Posted by: rachelisoneill | January 12, 2012

Getting my 4-month old to sleep till 6am

I taught my son, Joseph to sleep through the night at 9 weeks old and he’d always wake up at 5am (give or take 10 minutes). Now, it keeps changing from 4:30-7:30am (7:30 is very rare), so I decided a few weeks ago, it was time to make breakfast a regular time that Joseph would become accustomed to and that would be manageable when he’s eating solids too (Stephen R. Covey’s “the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” – Habit 2 Begin With the End in Mind.)

By keeping the ‘end in mind,’ 6am was a great time for brekky. At 4 months, babies are able to go 8 – 12 hours without a feed. I wake Joseph up at 8pm every night for his last feed (even if his last feed wasn’t very long ago) and then I don’t feed him again until 6am. The first few nights were hard – he’d wake up at 5 or 5:30 and I’d go in to comfort him – I’d just pat him and talk gently to him, but I wouldn’t pick him up until 6am.

There were probably only about 5 days max where he woke up really early and had a hard time going back to sleep until 6, but it was definitely worth it! Now, I go into him at 6am (I set my alarm to ensure that we’re consistent) and usually find him awake, just looking around, playing with his toes – withOUT crying. If he’s not awake, he’s sleeping lightly and I just have to call his name and he looks up at me – still with no crying.

It’s probably taken about 2 weeks from the time he kept waking up at 5am till now – when he’s awake at 6am and not crying.

If you have a 4 month old who wakes up too early, I’d recommend a very similar approach – time the last feed to be between 8 and 10 hours – but make sure you keep the time consistent and then time the first feed of the day to be whatever you decide is best for BOTH of you – then stick to it. It may take between 2 and 5 days for your baby to adjust, but he/she will and it will be well worth a couple of hard mornings of listening to your baby cry. Be encouraged, you can do it!

Posted by: rachelisoneill | July 11, 2011

Offering talk – Consistency.

 I have a question – are you happy with your life at the moment?

Do you not want to see any change in your life or circumstances?

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to make all grace

abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in

 all things, may abound to every good work:

If you want to see change in your life, you have to be consistent. If you don’t, then don’t be consistent.

If you want to see God work through your giving, you have to be consistent. You can’t just suddenly start quoting financial verses when you have some financial trouble.

That’s like when a robber comes to rob you and you realise you’re not strong enough to defend yourself, so quickly – while he’s stealing your things, you get the heaviest weights you have and start working out. It doesn’t matter what weight you use or how many reps you do – I guarantee it will not change you in time to defeat the robber.

But, if you want to be prepared – do a few reps everyday. Keep building up your strength, and as you are consistent, you will see results.

For example, healing was done for us 1,981 years ago, however to accept it into your own life – you need to be consistent.

You continue to believe for healing – but it’s through consistent building up your faith through the Word that you see the physical manifestation of any circumstance.

To see results in our financial life – first we need to go to the Word and see what the Word says about it and speak it over our situation. Then we also need to make sure we’re putting into practice all that the Word says – that opens the door for God to be able to move in our lives

1 John 3:22 says

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

As we learn from the Word what needs to be done, and keep it in our eyes, in our ears, our mouths and our hearts then we can apply it to our life and as we do that consistently, we will see results. Consistency is the key … to everything.

We also need to be consistent and faith filled with our giving.

First we give our tithes which is what God has allowed us to give back to him in order that he can bless us.

Malachi 3:10-12 says

{3:10} Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. {3:11} And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. {3:12} And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

On top of this we give our offerings – and God will bless us abundantly.

As we give consistently we will receive consistently. If we give inconsistently, then what we receive will also be inconsistent.

As we consistently learn from the Word and apply it in our lives; as we consistently give and apply our faith to our finances – we will consistently see results and be consistently and abundantly blessed.

{Ephesians 3:20} Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,{3:21} Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Posted by: rachelisoneill | February 18, 2011

Mars Bar Ice-Cream Topping Recipe

While on a ‘driving lesson’ the other day with my dad, he told me about a recipe a friend had told him about 10 years ago that he’d always really wanted to try…but hadn’t gotten around to yet.

The following is what I made tonight and is based on his recipe:

MARS BAR ICE-CREAM TOPPING (or yummy ganache that you can eat straight from the bowl if you really love your sugar!)


  • 11 x bite size Mars Bars (18g each)
  • 600mL thickened cream
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate buttons



  • Pour cream into saucepan and heat on medium-low heat until warm and no longer thick
  • Add Mars Bars to cream and stir until combined  (not all of the Mars Bar will combine)
  • Add chocolate buttons and stir until melted and combined

Then, allow to cool and enjoy on your favourite ice-cream!

Posted by: rachelisoneill | February 18, 2011



This is my first blog…there will be more to come, just getting started atm 🙂

Hope you are all blessed by what I share about the things God teaches me through life, church, His Word and most of all, His Spirit.

I’m planning to share things about life, relationships, emotions, and family as well as some random things like yummy recipes!

Hope you enjoy and if you have any questions or suggestions or something you’d like me to blog about, I’d love to hear from you.


God bless

Rachel O’Neill