light party

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we had a fantastic time at our Light Party @ The River last night.  A Light Party is a family friendly positive alternative to Halloween… Halloween is something that isnt very big here in NZ, but in saying that has become more commercialised and more popular… so local churches are putting on safe family friendly alternatives, is a great community night.  if we didnt have a Light Party we wouldnt dress up or anything at all as we’re not halloween fans at all.  Caleb went as Han Solo and Evangeline and her best friend were angels.  I wore Monarch Butterfly wings.  We promoted the event on community pages on FB and in the school our kids are at and had a great community turnout and response.  So worth it!

PS A ‘Light Party’ is a positive alternative to Halloween, and all pre and primary aged school children were invited to get dressed up as their favourite superhero or don their angel or princess costume (anything fun and positive!) There was a fantastic carnival atmosphere, loads of prizes and games, some dancing and jump jam, a parade and the night finished with a lolly scramble of 10,000 sweets and lollies!!


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i adore LOVE CAKES – gluten free cakes/cupcakes that taste like real cake…!  i had a wonderful friend from the states over today and she is ceoliacs and was such a blessing to me when i went GF so was nice to feed her with yummyness! 




This term for our mums group we’re doing a dvd series called LAUGH YOUR WAY TO A BETTER MARRIAGE by Mark Gungor.  We’ve watched a couple of sessions and have found it not only hilarious but insightful.  The series was recommended to me by a marriage counsellor who spoke at our women’s conference in June.   I’ve also read the book (twice) and again found it laugh out loud hilarious and incredibly insightful about both marriage and premarriage seasons.  as mentors for our young adults (both single and dating) we find this kind of information and medium a gift!

Creator of the popular Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage Seminar, Mark explores the underlying dynamics of male/female relationships, combining striking clarity and practical solutions to common relationship woes. Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage isn’t your typical weekend marriage seminar. Mark’s entertaining illustrations are so hilarious and original, you’ll be sharing them with all your friends. His humor makes his teaching enjoyable, effective and memorable, helping husbands and wives remember these insights and immediately put them to work. Filmed in high-definition, this 4-DVD set includes Mark Gungor’s entire weekend seminar, as well as extra bonus material. You will experience all the facts and side-splitting fun of Mark’s look at life, love and marriage including: – The Tale of Two Brains – laugh till you hurt as Mark explains what he calls ‘the laws of relational physics’ – how men and women are wired differently and why. – Why Does He/She Do That – through a tool called the Flag Page, Mark is able to show husbands and wives a new way to discover what makes their spouse tick. – The No. 1 Key to Incredible Sex – this is it… the ‘yo mama’ session you’ve been waiting for. Mark goes through he five steps couples need to know how to experience incredible, mind-blowing, married sex… don’t miss it! – How to Stay Married and Not Kill Anybody – through this session, viewers will discover the power of forgiveness in their marriage… or what Mark likes to call, ‘The Reset Button’. Through this DVD experience, couples will laugh, learn and be able to make real, positive changes to their marriage. Share the Laugh Your Way experience with someone you love … even your spouse will thank you!  FROM ENTERTAINMENT FOR LIFE





saw this on FB the other day and so had to laugh – and share of course.  I love the Myers Briggs personality test and have found it really useful in leadership and marriage and mentoring.  I’m a ENFP.






and as always.  i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.

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