Friday, 31 October 2008


A couple of pics from our trip to Victoria last week - these were taken at a park in Daylesford.

The first one is JJ with the baby doll she played with constantly at Roger's house. She called it "Good Girl Good Girl" because all of her toys have 4 names at the moment (eg her doll called "Milla Nilla Milla Nilla" and her dog called "Riffy Ruffy Chewy Wewy"). I seem to have alot of photos of my kids at the top of a slippery slide... maybe it's because it's one of the only times they sit still!

The 2nd one is Xander with the "bewful fwowers" in the park. He was quite besotted with them.

The last one if of the the kids at the pump for the mineral spring water. That stuff is foul - JJ seemed to find it funny, and of course X thinks JJ laughing is hysterical!


Awhile ago I mentioned that we were making some decisions.... well, one major one anyway! Hopefully next year Jeremy will be studying Theology at QTC (if he ever fills out the application form). I'm really excited about it - I feel it's going to take our family in a much better direction ... not that I was ever that into the whole IT "thing"!

There were a few things that brought us to this point:
* We're both Christians (well derr!)
* We want to use our lives for something more worthwhile than than the "make as much money as possible to have as nice a life as possible and then die, hopefully with lots of money to leave to the kids" thing that seems to be what you're "supposed" to do.
* Jeremy is a great communicator and explainer-of-interesting-or-hard-things and he'd prefer to use those skills to share the great news about Jesus than working for a bank.
* This year absolutely sucked in terms of working hours and family life. I mean it was really. really. bad. Something that's put us off the studying thing before is the fact that it could (will!) be hard to juggle study/work/family, but we figure that it can't be any worse than this year was!
* There's finally a college in Brisbane that is worth going to. Previously the only colleges we would have considered were in Sydney, and frankly I would rather poke needles in my eyes than move to Sydney (sorry Sydney people).

So there you go. We're not sure what will happen when the study is finished.... the 2 most likely options at this point seem to be either working overseas in a theological college that's getting started or being a "normal" (ha!) minister in a Presbyterian church in Qld. Maybe we'll discover something else along the way that seems like a better thing to do.

It's only been a very recent decision, but we're both really looking forward to it :)

Monday, 20 October 2008

A couple of pics

Just a couple of pics of our holiday.... I took our "normal" camera, our wonderful SLR and mum and dad's video camera away with us, but the only photos I actually took were on my phone! My excuse is that we were too busy actually having fun to be bothered getting the camera out :)

Saturday, 18 October 2008


What could be more blissful than a holiday at the gorgeous Sunshine Coast? I'm feeling relaaaaaxed for the first time in, well, a long time! I'll post some pics when I can be bothered. :D

Friday, 10 October 2008

My back is stupid

Can I have a new one please please please? Anyone have an old one they could donate? Any offers gratefully accepted :)

Dyeing fun

Had a busy afternoon last week and dyed up a pile of gorgeous 10 ply Australian organic merino yarn. It is just so soft and bouncy and beautifully thick too. I've already made a hat for the lovely Melanie and I'm looking forward to using some of it on our upcoming holiday. Just have to decide which to take!

I really need to order more, but the poor old Aussie $ isn't doing so well and it's making my wool pretty expensive!

I'm excited!!!!

Oh wow oh wow there is a fabulous new fabric store just near me. I managed to limit myself to only one fabric purchase today but it was hard! Now I've just got to work out how to make the skirt I want....

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

There's lots of time for baking....

... when a certain somebody wakes you up at 5am. I made chocolate muffins, fruit loaf and focaccia today - I think I'm the new Nigella Lawson.

Something's telling me that my eyes would be able to focus on the computer screen a whole lot better if I'd had a teensy bit more sleep though.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008


Did anyone else out there watch 4 Corners on the ABC on Monday night? What an incredible story! An amazing documentary "A Walk to Beautiful" about a Fistula hospital in Addas Ababa, Ethiopia screened, and it was an incredibly moving and inspirational piece. It really put into perspective how safe and comfortable and priveleged my fairly run-of-mill life in Australia is, and it just seems so wrong that my family spends more on unnecessary stuff in a year than it costs to completely turn around the life of an Ethiopian woman. Check out the hospitals website... it's great stuff!