Saturday, July 31, 2010

glimpses of Paris

I do love this city and just looking at those couple pictures makes me want to go back!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

these are too adorable not to share

This mum takes the cutest pictures of her napping baby girl. She's really creative with the "daydreams" she comes up with :)
Love it...

via A Cup Of Jo image by Mila's Daydreams

an hour in Paris

Paris was lovely and although we only had an hour to spend in this gorgeous city, it never fails to impress me. Even the street signs are stylish!
The journey to and fro was too long when you only have a day - I'll never drive to France without a proper stay there - but you get to see so much and all you want to do is stop and take pictures and look at the little towns and villages more closely.

hanging with the family

Life has been mental this last week! Took on a couple extra shifts and spent the weekend with the family before heading to Paris to pick up a car!!! How crazy is that...
Anyway loved having a little time with the fam. Lots of fun as we celebrated my aunt and uncles joint 60th birthday. So lovely to see everyone and catch up! 
My poor relatives see me about twice a year and I have a different story to tell them of where I live and what I do every single time :) They must think I'm nuts!!!
As I am in between houses at the moment - all my stuff is at my friends place where I'll be spending the summer and I have a weekend bag with all necessities on me at all times - photos will be up in a couple days. Can't wait for the day when everything will have it's place in my house and will be on hand at all times yay!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


In all honesty summer has never been my favourite season but I give it a chance every single year and end up in love haha The feeling of sun on your skin, the rush when you jump into the lake, the long summer nights, garden parties, etc. I do love it but the heat we're experiencing at the moment is just too much!!!
Please God a nice thunderstorm at night would make it bearable!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

chicks on the ranch

These were the cutest little things and us city kids couldn't stop playing with them :)
I would have stolen all of them if I had a garden...

great friends and parties

Six years ago, my friend Thorsten invited us all to come and celebrate his birthday at his parents place. So about 15 of our friends went up their and were blown away...
We call it "Lober ranch" as it's a massive property. There used to be a farm house with a barn, lots of garages and another barn like building, in addition his parents built another house on the grounds, there is a pool and you could go for a quick run around their fields. It was a hell of a party - food, beer, all your friends in one place dancing around having the best time!

When he sent out invitations for this years shindig who would have ever said no??? There were two birthdays this July and Thorsten and Ines' going away party to celebrate and everyone came! There were about 200+ people and not even for a second did it ever feel crowded.
Large tents were set up with sofas and benches, a band was playing in the converted garages, the buffet was set up in the other garages, I have never seen that amount of meat on a bbq and if you could take more after all this, there was cake!!! Unbelievable stuff.
After hanging out at the bonfire and dancing the night away, I called it a night around 3.30am!! Getting old I know :)
Guess what, when we got up there was more food and after cleaning up and a really lazy afternoon in the hammock, they put all the remaining things on the bbq! I'm honestly 5kg heavier than when I arrived.
A massive thank you to all Lobers for being the most generous hosts ever!!! You guys rock and it will forever be appreciated.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

don't stop till you get enough

Not really but life doesn't stop at the moment.
I started working within a week of getting to Salzburg, got given a bicycle (yay) and have been riding around town ever since, caught up with friends and my Salzburg family, ate way more than I should have (bbqs are the essence of summer!) and the list goes on.
There is nothing but thankfulness that my first week back in Austria has been one of the easiest ever and I am loving every second. I cannot wait for what the next few days will bring, feel spoiled and blessed beyond measure!
God is a true provider!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

expectations and prayer

About a month ago I got asked if I want to write a little something for the APC webpage. APC is the Austrian Prayer Congress, that started off a handful of years ago for teenagers. People from all ages started coming so TPC turned into APC :)
Anyway long story short, my article on expectations is up. Click here to read it.
Sorry for all you English speaking peeps, but there is no translation.

Monday, July 12, 2010

along the canal

All you want, when it is hot, is some form of water to jump in and cool down.
We jumped on our bikes and after a couple minutes we settled down next to the Almkanal and jumped in.
The Almkanal is one of Europe's oldest water systems(connecting a stream with the main river and bringing water to the city) going back all the way to the 8th century. The water is freezing and has such a strong current that you can't swim against it.
The thing to do is walk up a bit, jump in and swim or drift all the way down to where you want to get out.
We had the best time swimming, swinging across and jumping in the water, playing kubb, reading and relaxing.
I guess this will become a regular summer spot.

go and help someone today

We all need to play a part if we want to change this world and make it a better place. This could be as simple as to smile at one person today.
To make it super easy, go check out I heart's new website on how simple it is to help someone, to combine your efforts with thousands of others and see how you can bring change.
We live in this overflow of everything, (if you're reading this it means you have access to electricity and a computer, which makes you one of the richest people on our planet where a massive 41% doesn't even have access to sanitation facilities!) we might as well skip our daily coffee and invest it into something of eternal value.

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me
Matt 25.35

Sunday, July 11, 2010


I have waited years for this moment and today I finally jumped in the Fuschl lake. Maybe I should have been a little fish, I just love swimming, could be in the water all day. Today was perfect - sunny and hot and all you needed was a quick swim to cool you down.
In other news, my lovely friend Kelly got engaged to Brad and I couldn't be happier for the two of them. Congratulations guys, love you x

Friday, July 9, 2010


There are a couple things that I am sure of: number 1 - God is good, number 2 - there is a purpose that you are on this planet and number 3 - Church is the answer to a very broken world.

Part of the reason I decided to come back to Austria was church. I was always going on about how sucky church is back home and nothing ever comes of it, etc but why moan if you're in a place where life is amazing, church is thriving and you are altogether blessed??? Why leave a place like that??
To be honest I blame God for all of it - in a good way :)
He placed this longing in my heart, to see the church rise up in my country and take its place in society, a long time ago. A church where people will flock to because they know that they can find God, hope and answers to their questions and needs.
These are things I've never seen in a church until I went overseas. Isn't that sad?
I'm not saying that there were never indicators of amazing things, but for some reason nothing ever came off it. There are always people who are really excited about something and no-one else gets their vision and after a year it dies down.
The potential has always been here, but there is a great lack of encouragement and especially the next generation is hardly allowed to do anything.

After being part of a church that "works", there is hope. I was immensely blessed to spend five years in an environment where God is lifted hight, that believes in you and where people live like nothing is impossible. Why wouldn't you live like that, nothing is impossible for God!!!
With that hope I have come to Salzburg. Boiled down it is almost too simple: love God, love people!

Bobbie Houston wrote on her twitter a couple days ago
"If heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool, what kind of house are you and I gonna build Him?"
I love the house of God and truly hope that one day we will understand the significance of it. Even in Austria :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

last days in London

Berni & Claudia came to spend the weekend
Hummingbird bakery treat after hours of walking around the city
Zeke Zeke finally met Joachim
Monday sight seeing gang in giant green chair
Zola and Marna
flaties and Lydia in front of our house
Can't believe that more than two years in that gorgeous city are over... Best weekend to finish it all off! First visit in three months haha

Friday, July 2, 2010

my glorious charity thing

If you like My Glorious  - become a fan on their facebook page until tomorrow night, they will put 5 Euros toward SOS Kinderdorf for every new fan. Go and like them people and we can write a big cheque for those kids :)

look what my friends are up to

This time the very talented Jay Brown and her band.
Finally got to see her play this week. After cancelling on her a couple times I just about made it before I head down to the land of mountains, land on the stream, land of fields, land of cathedrals... (the Austrian anthem does have the most boring lyrics ever!)
Anyway Jay, Luke and Phil did a great job - despite the low turnout of people. Really think that we will hear great things from this chica!
Listen to Video on her myspace!! Love that song


Cluff was my brothers dog, who sadly had to be put down this week as he was rapidly getting worse and could hardly breath anymore, poor puppy.
I always held against him, that he knew that he was pretty and gorgeous, but when my crazy parents decided that they were going to raise a little lamb, Cluff became the tiny outcast's best friend. That gave me hope :)
Even though, according to my brother, I'm dead inside since I hardly ever cry, even I will miss that smelly, fur shedding pup!