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Cry Mercy

After the events that occurred last Tuesday at Elim Christian College, I have been trying hard to process. My father in law is the DP at ECC and although I didn't personally know any of the victims, being separated by 1 degree has given me an inside view of things - much closer than I would have gotten from just the media.

As the victims get laid to rest and I struggle with the why, I have been drawn to a song by David Crowder. It helps me - I don't know how - it just does. Here are the lyrics, but the dynamics of the song excel passed the sum of the lyrics so I encourage you try and listen to it.


Cry Mercy

I will wait
I will wait for Your peace
I will wait
I will wait and You comfort me

I lift my head
I lift my heart, my soul
I lift my hands
I give myself, my life my all

And I cry mercy Lord
A cry of freedom to be heard
And I cry mercy Lord
A cry of freedom from this world
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4.00am phone call

Apart from being cold this morning, I got a phone call @ 4.00am. Not as bad as you might think as my alarm goes off at 4.30am - but anyways back to the call - it was our neighbor and good friend - Josh.

Hey Reuben it's Josh, Becca's contractions are 5 mins apart. I'm gonna jump in the shower and bring Cail over

Exciting I replied. So I set up the porta cot for Cail - but had to think why Josh did you need to wait till they were 5 mins apart???

They then found out the the Maternity hospital at Kura was full - so off to hotel birthcare - so traffic was a breeze.

They made it at 5.00am and Averie Mae was born at 6.09am This morning! Praise the Lord!


It's getting darker...

It's been a great summer this year - and we didn't even go on holiday!

I have noticed however that it's getting darker in the morning. I usually roll out of bed around 5am and I have noticed quite a difference with the light. Sux!

The long days are coming to an end...

Hei aha never mind it will be a lot easier to get the kids to bed when it's darker and not so hot...

Behold a boy!

Baby Coco was born September 11 at 9.40pm and Baby Coco is a boy.

Baby coco has not officially been named yet, so is still being referred by it's womb name. Stay tuned for details.

Baby weighed 4.555kg which is 10.1 lbs
Length 57cm
Head Circumference 36.5cm

Mum, dad and big sista's are doing well. Vania is at Birthcare in Parnell. Visiting hours are from 2pm - 8pm.

Thanks for all the prayers and messages of support

Photos posted below

Baby Coco just born

Baby Coco with his new threads

Proud Mum and Dad


Greatest ROI

For those of you outside IT/IS and business levels, ROI is a term that stands for
Return on Investment

It is quite a common term which it's basic philosphy is what gain am I going to get for that cost?

When I was flicking through I found an intersting post about the best ROI for church growth.

If you want to build your church, you need to put your best with the kids.

If you love people’s kids, you’ll get their time and attention.

This was at this year’s C3 Conference, Dr. Ed Young of Second Baptist Church (Houston, TX) shared his thoughts on the link between church growth and children’s ministry

This was interesting to me becasue of the timing. cession|community run a Easter Egg Hunt where we were budgeting on 50 kids attending. We had 104 kids turn up.

I guess now we know we can get their attention, the next step is to reflect God's love to the kids.

I have always wanted to atttend a C3 conference I have a DVD of the 2nd conference which featured Ed Young, Greg Laurie and Andy Stanley.

I have just order the DVD's for 2006 & 2005. Can't wait to check em out.

Don't worry hun, comapny expense - Professional Development


It's been awhile since my last post but I found this on a new blog I found today


It's odd but:

-when we are at work we look forward to home/leisure time. And yet when we are at home we worry about work. Decide that wherever you are, you will be there.
Be here now.

-the more we earn, the more we spend. Decide to manage your finances and build your financial independence.

-we spend a lot of time buying stuff to make us happy although we know that want we really want is some time to ourself.
Decide to be time-rich rather than stuff-rich and time-poor.

-we want to be happy so we buy the porshe (err Audi) because it will make us feel young again and will atttract the girls and that will make us happy.
Why not simply decide to be happy?

-we put a load of money into our pension fund, but we have no idea what it will provide for us.
Ask questions.

Check out more here

The other post that got my attention is

S is Success

Help your child understand what success really is. Increasingly society will seduce them into believing it is money, fame and stuff. Ironically most who acquire those find they do not really help at all.

Help your son or daughter to realise true success is doing what they are passionate about. To achieve that they will have to put aside much 'good' advice of others and learn to be true to themselves. You can help them have courage in this area.

Check it out here

your awesome dad...

I was helping my little girl, Isabella, go to the toilet. After she successfully completed her mission, as we were leaving she said
Thanks dad! Your awesome

I felt awesome

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