Monday, February 27, 2006

Melting Pot

Saturday was a mix of cultures

Tri practice & coffee in the morning
Kiwi girls current culture for sure

Much Ado About Nothing
At Mona Vale – perfect setting
I have watched the movie a bit
So was ok with the casting match ups

Then the Chinese Lantern Festival
Stunning lights in the darkness
Makes me want Yum Char

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Go Girls

Competition or at least trying to avoid embarrassment is a great motivator.
Its less than 2 weeks until the North Canterbury Women’s Triathlon on 5th March (see here)
We have four teams of women connected to Kaiapoi Baptist Church taking part. I’m doing the bike ride. I’m looking forward to the experience. When I watched my sister in her first tri I had tears in my eyes. Not just because I was proud of her but also of the crowd of women getting out of their comfort zones and having a go. We are having a practice this Sat 25th 9.30 am at Dudley Pool followed by coffee if anyone wants to join us.

Sacred - what is the test?

Is something sacred to you if someone trashing it causes you offence?

Our Prime minister said the bleeding Mary South Park offended her as a woman.
(Do Helen & I actually agree on something?!)
See the Stuff story here
Should we defend another’s right to hold things sacred?
My Catholic brothers & sisters with the South Park episode
Our Muslim neighbours with the Mohammad cartoon

Can things like – children, love, gender, art, beauty, rugby, values, free speech be sacred?

What is sacred to you?
What offends you?

Friday, February 17, 2006


Dora, Diego & Boots have been exploring
(why did I have to be the monkey!)
Down south westland and the lakes
We played this game …

What was the best thing …
The rainforest – multi levels of natives
Plopping stones in rivers, lakes and the sea
Steep mountains, clear and milky water
White camper vans – for westland’s economy
and our ability to see rescued forests
Donkey and quad bike rides at Geraldine
Fresh Wanaka coffee
Time to exercise and read
Just us

What was the worst thing …
Just us

What are we most grateful for …
That the one car sick episode made the bowl
That the overlooked meeting was postponed
That I’m sitting next to mummy at tea time
(My reaction made that the one for several nights!)
Some cell phone coverage and some blank spots
That we live a few hours from this paradise

Friday, February 03, 2006


Mops (mothers of preschoolers) starts again next Friday. This year's theme is
"Twinkle .... shine like stars in the universe" taken from Philippians 2:15.

What do V05 shampoo and the Robots movie have in common -
another shine motto
"whoever you are shine"

Mops is time out for mums - a child free cuppa, discussions and a creative activity. Separate childrens programme. Leave a comment if you would like a newsletter.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

My Broken Heart

I found a “broken heart” mosaic art piece at craftworld while on holiday. It was hard to walk past, although I tried a few times. The artist is Tracey Waitere-Cotter.

When I look at it I think

  • What breaks my heart?
  • What breaks God’s heart?
  • What restores my broken heart?
  • Which is more beautiful?

I think I would have walked past the plate or whatever the mosaic was made from.

Psalm 147:3 “He heals the broken hearted, binding up their wounds” (New living Bible )

Psalm 51:17 “Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice” (The message)

Dave Dobbyn
“hand it all over to the heartbreaker.
I know you’ve got to feel someone else’s pain"

This was our discussion at coffee group this morning