Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Lazy morning!

This morning I am still in my pajamas and Kalyani and I are sharing the computer screen. She is lying on the couch watching a Colin Buchanan DVD. I am posting and reading other blogs. Check out the Altogether Too Happy blog for a great post about why scrapbooking matters. It was encouraging reading because I am at point of considering that I might have to cut right back on what I spend on scrapbooking products. Already its a small amount! We are wanting to increase our savings as much as we can. But there's something very enjoyable about getting new products even if there's stuff sitting there that needs using. Anyway its a good reminder for me that scrapbooking is (mostly :) ) about telling stories... It is less important to have a layout that looks impressive!

This layout is along that idea- using up scraps of paper, lace and even some gorgeous metallic looking chocolate wrappers. I had fun layering paint then paper and then another layer of paint.

Hit and I celebrated 8 years of marriage by going away on the weekend for a night at this place. Very relaxing! Oh when are we going to do it again?? It is so great to be able to see how much our relationship has grown over the years and how much more healthy we are in how we relate to one another. Thank you God! We were also blessed to have my beautiful Aunty Julie stay and look after Kalyani. Her first night away from Mum and Dad!

Ok I suppose I better go and get dressed and do some work... Nah!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Doulos Visit

The Doulos ship is in Fremantle Port for 2 weeks on its final Australian tour. It leaves on the 28th October to travel to Asia. So we decided to head down there today to have a look and peruse the hundreds of books they have for sale. Yep- the Doulos is the world's largest floating bookshop and boy did Kalyani have plenty of kids books to look through. We came home with a few.

Oh and having a play at the E-shed markets.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Chocolate Lover!

I shouldn't be surprised but our daughter loves chocolate! We've even caught her recently climbing up on furniture to get into a hidden stash of chocolate. Here she is after eating her first Easter egg earlier this year. My take on the latest sketch up at Triple the Sketch.

Monday, October 20, 2008


1) This amazing girl- fun, expressive, active. She's a whiz on her scooter.

2) Baby Ariyeh been given the all clear with his heart and this being after open heart surgery was thought to be the most likely option. Thankyou God!

3) Getting to chat with my Aunty Kath tonight, phoning all the way from the Philippines. And for DVDS like the Wiggles which keep young girls such as Kalyani occupied while Mum is on the phone. And ... patient husbands.

4) Being able to finish reading a great book, secret mothers business by Joanne Fedler. And going to the library and getting a new lot of books out to read. Yep that's my idea of fun!

5) Being able to listen to Nicole Connor speak in church yesterday on help for modern day desert dwellers. That definitely is an accurate description of this season of my life! Do we have a genie in a bottle view of God or not? Encouraging to hear that there are times when God chooses not to speak and it seems like he has left us and somehow we still choose to have faith in him. Podcast it if you can.

Think Pink

I once belonged to a girls' netball called Think Pink. Hmm- that was a long time ago! Anyway here's my layout for the challenge up on the pagemaps blog in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Taare Zameen Par

We watched this Bollywood movie on the weekend- Taare Zameen Par Every Child is Special. Aamir Khan's first movie directing and he also plays a role as a substitute teacher who helps a boy who is failing in school because of dyslexia. We thought it was excellent even brought a few tears to the eyes. And not a love story in sight! Though still lots of great songs and a bit of bum shaking, I mean dancing. Got to see it!

What a week it has been! We have been settling back into a different routine after going back to work after a weeks break. No more sleep ins! Health wise, I have been in a lot of pain with my back and I'm not managing my pain levels very well. Its something I get really discouraged with and struggle to pray about it because its been going on for a while without much improvement. Somehow God's using stuff like this to make me stronger. Not sure how! :)

Then big stuff happening in our friends' lives. Congratulations to Judy and Warren on the birth on their new son, Ariyah, born yesterday. Though in an unexpected development he is under observation in a different hospital from his Mum for a possible heart complication. Hoping and praying that this resolves itself quickly guys! And thinking of you and praying for you Dawn and Craigh with all that's happening in your lives. Miss the phone chats, miss your friendship Dawn. Hope to see you soon!

Someone suggested reading Psalm 46 today. So relevant!

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Bright & Cheery

What to do when I am feeling a bit glum scrap something that cheers me up. This colour combination does just that for me. I had a lot of fun doing it last night while Hit was out helping paint a friend's house. The layout is about my birthday this year which was memorable because I was so sick at the time. But there were a few things that happened including receiving these gorgeous flowers from work that made it special. Oh yeh I used the latest sketch from Pencillines.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

More photos from Dunsborough

Thankfully we got to spend one morning down at one of Dunsborough's gorgeous beaches. Kalyani had a ball. She even went in the water though it was very cold and played for ages. Don't know how she does it!

One of our friends, Kaiwee is over in the Ukraine at the moment on a short term trip with the Riverview Children's Foundation. You can see what they have been up to on their blog. I am looking forward to hearing more from her about what it was like and what she has learnt from it.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Wildflower Season

The wildflowers are out and I got to enjoy them close up when we went on a Dunsborough community bush walk on someone's property on the weekend. It actually gets a bit addictive after a while trying to spot new flowers, especially the orchids. Coming back to surburbia, our gardens seemed almost dull and boring in comparison. Here's some of what we found...

Fauna as well... we saw a young bobtail lizard.

Wildflower spotters in action.

The gorgeous rattle orchid. It actually makes a rattling sound when it moves.

The cheerful cowslip orchid.

A beautiful enamel orchid.

An amazing mantis orchid.

And of course the kangaroo paw...

Disclaimer: we were given a lot the scientific names which just went over my head. Hence my brief descriptions.

New Addition to the Family

It seems like this cat has become a new member of our family. Especially when we get back from 4 days away and it is the first one to come out and greet us. Kalyani calls it WHITE which is appropriate. White is not quite out of that kitten stage and does funny things like stalk the chooks. So far our other cat is tolerating it. Yep haven't found out whether its male or female yet.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Give yourself a present challenge!

Just stumbled onto Stacy's blog and she has a great challenge that is designed to STOP you in the throws of your business and show you in an instant ALL that you have and can choose to be grateful for -- ALL that is here NOW and very likely fleeting ...

It involves the following:
• Snap ten or twelve photos of your life right now. Or find recent photos that you've already taken.
• Compile these photos in one of these super-cute Bazzill Mono-Mini albums
• Keep or carry this album with you, tucked in your purse or desk drawer for one full year.
• Promise to glance through the album every time you stumble upon it or pull it out.
• On October 1st, 2009, create a scrapbook page about your experience.

Sounds like a great idea! Can't wait to get the camera out...

Get wisdom!!

This is something I have been really conscious of this past week- seeking out understanding and wisdom. Especially in making decisions in what has been a really busy week. Check out Proverbs Chapter 2.

Tune your ear to the world of Wisdom;
set your heart on a life of Understanding...
And here's why: God gives out Wisdom free,
is plain spoken in Knowledge and Understanding.
He's a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well..

And I like this part-

...guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life;
don't for a minute lose sight of them.
They'll keep your soul alive and well,
they'll keep you fit and attractive.
You'll travel safely,
you'll neither tire nor trip.
You'll take afternoon naps without a worry,
you'll enjoy a good night's sleep.
No need to panic over alarms or surprises,
or predictions that doomsday's just around the corner,
Because God will be right there with you;
he'll keep you safe and sound.

So coming to the end of this week I am thankful for:
1) Finishing 2 weeks worth of work in 1 because I am taking a week off and needed to be up to date.
2) My wonderful husband and how supportive he has been this week- emotionally and practically.
3) Seeing God give me wisdom in small decisions (ie what to cook for dinner) and bigger decisions and reminding me not to panic so much.
4) Friends who live in gorgeous places that make great holiday destinations. We are off to stay with a friend in Dunsborough this weekend.
5) Finalising our booking for a night away (no Kalyani) at the end of Oct to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I am really looking forward to that!