes


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