She also 'sits' on command - yes a very clever cat!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
She also 'sits' on command - yes a very clever cat!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wife began trip with a very good hair day.
We drank two bottles of V.
We never drink V.
It was on special.
Wife drove most of the way as husband said, "you're the better driver."
Wife liked the comment and said to husband, "you're the better navigator."
It started raining.
We hit our first lot of road works.
We passed our first truck and nearly wet our pants as we couldn't see through the spray from the trucks tyres.
We live to tell the tale.
We hit our next set of road works and were glad that we left early.
It rained harder.
Wife and husband stopped to stretch legs and husband took over the wheel.
Wife sucked back the last of the V.
After half an hour husband (aka "Navigator from Na'am") was back in the passenger seat equipped with map and confidence.
It rained harder.
We hit another set of roadworks.
We went through the tunnel.
We made it to Auckland and took the correct off-ramp.
We missed a turn-off, so Navigator got flustered.
Wife wondered if Navigator meant 'left' when he said 'right.'
We were now headed towards Hamilton.
We found correct way to get back to our route.
Got to the road which was going to save us alot of time only to find it had been closed due to....ROADWORKS!!!
Navigator flustered some more, wife wanted to swear but didn't.
Half an hour later we were at our destination.
Found a Turkish cafe and ordered some food.
Wife went to the loo only to find her good hair day was now resembling something more like a creature from Narnia.
Wife came back into the cafe and scolded husband for not telling her about her hair.
Wife thanked the Lord for hair ties.
to be continued.....
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Being smaller than the average 'guy pie', one is not enough! Ideally puff pastry would be better, but it has heaps of butter so I opted for the 'lighter' version. Like my crosses?
What pie fillings do you like?
Friday, July 31, 2009
Preparing the filling.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I was put at ease a few years ago by something Christine Caine said. She basically was talking about being obedient to what God asks of us. So in other words, do what God says, and then do the next thing He says. And that's it! How freeing is that? Why do we make it so complicated? Why do we make it into a mysterious thing that only the super spiritual person can contain?
I was challenged the other day though, that we can have the good things of God in our lives, which are in themselves awesome and full of life, but then there is the BEST of God in our lives. Those opportunities that we need to grab with both hands. Those moments where we just sense that Heaven's eyes are watching us, those stirring times in our spirits that come and go like the wind.
Just sitting here now I think about how God asks us to step out of the boat and by faith, walk on the water. But you know what? We have to be in the boat to start with! Our boats must be on the moving water, going somewhere - which speaks to me about being obedient to God, and moving where His Spirit leads us.
If your boat is on the shore, then your stepping out will be on the sand. Which is familiar ground. Steady ground. But not ground that will cause you to grow. Because you already know that ground and what it feels like, will you need God to help you walk on it? I doubt it. You've already walked that ground, you cannot grow anymore on the shore. And life will become frustrating, maybe even boring. Like going through the motions.
Don't sit on the shore and watch others walk on the water.
"Lead me unto You
And let us run together..."
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I'm enjoying some delicious South African chocolates and sweets that came back with my uncle on his trip back home.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I have been out with a couple of girl friends and both times they have shouted me coffee and yummies!
We got given a forgotten reimbursement check for nearly $80 from the school that Tim works at.
I have been summoned for jury service - and they pay you for each day you attend!
He's also blessed us in other personal ways not regarding money because He can.
So yes, give it up for June! And give it up for Jesus, be obedient to what He asks you to give, and watch and see what He does.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Which means that:
if I don't write a blog for about 8 weeks
if you walk past me and I don't recognize you
if I seem to be drinking copious amounts of coffee
if I laugh at jokes that aren't funny
if I nod my head and say 'yes' or 'no' to a question that doesn't require a yes or no answer
if I stare into space like a zombie
if I bite my fingernails more than usual
IT'S PROBABLY BECAUSE ALL I'VE BEEN DOING IS BREATHING, EATING, SLEEPING AND SEEING KIWI FRUIT ALL DAY
Unless it rains....
Pray for rain...
So this is Nina - over and out.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Watching my preggie friends grow bigger and bigger! Please note the difference in tummies. It goes like this (from left to right): Due now, due next month, due in two months, and not due at all!!! Women - you are true inspirations!
I love what I call the "Dr Seuss Trees" out the back. They remind me of the illustrations in his books.
Yummy hot banana puddings on a cold night! Real easy to make and healthy too! Cut bananas in half and then slice each half. Fry them in a non-stick pan, coating each side with honey and cinnamon. When brown, remove from heat and serve, with yoghurt and ice-cream. (if you don't have honey, brown sugar will do!)
Friday, April 3, 2009
You haven't mowed the grass for a while and it starts expanding it's horizons and growing inside!!! (kitchen cupboard to be exact).
You removed the light shade's to paint the ceiling and after 2 months they haven't been returned (poor naked lightbulbs!)
The previous occupants of the house still have their glow in the dark stars stuck to your bedroom ceiling!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This post is about a precious rev (revelation) which has touched my life in the last couple of days. I hope it encourages you as you read.
For most of my Christian life I've always read this next peice of scripture with a distorted view:
John 15vs1 onwards
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit...."
I've always read these couple of verses with a certain picture in my head where those branches not bearing fruit are clipped right off of the vine and thrown away. But in reading this portion of scripture again I've found something beautiful about the true heart of God. I hope you get my angle on this.
Where it talks about the branch that does not bear fruit, it says 'He takes away', the other meaning for this phrase is also "He lifts up." So picture this, The Vinedresser is looking at the branches, and those which aren't bearing any fruit He lifts up! There is no mention of Him snipping them off at all, infact He lifts them up maybe to examine them, maybe to move and adjust them on the vine so that they are helped to bear fruit.
Doesn't that just change your perspective about God? It does for me.
When we feel like we aren't bearing fruit in our lives, for example, being influential, using our gifts, changing people's lives etc, God does not remove us from Himself (the Vine), but rather He lifts us up to Himself, He moves us around, adjusts our lives, puts us in a new light or in a different position, so that we can start bearing fruit again.
He is not a God who takes to our lives with clippers to teach us a lesson, but rather one who gently brings us to Himself. He wants the best for us always, and sometimes the best for us is a simple heart change rather than a performance test. He doesn't compare us to others who may seem like they succeed at everything, so why do we?
Let Him lift you up today. Let Him reposition you closer to Himself so that you can be who He has made you to be. And maybe, just maybe He has you in the shade so that you realise it's not always about what you do, but who you are.....in Him.
You are the vine
We are the branches
Keep us abiding in You
Saturday, March 28, 2009
We have recently been given two tomato plants. And I must confess, most plants usually die under my care, but for once I've managed to keep these babies alive (there's hope for my future children!). So I was so excited to see my first red tomato. Untouched by worm hands (don't think too hard about that one), unscathed by the stormy weather, un-dead by Nina the tomato eater!
Not quite big enough for a salad, or a toastie, this little guy became a light snack. Nice. We've also just been given an avo plant which apparently will only bare fruit in 6 years time. Poor avo plant. That will be a true test of my horticultureness. Yikes.
Last week he cooked me dinner - pasta. And while he boils the mince (which I think is really weird), it always tastes better than when I make it. I love the hand on the hip!
Our house in the middle of the street, our house!
Yes it's a doer-upper, but we have our own roof over our head. Our own pad. Our digs. Our patch. Thanks Jesus.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Awkward moments happen all the time in my life. It makes it interesting, embarrassing, funny and annoying - sometimes all at the same time. So here are a few true life awkward moments that I am sharing, for free, because well, if it makes you laugh or warns you to never get yourself in that same situation, then my friend I have made a difference in your life.
Please feel the freedom to share your awkward moments with me.
It's awkward when:
~someone who doesn't know you very well is one of those 'touchy' people and comes up and gives you a hug from behind!
~you're trying to keep a conversation going with a person you don't know, but their answer to everything is 'yep' or 'na'.
~you tell someone whose husband has just past away to 'have a good weekend' (what was I thinking!?)
~you call somebody 'mum' or 'dad' and you look up and it's a stranger
~somebody waves at you and you wave back only to realise they were waving at the person behind you
~you hit puberty, go to a ballet lesson and stink out the whole room because you forgot to put deoderant on
~the joke you tell over and over again is only funny to you
~you pop the zip of your jeans but only realise after you've done a full dance routine infront of 30 kids (true story)
~the love of your life first asks if he can hold your hand and you freak out and say nothing
~you try to remove a beaping smoke alarm in a motel only to set off the main fire alarm in the building, evacuating every occupant at the grand hour of 11pm
~you cradle a baby in your arms which isn't wearing a nappy and it pees all over you
~you mess popcorn down your top and in an attempt to free yourself from the ticklish sensation, you knock a whole box of popcorn over your fiance's crotch
~you sit down at the movies in a hurry and you put your entire hand into someone elses ice cold coke drink
~you get to sing at your school ball but end up lip-sinking to your demo cd
~you're having a burping contest with a group of friends in class and when it's your turn you let out a mighty ripper just as the class goes quiet
~you're writing one of your first stories at school and in your story you mention the fact that your teacher has a fat bum
~you have to do an impromptu performance on stage for drama and all you can think of doing is walking across the stage and pretending that you've just stood in dog poo
~you're just about to do a music performance exam and while eating McDonalds you mess catchup all over your lap
~to be continued.....
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
So usually I write something like a true story or a funny real life tale. But other random ideas have been popping into my head lately, and while they could be rated as 'blog worthy', I'm not quite sure.
I could write about:
- the two young boys who decided to meet before school, climb on top of the bus stop roof (just accross the road from us) and on the count of 3, PEE all over the roof!
- or a sick elderely friend of mine who ended up in Hospice and all he could eat were my date and white chocolate muffins
- my DIY disasters in which even a brand new paint tray manages to have a hole in the bottom!
- my next hospital visit coming up should be interesting, hopefully I won't pull the finger at the person who accompanies me
- soon I will begin another season working with kiwifruit, needless to say the last time I did this all I dreamt about was kiwifruit - I don't eat kiwifruit anymore
- or after speaking to a really negative person the other day, I found myself complaining and whining about everything - almost like this person carries an anointing in whining or something!
- the love life of Kate, maybe not
- my need to have a kitten or a baby, okay so they don't really go in the same box as eachother
- I find myself watching Deal or No Deal religiously
Yes so there we are folks. What should I write about?
Saturday, January 24, 2009
She said that this year she was going to take hold of every opportunity that came her way. So naturally jumping off a 15 metre high waterfall was one of them, and seeing that all her friends had been jumping gracefully into the water without any hitches, she gave it a try. Unfortunately after free falling for what seemed liked ages, she fell into the water at a wrong angle and broke both her wrists as well as bruised the back of her legs and rear rather badly.
So thank You Jesus that her neck and back are all okay. That she's alive and has a family and loads of friends around her that love her to smithereeeeeeens!
Watching Kate with both wrists in heavy white casts (lovingly scribbled on in multicoloured vivids by two adorable kids - thanks Ella and Jo) unable to do what we do on a daily basis with ease like feed ourselves, take a shower, brush our teeth and go to the loo etc has been hard to watch.