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Totes Def Faithful!

God is totally, definitely faithful.

Today was a stark reminder for me.

It was a really yucky day and as we drove home from work I was feeling a little helpless.

You know when you are not exactly sure how God is handling a situation, and you have a few suggestions for Him that might help 🙂 All of a sudden He tells you to snap out of it and refocus. All it took for me today was a message on Facebook from a friend who was obedient to God and gave me a word. She was faithful to what He wanted her to say to me, and little did she know, the timing was absolutely perfect to the moment, the message went to my core, the promise relit a fire in me. I spoke something to Him out loud and my answer appeared in seconds. It was a message I needed to hear and one I intend to cling to.

God is totally, definitely faithful.

I am so grateful my friend was faithful too.

Make Love, Not War!

I celebrated my 30th a few months back in hippie style! It was such a blast and I had the best birthday with close friends and family.

When planning this party, there wasn’t much on the internet for inspiration. Mainly the same old stuff with no originality, so I thought I would post some ideas from my hippie party just in case there is someone out there looking for a little idea nudging.

First and foremost…the most important thing when planning a hippie party is to spell it correctly – it is hippie, not hippy 🙂

Invites: It all starts off with the invites – this kicks off the vibe! One way to get your guests, and yourself, super excited is to send out invites that will reflect the scene at your party. You want your guests to open the invite and see that this will be no ordinary party!! I wanted something bright and different! My husband is a whiz on the computer (as we know from here) so he designed them, and we added a little party gift which was a small button badge for each person to wear to the party (we bought them off ebay).

Original Kombi found on the internet

My invite

The doors open to reveal the party details

Details (minus the stalker details)

This is how we made this invite: We found a photo of a red kombi on the internet and changed the red colour to hippie designs that we also found on the internet. Hubby then got a photo of me and put me in the front seat using Photoshop. He added someone’s arm that he also found on the internet, added bangles and a headband. We printed these out on photo paper and I then cut out the doors and the outline of the picture. On a separate piece of white cardboard we printed the van without the doors (in the place of the doors we had the party information). We then stuck the photo onto this cardboard and cut it out. We made sure that we did not stick the doors down, otherwise you can’t open them to see the writing! We stuck a map on the back and a fridge magnet. The hippie badge for our guests to wear were positioned as the door handles. It was a whole lot of fun to make!

The Scene: My party was held at my parents house, which is perfect for parties. They live on 7 acres with no close neighbours, an open plan design, bifold doors that open out to a deck, and a swimming pool area that connects to the deck. My dad is so clever – he built this house!

Most of my guests who had arrived at this stage.

The pool area.

We had a problem with lack of parking up near the house, and because of all the rain it was really muddy. We solved this by asking people to park at the bottom of the driveway. In the letter box they would find a walkie-talkie (and to their surprise a bag of hash – dried spinach – rolling papers and matches:) ). They radioed in their ride which was my dad in his 4WD complete with coloured lights (cellophane over the head lights), spinning disco lights inside the car and groovy az music…arriving to the party in true hippie style. We tried to turn a problem situation with parking into something fun that added to the feel of the night. My dad was very happy to do this as it gave him a chance to meet people on the ride up. When people went home, he took them back down to their car.

When people got out of the car we had glow stick bracelets flung up in the trees with rope lights lining the walkway to the entrance. I had bought some incense to burn in the garden so it smelled hippie-ish too, but when it came to lighting them, I couldn’t find them anywhere! The front door had beads hanging down for guests to walk through, which we picked up at an Op Shop. When our guests walked in they came to a table with all the name tags. Next to their name tag we had a shot of sour apple liquor for a bit of fun. This was a hit and really set the party scene!

Hubby amongst all the decorations

The party had HEAPS of lava lamps scattered around the place, a big fluro coloured swirl on the roof from a projector, a continual clip of old hippie bands playing up on the wall from another projector, bean bags and cushions, candles lit in glass pasta sauce jars that were painted in bright colours, fairy lights, hired lights that came with the karaoke machine, bright balloons and some with peace signs on it (thanks ebay), a slideshow of photos on the TV from my life, rope lights, fluro feathers hanging all over the place. It was colourful eye candy! I spent a bit of time on decorations cause I really wanted the scene to be hippie-fied and something people would remember. It was a lot of fun! I made chains of smiley faces, hearts, peace signs and flowers from colourful paper I bought at Officeworks and then laminated with laminating sheets also from Officeworks.

Dance off under the moving swirl. My husband found this swirl on the internet, changed the colours, and played it through a laptop which was hooked up to a projector. Too clever!

Costumes: Closer to the date we sent out this picture via email and facebook, along with a countdown “15 days, 7 hours, 42 minutes and 22 seconds” (you can work this out on the internet).

The photo we emailed out to guests before the party. Most people didn't realise this was my husband complete with wig and fake chest hair. Hilarious!

This was to give people a bit of an idea on the level of costumes that would be happening at the party, and to get them pumped up about it. It worked, and I had quite a few friends say they ‘upped’ their costume after seeing this photo. They went all out and it really made the night!

Some true hippie-stylers! These boys grew their beards just for the party much to the disgust of their beautiful wives!

Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch - male winner!

We put on the invite that we would be having a ‘Best Dressed’ competition, but at the party I forgot to hold the competition earlier in the evening (having way too much fun singing karaoke), so come people had already left. Oops! But we did have two winners who were voted by those still partying away.

Food: My friend Jodi, my mum, and I got a menu sorted out and decided on foods that were a little retro from the hippie era of the 60’s & 70’s. The day before mum, Jodi and I spent the ENTIRE day making dips, scrolls, cobb loaves, and more and more food. It was amazing!

One of my brother in-laws with some 'Pure Kirk' - hubby's homebrew ginger beer

We had.so.much.food. Loads of beer, white wine, red wine (the wine was in bottles and we had some caskets just in case we ran out…we didn’t), champagne, fruit poppers, soft drink and Pure Kirk (hubby’s homemade alcoholic ginger beer), punch and ‘spiked’ punch with vodka in it. For water, we bought a big contained with a tap on it from Coles. All the drinks were in big bright plastic round tubs filled with ice. I was so worried that the ice wouldn’t keep the drinks cool….but I think it worked out okay.

Activities: Everyone likes a bit of karaoke (even if they don’t like to admit it 🙂 ) from the hippie era so we hired a machine that had speakers, microphone, screen and lights for around the place. I was tossing up about whether to have karaoke or not as I wasn’t sure if people would participate…but I am so glad that I did! It is something a little different and keeps everyone amused 🙂 As the birthday girl, you get asked to join in on a lot of karaoke songs (which I didn’t mind of course) and I did feel like a bit of a karaoke-hog.

Karaoke queens!

Karaoke - Jodi (Foxy Cleopatra) and I belting out some tunes!

Dancing!!!

Karaoke AND limbo! Talent 🙂

We also played Pictionary. On the back of the name tags was either a love heart or a peace sign with a number next to it. This determined what team you were in. I had one small whiteboard and my iPhone as timer. I pulled out a number from a container and whoever had that number (and was from the team who had the next turn), they would come out and have one minute to draw as many things they could from the list. It was a nice way to get everyone mixing as I had friends and family from different groups so most people didn’t know everyone at the party.

Pictionary

Pictionary

Pass the Parcel was fantastic! I started off asking everyone to get into a large circle and in alphabetical order (mainly so people could meet and learn some names). Once we did that, we played pass the parcel. We had two going around and each time the music (from the hippie era of course) stopped the person holding the parcel would open the first layer and get a little prize (peace key ring, freddo, etc) and there they would find a dare. A lot of the dares included other people, e.g. you and the three people on your right have to … blah, blah, blah….. This was because we had so many people there and many didn’t know others. We didn’t want them to make a fool of themselves in front of everyone all alone 🙂 My friend Jodi and I had such fun thinking up these dares! Some were:

  • Sing happy birthday to the birthday girl in fake Japanese
  • With the person on your right, moonwalk backwards around the circle
  • Every time you need to use the toilet throughout the night, you need to ask permission using the microphone
  • Do your best kung-fu ninja move with sound effects
  • Fake laugh as loud as you can
  • Howl at the moon
  • pretend you are a calf and choose your mummy. You have to communicate that you are hungry without speaking
  • For the next hour, at the end of every sentence you must say “Yeah I’m good!!”

    Moonwalking backwards

    Kung-fu moves!

    One of the winners reading out her dare!

Photos: We had a rockin photobooth set up by my husband, where people could go in and hold the camera remote, take a photo themselves and see it appear on the laptop screen in front of them. It all ran by itself, complete with an instant hippie effect. Because it was digital, everyone could take as many photos as they liked….and there were HEAPS! After the party we put all the photos from the night from the PhotoBooth and the roaming photographer (hubby) on a CD and I will be giving it to all our guests to say thanks for making an effort to come along and celebrate my 30th.

The photobooth my husband made cause he is smart. You can see up on the wall in the background our 60's and 70's music clips.

Using the remote to take a piccie!

Cake: I left this to last as it was really incredible. I have written about it before on my blog which you can see here. My friend Jodi is a whizz at making birthday cakes and she is very creative so I asked her if she could make mine for me. I found a piccie on the net of a great rainbow cake that I loved and she made my cake even better than the picture. When it was time for the cake, it came out just plain with white icing. A bit boring. Then after singing happy birthday and cutting the cake it revealed layers of fluro goodness! There was a communal “oooohh” and “ahhhh” from my guests. The cake was too delicious as well, but as Jodi said, “not to be consumed if you have ADHD”, cause of all the food colouring. Ha ha!

Cutting the cake. Check out those bright colours baby!

Cake!

My Community Cross-section: Dana

A blog series on the everyday people in my community.

Dana 

Location of birth:    Toowoomba Queensland
Year I was born: 1969

Any family history: My ancestors were from Germany and Denmark, and came out 3 generations ago.  I have just found out that one of my ancestors (on my mum’s side) was German Royalty, like a king and has a Castle somewhere in Germany. Maybe I need to find out where and see if I can make my claim.

Jobs you have had: I worked as a checkout chick and then in the Manchester section at Big W at Kawana. Did the baby sitting gigs too. Also worked at vacation care while at uni. Then did some casual teaching until I got a job as a primary school teacher in Kimbe, West New Britian PNG, and then Goroka PNG. I was then a missionary with YWAM firstly in Brisbane, and then in Newcastle (as well as traveling with teams to different parts of Australia and the world). While doing the YWAM thing in Newy I also did part time paid work as a cleaner, and relief teacher. I then worked for a term as a Chaplain at Moreton Bay Girls College, and finally my current job as a Primary school teacher at Coolum Beach Christian College. 

Dana's Family at her 40th Birthday

Things you are passionate about: I am passionate about discipling children and helping them to get to know their creator. I also love creative stuff, especially having fun creating yummy food.

Kings Kids team outside Buckingham Palace

Things you don’t like: LOL I don’t like peas. I also don’t like people getting hurt, and horror movies.

Places you have lived:   I have lived In Tully in North Queensland. Maroochydore, Alexandra Headlands on the Sunny Coast. Then Brisbane Queensland.  Kimbe and Goroka PNG. Brisbane again. Then four different places across Newcastle, over 10 years there. Then Landsborough, Mudjimba and now Yandina back on the beutiful Sunny Coast.

Dream/goals as you were growing up: I wanted to be a librarian growing up – mainly because I loved books and if was a job where I didn’t have to deal with lots of people. I was really shy and not a people person so didn’t want a job that involved lots of people.

What was it like growing up: I so loved growing up on the Sunny Coast (a much quieter place than it is now), what a beautiful place to grow up. I was a really shy and quiet child who was bullied lots and really didn’t say much to anyone. I had just a few friends and lived in my own little world and was too scared to say anything in my classes at school. My brother and I had great times living near the beach and bush and spent so much time swimming in our pool.

Advice you would now give yourself as a child: Keep your eyes on God, He will never leave you and always be there for you no matter what you face.

With the Olympic torch

Life changing moments: Failing highschool and having to repeat my senior year of school so I could get to university to be a teacher, this really made me stronger and trust into God more.

Going to slums in Mumbai – we went to the slums in India on my DTS outreach and I was so impacted by how people lived in such poverty. I made the decision while there I could make a small difference through sponsering a child through compassion. Twenty years later I am sponsering my 4th child with them while others who I have sponsored grew up and were able to get jobs etc. 

Living in PNG – My tme is PNG was amazing, my first experience of living on my own and living overseas. I so loved the opportunities it gave me and taught me so much about teaching multicultural students.
Being dumped by my highschool boyfriend after 5 years for my cousin who is now married to him. This was a difficult time to work through but God was so faithful and my relationship with God was strengthened through this.
Travelling: Wow I so love travel I have been to: New Zealand, India, Singapore (twice), Malaysia, PNG, Canada (3 times), LA (twice), Atlanta and Washington state in the USA, Bankok Thailand. Cancun: Mexico, Fiji (twice), Western Samoa, American Samoa, If you count airports Also Tonga, Tahiti. London, Southampton and Dover in England, Brussels in Belguim, Luxembourg, Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Insbruck in Austria, Venice, Assisi, Rome, Florence, and Pisa in Italy,  Nice, Lyon and Paris in France, the south of Ireland, Jarkata, and Bali Indonesia.

Eiffel Tower

Bali

Hollywood

What do you think your future holds: Not really sure but I’m sure it will be an adventure.

I love creativity and seeing what amazing creative thing people are doing. I have joined a blog called creative everyday where I am challenged to do something creative every day, I don’t always meet this challenge but enjoy the challenge. I have started a blog called creatively challenged  http://danarae-creatively-challenged.blogspot.com


Let me know if you would like to take part in this series.  Anyone is welcome!

Baby Shower Fun!

Today we celebrated the impending birth of a friend’s bubba.  It was such a beautiful day! Here are some pics I took of the baby shower.

Cupcakes - girl or boy?

The glowing mummy and I

Delicious Food

Pin the sperm on the egg in the uterus 🙂 Yes, I won.

Not even close!

Lovely ladies

Beautiful belly!

Lots of great games:)

Smelling and tasting the baby food in the diaper game 🙂

Jodes giving us the answers.

The gorgeous view and table

Such a fantastic day!

Girls at the Goldie

Sometimes a girls weekend away is due! There was no particular reason for our ‘escape’ – we came up with the idea, talked about it forever, finally booked it and enjoyed every second. My beautiful friend Jodes and I took off for two nights and giggled our way through a very relaxing and decadent stay on the Gold Coast.

What a beautiful place! We stayed at the Crowne Plaza at Surfers Paradise and filled our days with coffee, buffet breakfasts, beach night markets, eating, dinner in a revolving restaurant, eating, girly movies, cocktails, eating, exploring the coast, coffee, shopping at old bookstores, massages and facials at Tweed Heads, eating, and a fun trip to IKEA to finish us off. What a blast!

The view from our balcony

The Crowne Plaza pool - from our balcony. See the stretch hummer down there!

Metermaids - donate some $$ for a photo of the girls and the money goes towards breast cancer research.

Slurpees - our teenage water

Beautiful lights at the beach night markets in Surfers Paradise

Getting our fake tatts.

Surfers Paradise wanna-be queen!

A cool kombi we came across when we went exploring.

The start of our spa treatment.

After my 1 hour massage and Jodi

The border between New South Wales and Queensland

Sunset over Surfers Paradise. It really is paradise!

Gorgeous Jodi and a magnificent sunset!

Dessert at the revolving (not revolting!) restaurant on top of our hotel - Crowne Plaza

The seafood was FRESH!

Our view of Surfers Paradise from our table at the revolving restaurant during breakfast.

Jodi at breakfast.

Now that the restaurant has revolved around, we can see the beach now!

Dancing the Night Away – Prayer for Israel Conference

For the past 10 years I have been a part of a dance team that has been asked to dance all over the countryside.  We are a group of Christian women who worship through dance. Here is our missions statement:
The Jubilee Ministry Dance Ensemble is a Christian, Australian based Davidic praise and worship team, incorporating dance, flags and banners, all used to the glory of God. Our mission is to proclaim the word of God, through worship, over our nation Australia, as well as over the nation of Israel, in obedience to Psalm 122:6, to ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.’ 

Our team is made up of the most beautiful group of women with incredible hearts. It is such a blessing to be in the team and minister with them.  We are definitely a family.

Last night we danced in Brisbane at the annual PFI (Prayer For Israel) Conference.

Our team, minus two.

'The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit'

A beautiful lady, Grace, doing her drama.

Dancing with the congregation.

Dancing 'Yeshua' with Susanna Galer singing.

Changeroom mischief. A spot of planking. We had a good laugh at this 🙂

My husband took came along and took these photos for us.  So many to choose from so you may see some more popping up here and there 🙂

Our Moroccan Themed Night!

I was told we were going to Bunnings to get some stuff for a herb garden cover.  I was told we might grab a coffee on the way. Little did I know that my husband had been secretly communicating through ‘Words with Friends‘ with one of my best friends!  We pulled up in front of Jodi & Chris’s place and I figured we must be picking something up or dropping something off.

No idea.

We get up to the steps and there is Moroccan music blaring, Jodes dressed up as bedouin beauty, and the lights in the house are out.

I still have no idea.

Chris and Jodi lead me to their balcony and BEHOLD – the most amazing set up is before my eyes.  The whole place has been transformed into a bedouin fantasy with drapings, cushions, roses, candles, palm leaves, gold stars and more! I supposed to be in Israel for my 30th and waking up in a Bedouin tent in the desert, hence the theme, but unfortunately we couldn’t go.

The four of us danced the night away with our jingly scarves (she bought for us to wear), ate the most incredible Moroccan food (Jodes, please comment below exactly what we had!), cocktails and such laughter.  It was perfect 🙂

Of course, Kirk set up his camera and it went off every couple of minutes with three shots in a row.  He put this together as a memento of the evening.  The singing at the beginning is actually Jodi! Kirk auto-tuned her voice and then created a Moroccan remix to go with our photo slideshow.

Check it out –

My Rainbow Cake!

I had an awesome hippie party for my 30th (which I have blogged about HERE) and my very clever friend made me the most incredible cake! She made the outside white so it looked plain….but then then when I cut it, wooowwwwzers!  There was a communal “oooohhhhh” sound from my friends and family as the psychedelic rainbow was revealed.

Me and the rainbow cake!!

Cutting the cake with some light shining out of my toosh.

Yeah, baby! Check it out!

My very talented friend (dressed up as Foxy Cleopatra) who made my cake.

We used doobie candles too!

What has been your best ever birthday cake?

My Community Cross-section: Karli

A blog series on the everyday people in my community.

Karli

Name: Karli Farrow

Location of birth: Frankston, Victoria       Year I was born: 1976

Family history: Mum is Sri Lankan & came here when she was 16. Dad is an Aussie.

Jobs you have had: I worked from a young age, babysitting, (like many others; part of a babysitters club & a huge fan of the books!) I cleaned people’s homes from our church & all this was before I was legally allowed to have a job!

Once I was old enough I worked in the local fish & chip shop then the General store which was also the petrol station & post office. (Jack of all trades) While doing all of these jobs my Dad made me save nearly all of my pay which I cursed him for at the time but by the time I was 18 I could buy my own car, then I was thanking him!

I’ve also worked at Myer, Sea World & various other retail businesses. I am now a Beauty Therapist & Thermomix consultant & about to start training to become a Thermomix group leader.

Things you are passionate about: 
My family, my friends, my home & just life in general.

I LOVE Christmas, my Thermomix, sewing & all things creative or crafty, especially scrapbooking.

I love to cook, but not so much the ‘cooking’ part, I love to feed & nourish people. I love to entertain, have people in my home & provide them with some yummy food & a homely place to relax.

Things you don’t like: Scary movies!


Places you have lived: 
Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula (Beautiful place, just too cold!), Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast

Dream/goals as you were growing up:
 I’ve never really had any career aspirations, from a young age I really just wanted to be a wife, mum & homemaker. But now, since I’ve become involved with Thermomix I am excited about becoming a group leader & having a team to train, guide & mentor.

I’m a motivated person who likes to be busy, not crazy busy, just with things to do. I’m not one to sit idle.

Something that really sums up the person I’d like to be is from Proverbs 31.

It’s called “A wife of noble character” I’ve abbreviated it, to just the bits I find relevant…

-Her husband can trust her, & she will greatly enrich his life

She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household & plan the day’s work.

She is energetic & strong, a hard worker.

She extends a helping hand to the poor & opens her arms to the needy.

She is clothed with strength & dignity, & she laughs without fear of the future.

When she speaks, her words are wise, & she gives instructions with kindness.

She carefully watches everything in her household & suffers nothing from laziness.

Her children stand & bless her.

Charm is deceptive & beauty does not last, but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.

Reward her for all she has done.

Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

I love that!

What was it like growing up: I’m the eldest of 3 siblings & eldest of 17 cousins. My parents were always telling me that I’m a born leader, back then I was just bossy but I guess being the eldest of all of those kids was shaping me for the future.

I grew up on a farm; I learned to drive on a tractor! Weekends were spent riding BMX bikes or helping Dad herd the cows from one paddock to the next.

Advice you would now give yourself as a child: Where to start?!…

-Be confident in the person God made you to be.

-You can’t control everything, by all means prepare & plan but you don’t run the show.

Sometimes I still need to remind myself of this advice!


Life changing moments: 
3 instantly spring to mind, Eli, Noah & Jude! Meeting Glen is obviously a big one too. Who would have thought that a chance meeting in a bar could lead to the awesome life we have now!

As we parent the boys I continue to have life changing moments but their births especially were all life changing for me. Another thing I’m passionate about is natural birth. I’ll explain how I became to be so passionate about this…

When I was 19 I quit the primary teaching course I was studying at uni & moved to the Gold Coast -with a boy. I married that boy & found myself pregnant & in a very unhealthy relationship.

We ended up splitting up when I was 7 months pregnant so I moved back to Victoria & in with Mum & Dad. I did a bit of growing up in this time -as you do!

I couldn’t really get a job, who hires at 8 months pregnant?! I needed to focus on something & the upcoming birth was it!

I’d always been very interested in health & nutrition; I’d studied health education & human development at high school. But to learn what I could about birth I had to go to the local library (no internet then!)

I borrowed all the books I could on natural birth. What I learned was that women have been birthing babies for centuries & that our bodies are designed to carry & birth babies.

I learned that although we may need doctors & midwives during birth we don’t always need all the intervention that often comes with them.

I also learned a lot about water birth & how the water acts as a natural pain reliever & a relaxant, that contractions have a purpose & the more you resist them the more they’ll hurt & the longer & harder the labour will be.

I found that all of this knowledge empowered & prepared me for the natural water birth of Eli!

7 months after Eli was born I met Glen. He proposed on Eli’s 2nd birthday in front of our families & we were married the following year.

Not long after that I was pregnant again. I was a bit nervous in the lead up to Noah’s birth, was I just lucky the first time?

So I re read all the same books that had prepared me so well the first time & I prayed!

I had another beautiful water birth that I love reminiscing about. That so called luck came from learning all I could, keeping very positive & remembering that God made my body to be able to do this so trust him & everything that I’d learned.

Not long after that we moved here to the Sunny Coast & found out we were expecting baby number 3.

I started off on my usual birth preparation but to my dismay; Nambour general won’t let you have water births. We didn’t have private health insurance so Selengor wasn’t an option either.

It was then that I started thinking about homebirth. It was a confusing time, not sure about whether I should just give birth the ‘conventional’ way or pursue my desire to have another water birth. In between crying, (I was pregnant, tired & emotional!) I was praying.

A Bible verse that stood out to me was Isaiah 41.10

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.

Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you & help you.

I will hold you up with my victorious right hand”

This verse just reassured me to keep going down the path of trying to have a natural water birth. Then, through some amazing circumstances I met a home birth midwife named Claire Hall. She believed all the same things that I did about pregnancy & birth. This is a quote from her website;

“I believe that pregnancy & birth is a natural life event & one that should be enjoyed without fear.

Birth is something that women are designed to do.

We need to trust, to love & to surrender & we will never cease to be amazed by the miracle that is the creation of new life, & the bringing of that life into the world.

Birthing a baby is one of the most beautiful & significant things that you will ever do.”

So Jude was born at home, in the bath (we had a big spa like bath) the whole experience was SO amazing, I could gush about it all day!

I love talking about my positive birth experiences; it’s easy to only remember the not so positive stories. My births were by no means pain free or easy but I was prepared, mentally & physically with a very positive attitude which I think makes a huge difference.

Don’t be afraid of birth, educate yourself, surround yourself with positive supportive people & trust your instincts.

And remember the advice I gave myself… You can’t control everything, by all means prepare & plan but you don’t run the show!


Travelling: I haven’t travelled outside of Australia. I love camping; Hervey Bay is my favourite spot.

What do you think your future holds: Who knows?! I could never have guessed that my life would take the path it has so far. I hope that I get to grow old with Glen & watch our boy’s grow up to be caring & content young men & that they give us lots of grand babies to love!

Let me know if you would like to be part of this series…anyone is welcome!


My Community Cross-section: Claire

Claire

My Family

Location of birth: If overseas, when and why did you move to Australia:  I was born in South Africa but I left SA in 1998 for the UK to begin my ORSOME season of working and travelling and had a phenomenal few years over there before meeting the man of my dreams in my/our church over there in 2001!  We got married in SA in Oct 2003 and then returned to the UK in April 2004 & went back to the same ORSOME church and worked & did some more travelling together before coming to Aussie, Aussie, Aussie in March 2010 and we LOVE it here!!  (This is the VERY short version though, hee hee)

Year I was born: 1976

Any interesting family history:  My hubby’s Grandparents (on his Dad’s side) come from “uppercrust” English background apparently and so on hubby’s Family tree….there are distant relations to the Royal Family & my hubby is in fact a VERY distant cousin ie: (3rd cousin, twice removed) to Princess Di….(not sure the FULL story but this is seriously true).

I on other hand have Scottish background as my maiden name was “Robb” as in “Rob Roy” (the movie with Mel Gibson)….& Rob Roy on our Family tree was a distant cousin on my Dad’s side…..JUST KIDDING – ha ha ha 😉
Jobs you have had:  Mainly secretarial/PA jobs but also had a couple Nannying jobs in the UK (not “nanny” as in cleaning but as in looking after kids).

Whilst at school in South Africa, I also worked at a fabulous Flea Market for a year or more (NOT A PLACE THAT SELLS FLEAS EITHER, HEE HEE) which was a fab way to earn pocket money & before I left for overseas I also waitressed at a stunning coffee shop for a couple years called “Circus Circus”  🙂

Things you are passionate about:  Would have to say Travelling and also Children !! I also LOVE LOVE LOVE socialising with friends & am completely energised after spending an hour, an arvie or an evening catching up with a friend or a few friends 🙂  (I DIG ladies nights)

Things you don’t like: Spiders Spiders Spiders !!!!!!!!  Also REALLY dont dig 2 faced people or peeps that stab you in the back.

Places you have lived:  Grew up in South Africa….but like I mentioned in the first answer….lived in the UK from March 1998 until Oct 2001 and then went back to live in SA & then got married in Oct 2003 & in April 2004 went back to live in the UK with my hubby until March 2010 & now we live in Australia!  Had MANY exciting years doing lots of travelling in the UK and was part of an INCREDIBLE church & made the most WONDERFUL friends that I will have until my dying day.

Dream/goals as you were growing up:  To do ministry into Africa coz I’v had a HUGE heart for African children since I was a little girl!  Its still my dream to go back to Africa & go on outreaches/ministry trips….but this will be in God’s timing in who knows how many years time ????……nevertheless…..I/we LOOK FWD TO THAT DAY – YAY 🙂

Also been my absolute DREAM to travel a bit of the USA & “New York New York” is TOP of my list so BRING IT ON BABY – CANT WAIT for the day I go there 🙂

What was it like growing up:  Grew up in South Africa & my parents divorced when I was about 5 but my Dad was always around and I saw him all the time as my Mom and him got on well and still get on really well which is a HUGE blessing!  Am also VERY blessed to have been raised by a PHENOMENAL Mother who’s Values, Morals & Standards stood me in VERY good stead for LIFE – Thank You Jesus 🙂

Advice you would now give yourself as a child:  CHILL & dont always take life too seriously coz life is precious AND short !!!

Life changing moments:  Giving my life to Jesus in 1991…..& getting married to the man of my absolute DREAMS in 2003 🙂

Travelling:  LOVE LOVE LOVE travelling and am blessed to have done lots of it with my mates whilst living in the UK before I got married & then a bit more travelling once we were married & living back in the UK!

I still have a pretty long bucket list in terms of travel but my dream since I was a little girl is to travel to the USA (as mentioned above)…..so that is TOP of my list along with a ministry/outreach trip to Africa and not sure which country in Africa exactly but wherever God opens the door.

What do you think your future holds:  Whew….thats a pretty tough question to answer….but I would have to say having all the Grandparents living here with us.  We are very blessed to have my Mom over here with us & in a couple years we should have my hubby’s folks living here too (they are putting in their app in July, YAAAAAY). Its just so special & an absolute BLESSING for kids to have their Grandparents in their lives if possible & so we count ourselves VERY blessed to have at least 1 here for now.

In faith, I would have to say the other thing would be having CLOSE friendships with a few couples (ideally where the kids are similar ages so that they can be GREAT mates as well but obviously this is really not essential at all & would just be nice to have that with a couple families even). Also being truly happy & involved in the church Jesus has us in for that particular season in our lives.


Lastly I would like say that if I had my life over……I would want to be a dancer !!!!  I did modern dancing in junior school & LOVED it with a passion and danced in a lot of school plays but for some reason, I didnt carry it on in high school but I have ALWAYS had a passion for dancing & watching dancing……particularly modern or hip hop type dancing (the type they do in “Step Up” is my FAV). I have always LOVED dancing the night away in my nightclub days & I just LOVE watching dancing movies (& picturing myself as the lead dancer….hee hee, OK theres some open heart surgery for you 😉 I also ADORED dancing for a few years at my church in South Africa before I left for the UK & would just LOVE to get back into dancing at church someday too 🙂