Renewable Energy

This weekend we found ourselves at the Townsville EcoFiesta and Lifestyle Expo on Green Living… or something like that.

Mostly, we love hitting up this gorgeous park called Queens Gardens and browsing some local innovations while listening to some folky tones from local musicians like our friends Woje… and getting free stuff.

But we’re also keen to put our hands on the roof painted with special paint to resist the heat, and entertain the comments of my observant teenage brother on the irony of the place he’s just come from is all about conserving heat… NOT repelling it.

Uncle Luke is here.

We couldn’t be happier.

And even though we did learn our share of energy and water saving tips, our energy was renewed in a different way too.

The, oh.my.gosh.my.brother.is.finally.at.my.house sort of way.

The, i’ve.dreamed.of.going.to.australia.for.eight.years sort of way.

The, i.have.a.real.life.uncle.who.is.teaching.me.how.to.be.a.warrior sort of way.

I left home when my brother was just older than my son. And now he’s 14 and travelled half way around the world on his own to hang with us. Awesome. And though our energy levels have hit the.pass.out.in.the.car.on.the.way.home level, we’ve also been renewed in a deep, soulful sort of way.

 

 

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Showing Off

The Townsville Show was happening this weekend and since we live one block behind the Showgrounds, we have a front row view of the lights, the rides, the smells and the sounds. In fact, even typing this in my living room with all the doors and windows closed, I can hear echoing voices booming across the Show – “Dagwood Dogs! Get your Dagwood Dogs! Step right up! Everyone’s a winner!” (Or something to that affect.) And later tonight, we will get to partake in the annual fireworks show. We Americans always enjoy this as it almost always falls on 4th of July so we feel like its a special celebration for us!

Max does love potatoes!

What was special about this year’s Show is that we got to promote the YWAM Medical Ship. Our team created a fantastic space and engaged kids with a spin the wheel for a free prize (I WANT TO LIVE badges were a favourite, as were the YWAM stickers) and adults with cold water, a place to sit, and a fantastic TV presentation.

Tell! Give! Go!

We will have the opportunity to share the Millennium Development Goals with thousands this weekend – and how they can help achieve them through YWAM’s project in PNG. What a fantastic opportunity!

Finally.

It was April 2007. Jared & I had just been married. Our engagement was what I like to call a calculated whirlwind. It would be a long engagement or a short one. We chose a short one, knowing it would mean we’d have to spend time apart.

This was the week of many we’d spend apart. I was at a conference for YWAM iin the Pacific. And it was there that a dream was born – for Australia to have a medical ship.

Fast forward three years to February 2010. It was the very week our first little boy was born that this special ship arrived in Australia.

And another four months to June 21, 2010. My 30th birthday. And the day the ship arrived in its new home… our home… Townsville…

Max took naps on the ship, played with people he didn’t know, and ministered with his baby babbles and smiles to many who were exhausted under the pressure of this amazing undertaking.

Jared was our hero, leading a DTS and somehow popping up at just the right time to put Max to sleep or bring me a plate of lunch. The man makes a mean sandwich and though he always puts a lot more chips on the plate than I would ever give myself, they’re always gone by the time I’m finished.

And then there was me, sneaking away from meetings to feed my little man, secretly loving the fact that I got to be the mommy and the messenger all at once.

Its  been a long time coming. But she’s here.

Finally.

You'd think we could've found a better photo to mark the occassion with!