A little pre Christmas surprise….


The week before Christmas I took the boys up to Gympie to visit my parents.
The trip had been planned for awhile and I was really looking forward to spending time in the serene surrounds with my parents.
The “star” in the photo above was hanging above my parents drive way and was an apt way to herald in the Christmas decorating that had been happening in the “Gympie house” as all the grandchildren affectionately call it!

But amidst all the decorating….

preparing…

joy…

winter land scenes…

many Christmas trees…

a surprise was lurking and I almost couldn’t hold in my excitement (but I did:)

There was a arrival from afar (no it wasn’t the wooden Christmas tree my dad made!)…


My sister Luana, husband Mitchell and baby Oliver flew in from The Netherlands and surprised my parents!


It was a wonderful reunion and first meeting of grandparents and little Oliver!
My parents got quite the surprise and had no idea! It has been so lovely to spend time with them and to meet the very gorgeous Oliver.
You can follow their adventures at Luana’s blog La Petite LuLu.

Martine

1. The countdown has begun…

To celebrate the beginning of advent I wanted to make an advent cake….

Our advent calendar gave us the instructions…

Yay for advent cake, bunting and a cute little deer…

The cake tasted great…

Thanks mum for all your creative help!

Our advent wreath….time to celebrate life, eternity and Jesus – the light of the world…
“I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life…” John 8:12
Martine

P.S…I finally made something I pinned on pinterest! :)

Christmas in July….

On Saturday night we gathered with some of our church family for Christmas in July!

The table was set and the bunting was hung….

…my very excited interior stylist (aka Noah) set up the nativity scene…

…Santa’s little helper was sweating on opening his present and giving the others out!

…then it was time to gather the family for a christmas shot…

…almost there…

…the “family”…

…our lil’ party animal recuperating the next day :))

Christmas in July was really fun…great to spend Christmas in cooler weather without sweating it out!
Let’s do this again next year!

Around here….

A sneaky surprise birthday gathering for Dan! Noah and I enjoyed decorating the house for the arrival home of Dan from Tasmania!

Thankyou Donna Hay magazine for some cake decorating ideas!

Noah (and Dan&I) are eagerly anticipating Christmas and…

celebrating Jesus – the gift of grace to all who will recieve Him.

We are also can’t wait to hold our newest member of our family – only 3 weeks to go :))

For this child I prayed; and the Lord has given me my petition that I asked of Him.
1 Samuel 1: 27

Martine