Monday, December 31, 2012

it's a wrap

this year was circumstantially amazing.
but personally and emotionally awful.

i am so ready for 2013.
are you? 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Jada's Christmas Gift

When Jada read in a book about a young kiwi girl who had cut her long hair and donated it for making wigs, she decided it was something she would like to do also. 
So after a couple of years of growing her hair to reach the minimum length, Jada was finally able to give the gift she’d been waiting so long to give – and she got to do it on Christmas day. 

She was able to donate 25cm of her gorgeous hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths and my hairdresser sister gave her a cute new hair cut.
kinda really proud of her
Would you like to do the same?
*must no less than 20cm of hair 
*must be uncoloured hair
*must be no more than 5% grey
Full details at Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

a christmas gift, from me to you X

Whether you believe the birth of Jesus is truth or myth, this is one children’s book you should own – especially at Christmas. (Actually, the illustrations alone make it a very worthy purchase!) It moved my heart so deeply the first time I read it that I would love your family to have one this Christmas, also.
I’ve asked my friend Anna to share her initial thoughts as she reads this book to her children this Christmas for the first time:

Hi to all of Dee's lovely readers. My name is Anna and Dee has asked me to do a guest post on her blog because she is giving away a book that I just happened to have bought for my own kids a few weeks ago.  It's called: "The Jesus Storybook Bible- every story whispers his name" by Sally Lloyd Jones. My kids LOVE it and it is brilliant in the way it tells the stories of the Bible as one big Story. 
A story where at the centre, there is a baby, the child on whom everything would depend. 

I read about this book on another blog and I thought it would be good to use as our advent calendar leading up to Christmas so we could see how every story in the Bible - from Noah, to Moses, to King David - leads to the birth of Jesus. 
In this book Jesus is like the missing piece in a puzzle- the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. 

So I bought it for the kids, but I didn't realise how much I would get out of it too. As I read, 33 years of stories, sermons and knowledge that was in my head made their way to my soul and I. got. it.  
My eyes filled with tears as I read about Adam and Eve been sent from the garden and how that broke God's heart because that was not what he wanted for us. But that wasn't the end… [quote]

God loved his children too much to let the story end there, Even thought he knew he would suffer, God had a plan- a magnificent dream. One day, he would get his children back. One day, he would make the world their perfect home again. And one day, he would wipe away every tear from their eyes.  

You see, no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love his children- with a Never Stopping, Never Giving up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. And though they would forget him, and run from him, deep in their hearts, God's children would miss him always and long for him- lost children yearning for their home.  

Before they left the garden, God whispered a promise to Adam and Eve: "It will not always be so! I will come to rescue you! And when I do, I'm going to do battle against the snake. I'll get rid of the sin and the dark and the sadness you let in here. I'm coming back for you!" And he would. One day, God himself would come.

And as I looked up with my blurry, tear-filled eyes and saw my children in their bunks, hanging off every word, spellbound by the story and seeing it all click into place in their brains like it had mine - that this was what Christmas was all about. 
This was the reason Jesus was born 2000 odd years ago. Click click click suddenly it all makes sense.

If you own this book you'll know what I'm talking about. If you don't have it then you should get it, and then get more to give away as the lovely Dee is doing.  The way it is written and the illustrations are wonderful for the little ones and the not so little (wink).


Anna, is an inspirational friend who writes an insightful and beautiful blog – she deserves your readership.

 This giveaway is open to NZ/AUS only and closes on Christmas Eve. 
One entry per comment - and i've decided there is no limit to number of comments! ;)
That’s it! xo

Saturday, December 1, 2012

state highway 99

the sign tells me it's 1,401km from here to the Capefrom State Highway 1 - to State Highway 99. from the top, to the bottom.

wild southerlies, blowing straight from Antartica, into my sister's backyard foiled a few plans this week but we had the best time being together again. i'm so grateful for this week -
and the stunning, calm, farewell the southern coast gave us on our last night here. 
tomorrow, i'm back on the plane with my five faves