Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Taiwan Weekend 2012

Now I'm all through the unpacking and (almost) though the washing of clothes I am reflecting on our weekend past...

We just had a really great weekend away for all those who have adopted through the Taiwan program in NSW Australia.  This is an annual event that we have been attending now for about 10 years - and let me tell you - it has really grown!!! I have been reminiscing about how we were just a few families and have now overtaken the Norah Head Holiday Park to the point were we have to have a few others stay in a near by holiday park and join us for the daytime get togethers.

For our kids its a time for swimming and jumping on the giant pillow. The girls also took their new bikes and were just a really sweet "gang" of little women cruising around the park together. But probably more than that it is a time for connection - where they get to see others with a similar story to them and they get to be just one of the crowd. The friendships they are developing will last a lifetime.

For us adults its a time to catch up on the years news, see how the kids have grown and to celebrate with the new mums and dads.I love the meeting together over meals as we share parts of our lives and spur each other on in our parenting journeys.

 I was so excited to get some photos to use in my watercolours- just beautiful images of motherhood, family and parenting.

For Dave and  I personally apart from the fun of catching up with friends we also got to catch up with our cousins Andy and Paula and their daughter Lucy who is so special to us.
Sat. night popcorn...
and a movie!

We returned home Sunday afternoon.... all 3 girls slept in the car...... a sign of a great weekend?

Monday, 20 February 2012

Changing directions

During the last few weeks I have been completing an e-course 'Hello Soul Hello Business' about building a creative business by Kelly Rae Roberts and Beth Nicholls. It has been a roller coaster of a ride that has really pushed my creative thinking to a new level and I am loving it! I will find it hard to summarize here but I suppose the main thrust of the business has been a series of exercises to determine what you are passionate about, what you hope to achieve and how to go about it. It has made me really think hard about my art work and where my passions lie.

                                            For me it keeps coming back to this - family, motherhood, adoption,
                                                                 the preciousness of children

I am starting a new series of work which I will reveal in a few weeks that will more clearly show the direction I am headed . Needless to say I am really excited but also grasping little snatches of time to bring my thoughts in reality. It's going to be a trip!

Monday, 13 February 2012

What I love about Valentines Day♥

A day of roses, chocolates and sweet surprises is great, but in our family Valentines Day has a slightly different meaning!

We are a patchwork family. My husband and I had a long journey into parenthood, 8 years. It was a journey of tears and persistence. It was a journey of reliance on God when dreams were broken and ultimately a journey of joy and blessing. Our first daughter Jasmin was brought home from Taiwan ( did you guess the date) well today it is 11years ago on February 14th.So every Valentines Day is a blessing to us. It is a reminder of the change from when our family was just he and I to us.

I just got a call from Dave. He is on the way home with a flower for each of his daughters. A time to reflect on how thankful we are.

                                             Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Birthday Fun

Well today is my birthday!!!! And it is the day I have chosen to start posting on my new blog. I'm so excited to be here in this spot and especially because I am in the process of having a new look to my blog- cant wait!!It may be a few days before the new look but please hang in there with me. I am so excited at the prospect of my new blog and am looking for ward to getting to know you better.
But in the meantime it's my birthday and I wanted to share my beautiful present....
Here she is! Isn't she SO lovely?

Just cant wait to hit the pavement ( not too literally as I haven't ridden in quite a while) We will be going riding with the family for the first time this weekend and I cant wait although I am needing to pray for some sunshine.
I hope you have a special day too

Family parties are the best...