and Loving every minute!
12.02.2011 83 °F
So we have made it through our first few days on the sunshine coast. And so far it has lived up to its name. We had some rain this morning, but it was nice, It rained hard but not for long. The sweet smell of the rain was a great reminder of summer time at home. It was a nice warm rain so we weren’t complaining my window was open the whole morning it was a soothing sound of the rain on the tin roofs outside. The breeze coming through my window right now is so wonderful! It is mid afternoon here and I am taking a short break from the sun, it is INTENSE here, though I am not complaining because it is wonderful my skin is just not used to it yet so I am trying to be smart about it. We have done so much in the past few days I feel like it has been longer than just four days.
Friday: we got up and headed back to the plaza for our bikes. We got them for a mere 98dollars! Kmart is great! We had to get a few tools to put them together because they came in a box; we carried them back to the uni on the bus and then back to the apartments. It took us about 25mins to put them together, everyone at the apartments were very impressed! I can’t wait to take them out for a ride, we have been so busy we haven’t gotten a chance but I think I might go out this afternoon! After we got out bikes all put together we had to go to the pav and get our pictures taken for our ids then it was off to the beach with some new friends. We went to Alexandra Head beach it was very pretty, sorta rocky but the rocks are smooth and flat so easy to walk on so it was nice to walk and the rocks were very pretty. We saw some surfers up close and it made me very excited to go next weekend! When we came home we were off to the store, our first trip in a car here and it took all three of us in the car to keep the car on the right side of the road (which of course is the left ☺) Ryan drove(he is from Canada, one of our new friends) it was his first time driving here so you can imagine the adventure we had! We picked up some steaks and potatoes to have our first Australian Barbie (barbeque) it was so good, we were thrilled to have real food after all the pbandj we have been having. Then it was off to the pav to hang out for a bit and then too bed because we were still adjusting.
Saturday: we got up and hung around the apartment in the morning, caught up with some people on skype and through email. Then off to the beach with some friends again. we tried and new beach called Kawana, it was absolutely Gorgeous! I could have stayed all day. The waves were big and we had a lot of fun playing in them. The bus stop was next to a woolys (the grocery store) so we went in and got some corn and hamburgers and a few other things to have another Barbie that night, it was so good! We had a great time meeting some more new people who had arrived that day. After the Barbie Ashley and I were kinda tired from the sun and the waves so we went up and sat on our porch for a few hours and talked, it got a little chilly because the sun had set so we both put on a jumper (a sweater or a sweatshirt, we are trying to pick up on the lingo here!) the stars were beautiful and it was fun just to sit outside and chat, something we couldn’t be doing at home! Just one more reason we are so blessed to be here.
Today, like I said it rained this morning then we spent some time out by the pool and we just came up for a slight break and some lunch! At the pool I was reading my book Crazy love (which is sooo good I would recommend it to everyone!) but God presented me with an opportunity to talk with a friend Zack who was very honest when he said he didn’t believe in religion but asked to barrow the book when I was done. I am trying to learn to be bold in my faith the way we learned in church before I left. It was no mistake that I was put here and Zack was brought into my life here. I am hoping the we will continue to be given opportunities to talk about these things and God will work on and soften his heart to hear the spirit as well and God giving me the right words to talk with him, I know if I try to do it myself I will screw it up so I need to spend some time in prayer about that. Please pray that I will be given the words to speak to Zack and anyone else God puts in my path while I am here, that I continue to be bold in my faith everywhere I go and not shy away. The jet leg is beginning to wear off; we are able to get on a more normal sleeping pattern and not waking up in the middle of the night, which is great to have. If you could continue to pray that God will be working here in my life and those around me that would be so appreciated. Its only day four and he is already showing up, I can’t wait to see what the next five months bring. He is an amazing God and I know 5 and a half months away from friends and family will be hard at times but if God is working here then this is where I am meant to be right now and it will be a great experience! Thanks for all the love and support from home! I’ll try to get updating as often as I can!