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as seen on fb… 8 things you may not know about me



1.  i am an amputee (okay, just the top digit of my little finger, but still) (i had a trike accident when i was 4) (i now have a stumpy little finger and no nail)

2.  it rained on my wedding day and we had no flowers because our florist was on the scene in a traffic jam at a fatal accident but have amazing photos with black umbrellas.  you don’t appreciate how wet it is until you see the video.   our exit song from our reception, organised by our fabulous MC’s was “Bless Her Beautiful Hide” from 7 Brides For 7 Brothers, which is one of my top 5 movies, still.

3.  i have complicated food and environmental allergies, which means i follow a pretty restricted diet, but the trade off to health is so much more worth it.  but i do miss marmite and burgers and chinese food.

4.  i have a second life at night when i don’t sleep and listen to podcasts

5.  i adore turkish delight hot chocolate

6.  i’m still obsessed with LOST and almost any tv programme that i end up liking has some connection to LOST, be it by actor or by director.  my favourite characters in LOST were ben, jacob, daniel, desmond, locke, hurley, sawyer and kate.   i confess, that yes my daughters name is partly inspired by Lost.   Lost is my happy place.

7.  my bookcase reflects my personality and passion.  i am sure books is the 6th love language, or a combination of words of affirmation and gifts (my top two) for me.  if i love someone, i give them a book and if i get given a book i feel supremely loved. 

8.  i love jesus and still get awed by His love and grace



Okay, you’ve got 8 spots at your dinner table for an upcoming gathering at your house. Invitees have to be alive. And has to be people you’ve never met. Who’s getting the invites?


Here’s my eight:


1. Christine Caine

2. Tim Keller

3. Michael Emmerson

4. Jud & Lori Wilhite

5. Oprah (you just have to have on the list!)

6. Lysa Terkeurst 

7. JJ Abrams

8. Nick Vujicic


Who’s at your dinner table?


as seen on Brad Lomenick’s Blog HERE


Here were Brad’s choices:

1. Nelson Mandela

2. Will Ferrell

3. Beyonce

4. Denzel Washington

5. Jase Robertson (Duck Dynasty)

6. Oprah Winfrey

7. Richard Branson

8. Bono


we always do this thing… when we have new people… well anytime really… its a great random icebreaker that has developed its own culture within our group

its the random housegroup get to know you questions.

it always starts the same.

name.  what you do (occupation)

and then we add some more.

to get to know you.

we have usually 3-5 questions, because for some it can be novel, but for others it can be brief. 

ahhh personality

and its amazing how even simple questions like “favourite colour” can reveal more than just whatever


sometimes we end up adding a few more and branching of onto tangents…

off track

but still getting to know you.


and its weird.  its so become a THING.  a good THING. a THING we look forward to.


here are some of the questions i’m thinking of for tonight:

* who is your hero

* what book are you reading right now

* dream holiday destination

* what did you want to be when you “grew up”

* fav person (apart from Jesus) in the bible


the other night we had our housegroup christmas party – complete with an oh so christian gift giving game. stealing allowed.

with my kids having the pox and other events going on i confess i wasn’t as planned as i usually am.  i had to go to shops where i could safely leave the kids in the car, so they wouldn’t infect other kids.

so went to our local christian bookshop.

and found the perfect funniest christmas gift ever.

fruit of the spirit lip gloss.


fruit of the spirit lip gloss.

even funnier was what fruit it was.

you can get a flavour for each fruit but our local christian store only had apple flavour.  which is funny in itself.

and the spiritual fruit it represented.

self control.

it was a real wmp moment.

so it went with the funky cup i had put away in my gift cupboard (for those just in case moments!)

and yes, we all laughed when it was opened by one of our young single guys!

still giggling about it….



tomorrow is the last day of school for my kids which means Christmas is like really nearly like here!  yikes!  we’ve had such a busy month, with relies over from oz, and then tony’s dad dying and evangeline having chicken pox then caleb having chicken pox worse that i am glad i had most of my christmas shopping done by mid november.  there are still a few things to do and prepare but we’ll get there.   so here is a bit of fun for the day, a christmas meme


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
both. I like gift bags, nice and easy, but paper is okay. i have kids so some shapes of my gifts can be fiddly. i’m not a perfectionist wrapper. i do like ribbons… and i do like NICE wrapper, not cheap ugly wrapper.. perhaps i’m a wrapper snob…

2. Real tree or artificial?
Fake. with 2 asthmatics in the family a real one is a danger. the new fake trees are so much cooler than the fake ones i grew up with…

3. When do you put up the tree?
usually sometime in the first week of december

4. When do you take the tree down?
the 10th January. i think. usually my parents wedding anniversary.

5. Do you like eggnog?
I’ve never tasted it.  probably because we live in New Zealand and its summer time, not really a time to be drinking hot eggy drinks…

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a quiet nap with my girl this arvo

finishing a good book

listening to a good preach

feeling the Holy Spirit breathe into me as i listen to worship

fresh strawberries



this is my simple pleasure in the midst of the pox



not so simple pleasure – i just got a tweet to say i won a @LOrealParisNZ L’Oréal Paris NZ Gift Pack!  a lovely friend nominated me by tweet earlier in the week #shesworthit – feeling really blest – i love unexpected things like this… they warm my heart and give me joy!  a courier will be arriving sometime in the week with a bag of goodies for me!  how exciting!



yes, here in New Zealand it is one month till christmas!  not that our family have any grand plans or anything, most of our family doesn’t live where we live but i still love it. i love celebrating that The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  i love celebrating that my Saviour came and lived and won for me salvation.  i love rejoicing with my family and eating good food.  i love buying presents.  i don’t so much love wrapping presents.  i love family traditions and precious memories being created.  i love strawberries and roast veges.  i love giving and receiving.  so one month to go! 

my daughter has food allergies, so i am always on the hunt for easy to make and delish to eat dairy free goodies.  and came across this the other day.  today i was brave enough to make it.  and i just tasted the first piece.  wow.  so recording it on here for my sake and sharing it on here to pass on such a fab recipe.   oh also i didnt use nuts (we’re nut free too) and added another 1/2 cup of choc chips…





Time: 45 mins
Serves: 30 pieces
Cost per piece: $0.28 cents

Baked treats are rather rare at Nicola’s – she prefers her kids to enjoy fruit and vegetables as snacks – though if she does bake, it’s usually dairy-free and when this brownie appears from the oven, Noah’s face beams widely.


3/4 cup self-raising flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsweetened apple purée
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (dairy-free)


Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line a 26-cm x 20-cm slice tin.

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa and baking soda into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour in the apple purée and add the nuts and chocolate chips. Stir the ingredients together gently. Pour into the prepared tin.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the centre feels set, yet fudgy. Allow to cool on a cake rack and dust with icing sugar before cutting into pieces and serving. Store in an airtight container.



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