Thursday, October 26, 2006

Beta Blogger

I have become a beta blogger, I have moved to Nixter's Notes

See you there!

once upon a time.......

Once upon a time* in a land far far away there was a place, a lovely little place called 'The Dale'. Now in 'the Dale' there lived many a folk. These folks (let's call them 'Dalettes') loved coffee, Mondo's and a little pub just over the road from a church. Now many of the 'Dalettes' attended this little church, long long ago this little church was full of a few little old women but it had been growing and growing and growing - it was getting so big that the 'big boss' decided we needed a bigger building. Now in this church there were lots of little children and they needed somewhere to learn about God. So on Thursday afternoons a little club was set up so the little ones could come and hear about God and Jesus - this little club was called 'Adventure Club'. Now it wasn't just the children of 'the Dalettes' that came but people from other far off lands, the 'Leichettes' and the 'Stanmorenes' and even some lands I don't even know the names of. So every Thursday at 3.30pm these little children would come and several of the big children would dress up, play games and tell stories to the little children. Just between you and me I think the big children loved Adventure Club just as much as the little ones. So if you are ever wondering what all the noise is in 'the Dale' from 3.30pm to 5pm then it is probably all the little and big children at Adventure Club having a really wonderful time playing games, singing and most importantly learning about God.

*the theme for this terms Adventure Club is Once upon a time.....

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

changing my template?

I am thinking of changing my template, I have seen one or two I like. But if you know of any good websites with templates for blogger do let me know.

What do people think about the changing of the template? I know people get to know your blog and a certain design becomes familiar (saying that many people have the same templates as blogger don't have a lot to choose from). So what are peoples thoughts?

mayday mayday

Friday, October 20, 2006


Thursday, October 19, 2006

girl talk on the beauty distortion video

Check this article out from girl talk, it refers to the dove beauty video which I posted below. I really like what they have to say!

Let me know your thoughts?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Jesus in cyberspace

I just had coffee with the beautiful Maddyc and she showed me this article in todays SMH.

Check it out here

This is very exciting!

no wonder our perception of beauty is distorted...

....with a little help from make-up artists/hair professionals/computer programs/lighting/cameras/technology etc we can all look like this ;)

h/t Byron

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

narnia quiz

I am Mr. Beaver. Despite your size, as Mr Beaver you are decisive, confident and bold. You are brave in times of need and show great loyalty to those you respect.

Who are you? Click here to find out!

therapeutic cloning of human embryos

On Friday when I was at home cleaning and packing before our big move, I stopped for a break and put on the TV. A show on SBS called 'Insight' was discussing therapeutic cloning of human embryos for stem cell research, I was astounded and concerned by what I heard. Now before I get started:

I do not profess to totally and fully understanding the ins and outs of this issue by any means, this was the first time I have actually heard it discussed and debated, AND I am not someone who currently has any disease or sickness which might at some point in the future benefit from the potential research scientists might be able to do from this process.

I believe that life starts at conception therefore I DO NOT condone the creating of a human life to then destroy it. All life that God has created is valuable and created in his image, it is not be be manufactured for scientific purposes and then disregarded. As I have said before God knew he was going to create each one of us before we were even a twinkle in our parents eye AND he knits us together in our mother's womb. He cares profoundly about us and longs to know us personally.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.

All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139:13-16

Another thing I found totally disturbing is that one of the professors in the UK where this process is legal was asked about how they propose on getting enough embryos to do the necessary research. Many eggs would be required to do this. He said that this is an issue and one of the ways they are combating this is by offering IVF treatment to couples at a discount IF they offer some of the eggs produced to their embryonic stem cell research. Now IVF is a whole other discussion and again I am not in a situation where this applies to me (currently having no children I don't think it does) BUT manipulating people who are in a sad and desperate situation who long for children but can't have them, may mean they compromise their position on this so they can afford to undergo IVF, I think this is outrageous.

This is currently not a legal procedure in Australia but it is in other parts of the world, but I believe there is some discussion as to whether embryonic stem cell research should become legal here.

I just feel very passionately about this and wanted to express my concern and my opinion on this issue. As I said previously I know very little on this subject but what I do know I cannot ignore.

I happen to agree with both of these quotes:

"Life is present from the moment of conception."
- Dr. Jerome Lejeune, late professor and world renowned geneticist,University of Descarte, Paris

"A person's a person, no matter how small!"
- from "Horton Hears a Who," by Dr. Seuss, late famous children's author

Monday, October 16, 2006

love is........

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?"

"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."

"When someone loves you the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."

"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."

"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs."

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."

"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss"

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate"

"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday."

"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well."

"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."

"My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night."

"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken."

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Brad Pitt."

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."

"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." (what an image)

“You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget."

And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,

“Nothing, I just helped him cry"