Life Lessons

The Aspirational Life (or handbag!)

Walking past a department store counter it caught my eye. How could it not - a beautiful delicate blue chevron patterned bag. Eye catching and gorgeous. And that was before I picked it up and appreciated the practicalities of the design. You will be relieved, if not surprised to know, that I put it back… Continue reading The Aspirational Life (or handbag!)

Advent

The Dawn of Grace

For my children (and for me!), Christmas morning heralded the receiving of presents. Gorgeously wrapped presents under the tree so quickly unwrapped and the contents displayed. The morning was filled with excited oohs and aaahs and definitely the odd shriek or two. It is in this sharing of gifts that we are encouraged to remember the greatest… Continue reading The Dawn of Grace

Advent

A Christmas Carol

Today the season of Christmas seems to start just as the days in this part of the hemisphere are growing longer and warmer. Ironically malls and streets transform themselves into snowy, wintery scenes of Christmas Trees, Santa's grotto and sleighs filled with presents. And with the decorations come the carols – “Rudolph the Red nosed… Continue reading A Christmas Carol

Advent

Come, Thou long expected Jesus

Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart. Born thy people to deliver, born a child and… Continue reading Come, Thou long expected Jesus

Advent

Love came down – {Advent}

At Christmas we celebrate that God came to earth as a baby. And while the world was sleeping, so few - some Shepherds and Wisemen realised that the birth of a baby in Bethlehem had all of Heaven rejoicing. For the plan, the rescue of mankind had begun. God used the Heavens - a star and the… Continue reading Love came down – {Advent}

Life Lessons

The Pied Piper

The Pied Piper of the 21st Century has to be Mr Whippy! His happy rendition of Greensleeves blares out across neighbourhoods to summon children to their doorsteps, eagerly beseeching parents for the opportunity to purchase one of the ice creams on offer. You hear the music in the distance, which progressively gets louder and louder as the familiar… Continue reading The Pied Piper

Life Lessons

Up Close and Personal

Kiwis, Our national bird. An icon. A treasure. Extremely rare. And not something we often get to see. The fact that they are nocturnal making it even the more difficult. My experiences thus far been restricted to squinting through glass in a darkened room for a glimpse of one nestled in the shrubbery or perhaps scavenging for… Continue reading Up Close and Personal