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Saturday, July 29, 2006
Bethany O'Neill: Boomarangs are like frisbees...for people who don't have friends.
(Playing ping-pong on two tables pushed together and with a board down the middle)
Josh McEwen: I don't know how they do it in America, but here in Australia, we hit the ball over the net.
Maria: Well, in America we actually have a net.
Alastair McEwen: America smells like cinnimon.
Charity: I'll put this in the trunk.
Alastair: Only elephants have 'trunks'.
Charity: Only cowboys have' boots'!
Casey: You can't have a wedding without an Australian!
(with her "llama eyes")
Eleni: Woooah! That toast just FLEW out of the toaster!
Trisha: "Deeeear Darla, I hate yer stinkin' guts. Yooou make meeeh vomit! Luuuuuv, Alfalfa."
Christie Hebda: *starts singing the 3rd verse of "Puff the Magic Dragon"* Why isn't anyone singing??
(Denny Hughes interviewed the Team for his radio show)
Denny: Who has influenced you... like heros? Dead or living.
Christie: Well... Robert E. Lee, Davey Crocket, Daniel Boon, George Washington...
Zachary: And Puff the Magic Dragon!
Eleni: I have a question... Is my blanket on?
Bethany: I want to ride the goat!
Trisha (to Zachary): Why do you always take pictures of me when I'm not working??
Zachary: I am confused as to what's going on right now... BUT LIFE IS SLIPPING THROUGH MY FINGERS!!!
Eleni: And there's not enough meat pies!!
Luke: I'm going to take a shower now.
Charity: Do you need a towel?
Luke: Nah, I thought I'd just run up and down the streets and try to dry off.
(a few minutes later...)
Charity: Here, Luke. *hands him towel* ...I'm sparing the neighborhood.
(Jono was assigning jobs to everyone...)
Jono: Charity, do you have a job? *gets a good look at me* Oohh... ummm... Clean Charity's face: Charity.
(and you can see why he said that! :-P)
Song of the post ~ "Rain" by Breaking Benjamin
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Wednesday, July 19, 2006
[A lot of you probably already know this.] A congregational meeting was held last Sunday to call a pastor. The church unanimously voted to call my dad. If he accepts, this means our stay here in Australia will be indefinite. There's several technical details - like applying for a permanent residence or getting our visa extended - and a lot of thinking and praying that has to be sorted out in the near future.
So... probably a lot of you are asking or have asked (or know already), "How do you feel about this?" The simple answer? I don't know. And honestly and sincerely, I don't completely know. I guess I have mixed emotions about a lot of it. I love, love, LOVE my family and friends and home in the States. I also have grown to really love the people here. I feel kind of torn, I guess. Like instead of living in one world and life, I have these two different worlds I live in: the one I've always known and loved, and the one I've gotten to know and am learning to love. I keep telling my dad that if only we had simply stayed in Indiana, we would've been perfectly content (or pretty nearly). Now, no matter where we live, we are always going to feel a bit sad. A part of us is always going to be missing.
Though I'd like to sometimes think so, the decission to go or stay isn't based primarily on our desires. It's on what God wants. I know this. I've always known this. But for some reason, I can't quite seem to fully grasp this concept. I've been thinking about this for almost the full six months we've lived here. And I've come to a few conclusive thoughts:
1. It's God's will for us to be here right now. (Yeah...we're here.)
2. God's will is often hard - at least for a time.
3. Our new church family really loves us. (That didn't take very long to figure out...maybe 24 hours.)
4. Our new church family (and the RP church of Australia in general) needs us. Or at least they need a family like ours.
But I keep asking the question (half to God, half to myself) "Why us?" I guess I should have learned by now not to ask "why" of God. I'm never going to really get a satisfying answer. At least, not one that satisfies my futile mind and heart.
That things I know and the things I want keep clashing. I want to go back to America. It's pretty selfish, I know. But it's not necessarily out of the rhelm of God's will.
Thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated.
song of the post ~ An assortment of lovely songs as sung by the Blackwoods and the Australian Missions Team
(I don't know if you guys will appreciate this, but we sure think it's like the greatest thing EVER! ;-))
Oh and hopefully someday soon I'll post some quotes from the Missions Team and other things...
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Friday, July 14, 2006
And today I learned how to knit. :-) Justine Glover taught me this afternoon. I've pretty much mastered the technique, and in the 45 minutes I've done it, I've created dozens of fashionable items. Orrrr NOT! :-P I'm sort of getting the hang of it, though. Sort of.
The other activities of the day included going to a Samaritan's Purse warehouse for a homeschool fieldtrip. It was pretty interesting; we learned about Operation Christmas child, and got to pack a shoebox ourselves. The people who work there are Matt Glover's parents, so they invited us to come back anytime. I'd really like to volunteer there - maybe every fortnight or something.
Bethany Glover is doing my hair, and I just asked her what she wanted to be when she grows up. She answered, "Oh, I'm just going to be a princess and stay home all day and do craft with mum." What a dream!! ;-) Speaking of such things, I still can't decide exactly what I want to be when I grow up... I really want to go to college and stuff, but in order to do that, I kind of need to have a goal in mind. Any ideas??
Oh, and for those of you who don't already know, Zachary finally finished putting up his 2200 pictures from the Missions Team up (www.zachary.blackwoods.us/albums). If you don't feel like wasting 3 hours looking at them all, then just check out the top 200(ish) ['summary album']. And for the record, Zachary likes to take pictures without people's knowledge or consent, so just know that I don't always look that bad in person. At least I hope not! :-P
Song of the post ~ "Fast Cars and Freedom" by Rascal Flatts
I couldn't find "Skin"! Grrrr. . .
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Friday, July 07, 2006
how facewash that costs $3 - $4 in the States is $8 - $10 here!!! Everything costs a fortune here! okay...not everything. But a lot of things. I know that if you convert it to the American dollar, it's not as extreme of a difference. Still, that is no excuse. :-P
And why do I get carsick so much here when I barely ever got carsick back there?! Maybe it's the whole driving-on-the-other-side-of-the-road thing.
We saw our first movie in an Australian cinema last night. We went with Case and Matt to see "Superman Returns". It was pretty good. Not my favorite, but fun to watch. And it only cost $6 with our coupons. :-)
I should probably say more about the Missons Trip, but I think I've already told most of you anyway. If anyone else wants to hear more details, let me know. I MISS YOU TEAM PEOPLE ALREADY! Come back sooon!!!
I'm not feeling in a very blogging mood. So this is it, folks. Except to say to you Covfamikoi attenders: Have a fabulous time! I'm so sad I can't come this year... but God had other plans.
Song of the post ~ Sing for Absolution by Muse
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Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Happy Independance Day, all! (a day late down here) What'd you all do for the 4th?
I'm barely alive right now.
I got a Myspace.
And that is all for now.
song of the post ~ God bless the USA
(cheesy-ish, I know...but I need to feel patriotic!)
E D I T :
Please pray for the Jones family as they moved to Scotland today/yesterday!
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