Yes, that is correct! Today is Brian's first day at Hillsong Leadership College! He was so excited! And so was I. I think I got a glimpse at motherhood today. I felt as if I was sending my firstborn off to school for the first time. I made him a hearty breakfast, packed him a sack lunch, and got him on his way! I was so PROUD! I even shed some tears after he left. I can't wait to see what the Lord has for my Bri. Here are some other goings on in our world...
*We celebrated our first holiday, Australia Day, in Sydney! Australia Day is the day the country was founded. However, Australia is NOT a completely independent country. They are a commonwealth of England. We had a great weekend of celebration complete with: a great dinner at a quaint cafe, trip to downtown Sydney, a trip to Darling Harbour (AMAZING), BBQ with friends, pool time, and movies! A great weekend.
*Internet. Still don't have it in the flat. Getting frustrated...grr! We rely on quaint cafe's and internet cafes near our place to get connected.
*There is a hole in the ozone above Sydney. I've been told this by heaps of people. However, I am now experiencing it, first-hand, with the burn I got laying out.
*Coffee. Coffee is divine. No exaggeration. I've never experienced coffee like it is here. However, there is NO such thing as "drip coffee" its all specialty. Just a note on how good it is...Brian has become a coffee drinker! And if you know Brian, you know just how great the coffee is here!
*J-O-B. I've applied to heaps and heaps of jobs. I'm an expert at the whole application/resume process now! There are lots of great opportunities out there. Please pray that I find a job that I enjoy soon! Brian cannot begin work until he has his school schedule which will be after Wednesday.
*Church...so much to say on this subject. In the short time we've attended Hillsong, I've learned SO much. As a matter of fact, I'm STILL processing. I am going to devote a WHOLE post on this later this week. Lets just say, God is at work in this place!
So good to be in blog world today. We love you all heaps and heaps!
I reckon-I believe, I think
Take Away-To go
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sorry our posts are few and far between since we've arrived, but we don't have internet in our flat yet. Internet service is very different here. You must pay by download and not a flat fee each month. Crazy. So we're trying to find the best package for us. In addition, we are waiting on our debit cards to arrive, and can't set up internet until they do. So we're crossing our fingers to get wireless by the end of the week. So bare with us till then!!! However, we do have some pictures of the city. And can I say its beautiful here? Since we've arrived we've spent most of our time finding appliances and furniture for our flat. So we haven't had lots of time to explore the city yet. Most of these pics were taken at Rose Bay. Tomorrow we are FINALLY going to the beach, so we'll have heaps more pics later. So start the drumroll......here is Sydney:
This is us next to Rose Bay on our way to our friends' place. We had so much fun with them!!!
This is the view from our balcony in our room. Unbelievable!
Well, that is going to have to do for now. We'll post more after we visit the lovely beach tomorrow. Words can't express how much we appreciate your prayers. We love you all SO much. And miss you heaps!!!
*Thought you might need this, so you can learn the Aussie way too!!!
Posted by xoxo erika at 5:07 PM
Thursday, January 15, 2009
We arrived safe, sound, and with all our luggage here in Sydney on Thursday (our time). While I'd love to tell you about our journey so far, we don't have phone or internet hookup yet. It is one of our top priorities so we can start communicating regularly. Just wanted to say we're here safe, LOVE IT, and will be up and running with internet soon!
Thanks so much for all of your prayers of safe travel over us! We felt them. It was such a smooth travel.
Posted by xoxo erika at 3:05 PM
Monday, January 12, 2009
Tomorrow is the day! The day we've known about for 9 months! This journey leading up to tomorrow has had the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Nothing has stretched my faith like this process. Through all of the laughter and tears, God's hand has been evident in it all. I've witnessed miracles. Like I've never before. And I can't wait to see what he has in store. I know there will be more laughter and tears. But I know we'll see our faithful heavenly Father through it all. And for that I'm excited. I'm excited to see even bigger miracles than I've witnessed already.
As we travel, we'd love & appreciate all the prayer we can get! Those of you who have ever gotten on a plane and experienced delays know what I'm talking about! Here are a couple of requests:
*Weather-It is supposed to snow a considerable amount in Chicago, and unfortunately we are flying through O'Hare. Please pray that we will not experience any delays and arrive to Sydney as planned.
*Luggage-On a mission trip to India my luggage was separated from the plane. I went 2 days without anything but the clothes on my back. Terrible. However, this time we are traveling with ALL our belongings. Please pray that our luggage arrives at the Sydney Airport WITH us.
*Smooth Travel-Alert Pilot, safe travel conditions, etc. A gracious friend in Sydney has agreed to pick us up from the airport when we arrive. We also have a "welcoming team" waiting at the church for us. I would HATE to miss this due to a delay. Please pray that we won't experience any significant delays that would push our arrival in Sydney back.
*Sleep-I don't sleep much on airplanes. Our total travel time is 31 hours. Enough said.
*Health-No sleep. Close quarters. Winter. Time change. Again, enough said.
*Arrival-Pray that despite all the LONG hours traveling we won't be so overwhelmed when we arrive that we miss out on enjoying our first day in Sydney!
Thanks so much for your prayers. There are no words to describe our gratitude for you all. We truly have felt such a blanket of prayer over us. We couldn't have done it without 'em.
Last, but not least, travel details. We will leave KCI at 9:55am tomorrow morning and fly to Chicago, LA, Fiji, and then arrive in Sydney Wednesday night at 7:30pm (your time). It will be 12:30 pm Sydney time. FYI, we are 17 hours ahead in Sydney.
Next time we blog we'll be in the land "down under"!!!!
Posted by xoxo erika at 3:32 PM
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Bandy/Opperman Family Christmas'
9 Days, oh my goodness it is so close. It has been a long time coming, but has gone so fast. We have had so much fun through this whole process so far. We are so so so very grateful for all of your prayers and support. We have heard from so many of you, words of encouragement and that you are praying for us, and believe me we can definitely tell. God is blessing us so much with everything that we need. We have made contacts there and people that we are so excited to meet in person.
We had such a fun Christmas and last few weeks with our families. Please pray for us in this area. Erika and I are very family oriented and will miss our families very much. We had the Opperman side of the family Christmas on the 23rd, and we had the Bandy side of the family Christmas on Christmas Day. Attached are some pictures of the fun that we have had with our families. Thank you all so much again for being a part of our lives and investing in us. I cant wait to take a lot of pictures when we first get there, and share them with you.
Posted by xoxo erika at 11:06 AM