Song written and Filmed at Lake Taupo, New Zealand

Breathe, a song I wrote when Kenney and I went to Whanganui Bay, Lake Taupo. My last blog post was about my experience (which wasn’t too pleasant) at the lake but this is a song I wrote and recorded while I was there. Its a song I was inspired to write while being in the middle of nowhere and I had time to ponder on what we are about to do in 4 weeks.

We still don’t know what the future holds for us but we trust in the Lord and know that this time will shape us and lead us toward a closer relationship with our father. God is so good and I don’t worry, I know He will come through for us and even though we can’t see it yet, I know there is a reward waiting.

If you would like to keep up to date with my adventure make sure to follow this blog and I will be in touch tomorrow with another post about our trip to Taupo where someone I know went Bungy Jumping!

Love Jess

Get away at Whanganui Bay Lake Taupo gone horribly wrong!

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This weekend we were supposed to get away for a night and say a last goodbye to our beloved bach in Whanganui Bay, Lake Taupo. We were supposed to spend lots of quality time together but what happened instead was this:

Joel (my eldest son) got awfully sick the morning we were supposed to be leaving so my sister offered to have him stay with her so we could still get away (bless her).

We packed and left and got to our powerless, toilet less, hot water less, lightless bach and started making dinner on our gas stove. Kenney took one bite and said he couldn’t eat and went to bed and by then it was dark.

About half an hour later everything he had eaten that day came to the surface and it wasn’t pleasent. For the rest of the night that continued and at about 2am Luke (my 1 year old) joined the party too. So my day started at 2am because there wasn’t much sleeping after that. It was ok though… in my spare time I wrote a song! I will share that with you on Monday.

So I took care of my boys until they could gather the strength to get out of the place by 2pm the next day, and I managed to get a few walks in while they slept.

On the ride home Luke threw up in the car which really makes you want to get home quickly (to say the least!). But that resulted in us getting a speeding ticket from the police.

One thing I did learn from this trip was that we are so blessed to be able to have light and power and flushing toilets and hot water and cars (I really could go on). God has blessed me and my family so much and if you have all of those nessessities than know that you are so so so blessed!

Now I’m feeling a bit seedy so please pray for me!

Love Jess

 

Hikumutu Bike Trail in Taumarunui

Today the boys and I went on our usual walk along the Hikumutu bike trail. Joel is now riding without training wheels so it makes for a much faster walk (things mama’s get excited about).

I love this walk. It loops from the bike trail to the farm and back home. When we got home Kenney was waiting for us to shoot some clays with him. I even had a turn! First time ever, didn’t hit anything though…

There are so many special activities in this town and so SO many amazingly talented people. Expect to hear some collaborations with some amazing singer songwriters from Taumarunui soon. Also make sure to follow the blog by typing your email when clicking the follow button below so you can stay updated with the adventure, art and love from me.

Bless you precious!

Love Jess

Cambridge Visit (near Hamilton)

In the beginning of this week Kenney and I took the boys to visit their gorgeous Aunty and her beautiful home. She has a delicious orchard (trust me, the boys ate about 3 apples each on the way home!) and being a florist, she has flowers and greenery galore!

After that we stopped into Cambridge and bought pizza for dinner and while waiting, we took a stroll around the amazing town hall. Most beautiful town hall I have ever seen! I tried to get both the boys to ride the horses (not sure if that is allowed) but Luke thought they were real and freaked out (I mean FREAKED OUT)…

We took the pizza to the park and then we played for a while until it was time to go home.

Family is so precious. These days seem to go by so quickly and I think one of the reasons we’ve decided to go and have an adventure for a year is because we want to spend lots of quality time together as a family.

Romans 12:10

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor

1 Corinthians 13:4-13

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. …

Psalm 127:3-5

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

I just wanted to share with you all a happy birthday tribute to the most self-sacrificing person I have ever met. . . My mama. . .

She was only 15 when she found out she was pregnant with me just over 26 years ago and ever since then she has given up so so so (not enough so’s) much for me and for her family.

She has been an example of how a person can have nothing and they can do great things with their life even when all the odds are stacked against them.

I believe you have achieved everything you have mum because Christ has seen you and been with you through it all. He has blessed you abundantly because you have poured out the love He has given you onto everyone around you. You are the best mama I could ever ask for and I pray that you will be blessed for all of your days.

Love Jess xo

Peaceful island

This weekend has been an amazing 1st time experience of Waiheke Island! We arrived on Saturday and are spending a couple of nights relaxing and enjoying spending time with each other. We have never been to Waiheke before and for some reason we thought it was an extremely small island with about 500 locals and lots of tourists! Actually there’s 9000 locals it and it takes quite a while (we tested it today and even got lost a couple of times) to drive from one side of the island to the other…

One thing I love about the place is that it is such an artistic community. Would absolutely love to stop in here on our adventure but only time will tell!

Here are a few photos of our peaceful weekend

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How to be Jesus to creative people

 

Just came home from a very special class I go to every Tuesday called Resourceful and decided to write about it because it has been such a blessing in my life this past year..

Resourceful is a class where a few EXTREMELY talented and knowledgeable ladies teach you skills like sewing, knitting, cooking etc. Skills that teach you to be ‘resourceful with the things you already have around you.’

I am totally going to miss these amazing ladies who taught me how to follow a pattern and sew my own dresses, to sew cushion covers when your own are looking tired or a patchwork for your new born baby. My love of creativity has flourished this year because of their willingness to teach. These skills are extremely rare now days and I never had someone who would teach me the art of sewing etc so I am so grateful.

I’ll also miss the friendships and mentors that I have made from this class. Life to me is all about Jesus and people and I am totally the kind of person who can not keep my feelings to myself (it’s ok, I feel sorry for my husband too sometimes) and the council I have received from the beautiful women at Resourceful has been priceless.

I love you all and pray that God will bless you and give you a new encounter of His goodness and love and grace. Thankyou for shining the light of Jesus Colleen and Rosalie (our amazing teachers)!

Here are some pictures that express the creativity that has come out of this class..