Monday, 29 August 2011

A 42km Wet Lap Skateathon for Diabetes research

This is Jordan, his brother and his friends (and me and Dave).
Here's a note from his Everyday Hero page:

"As most of you know my brother Tyler is and has been Type 1 Diabetic since he was 2 years old. He needs approximately 5 finger tests and 3 injections daily just to stay alive.
A cure for him and many others living with this condition would be amazing so I have got together with a few of my mates to skate 42kms on August 27th to raise money for JDRF. (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
Please give as much or as little as you can to support this cause.
Any amount is greatly appreciated.

Thank You

Jordan :)"

We gave them free team tshirts and they set off from our Caloundra store to skate to our Maroochydore store and back again, a total of 42kms in the rain which can make any long skate more tiresome and dangerous. Clarkson would definitely have called it a Very Wet lap. Some of them had not even been skating very long at all, I'm sure their calf muscles have really been giving it to them since! The attitude of these guys really touched me and I would love to encourage you guys to give them a big well done in the form of a donation towards their target of $3000.

Here's the link:


Jordan's brother Tyler gives the starting orders

Off in the rain... first slide out was at the first corner...

Halfway at Boardstore Maroochydore - Jordan's in the green helmet in the centre

Arriving back at Caloundra "agh my thighs!"

Finished! Tyler and Jordan stoked as. How did that dude on the right stay dry?!

Mr Fisher

This is Dave also known as Mr Fisher the Art Director at Caloundra Christian College. Mister Fisher is going to be working at our Caloundra store on Saturdays. Mister Fisher draws awesome tattoos. And he bodyboards. And has an amazing moustache. And he got married in June. And he has a passion for the youth of Caloundra that is evident every time a kid walks through the door. He's still working at the school during the week so taking on Saturdays means he's taking on a 6 day week. Please pray for him and his wife Evie, they are super brilliant people!

Friday, 5 August 2011

Make that four...

Whilst I was away in England chilling out, Boris and Rob bought a surfshop. I can't leave those two alone for a minute.

The lovely Deb and Chris had been running Old Woman Surf Shop in Mudjimba on their own for 9 years and wanted to move on to other things so Boardstore now has four shops. (By the by Mudjimba is the closest beach to Old Woman Island which is a popular surf spot, it's not that it's a shop for aged ladies. Not necessarily.)

We were given the keys this past monday so all week I've been stocktaking and renovating the store in the hopes of opening next week. It will be staffed by a few people including but not limited to the following couples:

Jay and Tara Heller who are very much involved with Christian Surfers. Tara teaches and is chairwoman of Coolum Girl Boardriders Association and Jay also works in schools. They are two lovely and very beautiful surfers.

Jeremy and Ashlee Hoover worked with YWAM Sunny Coast a couple of years ago and have returned from the USA to see what God has in store for them here. They also are lovely and very good looking.

You don't have to be beautiful to work in Boardstore, this is all just coincidence. Honest. This store will continue in the ministry of all Boardstores - it is there to connect with the boardriding community, to be a positive presence and to share God's love with people.

It's been really hard work this week renovating the store but we had some help from awesome friends willing to give their time and get painty.

Lucy loves stocktake.

Jeremy loves rashies.

When we cracked this tin of paint in the morning, all the boys said it looked like vomit and thought it was disgusting. By the end of the day they admitted they liked it. One of them asked to paint his bedroom in it. Catch up boys.

Kerie has been my partner in crime in designing the refit, she has great taste and it's been so much fun doing a proper project with her. Long are the evenings we've spent in the last year watching Grand Designs and Mary Queen Of Shops. This was our time. When the boys think something is rubbish, we're there to back each other up and tell each other it's amazing. Then the boys come around to it. They're just a bit slower. Ashlee's also come in with some sweet ideas so between us if anything we've had to be careful not to make the shop too beautiful and to maintain a certain level of blokiness.

I'll put up some photos of the finished product. Please pray for our new shop! That we would honour God through it and He would use it for His glory. Please also pray for me as we all know I'm not very good at pacing myself and there is so much to do! Pray that I would chill out and make good decisions about brands and ordering and all that jazz.

Cheers guys!

Those were the days. And these are too.

When I was home last October I started sorting out mum's massive boxes of photos and we had a treat laughing through a few together. This time home I found she had continued on and managed to sort through over 30 years of photos - impressive! The renewed order from chaos enabled me to discover these gems...

Mum - what a beauty.

Dad the stud with the chops

Lisa concentrating with biccies on hand

And me. Not much has changed. Except the thumb sucking.

I've recently been introduced to Irena Werning's work. She takes old photographs and recreates them with the subjects as they are now. Such a sweet idea, I'd love to try it sometime.

Yeeeeeeeew! (kay)

I loved spending time in England. I love England and I love my friends and I love my family so much.

My sister is due a little one in November and I couldn't be more excited for her and Dave.

Brighton with Mum and Dad is turning into a tradition - a particularly wonderful tradition.

It was an honour to be at Chris and Sophie's wedding. Chris and I have been close friends for over ten years and to see him this happy was just amazing. God is good!