Tuesday, 26 February 2013

5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me

Since I've titled this post 5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me, I think I better write them:

1.) I love reading books so much that when I can't find one I haven't read for a while, I have been known to read the dictionary.

2.) I'm learning Latin through Language Perfect.

3.) I don't like banana milkshakes that much although if I was given a lot of chocolate ones, I'd drink them all.

4.) My hair will not grow longer than about the bottom of my shoulder blades. It hasn't been cut for years but remains the same length. I've always wanted hair like my sister Danella's, which is lovely and long!

5.) I love watching Laurel and Hardy videos on You Tube. They are hilarious, especially this one.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Photos of our holiday

Well, here are some of the photos I promised you! 

 There was this awesome tree swing... need I say more?

 Running through the waves

 Ben practicing his cap gun shooting by the creek

 Our beautiful Lydia sitting on the lawn.

 Human pyramid... (me on the camera) Top: Caleb. 2nd row: Aaron and Josiah. 3rd row: Nathan, Sophie and Jonathan M. 4th row: Danella, Isaac, Joel and Abbie.
In case you are wondering who the other people are, Nathan, Aaron and Jonathan M are from the homeschooling family who live next door to the house we stayed in. Joel, Isaac and Josiah are our cousins who went with us. 

 Lydia and Jacob

 The beautiful place we stopped at on the drive up. Look at that gorgeous water!

 Jacob after eating lunch in the van. 

 And here we are.. Us and the cuzzies. From left: Ben, Jonathan, Melody and Josiah. On the other side of the hole: Anna Ruby, Uncle Craig, Caleb, Aunty Darlene, Jacob, Joel, Sophie, Mum, Lydia, Danella, Isaac and Dad. This was taken on a walk up the Kaituna valley. The hole is an old mineshaft from the gold workings. Cool eh! (I am on the camera again. *groans* But someone had to do it!!)

Back blogging again. :-)

Hey everyone!!! *takes a look around*
Oh, it's so good to be back!!!!

We (my family, that is) spent a wonderful ten days in sunny Golden Bay (and when I say sunny, I mean it!!! Like, we only had one half day of very light drizzle. That was all! It was amazing!) and then re-crossed the Takaka Hill to spend two days in Nelson with our grandparents.

I would like to post some photos, but right now they are still on the camera and haven't been transferred to the computer yet so I will wait until they have been. Maybe expect a picture/photo post this afternoon???

I've enjoyed catching up on everyone's blogs and posts posted while I've been away. Especially Sayna's.
Sayna, your blog is so good!

If you want to check out her blog (I highly recommend it) go here.

This blog post is pretty short (I must go now and help unpack and stuff) but hopefully I will be able to post more later on today. In the meantime though, enjoy the lovely weather and I'll catch you later!

Many blessings

Friday, 8 February 2013

I need some help..

Any computer geeks out there? I would like some help!

I tried to make a button for my blog's sidebar using the tutorial here but it didn't work for me... even though I tried about six times! So now I need some advice on how to make a blog button.

I've got the image (sneak a peek here) but can't figure out how to configure the HTML script for the button!!!

Any hints, tips, advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

It will have to be put into a comment this afternoon or else you must wait two weeks... as my family is going on holiday for the next two weeks, leaving tomorrow. And I doubt I will have internet access where we will be staying!

May the Lord bless you greatly,

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Scratching the Head and Waiting for Inspiration to Strike

Hmmm.......... *scratches head and waits for inspiration to strike*

I wonder what I should write in this post. 

I think I'll just post several inspirational quotes that I found the other day and really like. Here we go:

The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.
-William James

A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own.
-Latin Proverb

Of all parts of wisdom the practice is the best.
-John Tillotson

And I think I will also advertise the club my sister and I run. We call it the Writing Club, and publish one newsletter every second month.

You can check out our website here.

We run competitions, publish member's writing, recipes, jokes, articles etc. The next issue should be coming out end of February / start of March. If you want to join you'll have to ask nicely!!!!

I know this has been a pretty short post, but all the same, I will have to leave it at that. 

May the Lord bless and guide you today!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

What do you want?

I was wanting feedback about the My Family page.
Do you think the quotes at the bottom are funny or not?

I've decided to do what the majority of you suggest.

So here's what will happen:

You will vote (using the poll on your right) about whether you want the quotes to stay, go, be added on to or be shortened.

Then I will tally the votes and decide on the fate of the quotes on the My Family page!!!
So what happens will be UP TO YOU.

I suggest you vote.

It Depends Whose Hands It's In

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.
A basketball in Michael Jordan's
hands is worth about $33 million.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A baseball in my  hands is worth about $6.
A baseball in Mark McGwire's hands
is worth $19 million.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.
A rod in Moses' hands will part the mighty sea.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A sling shot in my hands is a kid's toy.
A sling shot in David's hands is a mighty weapon.
It depends whose hands it's in.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in
my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.
Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God's hands
will feed thousands.
It depends whose hands it's in.

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse
Nails in Jesus Christ's hands will
produce salvation for the entire world.
It depends whose hands it's in.

As you see now it depends whose hands it's in.
So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes,
your dreams, your families, your relationships in God's hands.... because

It depends whose hands it's in!

This message is now in your hands. What will YOU do with it?

You have my full permission to reproduce this yourself on your own blogs, to send it to your email contacts, your friends (or even your enemies) etc. Let's spread the word!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

An excellent author

I thought I would begin this post with some interesting information about one of my favourite authors, Frank Peretti.

He was born in Canada in 1951 and wrote his first children's book in 1985, The Door in the Dragon's Throat. His first novel (This Present Darkness) was published in 1986 and the sequel, Piercing the Darkness, was published in 1989.

The novels he wrote that I've read and recommend are....

This Present Darkness
Piercing the Darkness

The Prophet

The Oath

The Visitation

The Cooper Kid's Adventure Series. Now, this series is aimed at 8-10 year olds, but my opinion is that they would be scared out of their socks!!! I read them now (14 years old) and get scared. They are highly exciting and very scary.

Titles in that series are....

The Door in the Dragon's Throat
Escape from the Islands of Aquarius
The Tombs of Anak (probably the scariest of all of them)
Trapped at the Bottom of the Sea
The Deadly Curse of Toco-Rey
The Secret of the Desert Stone (maybe the least scary? Possibly read it first.)
The Legend of Annie Murphy
Mayday at Two Thousand Five Hundred - formerly known as Flying Blind

All of his books are highly exciting. I love them!!! I especially recommend the novels This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. I think that most (if not all) of his books are Christian based as well. Definitely the  Adventure series is, and the novels I've read (and listed above) as well.

So there we go. I thought you might find that interesting. He is a great author!!!!!!!!!!!!! To find out a little more about him, his books etc, you can go onto his Wiki page here.

May the Lord bless and guide you in all that you do!!!

Friday, 1 February 2013

Holidays and Language Learning

Tomorrow my family is going away. We are spending the weekend over at Wainui (a friend's bach)! It will be so much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Because of our ballet production rehearsal we aren't able to leave until about 2:30 or something, so we will only get a day and a half there, which is sad. But at least we will be able to go.

Recently we have also really been looking forward to our family's main annual holiday up to Golden Bay! This year it should be even better as well because our cousins (who are missionaries in Asia) are home on furlough and will be up there with us!!! I prophesy lots of fun and plenty of even more fun all round!

So the Golden Bay is next Saturday. Wainui is tomorrow. You can guess that we are pretty busy packing for both!

The other notable thing worth mentioning is a great supplementary language learning thing on the internet. It's called Language Perfect and is really worth doing! Danella is doing Chinese and I am doing Latin. 
Since it's quite cheap (free trial until April, then $15 per student for the rest of the year) and it's really worth doing, it's quite brilliant!
Check it out here.

Some more photos of my beautiful family. :-) 

 Me with a butterfly at the Ellerslie Flower Show last year. 

 The butterfly and me again.

 Younger brother!!!

 Daddy mowing the lawn. Ben has now got that job now....

So that's it from me for a while! One thing I am kind of sad about is that because we are going to be in Golden Bay we will miss the first meeting of the year of our public speaking group! So that's kind of annoying. But I just remember the fun we'll be having up north while everyone else is doing schoolwork back here!!!!

And on that cheerful note, I must leave you. God bless! Einnob