Sunday, February 24, 2008

welcome to my spot

It was my 40th birthday on Friday nite. I wanted to cook food for my friends. I wanted it to be at “my spot”, which is the rundown rumpty old holiday house/bach were I go to hibernate. I wanted to invite the people who have invested and given my life meaning. I wanted to have a storytelling, of life lived.

It was a fairly major logistical exercise: our holiday house is not equipped for 2 guests, let alone 40. The kitchen is too small (think no stove and no bench space. The toilet is compostable (think overflow issues). So the logistical exercise included outdoor barbeque, all salads pre-prepared at home and driven out, all guests invited to bring their own outdoor chair, but port-a-loo toilet provided.

And what a night. Flounder grilled on barbeque. Vegetables grilled with rosemary. Marinade meat for the non-vegetarians. 45 adults and 15 kids. Black Seeds great new album in the background. Standing outdoors with the huge horizons of Lake Ellesmere. Kids racing around. Storytelling from birth, through my early work days in Roxburgh, via training to be a pastor, Auckland life and now to Opawa. Laughter. Honesty. Cake. I thank God for the richness of my life and relationships.

Posted by steve at 10:01 PM


  1. here’s wishing you many more such birthdays as you journey on in your God-given adventures, peace, julie

    Comment by julie — February 24, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

  2. Sounds like a great night. Happy Birthday. Look forward to hearing more about it in due course 🙂

    Comment by Paul Fromont — February 25, 2008 @ 5:27 am

  3. Great Stuff! Congrats and well done on reaching the milestone. Sounds like a great way to celebrate it too!

    Comment by Randall — February 25, 2008 @ 11:23 am

  4. happy 40th!

    Comment by jonny — February 28, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

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