Friday 27th March

Friday was going to be busy so I decided to carry on with my planned morning tea at Melrose House.
Caspian was needing some socialising and I needed some time out from everything and anything that was demanding of me because I just didn’t have anything to give.
I was physically so sore and emotionally fragile.
So when Sasha arrived I was only to glad to allow her & Jesika to take Azzan off shopping for shoes and groceries.
I took the 4wd as it is automatic and was easier to handle.
My whole left side was just incredibly painful when I made certain movements.
It was actually a really nice morning as there were only 6 of us turned up.
Caspian enjoyed cuddling with one of the ladies and smoodging up with Fudge.
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Jesika drove out to the airport to pick up Mahalia at midday.
Her plane was 45 mins late in, but while waiting Jesika spotted a huge cloud of black smoke and meted me about it.
It was a horrendous house fire.
I so feel for the couple, but am thankful that in spite of losing absolutely everything they escaped unharmed.
When I arrived back home everyone was back there.
It was lovely to see Mahalia after her week away in Auckland.
Jesika & Sasha finally got to head off and do their girlie shopping.
It was then all go here getting ready for the evening celebrations.
Shanni & Azzan were doing a brilliant job of cleaning up the living room.
After 4pm Nathan & Mira arrived and soon after Jesika began doing their photos.
She was making use of the light and delightful windows in my house so wherever I turned they were there in my way!!
I retreated to my room to do some planning.
A gorgeous floral arrangement arrived for the happy couple from Sandra & Phil, who were sadly unable to join us all.
Thanks so much Aunty Sandra & Uncle Phil – they loved the flowers 🙂
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Thomas & Caroline arrived around 6pm with a magnificent cake!!
It was the most glorious colour – a lemon & strawberry cake beautifully created by Chocolate Velvet.
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So on with the celebrations.
We were just waiting for the stragglers to arrive so it was after 6:30pm when we finally mustered everyone out onto the deck.
We had all joined together to witness and celebrate Nathan & Mira’s commitment ceremony.
They had decided they wanted to go beyond the normal engagement party and publicly state their commitment to each other while they are still in NZ.
It was a simple but meaningful ceremony.
I talked about what commitment means and then read a few verses/poems.

Hosea 2:19-20
19 
I will betroth you to me forever;

    I will betroth you in righteousness and justice,
    in love and compassion.
20 I will betroth you in faithfulness,
    and you will acknowledge the Lord.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” William Hutchison Murray

Commitment – either you do or you don’t, there is no in-between!

Thomas made a delightful speech.
Then the two of them shared their vows to each other.
Nathan then presented Mira with a lovely ring.
Tommy prayed over them and then they cut the cake before Jesika hustled them off to the Miyazu Gardens for some photos.
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We enjoyed cake and nibbles for half an hour.
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Then just before 8pm we all hopped in our vehicles and headed off to Cafe Affair for a late dinner.
We had the upstairs pretty much to ourselves which was great.
It was a really lovely evening.
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Thanks so much to all those that came.
It was a precious time.
It was great to have Tommy & Kate join us too.
Not that long since their wedding 🙂
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Mira realised there had been no photos of me and my young man so she zapped this before we headed off home.
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I didn’t take many photos because Jesika was the ‘pro’ today with her fancy new camera.
So I guess we will get to see them later once she has had time to edit them all.

The last of us stayed outside on the pavement and chatted for a while.
Hard to end a good evening.
Nathan took Azzan for a quick walk up the cathedral steps, he’d been asking all night to go up.
He was happy & said the view was beautiful.

It was really chilly evening out so we didn’t dally getting back home.
Jesika had Mahalia to snuggle up with so she didn’t need a hottie tonight.

I was also given this beautiful bunch of flowers from Jesika & Evan this afternoon.
The orange was specifically chosen for me 🙂
Thank you both – I really do love them xxxx
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