I know that it’s late and I have already blogged today, but I just had to share. I just received a phone call from Shannon (yes, at 10:50pm) to fill me in on the events of his evening. I knew he would want me to share with you all too.
As you know, Shannon is staying in Warragul tonight and was planning on sleeping in his tent somewhere. Well, he decided to ride around the area for a bit this evening to suss out the area. He spoke to a friendly man who was out walking his dog (while waiting for his son who was at Karate) who told him of a great little shop where he could buy some nice fish and chips for his dinner and some places that he thought would be safe for Shannon to set up his tent for the night. Shannon rode off, bought his dinner and rode around a bit more. As he said Grace, he prayed that God would provide him with a safe and dry place to spend the night. He checked out a few of the spots recommended to him including an outdoor velodrome, a sports field and some bushy areas nearby (even the skate park).
As he was riding around, a car pulled up along side him, it was the man he had spoken to earlier who was walking his dog. He said he was glad he had found Shannon and said he had spoken to his wife and they invited Shannon back to their house for a roast dinner and to spend the night!
Shannon accepted their offer (as he seemed like a very friendly ‘safe’ sort of person) and followed the man’s car back to their house. Shannon said that as he was riding, he looked up at the rain clouds and saw a rainbow appearing and was reminded how awesome God was and that he would remember him. Isn’t that an awesome story!
So after a roast dinner (Shannon’s second dinner for the evening), lots of water, some choccies and an offer and decline of ice-cream, he has gone to sleep in a lovely fresh warm bed. Showered, dry and clean. They even washed and dried his cycling clothes from today and offered to ring friends at the next town Shannon planned to stop at, however Shannon is looking forward to ‘roughing’ it a bit so declined their generous offer. They also oiled all his chains.
Isn’t God amazing! I think this has been the perfect start to his journey and has helped to make it a very memorable trip. What a great way to end day 1.
Please keep praying for him as he has a few days left to go and also pray for his angels in disguise tonight too.
God’s Blessings, Jodi xox
Today at 11:15am Shannon left on his 700km bike ride from Mooroolbark, Victoria to Cobargo, NSW. He rode approx 95km today to Warragul in Victoria. I just spoke to him on the phone and he rode for about 4hrs and 45 minutes today (although the journey took him about 6hrs with stops). He is now safe and sound in Warragul where he will set up his tent for the night. I’ll keep you updated on his progress. Here is a pic of Shannon (with Matilda) as he was about to set off this morning…
I harvested the carrots from my little veggie patch this week. I got a nice sized bundle of rolly polly round carrots…
and this is what I made with them…
a yummy carrot cake.
Last week, Matilda had gastro most of the week. On Friday we gave her half a charcoal tablet hoping to help rid her stomach of the toxins that were causing her yukky tummy bug. Getting a 1 yr old to swallow a tablet is not that easy so we just gave it to her and she chewed it (couldn’t have been that nice) but we gave her some water and toast to eat afterwards. Here is the effect it had on the toast lol…
Oh and by saturday afternoon she was better so that was great.
On thursday night we went into Melbourne to See Oliver play volleyball and to catch up with Josh. Afterwards we headede over to check out the Myer Christmas windows in Bourke Street…
The photos arn’t the best but you get the general idea.
Only 3 more sleeps til Shannon leaves on his big 700 km bike ride up to Bega. He has been busy preparing his bike and supplies readying himself for the journey. Will post again before we leave. xxx
OK, here are the pics as promised of my December album.
The cover –
Day 1 –
Day 2 –
Day 3 –
I have to take some more photos of the last couple of days but here is a peek at what we got up to yesterday –
It was such a lovely warm day that we painted the driveway with water (and ourselves lol).
Isn’t she a cutie…
Before we get on to Christmas, here is a quick piccie of Shannon’s final efforts in the Mo department –
He raised $60.40. It is nice to have a lovely smooth face back to kiss 😉
Ok on to other exciting things…Only 23 more sleeps til Christmas!!! I love Christmas and the whole holiday season is just wonderful. Everyone racing about, all excited about giving to others. I love all the parties, wrapping the pressies and all the joy that goes with the whole kit and Kobudol leading up to Jesus’ birthday. Love it!
This year I have decided to document the journey and the joys of December in a December Daily. I have finished my album (no pics just yet). I thought I might document some of the joys on here as well.
Yesterday was Dec 1 and we began Dec with a little tradition that we have by spending the 1st of December with the Bests. We like to go and enjoy a meal together, the exchanging of gifts and walk up the road to experience the excitement of ‘Santa’ turning on the Christmas lights in the street. Very cool display.
Here are some photos from the evening-
(she got a pink tea set and a bubble blower)
We received a beautiful calender (another tradition with the Bests – we scrap each other calenders for the new year instead of buying gifts… this way we get to enjoy the gift all year round) which is ready to go up once the old one (also scrapped by Dannii) runs out.
Today we made a trip to the post office, sent off a Secret Santa gift, played at the park, played outside with Bubbles and received our first Christmas card in the mail (amongst all the usual housework stuff).
The next few weeks are going to be busy with break-up celebrations, Christmas parties and getting ready to head home for the holidays. remember to keep checking in to see what else we get up to this December. xxx