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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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.

A Catch Up

Time has flown, preventing me to get on any computer lately. Now I have some time in the Adelaide Library to relax in some quiet and fill you in on what I have been up to lately…

Yesterday {Thursday}, I found a new shop to add to my favourites. This shop has so many gorgeous things… it is these shops that excite me to have my own house and start to decorate! A few things have jumped onto by Christmas/birthday list from here. Friday wasn’t heaps exciting until late. I worked a five-hour shift before catching the bus home to pick up the keys for my week of house sitting. Then, Mum, Dad, my brother and I had a night out together. We were greeted by a humourous, fun waiter before enjoying Fasta Pasta for dinner. After a feast, together we experienced the atmosphere of the Adelaide Casino. Something different. I spent for designated $4 but found spectating more interesting. Saturday I drove to work, worked my shift and drove home with my window down, music on loud and some time to myself. The evening consisted of my netball presentation, hosted by two entertaining gentleman. The evening was set as a sporting program, “After the Game” where we watched grand final interviews, laughed at game faces and listened to live interviews. I was unaware I would be an interviewee until they announced my name. One of the questions that I was faced with was, “what is your favourite motor car?” to which I answered, “red ones.” {I wasn’t going to tell them that I only worked out Ford and Holden’s were different brands only a few years ago!}. The night ended with some laughs and a talk with Dad and Mr J. Sunday, I worked again but was very strict on finishing on time as I had to drive back home for an afternoon junior netball presentation. This was a time us coaches could boast about our team. I was extremely thankful to receive a massage/spa voucher from my girls along with beautiful flowers, chocolate and nuts. We were faced with many homemade, delicious food. It was a great afternoon. I was able to sit and talk to mum and dad that afternoon for a while before heading to Church and dinner. Monday {yesterday} I worked another lunch time shift, caught the bus and slept with Scooter the cat at the house i’m caring for.

It feels as though I haven’t stopped until now. It is now Tuesday. I was up at 6:00am this morning trying to revise for the STAT test which I sat this morning. It went for two hours. I answered all my questions, plus guessed a few and left the room praying that God will make everything sort out how he wants it too. This afternoon I have a bus waiting to take me home, and then I plan to do nothing other than relax tonight.

R U OK?

Today it’s R U OK? DAY.  R U OK? Day is a national day that falls on the second Thursday of September (13 September 2012). It’s dedicated to inspiring all people of all backgrounds to regularly ask each other ‘Are you ok?’ Please take some time to go to the website, watch the video and read a little about the purpose of this day. It’s a great cause where you could change a life. Change your ways for everyday.

How’s your life going at the moment? Are you ok?

Successful and Socialble Weekend

This weekend a friend and I coached the winning team of the Under 15 division 3 netball grand final. Intense. Minutes to go in the last quarter it was goal for goal, fortunately we were ahead by two when the final whistle blew. No voice left but the biggest smile on my face. Our girls fought until the end and are ready to celebrate at presentations next weekend. Mr J shouted Dad and I dinner that night where I demolished a gourmet pizza. We then ended the night playing board games and eating show bag goodies which my brother brought home from here.

Today {Sunday} began with a great church service, followed by lunch and the afternoon with Mr J’s family and close friends and ended with dinner and dessert at home, with my parents and brother. Once again, the weekend has flown, I’ve eaten way to much food but had a great time.

What did you get up to this weekend?

Inspire #4

Success can be created from the assistance of a super attitude. & from experience. Sometimes the little things in our life can be just as important than the big things! These quotes cover that pretty well.

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~Swarni Sivananda

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things ~ Robert Brault

Check out some more quotes here, here and here.

02.09.12
HAPPY FATHERS DAY! Today I enjoyed the little and big things. Mr J and I attended church in the morning  which was followed by a beautiful spring drive to a castle for lunch. Here we celebrated my grandmas 80th and were thankful for our fathers. My brother and I gave dad some of his favourite nuts which were almost gone by the evening {with something else on it’s way}. The night finished with Mr J’s relatives. Today taught me that I could fit in a weeks worth of food into my stomach in one day… it was good! Before bed I was inspired by this on tv. Tonight I had to hang one leg out of the covers due to warmth. Spring is here!

Gratitude

We all have down days. Days where things don’t go our way. Our self esteem is low & we get grumpy easier than normal. I had one today. Although Mr J and I had an enjoyable day hanging out here, my jeans didn’t fit and I snapped quickly. I may not be happy with myself but I know I have lots to be thankful for.

Thankful for my supportive, caring, reliable family at home. Immediate and extended. For encouraging me to do my best. {Including my friends that are just as much my family!}

Thankful for the reminder that God is the best decorator.

Thankful for this guy who let’s me be crazy, cry and laugh.

Thankful for photographs that never let memories expire.

Thankful for this song that reminds me of the people, experiences and days of Contiki

& thankful for images like this for inspiring me.

I’ve realised how important it is to remember the things you are thankful for rather than dwell on the negatives. Sometimes it’s hard. What are you thankful for?

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 day after the wedding

Family day. Today Mr J and I enjoyed a day with family that Mr J has staying within Florida. After breakfast we spent the morning with Mr J’s cousin, wife and their son at a park enjoying the sunshine and their wonderful company while we watched Mr J’s second cousin on the play equipment. After a good hour of talking and playing we turned up the air conditioner in the car as we drove to have lunch with Mr J’s Aunty, Uncle and cousin. We enjoyed the leftovers from this night. We then headed to Countryside Mall (a Westfield) and did some shopping which followed by a lovely dinner out with Mr J’s cousin and family before they headed on their 4 hour drive home. We ate at a Mexican restaurant for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. The company assisted that also. Mr J and I were very thankful that his cousin and family were staying in the same hotel as us, not only were they very helpful and thoughtful by giving us lifts over the weekend but we also we able to get to know them better and enjoy their company, it was wonderful.

One more day in Tampa and then we bus it to our next destination on Tuesday.

Did you know that 4 way stop signs exist? They do in America. Who ever gets their first, gets to go first – that’s how I understand it.

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…