Our impromptu Gabriel.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
1 Trekkers Basketball game, where they dominated the other team by 20 points and clenched 3rd place in the under-14s division.
Trek Junior Boys playing footy.
Chillin at the beach and the bbq with some gorgeous girls! Trekkers with their 3rd place medals!!! They're kind of a big deal.
The girls table decorating cupcakes at Cupcakes and Kindness.
Singing while visiting and dropping off the cupcakes.
The Trek girls loving Sunset Riot at Open Mic Night.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I somehow managed to find a big orange pumpkin to carve. Neither Dean or Amanda had ever carved one before! I, as the expert, showed them the proper techniques. We first each submitted possible designs. We voted on the best one, and then got to work. An hour later, we had created a very spooky jack-o-lantern. Dean and Amanda loved the pumpkin so much that I left our finished product with them. I think I have won 2 Aussies over to my pumpkin-carving ways!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Two Saturdays ago, some of the young adults in the Sydney area put on a Teen Only Event, called Only Jesus (OJ). In Australia, most youth groups include students in jr. high, high school, as well as young adults. Camps, area-wide youth worships, and youth activities are for anyone from ages 12 to 30. But every other month, the young adults like to give the teens an opportunity to have an event that is just for them, which is where OJ comes in. The theme of OJ this year has been purity. This particular OJ took place at Marubra Beach in Sydney. It started with soccer and ultimate frisbee on the beach. Then, we joined together for singing and a short talk about purity. The teens, then were divided into boys and girls for discussion groups. We finished the activity off with a sausage sizzle. We had about 8 teens from Gosford, along with 4 young adults to drive and chaperone.
Everyone getting ready to play soccer.
Micah, Me, Jamie, and Amanda spectating.
This past weekend, we had another youth event in Warringah (a suburb of Sydney) called Youth and Young at Heart (YAYAH). All the youth, young adults, and not so young adults get together the last Sunday of the month for a worship time led by young Christians. After worship, we have a meal together and a time of fellowship. The church that hosts this event each month has 2 HIM workers working there, also--Jamie and Sammie. Sunday night after YAYAH, I stayed with these girls instead of going back with the Gosford group. We spent the evening chatting about anything and everything, and just catching up on each others' lives and work. The next day Jamie and Sammie showed me around Manly (even though it was rainy and cold) and we went to an aquarium, called OceanWorld. We got to see lots of fish and sharks that are found in the waters of Australia. OceanWorld also has some reptiles and insects. While we were there, we watched a show about lizards, and were able to touch a blue-tongued lizard, a dragon lizard, a turtle, and a snake! We finished the afternoon off with coffee before I caught the train back to Gosford. Spending a night and a day with Jamie and Sammie really encouraged and re-energized me to start another week. I am so blessed to have them so close by!
Holding a boa constrictor at OceanWorld
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
View from the top of Crackneck.
Tim, me, Sallie Anne, and Sara in front of the lighthouse.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Me, Cam, and Emma representing Trek Youth.
Craft time with Jen, Allison, and Jamie (another HIM worker from Sydney).
A few weeks go, I woke up to very red and hazy sky. A freak dust storm had blown In the night before. Everything was coated in dust and the sky was foggy until late afternoon. I have been told I this never happens and it won’t happen again while I am here! Even after the air cleared, a fine layer of red dust covered everything including my freshly washed clothes! I ended up washing them twice and just using the dryer. The good thing was I felt right at home seeing all that red dirt along the street and on my car—just like being in Oklahoma!
I'll leave you with some of the signs that Spring is in full swing here on the Central Coast! These are all in my backyard!
Monday, September 21, 2009
The whole Krause crew--Tanesha, Seb, Mum Mel, baby Phoenix, and Jacques
Monday, September 14, 2009
Claire, Amanda, me, Tim and Hannah enjoying the music.
Cameron, Chloe, Hannah, and Laura enjoying the bbq before the show.