Sunday, January 15, 2017

Wet Season!

And the wet season is upon us!

I love the dry season because the temps are amazing,
but I also love the wet season because...well, because I love rain!

This is on our way to church.  So far we've been able to make it to all the services.  Last year we did have to cancel once because the roads were flooded.  

We had a lot of rain last week, but nothing this week.  I'm hoping there is lots more to come!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Meet the newest member of our family!

Say hello to Trevor!

Autumn used her birthday and Christmas money to buy Trevor and a cage for him.  She has been wanting a bearded dragon for a long time.  Stay tuned for more adventures by Trevor!

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Girl and a Helicopter

For my birthday my husband made me this birthday cake as a clue to my birthday present.
I'm very impressed with his creativity!
And was thrilled with my present:
a helicopter ride over Nitmiluk and her 13 gorges.

Seriously!  How cool is this?!!

Our house

Our grocery store

And safely back on the ground!

I wasn't sure how I'd do since I am terrified of heights and the helicopter didn't even have doors!  But it was such a fun experience.  I wish the whole family could have went along.   Or maybe I should just go for my helicopter license.  Hmmmm....

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Tropical Christmas

As my American friends and family begin posting their complaints about the freezing weather on facebook, we are sitting here sweating with temperatures hitting over 100F (40C+) and 80% humidity every. single. day.  I hear them say, at least you have air conditioning (for which I am VERY thankful) or go swimming (although the water is warm and not really refreshing at the moment), and I reply, yes, but you can sit by the fire and wrap up in a warm, snuggly blanket.  The grass is always greener, right?!

Right now it is currently 103F outside, and I am sitting in our air conditioned homeschool room finishing up Christmas shopping online for our family and friends in America.  I have so much I can complain about, but I have so much for which to be thankful.  I am trying hard to dwell on the positives, and ignore the negatives.

We are doing our yearly traditions of decorating the outside and inside of the house.  Making our tropical snowman (out of boxes) and baking Christmas cookies.  Last week our town had a fun Christmas street parade and markets, although it rained for most of it, we had a great time.  Last week our town also held a Carols by Candlelight.  My friend helped organise it and over 1500 people attended.  It was amazing.  I even heard a clear presentation of the Gospel.  God is good.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas season!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Preparing for another Good-bye...

For some reason life here in the Territory means saying good-bye...a lot.  I have made many friends, some who have become very dear to me, and then within a few month they were moving.  It's a very transient lifestyle here.  I will admit, it makes me a bit hesitant to make new friends, but at the same time I don't want to miss out on good friends even if it is just for a brief period of time.

In less than two weeks, we'll be saying goodbye to a family that has become very dear to us.  Even as I write this I'm tearing up.  I know God is moving them on and has great things in store for them.

This past week us mums and the kiddos went on a little holiday to Darwin to spend some time together before they move.  We had a wonderful couple of days and made lots of fun memories.

We went bowling, played laser tag, went swimming at the wave pool,
beach hopping, shopping, and played at the park in the rain.

A benefit to homeschooling - 
having places like this all to ourselves while all the other kids are in school!

We also celebrated Autumn's birthday.

Last week we had a little farewell dinner for them.
They are going to be missed!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Autumn's 14th Birthday!

"The days are long, but the years are short."

I heard that saying many years ago, and it rings so true as I write this post.  I have a 14 year old daughter.  I have a 14 year old.  How did that happen?!  I remember bringing her home from the hospital in our little blue Jeep on a cold snowy day, and here we are trying to eat ice cream cake before it melts.  Autumn has such a tender heart, and loves serving the Lord with us in Barunga.  We are so blessed.

She really wanted an ice cream cake,
thankfully Darwin recently got a Baskin Robbins!

A birthday manicure.

Dinner with friends.

Lunch with friends.

She had a wonderful birthday and was spoiled with gifts from her friends, and even some of my friends got her gifts.  Next year we'll be a year away from the sweet 16.  Bring on the waterworks.