When we exchanged rings, we hoped our family of two would grow.
It has, into a family of 4. We're just split in half.
Two of us walk the Earth while two of us fly in Heaven.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Christmas Hallelujah

My lovely friend Sunnie posted a link to this song on facebook today.

I adore the hauntingly beautiful Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, I think most of us do! Check out this amazing rendition with rewritten lyrics by a group called Cloverton. I'll be adding this into regular rotation in my Christmas music. If you're anything like me this will have you moved to tears and in immediate search of the lyrics!

A Hallelujah Christmas by Cloverton. (lyrics below)
"Hallelujah" originally written by Leonard Cohen
Video by Wooten Media Productions

I've heard about this baby boy
Who's come to earth to bring us joy
And I just want to sing this song to you
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
With every breath I'm singing Hallelujah

A couple came to Bethlehem
Expecting child, they searched the inn
To find a place for You were coming soon
There was no room for them to stay
So in a manger filled with hay
God's only Son was born, oh Hallelujah

The shepherds left their flocks by night
To see this baby wrapped in light
A host of angels led them all to You
It was just as the angels said
You'll find Him in a manger bed
Immanuel and Savior, Hallelujah

A star shown bright up in the east
To Bethlehem, the wisemen three
Came many miles and journeyed long for You
And to the place at which You were
Their frankincense and gold and myrrh
They gave to You and cried out Hallelujah

I know You came to rescue me
This baby boy would grow to be
A man and one day die for me and you
My sins would drive the nails in You
That rugged cross was my cross, too
Still every breath You drew was Hallelujah

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Christmas is coming

It's December 2nd and you know what that means..... get ready for the onslaught of Christmas cards in your mailboxes!

I did several handmade Christmas cards this year (with these inside) and have given them all out.

I've decided to do a second version and this is the one I like best.

Highlights from our year - my Australian citizenship ceremony, Erik's wedding, sunset on Waikiki Beach.

I got the idea and the artwork panel from Simply Kierstie. Check out her post here.

Merry Christmas from The Davies family!

-Glenn Kara Julia and Evan

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankgiving 2014!

Preparations are well underway for Thanksgiving Dinner Down Unda 2014!

Groceries are purchased and put away. Menu is planned and cooking will start shortly. House is neeeeeeeeearly clean and tidy. Table is set and almost dinished being decorated. Guests arrive in 4 hours for nibblies at 6:30 and dinner at 7. Cannot wait!

Seating chart doodles.
Starting on my table. Dining for 6 outdoors? Not using my irreplacable wedding china this time!
Simple place setting for 6.
Sorting out my cooking times... the only picture I got of our feast before it was eaten!
More pictures to come as the night progresses!

At 4pm it was clear and sunny and a bit windy. I decided to check the forecast.

This was at 4:17.
Mad dash outside to rescue my two dining chairs, my cutlery and crockery, and my tablecloth. I kid you not, 4 minutes after I covered our table and put bricks on top to keep the cover on, this happened.
Hail. Rain. Wind so strong the hail was flying *sideways* into our glass doors! So, dinner was inside last night.
Grand plans, only half an hour delayed!
I made these simple yet fancy schmancy place cards for our table. Click here for how I did them.
I also made this sign which I washi taped to our window. Couldn't see it so I moved it inside.
If you've been to my house recently, you've seen how crazy cluttered our dining table is. All that's been shoved into the laundry room and laundry toilet. ;) Don't open that door, you'll kill yourself.

A frenzied vacuuming and tidying up left me with minutes to go before guests arrived. Glenn showered first and greeted guests while I showered and changed. I kid you not, I had dry shorts on in the morning. When I finished my errands and house cleaning and cooking, my shorts were dripping wet. It was that hot and humid here yesterday.

I got dressed (in a dress!) and came down to find all our guests had arrived. We sat down in the fan for some nibblies brought by Claire and chatted while I finished off the cornbread, turkey, stuffing, gravy, and potatoes.
Mum and Dad
Our Wisconsin "frozen chosen" expat friend Corinne
Our good mate Claire
I didn't get a picture of the table before we all sat down, nor did any of us get a picture of the feast before we all dug in. Ooops. Believe me when I say it was soooooooooo good. And we have plenty of leftovers!

Last year, we taught Corinne how to play Ticket To Ride. This year we all played as three teams of two. It was about to get cutthroat!
Lovely bevvies for the evening.
Just about to break out the game.
Mum and Dad - Team Red.

Glenn and I - Team Black
Claire and Corinne - Team Green
We played with the 1910 expansion.
Game underway....
Action shot!
Hmm, will everyone complete their tickets!?
We completed 7/8 tickets....
and we won with 126 points!
After such a rousing game, it was time for dessert. We had 3 choices: homemade apple pie, strawberry cheesecake, and chocolate bavarian. With ice cream and custard.
With our dessert plates licked clean, our guests were ready to go home to bed, and I was ready to get into my jammies. We bid everyone adieu with a box of eggs from my bountiful harvest in the morning. Dishes can wait til morning, it's time for bed!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 22, 2014


It's insta time again. I'm @MamaJillaroo. All shots taken on my phone. Minimal editing. Follow along!

This teddy bear spoon rest. I made it in elementary school as a gift to my mother. I remember the smell of the wet clay, the feelings of the burlap work surface, using different tools to put the shapes and designs in the clay, the excitement of painting and glazing the piece before the craft lady fired it. The wrapping and giving to my mom later. While we were back this summer for #GilletteWedding2014, this spoon rest was in a box of things for us to bring back to Australia. This lil spoon rest has survived years and is still intact. It now gets used in my own kitchen. :) #memories #cookingwithKara
It's a Tuesday in November and somewhere down in Melbourne a bunch of horseys are running in a circle for a cup. Somehow that necessitates that people dress up and place bets and drink. Well, I'm an Australian now so I got dressed up in what I consider to be work day racewear, put this fabulous peacock headpiece on (made by @fabulashaddict), made myself some brunch, and spiked my coffee with Bailey's. #MelbourneCupDay #Cropalong #CreatingwithKaraDavies
French toast and honey ham.
Shell, skirt, cardi, and shoes all from BigW. Headpiece by @fabulashaddict. Brunch by me #CreatingwithKaraDavies. Now, back to scrapbooking! #MelbourneCupDay #Crop #ctmhallovertheworld
November is here and that means it's nearly Christmas season! Time to update my Venti @StarbucksAu tumbler! And yes, I did put my standard Christmastime drink on the back, WITH my name! All it took to pretty up my tumbler was a few supplies. I simply removed the current design, traced the shape on a bit of old #CTMH #SparkleAndShine paper, cut it out with scissors, stamped #MerryChristmas in #Ruby #Slate and #Juniper #ExclusiveInks, embellished with scraps of cardstock, a fancy corner rounder, and the #BeJolly #HostessReward #stampset and voila! One pretty candy cane themed #Christmas cup! #CreatingwithKaraDavies #ctmhcreate #ctmhallovertheworld #stamping #gettinginky #ChristmasCraft
#LookWhatIMade during #ScrapYourStash today! Two double page layouts using discontinued papers, current #embossingfolders, and the Reflections how-to book. There's only one tiny stamp used here. The rest is just cutting paper, two bits of embossing, and sticking down. So stinkin easy! Next #SYS is November 12, 1-3pm, $10. Will you join me? #CreatingwithKaraDavies #CTMH #ctmhcreate #scrapbooking
I ordered an iced venti peppermint mocha with a little bit of whipped cream. I got a venti peppermint mocha frappucino. Not quite what I ordered @starbucksau.... I'll happily drink it. I don't know if the cashier didn't push the right button or didn't understand that I wanted a drink not a blended drink. #teethingproblems?
Gah! Teh cuteness! #Bearistas @westfieldgardencity @starbucksau #Iwantboth
Cahraaaaaazy thunder and lightning storm going on tonight. I guess we'll stay inside. Hot pizza, cold Pepsi Max, and trimming my photos for some #pocketscrapbooking. #CreatingwithKaraDavies #CTMH #PictureMyLife #CTMHCreate
First @westfieldgardencity @starbucksau #PeppermintMocha of the year! #happytastebuds
#LookWhatIMade! Watching Criminal Minds, eating dinner, and et voila! 97 3"x4" and 4"x6" photos sorted, trimmed, corners rounded, and slipped in to 7 #PictureMyLife pages. I.am.teh.awesomesauce. I <3 #pocketscrapbooking with #CTMH! Now to choose the accent cards, journal, and slip them in the vacant spots I left. I think it's time for a cuppa! #CreatingwithKaraDavies #CTMHCreate #ctmhallovertheworld
A quick visit to my babies. Brand new pinwheel for Evan. #EvanRiley #myson #GreatSouthernGardenofRemembrance
Pretty pink flower birthday pinwheel for Julia, my baby girl. #JuliaRose #mydaughter
I think I need some new ink.... Which colors do I choose? #ohthedilemma #CreatingwithKaraDavies #CTMH #ExclusiveInks #gettinginky
Clean out the freezer night = chili and rice for tea. #cookingwithKara #leftovers #yum
Christmas is coming! #CreatingwithKaraDavies #CTMH #Christmas
With all the craziness going on in the world, I think this needed to be seen today. Isaiah 54:11-14 #NRSV
"They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted, They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them."
To friends and family that have served, are serving, and will serve, we remember you. #VeteransDay #RemembranceDay #ArmisticeDay
@newheartconnect Scarlets excursion! The Rochedale Estates' cafe was our setting for Bible Study today. Lovely morning tea, lovely company, lively discussion.
Yowza, Saturday's supposed to be a scorcher. Escape the heat and join me for #CoffeeCraftnChat! #CreatingwithKaraDavies
Yup, sausages for dinner. Quick and easy.
"Let's all take our shirts off..... in SPACE!" #Interstellar #homeydome #eventcinemas
Mid November. Too early for Christmas shirts yet?
Barista forgot my bagel. Sliced and toasted a fresh one and shouted me a free drink! w00t! Thanks @westfieldgardencity @starbucksau! That's prompt great customer service that I really appreciate. #CreatingwithKaraDavies #CTMH #CoffeeCraftnChat
This is what delicious looks like. #ThroughAnIcedVentiTumblerLid @westfieldgardencity @starbucksau #PeppermintMocha #TasteOfChristmas #CreatingwithKaraDavies #CTMH #CoffeeCraftnChat
Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm. #breakfastofchampions #CreatingwithKaraDavies #CTMH #IndependentConsultant #CoffeeCraftnChat @westfieldgardencity @starbucksau
This is the #CoffeeCraftnChat #ChristmasCraft for today. #CreatingwithKaraDavies A lil envelope ornament! There's a loop of baker's twine to hang your envelope on your Christmas tree, or perhaps on a bottle o bubbly. @westfieldgardencity @starbucksau
The top flap lifts up to reveal a little pocket, just the right size for a gift card or a folded up bank note.
There's even space on the back to write a little message. How cute and practical!
#ItsHotInSEQ #ImMelting #IWANTSNOW
Nuff said.
Catching up on my #PictureMyLife album today at #BrissieSisterConsultant #FunDay. #CreatingwithKaraDavies #CTMH #CTMHCreate #ctmhallovertheworld #pocketscrapbooking
It's about to get crafty up in here! #CreatingwithKaraDavies #BrissieConsultantFunDay #CTMH #Honey #gypsy #thistle
Playing with some #ShimmerTrims today! #CreatingwithKaraDavies #CTMH #PictureMyLife #GilletteWedding2014 #CTMHCreate #pocketscrapbooking #sparklearkle #bridesmaid #shenanigans #BrissieConsultantFunDay
Today's #CreatingwithKaraDavies #BrissieConsultantFunDay #ChristmasCraft creation. :)
The inside of yesterday's #ChristmasCraft card. #CreatingwithKaraDavies #ctmh #cardmaking #gettinginky #CTMHCreate #stamphappy #MyAcrylix
Flowy hair today.
One good thing about this insane South East Queensland weather of late is my hair dries super quick. Kinda nice. Back to #gettingmycraftyon, #BaileysIcedCoffee at the ready! #CreatingwithKaraDavies #harddayintheoffice #CTMH #ctmhallovertheworld
Thank you @carlymariedudley! #JuliaRose #EvanRiley #mamaremembers #MamaOf2
Mmmmmmmmm, red beans and rice. #quicktea #cookingwithKara
Fussy cutting while watching #CriminalMinds. #quickcraft #ChristmasCraft #Cardmaking #CreatingwithKaraDavies #ctmh #ctmhcreate
I think I may need to get one of these.... #usbMiniFridge #officeworks
Picked up a package of pretties today. #NeverTooOldForGellyPens #Aldi
Tis my lucky day, a double yolker! #eggsontoast #sourdough #yumyumyum #yummies #latebrekkie #cookingwithKara

That was my last couple of weeks.

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