Thursday, January 28, 2016

Big Boys Camp - The Man 2015

In August 2015, Daddy and The Man went to the Bogong Mountains. We stayed at Bogong Village in a small hotel for two nights. In the morning, we went up to Falls Creek. First we went tobogganing, which was very fun. After a while we went for a walk and looked around and decided to ski. It was hard at first, but soon l became good at skiing. I managed not to fall on one of the trails. We skied until the lifts stopped. Then we went down to our hotel. In the morning we got ready to go. When we were ready we went the rest of the way down and went home.

While we were away we read a special book together about being a man. In the story the boy went with one of his friends to a museum.

Written By The Man

Our New Studio: Man

Yesterday a truck came with the parts for the studio. Mum said that they were like a big jigsaw puzzle since they were made to the right size before they came.

Today carpenters came to do the frame of the studio that we are making. We took pictures of them putting up the frame. Soon after they had done the frame the windows came. They used tools like angle grinders, cement drills, nail guns, power saws, drills, hammers, and chalk lines.

They used the chalk line by lining it up, once it was in line one of the men flicked the line and that put the chalk in a straight line. They didn't have to use a ruler. The chalk line is an ancient tool that was used in ancient Egyptian times.

Written by The Man

Friday, January 1, 2016

Christmas 2015

The Pastor's Family - taken at Sovereign Hill
What a whirlwind of a year 2015 has been!

Homeschooling, Renovations, Christian and Tiger going to Germany, Pastors Conference, tornado, repairs and insurance dealings, General Synod, a visit to Sovereign Hill, and then toping it off with extended Fandrich family for the week before Christmas.

And yet in all of the busyness there is so much to be grateful to God our Father for!

Grateful for a steady, but slow recovery of Christian's mother's health in Germany.

Grateful for a tornado that has allowed us to fix things that we didn't think we would be able to do (Look for further updates on this in the future, we should be finished by Easter).

Grateful for wonderful friends to spend time with when we went to Sovereign Hill and Adelaide this year.

Grateful to my parents for the wonderful rest they gave me during General Synod.

Grateful for our 6 beautiful children, all growing in God's grace, wisdom and stature. And grateful for the wonderful friends we have made homeschooling this year.

Grateful to be living in the country, raising our own veggies, orchard, sheep, ducks, geese and now 18 chooks! Yes, some of these will be dinner in the future. We really are living like "Little House On the Prairie", except as the kids say, we have internet, electricity and running water.

Grateful to Christian's brother and his family and Christian's Dad for the delightful memories we made over the time they were here.

And we are also grateful for a wonderful church family here in the Burrumbuttock Parish who support us in our work sharing the Gospel with the people here. They continue to be a great source of encouragement to us both, and are so generous with us.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

Christian and Sarah Joy