25 January 2017

Getting Back on the Bike

Can you believe it's nearly the end of January?  

By now, most people's New Year resolution posts on Facebook and Instagram have died down.  I've never really been a New Year resolution type of girl - probably because I know myself rather well... I'm 'all go' for the first few weeks or months, but by the time it gets to the middle of the year, I've fallen off the resolution bike, and can't even remember what my goals for the year were anyway (or which bike was mine)!

Goals are great - if we didn't have goals or routine, we would have nothing to aim for.  The Bible talks a lot about goals and pressing on - God is into goals.  But another thing I know God is also into is second chances. 

I've been pondering New Year resolutions, and the tendency people can have to feel so stink and guilty when their resolutions fall apart.

While a fresh new year is exciting and beautiful - like a clean slate... a tidy house... or the dishes fresh from the dishwasher (but not mine because it has cleaning issues at the moment), I've been reminded about how powerful a fresh new day is.

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."   Lamentations 3:22-23 

Whether you struggle to keep on track or battle with feeling like a bit of a loser, or are too afraid to aim for anything at all, may you be reminded today that God is on your side, He's got your back and He has just enough grace for you for this day.  Tomorrow is a fresh new start, with mercy and strength for that day.

My New Year resolution for 2017 is going to be to keep getting back on that bike when I fall off... because I realise I'm not perfect and there will be times when I fall (and if you've seen me trip in public, my falls aren't very graceful).

As the well known saying goes, "It's not how many times you fall down, it's how many times you get back up".

May your 2017 be a year of second chances, of renewed hopes and dreams, of daring to step past those comfort zones, and most of all, a year where you give yourself and those around you second chances, remembering that there is new grace for each new day.

12 January 2017

Summer Holidays


The Summer holidays started off with a bang back in December with our eldest son finishing school for good.  We were super proud of our kids all receiving awards at prize giving this year, and it was an awesome way to end the last time all our 4 children would be at school together.

After Christmas was over, we've been making sure we have plenty of time to relax these holidays and a strict 'no renovations during the holidays' rule.

We've had lovely moments catching up with family and friends and going on adventures which included...

Our annual pippi gathering adventure with Nana & Poppa (which may or may not have included me piggybacking my husband across a stream)...

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A trip to Auckland which included a ferry ride from Devonport to the city centre..

A beautiful wedding...

Catching up with one of my beautiful besties from way back...

and the most amazing time at Adventure Forest...

We've been eating & drinking delicious goodies...

I've been admiring the beautiful sunsets each night...

Somehow Symon always finds a way to be creative, this time making a beautiful wooden chessboard from a slab of wood cut from a tree at our previous house.

We've still got a few more days of our holiday left before Symon and I head back to work, so let the relaxing and adventures continue!

09 January 2017

Earring & Brooch Felt Shapes

As a young girl I was a bit of a 'Tom Boy', so was never really into jewellery, especially earrings. Over the years my love for necklaces and earrings has grown, and along with that, the problem of storing them has grown as well.

Until today, my earrings were haphazardly stuffed into a container which made them hard to see and use, especially when in a rush.

Today I decided to solve my sorting problem and came up with the super simple idea of cutting up some felt (recycled from an old laptop case) and finally organising my earrings for ease of viewing and use.

I cut the felt into various fun shapes - you could do anything from circles, hearts, triangles, cactuses... then added the earrings and was super happy with the result.

Presenting a tidy and easy to use way to display your earrings and brooches.

And if you were wondering, here are some of my favourite places to buy earrings.... Twig and Little, NattyAliExpress and Kmart!

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