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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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7 miles of beautiful countryside with my gal.
Eating bubbles is one of Elizabeth's favourite pastimes, and is marginally safer than her other hobbies. #bathtime #baby #babybath #bubbles #barefootbaby #raisethemwild #bathroom #qualitytimetogether
Dancing to a live version of You Never Can Tell, played by an awesome blues band (with your former drama teacher who you haven't seen for 15 years playing lead guitar, and your former rugby club physio who you haven't seen for 13 years on double bass), in a pub with your husband dancing like a pro, your baby asleep in a sling, and your eldest step daughter and her boyfriend filming. Winning at life. 🍻🍺🍻🍺🍻 #pulpfiction #dancingbaby #babywearing #babycarrying #10monthsold #postpartum #mumswhodance #livemusic #makingmemories #blendedfamilies #darington #sundayafteenoon #sleepingbaby
What a weekend with the most fabulous people. I have such big big soppy love for my amazing family. They make me laugh such a lot ❤ Elizabeth is mega blessed to grow up with such lovely big sisters. #family #babywearing #babycarrying #cutebaby #bigfamily #dancingbaby #babiesofinstagram #10monthsold #halfsisters #love #kisses #magicmoments #makingmemories #famalam
My wonderful family. #familyphoto #bigsisters #halfsisters #stepdaughters #love #blendedfamilylove #cutebaby #babywearing #babycarrying #10monthsold #fathersday #weekend #makingmemories #allthelove
Just a casual otter hanging out at the river in Durham city tonight. What a beaut. #otter #britishwildlife #nature #conservation #river #britishriver #riverside #wildlife #ottersofinstagram #durhamcity #durham #otters
Various photos of the baby sleeping on the Camino #throwback #camino #caminodesantiago #buencamino #theway #sleepingbaby #motherdaughter #babygirl #peaceful
When you're 10 months old, your world ACTUALLY falls apart if you're not allowed to take swimming goggles to the park so you can throw them down and have your servants/ parents pick them up. So that's what this photo is about. #motherhood #parenting #10monthsold #babiesofinstagram #parklife #realparenting #tantrum
Sunday afternoons when the husband has the baby strapped to his chest, and is walking her to sleep up and down the street. My hands are free to read and drink and oh my gosh it feels good. #mummylikesgin #goodread #feminism #literature #reading #gandt
When it's Pentecost Sunday, in our house, you can definitely tell! 💥🔥 #pentecost #christian #faith #aweandwonder #matchymatchy #flame #holyspirit #maranatha
Ah to be a baby! These days the only bath time I get is kneeling next to one, but it's totally worth it for this little water baby. #bathtime #bath #waterbaby #baby #babiesofinstagram #motherhood #parenting #mothersdaughter #babygirl #attachmentparenting #cutebaby #10monthsold
Friday afternoons with my bestie 👩🏼👶🏼 #herecomestheweekend #earlydoors #motherdaughter #realparenting #mothering #mygirl
My mother might think I'm a loon, but organising my baby's clothes (and my own) the #mariekondo way makes so much sense. Who's with me? #tidyingupwithmariekondo #nursery #babyclothes
Wonderfully restorative day in the great outdoors with my friend, my baby and dozens of curious cows. #gowalking #rambling #britishcountryside #wheatfield
Final day visiting my wonderful God daughter Poppy, and her equally wonderful parents. A few days on the farm always restores me, and Elizabeth (who turned 10months today) absolutely loved playing with her friend. The solo train travel with a crawler is totally worth it! #outdoorlife #farming #besties #babies #10monthold #babygirl #parenting #mothersdaughter #clothnappies #clothbum #reusablenappies #raisethemwild #barefootbaby #minime #motherhood #funinthesun #playmates
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