Thursday, November 17, 2005

it's party time!

I finished my last exam on Monday... what a sigh of relief! To celebrate, a bunch of us went to South Beach and had a chilled out afternoon cooking meat on the barbie, chit-chatting on the grass, played boulez (aka botchi), strolled down the beach, etc.

Today, well technically yesterday, was my birthday, and for the longest time I just didn't want to do anything special for it. I guess I had a lot of insecurities, doubts and just issues in general, but God really just showed me in the last few days just how much He loves me and how much my friends and family love me. My magical twenty-sixth year began at the beach today soaking in some sun rays with my sister and Clare. After much persistent persuasion from my Canadian classmates on Monday I decided to have a luncheon in Freo. I didn't realise it was going to be such a huge affair... ended up lunching with twenty-something people! In the evening, Samn and I watched the end of the soccer match between Australia and Uruguay (yay Australia finally gets to play in the World Cup after a thirty-something year drought!) then hung out with Elizabeth and Conrad before we all cruised over to Mt Lawley for coffee with my cell group. Ah, I have to say I had such a wonderful day, it's just been a real blessing to me, I felt very pampered and honoured to be in the company of such amazing people. Thank you God for everything, and thank you everyone for remembering my birthday and for all the lovely and thoughtful SMS, emails, phonecalls and presents! Thank you, thank you, thank you! oxox

Anyway here are some pictures taken in the last two weeks...

jono in charge of the barbie at the movie night + gabe and his waffle cone ring

vote which movie to watch + at the movies

cott beach + glenn and kelly after darlene zschech's concert

salv the birthday boy and kelly w. + sara

playing boulez + lighting the sparklers on salv's cake

my classmates at south beach + my birthday luncheon

the capper girls + lollies from alice

Currently loving and listening to: Tom Read's latest song "I Will Be Still" (click here to download) & the chorus and bridge of Chris Tomlin's "How Great Is Our God" (the excerpt below)

How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
All will see
How, great, how great,
Is out God

Name about all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing how great
Is our God


ruthjanine said...

YAY! I'm so happy it turned out so well! You deserve to be blessed ann!

PS. I keep having to do a double take when i see picks of you! How's the fringe treating ya?

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! Congratulations on finishing up your last exam too :)
- alison

annong said...

thanks ruth and alison! my fringe is getting rather long... will need to trim it soon but otherwise has been lots of fun!

frenchychick said...

hey girl
i m so glad god put you on my way...

*~stephanie~* said...

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays beautiful gal! May it be filled with lotsa love, laughter and good food! =)

May your 26th year burgeon with fruitfulness and look forward to your next visit back to Melbourne!

x Steph :)

Stef said...

congratulations for the finished exams!!! You must have hada tough time! now enjoy the feeling of being relieved :)

annong said...

Stef now it's more like bumming around doing nothing! haha

Ramblist said...

phew for finished exams. what an old post this is now. oh, and take it from an italian.. 'Boche'.. pleasure to know u ann :-)