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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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Until tomorrow @samjamieson2 #untiltomorrow
Lady Phillips out for her morning constitutional. We don’t know why she walks like this but there you go. Some questions will remain unanswered. #walking #keepingactive #todderlife #socialdistancing #coronalife #coronapositivity
If resting heart rate relates to stress, then it’s safe to say that since the initial worries about the pandemic a week ago, my much simpler, slower and more isolated life is having a good influence on me! (I know this is not scientific and is only a snapshot but still, potential silver linings? I’ll take them!) #fitbit #restingheartrate #health #fitness #coronapositivity #coronasilverlining
Today’s #lockdownlunch was a fine assortment of thingsIfoundinmycupboardandfridge. The theme was “not going to the shops” which provided an exciting challenge. This culinary masterpiece that will almost certainly never be repeated, not because it was bad, just because it was such a random collection of ingredients, is called “Couscous Surprise” The surprise was that the couscous use by date was 2018 and yet it was fine. We think. If you’d like to have a bash at this then you’ll need: •roasted cauliflower covered in Indian spices • fine green beans dressed in olive oil and lemon juice • tomatoes in balsamic and olive oil • hummus • beetroot chutney • Patak’s pickled lime chutney • sesame seed mayo •green olives in chilli oil •couscous with feta and lemon juice Assemble it all beautifully on a plate and enjoy with a cold Stella Artois. #coronapositivity #notgoingout #isolationcreation #cookingchallenge #vegetarian #veggies #eatyourveggies
When CrossFit is closed and Dickie works from home, two great things happen. I don’t need to get up at 0500 every day to train, and instead I get to go for a nice long lunchtime run. The new circumstances we find ourselves in can definitely have silver linings. What are yours? #coronapositivity #irun #runningmum #milesplit #knackered
Look at this handsome fella. Definitely one of my better life decisions was digging a pond. Now I have much more time to enjoy it. #coronabonus #silverlining #coronapositivity #lockdown #pondlife #pond #amphibians #frog
If you’re sitting there thinking “that looks like a fruit scone covered in Philadelphia with avocado and baked beans” you’d be absolutely right. It’s early days in the lockdown and already I’ve started eating the dodgiest combos of food based on what fresh stuff needs eating and trying to work out what I can put together that doesn’t require a trip to the shops! It may seem an abomination on a plate but I’ll have you know it was delicious. PM me for the recipe 😂 #lockdownlunch #coronatimes #vegetarianrecipes #fridgedelights #wouldyou #corona
Because still not everyone gets it.
No caption with this one. #toddlerlife #workingfromhome #19monthsold #lockdown #theweek
Teaching Elizabeth everything she needs to know so we can put our feet up. #startthemyoung #montessori #montessoriathome #toddlerlife
Silver linings? Our garden is finally getting some attention after 20 months of neglect. Apart from the mammoth effort to lay the lawn last summer with the help of our friends, we haven’t tended to a single plant or even cleared up the leaves from last autumn 🤭 But today we decided that if we’re going to be spending hours every day out here (likely) then we want to make it a beautiful, safe and educational environment for the whole family. We’ve got plans to convert flower beds into veg patches and really get better at composting. Day one is all about surveying the area and working out what to start first. The garage clear out is a weekend job in itself. Let’s hope Dickie starts working from home soon!! How are you and your family adapting and making the best of it? What unexpected silver linings are you discovering from social distancing and self isolation? #selfisolation #socialdistancing #covid19 #corona #coronavirus #gardening #garden #positivity #familytime #priorities #vegpatch #growyourown #digforvictory #sustainability
We’ve just had the most delightful takeaway from @helloteawithalice for Dickie’s birthday. ☕️🥯🍓🧁 Service was brilliant and we’re so grateful for how they are adapting to serve their customer base. As we all end up spending more time at home, let’s think of our favourite cafes and restaurants and think of ordering in, not just so we can enjoy the gorgeous food but also to support our local businesses. This brunch was faultless. Absolutely gorgeous. I wish I knew their secret to perfect mushrooms on toast but I suspect that’s a closely guarded secret!! #shoplocal #takeaway #corona #socialisolation #brunch #birthday #vegetarian
As a Stay At Home Mum the latest advice hasn’t impacted us anywhere near as much as some people. We’re still pottering around, doing household chores together, exploring the garden, walking in the park. The only noticeable difference is that usually our week often feels quite packed with visits to toddler groups, seeing friends and family and going on adventurous day trips. We thoroughly enjoy all these activities but sometimes I feel pretty exhausted from it all! Social distancing has actually given me permission to just slow down a bit, do less, listen to and observe Elizabeth more, and take her lead. Today I asked if she wanted to go for a walk, see some birds, visit a park (on our own) but she said emphatically “NO” to all my suggestions. So we stayed in our pjs until very recently and will be just enjoying life from the comfort of our home today. Nothing fancy. Lots of snuggles, naps and stories and play. Grateful for this special time and thinking of and praying often for those who are already feeling the effects of this virus on their physical or mental health or economically. Also grateful to my wonderful church friends who are busily working out ways we can stay connected, help the poor, and continue to worship in new and innovative ways. #covid19 #sahm #toddlerlife #daughter #garden #church #churchofengland #jesus
Yes another frog video. So glad we dug this pond a few years ago. I can see this playing an important part in Elizabeth’s entertainment in the coming weeks! #frogs #pondlife #frogspawn #pond
Celebrating this beautiful woman’s birthday today on the loveliest of spring walks in the countryside. Relentlessly cheerful daffodils, loads of birds (we heard but didn’t see an owl) and just great quality time together. #family #love
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