Sunday, March 25, 2012

something to make you smile

we had a beard trimming party last week.  




don't you love it?  our house mates say he looks 40 years younger :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

art journal all year- daydreams

I am so excited to have the opportunity to take another art journal e-course from Elsie and Rachel!  This one is called art journal all year.  It has 52 different art journal challenges, one for each week.  I started the year a little late due to the Aussie move, but have finished my first page titled "daydreams." 

I love art journaling because it seems to capture small moments in time better than my everyday journaling.  In everyday journaling, I often focus on emotions, what God is teaching me, and how I am learning and growing.  All good, but art journaling has a different tone and  is often a reflection of who I am at this exact moment and time.  It is fun to look back a couple years ago and see what my likes, dislikes, dreams, hopes and fears were.  I would love to have you join me on this art journaling course.  Check out this link and sign up today!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

window shopping- st. patty's day edition

I had way too much fun window shopping on today.  They are giving away a $50 gift certificate for St. Patty's day, and so I thought, why not make a fun St. Patty's day wish list, featuring two of my favorite colors, green and gold.  Here are some of my favorite items available at now!

If you want to check out the rest of my wish list go here.

Or, even more fun, make your own wish list and have your chance to win as well!  here.


(all pics from

Thursday, March 8, 2012

february picture of the day

the february pictures of the day are up.  check them out here.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Lately, we've been seeing a lot of this at our place.  Many of you know, dane tore up his ankle one week ago playing basketball.  I'll save you all the gross bruising and swelling pictures (I guess if you really want to see the, message me and i'll email them your way).

with that said...

Lately, I've been dying for some internet at home.  Currently we are relying on public spots to supply us with the world wide web.  But finally, some exciting news, we may be getting internet at home soon, which means I can update the blog on a daily basis.  Blogging has truly become a great creative outlet for me.  I love sharing with everyone what is happening in our lives.  I hope you all love reading?  I would love to know what you all want to know about our time here.  Feel free at any point to ask questions and I will try my best to answer them.  Want to know about the unique foods, Hillsong church, animal life, coffee drinks, fashion in Aussie, tourist sites, whatever you want, just let me know!  I'll try my best to answer and take pictures.

Lately, I've been participating in a photo challenge.  It has been a lot of fun taking a word and interpreting it each day.  A couple of days ago the word was, neighborhood.  Here are a few pictures from my exploration.

Love- The Kids Down Under

Monday, March 5, 2012

filling the air with music

We had a first live music scene this weekend at Waroeng's Coffee.  It was a hit to say the least.  David and I got to add a few American drinks to the menu including Italian Sodas, Steamers, and Root Beer Floats.  The music was provided by many students from Hillsong, and it was wonderful.  Here are a few pics from our day.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

just a quick update

Dane and my lives have been a testament to the statement above.  We have seen this in even bigger ways since we moved to Sydney.  God has provided us with furniture, bikes, food, a fridge, a job, friends, a wonderful church, energy, refreshment, healing, a washer AND drier (that happened this past week), car rides, protection from storms, safety.  Seriously, the list could go on and on.  We are so thankful that many of you have become prayer partners with us.  

And the number one question we are asked by many of you is, what can we pray for now?  It is so awesome to know we have a team of people back at home and here in Australia praying for us, truly believing that God will be faithful in hearing our prayers and answering them. It is such a joy to share answered prayer with you all.  

So if you would like to join us in prayer this week, here are some things you can pray for.

Dane tore some things up in his left ankle playing basketball on Thursday.  As of this morning it was very swollen.  He is keeping ice on it, elevating it, and resting it.  We are praying for healing.  And that God would provide modes of transportation during this healing process.  

We are praying diligently for the place I work, Waroeng's.  It is such a wonderful coffee shop which is very new in the area.  We pray that, as Monte puts it, we will soon become slammed with customers.  Many of you who follow me on twitter know that last weekend I completed coffee school and I'm excited to say, I even make beverages for customers now.  Tomorrow is our first live music saturday, and we are praying that people come out in throngs to enjoy the atmosphere, fellowship, coffee, and music.

Please keep our house mate Sarah-Anne's aunt in your prayers.  She has cancer and the prognosis hasn't been great.  We know God's hand is at wok and we are praying for miracles.

Dane is faithfully searching for an amp here in Australia for his guitar.  This is so he can practice the songs he needs to for class each week.  We are so thankful for a generous donation so monetarily this is possible, but it seems like every one he checks out gets sold before we have the chance to make the offer.  Please pray that the perfect amp falls right into his lap!  Ok not literally, because then we would be dealing with a much bigger issue than a tore up ankle.

And finally, we ask for prayers of wisdom.  Dane and I have a couple big decisions coming up that we'll keep you posted on in the future.  But right now, wisdom is what we ask for.

We love you all!  And know that we miss you lots!  Hugs all around!

Love, the kids down under