Happy Christmas

Christmas has been. Boxing Day is here. What a great season this is.

Christmas to me > Jesus’s Birthday. Retelling of the birth of Jesus. Celebration. Family. Friends. Love. Church. Food. More Food. Leftover Food. Laughs. Happiness. Giving. Gratefulness. Shopping. Craft. Food.

What a great Christmas this was. I hope that all my family who are interstate had a very blessed Christmas and I thank everyone for their company, laughs, gifts and happiness we shared over the last couple days. I may have put on five kilos, but it was worth it!

Happy Birthday Jesus! 

“Today is the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is the Messiah the Lord.” – Luke 2:11

What did your Christmas look like?

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The Living Nativity

Lobethal Living Nativity

Yesterday, after a delicious dinner and dessert at our local recreation ground with the family, Mr J and I ended the evening by viewing The Living Nativity. We heard the story of Jesus’ birth and witnessed our friends super acting skills. Christmas is only seven sleeps away!  I hope all of your Christmas preparations are being conquered and are able to remember the true meaning of this season in the midst of it all.

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?

Life Today

Dear air conditioner, thankyou for cooling my car after I let it sit in 32 degree heat for three hours. Dear pay-day, you have helped me buy Christmas presents, fuel my car and buy some of these as a treat. You don’t come around fast enough. Dear Monday, sometimes the best way to start you is with some sweetness at breakfast. You were delicious! Dear Jason Mraz, Mr J and I have found a new love for your song ‘I won’t give up‘. It is amazingly relevant for our life together. Dear Mr J, you make me blush when you dress in your nice shirt, are neatly groomed and smell of goodness. Thankyou for making an effort to impress me. Dear Christmas, it is only 29 days until you visit. My excitement levels are growing.. can’t wait to party for Jesus!

Happy Monday everybody. Only four more days until the weekend!

Santa Fun Run

As mentioned here, my bestie is in town. This morning we joined over a thousand others in the Santa Fun Run. We woke up at six o’clock am to get a perfect park, put our red suits on and prepare for our four kilometer walk. Knowing that we were exercising for a cause motivated us even more. We ate some free fruchocs for energy, listened to some live entertainment, enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the River Torrens and were ready to begin at 9:30am.

We reached the finished line by 10:30am. Minutes after Lauren spotted Brenton Sanderson who was kind enough to be apart of photo.

We relaxed our legs at a beautiful cafe in North Adelaide afterwards. My freshly squeezed orange juice and chicken salad was very refreshing.

I’m so thankful for such a fun and amazing friend. What a great day!

My Past Couple Weeks

Wow, I can’t believe I have not caught up with you all for two weeks. My apologies! Life has been hectic…

Working as an apple packer isn’t that bad. It’s physically challenging and quite draining. However, I have felt very welcome and shared many laughs with the ladies. It a very convenient drive and I get FREE apples {always a bonus!}.

Dance lessons with Mr J have been fun. We have learnt the rumba, cha cha, tango and a progressive jive.

Adelaide witnessed part of the eclipse that was happening around our country. Dad brought out his welding mask to view this amazing event. He slightly resembled Ned Kelly.

Netball and tennis are providing a regular social life and exercise for me. I love the people who I see weekly at mixed netball, summer netball and tennis.

Mr J and I have made the most of our quality time together. Last Sunday we drove to Harbour town, followed by Glenelg. Here we shared a pizza, ate two yummy desserts and talked in front of the sunset. Lovely!

I’m super excited to have my bestie on uni holidays, meaning she is back to being a local for the next three months. We have already had a yummy dinner date, organising car pulls and participated in this this morning. I’ve missed her!

Mr J has got new glasses! They are very funky.

The other Tuesday I met with some lovely people to start organising this. Excitement has arrived and motivation is at a high!

Adelaide is starting to prepare us for summer. The weather has been above thirty degrees numerous times. We have been able to enjoy our late barbeques and salads, wear dresses and shorts, go to the beach, watch cricket and have 10pm swims.

Oh, and did I mention… I got into uni!! After expecting to find out early next year, I received a letter a number of Fridays ago informing me I will be studying Primary & Middle School Teaching. I’m a tad excited.

Until next time, keep sending those smiles around.

Something New

I have a couple new things in my life.

A new job.
Apple/Cherry Packing
Sandwich artistry was not very convenient for me. Now I have a job five days a week, better pay, lovely colleagues and a 15 minute drive from home. This will help me financially until I find out my uni results.

A new goal.
100 days of exercise to lose my overseas weight. Preferably by Christmas.

A new bedroom.
With motivation to clean my room last night, an hour had passed and I had rearranged the furniture.

A new calendar.
I’ve slipped into modern technology and currently trialing my calendar on my phone and internet!

A new alarm time.
6:30am. To walk, eat breakfast and go earn money!

A new thought
Christmas is just around the corner!!

 

Muddled Days

This drink gives every reason to go back for seconds and thirds. Why? It’s simply delicious, and healthy!

Last night I got an hours sleep before working night shift. The relaxing night on the couch with Mr J and a movie helped me get through the night also. I got home in the early morning and headed to bed. Woke up five hours later for breakfast {which is lunch to everyone else} and now sitting in the warmth watching the clouds, waiting for the storm to come.

I’m not sure whether it is tiredness making me think, but Christmas is already on my mind. I have gift ideas, motivation for do it yourself projects, baking and contemplating starting a countdown. Christmas is my favourite time of year. What a great feeling it brings as we celebrate Jesus’ birth! Has anyone else starting thinking about it?

Less that eight hours before I start work again. Hanging out for the weekend {and pay day}!

Operation Christmas Child {A New Venture}

Late last week, Samaritans Purse welcomed me as a volunteer. I’m very excited to join the team at Samaritans Purse to assist with one of their major projects, Operation Christmas Child. This is a wonderful project that demonstrates God’s love. It brings joy and hope to millions of children in desperate situations around the world by giving shoe boxes filled with toys, hygiene items, school supplies and the message of God’s unconditional love. This is a simple hands on prjoect that ANYONE can be involved in.

Samaritans Purse helps those who are suffereing from the effects of war, famine, disease, extreme poverty and natural disasters.

Did you know?

  • More than 2.3 million children under 15 worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS.
  • In the past decade, war has claimed the lives of more than two million children.
  • As many as 1.8 million children are being forced into prostitution and pornography ever year around the world, some as young as 11 years old.
  • Each day, 5,000 children die needlessly from waterborne illnesses {equivalent to 12 full jumbo jets craching}.

If you want any more information about Operation Christmas Child and how you can be involved, please don’t hesitate to contact me!