The month of February.. And a load of Photos.

Is it just me or has February FLOWN by. I can’t believe its this late in the month already. It seems insane.

I thought I should tell you a little about whats been going on over in “The House” Since we got back from our travels ect.

We had a few more lovely days with my parents before they flew home. Sniff.

It was such a lovely few days though. We meet up with plenty of people. Had a good laugh with some of their old friends and even went out for coffee. ACTUAL coffee. Which was awesome.

But all too soon we were at LAX again. *Honestly. We almost LIVE at that place.*

And they were heading home.

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The day they left was valentines day, So Seth and I had a romantic date…

In our car. With In-N-Out.

Coming back from LA

At 9pm.

Classy and hot. I know.

We rock it.

After they left, we hit full speed ahead into real life again. I actually went and got some food.. See previous post.. And we were back into it.

We had wedding showers and ping pong days. Plus some bridesmaid dress shopping, and a fun night with this girl thrown in for good measure..

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This comment is for my Dad. Relax. The car was NOT moving when this photo was taken;)

This week, I also got to catch up with one of my good friends from high school! I know. SO difficult for me, due to all that ocean and stuff, to see MY high school friends.. But she was over, and we got to catch up! Which was super fun! 

She’s been making me laugh since I was 12, and monday was no different! It was fun to spend a nice night out at disney. With fireworks and all!!

In other news, super proud of this hunky man who has been doing such an amazing job at his new workplace.. And is going places!! SO well deserved!

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So, life’s been.. Life.. this month.. There has been tears, and smiles, and a few tricky bits, some busy parts, quiet moments and a whole lotta grace.

Hows your February? 

Love,

New Little *Feb-Is-Flying* Wife

Chopped.

So. I hacked off all my hair. Well, I didn’t.. and it wasn’t quite like that….

The story begins with my lovely Sister (Sister-In-Law really, but she’s a babe, and I claim her as my sister;)

She’s studying at Paul Mitchell the school. The hair & beauty place. She’s been there almost two years.. And she’s VERY good at what she does..

She’s into hair.

I am not.

My hair would be lucky to see a brush once a week. Don’t even ask about my washing habits.

Since she started, she has had this dream of cutting off all my hair. She kept telling me how cute it would look, and how I would do it more and how it would shape my face.

I pointed to my mattered bun and said nothing.. And thats what happened..

Until last night..

Last night I called and told her, In honour of her 21st birthday next week.. and to motivate her to graduate with a bang.. And to make her happy..

Well.. I told her she could go crazy…

And I let her at my locks..

I started with this.. photo-38 (1)

And then she cut off this….

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And twelve inches later… She did this..

I told you she was good!!

It feels AMAZING. I LOVE it already. Its SO light. And easy to do. I still have to get used to it a little bit.. But right now IM IN LOVE. 

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#SHORTHAIRDONTCARE

So. She’s happy. And Im happy. And the little kid who gets the wig made out of my hairs will be happy too. We all win.

Happy 21st Babyyyy. Love ya millions. 

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Love,

New Little *Chopped* Wife

HAVE YOU EVER DONE “THE CHOP”? DID YOU LOVE IT? 

The most precious gift.

Merry Christmas to all!
I hope you all have had a merry christmas surrounded by family, friends and good food! It’s such a beautiful season isn’t it!

 As we were eating christmas lunch surrounded by family, I thought about all the things I have to be thankful for:

  • For amazing family and friends, wherever in the world they are.
  • For plenty of delicious food
  • For health and happiness, whatever form that takes
  • For being able to visit with old friends and make new ones along the way.
  • For our beautiful addition this year, in the form of Elijah, and all the other sweet babies in our family.
  • For the peace to be able to celebrate Christmas and the joy that it brings.
  • For love and laughter and happy memories.

But most of all, the one thing I am, and will be always most thankful for, is that God, in his mercy & love, sent his one & only Son, His most precious gift, to this world.

So that by this tiny little baby, born in a lowly manger, He would make the deaf to hear, raise the dead, make the lame to leap, heal the sick, teach us about love & forgiveness and save us all.

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
John 3v16-17

Thank you God, for the most beautiful gift in the world. 

Love,

New Little *Merry-Christmas* Wife

The First Week & Perth Adventures

I know. I know. I haven’t updated you all in a while. So get ready for a flood of photos..

Ive been cramming as much as I can in while I’m here.. and having an amazing time looking at these little faces..

 

The first week here in Sydney flew by, with way to many appointments and tests and general things.. I did manage to catch Miss Z at her swimming lesson & sneak a dinner with these ladies, which was fun *as always* and filled with laughs..

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And before I knew it I was Perth bound for this beauties wedding.

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The week was fun and crazy and full of pre wedding stuff, an awesome few days at our hens getaway and  had such a great time with these ladies, who made the bridal party super fun..

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The day was magical. Chels looked simply stunning. Dave was looking pretty alright too;)
The room was just beautiful, with fairy lights up everywhere and fun little table decorations. The bridal party was the funnest and there was just so much love. I felt SO blessed to be a part of the day, and stand next to this stunner as she said “I Do”… Dosent she just have the best smile:)

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The next day, after church, we went to the stunning Kings Park for the sunset and a view of the city.

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And then out for dinner with my parents, which was hilarious. Ill tell you about that sometime.. Lets just say there was ALOT of walking, and a rather sad thai beef salad. It was SO nice to spend some time with my parents there..
And catch up with so many other people.. Its always way to long between trips. Guess thats what happens when you move to the other side of the world. Haha. We did manage to find these neat swings in the city though..

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After that we packed up all our stuff and got ready for our adventure down south for the week… On Monday, after Mum & Dad went off to the airport, we packed up the car and headed off on our trip…

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Next post I’ll tell you all about the trip, the things we did, and what’s been going on since we got back to Sydney.. I will leave you with a few more photos tho;)

 

Hope you are all going well. Merry Christmas to all!!

Love,

New Little *Perth-Times* Wife

 

Why?

Yesterday was the roughest day I have had in a long long time. Bad news upon bad news had me down, out and crying for a long long time.

Some days are fragile.

Plans get broken, dreams are made and fail just as quickly, and we are turned around more times than we can even think..

And at the end of it, we have no idea whats happening and where we are going.

And I was.. Mad. I was angry. I was annoyed. And broken. Upset. Stressed. Sad.

I was lost.

I didn’t have any answers for the questions I was asking.

And my only prayer to heaven was why God?

WHY?

Because, sometimes, it hurts.

It hurts to know God can heal this. And fix that.

To know He can change the outcome of this. And to help us with that.

It hurts to not understand.

Sometime we cry out to Heaven and all we seem to get is silence. Sometimes we plea. We bargain. We make trades.

And still we get silence.

And still we get No’s.

And the pain gets more real. And the tears keep coming.

And the questions lay un answered. And the meaning still unknown.

But this morning I woke up. And I realised some things;

The first being this;

It hurts God TOO.

It hurts Him to see us like this. He cries when you are crying. He hears your pleas, and He listens to your cries.

And His heart breaks.

He Knows.

And He cares.

Second; He knows what he is doing.  He HAS a plan.

And it is worth FAR more than the pain we feel now.

Oh we don’t see it, and we have no idea what that plan is. And when our world is in turmoil, we struggle to hold on, but HE has one.

And it’s better than ours.

Its better than those dreams that got crushed. Its better than those plans WE made that got changed yet again. Its better.

And He promises its worth it. He never says its easy. Or pain free. Its never straight forward. And its painful. And unknown.
But its worth it.

Third; Sometimes Heaven’s answers is Just Hold On.

Its coming. HE is coming.

Its almost liked He leans down and whispers softly, like that still small voice…

Just hold on.

I know it hurts. I know its hard. I know what your feeling. Just hold on. 

I promise you it is ALL worth it.  I promise you, at the end of the day, in the light of eternity, It is worth it.

Trust me.

Four; He never leaves me. He will never forsake me. I am never so low, so far gone, that He cannot help me.

And he will. And he IS.

Even when He seems silent. He is there

Even when I feel lost. He is there.

Even when it seems He has stopped working in my life. He is going at it overtime.

Even when it seems like He is giving me bad after bad. He is working it all out for my good.

Even when I feel like I have no where to go. He is there.

And His arms are always open.

 

He is there. He knows. He hears. He cares.

Love,

New Little * Why?* Wife

Life Lately; November 2015.

Hello Lovers!

These past few weeks have been a pretty wild, you might have guessed that, due to my  by my lack of posting;)
Working two jobs, doing some fun stuff with our youth group, keeping up, wellllllllll *trying to keep up* my house and all that jazz had me beaaaattttt.
And I ended the week last week down and out with a virus. Joys.

But I am up and at ’em today, and trying like mad to catch up on everything before I leave for my trip next week.

You read that right.

YES. NEXT WEEK. NEXT WEEK. NEXT WEEK.

Its crept up on me, for sure. But I’m SO excited. Mainly because I get to squeeze these DELICIOUS little people…

And also be in the STUNNERS wedding..

Gosh. Crazy FUN times ahead people!!

I better fill you in a little more about whats been going on in our lives lately, instead of posting crazy cute pictures of these babes. *this is the last one I promise ;)*

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Seth has a new job. Today was his first day at his new company, He’s still doing plumbing and piping, just with another company. We are so super excited, and so blessed that God has given him this opportunity with this amazing company. It really was such a blessing!

Talking about jobs, I had my last day at Carls Jrn. Ill be talking about that later, but I just had to share a little story share…

It was 5:30am. I was freezing, and sick, and still had three hours to go on my all night shift. I was SO hungry. And tired.
Well, as I was going about cleaning and stocking, someone came up to my DT speaker. And ordered. They were muffled and I couldn’t really hear. As the little truck pulled to the window, I saw it was Seth. With a jacket, a hot water bottle and some food. Looking a little sleepy, but SO cute.
SO many points to him. What a move. BABE.
Made my shift go a lot better. And I had this smile on my face for the rest of the morning.

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We also have some SUPER fun things coming up next year, so stay tuned;) Its gonna be one AWESOME year. Crazy to think we are planning 2016 already!!

Anyway, Thats a quick update of life the last few weeks!! Hope your month is going well so far!!

Until next time,

Love,

New Little *Life-Latley* Wife

P.S Im in search of a good day planner for 2016. I like day to a page, and not a million $$. If you know of one, give me a holler Girl!

Dollar Deals.

The other night, after a lovely Thai dinner date, Seth & I went to the Dollar tree, which was just a few stores down from the Thai place. And I discovered something…

WE LOVE DOLLAR STORES.

We went a little… crazy. Ha. Everything is ACTUALLY a dollar. And they have some of the most random stuff, which makes it super fun. We always see what the craziest thing we can find it. Anyway, we had fun. And got a fair few things;)

I did discover that dollar stores are really good for a few things though. And I totally didn’t expect it!! Next time your near a Dollar Tree, check it out for these things:

Wall Decal/ Decorations: We picked up these sticky wall decal things for only $1 each! And they are AWESOME! They add a little bit of something to the bare walls we have, without being to much or to big. And if we don’t like them, they way they look or want to move them, we can just simply pull them off. None of the paint comes off either! Yay!! Winning.

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They also have a TON of bible verse ones that are really pretty! We now have about 10 round our house. Heehee. I might even go back for more.
I also got some Fall decorations from there too!! So nice to add some colour around, and get a little seasonal, without breaking the budget.

Notebooks/Planners: I got a super cute, nice little bound journal for my Thankful Thoughts Journal. And another one for my bible study for only a dollar. They are really nice, such a good size and super cute, which is, you know, super important;)
Sometimes journals can be really expensive, and hard to find! So I was so happy when I found these ones! Now I know were to look:)

PuzzlesWe got this super cute little 500 piece puzzle of a little french town. Its super cute, little, and SO relaxing to do.
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We have been enjoying just sitting down after dinner and working on it together for half an hour, chatting away and having some tea. So nice to spend some quite relaxing time together. And even better when the puzzles are only $1! Its our new date night thing to do!

I think I’m addicted to dollar stores now. Oops. Ha.

What is your favourite thing from the Dollar Store?

Love,

New Little *Dollar-Store-Addict* Wife

In Sickness..

So. I have been sick. Again. For those keeping track, this is my eight sickness this summer. Boo.
Anyway, needless to say that I’m getting good at being sick and still trying not to let the house go to chaos.

Sometimes I win. More often I loose.

But, when I follow a few of these little tips, It sure helps! So today, I’m going to talk about some little tips to help you when your not feeling super swell;

Slow cookers. These are like quite possibly the best things ever. Simply chop up some kind of vegetable, some kind of protein and some seasonings and dump it all in with a little broth. And cook for a few hours. Then go back to napping on the couch;) I also really like the because it means you can snack out of it while it cooks.. Haha. Not that I do that;)
You get to nap & no one starves. Its a win win. Really.
Note: I also have our local Thai Restaurant as one of my Favourites in my phone for when this doesn’t go so well.

Pyjamas ARE clothes. Who said they weren’t? No one. Thats who. This one is simple. PJ’s. Stay in them. All day. You save on doing laundry, your comfy, and girl, ya look HOT!
I would say that you should change them every two days, but totally your call.

Just the mains. And in Stages. Limit yourself to the absolutely essential things. And then do everthing in stages. I tend to do this anyway. Sick or well. Clean a little for 15 mins. Then nap for 20. Make a cup of tea and some food, then reward yourself by sitting down to read and relax. Clean the kitchen, then sit down and Pinterest for a few. Ya get your rest, and you manage to do the important things.

Anyone else got any other good tips?! Sharing is caring guys. Post them below!

And now, i’m off to take a nap. Haha.

No. But really….

Love,

New Little *In-Sickness* Wife

Homeward bound!

Yep, you read right…. Im heading home!!! Whoop Whoop. *Don’t stress, those of you in the USA, we aren’t moving. Just going to visit!*

But, come Nov 26th, I will be on home ground. Its crazy, this is the longest time, in the last 5 years, that I haven’t been on a plan travelling between countries. Its been, or will have been by that time, 17 months since our last visit. I know, crazy right!! I can’t believe it. Time flies!

Im doing a bigger trip this time *HORRAY* and going for a total of 6 weeks! Unfortunately, The hubs can only come for two and a half, but we are taking an actual holiday down the south of Perth, which should be splendid!! I can’t wait. And I’m so happy, because it means ill get two summers!! WIN!

It will be pretty jam packed, with catch ups, wedding craziness and of course much cuddling of the newest munchy nephew.. and the older babes too!!

Now we have to get into planning, and saving mode! Anyone have any good tips to keep everything organised while on holidays?!

Love,

New Little *Homeward-bound* Wife

When ya Hub is sneaky!

So, I have to brag for one second. Not about me. But about my Hubs.

Two weeks ago, he totally won husband of the year. Let me tell you how.

As usual, we have been busy and I, once again, had been getting stellar headaches. Which I get from my way-too-tense- neck. We had been working a lot, the both of us, inside and outside the home. So, when I got my next day off, it was filled with errands. *Don’t you just love that?! I feel like my days off are sometimes busier than my “working” days!!*

Anyway, I went off, list and keys in hand, to tackle the first one. I got the car sorted, my trip to Target, TJ Max in and managed to grab a snack before I got a call from Seth. Apparently, he had left some kinda of wrench set at a job, and was calling to ask if  could pick it up. I said that I could, if he sent me the address. Although, I did have other errands to run, he asked if I could get there before 2 since ” the woman had to go to work after that’. So he sent the address and I went straight way.

Well, that address lead me into a plaza, So I called back to ask which shop he had worked at and which number suite was it. It was then he told me lied.

Lied. Straight to my face.. ( well, via phone)

He hadn’t left anything at all. He told me to park, get out, walk into the last store at the end of the row… And enjoy my hour long massage he had booked me…

Sneaky man. It was bliss though, not gonna lie. That woman has amazing hands.. I came out walking on air, so much more relax and feeling very loved!!

What a guy.

Love,

New Little *Husband-Loving* Wife