Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Out of Range

I do want to say thanks to everyone who has followed our story on this blog.

I so appreciate your love, support and prayers.

I am not sure when I will next update you on the adventure...our computer has been packed away on the container for 2 months.My laptop died 4 months ago and I have no mobile...yes without an iPhone again! I do not even have access to facebook (How will I cope returning to the dark ages? Relying upon talking to people face to face!)

For now .... goodbye!

Monday, 30 May 2011

Unemployed

A week ago all 6 in our house had jobs... and now we have none!

Isaac & Lois have stopped their paper rounds.

Josh has done his last lot of junk mail.

Dan has served his time at the City Beach department store.

Nicky has handed on the baton of school secretary

I have preached my least sermon and stop being employed at the church at the end of May.

For the 1st time in my life I will be unemployed...nervous as I have bills to pay: exciting as I wait to see what happens next!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Dan The Man!

In our house the man is a legend!

Dan has lived with the family for the past 7 months.... he has been fantastic! We are going out for Pizza together tonight - the last supper - before he heads for the airport ready to fly home in the early hours tomorrow (Yes I am getting up at 2:30am to take him to Perth International).

As a family we have loved splashing in the pool with him, celebrating Christmas & birthdays, eating shapes, playing down the park and chatting over meals.

I have so appreciated time with him...(as an outward processor I would have exploded if I have been left in the house by myself all the time). It has been great chatting with him, having time to walk and pray together and see him grow in his disciplines and bringing contributions on a Sunday meeting.

I am sure that he will do great things in the future.

I know his dad will not let him go - but he is welcome to join our family any time!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Generosity

Wikipedia:
Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering time, assets or talents to aid someone in need.

I find generous people so inspiring!

Recently Nicky & I went our for dinner with another church leader and his wife. They were great company and we had a lovely evening. It was even more incredible when they not only insisted on paying the bill but produced a goodie bag they had thoughtfully put together: it had chocolate, wine and sweets well as a lovely card expressing their warmth to us as friends!

Since people have heard of our decision to return to the UK I have been overwhelmed with peoples love, support and desire to help.

I know that we serve a generous God - it is great to see the family trait in the church!

Monday, 23 May 2011

Cleaning from the outside in...

I have never rented a house before and am learning things all the time....

Although the landlord has agreed for us to break the lease we still have to pay rent for another 5 weeks as well as the release fee???

I also have been given 5 pages of how the house is to be cleaned before it is given its final inspection....dust the ceilings, change batteries more than a month old, clean the windows, get the carpets professionally cleaned...

I have always enjoyed having lists of jobs to do

Dan and I have cut the grass, weeded the flowers beds, cleaned the pool, swept the whole garden, trimmed the roses, washed the windows inside and out, generated bags of rubbish...

From the outside this house looks great... its just a mess inside as we have piles to be sold, to be taken to the charity shop, to be given away, to be packed for the flights, to be ready for the packers...

Just like life I suppose: put on a brave face, slip into screen saver mode so that when people look at us all is great...just don't go too deep!

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Back to the Future!

I know that it is so important to trust God one day at a time.

I am also trying to make some plans regarding the the future:

Our removal company are coming to pack the house this Wednesday (all belongings should be loaded and driven off on Thursday)

We have our last Sunday with the church on 29th May

We leave Perth on a flight to the UK on Tuesday 31st May.

After that it looks a bit foggy... but I am trusting that things will become clear by the time we get there!

Friday, 20 May 2011

Who is to blame?

Josh, my 15 year old son, declared at the table that I should not tell him off as he cannot be held responsible - for anything.
He expounded his argument along the familiar lines: he is who he is either as a result of his environment or his genes. As has dad I am responsible for both of those. Therefore if Josh does anything wrong it is not his fault but mine!

As a society we often want to know who is to blame - whatever the question: why Arsenal did not perform better this season? Who is responsible for global warming and childhood obesity? Who should be held to account for the death of Romeo & Juliet?

The appeal of finding someone to blame is that it excuses oneself and means we expect someone else to foot the bill to put it right (or at least make amends).

I know that I could easily fall prey to the temptation to play the blame game. Moving my family to Perth has not worked out as I had planned. I therefore want to / need to publicly accept responsibility myself.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Thank Goodness for Gumtree!

The reality of leaving Perth to move back to the UK is really sinking in. I am having to sell off some of the things that we purchased to enjoy life here (going to struggle to squeeze everything back in a container)

Saying goodbye to the 2 kayaks reminded me of a great day out with Dan
Selling the table tennis table evoked pleasurable memories of night after night playing Josh when we first arrived
Selling the patio table and chairs brought back the sound of laughter around the Christmas dinner
Letting the scooter go brought flashbacks of racing along at night with Lois holding on tight screaming at the top of her lungs.

Isaac said 'At least we will take home lots of memories!'

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

A Change of Plans

When we moved to Perth almost a year ago we sold our house and said goodbye to England. The kids have worked hard in new schools and we have taken on many new challenges.

However for a number of reasons, in consultation with the leaders of the church here, Peter Brooks in Sydney and others from the UK, we have come to the conclusion that it is right for us to return to the UK.

We believe life to be an adventure where we seek to follow God and never quite know what is ahead.

Proverbs 16:9
The heart of a man plans his ways
but the Lord establishes his step

Friday, 6 May 2011

Ring any Bells?

We had a great time as a family with my brother and his gang visiting The Perth Bell Tower.

The 12 bells from St Martin in the Field Church London have been smuggled over here are you can go along and have a go.


Great fun and it reminded me of the adventure trail that we had done as a family before - called Go Ape!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Strike a pose...

Lois had a great time with her cousin Sarah staying for the past 2 weeks.

Great to see them enjoy each others company - chatting, face booking and having fun.

When I wanted to capture their friendship on camera this is the picture I got: