17 January 2014

Things I'm Loving: Angel Amira, Cute Nieces, and the Impossible Dream

I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what is happening in your life, there is always something you can be thankful for..no matter how simple it is.

Bright and shining star

Have you ever closed your eyes and listened to a voice singing and wondered at all the years of training that must have gone into making it so beautiful and pure? Then I promise you will be absolutely blown away by this series of videos - in fact I'd put money on it - even Mark's mates were astounded when I forced them to watch it the other night - ha ha!

This wee 9 year-old Dutch girl Amira Willighagen auditioned for Holland's Got Talent back at the beginning of November and blew the entire audience and the judges away singing O Mio Babbino Caro.

The comments by the judges afterwards are so wonderful and their astonishment and incredulity when she opens her mouth to sing is almost comical to see. But to be fair it is so unbelievable that this wee lass has had NO formal singing lessons and taught herself to sing opera by watching You Tube videos.

She absolutely nailed each of her performances right through to the grand final singing some VERY difficult opera songs.

And the rest as they say is history - she won the whole competition a couple of weeks ago and a star has truly been born. Watching these videos brings tears to my eyes and incredible goose bumps down my spine every time. It's like catching a glimpse of heaven come to Earth to hear an angel's voice in one so young. I will definitely be buying her album once it's out!


My dad and Aussie sister-in-law have been having a debate about whether koalas are bears or not. I loved this picture Mark found - so we had to send it to them both just to keep the discussion going!

Dreaming the impossible

I have been inspired by many different posts already this New Year but none more so than this one by Sophie over at Little Gumnut wrote called Dreaming the Impossible on New Years Eve. And you know what? I too have dreams. Big dreams. Dreams I didn't even know I was dreaming until I read this post. And am I now actually daring to believe that it's not much to ask our magnificent Creator of the Universe to help me fulfil them. Sophie's amazing story about God's provision in her life this past year is an incredible encouragement of what is possible if only you dare to dream. Her final words in this post

"What is it that you believe God cannot do for you this year? Why don't you ask him to do the impossible and see what happens?"

are in my thoughts constantly right now. Thank you Sophie for sharing and challenging me!

Doting aunty

I am loving seeing my wee niece growing by the day. My sister-in-law Kim has been awesome at uploading regular photos on the Tinybeans online journal so I feel as if I'm not missing out too much. And check out how cool she looks in that pink hooded dress - I wonder which cool aunty and uncle bought her that one - ha ha!

Pesky pestilence

It's probably a bit extreme calling it pestilence but the bird problem did NOT go away as expected before Christmas and we now have 2 starlings who seem to think that our house will make a good long-term home for them. You know what I say to that? When hell freezes over - well actually it kinda did last week didn't it - did you see this pic after the big freeze in the States? 

Anyhow, I digress. We actually had to invest in some bird deterrent paste (yet to be seen if it helps) and I'm loving that Mark got up in the roof last week and removed five and a half (yep you heard me!) shopping bags full of bird nest material from a section of the eaves of our roof only that was only about 1 metre long!

Look who can smell 'biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirdy'

Incredible ain't it! They were clearly planning to retire in our roof space, but hopefully now we've had the last laugh - I guess time will tell.

Coffee to go

Loving that my new workplace has a shared kitchen facility with not one but TWO fancy coffee machines so I can get my daily caffeine fix for FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! And I managed to resurrect my old 'keep-cup' out of the depths of our kitchen cupboards from a few years back as well - bonus!

Yeovil Town supporter 
Loving being able to treat this guy to an official Yeovil Town football club top as a reward for an outstanding (and more to the point it was much improved from mid-year) school report. Sookie that I am I cried not once but twice reading it - once when I was reading it out loud to him and then again reading it to Mark when he got home.

So we're barreling right into a long weekend here. I'm not complaining really but I do sometimes wish Wellington Anniversary could be a little later - it's only 2 weeks since our last holidays! Hope you and yours have a great weekend long or short!

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