It Feels Like Christmas is a collection of short Christmas stories from Gipp Forester. Gipp’s pen creates vivid images of Christmas, from trees wrapped in tinsel to children rapt in wonder. Have a listen now in this final post and see why It Feels Like Christmas.
With a lot of unhealthy messaging through music, it’s important we find music to listen to that is good and healthy for our minds and souls.
If you have young girls who are teenagers or maybe still in middle school, these musicians may be some artists they may like. Of course check it out first for yourself.
Britt Nicole – Be the Change
1GN – Guard Your Heart
James Dobson was a Professor of Pediatrics for 14 years at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and has completed a PhD from USC in the field of child development. Dr Dobson is a licenced Psychologist and Family Counselor.
Currently he is the President of “Family Talk” a new ministry which launched in May 2010 located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
You can find rich resources on the “Family Talk” website on child development, family, parenting, marriage and more through different mediums including books, blogs, videos and newsletters at drjamesdobson.org or by clicking here.
Dr Dobson shares with us some creative and simple ways to date your spouse and let the romance and passion soar! See this great video by clicking here!
Enjoy your new date ideas!
It takes 20 minutes to do, costs less than a $1 and communicates volumes of love, but is rarely done. It’s one of those keep safes that we store away in a shoebox somewhere. Letters. They are powerful communicators!
Now we have email and Facebook right to send messages instantly with minimal cost, but what is so special about a letter? Annd I’m not talking the kind with bills in them. I think what makes them special is that they take valuable time and effort.
It is very common for people to receive emails and social media messages, but it is uncommon for people to receive a letter and I believe that is one of the reasons they are valuable. They are valuable because they are rare and they are novelty. It’s similar to our local market stalls, we enjoy seeing the crafts people create because nobody really does it anymore unless it’s a hobby because it takes precious time and energy!!
We love to receive letters because it shows us that someone was thinking about us and they took the time to write to us. When you write a letter, the receiver reads it in their own time and they tend to be all there in the moment as they read what you have taken the time to write.
As it’s coming up to Christmas maybe this year with your Christmas cards you could include a personal Christmas letter about what you and your family have been doing over the past year – what special things did you celebrate this year? What did you and your friends/family get up to this year? How can they pray for you? You can include family photographs, social pictures, a sketch or a clipping of some kind. Even a coloured envelope or themed paper can make it a bit brighter!
So get to it and take the time this Christmas or this week to write to your loved ones!
With level 3 water restrictions now in place, its time to start conserving our water and become water wise.
The Townsville City Council’s fact sheet “Our Water – Love Every Drop” states that lawns and gardens are taking up more than 70% of Townsville’s residential water supply.
The Townsville City Council Love Every Drop Water Cycle Diagram & The Value of Water fact sheet lists 10 ways to minimise water use inside and outside the home including:
Inside & Outside the Home
- Load your dishwasher to full capacity & use a sink with water to wash dishes
- Load washing machine to full capacity & reduce water level amount when possible
- Use 1/2 flush button on toilet
- Take shorter showers
- Invest in water efficient appliances, shower & tap heads, toilet
- Water grass 2x / week & never when its rained
- Invest in a water efficient sprinkler appliance (saves 900L/hr)
- Wash transport vehicles (car & bike) on lawn so grass is watered simultaneously
- Plant native plants that are local & require less watering
- To help your soil soak up water & hold water longer, leave grass clippings or place compost on your lawn
Here are some more key tips:
- Turn off taps properly & don’t let the tap run when brushing teeth
- Don’t turn the tap on full blast
- Use the shortest water cycle on your washing machine & dishwasher (TheWater Project.org)
- Water your lawn during the cool parts of the day (morning/evening as it reduced loss of evaporation) & don’t water on windy days (TheWater Project.org)
- Fix leaking taps and toilets immediately
- Use a pool cover on your pool (Western Cape Government)
- When washing vegetables and fruit, collect the water and use to water plants (Green Girls in Africa)
Access the Townsville City Council “Water Restrictions Information Sheet” by clicking HERE .