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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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So excited that this wonderful human is going to baptize our baby next year. Elizabeth is one lucky little lady. @gemsampson #famousfriend #hartlepool #priest #baptism #cofe #love #feedthehungry
This little bear has already got the hang of shopping trips. Being carried around a retail park in your mother's arms while you sleep is THE way to do it. #shoptilyoudrop #3monthsold #sleepybaby
A Saturday in Autumn #autumn #autumnleaves #autumnwalks #brunch #saturday
The Great Fireworks Getaway 2018. This year we were very fortunate to be able to stay at our friend's cottage in the Yorkshire Dales. Peaceful, quiet and far any from any noises. Oh and of course really beautiful. #nonfirenight #peaceandquiet #countryside #northyorkshire #thedales #veteran #ptsd
Well it looks like someone enjoyed their mini break! #familyholiday #cottage #northyorkshire #yorkshiredales #baby #happybaby #laughingbaby
So impressed by all the effort my amazing sister in law @kat_d_1983 went to for the Halloween party. There are spiders and cobwebs in our house too, but not for decorative effect. Loved our family time. Here are a few spooky pics. 😱👻👹🧟‍♀️ #halloweenmakeup #familygoals #spiders #baby #boo
Tonight I was back training at the rugby club gym with the Sharks for the first time in about a year. It feels great to be back on the road to eventually playing rugby again. Some days it seems like a pipe dream. Other days I feel strong. Today was one of those days. Two training sessions under my belt and the pleasure of hanging with two of my fav sharks @ellerosebloor @georgeroberts13 . To follow my #postpartum #returntofitness journey follow me here @baby_to_barbell . #postpartumbodygoals #postpartumfitness #backinthegym #gym #strength #conditioning #transformation #motivation #fitnessmotivation #returntofitness #womensrugby
Trying to get the balance between spooky and not scaring the crap out of my 5year old nephew. Thoughts? #halloweenmakeup
Loving my new coat designed especially for #babywearing . The pup is in a @manduca.mybabycarrier sling and is being kept snug and shielded from the rain by the hooded attachment to my all- weather soft shell coat. Best baby investment by far. . However... It only takes a very minor stress factor (like too many people in a shop, dropping her hat, trying to locate my purse in the change bag) to increase my core temperate by about 15 degrees under all these layers. Baby wearing and breastfeeding are HOT activities! 🔥🔥🔥 . #layers #freesauna #ouod #breastfeedingproblems #sweating #babywearing #itsaslingthing #babysling #babycarrier #hotterthanhell #autumn #parentingproblems #ecoparenting #sling #baby
Sundays with my little tiger cub. Never imagined we'd be chilling on the sofa together. Can still hardly believe she's here 🐯 #pwrr #tiger #tigress #ivfbaby #tigercub #mamasandpapas #blackandwhite #instaparents #miraclebaby
I have something serious to tell you so I hope you're sitting comfortably... #12weeksold #babysleep #sleepingbaby #clothbum #reusables #clothnappies #fillyourpants #clothbummum #makelaundrynotlandfill #elizabeth
Halloween walk at Thorp Perrow was actually a lot scarier than we expected! Very impressed with the efforts the organisers went to. I'd highly recommend if you have children or you're just young at heart. Plus I managed to convince my 5 year old nephew that I eat spider sandwiches and our baby is turning into a blood sucking zombie baby. He's assured me all my inappropriately scary stories from this afternoon will give him nightmares. But hey, what are aunties for if not scaring their little nephews? @markchopper.reid @kat_d_1983 #halloweencostume #halloween #nephew #familytime #babywearing #babysling #manduca #sling
Yesterday she turned 12 weeks. Last night she treated us to our first 8 hour sleep since... forever. Seriously cannot remember when I last slept that long. Probably whichever month in pregnancy before toilet trips became hourly. In truth I did wake last night just to check she was still alive in her cot, which I'm told is a perfectly normal habit, but that aside, I'm still classing this as all three of us sleeping through the night. I hope it happens again one day. ⬆️🖕🏼📷 #newmama #realparenting #sleepdeprivation #winning #12weeksold
Just a cute little baby hanging out in @mowdenpark kit ready for her autumn walk. #mowdenfamily #11weeksold #autumn #snowsuit #babyshark @dmp_sharks #warm
House badminton match. @leanneknight22 and I found the winning combo. Better luck next time losers. #notcompetitiveatall #courts #badmo #badminton #racquet #shuttlecock #celebrations #funphys
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