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

BANG

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"

Thursday, October 12, 2006

this is too cute....

the flossing way of life


Hi my name is Nixter and I am a flosser! I have been flossing obsessively for the last two weeks after several trips to the dentist, and I would just like to say that flossing really does work!

So, flossing it soooooo good, two weeks ago I had sore gums which were a little swollen, two weeks of flossing like a trooper and they are much much better - so I urge you all to FLOSS FLOSS FLOSS, because you're worth it

SP and I get the keys to our new place tomorrow and we will be moving in in the middle of a big fat heat wave = NICE! Anyhoo I am excited and a heat wave ain't gonna stop the excitement oh no! I am so so excited I really am.

Last night we had bible study so we didn't do anymore packing and then we came home to watch the football (I know you call it soccer) to see the Socceroo's (Footeroo's) win win win - did you know I love soccer?

SP and I are going really well, the marriage enrichment weekend was really helpful and I am so pleased we have been able to take some of the lessons we learned from the talks and implement them in our marriage, pray it wouldn't be a 'the week after a seminar and I feel hyped' phase but that it would be something we continually work at.

I am off tomorrow and so today once again Thursday is the new Friday - I pray you all have a great rest of your week and a super weekend. Be encouraged and remember this:

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

on the move


Slowly but surely more and more items are getting packed, more and more boxes can be seen lying in various rooms in our apartment. Yes, the move is creeping closer and closer. WOO HOOT!

Thankfully we don't have too much 'stuff ', so this means the job of moving is not as traumatic as it could be. When I arrived in Australia 2 and 1/2 years ago I arrived with my 'one year working holiday visa' and only a backpack containing what I would live with for that year! I have brought numerous things since but still don't have too many items, I am not really a hoarder, I like to throw things out....

So we settle on Friday at 2pm, pick up the keys after that and then we can move on in!!!! We have removalists helping on Saturday and also some beautiful friends from church are going to help us. Even though SP is getting around without crutches his leg is still a bit stiff and so he won't really be able to do any heavy lifting - it is truly amazing how the body of Christ works together and I am really appreciative of our brothers and sisters who have offered to help serve us in this way on Saturday. I love our church family (not just because they are helping us move) but because they are just that 'my family'...

SP is going well, he is doing great with his walking. There is still a lot of swelling and still a lot of work to do with the physio but he is getting around in his heels, not like high heel stilletto high heels - but he did have to have his shoes raised to an inch to help with the healing... So thanks for prayers of recovery, I am thankful to have a 'both legs working' husband.

Still no news from the immigration people about my visa - waiting, waiting, waiting! Oh and of course praying, praying, praying!

Have a great Wednesday :)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

shared houses


There has been a discussion in the office today between myself and people who work for the company who share office space with us about 'shared houses'. There was lots of talk about what people thought about shared houses and what different scenarios there are.

For instance, is it ok for two girls and one boy to house share? Two boys and one girl? If so what happens when one of the girls or boys go away on holidays etc. What about one boy and one girl with no romantic interest? I don't believe the bible talks on this issue directly but I know when I lived in London a lot of mixed shared houses happen. This is because it is so expensive to live in London and it is practical to live with more people, I guess it is more a question about what is wise.

I myself have always shared houses with a couple of other girls and I have enjoyed it immensely, this is not because I wouldn't have considered a mixed shared house but because that was just how it turned out for me. I now have a permanent house mate, better know as 'my husband' but I was wondering what people thought about this? I don't know whether it is really a big issue but I thought I would put it out there as it was a topic of discussion here today.

Thoughts?

tee hee

Monday, October 09, 2006

sad....

....... especially after such an amazing 'to love and to cherish' weekend.

Read here

we are priests for God

Last night at church SamR preached an amazing sermon on 1 Peter 2:4-10, you can listen to it here. He did an amazing job of unpacking this passage and encouraging us.

SamR spoke about how God is building a spiritual house, how in the OT God dwelled in the temple/tabernacle and the priest would be the only one who could go to offer sacrifices and praises to God.

But now there is a new way to come to God, it is no longer about temples or tabernacles, we actually become part of the building/temple - we are stones in the building – ‘living stones’. As we come to Christ we are all priests for God, Jesus is the ONLY way.

As a building takes it’s direction from the laying down of the cornerstone so too are we to take our direction from Christ who is our cornerstone..

God made Jesus this precious stone and it matters how we respond to him.

We are to do as the priests in the OT did , praise God for what he has done for us as it is truly an amazing thing that God has done by sending his son so that we might live, a true act of mercy.

We are a royal, holy chosen people - we are a priest for God, he calls us to live in his service.

We are a people not because of the church we go to or where we live or where we come from but because God has had mercy on us, he has set us aside for his purpose.

Do we allow Jesus to shape and direct ALL our decisions?

This is just a taster of what SamR had to say but I would encourage you to listen to the sermon as it was certainly a treat and encouragement to hear this message last night.

Friday, October 06, 2006

marriage enrichment weekend

The 'Marriage Enrichment Weekend' starts tonight, it should be great. I will let you know how it goes.


visa application

About four weeks ago I received a letter from immigration wanting me to hand in more information for my visa - I could hardly believe after the mountains of information that I had already handed in that they would require more. I obviously obliged as if I didn't I might be on the next plane back to England ;) Anyhoo, long story short, I just went to hand it in at the immigration office. Prayers would be appreciated as it is a little nerve racking waiting for a response, especially when you have been asked to provide 'additional' info - BUT apparently this is quite normal.

I trust and know that God is in control of this and so I leave it with him, he who is sovereign and knows has ordained all that has been and all that is to come.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Happy 30th Birthday SP


Have a super day :)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

51 things about me

Priscilla started off a "51 things about me' frenzy, so here are mine:

1. I have red hair.
2. When I was younger people used to call me ginger nut and carrot top :(
3. I love palm trees.
4. The first verse I learnt in the bible was Philippians 4:13.
5. I really don't like crows, ravens or magpies - they freak me out.
6. I am English.
7. On 8th October 06 I will have been married for 6 months.
8. I love beans on toast with grated cheese on top.
9. I will eat cheese on just about anything - I love it.
10. If ever I have any illness/sickness I immediately think it is something serious and I am going to die - how dramatic!
11. I love sitting in the sun.
12. SP doesn't like me sitting in the sun.
13. Hazelnut lattes from Starbucks are my favourite.
14. I miss my friends and family in England.
15. I have met lots of great friends in Australia.
16. When I first got to Australia I thought the sound of a Kookaburra was a monkey.
17. I have two very cheeky half sisters who I adore.
18. I love sunsets and sunrises.
19. I really want to visit New York.
20. I hate cockroaches - they give me the heeby geebies.
21. I like to make up new words - WOO HOOT.
22. My favourite colour is purple.
23. I love to make jewelry, especially ear-rings.
24. I would love to have a beautiful singing voice.
25. I really like cows.
26. I love bananas.
27. I miss bananas.
28. I love most sports as long as I understand the rules and objectives of the game.
29. My Mum lives in the same house I lived in from when I was born until I moved out at 21.
30. I love the smell of a Sunday roast.
31. I love the smell of bleach, I bleach everything.
32. I don't like people touching the bottom of my feet.
33. I worked at an Optical store in England for 6 years.
34. I have met Sir Ian Mckellan (Gandalf in LOTR) a couple of times.
35. Emma Thompson was my hero when I was growing up.
36. Emma Thompson was behind me in a queue at Bond Street tube station in London.
37. I want to hold a Koala.
38. My first name is actually Nicola.
39. No-one calls me Nicola.
40. When I lived at home I had a pet hamster called 'Geoffrey'.
41. I like beer, a lot. Not a lot of beer, I just like beer a lot.
42. I became a Christian when I was 19 years old.
43. In my first 18 months of living in Australia I managed to kill 5 pet fish.
44. One of the pet fish I killed was called 'Shark bait - ooh ha ha' he was my fav.
45. I get totally patriotic when my country plays football.
46. I met my Australian hubby in England, 5 months before I came to Australia.
47. I don't wear high heels as they make me walk like a duck.
48. I can do this funny thing with my eyes - but I can't show you here.
49. When I sit in the sun I get lots of freakles on my face.
50. One of my favourite types of food is Mexican.
51. I have really long toes.