Saturday, April 30, 2011

Models for a day

Something that surprised me about Hong Kong is this: it is very common for anglo children to be asked to do  photo shoots or fashion catwalks here. For instance, within our Bible study our friends the Rode-Christoffersons and Udys have done many model jobs. Keegan's friend Elliot Sweeney recently posed for the cover of Milk B magazine. Here is the finished product.

Recently a friend gave our details to a new magazine, and they contacted us to see if our kids were interested in a photo shoot. (They must have had a hankering for three freckled redheads!) We decided to try it out for fun. Obviously I don't have copies of the professional photos yet to show you, but my candid shots can give you an idea of what happened "on the set".

After arriving at the location, Tirzah was the first to have her hair and make-up done, followed by the other two.

Then they brought out the first of many outfits of clothes to put on our children. The brands included Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers, and Christian Dior, just to name a few. This is likely to be the only time our children wear those labels, so I hope they enjoyed it!

The photos were all taken outside in a nearby park on real grass, a rarity here in Hong Kong. The weather was drizzly, but the photographer didn't seem to mind too much, and there were plenty of attendants on hand to shelter the would-be models from the drips.

I have no idea if the agent is happy with the photo shoot overall, but she did comment that our kids were well behaved and followed instructions. I learned a few things from today's activity...

Number one, our children will do anything for candy. 

Number two: someone on this planet must actually pay $4200 HKD for a dress (Tirzah's white lacy one). That's $540 USD!

Number three: I am definitely not cut out to be a mother in this industry. As a self confessed control freak, it was extremely difficult to bite my tongue over things I would do differently, such as Jemilla's hair and certain poses. But what do I know?

Number four: the most photogenic of our three, the one who had the most fun, and the child who asked for another booking was...Keegan! Perhaps he will get another chance to model while we are in Hong Kong...if his father takes him, that is. No more toddlers and tiaras for me!

Friday, April 29, 2011


You may recall me writing about my dear friend Alec Law who went to be with the Lord in January last year. Sadly, another family friend in Dubbo named Glenn Wells is dying of the same type of aggressive cancer.

This morning in our ICS all-faculty devotions we sang a hauntingly beautiful song called "Soon". I thought about Alec and Glenn the whole time we were singing. The lyrics to the song have an element of wistfulness but also quiet confidence in what's to come for those who believe. I love the notion that when we finally see Jesus, our souls "will be satisfied".

I pray that Glenn's family will find comfort from this song today.

Soon and very soon
My King is coming
Robed in righteousness
And crowned with love
When I see Him, I shall be made like Him
Soon and very soon

Soon and very soon
I'll be going to the place He has prepared for me
Then my sin erased, my shame forgotten
Soon and very soon

I will be with the One I love
With unveiled face I'll see Him
There my soul with be satisfied
Soon and very soon

Soon and very soon
See the procession
The angels and the elders round the throne
At His feet I'll lay
My crowns, my worship
Soon and very soon

I will be with the One I love
With unveiled face I'll see Him
There my soul with be satisfied
Soon and very soon

Though I have not seen Him
My heart knows Him well
Jesus Christ the Lamb, the Lord of heaven

I will be with the One I love
With unveiled face I'll see Him
There my soul with be satisfied
Soon and very soon
Soon and very soon
Soon and very soon

April photo update from Keegan

This is the first character in my Chinese name, huÇ’.

I am pretending to be a LEGO knight.

My Chapel service at ICS

I was wearing my cricket pads.


On the MTR

With our friends, the Rode-Christoffersens

A  fishing game at my old school, NIS

This is what I chose as my prize.

Dressing up with Jakob

Working on my fielding skills

At Monster Burger

Jakob and I fell asleep on the bus ride home.

This is where I do my new cricket training.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

April photo update from Jemilla

This is the kind of Christmas tree I am going to have when I grow up...a pink one!

Do we look like Lego statues?

Riding toy horses at Sai Kung

Watering plants at school

Do you like my LEGO glasses?

This is the second character in my Chinese name, jian.

I took these photos with my camera.

Being silly with the dress up clothes

My best friend Kristie's birthday

Five visiting dogs came to our school

 My friend Michael and I made a LEGO dinosaur

At the playground.

At a Chinese restaurant.

My class excursion

Kristie came to play at our house.

The T.N.S.V.J.drama club (Tirzah, Natasha, Sophie, Vienna, Jemilla)

This is my collection of silly bands.

My Chinese class fashion show ( I'm the one in the blue.)

I made a craft at my old school, NIS.

Our favourite ice cream shop in Tai Po

Kayla and I wore the same dress to church on Easter Sunday! It wasn't planned or anything!