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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!

O Lord, You have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in-behind and before; You have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your Presence?
If I go to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (taken from Psalm 139) Hopefully you have all caught up on the news that we are expecting our first child in April. So far both mother and child are growing rapidly! And the father is coping well with the extra chores like carrying the shopping and putting up with the strange antics of a pregnant woman. As you can see by the picture even Aunty Sally spent some time introducing herself over Christmas. (click on the movie to hear what she had to say)

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Deck Leaders Get Together

What a great bunch of people we have in the deck department, it is a priviledge to serve alongside them. With the arrival of our new captain we had a get together for a chilli night at the "Tretheways flat". Getting together has proved very important as we gel as a team.

Deck Leaders from L-R:

Lars (2nd Officer-Danish), Jurryan (Captain-Dutch), Lee (2nd Officer-S.African), Lawrence (Bosun-Ghanaian), Tim (Chief Officer-USA) & Rodrigo (3rd Officer-Brazilian) Quite a mix of nationalities The wives from L-R: Gina (Ghanaian), Tatyana (Brazilian), Rahel (Swiss), Dana (S.African), Sharon (UK) & Lena (Swedish)