an aussie winter

The last few months have made up my second winter in Sydney (that’s summer for all you Northern Hemisphereans)… It’s certainly been a memorable one! Where to begin? So much has happened and I don’t want to skip any of the important details. Let’s just jump in.

July kicked off with the annual Hillsong Conference, which took place this year at the Allphones Arena in Sydney Olympic Park. This was my third conference and each one has had its own unique impact on me personally. Kev hosted key guests with the driving team and I served with the ‘Because We Can’ team doing a bit of photography and setup for breakout sessions throughout the week. The team was amazing and it was a tremendous blessing serving alongside them!

Remember Veggie Tales? Yep. That’s Kev (and our friend Nath Maclean) with the world famous Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber. What’s not to love about human-sized vegetables?

The day after the conference ended, the Watoto Children’s Choir arrived in Sydney and had their first concert at the Darling Harbour Amphitheatre. My heart was so full seeing their beautiful, smiling faces. If you’ve never seen the Choir before, be sure to visit watoto.com to see dates when they’ll be in your area. The stories of lives changed through the work of Watoto are inspiring.

Here’s a beautiful clip of the Choir’s performance at AIR Coffee, our favorite local coffee house:

In mid-July, Kev travelled to Toronto for our friends’ Nate & Ali’s wedding. I was there in spirit! Below are a few pics from the wedding:

Much of the month was dedicated to planning and promoting Frontline’s Encounter Night, which had the theme of ‘Halftime’ (being that we’re in the middle of the year). It was such a fun night with lots of sports-related décor and activities, including an interview with rugby professional Tim Mannah and a powerful message by Frontline Pastor Brenden Brown on Christ-likeness. You can read more about the night at the Frontline blog here.

On August 1, we moved into our new house! We said “goodbye” to our cute little house on the hill in Lalor Park and said “hello” to a beautiful, open-plan house in The Ponds, which we’re sharing with 2 other couples from Hillsong College – the Darceys & the Tingbergs. We love it and it already feels like home!

Spring is nearly here and we anticipate all that is in store for this next half of the year. Looking forward to bringing you along on the journey with us. Thanks for visiting & feel free to write to us anytime! 🙂

Love xx The Lingberries

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