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Feb. 8th, 2010

Me : Think

farewell

Things have changed and I seem to have outgrown it here. But the good news is:

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Feb. 21st, 2009

Me : Think

UNitEdinc.org

We've had a fabulous O'Week at UNE this week, and it was really encouraging to see our new Christian Student Group - UNitEdinc (United In Christ) - up and running! We had a stall on Monday, and gave out flyers, lollypops and free water to about 500 freshers who came by our table. We had about 20 new Christian students put their names down, people who are interested in coming along to our weekly meetings and getting plugged in to Christian life in Armidale! Tuesday we ran a sport afternoon and free BBQ dinner, and on Wednesday we were able to spend about four hours at the Freshers' Bash at the UNE Bistro, cooking students food and just generally being around to chat with them. Now via email, texts, facebook and the net, we're seeking to get our name out to as wide an audience as possible, so that there's no one on campus at UNE who doesn't know who we are and what we're about! So, check out our website, our facebook page, and please be praying as we kick start our weekly meetings this coming week, and seek to create and build Christian friendships with students at UNE, and reach out to those who don't yet know Jesus.

Here's the intro clip the guys knocked together to promote our meetings this term.

Feb. 7th, 2009

Me : Crazy

Come with me to NextGen!

I posted earlier in the week about the fabulous Next Generation Conference we attended at the end of January. Some people have requested photos. So here is the super (limited time only!) bumper post, right at the click of a mouse!
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Jan. 30th, 2009

Me : Think

The cross has saved us so we pray

Remember these posts? Last week, an Armidale gang trundled down again to Katoomba for the fabulous KYLC (now renamed NextGen just so we are all confused). We spent an incredible week getting stuck into God's word, honing our youth leadership and Bible Study writing skills, challenging and praying for each other. Coming back home was a bit like falling off a spiritual high, but I just keep reminding myself that we've got heaven to look forward to. It'll be like NextGen, but a million, trillion times bigger and better!

I'm looking forward to the Christian stuff that I'll be involved with this year. I'll continue co leading the music team - we're planning a music conference for early May which will be fab! I'm on the committee for the brand new UNitEdinc group (Christian Students on Campus) which will kick off in the first week of uni. We are small, but our God is big and I have no doubt that while there will be struggles and birthing pains as we get this group off the ground, that God will do amazing things. I'm looking forward to meeting new Christian students who might be feeling alone or overwhelmed in the midst of their new uni life, and sharing about Jesus with those who don't yet know Him.

NextGen was such a fabulous way to begin such a big year!

Here are the seven of us from St Pete's, Armidale (most of the back row), plus the group we were accommodated with for the week, our lovely cook Amy, and our adorable Austrian site hosts Stephan and Claudia. Yay for Kadumba!

Kedumba



Tomorrow I'm heading south yet again, to help Fran move into college in Sydney and visit with family for a week. I guess one day soon, these holidays will end!

Jan. 7th, 2009

Me : Think

15 minute fic :: The Jump

I just had a blast with Fran, Emily, Pete and Mum. I suggested we all do some ficlets together and the idea was embraced with enthusiasm! Then we all read our pieces aloud to each other, blushing and laughing, kicking fear in the face.

Title: The Jump
Fandom/original: Original, but heavily influenced by both Alias and a number of war/adventure novels or biographies that I've read.
Rating: G
Word count: 215 words.

The jump took place at 3:55 Tuesday morning. France was a mass of dark misty blackness as he made his way to hole in the plane floor and prepared to jump. Utter blackness met his eye. The radar told him that they were right above the building, and the clock told him that he had exactly 14 minutes to complete the mission. Time was running out. The pack on his back was made secure and ready. He jumped.
The air was freezing as it blew past his face, as he fell ever onwards into the encompassing darkness. The vast spread of grazing fields and sheds slowly became distinguishable from the rest of the landscape. 13 minutes, 12, 11...
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He own screaming woke him. The man was covered in linen and tarpaulin, and his arms were tangled in the ruined parachute. His legs wouldn’t move, and he looked down to see 20 feet below a lush, fern covered lawn. Desperate for some means of escape, ignorant that his time had expired three hours before and the agents were already on their way, he shook the foliage. The branch gave way under his weight. Pain jarred his torso, his head went light. “Vat do ve haf here eh?” a mean mannered, evil smelling, whisker covered face cried.

Jan. 5th, 2009

Me : Think

15 minute fic :: The Line

I truly believe depressed spirits are the best parents of creativity. (I always, very irrationally, wished my upbringing had been just a little more traumatic, for I might have been a genius.) Today, I've given birth to multiple bouts of inspired randomness, and I intend to keep at it all week. I don't want to get to the end of another year and have to say with Lady Catherine de Bourg that "If I had ever learnt done, I should have been a great proficient".* I can do, I should do, and I will do!
This week I intend to read a little, make a little, and play a bit too. I'm thinking about buying a camera and a photographer friend, James Day, has lent me one of his really nice cameras for the day. I don't know if I quite trust myself with $11,000 in my hand but I'm not complaining!
I'm going to get out the paint in a few minutes and without planning anything, see what happens.

And each day I hope to present a small piece of writing. I really do love writing, which leads me to the question, Why don't I do it more? Be gone, trepidation, fear, paranoia, for I'm gonna!

Title: The Line
Fandom/original: Original
Rating: PG for slight language
Word count: 270 words
Prompt: Racing
Confession: I did a tiny amount of editing as I posted this into the entry. I plead innocence as I've not written anything since my last creative writing assignment in November. Stone me if you will!

Mother said my heart always did it when I became overexcited. I couldn’t remember. The only thing I can ever remember is waking up with a pain in my chest and cramps in my waist. The memory of passing out never stayed with me, nor the moments that came before hand, those exhilarating moments beforehand. It always ended the same. I would scream as I awoke.
“Why the hell can’t I be like the other boys!”
The screaming hurt more.
“Damn it mother, damn it!”
The tears burnt my face. I secretly wished they’d tie me somewhere before I had a chance to get on to the running track, but I guess they had the same unspoken hope inside of them as I did, that this time things would be different. I was the only boy in the school who couldn’t compete and I was a disgrace, to my teachers, to my mamma, and to me.
Mother held my head to her lap as I gasped for air, clutching at the loose stones and dirt that lay so close to my face. The sirens became audible and then they were lifting me into the van. "Going for oxygen", they said. I knew it. I knew it every time. Every single time.
The tears burnt again and the gasping rent my insides.
“Next time I will,” I muttered through clenched teeth. A jolt made me scream and the pain only increased my angry resolution. “Next time Trent Williams will reach the finish line!”
The pain began to die away, and was replaced with a dull, quiet darkness that grew until it was black.

*Chapter 31, Pride and Prejudice.

Dec. 27th, 2008

Me : Crazy

Let's Grin! : DAY 8

Today, on the Eighth and Last Day of Thankfulness, I'm grateful for:

- A lovely Christmas and Boxing Day with about 40 different friends and lots of delicious food!

- Fun family times in front of the TV watching mostly more "Alias", with some of The Office and Mamma Mia! thrown in there too.

- Funny conversations via facebook status comments with friends who I haven't seen in about 10 years.

- Some exciting plans for 2009 - namely KYLC in January and Coldplay in Sydney in March.

- I have lots of nice friends.

- I live in a nice place. I like our gardens. Although it's mostly always too cold, the climate here really isn't too bad either.

- We're holidaying with Joe, Carly and Nadia next week!

Dec. 23rd, 2008

Me : Crazy

Let's Grin! : DAY 7

Today I smiled because:

I was reading Alisan's blog and I'm so excited the Greeffs are back with us, even if only for a short time.

The music rosters for January almost finished, and I'm looking forward to introducing some new songs at church next semester (most notably 'Come Hear the Angels Sing', one of Michael Morrow's newest songs).

I cycled another 20 kms and watched Sydney Bristow save the world, again!

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve!

Dec. 22nd, 2008

Me : Think

Let's Grin! : DAY 6

Photos make me smile!

This is what we made this morning:

The House!


Sally finally got hold of photos from St Pete's Carol Service, which was on the 14th December. It was a lovely night and lots of fun, even if stressful and mammoth too!

Aw


The Choir and Band before the service. What a beautiful and talented group of people!

What a great bunch of people! Band + Choir.



More photos here. (Thanks to Sally's brother Ryan for the photos of the service!)

Dec. 21st, 2008

Me : Think

Cause it's that time of year!

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Studied at UNE. Actually, you could make that; studied at an institution (full stop) – with face to face, feedback, assessments and exams! Woo!
Coordinated church music.
Went to youth and uni ministry conferences in Jan and Dec.
Became an aunty.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t do new years resolutions – it’s just more potential for disappointment.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yep! My sister in law had beautiful Nadia. Andrea had another baby too.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Kim died on the 23rd of October. I miss her so much.

5. What countries did you visit?
Just Australia, but next year, God willing, the list will be much longer ;)

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
More: Courage. Faith. Tolerance. Forgiveness. Selflessness. Let’s say more love in general.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 15th. It was the day the doctors told us we would lose Kim.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finishing my first year of uni with flying colours. Clearly I’m amazing.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Oh, let’s just not go there.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not really. All my problems were mental, which I’m not sure is a good or bad thing!

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