One of the activities that Brenna chose to participate in to help adjust to the culture and find some friends was Surf Life Saving Club. It's a club (Aussies are all about clubs) for kids that meets weekly and teaches kids about surf safety (tides, rips, wave survival, being safe in the water).
It was a bit overwhelming at first. Brenna was in the "Under 12s" group. They start with an "Under 5s", so kids in her group could have been participating in SLSC for 7 years. Though it's mixed with heaps of fun, there's some skills to learn as well from swimming distances in surf (waves) to using a 'nipper board' (like a life saving board but smaller for smaller kids). Despite the newness of it all, Brenna was always willing to "give it a go". And we were blessed by John, the amazing Age Manager for Brenna's group. He was always so encouraging and willing to explain things that might be new to the 'Yank'. And, he always made sure Brenna was safe and comfortable.
Last week, the Port Kebla SLSC had their awards day. Certain events are scored each week. At the end of the season, trophies are given out to the top scorers in each age group. Although she tried everything every week, Brenna was not often among the top three. What we didn't know was that their was an extra award...
Brenna earned the "Age Manager's" Trophy this season. This award is for someone who the Age Manager thinks worked hard, had a positive attitude, improved and always tried throughout the season. We are so proud of her! Better yet, she is proud of herself. :-)
My sweet little girl and her awards
B and our wonderful Age Manager!
Some of the younger kids getting their participation medals and awards.
After months of waiting for our visa... weeks of waiting for training... days of waiting for the official document... It's now official.... I can teach in New South Wales, Aus! :-) WooHoo!!!
Guess that means it's time to dust off those teacher shoes and get on some 'sub' lists (it's called 'casual teaching' here) and get back to the joy of teaching! :-) Yippee!
Hopefully soon I'll be able to share that I've got my first teaching 'gig'... cross those fingers and say some prayers... (but don't hold your breath, because at the end of the week, we're starting another school holiday)
I'm a bit nervous about being a substitute teacher. That's something I've never done before...
At the end of February, we were greatly blessed with the arrival of some Skyline friends! They warmed our hearts and cheered our spirits while they were here. There was much laughter and love. It was beyond a joy to have them here. I miss their presence. Here are just a few shots from our time together.
Our visitors minus one... in front of the Sydney Opera House.
(yes, we visited the bathrooms, they're one of my favourites!)
On the ferry ride from Manly Beach,
two buddies enjoying the front of the ferry!
Two more buddies enjoying the train ride to Central Station.
An afternoon visit to Carrington Falls (via the famous pie shop)
The kids didn't make this excursion, they had school.
Mark and his little friends. :-)
Two great guys and good friends posing for the camera.
(the second time...)
Enjoying dinner on the beach in Apollo Bay, Victoria.
(before the great seagull invasion!)
Enjoying the Goffs for a couple extra days.
This was our last dinner... Aussie 'burgers w/ the lot' and chips.
So thankful they could all be here! We missed those that couldn't make it and so many others. If you're ever in the area, we'd love to see you too! ;-)
I have always enjoyed looking at clouds. I can remember laying on my back on the "hill" in my gram's front yard finding pictures in the clouds. The crazier the shape, the better! Once I saw an elephant playing the piano while sitting on a turtle. Really!
Even today, I can find joy, peace, and wonder just looking at the clouds. God's work is amazing, stunning.
Enjoy the pic of the cloud Brenna saw while we were driving last week. So glad there was a camera in the car to document the cloud. :-)
Sometimes it's the little things that can really make your day!
After a fabulous, refreshing weekend with friends in Gosford, I discovered it was a bit difficult to get going this morning... and we had places to go. So, I made a comment to my most-wonderful husband that I would need a Coke this morning to get started. Sadly, right now, there's no coke in the house. (shocking, really) I knew I'd eventually get one, but it wouldn't come til later in the day.
Imagine my delight and joyful surprise to discover a bottle of Coke on the table when I emerged from the shower! :-D Happy shock! My super-sweet hubby, went to the corner (but not our corner) shop to make my 'wish' come true. :-)
It was just a little thing. But it really brightened my day! :-) yay.
Wanna share any of your day-brightening little moments?