January 2008

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Australia

Posted by on 24 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: Australia, On the road

Blue Mountains and Kangaroo Lake

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Waterfall_Australia

Hi since we last wrote we traveled to Coffs harbor..and took lots of evening beach pics..of the surfing beaches after Sydney which was wet but great fun..Check out the fruit bats in the park!then we traveled to the blue mountains which were beautiful..great canyons and waterfalls..just lovely.As you can see we spotted lots of kangaroos..and Flora and Seth fed one!We have driven miles of flat scrub land..you can easy drive a good few hours without seeing any sign of life..(apart from the wildlife).We have had a wonderful time 2 hours north of Melbourne with friends we have been made very welcome..and its been really relaxing.Went along to a church last Sunday and were invited to dinner..then went out on the Murray river in his little speedboat and fished(got 1 much to our kids delight).They invited us to Kangaroo lake yesterday and we had such a laugh in the boat..swimming..being pulled on a huge donut thing behind the boat..called a biscuit!!and then had a go at knee boarding..the Australians and their weird and wonderful sports are quite mad!!we had a fab time.Also the kids went kayaking…a great evening ended with a most amazing sunset..hope you like the pics..catch you soon..love Rachel.x

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North island on the Coromendal penisular

Posted by on 16 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: Australia, New Zealand

Oz Update and some NZ pics

Hi how are you? n a motel room in Sydney so I am writing in word to post when we have internet. We are all fine and enjoying oz! we have rented a car and stayed with friends in Brisbane..they didn’t tell us they had 3 spare rooms..and an amazing pool and garden..fantastic..the kids looked like dried prunes couldn’t get them out of the water. We only met these people once..I invited her son to lunch he was visiting from Australia..and came to our church..we got talking cos he said he liked my singing..he had lunch with us..and from that we are now here his mum said if we were ever over in oz we could stay with her!!one good turn deserves another..but I think we got the best deal thank you God! drove down to Sydney..long way..2 days driving..but lovely and we saw kangaroos..I was sooooo excited!!what a saddo! it has been warm but rainy here..I didn’t think it rained here….We went to hillsongs church and were so blessed…some of the churches we have seen have been inspirational..amazing kids clubs..with climbing walls….computer games everywhere..just the coolest places you could imagine..not a problem getting your kids there!!Totally professional..at hillsongs they even had a room for parents with special needs children..which was fab…and have pregnancy and babies groups..then crawlers! The class my girls were in had a table full of make up and nail varnish amongst many other things..you can imagine how tasteful they looked afterwards!!!We went to the beach in the afternoon..lovely..till it started raining again…did abit of surfing!!(no..not really..just a bit of swimming and getting knocked over by killer waves!)Then we went back to church in the evening..and heard the most amazing message about praising god in the middle!(.God is so good and is speaking to us..I think sometimes its good to get away..its easier to hear him without the usual distractions..writing lots of songs just words at the moment….and feel he is somehow leading me to breakthrough spiritual barriers through prayer and praise. and he is filling me with faith to overcome in spite of how inadequate I may feel…..I am not there yet but filled with a confidence that God will finish the work he has begun. This trip has made me so aware of my vulnerabilities..fears and stuff..and I have to either trust him or not..no other way…scary but necessary!!!the kids have behaved so badly all day ..I could have throttled them( in a Christian loving family kind if way!!)we went round some art galleries after we had spent 3 hours waiting in a queue at the Indian embassy trying to get visas!!not the easiest of days for them..we are all tired tonight! Oh the police caught the guy who robbed us..reckon he will get 6 months…. Ate some amazing pizza tonight and feel like my stomach will pop….it was worth it!!well off to bed soon.. absolutely cant wait to come back home and see you all!!!and to have a bath and a cuppa in my own house!!Darcy made me laugh today she said in such a sad voice..”I just want to go home” I felt so bad ..then I asked her ..where? She said..The motel of course I’m tired!..kids eh! love to you all I need to sleep hope you are ok.. God bless…hugs and loves..Rachel.

Seth up a tree
Seth up a tree

Cathedral cove
Cathedral Cove

Hot spa on hot water beach
Hot spa on Hot water beach well ace!!

market place port vila
market place port vila

collecting starfish
collecting starfish

big pig sharing the beach
big pig sharing the beach

Hideaway island
Hideaway island

sunset Vanuatu
sunset Vanuatu

girls dressed in local gear
girls dressed in local gear

Waterfall
Waterfall in the North Island

Trees
Rachel and Seth athe great Kauri trees

From Oz

Posted by on 10 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: Australia, On the road

Well we arrived safely in Brisbane Australia and were met by some friends who we only met once at the church in southport…and driven to their lovely home with a great pool. We have had a lovely few days with them..the kids have loved swimming and playing with their cute little dog..which follows Flora round everywhere!Dee the lady of the house was a hairdresser for 15yrs so she has given us all a much needed trim!!We have been thankful of their hospitality..it gives you time to sort out stuff like car hire..and sleep catch up!!When we arrived in Australia…we went through immigration..and Seth caused quite a stir by asking him”is there a library in Brisbane”he laughed and laughed he said he had been asked some things in his time..generally relating to sea world ..the zoo…gold coast theme parks…but never is there a library!!then we progressed to customs….it got better….we had to unpack nearly everything…he had to check all the soft toys..our hammock from Honduras…all the shells that the kids have picked up(believe me our kids collect stuff big time!)and Seth’s bottles of sand from various deserts couldn’t be allowed in…customs had a good laugh at us…and we figure the Australians are a pretty cool lot..full of fun..think we are going to like it here.We went to Brisbane yesterday to pick up a car but wouldn’t let us rent it..as there had been a misunderstanding on the internet..it said you could drive out of area..but as we want to go down to Adelaide..they wouldn’t cover it because they only had an office here..BLOW! so we returned again on the train..and have found a company who will let us drive round this vast country unlimited for a great price..and its new got aircon and a CD!cant wait!pick it up today! Accommodation here looks expensive compared to the states which is fantastic for families because you pay for the room..here you pay per person..or a family room means only 2 kids!!why is that!!families are getting larger again I heard!!in Honduras we also payed for the room and we were allowed to share beds and pack them in..which was great….but no..in civilized countries..the rules…are there!!much to the pain of our bank balance!Well best get back to it..kids have done a bit of writing this morning..also we found an amazing bookshop in Brisbane..all secondhand and exchange..so the kids are enjoying reading new stuff.They want to swim..but its raining and has been very unsettled for the last few weeks..but hot and sticky..so I will go and swim..we will call it PE!!lots of love to all can`t wait to see you all again.Love Rachel Hamish and Kids.xxxxx

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