Thursday, February 26, 2009

A recap of February ... in pictures

We are working on our newsletter and hope to get it out in a couple days. But tomorrow we have a fire watch so we might just take tomorrow off from our normal "work" here at the house and head into town to get away. We will keep you updated. Keep praying as we are still on high alerts (for four weeks now) with fires burning all around us and strong winds with high tempetures!

BUT for now...enjoy these pics. :)

Thanks guys for hanging in there with us!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A breath of fresh air

In more ways than one have we been breathing some fresh air. Firstly because the smoke is finally starting to settle from all the bush fires surrounding us these past two weeks, and also because tomorrow is graduation! Graduation from Summer School anyway. We all still have a year to go...but we have next week OFF! YIPPEE. :)

I want to share with you some videos of some of the classes that we have been taking these past 6 weeks. Some might be a bit boring to you but look at it in light of learning to speak another language, write an unwritten language and teach those speakers to also read and write in their own language. What a thrill to test ourselves on the knowledge that we have crammed into our full brains in such a short time! Praise God for His provision for us these weeks and also for His grace and mercy as it has been a long 6 weeks as well. The kids are now through with child care and for that I am glad and sad. They LOVED going and doing such amazing crafts and playing with the other kids there. John and Roz were amazing with the kids and we cannot thank them enough for being creative and lively for 6 weeks straight! :)


Our phonetics class:

Our Language Learning class:

And our Anthropology class is soon to come: (gotta get from teammate :) )

MORE TO COME of the kids and all...but wanted to post as soon as possible.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Update on fire situation

Thank you to all who were praying for us and continue to pray as there are numerous fires still burning throughout Victoria. I wanted to post some pictures of the fires that we could see just from our house.

Click on the picture to view it in a large format:

This is a website that has been set up by Equip (school we are attending) just for us as students to know the status of the fires in relation to our campus so check this out and you can get current updated info just as we get it.

Copy and paste into your Internet browser:


Click on "Current fire conditions for Kangaroo Ground"

Monday, February 09, 2009

PRAY Victoria is on fire

Hey all. Please be praying for our neighbors! Tons of people here have been suffering in a great way from the fires that are devastating the state of Australia we now live in. Please pray for our safety as fires burn around us and we hear emergency vehicles all day and night and also pray for the hundreds of families effected by either loss of property or of loved ones.


To keep you updated...check out the news online.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

A week has blown by

I have to say that today is crazy hot and windy. We reached 115 today and it was 110 steady for almost all day. At 5:30 tonight, the cold front hit. It is so weird how that works here. They can predict what time the cold will hit and, sure enough, you can feel it get 20 degree's cooler in a minute! Amazing.

We have had another successful week here at school. Here are some pics for you to enjoy... :)
Gwen feeding her baby some apple pieces

The kids' favorite hiding spot

Si and Sorin climbing in the back of our house

watching a movie with her baby

Addy is pulling herself up on EVERYTHING.

Gwen doing her "homework" We got this awesome coloring book and markers in a care package. The markers only work on this kind of paper. So this is perfect for our little draw on anything daughter!

Si got some sweet action spider man socks and sweatshirt in the care package.

Kids dressing up

Gotta love the bed tub acoustics! Time for lots of yelling. ;)

We found a YMCA close by with a great kiddie pool

Some stickers that came from great grandma

Climbing in back yard