Thursday, 30 August 2012

Settling in & Moving forward...

It's some time since I've managed to write a blog….life has been busy and BT Broadband have been completely hopeless (latest expected install date is now 5th Sept !) so access to the internet from home is still non-existent. Oh well !

We have just-about settled into our new house. To be honest it feels a bit strange because it's not really our house (it's rented) so feels a little bit like we're in a holding pattern until we move again to something more permanent. It is a wonderful house for us though with a load of space compared to our previous place…we feel very undeserving and overwhelmed by it really, and actually having a bedroom to sleep in is simply wonderful!

We've been busy unpacking and also getting rid of things….the Duchess of Kent House Charity shop up the road think we're their best donor ever I think (even though part of me winces with memories of the hospice every time I go through the door)….we've also had a steady stream of people from Reading Freecycle coming to take things away which we can't donate to the charity shop.

The week before last we had all the children away for the best part of a week either at Newday bible camp or at Granny's so Ellie and I had some time alone…we didn't manage to get away properly this time because we still had to have the cats locked into the house due to the house move. They're out now though and haven't got lost ! Here's a photo of Tom on Removals Day! Ellie and I went out for days and even managed to order a brand new double bed (ie. One that nobody has previously died in).

Last week we went with some great friends to 'Westpoint 2012' bible camp in Devon. We all had a fabulous time even though it rained a fair amount. Highlight for me was listening to PJSmyth preaching on David/Jesus followed by communion - he was biblical, funny and inspiring all at the same time; communion at the end of the meeting was a very different style but the most God-honouring & Jesus-centred that I've ever been a part of…it was simply fantastic. Jesus is alive, one day soon I will stand in his presence… it's great to live in the reality of it day-to-day.

At the end of the camp, I gave our huge 11 birth tent away because every time I looked at it, it just reminded me of camping-days-gone-by with somebody very special, which can't ever come again. We'll buy a different tent next year.

For now though, it's back to work ….

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