Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

Well here we are on the last day of 2012 and what have I achieved?
My goals were as follows -
in 2012 I will try to......
•Become more self-confident and organised, use my diary and journal  - getting better at putting dates/appointments in my phone STRAIGHT AWAY, journal was a fail.
•Lose weight and get fitter - fail due to sickness I put on weight big priority for 2013
•Become more cost-effective - use what I have FIRST success!!!!! Have been finishing off/using up craft stuff I have had for ages and have given lots away.  Same with clothes
•Eat much more healthily (but Im NOT giving up chocolate!) Oddly enough I dont eat much chocolate now, and have tried to eat a LOT more healthier
•Save money Done!!! Even bought some shares
•Stop worrying - trust God to supply ALL our needs trying, trying, trying......
•Take a trip - took lots of day and a few day trips with the leadership program
•Learn something new - crocheting???? Done! I can now crochet
•Be Less Grumpy Hmmm you will have to ask my family about this one!   So 2012 the year that was - I didnt really have a great one at all - losing my father, beloved cat, an ovary, etc.  Did things I didnt want to do - trip in an ambulance, hospital stay, etc BUT - achievements - two lovely granddaughters - Addison and Maddison, graduated from the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program, started renovating our home, and have a new love for my lovely husband and familiy and life in general. Come on 2013 Im ready for you!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2012 christmas letter

 Dear All,

Well here we are already at the end of 2012, and hasn’t this year just flown?

Unfortunately this year we have had lots of down moments and sadness, my stepfather died in August which was a real shock although he hadn’t been well for some time. We also had to send our beloved cat, Speedy, to heaven which was also sad as she had been with us for 15 years.

We have had trouble with cattle being sick, dying of blout and various other “incidents” as well as Dianne being extremely sick and being

hospitalised for several days and Gary being injured by a cow!
 





BUT.....

There were some highs as well – we welcomed to our family two new granddaughters – Holly and Daryl’s first child, Addison and Aimee and Jason’s daughter, Maddison. They are both gorgeous!

Sarah has finished university (studying photography) and Megan has completed year 12 (as well as taking an alternative “schoolies” trip to Cambodia). Number 1 granddaughter, Mia graduated from kinder and is starting school next year. Adam continues to live and work in Mildura.
Dianne graduated from the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Programme and has been appointed on several boards – North Central Catchment Management Authority and a steering committee for Dairy Australia.

Gary tries to fit in a game of bowls when farm duties allow and has caught the renovation bug.

We are also starting to renovate our home and have so far replaced half the windows in the house as well as removing the outer walls on the front of the house and replacing with hardi-plank. Next year comes the new kitchen and a couple of walls to be knocked out – should be fun!

Gary and I continue to run our farm as a partnership and try and make godly decisions as we go. We both love God and are continually amazed how He blesses us (even when things don’t look that great)

We hope and pray that 2013 will be a year of blessing for you all (and for us too!)

Love, hugs and blessings Gary and Dianne Bowles and family

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him”