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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Just Another Day on Planet Mum : First Day of Winter 2010

Brrr... I'm not a big fan of winter. To me it's the season to be sorry. Coughs, colds, runny noses, sick kids playing merry-go-round, and layers of thick clothing that don't seem to do the trick. Even in Qld, I feel the chilly mornings. You can take the girl out of the tropics...  but you can't... blah blah blah...

Out with the Old , In with the New

At long last, I have a new cooktop. Yes! The mid-last century contraption that was the centre of my culinary activities is finally gone. In place of the coil type stove technology is a ceramic cooktop with shiny buttons that go beep, beep, beep... Like a new toy really. If I do an Anne Shirley type imaginative flight, I can probably convince myself it's almost like having an iPad in the kitchen. Okay... not quite... but still very very cool for a gadget freak like me. There are also numbers that magically appear and a letter H flashes non-stop until the individual rings cool down.
My kitchen has finally taken the first step into the 21st century. Huzzah!

Karen Homework Club

Today I started a new "venture" as a volunteer tutor to a small group of Burmese refugee children. These children, many born in refugee camps are offspring of Karen Christians who fled persecution in Myanmar as long as a decade ago. Wikipedia has a helpful article on the Karen if you're interested in finding out more.

A fellow from our church works with the Karen pastor in a refugee welfare assistance organization and between them, they've organized this homework club for the children whose parents have limited or no command of the English language. We meet at 3 different homes and at different times of the week. At the last count, there are over a dozen of us doing this.
Along with another friend from church, I took the 9 year old with me. As expected, she was in her element... making new friends and reading along with one of the children. The children were delightful and very eager to learn.
Sigh... I do miss teaching... although I don't miss going to work.

Hair Woes

Aaarrgh... I'm having an ongoing and age old battle with head lice at the moment. Just when I think I have the thing licked... the 9 year old goes to school and returns with more (it would seem). Not to mention the washing that accompanies such a process and the ramifications for the 3 year old. I've told her in no uncertain terms that she's not to hug anyone for a while.
In desperation, I've cut her hair considerably shorter than how she's been wearing it.  I don't normally cut her hair -- haven't done so for a couple of years now since she's old enough to feel self-conscious about bad hair cuts.. But we just don't have much opportunity to get out to the hairdresser's and I'm all she's got.
Poor kid.


  1. Oh, I know about headlice! My daughter has thick, thick hair and when she get's headlice, it takes me about 3 months to get rid of it. Tried lavendar extract in their hair?

    Sounds like you are busy in minstry. Do you find it affects your family (ie too much) sometimes?

  2. Have not heard about lavendar extract. We started with some oily mixture and then went onto Nitwits which has tea tree oil in it. Things are looking up though... I'm seeing more dead eggs than live ones.

    I'm not in ministry as much as I used to be. I've cut down a lot. But yeah, I went a bit nuts at one time. I have a good husband who lets me out. :D However, I'm rethinking a lot of things and feel that I need to support the husband in his career a lot more than I have in the past.
    As the girls get older, I'm inclined to take them with me to things a lot more.


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