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.
April 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.
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.
It 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.
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