Bye bye blog

Friday, July 27, 2012

I have decided to start blogging again but have a new blogging home

Come and visit me at Pieces of Loveliness

This blog will stay open but will no longer be updated (not that it has been used much in the last year :)

The end is nigh

Monday, October 31, 2011

So here we are the last day of October and the last day of Blogtober. What a fun ride it's been. I've enjoyed it but it was a challenge too. There were days I really struggled to think of things to write but all in all it was a good challenge. I only missed one day (well technically 2 but the first one was the 1st October and I didn't start Blogtober till the 2nd so technicality really).
Blogtober has been the kick in the pants I have needed to start blogging again. So whilst it's the end of Blogtober I am hoping to keep writing regularly here. Most likely not everyday (in fact definitely not everyday ha ha ha ha) but maybe 1-2 times a week.

So thank you to everyone that read my posts. To those that commented both here and on Facebook. Hopefully you'll continue to follow along in the coming weeks and months.

Till next time!

A different kind of Christmas present

Sunday, October 30, 2011

So as we all know Christmas isn't that far away. The decorations have been out in the shops for weeks and a lot of people have even started shopping for presents. I am one of those people. I love giving people presents. I love seeing the look on their faces as they unwrap that present I have chosen for them.
Since Joel was born, we've had a little tradition with a couple of other families in our church who have boys the same age as Joel. In the couple of weeks before Christmas we get together for dinner and the boys (and now the siblings) exchange gifts. They aren't huge gifts - $10-$15 spent on each kid. This year, Marina and I had really struggled with the idea of all the 'stuff' our kids already have and all the 'stuff' they would be getting at Christmas already. It seemed so unnecessary, especially when there are those around the world, and even in our own neighbourhoods, that have so little, if anything at all. They are concerned about where there next meal is coming from, whether their young child will survive the night from malnutrition, or how they are going to provide for their families long term. So we have decided that instead of the boys getting presents from each other, we will put the money towards a gift from the JustSalvos site. JustSalvos is the social justice department of The Salvation Army in Southern Australia. It's a great site with lots of info. They have a section called JustGifts. You can choose all sorts of 'gifts' from the site - things like building materials, toilets, school supplies, healthcare and animals. We are going to buy a goat. That goat goes to a needy family somewhere in a third world country - the goat will provide them with milk and meat (eventually!) and also they are easy to breed so that can be a source of income for the family.
We'll get a little card for each of the boys that explains what we have done and we'll talk about it with them too. I think it's really important for them to know that Christmas isn't just about getting getting getting. But it's about giving as well. I want my boys to have a heart for others especially those who are less fortunate than us. I want them to find the joy in giving to others. 
So please, consider giving up one of the kids Christmas presents this year and buying a goat, chicken, pig, toilet, etc... Let's teach the next generation that it's not all about me me me. It's not all about stuff that we have, more stuff, more money, more more more. It's about doing, giving, being aware of the world around us and those in it that are suffering. To us $20, $30 is nothing but to so many around the world it could be the turning point. The break they need to get out of the poverty cycle.

Please consider it.

Till next time

I love Ellen

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I really love Ellen. In the "man I love her show she is so funny" kind if way. When I get a chance to watch her show it really brightens my day and gives me a laugh. The last couple of weeks there have been some really funny segments and I wanted to share some links to the YouTube clips of them then. Grab a cuppa, sit back and have a laugh.

Before you watch the Sophia and Rosie ones further down, watch their original YouTube performance here -Sophia is amazing (full on, but amazing!!)

Sophia Vegara Prank (I love her too - this one was from last year but I found it when I was on YouTube the other night).

Ahh I love YouTube. It has got me through many late night/early morning feeds. So fun. So many more links I could have posted. 

Till next time

Learning letters

Friday, October 28, 2011

Joel's been practicing writing his name this week. He's getting really good at it too. He's got the J, O & L down pat but the e is proving a bit trickier. I've been dotting out the e and he traces it. But we'll persist, keep trying and practicing and eventually get it. So proud of him for trying so hard. He's doing so well. And he's a leftie! Cool huh. First one in this family.

Till next time

A full day, a full heart

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Today has been a beautiful day in Melbourne. Perfect day to be spending time outside. hanging out together, playing and enjoying each other's company. We've done so many fun things - played cars, made a cubby, spent time hanging out under the trees. It's been lovely. 
It's been such a good day and I have such a full, happy heart tonight. So grateful for my life and all that I have, especially my gorgeous healthy boys. Grateful that I have the opportunity to stay home with them in these first few years of their live. I love watching them grow up and discover the world around them. What a blessing.

Till next time.

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I know Christmas is still a little while away (well not that far away really - 8 weeks or so - scary huh!!) but I've been looking at lots of different kids Christmas craft ideas on Pinterest. Pinterest is a fantastic online pinboard where you can save all sorts of inspiring and fun ideas. I have been having all sorts of fun finding craft ideas that I want to do with Joel leading up to Christmas. Thought I might share a few here as well

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

Looking forward to starting some of these soon.

You can find me on Pinterest here
Till next time