Friday, June 17, 2005

Hi everyone. As always, the time is racing by and I’m a little stunned that we are virtually half way through the year. Winter is definitely with us now, and the mornings and nights are quite chilly, but for the most part the days aren’t too bad.

As many reading this will know, winter is not my favorite time of the year, although I’ve grown to respect and be grateful for the season of rest. This year, the bite of winter hasn’t really made itself known yet, so with just two and a half months of it left, who know? Maybe I won’t notice it at all.

One winter evening type of thing that the whole family has become rather fond of over the last couple of weeks, is a new type of hot chocolate on the market (by Nestle, I think). Kylie picked up a packet of it when she was getting some groceries for me a couple of weeks ago. A lady was demonstrating it in the supermarket and Kylie thought it was rather nice and got a packet for us.

Now the house regularly resounds with the sound of a certain male calling out, “Could someone put the jug on?” (Not mentioning any names … but it isn’t Matthew.)

By the end of winter we’ll all probably be quite sick of it, which may be a good thing at the rate we’re going through it. Apparently everyone else in our area must have taken to it as well, as our supermarket is regularly sold out of that particular brand. So whenever it’s in now, we buy about four boxes to carry us over.

Well, At LONG last – our tax refund has arrived. Not bad, coming just a month and a bit before we have to start work on the next tax return.

It went astray (our accountant apparently sent it to the wrong address) and what a hassle trying to track it all down. We should have actually received it in February, but in the end it arrived at the end of May. We were really hoping and praying that it would arrive in time to pay the plumber’s bill – and thankfully, it arrived with a week to spare. Phew! The timing was perfect!

As I said though, now I’m only weeks away from getting started on all the bookwork for the end of financial year. Oh, whoopee!

Enough about that though … hopefully it will all go smoothly with no hiccups (although I suspect my e-mail will be running hot to my “lifesaver” at our accountant’s office.)

Kylie finished lectures at University a week ago and is now off for the mid-year break. I’m not exactly sure how long it is, but I don’t think they go back until the end of July. Nathan used a few annual leave days from his work last week, and they both enjoyed a few days off together.

Matt only has a couple of weeks left of second term at school and is, once again, really looking forward to having a few weeks off. He finishes the term off with an excursion (field trip) for photography, so it will be a nice way to round off the second quarter of school for the year.

It was the Queen’s Birthday public holiday last Monday, which has really thrown us out for the rest of the week. I keep thinking it’s a day earlier than what it is and am finding it hard to believe that it’s Friday tomorrow. This week has zipped by.

Steve and I decided to go for a drive into the City and visit Botany Bay – the place where Captain Cook first landed in Australia. About seven years later when the First Fleet arrived out here from England, they weren’t quite as taken with that particular spot and decided to move a little further on. I don’t know what it was like back then, but have to admit that there are probably a lot more scenic spots in Sydney now. But it was a little touch of our history, so that made it interesting.

There’s an ad on the History Channel where they show a person in very ordinary surroundings, but then show a film background of what happened on that spot in history and the slogan is something like, “Know Where You Are Standing.” It’s quite a dramatic way to get the point across that history happens and has happened, everywhere. I guess that’s how I felt on Monday as we stood in this very historic Australian spot. It was one of those moments where I stopped and thought about what it must have been like for all those who were there before – aboriginal Australians, as well as the European visitors.

Well, it’s now Friday morning … I actually started this on Wednesday night (can’t rush these things), and I’ve just come in from getting some groceries before Matt left for school with the car. It means shopping at 7 am, but it makes it easy for us all. The worst thing about grocery shopping is the putting away once you get home. It always seems to take about as long as the actual shopping did.

Anyway, I guess I’d best finish writing this and get on with the rest of the newsletter, before July arrives.

Have a wonderful month and God bless!

Love, Deb


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Jo’s Favorite Forwards

NINE GIFTS THAT WON'T COST YOU A CENT ...


1. THE GIFT OF LISTENING...

But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

2. THE GIFT OF AFFECTION...

Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

3. THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER...

Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

4. THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE...

It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5. THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT...


A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal," can make someone's day.

6. THE GIFT OF A FAVOR...

Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

7. THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE...

There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

8. THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION...

The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. Really it's not that hard to say, “Hello” or “Thank You.”

9. THE GIFT OF SALVATION ...

It doesn't cost us a cent but it was paid for in full at the price of God's own Son, Jesus. "The gift of God is eternal Life through Jesus Christ, our Lord." But, in order to receive this most wonderful of all gifts, you have to accept it through faith.




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