Christmas is a’comin!

It's Christmas!

For those advent calendar eaters – I hope you have enjoyed your first six treats! Only three more days until we can start driving around Lobethal looking at Christmas lights. Christmas cards are written, carols are playing and our tree is nearly up! This season excites me like bananas excite a monkey. I only wish that chocolate, pudding and biscuits were vegetables. What are you doing to prepare for Christmas?

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SAYCO 2012

Before
SAYCO was creeping up fast. My shopping was successful as I completed my costume. My nails were painted and the countdown began! The day before camp, Mr J and I shopped for eight hours straight. We bought swimming pools, hair colour, super size baked beans and spaghetti, lollies, 50 cans of shaving cream and a similar amount of detergent, hundreds of water balloons and clothes to get messy. That was only the start.

During
Wow. What a super dooper, high energy, God praising, jumpalicious, boundary testing camp. I laughed more than I have for a long time. FUN {is only one of the thousand words that would describe it}. We met new friends and got closer to current ones, danced, moshed, sang and praised God, fought with shaving cream, flour and water, obstacle coursed with spaghetti and baked beans, listened to some moving messages, received grand final updates, got minimal sleep, chased a lolly man, exercised with bible aerobics, jumped into a photo booth, learnt about our true identities… all for our amazing, perfect father and best friend > GOD.

After
It has been two days since we departed the camp and I am still recovering. I am having slight SAYCO withdrawals and miss everyone like crazy but already looking ahead to next year. I’m finding glitter everywhere.

Grand Central, plus a Hiccup.

Sleep-ins feel so good. Mr J and I took our time to get up this morning. We had lunch on our way to Grand Central Terminal. Grand Central Terminal was amazing! Just like on the movies… it is big, classy and open. The artwork and architecture is very impressive. There are approximately 47 restaurants and cafes within the terminal, no shortage of food. We could have admired the space for hours but instead moved on for another look through some shops on 5th Avenue. Mr J and I then moved to Times Square for a squiz in other stores, this is where I bought my watch from Swatch. Without a phone, we need the time from another source. We rested our feet for a little and watched the traffic and people. Not long were we heading back to our hotel to get ready for dinner. As we were about to walk out the door again, we double checked we had everything. Where was my purse? I remember putting it down while we sat but hadn’t seen it since. Mr J and I sped to our last destination, asked the stores surrounding and look everywhere but my brown small purse {from here} was no where to seen – it was lost. There is proof I have lost money and that I may not see it again but I haven’t lost everything.

A very special lady in my life sent me this tonight:

When God takes something from your grasp, He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something  better.  ‘The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.’I know it is a set back at the moment, but take time to stop, clear your head and enjoy what is left of your great adventure.

The book (A Little Bit of God in Every Day) says: Sometimes life sends us changes we’ve never contemplated, problems we’d just as soon do without, and inconveniences we’d rather not have to deal with. It can feel as if we are wandering in a barren desert. It’s during these ‘desert’ experiences of our lives that God, in all His faithfulness, opens up His heart…’

This is true! Times like this I have to remember God has a plan. He is teaching me something through this, it may just take time for me to see what that is. I still have atleast 2 weeks left of this holiday and I can still enjoy it as much as I  was going to, with the things I have.

Mr J shouted me dinner AND dessert. Plus, we bought some Hersheys {American chocolate} to try. It’s not all bad. I’m also thankful for my wonderful family at home, although they are hours away I know they support me. Family are everything. 

The Wedding

Yesterday Mr J and I bought a card for the wedded couple. After looking at a few. We loved and agreed with what it said:

When the Lord joins man and women, the two as one should be, yet in the home they share with Him – in faith, the two are three… He multiplies their blessings, their sadness He divides and for their different dreams and needs, He equallly provides… He adds to their fullfillment and takes away their care, and one in Him, their total life abounds with love to spare!

So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not seperate. ~Matthew 19:6

Today we shared a beautiful day with an amazing couple. The ceremony was gorgeous. American weddings tend to be bigger than Australian weddings, for example today there were 7 groomsman and 7 bridesmaids + 1 junior bridesmaid. The ceremony was a true celebration, with incredible and lovely decorations and joyful environement. God provided an incredbile day for the newly married couple today and we thank him for allowing us to be apart of it. The reception also allowed me to learn some American line dancing and Mr J and I met some more lovely people. We left the night with a bag of homemade cookies made by loved ones of the newly weds.

& here are a couple of my favourites of Mr J and I on the night…