Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Funny

Wouldn't you just love one of these:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How Do You Do?

A questionnaire is about all I can muster up at the moment.  The child is refusing to have a day sleep, refusing to go to bed at night, wakes up during the night, then wants to start the day at 5:30am!  To say it's draining my enthusiasm for blogging would be an understatement.

1.  Were you named after anyone?
Yes, my great grandmother.

2.  When was the last time you cried?
Monday afternoon.  I was just so frustrated with Rory.

3.  Do you like your handwriting?
It's ok.  It used to be much neater when I was at school.

4.  What is your favourite lunch meat?
Salami or chicken.

5.  Do you have kids?
Yes, one.

6.  If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
I guess so.  I'm 'interesting' haha.

7.  Do you use sarcasm a lot?
I try not to as I really don't like it.

8.  Do you still have your tonsils?

9.  Would you bungee jump.
Umm let's see.  I hate heights, I hate falling, I hate being upside down.  That'd be a no.

10.  What is your favourite cereal?
Weetbix Wild Berry Bites.

11.  Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
Most of the time.

12.  Do you think you are strong?
Nope, God is my strength.

13.  What is your favourite icecream?
Cookies and cream.

14.  What is the first thing you notice about people?
Their mood.

15.  Red or pink?

16.  What is the least favourite thing you like about yourself?
Physically, my stomach (it's never been the same since having Rory).  Personality-wise, my temper.

17.  Who do you miss the most?
My Nan.

18.  What colour pants and shoes are you wearing?
Black shorts and brown ugg slippers.

19.  What was the last thing you ate?

20.  What are you listening to right now?
My house being cleaned.  Yay!  Cleaners are a wonderful provision when you have kids.

21.  If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
Blue or purple.

22.  Favourite smells?
Freshly baked bread, coffee, men's deodorant, roses, lavender

23.  Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

24.  Favourite sports to watch?
Aussie Rules football. No other sport compares.

25.  Hair colour?

26.  Eye colour?

27.  Do you wear contacts?
No, I wear glasses for watching TV and computer work.

28.  Favourite food?

29.  Scary movies or happy endings?
Usually happy endings as long as they're not too cheesy.

30.  Last movie you watched?

31.  What colour shirts are you wearing?
Purple and white, kind of tie-dyed.

32.  Summer or winter?

33.  Hugs or kisses?

34.  Favourite dessert?
Chocolate mousse.

35.  What book are you reading now?
Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2 by Steve Stockman.

36.  What is on your mouse pad?
Some brand name.

37.  What did you watch on TV last night?
Nothing, we watched a DVD.

38.  Favourite sound?
Waves crashing on the shore.

39.  Rolling Stones or Beatles?

40.  What is the furthered you've been from home?

41.  Do you have a special talent?
Novel writing and acting (I hope!).

42.  Where were you born?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Still Alive

I'm still here, I've just felt like a break from blogging.

I've been sick and couldn't attend a wedding we were invited to, which was very disappointing.   Thank goodness for my mum and Duncan holding the fort.  I'm feeling a bit better now though.

We chose to can our Perth holiday and go to Albany instead.  Partly because of the heat and I just couldn't handle rushing around visiting everyone.

Rory chose to wean himself off his dummy (we bought him a new one and he chucked a sad because he wanted the old one).  He only used it for sleeping, but this resulted in a lack of sleep for his mummy and daddy for a while.  He seems to have adjusted for now, praise the Lord.  I was afraid he was going to drop his day sleep and that would not be good.

Summer has just been so, so draining.

We are off to Esperance on Monday.  When we get back, blogging will resume with some regularity.

Friday, January 30, 2015

A Gospel Pageant: A Reader's Guide to the Book of Revelation

I got this great little freebie from Meredith's book giveaway last year.  I couldn't wait to get started on it.

It's not the first book I've read on Revelation, but it's definitely the shortest.  I've heard Allan Chapple preach before and he's a very learned bloke who preaches in everyday language for the everyday Christian.  You don't have to be an academic to read this book!

One thing I recommend (which I didn't do) is to have the book of Revelation open alongside this book as you read it.  This is not a commentary, it is a reader's guide.  He doesn't address every verse and chapter of Revelation.  It's more a sweeping overview on how to read and understand the book.  As you may well know, Revelation causes a lot of controversy among Christians, but Chapple cleverly focuses on what the text itself says - not on preconceived ideas.  Although it is difficult, try to cast aside your cherished views on the book (i.e. pre-mil, a-mil etc.) as you approach it.

One thing I found enormously helpful is how he calls Revelation 'a gospel pageant'...because the whole of Revelation is not some new truth.  It's all about the gospel.  It's reinforcing the gospel.  It is a new presentation of known truth. (page 11).  Revelation is a prophetic book, but not all prophecy is to do with what will happen in the future, biblical prophecy is also about the past and present.

Another helpful aspect of this book is how Chapple likens Revelation to a printing press.  First the printing press does its first run, then it goes back over where it has already been to lay down the next colour.  This is how Revelation is.  Each event mentioned is not necessarily a different event one after the other.  Sometimes it is a replay of the same event.  The event is written about (the first print run), then written about again later with more detail (the next colour).  A sermon series I listened to on Revelation a few years ago described it as like a sports replay.  A player scores a goal, then we watch replays from several different angles...but it's all the same goal.

Definitely read this book!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Christmas 2014

Some belated Christmas piccies.

We hosted my parents and my brother, Duncan's parents and his brother, and our friends Isaiah and Harriet and their daughter Sarah from Dunsborough.

It was all too much for my bro.

Rory had a ball playing with Sarah (who's 4).  He was devastated
when she left.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Year of 40ths

Duncan and I have quite a few friends who either turned 40 at the end of last year, are turning 40 this year, or next year.  As I mentioned in this post, I don't think age should be a barrier in friendships.

This was the first of the 40ths I went to (sadly Duncan couldn't join me because of harvest).  My good friend Sarah had her big bash in her church's hall with a black and white cocktail theme.  I roadtripped up to Perth with two friends and we thoroughly enjoyed our childfree weekend.

I don't know how many of the birthday girls and boys will have parties.  I hope they do, I like parties!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Get On Your Soapbox #28

Two consecutive rants....whoa!

It's Australia Day today.  I love being an Aussie, but one aspect of our culture gets my goat.

Tall Poppy Syndrome.

I'm certainly not advocating worshipping celebrities and talented people, but just because someone is good at something doesn't mean they're arrogant.

I wish Aussies would stop using jealousy disguised as 'keeping people humble' to cut talented individuals or groups down to size.

Why can't we just say 'well done', instead of trying to dig up dirt?

Image from here
 Rant over.  Back to more 'peaceful' posts now.