Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Little Robin

This cute little robin brings memories of my Papa.

Every year he would make a chocolate log for Christmas, and there would be a robin or two put on it for decoration.

Somehow, those little robins got lost after Papa died and we had to arrange to have things moved from Victoria to Western Australia - the box they were in disappeared.

Now we still have the log, but no robins. We have tried to find some new ones, but no one seems to have them.

Another memory that this brings is Christmas cards from our relatives in England. Nearly every year we receive at least one card from the UK and it often has a robin on it.

I have actually seen a robin - it was in our garden one morning, but it wasn't in snow. Such a cute little thing.

Friends/how true is this

Friday, 14 December 2007

"To My Fellow Frogs"

Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs.... who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.

A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants.... The race began....

Honestly: No one in crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as:
"Oh, WAY too difficult!!"
"They will NEVER make it to the top."
or: "Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!"

The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one.... Except for those, who in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher.

The crowd continued to yell, "It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!"

More tiny frogs got tired and gave up.... But ONE continued higher and higher and higher.... This one wouldn't give up!

At the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top! THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it?

A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal? It turned out.... That the winner was DEAF!!!!

The wisdom of this story is: Never listen to other people's tendencies to be negative or pessimistic.... because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you -- the ones you have in your heart!

Always think of the power words have. Because everything you hear and read will affect your actions!

Therefore: ALWAYS be.... POSITIVE!

And above all: Be DEAF when people tell YOU that you cannot fulfill your dreams!
Always think: God and I can do this!

Thursday, 13 December 2007


A mother and baby camel are talking one day when the baby
camel asks, "Mom, why have I got these huge three-toed

The mother replies, "Well, son, when we trek across the
desert, your toes will help you to stay on top of the soft

"OK," said the son. A few minutes later the son asks, "Mom,
why have I got these great long eyelashes?"

"They are there to keep the sand out of your eyes on the
trips through the desert."

"Thanks, Mom," replies the son. After a short while, the son
returns and asks, "Mom, why have I got these great big humps
on my back?"

The mother, now a little impatient with the boy, replies,
"They are there to help us store fat for our long treks
across the desert, so we can go without water for long

"That's great, Mom. So we have huge feet to stop us sinking,
and long eyelashes to keep the sand from our eyes, and these
humps to store water, but Mom..."

"Yes, son?"

"Why are we in the San Diego zoo?"

Received from Thomas Ellsworth (via GCF).

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Charles Schultz Philosophy

Charles Schultz Philosophy?

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read straight through and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners from best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Acheivements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Thnk of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

I was told to pass this on to those people who have made a difference in my life.


Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Tagged by Candy

Thanks to a good friend on Burns Abroad I've been tagged

1. What time is it? 10:44am
2. What is your full name? Beth Rebekah (not telling my surname)
3. What are you most afraid of? Everyone forgetting me
4. Place of birth? Korumburra, Victoria, Australia
5. Favourite food? chocolate, peanut m&ms
6. Your natural hair colour? brown (with red & blonde highlights)
7. Have you travelled? Yes, Around Australia (except NT & TAS)
8. Do you scrunch or fold toilet paper? scrunch
9. Love someone so much it made you cry? Yes
10. Been in a car accident? Yes. Several minor ones - one when I was driving; it wasn't my fault.
11. BMW or Mercedes Benz? not sure
12. Favourite day of the week? Saturday
13. Favourite Restaurant? don't really have one
14. Favourite Flower? Forget-me-not
15. Favourite sport to watch? Feild Hockey
16. Favourite Drink? Tea
17. Favourite ice cream? anything chocolate
18. Disney or Warner Brothers? Disney
19. Favourite fast food restaurant? haven't decided
20. What colour is your bedroom carpet? Pinkish
21. How many times you failed your driver’s test? None - passed 1st time (even though I nearly wiped out a motorbike twice)
22. From whom did you get your last e-mail? Cathy
23. Hobbies? Cross stitch, reading, watching movies
24. Bedtime? whenever I get there
25. Who of your readers will answer this questionnaire? Probably no-one (I don't think anyone really looks at my blog other than me)
26. Who is the person you are most curious to see their answers?
27. What means the most to you? God, Family
28. Favourite TV shows? JAG (too bad it's finished), NCIS (wish they'd stop showing repeats all the time), Foyle's War
29. Dating males or females? Never dated anyone - when I do it will be a male
30. Tall or short? I prefer to say vertically challenged
31. What is your favourite colour? In the past I would have said blue, now I'm not sure I really have one
32. How many pets do you have? Personally,None. We used to have a family cat, now my sister has a cat
33. Age? 25 (for another 2 months)
34. What would you like to accomplish/do before you die? Get married and have children; be more involved in mission work.

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Received in the Mail

The other day I received a book in the mail that I had ordered. In it was a letter which completely cracked me up - laughing that is. So that you can enjoy the fun, here's what it says (most of it):

To whom it may concern,

Your book has been gently taken from our book shelves with sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed onto a satin pillow.

A team of 50 employees inspected your book and looked it over to make sure it was in the best possible condition before mailing.

Our packing specialists lit a candle and a hush fell over the crowd as he put your book into the finest gold-lined box that money can buy.

We all had a wonderful celebration afterwards and the whole party marched down the street to the post office where the entire town of Greenbrier waved 'Bon Voyage!' to your package, on its way to you, in our private jet on this day.

I hope you had a wonderful time shopping at my store! We sure did! Your picture is on our wall as 'Customer of the Year'. We're all exhausted but can't wait for you to come back to 'My Book Store'

How would I know all this is true - the letter had to have been put in the parcel before it was sealed.

Anyway, it gave me a good laugh, as well as the others in my family that I shared it with.