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I’ve been rewatching LOST again.  Yes, again.

I am slightly still very much obsessed with this show.   It is my happy place.

I think one of the reasons that I adore it is that there are certain moments in the show that springboard thoughts for me that stir my heart’s affection towards God.

The Moth is one of those moments.

Live together, Die alone is another that resonates.

Charlie sings it as You All Everybody.

Togetherness.  This is how we do this thing called life.

All, everybody, together.

To live our dreams, to serve and thrive in our purpose, to be who we are called and created to be, we must be in community.  Surrounded in the together.   Read the rest of this entry »


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if anyone has known me for more than 5 minutes they’ll know i love LOST.

okay, maybe more than love.

one of my friends sons facebooked me today and said that for social studies class he has to do an assignment on Lost.  wow.  awesomeness.  i’m totally jealous!

today i had some down time and so i thought i’d do some research for my friend… aka rewatching.

a few months ago i started rewatching season 5.  today i rewatched La Fleur, a classic episode that reminds me so much of why i love the show.  the drama.  the plot twists.  the connections.  the love.

here is my list of favourite episodes:


The Constant Season 4, Episode 5

Through the Looking Glass Season 3, Episode 23

Ab Aeterno Season 6, Episode 9

Man of Science, Man of Faith Season 2, Episode 1

Lockdown Season 2, Episode 17

What  They Died For Season 6, Episode 16

The Incident Season 5, Episode 16

The Candidate Season 6, Episode 14

The Man Behind the Curtain Season 3, Episode 20

Across The Sea Season 6, Episode 15

La Fluer Season 5, Episode 8

The Man From Tallahassee Season 3, Episode 13

LA X Season 6, Episode1 & 2

Live Together, Die Alone Season 2, Episode 23 & 24

The Pilot Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2


what’s your favourite episode?


i love that Lost was about redemption.  transformation.  change.  hope.  destiny. Read the rest of this entry »

  love this very kiwi song by Stan Walker, Ria Hall, Troy Kingi, and Maisly Kingi – it showcases our incredible talent, our spectacular nation and our national anthem.  go stan!



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its been ten lovely years since LOST first premiered at Comic Com.  to commemorate the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the show’s broadcast premiere (on Sept. 22, 2004), ABC’s Comic-Con booth hosted this special video featuring series bosses Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, whose messages bookend a cavalcade of highlights from the show’s run.




The River runs a great Tuesday afterschool programme called The Zone – my kids love it!  last week they had a professional face painter in and wow she did amazing work!  check out Imaginaire Entertainment if you’re in Auckland!





its been wonderful having my nieces and nephews over from Australia for some of the school holidays.  thankfully the weather was beautiful the other day and they all got outside for a spot a monkeying around.



this is what i am loving…. how about you?  what are you loving this week?


5 Life Lessons You Never Learned in School

To the untrained ear, the advice given to Jim Rohn by his mentor Earl Schoaff sounds contradictory. “Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job,” the late philosopher says with his unique cadence and tone. But listen to the words from Rohn’s mouth and you know that this man’s advice is anything but contradictory. He’s not saying you shouldn’t work hard at a job you love. The hard work comes naturally when you love what you do. What Rohn is saying is that personal development—the building and strengthening of you—is how you become better at everything else. Communication, time management, goal setting, leadership—these all improve when you do.


6 Secrets to Building an Acting Career from Michael Emerson

Theater and screen actor Michael Emerson may have uncovered the mystery to success: There is no right way. “This is one of those tricky businesses where there are a lot of intangibles and a lot of different ways of going about it.” His career may not have taken off until his 40s, but he’s making up for lost time with back-to-back TV hits: first as Ben, the memorable leader of the Others on “Lost,” and now as the mysterious billionaire Harold Finch on “Person of Interest.”  Emerson says that despite the long road, “I don’t regret a moment of my stage training;” it not only taught him how to create character and deliver lines, but also provided the opportunity to develop a strong work ethic. In Emerson’s mind, the actor’s main responsibility is to deliver the words. “A lot of my work is analyzing, analyzing, analyzing the script, the text I’ve been given, the lines I have to say and thinking how they best work…how they are most real, but also the most stylized or artful.”




I’m not sure exactly how it works but it’s obvious throughout Scripture the Lord moves in seasons. There doesn’t seem to be a set formula, or predictable timeline, but it becomes evident as I lean into the Spirit of God that there are certain things He highlights at different times. There are things that are always on His heart, but there are seasons where He seems to be emphasizing or pointing at something specifically.Over the past few months I have felt that the Lord is continually bringing up the ones who have stepped away from Him–the prodigals–those who have walked with God before but are now living life away from Him. Of course, these people are always on His heart, but right now He is stirring me to pray and act upon it. Because we have a responsibility and privilege to take care of God’s heart, we must be aware of what He is thinking; and then we can partner with Him to see His desires fulfilled. It is as if I can see a picture of a family dinner where the family sits down to eat but some of the chairs remain empty. The Father is delighted about His sons and daughters who are at the table with Him but there is still a yearning in His heart to see those who are no longer there to come back to their seat. The meal will not be complete without them.




Time to Refuel – ParentCUE

It is not complicated to understand what happened.

I had simply failed to refuel my private world.

I was leading others, just not myself.

I had totally depleted my capacity, because I had neglected to nurture my personal growth.

There’s a crucial link that exists between your ability to parent and your personal growth.

We sometimes refer to that value as “make it personal”. So maybe your challenge this week isn’t to focus on your kids, but to focus on you. What are a few things that you do that help you revive, refocus and refuel your life, so you can be better at loving and leading your kids? How do you lead yourself to grow personally?




One Thing is Important

Any time my activity takes away from my awareness of Him I need to refocus my attention on what this life is really about. I was born for relationship with my Father. I was born to live from His Presence – His Peace, that makes everything a joy rather than a labor. Any time I’m feeling anxious or troubled it is an indication I have left His Presence and I need to reassess and realign.


"Here’s the dangerous thing about Jesus: He’s not after your behaviour; he’s after your heart. Make no mistake about it. Jesus is going to relentlessly and passionately pursue your heart. Even when your behaviour tricks everybody else, it just doesn’t trick Jesus. He’s coming after the heart." ~ Perry Noble




In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7


Zechariah 13:9 This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, “They are my people,” and they will say, “The Lord is our God.”’

God will refine you like silver and test you like gold.

Life has a way of being a fire.  Of pushing buttons and casting us into unfamiliar and challenging circumstances.

Do not be surprised at the situations that come up but instead embrace the process that God uses to work change and transformation into our life.

This journey we’re on. It’s going to be messy. We are going to have moments when we are emotionally stretched. When we are misunderstood, when we are misunderstand, when we are freaked out, when we are tired, when we doubt anything and everything.

i love this Lost clip – THE MOTH – which illustrates the struggle, nature’s way of strengthening…





In those times I have 4 things for us to do:

  1. Identify what is really going on. Stop feeling and look at what you’re feeling and why that might be. Be honest. Journal.
  2. Talk to someone. Stay connected. Often in times when we’re going through a transformation we want to find a man – or woman – cave and get our mail delivered there.
  3. Don’t pull out of things you’re involved in. Don’t quit coming to church. Keep going. When you’re going through hell, just keep going. This is no time to quit. If you do, the enemy wins.
  4. Look after your temple. Maybe all the emotional stuff is coming out because you’re too tired, run down, not eating right, have your period. Make sure you’re getting good sleep and good food as it will be a contributor to how you are processing what is going on around you.


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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


most of New Zealand have become captivated with the America’s Cup.  My son has been passionate about it since race #1 – a staunch red sock wearing fan.  Our morning schedule has revolved around race starts and getting to school before the finish line.  I have blow dried his red socks dry when they began racing every day.  The last few races have been INTENSE.  but i’m still a believer and am going to cheer my heart out.   I think this says it best : An open letter to Emirates Team New Zealand, from Team New Zealand  (posted prior to Thursdays race… if the weather allows!)  love this too WE ARE TEAM NEW ZEALAND



love long maxi dresses… in summer its my go to look.  Grateful that kmart have them cheap – and my length.  Okay so they’re prob meant to be mid calf to “normal height women” but i wont complain – no shortening required!  i picked up a striped one a while ago but am only wearing it for the first time today #crazyspringweather




love this quote by Christine Caine – so has been an anthemic statement for my life in the past few years – i will trust in HIM!  if you havent read UNDAUNTED yet you so should!


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the other day it was the “lostaversay” – flight 815 crashed on the 22nd sept in Lost.  Yes i am still obsessed!



Listening To: Tides by Bethel

Reading: Leading and Loving It Book by Lori Wilhite and Brandi Wilson

On the Box: Person of Interest


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?

… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at MNM’s BLOG

things im loving


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totally love these lost images… i love lost, still.  its still my happy place… and funnily the things i watch on tv now are connected to lost.  person of interest.  once upon a time.  fringe.   its all lost.  i adore the visuals too – and these pictures are just *sigh* so nice!  funny yes i know, that something that isnt real,  is so a part of my life. but it is.  part of the fabric of who i am.


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?

… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at MNM’s BLOG

things im loving


"sometimes we girls think if we don’t make instant progress, then real change isn’t coming. but that’s not so. there is a beautiful reality called imperfect progress. the day i realized the glorious hope of this kind of imperfect change is the day i gave myself permission to believe i really could be different!" ~ lysa terkerust / unglued



*** i couldn’t help it… its been a LOST kind of day today… i love LOST

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