Tuesday, 31 May 2011
I so appreciate your love, support and prayers.
I am not sure when I will next update you on the adventure...our computer has been packed away on the container for 2 months.My laptop died 4 months ago and I have no mobile...yes without an iPhone again! I do not even have access to facebook (How will I cope returning to the dark ages? Relying upon talking to people face to face!)
For now .... goodbye!
Monday, 30 May 2011
Isaac & Lois have stopped their paper rounds.
Josh has done his last lot of junk mail.
Dan has served his time at the City Beach department store.
Nicky has handed on the baton of school secretary
I have preached my least sermon and stop being employed at the church at the end of May.
For the 1st time in my life I will be unemployed...nervous as I have bills to pay: exciting as I wait to see what happens next!
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Dan has lived with the family for the past 7 months.... he has been fantastic! We are going out for Pizza together tonight - the last supper - before he heads for the airport ready to fly home in the early hours tomorrow (Yes I am getting up at 2:30am to take him to Perth International).
As a family we have loved splashing in the pool with him, celebrating Christmas & birthdays, eating shapes, playing down the park and chatting over meals.
I have so appreciated time with him...(as an outward processor I would have exploded if I have been left in the house by myself all the time). It has been great chatting with him, having time to walk and pray together and see him grow in his disciplines and bringing contributions on a Sunday meeting.
I am sure that he will do great things in the future.
I know his dad will not let him go - but he is welcome to join our family any time!
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering time, assets or talents to aid someone in need.
I find generous people so inspiring!
Recently Nicky & I went our for dinner with another church leader and his wife. They were great company and we had a lovely evening. It was even more incredible when they not only insisted on paying the bill but produced a goodie bag they had thoughtfully put together: it had chocolate, wine and sweets well as a lovely card expressing their warmth to us as friends!
Since people have heard of our decision to return to the UK I have been overwhelmed with peoples love, support and desire to help.
I know that we serve a generous God - it is great to see the family trait in the church!
Monday, 23 May 2011
Although the landlord has agreed for us to break the lease we still have to pay rent for another 5 weeks as well as the release fee???
I also have been given 5 pages of how the house is to be cleaned before it is given its final inspection....dust the ceilings, change batteries more than a month old, clean the windows, get the carpets professionally cleaned...
I have always enjoyed having lists of jobs to do
Dan and I have cut the grass, weeded the flowers beds, cleaned the pool, swept the whole garden, trimmed the roses, washed the windows inside and out, generated bags of rubbish...
From the outside this house looks great... its just a mess inside as we have piles to be sold, to be taken to the charity shop, to be given away, to be packed for the flights, to be ready for the packers...
Just like life I suppose: put on a brave face, slip into screen saver mode so that when people look at us all is great...just don't go too deep!
Saturday, 21 May 2011
I am also trying to make some plans regarding the the future:
Our removal company are coming to pack the house this Wednesday (all belongings should be loaded and driven off on Thursday)
We have our last Sunday with the church on 29th May
We leave Perth on a flight to the UK on Tuesday 31st May.
After that it looks a bit foggy... but I am trusting that things will become clear by the time we get there!
Friday, 20 May 2011
He expounded his argument along the familiar lines: he is who he is either as a result of his environment or his genes. As has dad I am responsible for both of those. Therefore if Josh does anything wrong it is not his fault but mine!
As a society we often want to know who is to blame - whatever the question: why Arsenal did not perform better this season? Who is responsible for global warming and childhood obesity? Who should be held to account for the death of Romeo & Juliet?
The appeal of finding someone to blame is that it excuses oneself and means we expect someone else to foot the bill to put it right (or at least make amends).
I know that I could easily fall prey to the temptation to play the blame game. Moving my family to Perth has not worked out as I had planned. I therefore want to / need to publicly accept responsibility myself.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Saying goodbye to the 2 kayaks reminded me of a great day out with Dan
Selling the table tennis table evoked pleasurable memories of night after night playing Josh when we first arrived
Selling the patio table and chairs brought back the sound of laughter around the Christmas dinner
Letting the scooter go brought flashbacks of racing along at night with Lois holding on tight screaming at the top of her lungs.
Isaac said 'At least we will take home lots of memories!'
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
However for a number of reasons, in consultation with the leaders of the church here, Peter Brooks in Sydney and others from the UK, we have come to the conclusion that it is right for us to return to the UK.
We believe life to be an adventure where we seek to follow God and never quite know what is ahead.
The heart of a man plans his ways
but the Lord establishes his step
Friday, 6 May 2011
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
This time we had a much better crossing...even managing to keep a hold of my breakfast (TMI!)
We snorkeled from a South Beach in the morning and did the same again from a North beach in the afternoon!
We stayed on for dinner in the evening before catching the last ferry home - fantastic!
Whilst there we saw the legendary Quokka...one is pictured next to my son Isaac. Can you tell which is which?
Friday, 22 April 2011
It is great showing them around
Wonderful to have time to talk together
Fantastic just to be with family!
Thursday, 21 April 2011
I have loved the challenge of having a wonderful, beautiful daughter. She is sporty and has a go at anything - I am so proud of her.
Yet when she has some spare time with her cousin visiting from England - this is what they get up to....
every fingernail a different colour.
I am so glad that we are all unique!
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
We recently went out to a hot chocolate shop to enjoy drinks and churros together before they move on.
I was shocked after looking at the photo to discover that whilst my kids have shown self restraint and are smiling for the camera that my mother in law grabs the opportunity to get ahead on the eating stakes!
Seriously we will miss them when they leave next Wednesday:(
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
I have been an Arsenal fan since aged 9.
My local team growing up was Brighton & Hove Albion. On the playground we used to sing 'he shoots, he scores it must be Peter Ward!'
Arsenal have been first choice and Brighton second.
This weekend Arsenal went into the lead by scoring a goal in the 8th minute of extra time against Liverpool, only to draw the game 1-1 by allowing Liverpool to score 12 minutes into extra time!
Meanwhile the Seagulls won Division One with 4 games still to play.
Who should now be my first team?
In our individualistic society is loyalty still a value?
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Thursday, 14 April 2011
I have often found it hard to justify the hours a round - especially the 19th hole - takes. It would cost me too much to buy the equipment and get the whole family into the swing. Part of the attraction of golf is the quiet and time to think; so if the 5 of us were to play I believe it would be a very different game.
I have discovered a solution....Disc Golf On a recent day out we had our first ever game of disc golf.
We played 9 holes. Teed off and after either walking the fairway or searching the woods made it to the greens. It was great that all ages could play.
The other thing I really liked about the game - I won!
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Sunday, 10 April 2011
Thursday, 7 April 2011
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
Monday, 4 April 2011
Sunday, 3 April 2011
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Having said all that I am now reading a book for the second time.I often read a book and will underline bits that I find interesting and might want to refer to again in the future. I lent someone a favourite book of mine and did not get it back (lets pretend I gave it to them). I decided to buy another copy; which now I am reading so that I can underline it again!I am finding Randy Alcorn's Book 'Money Possessions & Eternity' just as challenging the second time round and would thoroughly recommend it - even though it probably does need a health warning on it: this could seriously change your life!
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
If you enjoyed the film 'Faith like Potatoes' you will want to find out more about how God has not just blessed one crop but is revealing to Farmers a better way to farm and gain bumper harvests year after year!Well worth checking out the website Foundations for Farming!
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Friday, 25 March 2011
I do now feel out classed by my son who has purchased his first pair of ray-bans.
I am hoping that when they are dated (by next season) that he might replace them and give me this old pair.
What do you think of my chances?
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Friday, 18 March 2011
The only real visible evidence resulting from this story is the 9cm scar that Josh has on his arm.
This led to a healthy family competition to see who has the most scars and the biggest.
Josh does win the prize for the longest scar in our family
Lois has the most scars
I have the most hospital inflicted scars (I had to concoct a prize to show me as manly)
I guess we all go through life and pick up scars - whether on the outside or inside. None of us live trouble free ...we all get scars from life.
Often the challenge is how do we respond to the hardships we face?
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Monday, 14 March 2011
However in Perth the sense of individuality and the opportunity to send a message to others is a chance not to be passed up:
Western Australian plates used to all say - the 'state of excitement'.
This has now stopped but you are able to convey a message using up to 9 letters on the front and rear of your machine.
Today I passed one that claimed: 'paradise'
Lois had seen a car with the number plate: 'Big Mac'
What word would you have placarded on your vehicle to describe you and how you find life?
Friday, 11 March 2011
Thursday, 10 March 2011
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Monday, 7 March 2011
This last week I have met up with 3 guys who are planting churches as well as being husbands and dads as well as holding down a full time job!
My utmost respect to:
Tom in Japan
Craig in Brisbane
Dave in Melbourne
You guys are heroes!
Monday, 28 February 2011
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
- This week I have 10 pieces of literaure per hosue.
- I will pick up and sort over 2500 pieces of junk mail
- When I stacked all the piles to to be delivered on top of ecah other - it was as almost as tall as me.
- I weighed the junk mail this week and it came to 77kgs (that is more than I weigh!)
Sad to confess that I am a man who likes the facts and figures....I am sure some of you like me find that 'the game' makes more sense when you know the score!
When I have done it all, I wonder if anyone will actually read it?
Sunday, 20 February 2011
Thursday, 17 February 2011
In addition to the blinds many of the windows have 'dress curtains' ...fabric hung either side to make the place look nice but the curtains don't actually work!
At night Nicky likes fresh air when we sleep and so always has the windows open. This can lead to a pleasant breeze or full on gale which has blown the blinds around letting in the light and making a noise like a flock of crows are in the room all night!
This week, after 7 months we discovered the curtains actually work in the bedroom. We now can have the window open and it be quiet and dark! We have had the best nights sleep since we got here! How did it take us so long to work that one out?!?
What have you discovered recently that you should have been aware of for some time?
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Sunday, 13 February 2011
The paperwork has dragged on but she has been able to secure a job as a school receptionist for one term only. This has been great - she is bringing in money, she is not spending, she is busy and being stretched!
The staff at Winthrop Baptist College are friendly and supportive and appreciate Nicky and what she brings to the team.
In the first week on the job they had a new phone system installed and asked Nicky to record the answerphone message..in her best Queens English.
I have to admit that I have phoned the school out of hours just to listen to my wife's voice (I dare you to have a listen 08 9314 7722)
I guess she would appreciate me listening more when she is around!
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Saturday, 5 February 2011
Charles Yelverton O'Conner was an eccentric but brilliant man who years ago was Engineer in Chief of Western Australia. His clear vision and dedicated hard work resulted in projects like Fremantle Harbour being built and the Goldfields water scheme which carried water over 330 miles to where the gold rush was happening.
Yet he was mocked and teased by his generation to the extent that he rode his horse into the sea where he took his own life (leaving a wife and 7 children)
Have you ever been tempted to give up because of what others say?
Friday, 4 February 2011
With the hottest month ahead (it was 38 degrees today and our A/C has been broken a week) we had previously been told that the caste would come off today and so we planned a family trip to the the beach tomorrow.
Following another 3 x-rays it has been decided that the cast needs to stay on for another 2 weeks: the only compensation is that we managed to get a bright blue cover for it.
I will be taking Josh back to hospital in another 2 weeks - the same morning I am taking Lois to the orthodontist!
Amazing that the break which happened in a split second during a football game will take weeks to recover.
I guess it often takes longer to heal than it does to hurt.
I know as a parent and husband the importance of words because the damage done by these can last a very long time.
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Monday, 31 January 2011
Well yesterday I went to Jazz in the Park at South Beach and they went one better...
A great quartet performed for 2 hours.
One side of the stage was a free drinks station: just wander up and they rustled up a refreshment of your choice...tea / coffee, hot chocolate
The other side of the stage was an ice cream van - free unlimited ice creams!
I love it when people think bigger and raise the bar higher.
I think the church should be known for their generosity.
In what ways are you stirred to go to another level?
Saturday, 29 January 2011
Thursday, 27 January 2011
A day off with the family to celebrate the invasion by the English many years ago!
We went to Kings Park and saw the 21 gun salute at lunch time and then had a picnic and waited for the fireworks in the evening.
I tried to be patriotic and whilst preparing for the trip along with the food and drink had grabbed a large 6foot flag to wave.
It was only later when out with others, having enthusiastically unfurled my flag, that someone pointed out I had picked up the New Zealand one by mistake.....OOPS!
The fireworks were great!
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Friday, 21 January 2011
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Since coming to Perth I have been playing 5-a-side football on a Monday night with a bunch of guys on a team called 'Just some blokes.'
I scored 2 goals this week (with a lot of help from the team who wanted to see me off in style) and I am pleased to say I have averaged more than a goal a game... but that is where the glory stops!
I love being married to Nicky and for the last 18 years we have had Monday night together - a date night. Recently we have done something in the day to allow me time to play football during the evening.
However we need Nicky to work, and she has managed to get a full time job answering the phone in a school (they still won't approve her as a teacher in WA!) From now on Mondays will mean food shopping and cleaning the house in the day - which I hope will score me some points with my wife.
Missing football is not problem - it will be great having time with Nicky!