Thursday, May 29, 2008

Photos I Like

I can't believe this girl can climb up to the slide this way.  Yep she actually pretty much does the whole thing by herself.  She is fearless.


 Dad and Kalyani have spotted something interesting.  


Made it to the top.


Boy, are we rich!!

Though somedays it doesn't feel like it.  No we haven't won a couple of million dolllars in lotto.  I was actually thinking about our lives here living in Australia.  We are definately not the most wealthy family around and especially at the moment we are living on a fairly strict budget.  Yet I do still consider ourselves most of the time as "rich".

Today I was reading a column in Wednesday's West Australian about the response of a few people to the baby bonus being means tested at $150k.  The writer even though not agreeing with the complaints of people on higher incomes did make the point that at $150k you really shouldn't be considered rich.  Oh my gosh, that's crazy!  We are rich when we have immediate access to medical care for our children, we are rich when we have a car to use, when we don't have to be concerned with having food to eat (despite the rising cost of food and fuel), when we have laws in place that protect the vulnerable in society and that are re-enforced, when we don't have to pay brides to access basic services such as phone and electricity.

Our family's income is not even close to the cut off point and for some crazy reason we choose to live off 90% or less and give away the rest.  We also choose to live off less than two full incomes so that I can be at home with Kalyani.  In our society today that seems crazy!  Our society says our value is determined by how much money we make and the materialistic lifestyle we live.  But what is the point of all our money?  

I am reminded of what Jesus said (Luke 12:15) "Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions."

and ... what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  (Micah 6:8)

May more people come to understand that God has given us the privilege of being stewards of His resources for the benefit of many.  For those of you who are making crazy decisions of your own may you know God's strength and wisdom in that.  

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Beautiful



One of the LOs I completed the last few days.  The photos were taken at our old house - it had a LOT of gorgeous roses.  I am almost up to printing out photos for the second part of our 2007 family album.  Yeh that's exciting, lots more pages to scrap.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

What to cook for dinner?

Who feels unmotivated to cook at times??  That's definately me!! Does anyone have any good ideas?  We were talking about this issue with friends last night.  Especially when you are having to cook every night, it is hard to be inspired.  

My answer to the "I can't be bothered cooking tonight" dilema other than takeaway is to now have a few really easy meals on standby.  I like cooking a stirfry (any vegies we have, can be frozen, with meat or nuts or tofu) and then chucking a couple of packets of noodles in with it.  I like it because it all cooks in the one dish and it seems fairly healthy too.  Another easy meal that we do is the Indian ready made packets.  This is mainly because I can't get Hit to eat the Aussie easy meal of baked beans on toast or poached eggs.  I have to admit they are way more flavoursome and all you do is heat and serve with rice.  

And I do try and be more inspired a least a few times a week.  I got some new recipe books lately which has helped.

Baby Shower

Congratulations to Courtney and Ben on their approaching parenthood.  Kalyani and I went along to Courtney's baby shower this morning.  Lots of women and lots of yummy food there.  


Ok got to have a photo of the belly. Courtney's almost 7 months pregnant.

The Dad and Mum to be.  



I also got to catch up with my Aunties who I think are amazing women and role models.  
A surprise because they are normally living in distant parts of the country and world.  

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Harvey/ Bunbury weekend

Kalyani and I travelled down to Harvey on the Australind train on Sat.  Only took 1 1/2 hours and we passed the time walking up and down the train, eating food, reading the travel magazine and Mum's scrapbooking magazine and  looking out at the very green scenery.


Then we spent the day with Mum and Mike enjoying their gorgeous garden.


 
Kalyani had a great time running through the plants on the garden path.  She invited me along but I had a bit of trouble fitting through.





Some of the beautiful flowers that they have growing in their garden.






Friday, May 16, 2008

Our Happenings

Yes we have broadband again! Thanks Hit for gettting us connected abit earlier than we were expecting.  So what did we do?  We watched lots of utube last night and today I am spending time catching up on banking, scrapping sites and my blog and email and...  I am actually home from work early today because Kalyani has a cold.  Hit looked after her in the morning and I have the afternoon shift.  There is something very nice about only going to work for a few hours and then coming home.  I just won't think about all the work it means I need to catch on next week.

This weekend we are going down to Bunbury for a very good friend's birthday.  Happy Birthday to you today Miriam!!  Kalyani and I are travelling to Harvey on the Australind train on the Sat as Hit is working.  I am even looking forward to the train ride because I reckon Kalyani is going to love it. And I get to take lots of photos!

Congratulations to Hit!! He was officially promoted to managing the computer store where he works this week.  

And God's blessings to all of you who stop by and read this.  Hope you have a great week!  Anybody getting up to anything interesting?  (HINT HINT)  Feel free to leave a comment.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Some of Kalyani's Favourite Activities


Drawing!


Posing?  This expression was for the annoyance she was feeling that Mum wanted to take a photo of her rather than give her the camera to play with.


Reading!


More reading but with her dolls.  This girl loves books just like her Mum and Dad.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

No Internet!!

Boy am I missing having an internet connection at home. I have had to pay a visit to our local library tonight (great that's its free!) to keep myself connected with the world. Nah its actually all the scrapbooking forums I am missing out on... Well hopefully only another week.

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums! We had some funny conversations with "Mums" at work today about their mother's days. It gives me the impression that for the most part kids and Dads don't think much of it and us women get disappointed with the lack of attention and effort. Hit reckons cards and gifts aren't worth anything if people are forced to give them. Yes but I along with most other Mums like the idea of breakfast in bed and a day off from housework and cooking and sentimental cards that express how wonderful we are and girly gifts. Definately not power tools like Marriage Man was suggesting at church on Sunday. (MM did a very funny version of the Sound of Music's favourite things song which included all his crazy inventions that are meant to make his wife's life easier as his favourite things. Very clever! When it comes on utube check it out.) But whether I got spoilt on this one day of the year or not I know my family express their love and appreciation of me in many ways at other times.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Changing Broadband

Our current broadband connection is ceasing in a couple of days because we are changing to a different provider.  Not sure how long that will take.  Though we will have the use of dialup during that time.  Dialup?? I know, so not sure how much I'll be using the internet over the next week.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Bushwalking

We got to go bushwalking with some good friends of ours on Sunday afternoon and here are some of the photos we took.  Its great that there are a lot of scenic places so close to where we live now.



Hit getting clucky (now what's with that??) with baby Adele, 8 weeks old.



Kalyani spent most of the walk on Dad's shoulders (she really did!) until the way back when she HAD to walk by herself.  Chris started a great game of swinging her forward every so often to help us all move along faster.



Love that hair girl!  Love how she's holding onto you Dad!



Adele was exhausted after the long strenous walk and so decided to have a sleep.  What about Mum who carried her?  



Kalyani enjoyed a lot trying to balance and walk along the pipe following the road we were on.  But just after this photo she decides this is a perfect opportunity to direct Chris where ever she wanted them to go.

My Man



I love this page on Hit and I got to do some machine sewing on paper for the first time.  Yep I got a sewing machine on the weekend- a late birthday present.  So far I am having a ball trying out the different stitches for use on LOs.  I guess I'll eventually get around to sewing on material...