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A 2012 Update.

Well another year has nearly passed us by. For our family the year 2012 has been quite an eventful one.

When 2012 ticked over on Jan 1, my work as a steel frame contractor was up in the air. I had 6 weeks off in between jobs and with another baby on the way in April we needed more financial security than not knowing when the next job would arise. We decided to take another job as a farm hand and finish off my contractors business of building steel framed houses.

In late March we held the first BuShed Blokes weekend at Maitland which was run by our Central Yorke Peninsula Shed Night. It was inspiring to see 1oo blokes get real and honest from the deep parts of their hearts about the stuff we face as men. There were so many blokes that returned to their wives and families with weight lifted from their shoulders.

P1020520April brought great joy to our family as we welcomed our daughter Matilda into the world.

The logistics of home life changed somewhat with an extra person around to take our attention. Since she arrived there has been many tears, smiles and laughs shared. She definitely lights up our world.

Lisa had recently finished an Interior Design course online earlier in the year while pregnant with Matilda.

After a bit of work behind the scenes she launched into cyberspace with her online business Little Peepz in May.

Little Peepz specializes in toys, decor and accessories. It’s great to see this develop with no expectations or limits put on it. In Lisa’s words, ‘I just love making nice things for people and if they like it well that’s a bonus.’ Lisa’s heart has surfaced through this and as husband I’m very proud of her.P1020812

Lake Eyre became a destination for myself, Dad and my 3 brothers in June. We spent 3 nights away swagging it in minus 3 temperatures. This was great because it was a first for us blokes to be able to do this and spend some quality time away as men.

We were able to celebrate Ollie’s 3rd birthday at Marion Holiday Park in July when we spent a holiday there for a week.

Chasing ducks around at the back door of the cabin and swimming at the nearby State Aquatic Centre were highlights as well.

Matilda was baptised in September with close family and friends.

P1030252It was such a wonderful day to welcome our daughter into God’s family and to be able to share it with the people closest to us.

In early October it was time to start packing boxes and get ready for the move to Maitland on to the farm property.

For anyone who has moved house before this was a huge effort. It goes on for weeks and weeks. Finally in mid October we said goodbye to our house at Moonta Bay and was time to create more memories at Maitland on the farm. Ollie took a bit to adjust with the friendly flies getting up close and personal. I had to tell him that flies are okay because they’re your friends. Ha, it worked for a bit!

The farm was hugely blessed with bumper crops during the busy harvest period. Once we finished I had to re-introduce myself to the family after sitting in the truck for 4 weeks. December has been quite cruisy catching up on things at home and in life while fitting in some work with all of that.

Throughout the year I have continued to be involved in Shed Nights once a month.

Witnessing many more men becoming the real person they were created to be is humbling to be a part of. All glory is God’s in this and if it’s His will, he’ll continue to build Shed Night’s to each corner of this great nation.

Lisa continues to do the toughest job on earth, being a stay at home Mum.

The work is never-ending. Having Little Peepz on the side helps rejuvenate her mind and gives her an extra little kick to get through the weeks.

Ollie continue s to be a normal 3-year-old boy.

Ollie got to spend some time with me in the truck.

Ollie got to spend some time with me in the truck.

His humour, smile and energy is infectious and brings much joy to our family. Gym jams, playgroup and morning catch ups with friends keeps him entertained and busy.

Matilda is just a gorgeous little girl.

She is growing up way too fast but she teaches us to cherish each moment we have together.

Our family thanks all of you for your friendships through another 12 months. We want to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Christmas and New Year. We pray you stay safe and that the little gift of  baby Jesus may spark your heart into something greater for 2013. May the hope,victory and freedom Jesus has given us fill your lives into the next 12 months.

Love you all,

Luke, Lisa, Oliver and Matilda. xxxx

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How does milk in your face make you think about Christmas?

In a few days time the once a year celebration of Christmas will take place.

As I got Matilda up this morning from her cot I walked through the door and was hit by the wall of stink coming from her nappy. I swear it was the biggest poo I’ve seen from her. Ollie was with me and he said, “Matilda that’s smelly poo!”

Minutes later after all was clean I fed Matilda and as she was spitting milk at me it drew my attention to the little baby Jesus who entered the world 2000 years ago.  I thought what similarities are there with Matilda than with the baby Jesus we celebrate at Christmas.

Jesus’ mother, Mary would’ve encountered plenty of stinky nappies and milk being spat in her face. There is something pretty real about what happened on that first Christmas.

I remember back to when Lisa was in labor with Matilda and we raced to Adelaide in the middle of the night to greet Matilda some 10 hours later. Not sure if the donkey carrying Mary was racing to Bethlehem but Joseph I’m sure would’ve been tired from the walk as well. A stable to them would’ve been like 5 star accommodation after a long trip like that.

But when they met that baby for the first time the feelings of tiredness and exhaustion would’ve been replaced with a high hit of adrenalin. Finding the time to sit and cherish this perfect little gift would be few and far between with visitors rocking up in the form of shepherds.

As we continue to teach Matilda and Ollie about life and the truths and promises their Heavenly Dad has for them, I’m sure it was no different for the parents of Jesus. Our role as parents is to nurture, love and lead them. jesus light of christmas

Many years before Jesus was born there were people saying that God will enter our world and He will be our rescuer of all the dark stuff we encounter in our lives. He will show us light and love. We were told that He’ll be the best role model to follow because He’ll walk in our world. I believe this person is Jesus.

So whether you believe in this Jesus bloke or not, I can categorically say from my own experiences that He is as real as the hair on my head. He has given my life light which I didn’t see before.

I challenge you in the lead up to fine food and drinks this Christmas day to just ask the Big Fella if this is real? Ask Him if this baby Jesus we celebrate on Christmas is for real? And if He is, show me in my own understanding?

My understanding says He is for real because I see Jesus’ reflection in my baby Matilda. Simple but that’s how I know in my heart.

I’d love for you to share in the comments below where you see Jesus or where you’d like to see Him this Christmas.

May you have a fantastic Christmas and please stay safe. You’re worth it!