Thursday, 27 September 2012


Words are amazing really….with our tongues we can encourage, we can curse, we can praise, we can criticise, we can love, we can hate….words can last a lifetime….  

This last weekend I had cause to remember some words that a young lady said to me about 7 or 8 years ago…they were words that I really needed to hear just at the right time which had so encouraged me….

The reason I remembered this was because Ellie and I went to see a house last weekend which is close to where we currently live; it's not on the market yet but is owned by the parents of the lady who's words had so encouraged me many years ago….the house and garden were great and would definitely suit us size-wise. 

At the end of the viewing we prayed with the owners asking for God's guidance for all of us in the next phase of our respective lives….I've never had an estate agent do that with me !  

Whether we will end up buying the house or not I don't know…. We did make a hugely discounted offer on another house a month or so ago which was turned down but which we'd have loved to buy and would have enabled us to help young widowed people with children who have been similarly bereaved to us; something both of us have a real passion to do…..

We will see what happens next.  One thing is for sure….  

Pr 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.  

What a privilege…to know that the Creator and our Father in heaven goes before us !  Yihhhaaaa !

Thursday, 13 September 2012


Well we’ve unpacked 80-90% of the boxes from storage…..Gosh, what a job!

We’re trying to think why we keep some of the things we keep…. We’ve got hoards of things that we’ve now got two (or more) of – lawnmowers, garden furniture, tools, breadmakers, mixers, pans  etc etc, and we’ve got so many mugs, plates/bowls and tupperware that we could open up a sandwich shop !
We’re trying to be ruthless and get rid of doubles (and triples!) and also stuff that just makes us feel sad when we look at it (hence giving away my tent)….so there’s lots of free-cycling, charity shop visits and dump trips….it feels never ending ! 
This week we’ve filled our big trailer with stuff to get rid of at a car boot sale…. we’ve got toys and kids games galore, cuddlies galore, books galore, board games by the tonne, musical instruments, dvd players etc etc….you name it, it’s in there. 
We’ve told the kids that we’ll go and have some fun and go out to dinner on the proceeds….with a ‘posher’ dinner available depending on how much money we make….the first level (£20 profit) is McDonalds….(it’s hardly haute cuisine eh ?!)  The only condition is that NOBODY is allowed to buy ANYTHING at the car boot sale however useful, cuddly or fun it might be (on pain of death!!)

It feels like a really positive time for us to be consolidating our things…at the end of the day it’s just stuff …it’s a bit strange though to be faced with box after box of things that we don’t really need and wondering how to sensibly get rid of it all without being wasteful.

If you need a shredder, iron, cuddly toy or inflatable bed etc etc etc etc – do give us a call !!

I read this yesterday -
Ps 23:1
The Lord is my Shepherd.  I lack nothing.

We've got everything we need.