Mark 4:39-41 New International Version (NIV)
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
I like music when I am thinking, enjoy the song videos while you read.
What would it take to start a wave?
"The winds cause waves on the surface of the ocean (and on lakes). The wind transfers some of its energy to the water, through friction between the air molecules and the water molecules. Stronger winds (like storm surges) cause larger waves. You can make your own miniature waves by blowing across the surface of a pan of water.Waves of water do not move horizontally, they only move up and down (a wave does not represent a flow of water). You can see a demonstration of this by watching a floating buoy bob up and down with a wave; it does not, however, move horizontally with the wave." Source
It is not easy to start or stop a wave, can you imagine how powerful God is? After the cyclone hitting Queensland this week, and seeing pictures of 30 foot waves at beaches around us, it just really made me stop and think about how powerful our God really is.
It is amazing how strong wind and waves actually are!
What is a way you have seen God's power lately?
How many of you remember the TV show on ABC a couple of years ago, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution? Well secretly that was one of my favorite shows.
It was a show about eating clean and finding out what is really in your food. Now, before you check out. I am not one of those people who has to know everything about my food by any means. I just really liked how he did the show. It was a very entertaining show.
Jamie Oliver is everywhere in Australia, and a couple of months ago, he opened a new restaurant in Brisbane. Of course, we had to try it!
I have never really talked about a restaurant on my blog, but this was so good, I had to share. This wonderful restaurant is located a block off of The Queen Street Mall, and should be a must do one everyone's Brisbane list. They make the pasta in the middle of the restaurant.
The decor was shabby-chic while set in the middle of a fresh market. It was a very well planned out place, and really cute.
The downstairs felt like you were sitting in someone's dinning room.
The restaurant was pretty full at 3:00 in the afternoon, I just did what I could to cut people out of the pictures.
We both had pasta for our main, but it was so good, I forgot to take a picture. Ok, so now that I have shown you all these pictures and talked about how wonderful the food is, don't worry my American friends. He has cook books you can buy and make the food at your own house. Brisbane friends on the other hand, go eat there. It is amazing! What is your favorite restaurant?
Months ago, I told Josh I really wanted to run The North Face 50 in the Blue Mountains. I mean watch the video above, who wouldn't want to run it? I couldn't talk anyone into running it with me, so had written it off as can't do.
Now, imagine my surprise when I opened my email the day sign up opened and saw this.
I was talking to Josh later about the weird email I got during the day. He didn't really say much, just "that's interesting." As soon as we hung up the phone I got a different e-mail from Josh. It was his congratulations letter for signing up.
Josh had not only signed me up, but signed us up. Josh decided it was time for him to run with me.
The picture below is one and a half months into training, we were about half way finished with Half Marathon training.
Day One, we did not just jump into training for a 50k. We did couch to 5k first, and then had time to do 5k to half marathon, and half marathon to 50k training plan.
We got caught in a rain storm on this particular run. We ran to a ferry stop and hopped on the ferry.
We are running four days a week. Sunday is tabatas day or stairs day. We kind of cheat though, we run 20 seconds on, 20 seconds off, or try to sprint stairs the entire time. We do this for a full hour. Tuesday is an hour of hill repeats on one hill. Thursday is an hour of rolling hills. Saturday is the day we get in distance. We have just finished our half marathon training and starting our 50k training. Let's pray we are ready! Everyone I keep asking about the race warns me, "There is a lot of stairs." Any pointers? Any encouragement for Josh? This 50k race will be his first race with distance, besides the half marathon him and my cousin completed. I can't wait for race day!
Josh will run his first trail race this weekend, he might need some encouragement. Anyone got tips, pointers, or encouragement?
In honor of school starting, here is a glimpse inside my classroom. The pictures below are what the room look liked when I walked in the door, day one.
This is my room after two days of hard work.
Not exactly my normal classroom. The room isn't covered in books, but we paired down everything to move here. So, I no longer have all my books. Look at the room though, it's huge.
I actually have room to have 15 center (Aussie term centre) stations set up in my room at all times. Not to mention, a carpet area, reading table, and desks for 24 kids. I have never had so much room in my life.
I have learned so many things teaching in Australia. I am really enjoying learn all the slang.
I have learned "togs" and "bathers" are what they call bathing suits.
H is pronounced "ACH" and Z is pronounced "ZED".
I also am being killed in spelling Australia spells colour, centre, honour, favourtie, pratising different ways.
Don't worry, I goofed big time the first day of school and sent the kids on a center scavenger hunt where they were to circle their favorite center, and at the end they colored a badge of honor for finding all the centers. Not sure I could have fit anymore misspellings in one sheet. Total goof to start the year with. I am a work in progress.
We speak the same language, but wow, the spelling is killing me big time at the moment. I am loving learning so much.
Now, those who knows me, know I didn't make all of the "cutesy" things. I figured I needed to have some "cutesy" things since I was teaching the younger kids. Thank you Teacher Pay Teacher!
What is something you always liked about your elementary classroom? What is something that you think I should add in? I am so happy for the opportunity to teach kids overseas. This is really brooding my horizons and going to make me a better teacher.
I have a confession.....
I LOVE THE BEACH!
HA! I mean who wouldn't when this is a beach you get to see.
I don't think I ever put my toes in the water without singing this song in my head.
HAVE YOU SEEN JESUS, MY LORD?
Have you ever stood at the ocean
With the white foam at your feet;
Felt the endless thundering motion?
Then I say, you’ve seen Jesus my Lord.
Have you seen Jesus, my Lord?
He’s here in plain view.
Take a look, open your eyes – He’s here in this room.
The beach always makes me feel so small in such a big world. This beach was about a four hour drive from Brisbane. Baragara is is area you go in Queensland to see the turtles. The water was not as blue because the entire week before we went, it rained. The water ran down from the hills, to the rivers, to the sea. It was still beautiful though.
I love to try to imagine what is over the horizon, what the fish have seen, or where all the water rushing over my toes has been.
It is so neat to really stop and think how everything really works together. I love to just sit and read a book at the beach, obviously from the picture above Josh doesn't just sit on the beach. The sound is my favorite thing to hear. It just calms the soul.
What are your thoughts when you are at the beach?
While cleaning up for our inspection, it is like college days good housekeeping time, I realized I have never posted pictures of our apartment/flat/unit. So here it goes, starting at the front door.
Like the key hanger right by the door? We added that after we locked our self out of our apartment, and it cost $170 to get in.
This is right in front of the front door. I guess they thought you need to really look at yourself before you go out the door.
Like the bean bag chairs? I know you are jealous. HA! Totally went backwards with our furniture, but they really are comfortable. It was really hard to find furniture here. Everything was really expensive or had a six month waiting period. We got the chairs at the market.
Rest of living room.
Start of hall from living room.
Guest room which will make a king bed. Who is planning on visiting?
Office, which is off the guest room.
Master bedroom. Thanks for Mrs. Seely, Melissa, and Mamma for helping pick all this out, and making the pillows and curtains. I think they did a really good job.
Look at all the closets, Aussie terms would be cupboards. I love it!
We do have central heat and air. The crazy thing about this weather, we have used it twice, until summer. Most of the time we just leave our doors and windows open, it's perfect.
We do have small things throughout the house that makes the house ours. It is a little hard to decorate with concrete walls. This house is so much different from our Conway house. We love it though! I mean look at the outdoor area!
Who wouldn't love it here?
I love this saying. It is so Aussie. So, who wants to come visit? We are ready for you to come down under.
Recently Australia had elections. Things were so different I feel like voting deserves a post of it's own. Like most times, I spent a lot of time talking to people and reading Wikipedia to gather my information, I am in no way an expert, but here is what I have learned. The National and States are set up mostly the same, so I will be explaining them both. One difference in National and State is Queensland, the state we live in, doesn't have a Senate. They voted a couple of years ago, and decided it was pointless.
Because a little over 54% people voted in the national election in 1922, they decided to improve voter turnout. Since 1924 voting in Australia is not optional. Everyone must vote. While they do have 100% voter turnout, they are a little behind on how they vote. Most Australians still vote on paper ballet.
They do have a Senate and House of Representatives like America, but their terms can differ. House of Representatives are elected for no more than three years, but the Prime Minister or Premier can determine to dissolve House of Representatives at any moment before the three years is complete. When the Prime Minister makes this choice, Parliament must return home and start campaigning for their seat back. The election is held quick, like in 30 days quick. Yes, you read that correctly, Americans! There is only 30 days of campaign ads and political hoopla.
Here is a really big difference though. They do not elect Prime Ministers. The people go and vote for their representative in Parliament on a local level, and the party who wins the most seats picks the Prime Minister. The person they pick must be in Parliament though, he has to be someone that has won an election for a seat. The party can get mad at the person they determine to be the Prime Minister and over throw them. They just elect a new leader from their party.
After learning this, I thought dissolving a House of Representatives and having a quick election would put the party in charge an advantage, because they know elections are coming. But, just like the Premier of Queensland figured out recently, dissolving a House of Representatives early can not always be to your advantage. He dissolved Queensland House of Representatives early, had a rush election, and didn't win the majority. He lost his seat.
Now, one would think once you are elected to represent you could not change parties after you arrive at Parliament. Oh! That has happened also since I have been here, Jacquie Lambie was elected to Parliament as a member of the Palmer United party, to only get mad, and become an independent. When she changed parties, she jumped from wearing a yellow scarf to a pink one.
As I said really big differences. Can you imagine if the Democrats got mad, and decided to just put a new President in? But Hey! I would say they have checks and balances, no leader is just going to have too much power, the party will over throw them if their popularity numbers start dropping. I would also say they really have to listen to the people who elected them, you might not only loose your seat, but your party could lose the leader.
Who knows which way is better or correct, if you ask me, most politicians are so out of touch with reality, they all need a wake up call. I always love to learn how a government works though. Really interesting. After reading this, put the way Australian's do elections to your government, how do you think it would turn out?
*I researched this the best I could, I am in no way an expert of Australian Politics.