Tuesday, November 9, 2010

One of the many reasons it's easy to love Mr Gadget

One of the many reasons it's easy to love Mr Gadget.

Mr Gadget wrote me a letter before we met and read it aloud to me for the first time infront of 130 people at our Wedding reception (all together now, awwwww).

It reads,


Dear girl of my dreams.

If/When we finally meet, and in Gods grace, walk down the aisle together, please note that you have made me the happiest man alive!
I write this letter to no particular girl in mind and although I may have fleeting crushes before we meet, know this letter is souly for you.

It has been written on the desk I have prepared many sermons on, in a room where I have communed with God, in a place where I have so far felt the closest to God... India.

I write this letter not to impress your family, but I write it as a promise and dedication to you and you alone.

Though I may have crushes, I promise not to act on them unless the crush I have is for you, and that God gives me the green light.

I am not the most patient man in the world, but with Gods help I will wait for his guidance.

Though my testimony tells I have not lived a completely pure life, I pray forgiveness from you and dedicate myself completely to you. Hands down. No questions asked.

Though I may not know who you are yet, I formally promise and dedicate my life, body and love to you and you alone.

I promise to never expect you to do anything above your abilities and giftings, but I do promise to push you to achieve goals you have set for yourself and your dreams as I believe all dreams are achievable.

I promise to never bring you down or criticise you in public and before friends, rather I will do my best to lift you up and support you always in public and home.

I promise to try to never run off on some wild idea that pops into my head which isnt feizable without consulting you (note: "try").

I promise to always protect you, no matter how unlikely my success might be. If you are taken from me (save the Lord Jesus) I will track you down and find you and be your knight in shining armour.

I promise from now to regularly pray for you and believe in faith that God is answering me.

I promise to try to put much thought into everything we put our hands to (note: "try").

I promise the only thing that will take me away from you is death.

I promise to lead our family in Godly and honourable ways and when I blow it, I promise I will be humble and start again.

Finally and above all, I promise to you that God is the head of our household and Him alone we will follow.

When times are tough we will turn to our Father in Heaven for our daily bread, and seek His ways in all things.

Though I'm far from perfect, I will love you always and be committed always because you are the girl of my dreams.

Whatever need you have, ask and I'll do my very best to provide.

Since this letter is rather deep and meaningful, I must add a little humour to make your most beautiful asset shine, your smile.

I promise not to wait until Christmas and birthdays before I change my wardrobe of underwear and socks, when they wear out, I will humble myself and go shopping for replacements.

I am yours always, from now - until eternity.

With love, admiration, adoration and genuine awe,

Mr Gadget."

Other than the place that my identity and hope can be found, Mr Gadget is the best thing about me.

When you faithfully pray for Gods best and His will in your life,
all things are attainable and the answers profoundly exceed your understanding of love...

♦ cause things are still beautiful 2nd time around ♦

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The ten simple loves throwdown:

10. Strawberries echoing the sweet sounds and smells of Summer nom nom nom!

9. My Nooma collection. Safe to say I'm a fan.

8. Orchard raiding

7. The one whose first word was "Daddy".... traitor

6. My red velvet with white chocolate centre cupcakes

5. My new Tangerine and Lime candles. Black and white family photos in jars. Rosemary in teacups (thanks Leah! xo).

3. My Parents telling me I was born in the wrong era and I would've made a great hippie! (I've always thought that!)
1. Coming to the realisation that even though I am a fully capable and self sufficient adult, I still need to let my Mum be my Mum.

I hope you've had a great week, and take time today to strip yourself back from the busy-ness of life to enjoy your simple loves.

Make your today beautiful :)

♦ cause things are still beautiful 2nd time around ♦

Monday, November 1, 2010

Betty's wagon of thrifty loot: 2

Happy Monday Dashing Doll.

I apologise for lack of entries lately - trying to juggle a home, a baby, business propositions (I'll get to that sometime soon), friends, other fellowship commitments and a blog can be frickin chicken HARD!
I managed to steal some down time to scrounge the local oppys and a few vintage boutiques with my Mum recently.
I love her.
We have an understanding.
We are women on missions when we shop. In other words, we don't go opshopping to talk and catch up, we don't go opshopping to see the other try on clothes, we go opshopping to be completely self absorbed with mute-like tendencies. She goes her way, I go mine. It may appear that nothing much is going on expression wise with us both, but let me tell you, whats happening up in the head space are the goings on that can be compared to ducks feet paddling against a current. A storm is being propelled with purpose.
I totally get my retro love from her. She and my Dad were up until recently Salvation Army Officers. In 2000, they managed the Gosford Salvo store in NSW and it was from there my passion was fueled. So many treasured things so little money in my 14 year old awkard teenager pockets. I worked after school and on Saturdays so I could spend my pingas in the shop.
So here oh here is my recent oppy booty:


Silk "Flappers" dress: $3 (I bought its twin a couple years ago but for $4)
Gold plated brush and mirror set: $7
Gold clock: $6
Sequinned bag: $3
Cluster brooch: $3
Cameo and diamante brooch: $4


Wedgewood box (photo does not do it justice whatsoever): $5


MARBLES!!! Hello 1992! : $6 for the bowl


Retro 60's candle burner - the colour is so nostalgic of the earlier era: $10


This thing has my opshoppy heart, blue leather briefcase.
It's as heavy as an old clunker, has that leather interior of an old car smell.
The cherry on top is it is in mint condition and I found it for $30.


Mini clothesline for Miss Laurie: $3

green glass

Beautiful green glassware to be used for the family Christmas celebrations that I'll be hosting: $20



And my new babies... Flour, Sugar, Tea, Rice containers - they are genuinely born in the 1960's(III KNOOOOOW!)
Mmm hmm.
I'm officially on opshopping cloud fist pumpin 9!

♦ cause things are still beautiful 2nd time around ♦