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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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Ah to be this excited by running water, blowing raspberries and tasting yoghurt! ------------- #baby #babybath #babyinsink #blw #babyledweaning #tap #mealtimes #babyplaying #babyeating #7monthsold #funnybaby #cutebaby #babygirl #daughter #gentleparenting #babyled
I can't wait to dig these beauties out when she turns 18. That hat. . . . But then why have children if not to embarrass them? @dmp_sharks #embarrassing #bebe #baby #bambinamia #knitwear #blw #babyled #babyledweaning #cheeseadwine #sharks #fatherdaughter #mothersdaughter #cutebaby
Continuing the weekend of birthday celebrations and family time at Middleton Lodge to mark my very glamorous mother's big day. 😎🥂 And how outrageously awful/cute is that knitwear?! 👶🏼 #birthdayweekend #birthdaygirl #springishere #family #bambina #bonnet
What a wedding 😍 . So proud of my very talented cousin for organising and starring in such a beautifully choreographed and organised event! . . . . The little touches were so thoughtful and generous and typical of her. Wishing you all the best in your marriage and so much happiness for your family . . . xxx #wedding #weddingbells #family #cousins #graphicdesign #celebrate #familyphoto #jumpsuit #champagne
Celebrating the Mothership's birthday in our favourite bar at Angels' Cut with the totally gorgeous entrepreneur Kendra Fry from @voodoocafebar Loving the fact that I dress like my mother #fizz #birthday #celebrate #motherdaughter #famalam #twinningwithmum #twinning #twinningswinning #sameclothes #mum #motherhood #parenting #mumswholift #fitfam #daughter #birthday
🐸NEW LIFE! 🐸 Well done froggos for getting jiggy in the love pond. Webbed fingers crossed for all the new amphibian parents-to-be in our garden. I'll do my best as human guardian. #spring #newlife #parenthood #amphibians #frogs #frogspawn #pond #pondlife #wildlifepond
Another 8 miles in the bag on today's #caminodesantiago training walk to test out kit. Happy with the Deuter Kid Comfort II carrier and our 7 month old was happy wearing her all in one waterproofs, not that we needed them in the end 🌞 #camino #trek #hike #hiking #parenting #mothersdaughter #realparenting #outdoorlife #greatoutdoors #raisethemwild #motherhood #adventuremum #wildchild #babyled #greenparenting #adventurebaby #babyhiking #babycarrier #babywearing #babycarrying #nature #walking #baby #postpartumfitness #postpartum #outdoorbaby #raisedbywolves #gentlepatenting #barefootadventures
Can't beat a bit of quality family time with my two favourite people in my favourite bar. As long as there's decent music playing and plenty of shoppers to watch, Elizabeth is happy, which is pretty handy and low maintenance! Chin chin 🍸 #whoneedssoftplay #bar #parenting #mothersdaughter #realparenting #daddysgirl #ginmartini #saturdays #motherhood #peoplewatching #babygirl #daughter #7monthsold #latina #bambinamia #raisethemwild
Today I did my first training walk with our new Deuter Kid Comfort II It was only a few miles, but far enough to test out how it feels, where straps and pouches are and whether Elizabeth seems to like it. All good so far. #camino #caminodesantiago #trainingwalk #babycarrier #hiking #walk #adventuremum #wildchild #raisethemwild #greatoutdoors #baby #parentinginthewild #outdoorbaby #barefootparenting #foxcub #elizabeth #makeclothmainsteam #ecoparents #clothnappies #clothbum #makelaundrynotlandfill #adventurekids #adventurebaby #hikingbaby
Some firsts for Elizabeth today: • first time at baby theatre @theatrehullabaloo • first ever mocktail in a Cuban bar (Virgin Mary, dash of Tabasco) • first ever Ash Wednesday service at Durham cathedral • first recital of Miserere Mei (Gregorio Allegri) which was utterly stunning. I'm hoping that now she's all cultured-out she'll sleep soundly for 8 hours straight. That's a thing for babies right? 💤 #ashtag #ashwednesday #lent19 #durhamcathedral #christian #faith #babytheatre #mocktail #bloodymary #sleeplessnights #culture #baby
Camino de Santiago here we come! 📅25th April - 2nd May 📍Santiago de Compostela > Finisterre > Muxia 🚶🏼‍♀️72 miles I C A N ' T W A I T Our little girl's first pilgrimage ❤ who fancies joining me for training walks? 😁 #pilgrimage #pilgrims #camino #caminodesantiago #stjames #babywearing #babycarrier #babysling #deuter #adventuremum #walking #hiking #challenge #spain #travel #adventure #faith #christian #footsteps #babycarrying #clothnappies #training #baby #postpartumfitness #postpartumfitnessjourney #postpartum
One week. Who imagined maternity leave would be so much fun? I've loved attending a Sharks Christening, hanging out with my mum on a shopping trip to Newcastle, walking with friends and their babies in the north east's finest countryside, and even squeezing in some very early morning me-time at the gym. It's been great but I'm absolutely KNACKERED. Elizabeth's current sleeping habits make for a very tired mother, so I'm currently running on caffeine and Gilmore Girls whist pinned under a feeding/ napping baby. The whole 'you sleep while they sleep' thing is a pipe dream. Wait did someone say dream? I miss dreaming 😴 ahh to dream. #motherhood #parenting #motheranddaughter #babygirl #family #bambina #bebe #baby #countryside #matleave #maternityleave #postpartumfitness #6monthsold #breastfeeding #blw #sleepdeprivation #tired #mothering #naptime #thebotanist #babyledweaning #babyled #clothnappies #gentleparenting
Another beautiful February day walking, picnicking and hanging with the babies. #motheranddaughter #motherhood #walking #babywearing #babycarrier #blw #picnic #britishweather #wintersun #babies #wildchild #babyled #gentleparenting #greatoutdoors #hiking #countryside #waterfall #nofilter #nature #naturalbeauty #cutebaby #babygirl #parenting #bladeandrose #babyshark #foxcub #highforce
The most perfect February day; sunshine, picnic, hills, water, and the babies. Oh and singing loudly to ELO. #maternityleave #sunshine #wintersun #babies #walking #hillwalking #babywearing #manduca #babysling #6monthsold #weather #reservoir #countryside #northyorkshire #naturalbeauty #nature #motherhood #parenting #motheranddaughter #picnic #lykewakewalk
A Phillips Friday. . Undeterred by my first few baking disasters, I've been at it again. Because if at first you don't succeed, bake bake bake, so the saying goes. . Photographed here is the star of yesterday's show, the very tasty carrot cake. I also baked and burned a date and walnut cake and a banana loaf. We'll be cutting the charred bits off those and having them with a glass of gin later this evening. . My most recent baking lessons learned include: you can't simply swap 250ml of sunflower oil for 250g butter, and if it says 140 degrees it doesn't mean 180 degrees. . Also pictured is my baking partner in crime who gives words of advice and encouragement from her high chair, and doesn't inhibit the baking process at all. Ever. 🙄🤔 . . . #baking #maryberry #bbcgoodfood #cake #camebaking #baby #cutebaby #motherdaughter #babygirl #carrotcake #motherhood #parenting #beginner #newbaker #kitchen #tasty #instacake #beginnerbaker #try #babysmile #babystyle #food
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