Tuesday, April 17, 2018

we bought a new car!

so... on saturday, we bought a new car and i am so excited! 

we have been looking around for ages at possibilities (mostly at the ford territory and mitsubishi outlander) and finally found an 2017 outlander at a price that we could do, so we went in to look at it. it drives great and we were really happy, so we signed the forms and will pick it up sometime before the end of the month, once we've decided if we will sell the 380 privately or trade it in (hoping we can sell it, as we will get much more than the trade price!!!)

doug decided to get us silver one, which will be cool... just can't wait to pick it up now! ♥

Saturday, April 14, 2018

goodbye plastic!

as of june this year, the major grocery stores here in australia are discontinuing plastic bags. hooray! this is awesome news, as obviously they aren't good for the environment... and will create so much less non-biodegradable waste.

i am already well stocked with reusable grocery bags, in every shape and colour... but was never able to kick the use of the bags available in the fresh produce section. i had seen some awesome bags online, nice tight mesh ones with a ribbon tie/ tip etc top... but they were all sooo expensive!

mum to the rescue. she arrived this week with these great bags she'd just "whipped up" (and if you know my mum, that's not even an exaggeration!) out of an old curtain. they are soft and thin enough to tie the top rather than the added weight of an attached closure and weigh just 10g each! 

i'm so stoked... off i go with all my reusable bags... 
mum, you are the best!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

general conference - april 2018

on sunday we watched the sunday morning session of general conference and it was amazing as always... i have so much love for our new prophet president nelson, it was amazing to hear him speak and most of all to learn a bit more about him, as his talk was very personal and he spoke a lot about himself. it was great!

as i have the past few conferences, i plan to listen to the rest of the talks by following the general conference challenge that can be found here. i have found for me it's the best way to do it as i have time to listen carefully and take each one in. ♥

Sunday, April 8, 2018

easter eggs: an easter lesson

as part of our new sunday meetings in relief society, we hold a council meeting on the first sunday of the month. but because easter fell on the first sunday of the month this year, i made an executive decision and decided we were having an easter lesson instead... which seemed to make the sisters in our ward pretty happy, especially when i busted out a huge box of easter eggs to pass around after the lesson. 

you may recall these eggs from last easters fhe with the kids, but i totally used them again (and mums lovely friend has even now made me my own set which i am thrilled about!) and they were just as good with adults as they were with kids, especially seeing as half way through the lesson, the sisters started to participate and make comments! yay!

here are the scriptures and contents for you if you want to make your own set:

1. matthew 26:15 30 silver pieces
2. 3 nephi 11:11-12 & matthew 26:39 sacrament cup
3. matthew 27:24 small chunk of soap
4. mark 14:29-31, 53, 66-72 mini chicken
5. matthew 27:28-29 red fabric
6. alma 11:42 piece of rope
7. john 19:24 dice
8. matthew 27:51-54 rocks
9. john: 19:39 rosemary stem
10. luke 24:1-10 round white pebble
11. john 20:25-26 nails
12. matthew 27:59 & matthew 28:6 white fabric


i also wanted to share something i read online last week (which i have seen numerous times before, but this seems an awesome place to post it...) about the burial cloth in the tomb. It's a lovely read.

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed separate from the grave clothes.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!' Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side. Was that important? Absolutely! Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition. When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished. Now, if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.
The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done.' But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because...The folded napkin meant, 'I'm coming back!'

He is coming back! ♥

Thursday, April 5, 2018

general conference prep

as i am sure you must have all worked out by now, i'm in australia, meaning that although general conference streamed live in the u.s. last week, we don't watch it until this sunday. i happened to come across this awesome idea on one of the lds relief society pages i am on last week and decided that i needed make them for the sisters i visit teach... so i did. thankfully you can still buy 7up in a few places! i was seriously thinking i would have to go and buy them at kfc and that they would be $$$$$$

such a cute idea! big props to the person who originally thought of it here and to the lovely sister on the lds relief society page who edited the file for all of us wanting to use it. 

so excited for this weekend, general conference is the best!

Monday, April 2, 2018

long weekend fun

this is the face of joy on a public holiday! today we decided to go bowling with the pinker crew and the kids had the best time. last time we went, we didn't put joseph in as i was a little worried he wasn't quite big enough, this time, you couldn't keep him away, he was going crazy, throwing the ball, trying to throw a 14lb-er and generally just getting into mischief. but we had so much fun. so many laughs... and joseph was actually kicking everyones butt until the 5th frame! his victory dance was something to behold... every time he threw the ball, he'd jump up and down on the spot (mostly not even watching where the ball was going) until someone made him come back and sit down. 

sharing a milkshake with big sis, apparently the most important part of the bowling experience.

afterwards we moved over to the arcade area where doug got to work winning the kids 8 hundred and something tickets, so they had a good pick from the prizes...

they just kept coming and coming and madeline was stoked!

such a good day. we love our pinkers! ♥

Sunday, April 1, 2018

easter sunday 2018

i've often been asked by people not of our faith why our church does not have any crosses on top of, or within the building. the answer is simple, we worship and celebrate the living christ! so easter sunday is especially wonderful as we celebrate his triumph over death.

he is risen! he is risen!
tell it out with joyful voice.
he has burst his three days prison;
let the whole wide world rejoice.
death is conquered; man is fee.
christ has won the victory.

before dinner we had our egg hunt with the kids and dougs parents... 

they still love it as much as the first time and it's so much fun watching them round around getting into everything. 

happy easter to you all!