The Abolition Of Man

My flatmate and I were talking about education and politics (among other things) and he mentioned a book I should read: The Abolition of Man, by C. S. Lewis. “Is it easy to read ?” I asked.

It’s not really an easy read for this Hannah ! But I did find some cool quotes:

‘a hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head’.

‘the heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it’.

‘in a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. we make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise’.


The Bowling Badge #LifeScouts


I have been bowling lots ! For my 18th birthday, my friends kidnapped me and we ended up bowling for the afternoon then getting Subway for dinner. I also had a joint 21st celebration with Lisa- we went bowling and had cake ! Here’s photos:

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Steve + Priscilla


Charles + Jasmine


Janelle + Steph


Jamie + Sam



The last 100 days. Part 1

So I’m counting down the days til I finish uni.. not long to go now ! 61 days left. Scary ! Exciting ! So much to do ! I’m trying to take photos of my last days here but I keep forgetting. Here’s some of my favourites from my limited collection of the previous 40 days 🙂


love walking to uni on beautiful days ! I will miss this view !


experiments in the lab- love all the pretty colours we get to make ! 🙂


my beautiful valentine’s roses 😀


my boyfriend visited for the weekend and we went adventuring in lyttelton !


my boyfriend sent me more beautiful flowers 🙂


I had the privilege of decorating for the new to church dinner. I’m quite liking green at the moment !


finally I finished re-covering this chair- stoked as with the result !


it’s autumn ! acorns are everywhere.


finally got to meet my little second-cousin samuel !


lucy and morgan at church 🙂


the boys..


beautiful colours in kaikoura 🙂

The Scrabble Badge #LifeScouts


Funny, my only real memories of playing scrabble have been with people 2 generations older than me.. usually summer holidays when it rains ! I don’t think we scored all the games, I’m pretty sure I lost most of them anyway 🙂 Here’s a photo I found from summer 06/07 ! Looks like I came 2nd 🙂 And the other from at work 2013 (we didn’t score it).

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Today :)


Today I learned that I was a prisoner and today I learned how to unlock the prison door.

I talked with Kerryn about the Holy Spirit, joy, and forgiveness. If you are filled with the Spirit you operate out of joy, because joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Joy and happiness are different. Joy is not based on circumstance. Joy and forgiveness are linked- unforgiveness quenches joy because it harbours bitterness.

Today I also learned that the my view of the Holy Spirit is associated with my view of my mother. The comforter and teacher. My view of Jesus is associated with how I view my siblings. Having unforgiveness in my heart towards my mother or siblings warps my view of the Holy Spirit or Jesus.

Matthew 18:23-35 tell the parable of the unmerciful servant. God is the King who forgave the huge debt. But if we don’t forgive the debts of others God puts us in prison. GOD puts us in prison. But he also gives us the key to open the door- it’s up to us to unlock it.

To open the door and walk out of prison you need to pray. Tell God you forgive those that have hurt you with their harsh words, lack of support or understanding, missed laughs and hugs and experiences. Then thank God for them and bless them. And ask God to show you your prison door- is it open or closed ? If it is closed, ask God who else you need to forgive, and do it. Forgive them and thank God for them and bless them. Ask God to show you your prison door again. If it is still closed, keep asking God to show you who you need to forgive until your door is open. When it is open, thank God that it is open and ask him to help you walk through it. You’ll know when it is open because you’ll be filled with joy ! Joy comes when you are free !

Walking through the prison door is a process, but the key is to keep forgiving and being thankful and blessing those you forgave. Having joy in any circumstance is powerful.

Today I forgave my mum and my sister. Today the door of my prison was opened so I could walk out in freedom.

Today I got joy in my heart.

Today I am free 🙂

The Chess Badge #LifeScouts


I learned to play chess when I was quite young, maybe 8 or 9. I wasn’t very good ! But I have had 2 amazing moments of victory that I can remember.. both about 10 years ago. When we went on the first high school camp I had a game against my teacher- and he’s pretty pro ! But I managed to win with only a few pieces left on the board. The next time I was playing against my uncle- and it was giant chess ! He’s pretty good too but I think I beat him with the same strategy I had against my teacher. Stoked as to beat the 2 pros I knew then ! I haven’t played much since high school actually.

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