When we exchanged rings, we hoped our family of two would grow.
It has, into a family of 4. We're just split in half.
Two of us walk the Earth while two of us fly in Heaven.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015


Bring it home boys!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

We Remember

April 25, 2015

Today is ANZAC Day.

While I personally have no direct link to the ANZACs of WWI, I am the direct descendant of American soldiers.

I would not be here today if my grandfather wasn't pushed out of a plane in WWII. I would not be here today if he didn't survive being a prisoner of war. I would not be here if he didn't come home from war. I have seen this comrade of my grandfather's grave in Europe. I have silently paid my respects and thanked him for saving my grampa's life.

While I've no direct links with ANZACs of WWI, I'm a new Australian citizen, about to celebrate my 1st citizenship anniversary in June.

This is my new country. The land where I have settled and established a home with my husband. The land where our two children were birthed and buried. The land where I've shed blood sweat and many many tears. This is home.

Australia is now my home. So, here I sit at home. I watch the Gallipoli Dawn Service and the Villers-Bretonneux Dawn Service live on tv. I wear my RSL pins. I pay my respects silently to my fellow countrymen who died long before I was even a twinkle. I watch in silence and remember, and honor, all those that chose to serve, and all those left behind who pray for their safe return.

That's enough of a link for me to remember and honor the ANZAC legends. #WeRemember #ANZACDay

Sunday, March 22, 2015

10 albums

I haven't been on here for a while, I've been busy building my business and looking for outside work. I read a great post by my mate Mark on 10 albums that define him. I started writing this in the comments section of his post, and decided to

In no particular order, just off the top of my head right now, my 10 albums are........

Live, The Eagles (1980, the red suitcase cover art one) My dad got quite a few cds when the cd clubs first came out. You know, the "Buy 2 cds get 10 FREE -just pay S&H" things? That got super expensive if you broke the club rules? ;) My dad got this Eagles live album (3 cd set) and its one of the first albums I ever remember listening to. Something about the simplicity of their down home sound is something I love. Seven Bridges Road is easily my favorite Eagles song of all time.

R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth), Carman. My mom got this one in that cd club thingy. (I grew up in a very distinct musical household. Mom's taste: Sandy Patti, Point of Grace, Carman, good old hymns of the faith. Dad's taste: Dwight Yoakam, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, any and all country artists from the 70s-90s. My dad knew what was going on with his taste!) I'm quite embarrased to say that my first ever concert was a Carman concert at the Tacoma Dome. Mom took me and one of my brothers to the show and we had Jack in the Box later before driving home. It had to be early 90s, so grade school, and I remember it was a rocking show. I knew every word of every song. Oh boy. (Oh how wrong I was. I've been to real rock shows and now know better!) ;) This would be one of my first experiences with Christian music that wasn't just the stuff sung in church and I was hooked. That bass line..... I dare you not to get sucked in.

History, America's Greatest Hits. Another of my dad's picks, one he'd play on long car rides to my uncle and auntie's house. Back in the day when you had to get a cassette tape adapter to play your cds in your car. Everyone was asleep and I was still up with dad. He let me listen to the album on headphones and I got into the groove. Instantly catchy, easily memorizable, simple to follow along and sing back after a listen or two. 3 guys, making that sound, I'm in.

Satellite, POD. This reminds me of high school, so much. After getting some of the WoW cds as birthday or Christmas gifts, I think this is one of the first cds I ever bought with my own money. I never heard such odd music like POD while growing up. This cd sounded like stuff my school friends listened to and I liked that.

Jesus Freak, dcTalk. I don't know many 90s baptist church youth group kids that didn't have this memorized verbatim. There are some very fond memories of the guys who could play guitar starting to play "In The Light". Everybody in the room started belting it out! (Think that scence in "almost famous".) It was one of the stock standards everyone in my circle of friends knew. (Songs that included anything by AudioA, Dave Matthews Band, and Wonderwall by Oasis. Oh yes, to be a 90s kid again!) This bold brash assertive declaration of faith (does it make me a stranger that my best friend was born in a manger) exposed me to a bold new world of music that was every bit as theologically rich as my mother's taste in tunes, yet was much more palatable to my young ears.

Time, Third Day. I have a love affair with this album. I can't get enough of it. The infectious southern roots, the joy, and the message of our faith all interwoven in one wholly enjoyable package. Everytime I hear it I end up putting it on repeat. While in college, I had this in steady rotation. I've fond memories of dancing at the bus stop waiting for my commuter bus to/from home with Took My Place blaring in my ears. (I'm sure some drivers thought I was nuts.) To this day, Time is still my favorite Third Day album! If you ask me to describe Third Day, I'll tell you to go get this album.

Learning To Breathe, Switchfoot. Another album that I found via the Wow collections. While on my way home from Urbana 2000, sitting in a tiny lil 5 gate airport with 10 other girls from my youth group, I was listening to this. Contemplating where I'd fit with missions. If I'd stay put in the greater Seattle area, if I'd go over seas, if I'd move overseas permanently. I didn't know it at the time but I'd end up doing all 3. For the forseeable future (the next 7 years) I'd stay in the greater Seattle area. Then, I'd marry a boy and end up going overseas and moving overseas permanently to Australia! Little did I know that I'd find my own niche of missions: through the grieving parent community (both of our babies are dead), and within my own gated townhouse community with a deaf family. Never thought I'd be here after attending a missions weekend conference!

Never Take Friendship Personal, Anberlin. After our son died, I was angry. I could not get enough of angry angsty loud ferocious Anberlin (Paperthin Hymn and Feel Good Drag in particular). The dark deep and upsetting sound of their entire catalog was just what I needed to hear. I wasn't alone in my anger and blasting out some of their albums repeatedly was one way I coped with the storm cloud of grief that dwells within me.

True Defiance, Demon Hunter. My husband *and* Mark Lee introduced me to DH. Oh my wow, I can't get enough. I've got their entire catalog on my phone and I often tweet their lyrics with the tag #notyouraveragemetalhead. You wouldn't think I'd be in to metal yet I am. (Mind you, my idea of metal is Metallica!) If I can't easily understand the words being sung/screamed/growled/uttered (without checking the liner notes), it doesn't interest me. Ryan Clark has an easily understandable voice that is quite pleasant in both his singing and growling modes. There's some killer tight harmonies on and that gets me, the choir kid, very excited. I love me some killer harmony!

What Was Done, Vol. 1: A Decade Revisited, The Classic Crime. I was born and raised in the Pacific NW. So much musical history and great groups came from the Seattle area. I didn't discover many of them til at least college. I'd never heard of TCC until Easterfest 2011 when my husband saw them at The Cube Hotel, Toowoomba. If my husband is listening to stuff, in our tiny house, chances are I'll be hearing it too. Luckily, I liked what I heard from TCC. (I'm disappointed now that I missed their show!) WWDV1 is a great accoustic album that covers many of my favorite TCC songs from all their prior albums. Most notable on this are You and Me Both, Beautiful Darkside, and The Coldest Heart (starts at 21:48, ands at 25:20). I enjoy this earnest retelling of cleverly written songs with catchy melodies and lyrics. It just speaks to me! You'll often hear me in bus stop karaoke or dishwashing karoke with this album on. It definitely makes for a great housecleaning soundtrack.

Your turn! What 10 albums define you?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


My friend Robyna hits the nail on the head again.

"Someone once described managing the sleep of a rainbow baby the following way: imagine losing your child in a plane crash. Now imagine having another child and being forced to take a plane trip with that child, several times a day."

Read her full post here.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas down unda

Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
Time for presents!
Time for the big one! What could it be!?
"It's bigger than me!"
A brand new easel for drawing!
Lunch time.

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