Monday, April 25, 2011


anzac day every year also brings around the birthday of one of my most favouritest people in the entire world... miss chelsea rose.

I cannot tell you how much i love this girl. she makes me laugh harder than almost anyone i know, believes in op-shopping and clothes sharing (aka wardrobe cleanout and redirect to your mates wardrobe...), rips on people just as much as i do - and enjoys it... and is just generally an all round certifiable nut case.

but i love her. to pieces.

she's one of those people i can sit with for hours and hours and hours and not grow tired of... and not see for ages - and still feel like it was yesterday.

"doing nothing together - is what the best of friends are for"

anzac 2011

this year brought with it a five day long weekend for perth, an awesome thing that unfortunately won't happen again for something like 86 years!! ( i heard it on the radio yesterday, just don't remember exactly how many...) easter and anzac day in one weekend? that's all kinds of crazy.

i really do love anzac day. it's such an amazing day to remember and honour those who gave their lives so that we can enjoy the freedom we do. my own grandfather (joseph) went away to war (and his wife phyllis was involved in the army as well - in fact their wedding photo proves this - in their army uniforms - bless!) as did my other grandfather (roy) although not in the australian army (he was american). before my grandfather joe passed away he passed his war medals on to me, and i feel very lucky to have them. i am proud of the sacrifice he made in his life at such a young age (much younger than i am now...) to defend his country - and ensure that the lives of his children and their children (plus their children to come...) would benefit. maybe they weren't thinking of all these future generations at the time, but it is nice for us to be given this day each year to remember them
and their sacrifice.

a friend has this quote on his facebook status that i thought was really special - from mustafa kemal atatürk, the president of turkey "you, the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries... wipe away your tears. your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. after having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well."

i watched the opening ceremony for the anzac day afl match (doug would have been so proud!) i couldn't help getting emotional when the bugler played the last post - it gets me everytime... it makes me so proud to be an australian,

and to live in a country - that's worth fighting for.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

i know that my redeemer lives

i know that my redeemer lives
what comfort this sweet sentence gives
he lives, he lives who once was dead
he lives, my ever living head
he lives to bless me with his love
he lives to plead for me above
he lives, my hungry soul to feed
he lives to bless in time of need

he lives to grant me rich supply
he lives to guide me with his eye
he lives to comfort me when faint
he lives, to hear my souls complaint
he lives to silence all my fears
he lives to wipe away my tears
he lives to calm my troubled heart
he lives, all blessings to impart

he lives my kind wise heavenly friend
he lives and loves me til the end
he lives, and while he lives i'll sing
he lives, my prophet, priest and king
he lives and grants me daily breath
he lives and i shall conquer death
he lives my mansion to prepare
he lives to bring me safely there

he lives! all glory to his name!
he lives my saviour still the same
oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives
i know that my redeemer lives!
he lives! all glory to his name!
he lives my saviour still the same
oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives
i know that my redeemer lives!

i had the opportunity to sing in church for easter sunday - "i know that my redeemer lives (lds hymns 136) and i stand all amazed (lds hymns 193)" there is nothing i like more than having the chance to sing and offer praises through music... i honestly agree with the old quotation that said "there are very few ways to draw closer to the lord than through music"

i am thankful each and everyday for the sacrifice that our lord and saviour jesus christ made for us, but try to remember especially at easter... when so many forget and focus on the other things. i am eternally grateful for the chance to be forgiven for my sins and to live again and pray always to be so.


yep. we have also bought the pram!

after seeing and having a play with lisa's bugaboo bee, i really wanted one, so doug and i went looking on ebay... and found a red one, with all the extras including the new born cocoon (which i really wanted - cause baby k is going to be born in the middle of winter - that's if it ever freaking gets cold again
in this ridiculous state...)

how exciting!! the one we have bought is in nsw, so my lovely bestfriends dad is going to go and collect it for us
and have it sent over :)

you can check out the demo movie here on youtube (well worth the look) and yes it came with the cup holder... what the heck i am going to with that...? i have no idea. you know cause i drink gallon after gallon of coffee... not.

it's all very real now... getting ready for it to join us, buying clothes and prams and stuff... and the beautiful thing kicks all the time. i am glad though, cause i know everything is okay and that it's growing okay. :) cannot wait!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

until we meet again...

today we farewelled one of the greatest men we have ever met...

paul pinker

it was an amazing funeral, packed to the brim - with about 600 people turning up to fill the ballajura chapel, and again at the graveside - words from the heart, powerful musical items and a stirring rendition of the haka before the lowering of the coffin.

doug was given the privelege of being a pallbearer and carrying paul to his final resting place at pinnaroo cemetery.
it truly was an honour.

one of the boys at the chapel summed up everything about paul perfectly with this quote from the american poet
ralph waldo emerson

"that man is a success, who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much;
who has gained the respect of intelligent men
and the love of children;
who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
and who leaves the world better than when he found it"

we'll miss you paul
all our love to leah, dom, taui, theron and darrio

...until we meet again...

Saturday, April 16, 2011

baby stuff...

guess who bought a car seat today?
a safe-n-sound meridian from ebay

i guess this is really happening!!

i freaking love ebay
who cares if it's not this years model
i am sure it'll do the same thing!
as long as the baby is "safe-n-sound"

yes... pun intended

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

in memory of...

paul westmacott pinker
21.09.1959 - 11.04.2011


"he lived, he laughed...
he loved and then he left
and the world will never be the same again"


monday night doug and i were extremely saddened to hear of the sudden passing of a very close family friend, paul pinker. we have known the pinker family for years... and are devastated to know that he's gone. so young, and so long before his time. a perfect gentleman, so full of love and life, willing to give everything he had to others.

we'll miss you paul - every single day...

our love and sympathy go to leah,
dominique, taui, theron and darrio

and may god be with you until we meet again


promise me you'll never forget me
because if i thought you would...
i'd never leave
(winnie the pooh)

and just to prove how cool he was - check on some more online tributes to the man himself right here:
on basketball western australia

Sunday, April 10, 2011

preggo belly

by popular demand... here i am!
25weeks+2 days
with baby kendall's eta being 23rd jul 2011

unfortunately not looking as pregnant as i'd like...
in most clothes i still just look fat
(which is a good thing i suppose - i've still got quite a way to go!)
but it's definately in there!!
kicking and squirming so i won't forget

can't wait to meet it, i'm pretty damn excited!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

she climbs mountains

illustration copyright paula mills melbourne australia
available for sale here

last week, miss grace turned 8 so off we trekked to kalgoorlie over the weekend for her baptism. what a wonderful girl our grace is. tiny, sweet, enthusiatic, lovable, cuddly, strong, determined and just... gorgeous. i'm not biased at all, i swear. she received the print above from the neighbours, for a baptism gift - and it describes her so perfectly, for if anyone will climb a mountain,
it will be our grace.

big sister laura and i sang together for grace:
i like to look for rainbows, whenever there is rain
and ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again
i want my life to be as clean, as earth right after rain
i want to be the best i can - and live with god again

i know when i am baptised, my wrongs are washed away
and i can be forgiven and improve myself each day
i want my life to be as clean, as earth right after rain
i want to be the best i can - and live with god again
childrens songbook #103

it was so lovely to see grace in her beautiful white dress (the same one i wore to be baptised!) all those years ago - and laura wore too! - followed by big sis laura's flowergirl dress from our wedding. it was a wonderful day and i was so pleased
(and extremely proud) to be a part of it!

grace with dad (my big brother) jared and mum donna