Sunday, August 17, 2008

Julia's Gym Workout!!!

Reaching !

Focus !

Neck !

Double foot kick!

Single foot kick!

Low sweep kick!

"That is how it's done folks! For more exercise action watch my new video!"

Saturday, August 16, 2008


One afternoon after some rain we looked out our window and saw one of the most amazing rainbows we ever saw. Off for a walk we went and tried to get it on camera. None of the pictures come close, but here are a few.

Back yard

Down the block

Daddy and Julia catching up to Mommy and the camera.

Just about to enter the little park just a couple blocks from our home.

No rainbow in this picture, just beautiful Tasmanian sky.

Once we were through the park the rainbow had totally disappeared.

Genesis 9:11-17 "And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth."

Family Walk

One day, several weeks ago, we took a brief walk out to Tamar Island. The walk is part of the Tamar Wetlands on the Tamar River.

The funky-shaped building is the Tamar Wetlands Visitor's Center. The center has information on life in the wetlands, paintings, CD's, etc. It is a very nice building to look around in and the staff are always polite and helpful.

Mt. Barrow from the wetlands walk

Julia loves going for walks and watching the new outdoor sights go by.

Old junk, maybe even convict junk

Black swans are common.

There are lots of bird tracks in the mud while the tide is out.

Looking back at Launceston proper from the wetlands.

After a bit of a walk down a board walk and a couple small bridges, you reach Tamar Island. The island has some old buildings, some unique trees planted by settlers many years ago, BBQs, picnic tables and toilets. We hope to go back again for a picnic some time. We would have more pics of the island but the batteries died; sorry.

The last pic we got was of Little One sleeping during the walk back.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Oz Passport Arrives!

Little One is very proud of her new Australian passport.
She has a U.S. passport because she is a U.S. citizen and she has an Oz passport because she is an Australian citizen.

She is not letting this go! It took too long to get!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Short Vacation to the Sea

Two weeks ago, our family took a little trip to a small town on the Northern coast of Tassie called Tomahawk. Some friends from the congregation have a cottage or "shack" there. Tomahawk is an amazingly beautiful place and it is certainly not a tourist destination. Here are some pictures from our brief time away.

This is are marvelous home away from home, even though it isn't "ours," in Tomahawk. The ocean is just on the other side of the road and there is a beautiful view of the ocean from the porch and front windows.

An old whale bone the owner found on the beach is set up in the yard. I found it a very helpful landmark.

The little one enjoyed just hangin'.

Sooo cute!!!!

Here's Daddy trying to get Julia to smile some more.

Martha keeping up on feeding times, potty times, and naps in her journal.

Julia met fire for the first time in Tomahawk and was absolutely mesmerized by it.

We went for a late night walk on the beach during low tide.

We went out for a walk the next day.

We found a little crab running around.

The little island is only an island as the tide comes in. When the tide is out you can walk all the way out to it.

There are a few mountains in the distance.

This picture was taken on the road walking back toward the cottage.

Martha reading Curious George to Julia.

Terry reading the latest PhD on Herman Hoeksema he found on the net: Herman Hoeksema: A Theological Biography by Patrick Baskwell. It's a must-read for those concerned with Hoeksema - his life, his influence, previous evaluations of him, and his impact.

Big smiles!

Daddy and Julia hanging out in the morning.

In other news, the paper work for Martha and Julia's trip back to the U.S. continues. We have applied for an Oz passport for Julia seeing as she has dual citizenship. Martha's passport has been sent to immigration to have her visa evidenced in her passport. Now we begin looking for the plane tickets!

We hope to head to Hobart tomorrow and then have Presbytery on Saturday.

Lord's blessing to all!!