20 June 2016

Auckland Roadtrip!

Symon and I had a quick road trip to Auckland this last weekend.  

We left the 2 girls with my parents (thanks so much Mum & Dad) and left the 2 boys at home to fend for themselves. With leaving the boys at home alone, my main concerns weren't parties or girls or anything like that, more along the lines of not leaving lights on, remembering to lock doors and please, oh please put the bath mat up after your showers.  I also gave stern warnings about wiping down the kitchen bench.  I'm a bit strange aye - but I'm sure there are a few other mum's out there who understand.

So we headed off for a night away without the kids, which is a real treat indeed.  Usually I like to make the most of time away like this and drag Symon to all the coffee shops, dress boutiques, second hand stores and such that I can think of, but Symon's knee is still healing after his op, so I only made him endure a walk up Queen Street to satisfy my Bubble Tea obsession.  He took this sneaky pic himself (I think he wanted to remind himself where the shop is for next time he's in Auckland and wants to stock up)...

I love Bubble Tea!  Coconut is my favourite - Symon could't quite work out where all the bubbles were until I educated him on the 'pearls' of flavour and tapioca at the bottom of the 'tea'.  So yum - he begged to differ.

The main reason we headed down was Symon spoke at The River Christian Church on Sunday morning (fabulous church full of such great people - check them out here), and then we got to hang with the Pastors and great friends Peter & Annika and their daughter Annalia for lunch afterwards.

We went to Basalt for lunch, a gorgeous restaurant with the coolest brick wall art I've seen in ages!

The food was delicious, and being the crazy guy Symon is, he had to try the grilled Kangaroo dish. It actually tasted delicious, especially the feijoa jelly on the side.  I had the salt & pepper squid with carrot ribbons - so good!

Thanks Peter & Annika for such an awesome time!  Annika has just started her own blog where she is sharing her insights and crafty makings etc.  Check it out here: Grace & Providence.

Photo credit Annalia Morton

Heading home to good old Whangarei and our family, I was filled with a grateful heart.  So many precious people I know are going through tough things at the moment, and it is so easy to be overwhelmed by it all, but as we drove home I started to thank God for the precious people in my life, all the blessings and really cultivated thankfulness. As you cultivate thankfulness, good things will grow, like joy, peace and hope. No matter what your circumstances, there is hope.

Hold on to hope.

We arrived home to our awesome kids, kitchen benches wiped, dishes done and even the bath mat was hanging up.  Miracles do happen people.

07 June 2016


Quickly think of 5 things you are really thankful for right now in your life.  

Did you do it?  It's amazing how quickly your attitude can change when you focus on the good stuff isn't it?!

This last month has been full of some pretty tough stuff for our family - and it's soooooo easy to get overwhelmed and focus only on the negative things happening, when in fact there is a lot of good happening as well.

So I'm taking up my own challenge and keeping a thankful heart despite the circumstances, and I encourage you to as well...

Thankful for winter woollens now that it's starting to get cooler around these parts!  I was given this cute thrifted jumper (with one of my favourite things on it) by a very sweet girl (thank you Kate!!). Love it so much!

and this quick slouchy beanie I made (adapted this pattern here).

Thankful for coffee!

... and the foresight to teach my boy how to make a good coffee, so he can make me coffees whenever I ask to add to his life skill set.

Thankful for a great school for our children.  Our kids recently ran in their school Cross Country - our last one with all the kids competing (our son's last year at school)...

Thankful for our eldest boy Jasher.  He turned 17 last week, and is growing into a lovely guy.   Love you Jashe!!

Thankful funny and sweet Mother's day gifts... my "Happy Hother's day" card was a funny typo that ended up working out pretty well...

Thankful for beautiful flowers...

Quirky jewellery...

And most of all, thankful for family and friends, those special people we get to do life with, in all the ups and downs.

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