Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Monday, 30 July 2012
Friday, 27 July 2012
It is really cool to be able to watch all of the world's best sports people perform all in one competition!! I love watching them all representing their countries, and doing their very best, giving it their all.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
"When Jesus died on the cross, He broke our chains, He broke our bondage to sin.
Some Christians say they are shackled to sin.
And the reality is, yes, they have handcuffs on, but they are the little toy handcuffs you used to play with when you were a kid. And on the back, there is just a little switch, a little leaver, and the handcuffs will come right off.
And yeah, sure, they just slap these manacles, these handcuffs, back onto themselves time and time and time again, but because of Jesus, because of what He did on the cross, because of His blood, we have a little safety release button, and those handcuffs can come right off at any time.
Because of Jesus, you can take those shackles off at any time.
You are not enslaved to sin anymore.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free!"
This is an exert from an RnR Productions series, in case anyone wondered! :)
|Gateway to home: can you spot the little rainbow? Isn't God an amazing creator!|
|Mt. Ruapehu in all her splendour - it was a lovely clear day when I took this!|
|Aren't Hyacinth flowers just gorgeous! Just like Hyacinth herself! :)|
That's all the time I have for now, but there will be an upcoming post soon on some of the historical places I visited while in Auckland!
Monday, 23 July 2012
But my mum, as always, knew the cure. She told me to get my coat and shoes on, and to come with her. A moment later, we were down the road at a park, and mum was telling me to keep quiet and listen.
It is funny how something as little as that can change your mood, but it certainly changed mine. It really reminded me to appreciate the little things in life, the small things which make the world a beautiful place, if you just take the time to stop and notice them. God's creation is truly amazing!! Even the tiniest little things. I know it can feel like a waste of time to just sit still and appreciate, but I highly recommend it - it just makes you feel so good. I myself will definitely be taking more time to stop and notice the little things now!!
Sunday, 22 July 2012
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
I’m going through another phase! This time it’s John Rutter’s music. I love how he incorporates worship and praise to God seamlessly into his music. Just listen to the lyrics if the tunes themselves aren’t enough to make you praise God. Here are two of my favourites:
For the Beauty of the Earth
Look at the World
And yes, I will update you on the rest of my Auckland Adventures soon! And remember to tell us if you’re interested in being involved in the musical, which I’m glad to say does include some of John Rutter’s fabulous music! :)
Friday, 13 July 2012
We have a very exciting announcement (and it is partly the reason why Daisy has been so busy recently!): Daisy and Violet are involved in bringing about a Family Friendly Production to be performed this year at Christmas (Lord willing)! Read the information below, and if you are in the Manawatu/Wanganui region of New Zealand, we would love to have you attend the auditions!
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Monday, 9 July 2012
I have to say, I absolutely LOVE this cover of Coldplay's "Paradise", which is one of my favourite songs!! :D I love almost all of The Piano Guys covers, and this one is probably my favourite on two counts. One, I love the original song (you can see it here on A Christian's Guide To Pop Music), and two, my family are from Africa, so I have grown up around African music, which makes this cover even more appealing to me! xD
I hope you all like it too!!
Friday, 6 July 2012
Yay, Jessica and I (Violet) finally managed to go out and have a fun photo shoot!!! Neither of us are very good photographers and our family camera is fairly basic, so the quality of these photos will be nowhere near as good as on other blogs, but we still had lots of fun taking them and that is the main thing!
I want to start with my absolute favourites, which are . . . .
Messages in Sand! (the words speak for themselves really!)
|I love you Jessica!!! :)|
|Jessica says "hello" to you from Auckland, Daisy!|
|We thought we'd add the daisy, for greater effect! I miss you Daisy!|
|I'm missing my holiday catch-up with you both! :(|
|We're missing you HEAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
Now for what we did on our photo shoot . . .
|We walked along a marina, and looked at the boats!|
|Our shoes! (Yes, we did get bored of looking at boats!)|
|This sign was quite intimidating - particularly as it was near the walkway we were going on!|
|Jessica posing for the camera!|
|Looking out to sea - the tide is WAY out!|
|Underneath the boardwalk|
|Footprint (I can't remember if it's mine or Jessica's)!|
|Yes, our shoes did get rather muddy in our efforts to get photos! :( We spent ages cleaning them up afterwards!|
|We found this little pathway which led to some rocks where some men were fishing.|
|Lovely little view. :)|
|Joyful Jessica jumping on the boardwalk!|
|Me looking out to sea . . . missing home! :(|
|Birds on the hill/cliff above.|
|A BIG tree - my mum used to play around it when she was a girl!|
|When I was little, I used to be scared stiff of this drain pipe!|
|Yay - we got to the beach at last! :p|
|A rose - I LOVE this photo that Jessica took while we were on our walk!|
|What are you up to, Jessica? I confess - we loved this little door and so pretended to be opening it!|
|It looks like it is night in this photo, but it was actually broad daylight! We had issues with the camera and lighting! :(|
|Me sniffing a flower . . .|
|. . . and no, for the record I do not normally do this, only I have in all our photo shoots!!!|
|I love this photot of Jessica (despite the bad lighting)! Isn't she pretty?|
|We thought this plant looked interesting and very funny!!!|
|Me on the hill - for some reason it looks like I'm standing on my tip-toes (I am not)!|
|Jessica sniffing the rose - this photo didn't end up quite right!|
|I know that it's a rubbish bin - but I did love the decorations on it!|
|Isn't it lovely? Seagull prints set in concrete for decoration next to a beach seat.|
|Of course, we had to add OUR feet to the picture!!!|
|Jessica relaxing on the beach seat!|
|Jessica *pretending* to have fallen asleep on the beach seat!|
|I love this photo of Jessica!!! It is so like her - a typical pose!|
|Looking back at the boardwalk - the tide had come in a bit by this stage!|
|Writing in sand - a work in progress! :)|
|No - we didn't make these sandcastles: we found them on the beach!|
|Last view of the beach! :(|
|Near the end of our trip - me (Violet) posing on a lovely wall they had along the end of the beach.|
|Going home - the end of our adventures! :(|