I have just been enjoying being at home with my family!! I have so missed being around them all day long since I have started working for a School Teacher babysitting her children.. I always look forward for the summer time because of that Hope you have a blessed day!! Blessings to all, Elizabeth
Well, tomorrow is the winter solstice. The shortest day of the year. It's been raining for three days straight with no signs of letting up, it doesn't get light until seven, and it gets dark at five. Guess what? It's winter!!
Sorry. But summer seems like a distant memory to me at the moment. As for what I'm doing this winter? Schoolwork, mostly. Desperately trying to keep warm. It's a very cold winter - colder and wetter than any that I can remember. Our house simply isn't equipped to handle it! Woolly jumpers and lap rugs are my new best friends!
And next summer (when that finally comes around)? Well, I'd like to go swimming at the waterhole, now that I've finally gotten around to making a swimdress. I'll volunteer at a youth camp I've been going to for seven years - last summer I trained and qualified as a bunkhouse leader, and I've led at one camp already! There'll be Christmas, and then my birthday, and towards the end of January we'll probably go camping as we usually do. Dad says that next year we're not going to a campsite, but will be camping out in the Bush. That should be... interesting (fun!).
And then after that, next autumn, we're going to America for three weeks! Yay! I've never been to America before so that's very exciting. We'll probably spend some time in summer preparing for that. I'm so excited!
God bless you whatever season you're in at the moment, from Rachel.
Okay, I take that "very cold and wet winter" bit back. After having visited America last month, I must say that no Australian winter can possibly compare to America in April!! I was freezing!! I had to go into Walmart to buy jumpers (sweaters) and thick material for extra petticoats. And that was in Texas, which is meant to be warm and Australia-like. It was far worse as we went north. And everyone just looked at me weirdly and said it was spring and warm. I have idea how you people cope!!!!
Anyway, summer was exciting. Pretty much all of that happened except the camping bit. I led at two (or three, I can't remember) Christian youth camps, which was exciting. It's always fun to see where the kids are in their path with God and how they grow during the camp.
I even got caught in a bushfire! Well, I say "caught", I mean I was at a school where the camp was being held, it was on the oval, and we all went down into the gym. And, I say "bushfire" but technically it was a "grassfire". And the CFS were on it in 10 minutes and it was put out really quickly. But it was still exciting! 17 years of "fire danger! fire plan! clean the gutters!", and it was good to finally make it all real. But we were so thankful that the children had already gone home by the time the fire happened. We'd had "very high" or "catastrophic" fire danger ratings all week and had been praying really hard that we wouldn't have a bushfire while the children were at camp. Some of the children came late and went early, because the two "catastrophic" days were at either end of the camp. They offered to let the leaders go home on those days, too, and a couple did... But in all fairness, my home was only twenty minutes away, in a higher-risk area, and we're meant to evacuate on "catastrophic" days (no-one does) to the Community Hub, which in my case, was the very school I was already at.
So, how has everyone else been over summer/winter? What are your plans for the coming months? Did anything really exciting (like a bushfire) happen?