When plans go awry…


We had just shifted house and after a big few months involving shifting and surgery … a mountain escape (even for a night) seemed like just what the doctor ordered. So I found a camping spot that ticked all the boxes…the photos on the campsite’s website looked amazing…a bubbling stream right next to the camping ground…secluded camping spots surrounded by forest…camp fire pits and it wasn’t too far to travel after the end of a busy week. So I booked and paid for our spot and got packing!

The day arrived and all five of us got in the car excitedly…so excited to have our little mountain escape dreams becoming a reality. We were dreaming of roasting marshmallows, swimming in the creek by the campsite and enjoying the great outdoors. When we arrived at the campsite all was well and we were handed a makeshift map to direct us to our site. As we headed onto the dirt track it quickly became apparent that this is not quite what we had in mind.

The bubbling stream turned out to be a man made stream powered by a pump with unsightly pipes sticking out, our campsite was next to a pump house that loudly worked overtime drumming over the bush surrounds, there was a construction site about 25 meters away with diggers and bob cats busily making new camp sites, our camp spot was covered in broken glass and we saw a snake!! :) Dan and I looked at each other and we all got back into the car and drove off!

At this point, all I could do was smile, laugh and think, “That campsite was so bad and so far from what we had imagined that God must have something better up his sleeve for us!” So we got talking to the boys and explaining that God has an adventure for us this afternoon! So off we drove with no destination in mind but to see where we could find to camp before the sun went down!

We kept driving and driving through the most spectacular scenery. This country girl was loving being out of the city, enjoying the time together as a family and seeing what God had for us. I knew whatever God had for us would be amazing. I knew that as God’s beloved children He wanted to teach us something about Himself and show us more of His splendor. To cut a long story short we happened upon one of the most amazing campsites at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. It came complete with amazing bush walks, spectacular views and a pizza cafe right a short walk away in the middle of the rain forest!

IMAG0083 IMAG0081 IMAG0079I was amazed by God’s love for us in preparing the most spectacular place for us to stay. We experienced the beauty of God’s creation and were amazed once more by His beauty far away from traffic, deadlines and noise. We sat as the sun went down on another day and our eyes were opened to His whispers of love, grace, joy and peace a midst all circumstances of life. He spoke again of His rest that restores our soul. He taught me again that when our plans get interrupted He has another way, another path for us to take and that is always so much better!

“Look who’s here: Mountain-Shaper! Wind-Maker!
    He laid out the whole plot before Adam.
He brings everything out of nothing,
    like dawn out of darkness.
He strides across the alpine ridges.
    His name is God, God-of-the-Angel-Armies.” Amos 4:13

Love Martine (a happy adventurer)

From anonymous…

I received a box full of gifts in the mail the other week anonymously.

The kindness and thoughtfulness of my anonymous friend (thank you Emma!) was such a blessing to me.

The beautiful gifts reminded me to keep loving…

keep persevering…

keep creating memories…

like a picnic in the park after a long day…

and keep enjoying the smell of a clean bubs in his onesie!

Love Martine

Your love is all around…

No matter what…smiley face or sad…

…the Great Artist…


…with love…

2013 – I greet you in your newness and one day into the year I know…
God’s love is all around…

Your love is all around – All Sons and Daughters

Majesty enthroned in beauty
All my life, Your love pursues me
and I’m found in You
Oh Holy One, the King of glory
You’re the Author of my story
and I’m found in You

‘Cause You give me life and lead me to find
Your grace and Your mercy, given so freely
Your word is my light, it leads me to find
Your comfort and healing, the hope that I’m needing

Your love is all around
Your love is all around

Oh Living One, You reign forever
Drawing me into Your presence
and I’m found in You
Oh Great Redeemer, Precious Savior
You are faithful, though I wander
and I’m found in You

‘Cause You give me life and lead me to find
Your grace and Your mercy, given so freely
Your word is my light, it leads me to find
Your comfort and healing, the hope that I’m needing

Your love is all around, Oh
Your love is all around, Oh

And I hear Your voice
I hear the words You’ve spoken
This love is Yours
This love restores the broken

Oh, Your love is all around
Oh, Your love is all around
Oh, Your love is all around

And this is all my hope and peace
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
And this is all my righteousness
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

And oh, precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

Oh, Your love is all around
Oh, Your love is all around
Oh, Your love is all around

My song for 2013,
Love Martine

Its the simple things…

In our ever full life sometimes my favourite thing to do is to have some space to spend a day at home…not go anywhere, have to be anywhere but just be with my precious sons! The day isn’t really defined by anything spectacular but maybe taking a trike ride around with your favourite books in the boot (if your Noah)… you have to love Lassie :)

…big boy Byron chilling in the washing basket :)

Noah excavating some killer rocks…

…duplo joy…

…a little den to eat morning tea for our four year old tiger…


Thankyou Lord for simple days when we can feel your love and great joy in us…

Around here….

A little bit of sunflower love…

Bread baked by Granny Sandy! :)

Byron getting close to the action in his makeshift highchair :)

Definitely more cooking!

Noah “hugging” a wallaby :)

Remembering how much God really does love and take delight in us…

Zephaniah 3:17
“The Lord your God is with you…
The Lord will take delight in you,
and in His love He will give you new life.
He will sing and be joyful over you…”

And this ‘lil guy is almost 6 months and two teeth have made an appearance! Ouch for Byron!

Winter is…days by the beach enjoying the sunshine…

How precious, O God, is your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of your wings. You are the source of all life, and because of your light we see the light. Psalm 36: 7, 9

Jesus says, “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness….”
John 8: 11-13

” Like all my ancestors I am only your guest here on earth a little while….” Psalm 39: 12

God’s love is like the ocean….as I lay back and float in his unending love for me, (demonstrated through giving Jesus to die on my behalf)… His love is unending, it endures forever, it is perfect, it is strong, it is inexhaustible, full, free, we can know His love….

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8; 38-39