HEY!!

Hey Guys!

How exciting is this! We now have a website:D

I thought I had better start this off with something else exciting:)

I am going to introduce someone (something?) to you, now you have been introduced aleady if you follow us on Facebook or Instagram but….. we didn’t have a name picked out, so…. I will tell you how we picked this name. We were driving home and there was a tow truck following us ;p I turned around and asked the kids what name should we pick? Meki straight up says…..

“Lighthouse”

Now you can’t get much more prophetic than that huh:) Our kids can blow us away sometimes can’t they:)

So here she..he..? is

(unfinished as of yet;p )

See you soon

Day 15/54 :0

 

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Stuck and don’t understand why?

I love when people go above and beyond to help a stranger, we got bogged tonight and I was already at my limit and beyond for this week, 6 people stopped and 2 called friends to help it was just amazing, one of them had a winch and so we got out pretty quick at that point even though the mans car was the one moving to start with:)
I say to Paul what was the point in that? Why did we need to have that happen tonight especially after such a long week and a huge weekend coming up?But I know God knows the reason , there is always a reason and most of the time I don’t know why and never will. There is a lot of possibilities tonight, maybe they needed to help , perhaps their love language is acts of service, maybe they had a bad day and needed to love someone else to get some thanks and love back? Maybe we avoided a crash up the road? Maybe I needed to realize that I wasn’t as past my limit as I thought I was?

Either way God knows!! He knows everything and we need to trust Him and enjoy it!! Yes we were annoyed and I was slightly embarrassed that we had gotten ourselves into this mess and needed help( there’s another one, I need to be more humble !!!) but we had fun we got to laugh with strangers and love them and say how much we appreciated that they took time out of their night to help us, and I hate leaving after with nothing more than thank you because I always feel it’s never enough:)
But you know what maybe it is:)

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Finally!

OK so I’m back!! yay 🙂

So much has happened since i last posted, sorry about the holiday, we will see how i go:)

We are currently hosting a mission team from FIJI! its so much fun, so much work but amazing and peaceful all at the same time, we are getting a lot happening good and bad as these things go, God is doing amazing work and we are feeling prepared as each new challenge comes our way 🙂 God is good.

We are excited to see the fruit in the next little while:) I’m listening to praise and worship songs as i write this and praising God , writing about all the things he is doing for us and feeling his presence and peace is making me want to cry:) i am so happy through all the adversity and challenges thrown my way. i keep saying bring it on:D its hard going through the tough times but when you know the end result its exciting and the more you listen, absorb and know whats coming the shorter the anger and frustration of dealing with problems with people and life in general:) I’m finding the more i serve and put myself in as close a relationship and likeness to God as i can manage i find its easier to serve others 24/7 , I’m happier and more willing to do things that bring nothing to myself but are all about serving God, I’m stubborn about not being upset or angry but productive and a blessing through my frustration:) i am only able to do the things I’m doing right now through Gods strength he is giving me and saying daily that everything i do is ultimately for Him. Hallelujah:)

I hope this is a blessing to you today:)

I will post more of our adventure with the Fiji’s (as the kids call them.. how cute) and get some pics and maybe a few testimonies of what God’s up to in our lives as we follow Him completely and trust Him for literally everything in our lives at the moment (more on that later;)

*Welcome to the family Hudson born 29th October 2015 🙂

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His Journey …Part Two

First off before I write the second part of this series, I want to say sorry for not getting it out sooner. It is a very real and scary place when you are walking by faith and it can be very exhausting, daunting and unmotivating, add being sick and it seems impossible to keep going. It took me a lot to start writing this in the beginning , it takes a lot of faith to state something in faith that has not happened yet and to have the possibility of being wrong.

Even if we are wrong, I still feel I need to share the background, we will not regret this path we are walking it has brought us closer to God which ultimately brings us closer as a family. Even if we are wrong about the bigger miracle we still have all the little miracles that God has done for us up to this point and that in itself makes it worth it. God is an amazing God who loves us and we believe He only ever wants the best for us, sometimes we get it wrong and don’t hear what He wants us to hear and we veer off onto the wrong path. We are only human, we are not perfect, we can only strive to do the best we can and become more Christlike by learning through the mistakes we make. Eventually we’ll get it right and we can praise God for the amazing things he does for his children.

X-ray and Chiropractic results:
• Spine is trying to fuse together (early stages)
• Calcium growth extending into the space that his nerve should flow through
• One of his legs is shorter than the other and was revealed from his twisted pelvis
• His entire spine was out of alignment
Paul went 2-3 times to the Chiropractor and then decided to try an Osteopath as a lot of people thought they were better.
The Osteopath told him that they would need a CT scan which would need to be obtained from his Dr. The Dr told him he would give the ok for a MRI not a CT so Paul went and got the MRI. While the results were being processed he Dr told him to not see a Osteopath but a Physical Therapist.
So far:
1. Chiropractor (not paid by Medicare).
2. X-ray (chiropractor paid for it ).
3. Osteopath (not paid by Medicare).
4. CT scan MRI Scan (not paid by Medicare).
5. Physical Therapist (not paid by Medicare).
6. Multiple Dr’s visits ( only a few in 6 months have been paid by medicare).
So Paul went to see the Physical Therapist with strict instructions that they not massage him ( that’s what a physio does right?? ha ha). The Physio actually called the Dr as she was very confused about the no massage part, the Dr informed her that if she did massage Paul’s neck/shoulder it would potentially cut his nerve in half which would result in him losing the function of his arm.
In the MRI they found some muscles in Paul’s back that looked like he had never used them (along the sides of his spine at the top of his back) so all the Physio could do for him at this point was to give him exercises to improve those muscles and hope that they would  re-aligne his back to free up the pinched nerve.
Paul went home and did the exercises for 3 days and then started getting severe numbness and tingling down his arm and to his fingertips. back to the Dr!
In short the Dr told him to not do the exercises, that he could no longer do his Mechanics job or his Warehousing job (basically get a new job). He told him that he cannot do flips (you might have seen our update on Retro Cristo’s Facebook page about this), he cannot do handstands or kayaking or abseiling or rock climbing, all things in which he is qualified and can make money doing. Later we even realized that he could not ride motorbikes or horses as the risks if he fell would be too great.
He listed of everything that you think of when you say Paul Nash and said that because of the pressure that pretty much anything at this point would put on his muscles and bones he would no longer be able to do them, and probably never would again.
So Paul asked him what he could do; NOTHING!! Any job that you could think of even if Paul were qualified in every area of the work force was not possible as it would require siting too long, standing too long, putting pressure on his body etc etc etc. The Dr went through lists, I even went through lists later and nothing fit the criteria.
Paul came home and told me what the Dr had said , It was a very sad moment for me. I had expected him to come home with the answer and to be back to work in a few days. He had seen so many specialists that I assumed one of them would have the answer. I even, at one point, said something along the lines of “you aren’t going to be the Paul i married ever again.” everything that i knew of him he wasn’t able to do or be anymore. It was such a shock too because here, my husband, was standing in front of me physically fit for the most part, able to walk (which the Dr also told him he would have to limit), drive, look after himself etc , He couldn’t do things like lift the kids and change their nappies or bend over to empty the dishwasher or load the washing machine but i assumed as well that that would be temporary and improve as he improved). He seemed fine but the Dr was telling him he would never be the same? I’m pretty sure I started crying (who wouldn’t), but then something clicked and I’m so glad that God has been working on me the last few years as I’m sure I never would have had this reaction before.  I-get this- laughed/ grinned, looked at Paul and said “God has something amazing for us, this is going to be exciting, He can take us anywhere and do anything with us, He obviously has something amazing planned for us”. As I continued with this thought I knew it would be sad to say goodbye to all the things we knew and loved but equally exciting to begin a new adventure. And we knew it would take time too.
The Dr put Paul on a high dose of anti-inflammatory tablets and told him to rest. (Yup that’s it… REST)
Some friends of ours (one of them a nurse) spoke highly of a specialist who cared for a few members of their family that no one else could find cause for the problems they had. He was a Sports Massage Therapist and did things that even in discussion made a lot more sense to Paul and I then the other specialists mentioned or trialed. So Paul went to yet another appointment and found out more about his body. He confirmed all the things the other specialists had found out through all the machines without the machines and basically just told Paul all about how his body was working just by looking at him when he was standing and bending etc.
• He confirmed one of his legs was shorter and told him to take out one of the foot. supports Paul had recently bought with new shoes.
• He confirmed that his muscles are not the way they should be to support his frame.
• He found that his neck was twisting to the side when he put his head forward.
• and confirmed that it was a pinched nerve.

He loosened up all Paul’s muscles with a vibrating machine of sorts, he used a nerve ‘awakening’ tool that wakes up nerves that don’t function properly and did a lot of stretching a little manipulation on his body.
He went back a few times and the tingling and numbness decreased a lot, it didn’t go away completely as i hoped yet again 🙁  but Paul was now armed with stretching exercises for his neck that he could do when his body had had enough. (he still does these, sometimes multiple times a day).
So this is where another miracle happens. There pretty much was nothing Paul could do right? He was lying down nearly all day everyday. Remember at the beginning of Part One how i told you about his guitar?? Well guess what ,that guitar was the only musical instrument (out of probably 20 instruments between him and everyone at church) that HE COULD PLAY!! What a blessing from God 🙂  this guitar was the right height etc and sat in the right place on his lap that he could play it when he was up to it. His old guitar was not good at all and would send the tingling and numbness back to his arms and fingers. God is good, I love that he works out all the little details well before we think we need it. There is no way after the Dr told Paul everything ,that we would go and buy a new and expensive guitar in the hopes he could play it. Why waste that money? But God knew and because we listened we got the reward:) how cool is that:)

Stay tuned for Part 3 and I pray you are all listening to God and going on your own faith journey this week 🙂

Love and Prayers,

Ash.

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A little from Paul.

So being that my amazing wife has been writing these blogs and a lot of them has to do with me I thought I’d put in my own 2 cents on the the matter.

All I wanted to say is” HI and hope you’re all well. Also, my wife has been super dooper through this whole ordeal and I love her”.

One other thing that is well worth noting is how amazing God has been to us from the very beginning.

Jesus is the BEST. Trust Him cause He has it all sorted;).

From the hubby.

Paul.

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His Journey …Part One

So here we go, this is the beginning of His journey for us into a new season;

It started in August 2015, God told Paul that he needed to go and buy a decent guitar, one that cost more money than we would ever have/like to pay. Getting the guitar was its own story and miracle in itself. Stay tuned 😛

Then in September God told Paul that he would eventually not work at his 2 jobs anymore, Paul couldn’t see how that would happen, it seemed silly to him as he would never quit (he was working for a great friend and his family).

At the end of October Paul got sick, he was exhausted and rundown and couldn’t work for about a week or so. He finally went to the Dr in November and the Dr told him that he had had glandular fever within the last month. The Dr told him it could be 3-6mths before he regained full energy. Seeing as he had been sick at the beginning of 2015( he had a floor of mouth infection; basically a really bad abscess that wasn’t treated properly, affected his heart and he almost died) I told him I thought it would definitely be in the upwards of 6mths recovery being that he was still recovering from the previous sickness.

Paul went back to work a few days a week but most of the time only managed a few hrs before he had to come home again.

It was December by this point and Paul was still only managing a few days and hrs a week at work. we went out driving one day and he stretched his neck, it cracked and an electric shock went down his right arm. He ended up being in bed for days between the glandular fever and the pain from his shoulder and arm (he had tingling all down his arm and right to his fingertips) he wasn’t able to lift anything or move his arm above his head etc.

It was January before Paul decided that it was not going to heal on its own and we decided that a chiropractor could fix it. We assumed that because something had cracked all it needed was to be put back in place.

We had little to no money at this point as you could imagine (I had done the Christmas grocery shopping the week of Christmas as we had Christmas at ours for that year. That would be the last time I would go to the shops for groceries till May 2016), we had to rely on our churches op-shop food bank for food as that was cheaper than standard grocery stores. So ALL our money started going toward all the specialists that Paul would see in the next month.

The chiropractor was around a $100 each appointment and the first appointment required a $150 x-ray.

The chiropractor during general conversation asked Paul what his profession was, Paul told him he was a mechanic and the chiropractor offered to pay for the x-ray if Paul would diagnose the problem he had with his car (not fix etc but just diagnose, pretty cool huh:) )

The x-ray and chiropractic consultation showed interesting results.

Stay tuned for the next part of the journey God is taking us on:)

Your probably wondering why I’m outlining all the little details and not just giving you the overall view of our life up to this point. God works the most and I think the best through the little things and its the little things that make up the biggest miracles 🙂 So definitely keep following because the biggest miracle of all is about to be uncovered 😀

 

Love and Prayers,

Ash 🙂

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Quints;D

So we did some more family photos the other week courtesy of Auntie Ba and i promise you the matching was purely accidental lol, we just happened to wear the same colours, and obviously the girls are wearing the same dress so that was deliberate:)

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‘The sun’s in our eyes Auntie Ba’

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Now its in Daddy’s eyes hehe

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A few photos from Pop’s Birthday Party that Mum and Dad missed out on as they were at Great Grandma’s Birthday Party:)

I love that we have so much family that nights are double booked!

Look out for December (now that’s an understatement for a busy month!)

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Racing Car!!

Stripping down an old model car and building it back up into a race car, doesn’t sound too bad right? unless you have stripped a car before and built it back up from the shell! Its hard work for the mechanic but imagine that the car has feelings…..

Hack saws and drills and sand paper or sand blasting (ouch), taking all the old parts off and throwing them away, knocking out all the dings and then drilling and bolting new parts, repainting and probably a lot more (I’m a mechanics wife but trust me my sister knows more about car stuff than me haha, i don’t need to know!! that’s what Paul’s for ;p). All of that sounds quite painful. (I’m thinking of Herbie lol).

This is what God told Paul in March;

‘I’m going to strip you down from an old model and build you into a race car’

So i just told you the effort it takes to strip down a car, what does it take to strip down and rebuild a person……………………??

A LOT!!

How about a family……………………??

TONNES!…..

Five different medical specialists. Evaluations and evictions .Old jobs.new jobs, no jobs? …Stronger faith and the impossible……….. possible?.

I am going to take you on a journey from before this and beyond.

It all started when Paul’s Mum and Dad decided to have their sixth child ………….

 

 

Ok yeah not that far back, just a few months 😛

So join me on Thursday and come along for the ride:)

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Family Photo’s

Just before the Fijian’s left we took them out to dinner, the kids looked so cute that i decided to do a mini photo shoot right before we left for the restaurant:)

 

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