Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Church Update

It's sometimes surreal as we make the 50 minute trip several times a week to Barunga, the indigenous community where we are serving.  We drive kilometers of straight road with red dirt and bush land on both sides as far as the eye can see.  We often see wallabies, kangaroos, water buffalo, horses, donkeys, and lots of cane toads.  5 years ago we would've done anything to be here, and now we are.  Wow! 
Here are some photos from the past few weeks.
Thousands of bats flying around the community.
I love watching him play for our song service.
Some of our regulars.
Our highest attendance for Sunday School - 17!
Morning Service - we at 31!
Fellowship and morning tea after service.
Church cleaning day last week.
We are planning a special Kid's Club the Wednesday before Easter, and a special service on Easter Sunday.  We appreciate your prayers. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Borella Ride

This week The Borella Ride is being re-enacted in the Northern Territory,
and this past weekend they were in Katherine.
On Monday they had a special event for the schools and invited the homeschoolers.
The kids enjoyed the horse show.
This horse had such personality!
I didn't take any photos of the display, but they had lots of items from the early 1900s like a typewriter, Singer sewing machine, wash basin, record player, military uniforms, guns, etc.  It was interesting to learn about Albert Borella and the incredible journey he took just to enlist in the Australian army.  Albert Borella is just one of 100 people who have received the Victoria Cross, which is the highest honour given by the British Empire.
We got to meet Albert Borella's son and grandson.  His grandson, Richard, is following in his grandfather's footsteps and taking this journey and re-enacting the Borella Ride all the way to Darwin. 
There is some great education resources on the website as well.  Click here.


Afterwards we got to watch them pull out of Katherine on a horse drawn buggy heading to Pine Creek.  I loved the history, and the kids enjoyed learning as well.  A fun day off school for sure!
They are also documenting the journey on youtube.

We are Homeowners!

When moving to Australia, we had no idea if we would ever be able to buy a home.  In talking with a few people it looked doubtful, but God is good and gracious and opened the doors for us to buy this home that sits right in town on 1/2 an acre of land...and a bonus, it's a commercial property!  We have many plans for this block of land and using it for God's glory. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

5 Things About Me and a BMW Blog Hop

I am joining in with the Baptist Missionary Women in a unique and fun blog hop!
We are to tell 5 fun and interesting things about ourselves, so here are mine...
1.  I have lived in the US and now in Australia,
and have also visited Canada, Japan, and Indonesia.
2.  My favourite place I ever lived (besides where we are now, of course)
is the Navajo Reservation.
3.  I am still in contact with some of my closest friends I made during
the different seasons of my life except my childhood
(Bible College, early marriage, and deputation).
4.  My favourite place to eat is at a diner.
5.  I always wanted to be a teacher growing up,
now I homeschool, which is much better!
I get to work in my pj's! 
Then keep clicking to visit the next one!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Happy 7th Birthday, Cody!

7 years ago there I held this adorable baby in my arms,
then in a blink of an eye...
this happened.
We discussed this whole growing up thing, and each birthday he tells me it's his last, but they keep happening!  He told me today that he will go to 10 and then that is it!
We decided to have him a birthday party at our local YMCA's roller rink.  We had such a great time!  Cody wanted to do a Mario Brothers/Kart theme.  So, thanks to Pinterest, I had lots of great ideas!
Cody with his friends.
I made Mario mustaches with straws for the drinks,
then wrote the child's name on the opposite side to help keep track of drinks.
It worked great!
Even the big kids had fun!
Happy Birthday, kiddo!
I love you to the moon and back.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

My New Kitchen Floor!

This photo was taken shortly after we moved into the house.
The floor was a linoleum that wasn't even glued down.
I love it!  It's so easy to clean, plus it hides the dirt well!