Wednesday, 18 December 2019


Despite the sadness in the air, Christmas preparations still go ahead.
I wondered whether I should have taken my last post down but it was real and happening and just a tiny reflection of how I was feeling . The country is slowly coming to terms with the tragedy that occurred at Whakaari White Island and grieving alongside families of those lost. Such a sad, sad time.

 I have been slowly buying and wrapping Christmas presents and posting those to family who won't be here for the day. I've still a couple more to get - but nearly there.

I have been to a 'production' of the gospel story put on by/for the littlies of Mainly Music and some of the older kiddies from church.
It was a fun time and followed by hot drinks, soft drink and Christmas fare to eat.

I've had a wander around some of the houses decorated with Christmas lights. Unfortunately my camera didn't do this yard justice. It looks so festive in reality and I wrote a Christmas card to thank them for the display and the added joy it brought to people at Christmas.

My GKB and I went down to the family fun evening in an alley behind the main shopping area. Merry-go-rounds and bouncy castles for the kids along with the candy floss, ice cream and chips. There were a lot of stalls selling a variety of crafts alongside the usual food stalls and the scouts fundraiser sausage sizzle. After some carol singing we had a sausage each but at $7 for a coffee we passed and had ours at home. It was a nice evening out despite the winter like temperatures :(

 I don't know whether I'll be posting again between now and Christmas so I'd like to wish you all a 

wonderful and blessed

however you are spending it.



  1. Sounds like you're just about ready for Christmas. We have the children's Christmas program this Sunday at church.
    A Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    A peaceful, healthy, and joyful 2020.

  2. Thank you, Diana. I truly hope you and your family will have a blessed and beautiful Christmas. It sounds like you've been enjoying the preparation of the season, and also sounds like you are ready for Christmas to begin! I am still a bit behind...need to pick up a couple more gifts tomorrow, and then begins the wrapping...Our church Christmas Cantata will be Sunday morning. I am singing in the choir, so we've been practicing a LOT. Hopefully it will turn out ok! The music is a little more difficult than our little church choir usually attempts, but God has blessed us with a couple of new choir members who are helping! What a blessing. God bless you and have a wonderful Christmas!!

  3. Hi Diana! Oh, it's so nice to hear from you. I'm so so sorry for all of the tragedies that have happened where you live. We have seen some of that on the TV. My prayers go out to all involved. I appreciate your sweet spirit trying to go on and celebrate. Thank you for your visit and I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas.
    You're always a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. As always thinking of you over on the other side of the world and at this time praying for your country and people there. May you know God's peace and love and may you have a very blessed Christmas. Also all the best for the new year.


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