Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Siblings in February // Grace + Glory



I'm a little late on posting this month's "Siblings Project" post... sadly my phone was stolen from my rucksack in London on Saturday and I've been a little in limbo ever since... out of the social media loop and grabbing odd check ins on my husbands phone. It's been refreshingly good for me too though... in SO many ways. Bizarre how something as rubbish as having your phone nicked can actually work for your good. But isn't that what God promises us? That ALL things work together for our good and his glory? So this enforced break from the social media world has made me more present with my children, and has also helped me see how dependent I was on my phone - the number of times I've reached for it and remembered it's not there has been an eye-opening insight into how many times I actually do reach for it!

Anyway, that's for another post... because this one is all about these four...

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The Grass Is Greener Where You Water It // Contentment + Courage



"The grass is greener where you water it"

This line was spoken to me after church last week in a conversation with a young man after the service. We were talking life and ministry... and the way the Lord has led us both down pretty different paths. I was sharing some insights into what I perceived to be rather mundane days in comparison with his more adventurous life, and he stopped me in my tracks.


Monday, 4 February 2019

Heroes + Heroines for my Kids // The Beauty of Biography


Stories have always played a significant role in my life... from the moment I could read, I had my nose in a book... there was something about immersing myself in an epic story which truly captured my mind and my heart and my emotions. I have learnt so many lessons through the years from story characters - both real and fictional.

Perhaps the best kind of characters are the imperfect ones... the ones who make mistakes, who are real flesh and blood people, but who appear to achieve something incredible. Something that inspires us, gives us perspective and helps us to long to do more with our lives.


Friday, 1 February 2019

Heidi's Heart // A Rollercoaster Day


THANK YOU to those of you who prayed yesterday as Heidi and I returned to hospital up in town for her new Kawasaki Clinic. There were a lot of prayers said at hospital too... we went into the echo on the news that her previous echo had showed a concern over her Left Anterior coronary, that perhaps it was flaring up again.I prayed the whole way through the echo.... holding that little hand while she gripped back at the discomfort. The echos never used to bother her, but I think now they make her feel claustrophic, and shes doesn't enjoy all the wires.

But she was brave. And a trooper. And quietly took it all in with those big blue eyes.


Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The Quietening // Rest for The Weary Soul


It's wonderful, but it's not sustainable... it was the repeated phrase of last year. Recognising your weaknesses and limitations feels often like an admittance of failure to me.... but ever since our fourth little man joined the gang, my limitations have become ever more apparent to me. He has been a very easy baby, and the smiliest, chirpiest little man... but the sheer number of children, the physical and emotional demands of being Mama to four has kept me on my knees. It's humbling... its hard to step down from the pedestal you've created for yourself and realise that "keeping up appearances" serves no one but your own ego.

Monday, 31 December 2018

2018 // Respite, Reprieve and Rollercoastering


2018.

It's been a year of paradoxes in many ways... a year of respite after all the drama of 2017 (scary illnesses, complicated pregnancies, traumatic births, a premature baby, broken down cars, Heidi coming off meds, new jobs... you name it). In comparison, 2018 has been remarkably drama free, and yet, respite is probably not a word I'd use to describe this year... its felt, in many ways, like the busiest of my life... with growing children, three school runs a day, a business taking off and ministry opportunities, and there have been points where I've wanted to jump off the treadmill for a while.

We're still trying to figure out the balance on that one.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

When You Hit the Wall // A Humbling


It's been some time now that I've been aware of the need for us to slow down. Life can only go at breakneck speed for so long before something runs off the tracks. But with four small children, a busy work/home schedule, church involvement and extra-curricular commitments, the inevitable was bound to happen at some point I suppose.

And this weekend, the brakes were drawn to a grinding halt.