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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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This afternoon's maternity leave activity is sitting in the garden reading my new book whilst listening to the soundtrack to the Frida movie. Only ice cold white wine could make this moment more perfect. #frida #fridakahlo #makingherselfup #vanda #mexico #feminism #art #legend #triumph #hardback #femme #artist #art #revolution #latinamerica #20thcenturywomen #maternityleave #maternity #36weeks #10daycountdown #mumtobe #gardensofa #communism #political #trotsky #casaazul #spanishguitar
This is the list of all the food I'm looking forward to after I give birth. Hoping my lovely birth partners (Mother and Husband) are gathering a few of these items in preparation. In about 10 days I'll be able to eat bread! Super excited. I'll pace myself though as I'm unsure how my body with react to carbs and sugar after going cold turkey for 3 months. But surely a couple of coco dusted almonds won't hurt! Nom nom nom #gestationaldiabetes #GD #GDdiet #lowcarb #sugarfree #nearlymum @gestational_diabetes_uk #36weeks #induction #notlongnow
Practising baby wearing with my newly donated carrier (thank you extended church network of lovely people and their daughters!). We now have one each to fit our somewhat differently sized frames. I love it and so does Ted. Tried getting Timmy to volunteer but he said he was too busy laying in the sun watching the butterflies to be a model. 11 days until we bring our little human home. #babycarrying #babywearing #babysling #frontcarry #testandadjust #36weeks #36weekspregnant #summerfun #sunshine #gardeninbloom #gardening #nesting #preparations #notlongnow #mumtobe #babybump #bikini #bikinibump #nofilter
Hello. I'm Rachael. And I'M ON MATERNITY LEAVE! Here's me enjoying doing whatever I like. In this instance it's a husband-made coffee and a book whilst bathing. Oh and I'm listening to Johanne Sebastian Bach because that's EXACTLY what I want to do. And doing EXACTLY what I want is the theme here. #36weekspregnant #36weeks #finalcountdown #induction #13days #notlongnow #maternityleave #matleave #chill #bath #victorianbath #thehandmaidstale #bathreading #bathbook #winning #fridaynight #metime #sublime #instagood
Last night these two legends moved in with us, thus beginning a new chapter in number 25's history. They can cook, they've increased our garden chair number by three, and they've volunteered to babysit ANY time. Winner winner roast chicken and salad dinner. #rugbyhouse #roomies #lodgers #home #sharks #newlife #housemates #outdoordining #alfresco #gardensofa #gdfriendly #lowcarb #topfloor #spareroomstudio @dmp_sharks
This woman standing in the paddling pool with me rocks. Wouldn't be anywhere without her. Total support. #mum #mumandme #mumtobe #generations #babybump #34weekspregnant #34weeks #babyshark #babyshower
When food pairing takes a turn for the worse. #gestationaldiabetes #pepperami #gross #gd #gdmummyuk #diabetes #protein #pregnancywoes #poolparty #pregnant #pregnancy #34weekspregnant #fml #lowcarb #bikini #instaspam #instasplash #lit
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Post party tapas time #tapas #friends #afterparty #sharing
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Tapas, tales and table flowers you really can't steal. #catchup #reunion #bezzers #adulting #sunshine #britishsummer #tapas #afterparty
Well this pretty much sums up my whole weekend #strawberry #strawberriesandcream #poolparty #paddlingpool #babyshower #34weekspregnant #celebrate #babybump #finalstretch #nearlythere #gddiet #gestationaldiabetes @gestational_diabetes_uk
Love this super strong gorgeous girl. And loved reminiscing over all the extra time we spent in the gym in Kabul, once we found our motivation 😂🏋🏼‍♀️🇩🇰 Hope I get back into it soon...aspirational #womenwholift #crossfit #strongwomen #gymtime #motivation #tourbuddies #afghanistan #vest #hangingout #visiting #garden #weights #pregnancy #34weeks
At her happiest #carcasstime #animalbones #chickencarcass #hungarian #italian #shelovesit #bezzer #alfresco #gardendining #chicken #roast #nofilter
The last guests have departed and my wonderful weekend of wondrous women is over. Pretty tired now after all the prep and fun so it'll be an early night for me. I thank God for the incredible, strong, inspiring and generous women in my life. You have absolutely held me up when things have been tough and seeing you all this weekend has been a humbling reminder of how blessed I am. Even getting to the stage of hosting a baby shower... how did that happen? It's something I never imagined I'd have the privilege to do. And it's very grown up. 🙊 And to those of you that washed up and helped eat all those strawberries, a particular thank you!! You know who you are! It might be a while before anyone can face a strawberry again though. Thank you thank you thank you #34weeks #34weekspregnant #pregnancy #babyshower #babyshark #friendslikethese #blessed #ivfjourney #ivf #miracle #sharks #friends #schoolfriends #support #party #afterparty #strawberry #britishsummer #sunshine #gardenparty #poolparty
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