Happy New(ish) year :D

Hello! I’ve realised that I haven’t written anything since before New Year so hello and welcome again.

One of the reasons is, that its been pretty quiet really, well, on the home front. Not much news regarding the house to report. Both cars are up and running again, which is great, (and Chris worked so hard on them). When we’re down to one, I have to take Chris to work and collect him again and it can get so I’m driving for a few hours a day with having to wash and dry our clothes elsewhere too at the mo and with shopping and just getting out really. Not sure if I’ve said, but both our washer and drier have now packed in. Which is fine in some ways and not so much in others. The washers (and shops) that we generally go to are about 35 minutes away, Chris’s work is about half an hour away. The play centre (we go there sometimes, not every week) is about an hour away, even Drumshanbo, where we sometimes go to the park and boardwalk, is about 20 minutes away.

What I discovered this week is if I go North (as in Northern Ireland), the washing machine which is at a petrol station is actually more sophisticated than the ones down here. Even though it’s the same company – Revolution Laundry. You can get fabric conditioner *for a price, and…you can actually pay on your card! Albeit, on our UK card, or we would be charged by our Irish banking people. Which is sort of swings and roundabouts because at some point we’ll have to transfer money into our British account and that will probably incur a charge too…. It all feels very complicated sometimes…

A lot of the huge trees by the side of the house are still in place, Chris felled about ten, it was slightly scary, they’re massive, but they all (I think), went in the planned direction. Then we realised how much work was going to be involved in chopping them up, so it’s on hold at the moment. Slight scary also though, when we’ve had the recent stormy weather and I’ve been watching them swaying in the very strong wind… also quite amazing.

So, it’s 2020, I’ve seen posts etc about 20/20 vision etc, I’d actually like that for real, I don’t like wearing glasses. I’m waiting and praying at the moment, I feel it’s just so important to spend time with God yourself and be expectant and prepared to just walk your everyday life with God. Asking for Him to give you eyes to see and ears to hear and courage to do. I feel that my family is the most important factor in my walk with him at the moment and I’m just thinking about how that looks in reality. He’s also re-spoken a word to me today about Simplicity – live in it. God gave me this word quite a long time ago now, I’ve just looked on my phone notes and it was in October 2018 and I have to admit, life has been far more complex than I would like it to be. Mainly because of how I’ve made it. So I’m thinking about and doing this at the moment. Simplicity. What is it. What does it mean practically. Part of it is getting rid of expectations that aren’t of God I think. Simple faith. Trust. Hope. Love. Gratitude. Thankfulness. Forgiveness. Doing what God has given me to do. Here. Or wherever I am. Sounds simple haha.

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A Jesus follower who with her family are attempting (probably comically) to start a different type of life in a totally different place, but starting where we are and rolling with it and seeking God all the way, well trying to... #theshepherdsadventure

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