She Burnt Them Again! - A Dose of Encouragement

Do you ever ask your kids for the password?

Do your kids think you are mad?

We had a little password in our family which I would often ask for as any of our kids were coming into the house.   And they all knew what it was - Sausages.  

You may ask:  What does this have to do with Encouragement?

But as often happens here at Sandra's Ark - Let me tell you a little story about us.

So we had this little password in our family and everyone knew what it was - Sausages. 

They would humour me and say it as they were coming into the house

And I would then repeat it in a silly bass voice and kind of draw out the word

A silly little thing that as the kids got older they would frown at.

There was never anyone else around when I would ask for it so why would they be embarrassed by it?

They also frowned and muttered at the fact that whenever I would grill sausages I would burn them.
Well they and their dad would say I had burned them but I would just cut off the really hard bits and eat away quite happily.

But I have to tell the truth - I had burned them!

I burned them because I could never have enough patience to wait for them to cook nicely but always went off to work on the computer or to read a book or even do some housework (ok not too often for that last one) and then - well - the sausages just got burned because I would forget about them.

I tried baking them in the oven too but even then I would forget about them and burn them.

You see I'm always looking for shortcuts to things because I don't have enough patience, or because I get bored doing any one thing for too long.

I love to make nice meals if there is someone else around to help or talk to me while I do it but when I'm preparing & cooking on my own - no!

I want the quickest way to provide the meals.

I have been known to make easier, quicker versions of meals like the 10 Minute Chicken Korma
and sometimes I have even made the desserts so easy that they hardly even really qualify as desserts such as my Ginger & Pineapple Log (Super Short Version) which basically is not a log!

I promise you I really do know that microwaves are not just for reheating coffee  -  oh yes this is another one of my little quirks or one of the "Oh No Mum!" things that the kids would frown at but I see nothing wrong with reheating my mug of coffee two or three times during the day.

I Love Coffee!

I really Love Coffee!


I Love my Coffee Mug!

I Love my Other Coffee Mug!

I really Love my Coffee Mugs!

And then we come to the big, big, bad thing that I did to our middle child

Fred & I went to live in Belgium and left him behind in Northern Ireland 

because he had started university there.

I know this is something that people outside the family probably found more strange than the family did.  I felt I could sense people saying:  "What kind of a mother would leave her child on his own?"

So there you have it I am not perfect and never have been a perfect mother.

I would rather read a book than do the ironing.

I would rather do a word puzzle than clean the oven.

I would rather write my blog than hoover the house.

I would rather write a list than actually do the things on the list.

I would rather go sit watch a dvd 
finish up the mess I made because I had started to try to organise the study 

boy can I make a mess while trying to organise things.

I am not perfect and never have been a perfect mother!

But Mostly

I would rather have a coffee and sit & chat with my now grown up kids about how 

He has redeemed us, healed us, kept us safe, 
answered our prayers, never left us alone, helped us in everything

we are all thankful that He is still doing so 

no matter what country we may have lived in 
or are in at the moment

He is the Perfect One.

You see I can't be perfect because I am human but thankfully with Jesus I have the help to do all the things He has planned for me.

If you like you can visit my about me section and see the poor hubby and kids who had to put up with me not being a perfect mum - oh and the middle child is the tallest one with his arms around us all in the snow.


  1. I love this post! I'm not perfect, either, and by the grace of God I'm loved anyway...isn't that great! Thank you for the encouragement, and have an awesome and blessed weekend!

  2. Enjoyed reading. I'n not perfect either and I burn the hot dogs on the grill (so I would only pan fry them), but now my son is learning to grill, so I can let him try not to burn them :)

  3. oh, yes, we can be friends! (I posted a pic of my burned pizza today on my blog... and then got to be next to you! love it!)

  4. Oh this post made me smile because ... I am not perfect either & can so relate to burnt sausages and a dislike for ironing :) So grateful for the perfect One who covers our lives in His grace. So glad to have stopped here this morning!

  5. I’m like you in many ways. I am a coffee snob. But I do reheat my coffee. And I do LOVE my mugs. Each one has special meaning and a story behind it. And I have made things in a hurry, too. Yes. M name is Dianne, and I am not a perfect mother. ❤️

  6. We are all perfectly imperfect- just the way God made us. Thank God for His grace and love, regardless

  7. There's so much room for grace in all our foibles. My list is long, but thankfully God (and my family) are gracious!

  8. I love your sense of humor! I am one who is thankful for God's grace! I am definitely imperfect!!

  9. Love the password thing. Had those kind of things with mine too, and they too would make the face as they grew, but I know that secretly, they loved it. Of course, now they're all grown and out of the house and since we're both retired now, I do crazy things to drive the hubby nuts, but he laughs and I tell him that the kids are gone so now he has to endure my zaniness as I pick on him. haha :)
    The not perfect thing...I am not...but thank God that he made me perfectly how he wanted me to be or at least he is a forgiving God of some of my imperfect things. :)

    Merry Christmas

    Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

  10. We women love to multitask, don't we? I start cooking something, and before you know it, have a zillion different projects going on. So easy to get distracted. I'm sure I drove my family crazy too! :)

  11. I think we are kindred spirits! Enjoyed your posts so much.

  12. I gave up ironing years ago! So glad we have Jesus who is perfect because I'm definitely a work in progress!

    You're most welcome to drop by for a cuppa, I do have coffee!

  13. I am right there with you. I feel guilt though when I get distracted and beat myself up. But it is hard to get things done, write, take care of kids ... etc. I wish we had 48 hour days. :)

  14. Love your coffee mug. I collect mugs!