17 August 2015

The Little Things Count...

My awesome husband is currently away on a 2 week missions trip to Fiji - I'm counting down the days to when he will be coming home!

Our 4 children have been awesome while he has been gone, helping out and doing all of their chores - one hangs out and gets in the washing each day, another takes care of the pets, one sets and clears the table for meals, and another takes care of the dishes - along with their usual making beds and tidying their rooms (ahem... when this actually does happen it's a miracle).  So when it comes to the every day family duties, everything is fine, but it's the little things that I've been missing while he is gone,

It's amazing how you can take the little things for granted, and when they are gone, suddenly you realise the big hole that they've left.

I read something awesome in The Word for Today the other day - how much of what we do each day doesn't seem to matter until it's evaluated as part of a larger picture, and I loved this excerpt..

It's like the difference between filling bags with dirt and building a levee to save a town. There's nothing glamorous about filling sandbags, but saving a town from the ravages of a flood is another matter entirely. Building a levee gives meaning to the drudgery of shovelling dirt into sandbags. And it's like that with your vision. Many times the everyday routine of life can feel like shovelling dirt. But take those same routines and view them through the lens of a God-given purpose, and suddenly everything looks very different.

So to all the mums, dads and caregivers out there doing those day to day monotonous tasks, that face wipe and nappy change may not seem like a very important task... just like filling a sandbag... yet you are helping to raise an amazing person, someone who is a future history changer.

To the worker who is clearing rubbish, or the person sitting in an office filing and photocopying day after day... lift your eyes and look at the big picture every so often.  You are making a difference, you are impacting people, towns and nations.

To the nurses, doctors, teachers and caregivers... those little things count.  Those little things save lives and change destiny's.

To the home group leader, the youth worker, the mentor, and the grandparent... your word of encouragement, your advice and your listening ear is vital.  You don't realise the impact you are having.

And to my husband - although you are messy and funny and always creating things and dreaming dreams (especially when it comes to renovating old houses), thank you for your humour, your kindness, your faithfulness and helping hand.  Thank you for being the best dad to our kids, and best husband to me.

Every little bit makes the biggest difference - part of building something great.

01 August 2015

Lemon Loaf

Our lemon tree is laden with lemons (see what I did there... a bit of flash alliteration for you) and today I whipped up 2 delicious lemon loaves and thought I must share this recipe with you, especially since it's that time of year here in New Zealand when lemons abound.

I love the soft lemony cake with the zingy sweet lemon topping in this recipe.  When it comes to grating your lemon for it's rind, a friend once told me that popping a whole lemon in the freezer then pulling it out frozen to use when you need to grate some rind works a trick - it does too!

125g butter
¾ cup sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 eggs
2 cups self raising flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk

¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup sugar

Cream your butter, sugar and lemon rind together until it's light and fluffy, then add the eggs and beat well.  Sift the flour and salt and then stir in to creamed mixture alternatively with the milk.  Put mixture into a greased and lined loaf tin and bake at 180°C for 45 minutes.  While still warm, pour the glaze over the loaf and then leave in the tin until it is cold.

Stir lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat until sugar dissolves.  Bring to the boil then remove from heat and leave to cool.


Adapted from one of my favourite cook books, Edmonds Cookery Book
For more delicious recipes visit here.

14 July 2015

Road trip...

We've just returned from an awesome week away.  For the last 3 years Symon and I have looked forward to attending "Gathering of the Generals" in Auckland.  It's a gathering especially for pastors with awesome sessions hearing stories from other pastors, lots of time spend together for questions and mentoring and an opportunity to make new friends, share your stories and have some much needed rest and relaxation.

My awesome parents looked after 3 of our children (as well as our dog) and our eldest son went to film camp, so it was just Symon and I for a week!

As well as attending the gathering, I made sure we had time in between sessions to check out some of Auckland's great cafes and stores that I had heard about.

Here are a few of the things we got up to (please excuse the poor quality of some of my pics as they were taken on my phone)!

We made sure we checked out "Junk & Disorderly" as soon as we arrived in Auckland.  This place is amazing from it's old treasures to it's new items - even the pink toilet!

We had the pleasure of having dinner with Symon's big sister and family.  We got to hang with our great nephew and meet our great niece for the first time as well!

During our time at The Gathering of the Generals we got to hear from and hang with amazing people and made some really good friends...

We visited some awesome cafes like Little Sister Cafe...

And "Dear Jervois"...

I also made sure we popped into Smoove to check out some of their awesome recycled vintage dresses.  Thankfully they have little toys and things just next to the changing rooms to keep children husbands happy while you try on dresses.  Symon was quite taken with their original Jaws Viewmaster set.

I had to take a photo of this amazing yarn bombing in Devonport...

We had the best time away and some much needed alone time together.

On the way home we picked up our eldest who had just completed a 5 day Film bootcamp with EDENZ.  We got to sit and watch everyone's creations (animation, gaming, film etc).  He loved it and made some great new friends.

And then it was home to these sweet cherubs.  Love our family!

Related Posts with Thumbnails