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we had an incredibly special night on sunday – a LET’S CELEBRATE – THANK YOU 2013 Evening – with the leaders and volunteers at The River dressing up and looking sharp, arriving to a red carpet and a glammed up church for dessert and celebrating.  it was a wonderful night, beginning with worship, thanking God for His love, grace and for all He has done in and through us as individuals and as a church.  we were then treated to a delish dessert – and i was so very blessed that there was an amazing gluten free brownie and berry sauce for me.  man i felt special!  i feasted with my eyes on the other options at our table.  we then were blessed with a recap of some of the main ministries and what God has been doing in them, looking back together at how we’ve grown and the fun we’ve had.  check out our LOOKING BACK VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/81061525 After dessert we had special awards and tony and i were very surprised and humbled to receive an award for our leadership contribution.  it felt like winning a grammy and is the greatest privilege to be part of an amazing church.


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on saturday we went to the howick santa parade for the first time.  we usually have another christmas family event (the MANX society) but this year it fell on different dates.  evangeline’s ballet class and school had a float which was very exciting, as we sat with friends, ate candyfloss and waved to all the cute kids.    was an super fun morning and thankfully beautiful and sunny!




The WHO AM I? Visual Test popped up on my fb feed today and as i’m embarking on a new adventure next year – of which term 1 deals with identity and personality i thought i’d give it a whirl… i love personality tests as they give you a new insight and understanding as to how you translate the world into your language and how you react and respond to life.  the above image is NOT my personality but my results are HERE  

Your Who am I? profile shows the patterns of behaviour, thought and emotion that make up your personality. Your scores on the Who am I? scales show where you are likely to sit on the big five core dimensions of personality. A particularly high or low score on any one of these scales indicates an increased significance of this characteristic in your life.

Its interesting comparing tony and i – its not about the number, but more about the differentness and similarities

Openness – Me = 88%, Tony = 18%

Conscientiousness – Me = 25%, Tony = 46%

Extraversion – Me = 78%, Tony = 19%

Agreeableness – Me = 70%, Tony = 69%

Neuroticism – Me = 51%, Tony = 30%





Every Story Whispers His Name…

Written for children ages four and up, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the one story underneath all the stories of the Bible and points to the birth of a child, the Rescuer, Jesus. Complete with 44 Bible stories, The Jesus Storybook Bible paints a beautiful portrait of Jesus and invites children to see that he is not only at the center of God’s great story of redemption—he is at the center of their story too. Children and adults alike will be captivated by the beautifully written narrative and the original and unique illustrations by accomplished artist Jago. Lloyd-Jones’ powerful gift of storytelling draws the reader into the greatest adventure of all time in an exciting page-turner that kids (and adults) find hard to put down.  JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE WEBSITE

we’ve been reading this for a week or so now, after getting it out from the library.  and its amazing.  for both the kids and me.  loving the revelation and insights.  loving the conversation that its sparked.  love the narrative and how Jesus is woven into every page and story.  Every story whispers His name.




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.

so what are you totally loving this week?

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