Weekend ♥ and heartache

By PaisleyJade - Monday, March 14, 2011

On the weekend we celebrated my awesome Dad's birthday. 

After the fabulous Mustache Cake last year, a friend asked me if I was going to make him an eyebrow cake this year.  Ha ha - no!  But I did decide to make him this, and he loved it.  

My Mum also whipped up her wonderful pavlova roll (filled with cream, peaches, passionfruit and topped with nuts). Mmmmmmmmmmm!

I love my Dad so much - right down to the fact that he lets the girls put their highheels on his feet (more like his big toe).  He is working away from home most weeks now, so we love catching up with him on the weekend.

We have all been horrified and heart broken at the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan and now the threat of a nuclear meltdown!  We have two dear friends living there with their families - one is Symon's old flatmate, and another is a friend who came to stay with us when I was young - he is now in the Japanese Navy and busy trying to help in the middle of the devestation.  Each day he sends me email updates of what is happening, and it is heart wrenching.  I can tell that he is scared and in shock.

I think many of us feel helpless is times like this - from the Christchurch earthquake to this extreme disaster in Japan.

I love this quote, taken from here:

"When 90 per cent of the circumstances are uncontrollable, 
focus on the 10 per cent you can do something about.

We can pray, we can give, we can encourage and support and we can share that there is Hope, even in the midst of hopelessness.

 "I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is
 a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid."  John 14:27

Joining in with Life Made Lovely Monday.

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  1. Glad to hear your friends are okay...although the whole nuclear thing is a another scary thing :(
    Happy Birthday to your daddy too :)

  2. It's tragic...all that is surrounding us lately.
    You're right on with the quote though!
    Happy Birthday to your dear dad:)

  3. That pavlova roll looks scrumptious!!!! Will your mom share her recipe? Your dad looks like a really fun grandad!
    My heart goes out to the folks in Japan, just as they did your fellow countrymen a couple of weeks ago!

  4. Your dad looks like one cool dude! Love his mostache :)
    My dad's a cool dude too with an awesome ginger (now mostly grey) beard and it really is dumb being on the other side of the world from him!
    Anyway, love your pics from your wkend, made me crave passionfruit (which I don't think even exists over here...?)

    Yeah such incredibly horrific news for Japan, especially following so closely after the Chch quake. Pleased to hear your friends are ok xx

  5. Love that quote at the end and glad that you had a great time celebrating your Dad's Birthday.

    The tragedy in Japan is horrendous and overwhelming.

  6. Wow this is so well written and how sweet r ur family pics?! Xoxo

  7. LOVE this mustache!!!!
    Is that where your mustache inspiration is from? Theheheh~~

    So fun!
    God bless~

  8. Hey K! The bopys arrived and are gorgeous, how will I let themn go? I dare not show them to my two!
    And loving that pavlova...

  9. Hi from Yorkshire! Thank you so much for visiting Apples and Pears and for leaving a lovely comment...and for introducing me to your gorgeous blog! I am very impressed with your cake making skills!!!!

    It is heartbreaking what is happening in Japan; so much loss and grief and fear. But there is so much loving-kindness being directed to those affected; I hope it brings them some strength and light in their darkness xx

  10. LOVE the picture of your dad and the play heels. SO sweet. And I join you in prayer for those in Japan. Such a tragic situation but we can remain confident that our God is in control. Even and especially in the heartache.

  11. Um...that dessert looks delish.....and sounds even better! Looks like a great weekend! xoxo

  12. Anonymous9:13 am

    love that verse Kristy
    Love the love you have for your father
    you mamma looks young young young!!!

    Yes, focus on what we can do...that is important advice.♥

    love and light

  13. The cake you made your dad looks fantastic! That's such a sweet photo of grandpa and granddaughters:) I'm glad your friends are safe in Japan, though it's still a precarious situation. John 14:27 is such a comforting scripture, and one of my favorites.


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