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2007 July 10 » Philoxenos

Philoxenos

My little girl

10th July 2007

My little girl

Dear Precious,

You’re asleep in your bed. Finally. It’s been a rough day for both of us. You lied to me today. Twice. That made me so sad. Obviously I don’t like being made a fool, but what made me the saddest was knowing that you were sinning and that made God sad. You had your share of discipline today, in various forms. Did it do any good? Did you learn? Am I doing anything right?

The prayer I prayed with you tonight is something I mean with all my heart: I want to be the best mummy that I can be so that you can know God better. I don’t like disciplining you but I’m doing what I think is best so that you can learn. But I know that sometimes I don’t do the right thing. I’m sorry for the times that I raised my voice. I’m sorry for the times that I didn’t read you a book or play dolls with you because I had other things to do. I know that things are changing around here and everything is up in the air. I know it’s hard. It’s hard to say goodbye to your friends. It’s hard to understand that we’re going to be living in America for a long, long time. It’s hard to understand that you won’t be seeing Nanna and Granddad every weekend. I wish I knew how to make it better. I wish I knew how to make this move easier.

Precious, I love you. Let’s play dollies tomorrow, okay?

Love,

Mummy

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10th July 2007

Homemade fajita seasoning

I originally got this recipe from TopSecretRecipes

Homemade Fajita Seasoning:

1 tbsp cornflour

2 tsp chili powder (you can’t get this in NZ, but you can substitute about 1/2 tsp of dried chili powder)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp sugar

3/4 tsp chicken bouillon (stock powder)

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/4 tsp cumin

Mix it all together. This is one serving. Slice up some chicken breasts or beef and fry it in a pan. When it’s almost cooked, add some sliced bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, zucchini if you have it and cook until just little soft. Add the seasoning and stir it around. Add about 1/4 cup of water, maybe a bit more, to make a bit of a sauce. When the meat is all cooked, it’s done! Serve with tortillas, bit of sour cream, some cheese, avocado if you have it. YUM!

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10th July 2007

The dregs

My eyeballs are about to fall out of my head. We have just spent the evening listing what I hope will be the last things to sell on Trade Me. One listing said “Bulk lot of computer components”. I felt like writing a description that said something like “This is a box full of junk that we don’t know what to do with. Please don’t ask any questions. It’s just a dollar so buy it already!”

We have sold almost everything we own. All that’s left is what will fit into ten suitcases and one 3-drawer filing cabinet, which we’re shipping. It’s a good thing that my husband is diligent because if it were up to me a week ago I would have just chucked the stuff in a box and marked it FREE and put it on the curbside. But as he reminds me, every dollar literally counts. So, we continue to sell.

I must say that there is a mixture of relief and sadness as I watch things go out the door. Relief obviously because it’s one less thing that we need to worry about. Sadness because it’s things that we’ve accumulated for one reason or another and it’s like part of our life is walking out the door. Probably the most difficult things to get rid of have been the kids’ clothes. I have kept a few very special things that I eventually will have turned into a quilt of memories. But I’ve had to sell or give away a lot of clothes. As much as possible I’ve given them to people that I like and know will get a lot of used out of them. A few things I’ve made quite a lot of money out of because brands like Osh Kosh sell for a pretty penny here in New Zealand. But to see that cute shirt or adorable pair of jeans go to someone else is sometimes a bit more than I can bear.

Moving has an upside as well. Handsome and I are looking forward to having a minimalist home for as long as possible. It’s much easier to keep tidy and easier to vacuum :)  And fewer places for socks and hair ties to hide. You wouldn’t BELIEVE how many hair ties and socks I have found. It’s ridiculous.

Oh, I forgot to tell you that we’ve booked our tickets. We’re leaving New Zealand on 21 July, 2007. No, Handsome doesn’t have his visa yet. We’ve booked these tickets on faith that it’s going to happen. If he doesn’t have his visa then I will go with the children and he will follow shortly after. I’m praying that’s not an issue because I really don’t want to think about it!

And I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but we’re going to be living in California. I figure California has a population of more than 30 million people so I’m probably pretty safe disclosing that small detail :)

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10th July 2007

I Want You To Reign

Here’s another one. Again with the lyrics below. There was another song of Handsome’s I wanted to upload but the camera ran out of batteries half way through :( Maybe another time.

When life is heavy on my heart
When confusion prevails
I need a rock on which to depend
A shining light in dark hours

And though at times I don’t understand
I must trust in Your power
My weakness heralds your coming strength
You are a mighty tower

I want you to reign in my life
I want you to reign in me

When I consider all Your ways
And Your righteous judgement
I know I enter but by grace
Into the throne room to see Your face

And as I stumble towards my goal
I am amazed at Your power
And as I worship at Your feet
I give You the control

I want You to reign in me
I want You to be my King
I want You to be my everything

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10th July 2007

Another song

Sorry no cute kids in this clip :) I have two songs from the concert to show you ,both of them written by Handsome. This first one is a song we sang together at our wedding so it’s a bit of a soppy love song :]. Just in case they don’t come through very clearly the lyrics are below.

The circle is now unbroken
A merry go round
The reasons are now in focus
The answers are found
The curtain is pulling open revealing an awesome sight
A collaboration vision
The search is now over

You complete me
You can see me as I am and yet you still stay
I came seeking
Found the missing part and more

Side by side
we’re on a journey
Hand in hand
we’re on our way
I cherish the time together
I can’t stay away
We walk here beside each other
Our dreams intertwine
The star of our love is rising
A beacon to all

Where ever I go
What ever I do
I know you’re right here by me
Where ever I go
What ever I do
I know that you’re here
I know that you’re here for me.

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10th July 2007

Concert footage

Here is one clip from our concert. I’ll post some others when I have time. This is the part where we did our family songs :

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