Sunday, February 21, 2010

A real treasure

I came across this Bijbel on a recent weekend in Gympie...

This pocket sized Dutch Bible belonged to my Grandmother, Theodora (Dora) Gerritsen. She came from a small town in Holland, only 60km from where Mitch and I are soon to be living. It's a beautiful old Bible and I feel very special to be entrusted with looking after something so precious.

When flicking through the delicate old pages, I discovered that Grandma had underlined only a few verses in the entire Bible. As this would have been considered defacing a book in her time and frowned upon, I knew that these verses must have been of particular importance.

The translation reads (Hebrews 13: 5-6) ... be content with what you have because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you". So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can human beings do to me?" ...

My grandparents (and their children, including my Dad) lived through the second world war in Holland and I can't even begin to imagine how difficult their lives must have been during this time. I like to think that these verses provided Grandma with much needed comfort and reassurance that everything in life is in God's control.

Although I sadly never knew her, like this precious Bijbel, I believe Grandma Gerritsen was a real treasure...

Friday, February 19, 2010

I wish I was...

The last few days have been pretty stressful thanks to issues with our visa applications... We'll get there, but in the midst of the madness, I've been going to my 'happy place' and dreaming about some of my favourite spots.

Right now, I wish I was...

Listening to the soothing sounds of the 'musical' sheep in the Pyrenees

Skiing past remote chalets in the Swiss Alps

Kicking back with a cocktail in Fiji

Or watching the sunrise over the mightly Himalayas at 10,531 ft...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A few random things that made me smile :-)

With our big move date fast approaching, the last week has been hectic with packing, vet visits, booking holidays and the joys of visa applications... But in the midst of all the craziness, these random little things have put a smile on my face :-)

Getting a parcel in the post with our long awaited photo books from some past travels

Finishing off a few knitting projects

Borrowing a folder of vintage knitting patterns from my Aunty - I can't wait to get started on these once we're settled in to our new home. This one is from 1934!!!

And - it's been 3 1/2 years in the making, but here it is: THE THESIS!!! Mitch's thesis was approved recently and it just came back from the printers - congratulations 'Dr' McLaren!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Time to celebrate

This weekend marks our 6th wedding anniversary... We've come a long way since falling in love 9 years ago...

From highschool sweethearts...

To getting engaged during uni...

And then married :-)

Since the most special day of my life, we've seen each other through so much. There's been highs and lows and through it all, our love for each other has grown deeper & our relationship stronger.

So, I think it's time to celebrate! To celebrate both how far we've come and our exciting future ahead :-)

Happy anniversary sweetheart x


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