Our story so far….June 2019…Hello!

Our story at the moment is that we moved from a terraced house in Derbyshire, England to a dormer style cottage in Southern Leitrim in the Republic of Ireland at the beginning of December 2018. The cottage is in a rural area and we have approximately 3 acres to play with as well as the cottage. We are in the process of doing the cottage up and although stressful at times, it is going well so far! You’ll have to read back over old posts for the details if you are interested. It’s changed a lot so far! It’s now dry for a start….

This is where we now live – a little bit different to a terraced house..

‘We’ consists of myself (Cathy), my husband Chris, and two of our children who are almost 2 and 4 (at the moment obviously). We have two other grown up children as well who are still in the UK.

We are Jesus followers who try to listen to Him and follow Him constantly. We feel that He did bring us here, but I get that a lot of people will think that’s not a real thing..(it is).

I do talk about God quite a bit and what we think He is doing in our lives and I will try and persuade you to seek Him for yourself and ask Him if He is there. The reason I do this is because as far as I’m concerned he is the cure for us all. He is who we all need and it would be very selfish of me to not to try and tell you about Him. Also, our lives are completely entwined with Him and it would be impossible to do a blog without talking about Him to be honest.

Jesus saved my life, He saved my husband’s life, He saved a lot of my friend’s lives and He can save your life…give Him a try.

I do also have a sense of humour and it is quite interesting stuff 😀

Mowing the runway.

Welcome, please read, enjoy, ask questions or whatever, I love doing this blog and I do try to be very honest and open. There were various aims of doing it, to give a realistic view of relocating to a different place/country, specifically a small holding, to tell people about Jesus, to give me an outlet (I love writing) and to keep friends and family updated. I’m hoping some people may also just find it plain old interesting!

Toodle pip…

Happy Sunday (again).

Hello and welcome! I’m pretty sure that was some sort of tv host’s catchphrase when I was growing up, but I can’t remember who and I can’t be bothered to google it at the moment.

It’s Sunday! (obviously). It’s a good day, today, Chris is off work, and both he and I have jobs to do outside, which I really like. It feels like it’s what it’s meant to be like, being here. Chris actually has numerous things to do, I need to completely blast one of our chicken coops with the pressure washer, put it in the greenhouse to dry and then once it’s dry, next week or something, I need to creosote it.

Chris is mending his motorbike, and hopefully putting my new nestboxes up in the chicken shed. I got some rollaway ones, which basically means the eggs roll down into a covered area and the chickens can’t eat them (if they’re into that) and other predators, like crows, can’t get at them either. Hopefully, anyway. Chris has been waiting for some bike parts and now they’ve come, he’s putting the bike back together. Which he is very excited about and so am I. I’m getting a bit stir crazy again, with being in the house for what seems like weeks. (Chris has had to use the jeep for work). But it will come to an end and that end is sight. I love being here, at home, I really do, it’s basically like having a job, looking after this place and the kids. I love the homesteader aspect, and the fact that I’m in a position to be able to do this! It is awesome. but I’m now not keen on being here non stop for weeks. It’s good to be able to get out sometimes.

It’s funny, like I’ve said before, Chris adjusted really well to moving here and I struggled a bit more. But I’ve realised now, that I’m actually starting to really like it here and don’t want to leave. It’s pretty amazing really. I really struggled with grief when we were first here, but it wasn’t really just grief for my dad, it was grief about leaving, guilt about not being there, questioning whether it was the right place and whether we’d just been selfish. And at certain times, it’s been massively overwhelming. I’ve also realised that until recently, I haven’t really been myself, the grief closed me off, made me brittle and low. It affected my energy levels and just me in general. I feel like I’ve really started to come out of that over the last six ish months. After I did the blog on grief and was honest about how I’d felt, I actually started to feel much better, and I’m sure in part it was due to certain individuals who messaged and helped, as well as the fact I’d been honest. So I’m sorry for dumping it all out in a blog, but it did help! Thank you for the messages and prayers.

Like I said, I’m starting to see the beauty again. And not feel so shut off, or feel I’ve got to shut people out. It’s good. I really do believe that sometimes we need to go through this stuff in order to get to the right place. And life can be so up and down, especially if we look at what is happening all over. But, as these words say ‘my hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus name’. All is actually well, whether we feel it or not. That line is actually from a hymn I’ve just found out! I never knew that. I thought it was a fairly modern worship song. It’s a great one. It was by someone called Edward Mote. My hope is built on nothing less. Look at the words, they really are great and true.

Anyway, Happy Sunday indeed! Enjoy, whatever you are doing.

Love, Cathy.

Christians listen up!

God is God and you are not. That is one of my favourite sayings from one of my favourite people. My husband to be precise. And it is very true.

This is just a quick one, I just want to say, Christians! There is no need to feel defeated, no need to think you have to speed on out there with a perfectly prepared testimony, that you have right, word for word, and God forbid anyone should interrupt you mid flow. This is my opinion. But I think it’s a good one. Live your life where you are. Where you live. With the people you know and the people God brings you into contact with. Know your story, and know that it’s real, no one can take it from you. Whatever your story is, it is good. Be natural. Live, with Jesus. Look at Him and Holy Spirit will direct you. You don’t need to be an all guns blazing, gotta tell everyone type person. Some people are, some people aren’t. If you want to be, ask Him. In your daily life, God will work through everything if you submit to Him and sometimes when you don’t, and people will see Him and either not want to know, or want to know more. This can be gradual, or sudden. Not down to us. Just keep your ears open and your love on, but be honest, flattery for the sake of it is never pretty, not to me anyway. Never try for the sake of trying. If love is not involved, I would say stop, and get your love back on with Jesus. we all have times in our lives when we need quietness and refilling, it’s not all about frantically telling people. Be prepared to be direct, when it’s required. But above all else, just be there. Be the you God has made you to be. Embrace God, love others.

Lecture over.

amen. 😀

A Month.

I’ve just looked at the last blog and realised it’s just over a month since I last wrote. I tend to do things like that in general, go for it big time and then leave it for a while. Seems to be a trait of mine. So there were quite a few and then not much. But hello! and welcome again.

Quite a bit has happened in some ways over the past month. Not so much in our family, but around and about, with people we know, with friends. Things in their lives. Like I’ve said before, I don’t tend to write about people, not in a recognisable way, unless I have their express permission. But it is fair to say that God works in us and through us and also just sovereignly in people’s lives. He is amazing. He listens to prayers and He sustains us and brings people to Him. Sorry to be cryptic, there’s a lot I’d really love to write about, but I need to think about it and how to put it and whether I do actually want to share it. So onwards!

Since Christmas, we’ve had rain piling down, then it froze and snowed, which was brilliant, I love snow.

It’s gone again now and is just boggy and wet again. It is Ireland though, so to be expected. The photo below was a couple of days ago. All snow gone. Still beautiful though.

In smallholding news, I ordered some chicken hatching eggs and put them in the incubator about ten days ago. Unfortunately, it isn’t looking that hopeful at the moment, for a hatch. I’ve already had to discard five eggs (out of twelve) as they had no development at all and the others aren’t that clear to see (when candling, which is putting a bright light against the egg and seeing what’s inside), I’ve ordered something called an ovascope, in the name of home education (not so I can have a fancy gadget at all, haha), and I’ll hopefully get to have a better look through that. I put 6 of our duck eggs in a different incubator, but it turns out they aren’t actually fertile, so I’ve discarded those too. It is a little early in the year to be honest, I was just a bit impatient to get going! Even if this hatch rate is not good, we will be trying again later in the year. Probably in a month or so. I’d actually like to try hatching muscovy ducks rather than Khaki Campbell, so I might try and search some out in the next month or so.

Chris has been waiting for some parts for his bike again, so we’ve been at home again, but it’s probably for the best that he’s had the car, because of the weather. It’s been nice actually, to relax after Christmas and New Year and ease gradually into the year. We’ve started back up with the home education in the last week or two, and are finding our way again with that. The subject of Egypt is currently on the menu amongst other things, and on a different subject, the book ‘now we are six’ by AA Milne has just arrived today. I’ve never actually read it before and I’ve started reading it and it is lovely. The boys think it is funny as well, which actually is a massive surprise to me. I thought they’d be sighing and making faces when I was reading, but they weren’t! They do want to listen to the audio version though, so I might oblige with that. I’ve also bought a Kindergarten type curriculum by a company called Masterbooks, which I’m following loosely, and I’ve found it’s actually been really good so far and it’s very adaptable to use with our older boy J in some ways as well.

I can’t wait to get out in that garden and start on it, I’ve got a load of seeds in our new seed tin that my sister in law got us for Christmas.

I need to do a bit of planning. I’ve got a couple of different things this year, such as cape gooseberry and quinoa seeds, as well as the usual suspects. I have no idea whether they will work here, or whether I can find the room for everything. But I figure I’m going to try! The garden needs weeding really, really badly, but it’s still massively squishy, so I’ll leave it a bit longer, but I’m itching to get at it now. Have a little more get up and go than I remember having last year. Which is great!

I’ll leave it there for now, there is actually loads I could talk about, but it would probably fill pages and for a blog, that probably isn’t a good idea! So if anyone would like to me write about anything in particular or expand on any areas to do with our lives, any part of them really, or where we live, or our journey, or faith or anything. Feel free to comment.

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye!

Cathy.

It’s Christmas time!!!

I love Christmas, it wasn’t always like that, there was a time when I felt isolated and alone at Christmas. Then Christ came to me and it all changed. It really did. Psalm 68:6 says that ‘God settles the lonely into families….’ and he really does. And it isn’t a judgement on our own families, you can have the most wonderful family in the world, but still have something missing, and that something is meaning and that meaning is Jesus.

However, he does also physically settle you into families and he can do that with people in churches (from my own experience) and he does that in other ways too. In my own experience, he gave me and Chris to each other and he gave us our kids, from both before this and after. And it hasn’t been plain sailing, relationships never are, but it is good.

Yes, I really do love Christmas. And it’s really cool here, because there’s very little pressure really, I’m not in a mad rush to get things done. We’ve been shopping and can get a few bits along the way. The jeep is working again by the way! Thank you Jesus! The part came and Chris fixed it that night. And I was able to get out before I went nuts.

Anyway, back to Christmas, I do love it, but I’m also painfully aware of tragedies and mourning and broken hearts for various tragic reasons this Christmas. We’ve probably all seen the reasons for this on the news or in person.

There are so many who are mourning or in deep depression for so many reasons and the season can emphasise their heartbreak and losses. There aren’t really any words to say on this blog about all this, apart from, it is possible to have joy and have your heart break over all this stuff happening at the same time. for those who are mourning, mourn! For those who are observing and believe – Pray. Pray for those who have nothing, pray for those caught up in situations beyond their control. Pray for the families of those who have lost loved ones. Pray for those who are abused, those who are confused, those who are on their own, those who are grieving, lonely, ill, wondering what is the point. Pray. God is good and He will answer prayers. Do what you can practically as well, if an opportunity comes to help or just be with, be a friend, or listen – do it. Love well. Jesus teaches us how to love well. He gave himself for us.

Enjoy what you have, help where you can, don’t forget we have a Jesus who entrusted himself to humans as a baby and grew up and then suffered for us. If you want to know where he is in your suffering, I can tell you, he is right in there with you, with you in every part of it. He is the light that never fails. Even when it feels like we have nothing, we have everything when we have Him. If you don’t know Him, or don’t believe in Him, He is still there and He still loves you and He still died for you. He’s just one step away and will always come if you ask Him.

Anyway, I’ll leave it at that now.

Happy Christmas folks!

Cathy.

Still Waiting!!

It hasn’t been bad actually, we’ve been baking and drawing and photographing and printing it out and then the kids have been drawing ‘books’, cartoon style and cutting out the photo’s and using them. It’s kept them unusually well occupied, especially J. He loves it. It’s really good too, because it means he’s writing and enjoying it! Which is excellent.

The car part is apparently now in Ireland, but not delivered yet. So hopefully it will be here soon. We’ve been baking all the bread, so we don’t have to keep getting it from the shop. Chris only has a backpack to bring shopping back in. It’s gone quite well, my bread has improved a lot since we came here. In fact, it’s generally really nice. The only bit that went badly was when I apparently accidentally left cling film on top of it and put it in the oven (must have been distracted 😀 I didn’t feed it to them). I got it out and Chris and I looked at it and wondered what the white hard bit was and then realised it was plastic.

We’re relaxing now, as far as possible for the rest of the year (me and the kids that is, education wise), no formal curriculum being done here until after New Year now. But like I said, J has been doing his book all day, so all is good. The unschooling type approach definitely has bonuses. It has to be said, the books/masterpieces they are doing do have a lot of references to poo in them, but I’m thinking they’ll grow out of that at some point? haha. Maybe not, if Chris is anything to go by.

I’ve stopped worrying (on the whole) about Chris riding his motorbike in the freezing conditions, he says he would ride it anyway, even if the car was working. So there’s no point, I do pray though.

As I write, we have literally just had a power cut. Everything has gone dark, really dark, all of a sudden. J has just yelled ‘power cut!’ and I’ve sent him to fetch my emergency bag. Sounds very prepared and glam, it isn’t really. It has torches and candles in it and a radio. The fire is on, so that’s ok. It could be quite peaceful I suppose!

So on that note, I will go. (I was going to publish the blog and then realised I couldn’t because the router was off).

No! I’m back, hi! It only last ten minutes or so. The first of the season! I’ve put the heating on to heat up the water for Chris, just in case it goes off again. I’d better get the bread and food done too.

Sorry to anyone I normally send anything to at Christmas, I haven’t managed to send anything yet and it’s probably too late for Christmas post now. I will send the presents to the family though! Thanks for cards received, I do love getting them.

See you soon.

Cathy.







I’m waiting!

Very appropriate, seeing as it’s advent! So, it’s Sunday, known as Gaudete Sunday in some circles, Gaudete apparently means rejoice! We missed the mass this morning as we don’t have a working car at the moment. I was a bit disappointed as it’s advent and I was curious to see if the priest wore rose vestments 🙂 But it’s been good here, it’s icy but not snowy. This was when I went to see the chickens this morning.

I’m loving the views at the moment. Just as well really, seeing as we can’t go anywhere else.

Chris has just returned on his motorbike, he’s been to the petrol station to fill it up and bring some spare back. He’s going to have to go back out again to get a bit of shopping too. We’re almost out of milk. Knew we should have got a cow 😀 or a goat…then again, you have to feed them, so maybe not.

Chris in the bright sun!

I must say, I’ll be pleased when we get the jeep repaired. He went his normal way to work yesterday, of which part is a rural back road and he ended up on black ice for a very long stretch (and on a hill) and was thankfully both ok and turned up for work and got home fine later. Just as well he’s a good rider! But yeah, for days like this, the jeep would be good. There is a different way he can go, he just didn’t think of ice being a problem until he hit it. He’s going the longer way tomorrow morning.

It’s a strange feeling not being able to get anywhere again. On lockdown, if you like, but not on Government guidelines, on my own haven’t got any transport thing. The part is meant to be here on Thursday (ish). Duty has already been paid on it, so it hopefully won’t get held up in customs. I’ve got another parcel that’s been there since the 9th November! I am really hoping the car is working before Christmas. Thankyou God for the postal services (and Amazon)! I can’t even get to post the few parcels I still need to post unfortunately. Still, all is well and I’ve decided to enjoy being here until we can get out again.

Chris has just said, ‘you really enjoy writing those blogs, don’t you?’, to which I replied ‘yes, I love writing’. So then he said 😀 ‘why don’t you write a book then and make us shed loads of money’. I said ‘I would if I had any ideas’. 😀

Happy rejoice in Jesus day!

Cathy.

It’s Icy!

It probably is where you are too, well, in the UK anyway, I’ve seen some pictures. Even of some snow in Scotland! It’s just very frosty here.

It’s funny where I have random thoughts, or, not so random. I’ve just been outside, putting the bins out, getting wood out of the wood store and cutting kindling and as I was cutting the kindling I remembered a time in my life when I didn’t have any fuel for the fire. In fact, at that particular time, I can remember actually going out to try and find random bits of wood lying around and actually looking around my house to see what I could burn. We lived in a terraced house in a town and it didn’t have central heating, but we did have a fire. But at that point, I didn’t have any spare money to actually spend on fuel for the fire, never mind trees to chop down to use.

From memory, I think we ended up using oil filled radiators, albeit minimally, and having a massive electric bill after winter ended, which made the financial situation a lot worse. It was also pretty normal to wear hats and extra clothes in bed and we had a halogen heater each in the bedroom. (This was before I met Chris.)

I’d just become a Christian when I was in this state and on the surface was quite a decent earner compared to some, and I was working two jobs, but we were in a lot of debt. And it all got sorted over the next few years, mainly thanks to being put in touch with Christians against Poverty. It also took some hard decisions and rethinking about how to use money. It really is a different life now. But I’m so aware that there are still a lot of people in a bad way, some, that are keeping it a secret.

It still knocks me for six when I remember what it was like, just how skint we actually were and that it was largely down to my decisions. I felt so ashamed, but then when I got referred for Christians against poverty to take me on and help, they took on the job of speaking to the creditors and arranging payment plans. They took it away from me, which was amazing, because a certain bank kept ringing and ringing and it was very stressful and upsetting and CAP just said, stop answering, they know we have taken over, there is no need for them to contact you. It was like being set free. Also, they never, ever, treated me like ‘this is your fault’, there was absolutely no blame, just gentle honesty and help. It was amazing. There was also a money course that was excellent (you had to do it at the time if you wanted referring), I still use the principles today and I would never take out any credit now unless it was unavoidable.

So, yeah, memory lane right there. And here we are now, with our own wood supply and home, growing some of our own food. God really does change lives. If you are struggling, please see if you can get help. It depends where you are as to what help you can access, but in the UK, I can definitely recommend Christians against Poverty – https://capuk.org/get-help. In Ireland, it seems a little more complicated, there is the St Vincent de Paul society but I’ve seen quite a few comments that people have contacted them and haven’t had much success, but still try https://www.svp.ie/. There are also quite a few local things that have been started by people who care about people in poverty, but seems very variable around the country unfortunately. But there are still people there who care, please don’t keep it to yourself if you can’t afford food or fuel. There are people who have even taken their own lives over it, please don’t do that, you are far too precious to do that.

Now, I’m going to end there. Thank you God that you are in the business of restoring people and loving people, through your people. Amen!

Such is life!

That’s the view from the side of our house this morning, I had to get a snap on my way to the drier with the clothes. It’s really beautiful. It’s also cold, but not as cold as I thought it would be according to the forecast, not yet anyway.

I’m glad it isn’t too bad because Chris is riding to work on his new motorbike, well, his new second hand motorbike. He got one a week or two ago, what he terms a ‘workhorse’ or a ‘winter bike’, I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea at the time but it definitely was because our car has broken at the moment. It’s nothing tremendously serious, but we have to wait for the part to come. It’s coming from England and with the postal strikes, I really am not sure when it will arrive, I’m praying it is soon!

Ironically, the main reason for the bike was that we will have the jeep more and be able to go out. And we did in the week we had it, and we will again! Just not this week. So I guess I’m stuck with these views 😀 I think we’re off out for a walk in a bit.

So, yeah, prayers appreciated for Chris, who is riding backwards and forwards for half an hour or so on a motorbike every morning and evening. He loves it, but icy weather isn’t ideal, so I’m praying it holds off.

It’s also a funny thing not having any type of car for a short while and living here. We don’t really have a shop within walking distance (not with the kids anyway), I’m glad I stocked up a lot over the summer (we have a lot of soup :D), you see, my prepper tendencies are good! But some things, Chris will have to pick up until we’re sorted.

Call me soft, but I don’t really want to spend a whole day walking to the local shop and back with the kids. Although there are people round here who do that… kudos!

Bye for now.

Cathy.

Love.

Something’s been bugging me about the grief blog, I didn’t mean you shouldn’t trust God when you’re grieving, you should always go to God with everything and trust Him. That trust does build with knowing Him as well, I find. But what I meant is, don’t use ‘trust God’ as a glib response to anyone who is upset and/or grieving, as a response which actually means ‘stop going on about it’. When we have that response to people, things just get pushed down and remain undealt with and that is never good and prolongs things. Out in the light is always good, as in Jesus being the light, confess to one another and Jesus. Pray for one another. Can’t go far wrong.

Contrary to what I’ve occasionally heard people say before, a depressed person or anyone with any problems (so anyone basically) can actually bring Jesus to people just as much as someone who isn’t/hasn’t. Mainly because it is actually the Holy Spirit who does that mainstay of that work anyway. We just abide in Him.

I can remember being on a course and meeting someone who really, truly didn’t see that she was any good in any way, she was extremely low and yet she knew God was good and loved her and she really loved Him and she brought Jesus to people because of her extreme dependence on Him and her wonder actually that He could love her.

We aren’t a robotic people, we are the people of God. And the truth is, none of us is any good when it comes down to it. Y’know the slogans that are all over the place ‘you are enough’ ‘live your own truth’, Well, none of us are good enough, there is no truth apart from God, truth is truth, it cannot differ. You can’t be ‘good enough’ for God’s approval and yet our saviour Jesus, chose to die for us anyway. He didn’t leave us to it, He didn’t leave us as orphans (as the bible says), He lived His life on earth with humans, He died for us, He experienced hell for us and then He rose again and is still alive and well and in heaven. He will come back and He will renew the heavens and the earth.

It’s so wonderful, none of us is good enough or can make ourselves acceptable, but at the same time we are good enough, simply because we don’t have to BE good enough, we are sinful, but wonderfully made, and loved, he knows us from the foundation of the earth and we are made in His image. All we need to do is come to Him. Then we become His children, not only His children, but His friends and fellow workers.

Jesus has conquered sin and death and your mission should you choose to accept it, is to choose Jesus and live your life in Him. The man, the God, who chose to go to the cross for the joy set before Him (me and you) ‘despising the shame’ (Hebrews 12:2). He gave His life for you, even though He didn’t actually have to or need to. God doesn’t ‘need’ us. He chooses us. He saves us from hell.

A quote from Tim Keller on the gospel – You are more sinful than you could dare imagine and you are more loved and accepted than you could ever dare hope.

And I pray now, for those who are sleeping, to be woken, for those who are hurting to be consoled, for those who are broken hearted to be healed, for those who are lonely, to be set in families, for those who are hungry, to be fed.

He really does love you (and me).

Cathy.

Four Years – Part 3 – The Good Bits.

So, having shared that I’ve found life difficult since we’ve come here, and I have. (I’m really glad I’ve actually said it.) In more ways than I’ve actually shared, but I’m fine to leave it there now. Thank you so much to the ones who’ve contacted me and shared things with me, because I wrote that, it was wonderful to hear, thank you for caring enough and taking the time to do that.

I’m now going to share some of the good bits, of which there has been many. I like challenges and I actually like having stuff to do, so in many ways, when we first came here, amongst the occasional ‘oh what have we done!!!??’ thoughts, it was exciting and stimulated you to do more stuff because there was so much to do! Chris has worked his ass off since we’ve been here too, it has to be said!

So, without further ado, here are some of the good bits.

This will probably use up all the space on the wordpress site, but hey ho! 😀

I haven’t got many photographs at the moment of the first year or so, they need extracting off an old laptop, but there’s a lot coming up which I love.

What I also love about this place is that we were accepted so readily, the people are friendly and have really helped us in so many ways. I love the quietness, the dark at night, the stars, the way the moon is often what lights up your way if you’re outside. I love the freedom , walking outside and taking a deep breath and looking round. Looking for birds and listening for them. Growing our own flowers and veg and all that. Home educating, being with my kids here – with freedom and actually just loving being with them. That God is here, in this place, that at night you can go to bed, in the pitch black, and just lie there with Him, knowing He is there. There’s a lot more to come probably that we will love. The pubs seem to do really good food as well. In fact, the food here is pretty awesome.

Chris loves being here, he really likes the people and just being here, he makes friends easily. He’s practical and is able to mend and make a whole range of stuff! So he was made for this sort of life really in a lot of ways. I love going to church (and yes..I get about church being people and church buildings and all that, I just don’t do much in the way of church speak, not on purpose anyway), I actually love it. So does Chris and since J has started reading, he’s started reading the mass sheet with the readings on it and asking about it. Littlest is just really funny and at the moment, either decides he isn’t going in at all and I have to wait for him to calm down and then take him in, or comes in and plays with lego on the seat or just cuddles me. I’ve realised I don’t actually have to be too paranoid about noise or about walking down the aisle with him to take him out. There’s been a lot of kids there over the years, there’s a lot of big families here, I think it’s just good that there are kids there! (and I think they think that as well).

The photographs are just a selection from the last couple of years that make me happy. Sometimes it’s easy to just think badly of yourself and think you’ve spoilt it by being upset sometimes. But I don’t actually think that’s true. It has actually been an adventure, with more to come, wherever we are.

It’s funny, how we think, as Christians sometimes, that we’ve got it all in hand, that we know what God ‘should’ be doing and then when he doesn’t do that, we’re put out. But what I’ve found since we’ve been here is that it’s His timing, His ways, and that He is actually first and foremost working on you and how you are, and that is good.

I have been thinking over the past few days about what I’ve learnt about God over the past four years, and what I feel I have learnt is, firstly, you trust Him no matter what, secondly, He isn’t blind or deaf (or mute), He knows everything about you, including stuff you try to shove down and hide, so there’s no point in shoving it down or hiding it, and thirdly, it is not legalistic to want to live a life that honours Him and in which you obey Him. It is good to live a life that honours Christ. God’s ways are the best ways, always, even if it takes a while to see it, and if you slip and fall, He is there to catch you. Fifthly (haha) – I’ve just realised it should be ‘fourthly!’ – he is definitely real.

Anyway, enough of the talk, photo’s, they are a bit random and there’s lots of baking shots, I’ve done a lot of baking since we’ve been here and it’s really nice! (I’ve included the shark cake because it makes me smile), I might do a four years in Ireland cake 😀 I’m also really hoping the page can cope with all the photographs!