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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.”ย Matt 19.26

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As you can see, Mum totally loved today's icy cold walk in the rain and howling wind, as she slipped and scrambled in boggy fields. #yorkshiredales #countryside #wildwalking #autumn #walking #mumswhohike #outdoorlife #greatoutdoors #babyled #greenparenting #adventuremum #wildchild #babywearing #babycarrying #babypilgrim @irenedavies16
Remembrance Sunday with a difference. The service included over 100 horses and riders, and afterwards we went back to the fabulous vicar's house for cake, tea, a long walk then a gorgeous dinner. Elizabeth clearly loved every minute ๐Ÿ˜‚ that girl just loves sitting still for a photo #remembrancesunday #lestweforget #churchofengland #friends #poppy #toddler #autumn #november @claire_gibbs_murray
Lots of mixed feelings on Remembrance Sunday. Lots to remember. Lots to be thankful for. One thing is friendship. Nothing quite solidifies a friendship like the interminable hours spent at RAF Brize Norton and other airfields around the world waiting for updates on delayed flights ๐Ÿ˜ด On a more serious note, Afghanistan took a lot away from me and others, but it's also the place I found faith, met my now husband, and made lifelong friendships like this one. I try and remember the good stuff too ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ซ #remembranceday #wewillrememberthem #remembrancesunday #poppy #veteran
Sitting in the study with a draft whipping around my icy cold feet makes me wish I was back in #france with this gorgeous cycling partner #velofrance
#throwbackthursday to simpler times before K6 became K10 and we could just party by the shepherd's hut drinking ลกlivovic #partylikeabosnian #slivovice
Low Row to Reeth and back. Definitely a walk of two halves. Drizzle and a chill in the air before lunch but warm and sunny for the way back. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ This girl is starting to get heavy. #swaledale #yorkshire #hikingmama #hikingbaby #raisethemwild #outdoorlife #greatoutdoors #babyled #greenparenting #adventuremum #wildchild #babywearing #babycarrying #waterfall #cow #sheep #bovine #autumn
Swanning about in Swaledale on a mini gateway. No signal, no reception, no fireworks: total peace. And yes, for the very observant of you, my coat does zip front and back so I can carry my toddler both ways. It's genius German design bright to you by Mamalia. Best parenting purchase yet. AND Dickie is wearing the men's version. #yorkshiredales #yorkshire #moors #moorland #raisethemwild #rain #outdoorlife #outdoorbaby #hikingbaby #hikingmama #mamalia #babywearing #babycarrying #babypilgrim
The middle of nowhere. My happy place!
Under the most beautiful Autumn sun and canopy of leaves little Elizabeth Frida managed to walk almost 4 miles today. The occasional carry and lie down in the mud was all the rest she wanted. My hope is she'll sleep for 15hrs straight tonight! ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด And if she does I'll be looking for ideas for other forests! #minipilgrim #getoutdoors #raisethemwild #barefootbaby #minime #motherhood #parenting #mothersdaughter #hiking #sunshine #autumn #walkinthewoods #toddler
Autumn sunshine with Elizabeth Frida #weekendvibes #sundaysun #autumnleaves #autumn #castle #getoutdoors #getthemoutside #outdoorlife #outdoorbaby
My ideal Saturday night in my 20's: drink, get ready, go out, drink, dance, drink more, get pizza, come home around 3am, fall asleep on sofa, wake up hungover, eat cold pizza. My ideal Saturday night in my 30's: husband puts baby to bed, I drink one glass of gin on sofa. Watch Netflix. Done. Winner winner chicken dinner (is already prepared and about to be served and I feel like a champion). #saturdayvibes #weekend #mumlife #tanqueray #winner #motherhood #30s #truth #ilovemylife
Legs still feel like they're recovering from this epic challenge. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Raising money for St Teresa's Hospice in Darlington by running around every single ward (area) in town. I signed up to reluctantly run 5 miles, but on the day and on a whim I decided to run an extra 5 miles. Who even am I? AND the fundraising page is still live, so if you'd like to donate you this wonderful charity just paste this link ๐Ÿ”— https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runeverywardindarlo
In Winter I say "this is my favourite season." In Spring I say "this is my favourite season." In Summer I say "this is my favourite season". But I really mean it this time. Autumn IS my favourite season๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ And experiencing it through the eyes of a toddler is priceless. She is completely delighted by conkers and crunchy leaves and busy squirrels. #autumn #seasons #britishwildlife #britishweather #autumnleaves #toddlerhood #parenting #wildchild #getoutdoors #miniexplorer #outdoorlife #raisethemwild #barefootbaby #minime #motherhood #adventurebaby
Today Timmy won an international award for World's Most Tolerant Cat. He puts up with so much toddler crap it's unreal. Elizabeth performed several whole body examinations on him this morning, only a small section of which I recorded. Timmy just takes it and never so much as hisses. What a legend ๐Ÿฑ #gato #cat #ilovecats #catsofinstagram #toddler #vet #playmates
Ladies who lunch. These three practising some moves for their album cover. #toddler #playdate #toddlerlife #windswept #grandparenting #nonna
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