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This blog is largely about me muddling my way through life and faith. Being a relatively new Christian, I’m trying to work out what it means to follow Jesus in today’s world as a 32 year old woman in the North East of England who loves playing rugby, throwing great big parties and gardening. All of which I think Jesus would totally approve.

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Just like anyone else, life throws up challenges, and I’ll be writing about how I face these and where I think God is in the picture. Mostly, I don’t quite know. I struggle to pray. I don’t always discern what the Holy Spirit is doing in my life and sometimes I wonder just what God’s playing at. Especially when times get tough, which, of late, they have been. Really tough, actually.

I write about stuff that people don’t often talk about, for example PTSD and infertility, to name two biggies.

In part, this is because I think it might help people who are facing the same problems. They may recognise their own situations in my writing, and so get some help, or better understand those around them. That would be great. I also write because it helps me put into words what I can’t often say out loud. I usually cry way before I’ve said what I wanted to say. And I also write because I want to share how my faith has changed my life for the better. Hopefully I do this in a way that isn’t ramming it down people’s throats.

I want to leave space for people with their own views and beliefs, and as I’ve already stated, I don’t have all the answers. I’m a proper novice. The reason I mention my faith throughout most of my blogs is because it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I suppose it’s like how other bloggers may find Cross Fit and want to mention that in their blogs here and there, because they love how it’s changed their lives and want to share that with others. Hey, a reader may even give it a go…?

So join me in these blogs as I work out what this life stuff is all about. You’ll find accounts from my experiences as an Army Officer serving in Afghanistan and other parts of the world, my experiences of different cultures, my attempt to discern what God wants me to be and do, and my observations as a newcomer in the quirky and marvelous world of the local parish church.

“With God, all things are possible.” Matt 19.26

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Ok so this dress deffo doesn't show the bump... but it's there! #27weeks #27weekspregnant #pregnant #babybump #bump #britishgarden #summersun #sunshine #garden #maxidress #maternitywear
This man does nothing by halves. He arranged to meet me for my lunch hour and took me for a picnic where he produced an entire cheese board, a selection of cheese knives, slate, a butter dish and about a load of #gdfriendly snacks. #romanticsurprise #husband #gd #picnic #summersun #britishweather
Royal wedding celebrations in Tufnell Park #bunting #banter #british #bbq
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After a gorgeous gestational diabetes-friendly bbq at our fab Tufnel Park Air B&B with friends and family, we spent the early evening sunning it up in a local park ahead of tomorrow's half marathon (Josie's running not us!). This pregnancy had had it's fair share of ups and downs and recently has felt like no picnic at all... But it's amazing what sunshine and family can do to one's mood 😎 All smiles here in London. #proudstepmum #familyfun #funinthesun #britishweather #saturday #parklife #sunshine #pregnancy #miracle #27weeks #6monthspregnant #ivf #bump #maxidress #sun #halfmarathon #prepday
When you don't get enough time together so you absolutely HAVE to be touching. Even whilst napping in the shade. #kew #kewgardens #japanesegarden #love #toe #bankholidayweekend #contact #affection #marriage #napping
Cat yoga: the downward tripod #catyoga #catsdoingyoga #catsofinstagram #gattomio #gatto #gatti #besties #blackandwhite
When it's the first hot day of the season and you overdo the beers. C'mon we've all been there. #ukspring #britishgarden #catsofinstagram #fatcat #cat #gatto #lazycat #weather #ukweather #sunshine #garden
The bump, the cat and for the very observant... the shrunken woollen jumper that is now a cushion cover. #fail. #bump #catsofinstagram #chillin #pregnancy #24weeks
In about 16 weeks my daughter will finally meet my God daughter face to face. She can't wait. She's fascinated at the thought of a baby in my tummy (of course technically not in my tummy, but it wasn't the time for an anatomy lesson). #goddaughter #friend #ffl #baby #unbornchild #pregnancy #pregnancy #excited #ivf #seeyousoon #faith #babybump #firsttimemum
My perfect kind of day is working on the garden, hanging out with my cat, husband, frogs and fish and eating gorgeous food outdoors, all of which was made possible by this glorious Spring weather. But I am now paying for the many hours spent bending over doing the weeding whilst 5 months pregnant! Ouch. Long bath for me. #britishgarden #britishweather #gardenuk #gatto #husband #weeding #pondlife #pregnantgardener #pregnancy #backache #gloriousday #thankgod #sunshine #tan #bikini #lovemygarden
This boy knows how to do Saturdays #gatto #cat #sunshine #chill #weekend #garden
Hilarious family day out up Roseberry Topping in the mud. Gorgeous views. #roseberrytopping #mud #slipperywhenwet #easter #easterwalk #familytime
Going on an Easter walk with the fam up Roseberry Topping but at first we misjudged just how many inches of mud was covering the route. These boots were swiftly changed for walking boots. Laughed till we cried in the mud. Watching other people descend and slip and slide down in trainers was priceless. Everyone at the foot of the hill covered in mud. No injuries. Only pride... we were all filthy.
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