I went to this inservice the other day with Neil Carrington. I had never heard of him, but he was a great speaker. I really left with actual suggestions of how to make my classroom and life better. The great thing though, all is suggestions could be used with any situation. I decided to share what I learned.
After we knew we were leaving the beautiful country of Australia, we kind of went into a tizzy trying to see as many sunrises as we could. Here are a couple of our favorite.
Well I told you it was in the works, and it happened. We got to cross off Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, during Josh's last weekend in Australia. We picked one piece of furniture, decided whatever we got for that one thing, we would use that money and go to Fraser. When I did research, I honestly could not find that cheap of a way to get there. The tours were right under $200 each, and didn't include food, but did include a lot of time sitting on a bus. The other day when we went to The Glasshouse Mountains, and I chickened out of hiking the rocks, we went to a small fruit stand. The fruit stand had some tourist flyers, I decided to look at them, and found a flyer for a flight to Fraser along with our own 4x4. Now, thinking there was no way it was in our price range, I decided to grab it and look on their website.
Well folks.... as you have all see our lives are nothing normal, so we decided to step out of our comfort zone once more. By the look of the pictures you can see the whole packing thing is getting to be a breeze by now. None the less it is always hard to sort through the "treasures" that one collects over time. This time, we did not have a garage sale like last time. I listed stuff on Gumtree (like Craigslist) and did all the bargaining that way. It actually was fun, we met some interesting people, and got rid of everything we wanted to.
Starting the morning between the slumber of midnight and the crack of dawn, we set out for the adventure that is known as Mt. Warning. After reading several reviews and hearing folks that both Josh and I worked with, we decided we would see the sun rise at the first point that see's it in Australia.
Welllllll.........We had woke up at 1:30 in the morning and had driven two hours for the gps to take us through a few cattle roads then to a random house. With this obviously not being the path we were hoping for, we quickly figured out the closest beach as any beach sunrise is better than not seeing one atop the mountain. Taking the signs down the detour, we found our way to a sleepy town called Kingscliff. It was just as wonderful and a lot less steps to take to see the sun peak over the ocean to great us with the warmth of the day.
The other day the preacher talked about sitting in the waiting room of life. Here are my notes.
"There is something about waiting that makes us loose touch with perspective and reality. It's not just waiting rooms in life but it is also the waiting rooms of life. We spend more time in the in between than actually doing what we are called to do. God is trying to teach us and instruct us while we are waiting. He is still preparing us for His plan. We are not ready. We need to wait and change. Isaiah 54:1-3
You don't see me say I was too scared to do something very often, but the other day, that's exactly what I did. I chickened out, but before you judge, look at what Josh wanted me to do.
See that rock? Josh wanted to climb it.
For the past year and a half we have been living with a lot of unknown. Yes, you have seen some great pictures and amazing adventures posted on here, but really that has just been our choice to enjoy Oz while we had the chance. Our visa is tied to Josh's job, so it really puts the stress on when the oil and gas downturn has come and stayed for so long. I know the low gas prices are good for you at the pump, but with those low prices, there are many families that have been living like us or been laid off a long time ago. When the downturn started we sat down over a glass of wine one night and made some rules for our family. We chose to not let the downturn ruin our life in Australia. We made a bucket list, talked about living each day as it might be your last, and prayed God would let us know what to do.
I look like a real surfer don't I? HA! Well the more you scroll, you still see the truth.