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this week my son and hubby have been on an adventure at Motutapu Island.  on tuesday they went by ferry to the island and then walked 6km to camp.  most of the kids are in dorm rooms (see middle photo) though some are camping in tents.  they have had an amazing range of activities – sailing, snorkelling, high wire, coastal exploration, orientation etc and had a camp concert last night.  today they do the 6km walk out and then ferry ride home.




while the boys have been away adventuring us girls have had “girls week”.  the rules for girls week are eat bacon, watch girl things on tv and snuggle lots.  its being delightful.  i was very very very excited to discover FULL HOUSE episode 1 on tv last week.  its on saturdays tv2 at 5pm.  from the beginning!  yes!  so we have watched it every day.  and loving it.  its creating new memories and bonding.  my daughter even wrote about it for her school time capsule (to be opened in 25 years)!





on sunday we were so blessed to have the incredible Winkie Pratney at The River for both services and then extra blessed to have him at SAS for our Monday sessions.  Winkie is a chemist by heart (and has his own lab) and as well as being passionate on revival and God and having spent his life communicating biblical truth to people and studying the Bible and Revival (he is a contributor and editor of the Revival Bible) he also is passionate about health and wellbeing.  He gave us 9 Reasons You Need To Be Giving and Receiving Hugs Everyday in the context of loving our neighbour and wellbeing. 

#1 Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that acts on the limbic system, the brain’s emotional centre, promoting feelings of contentment, reducing anxiety and stress, and even making mammals monogamous. It is the hormone responsible for us all being here today. You see this little gem is released during childbirth, making our mothers forget about all of the excruciating pain they endured expelling us from their bodies and making them want to still love and spend time with us. New research from the University of California suggests that it has a similarly civilising effect on human males, making them more affectionate and better at forming relationships and social bonding. And it dramatically increased the libido and sexual performance of test subjects. When we hug someone, oxytocin is released into our bodies by our pituitary gland, lowering both our heart rates and our cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for stress, high blood pressure, and heart disease.



also loving this week:

hillsong young and free

bible in schools


text messaging

happy – pharrell

fresh apricots

once upon a time

allegiant – victoria roth

elevation church

start – jon acuff






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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