Saturday, December 20, 2008

big (and overdue) review

so here's our big christmas review and news update!
we've gone back to may 07 when we left america and landed in the green and pleasant land of bristol, england...
wishing you a very merry christmas and happy new year!

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december 08















house! woohoo!

november 08















a fantastic ministry trip to norway!

october 08















we love our kids! they love each other!

september 08















we enjoyed a fantastic family break in the mountains of norway
along with our friends kari, geir, andreas and christopher

august 08















we spent our summer vacation in yorkshire
we learned about traditional 'kissing gates'!
(after this phil had a weekend adventure in the mountains which ended with a viral infection and 3 days in hospital with vomiting and diarrhoea, ooo)

july 08















the fantastic year team bristol group graduated! well done everyone!

june 08















we had an amazing time in india seeking God and learning loads, as well as joyfully reconnecting with our beautiful friends francis, esther and jean in bombay!

may 08















we moved out from the city to the countryside!
here's mags and jojo in our cute farmhouse style kitchen

april 08















jojo and booboo! the smiles say it all

march 08















we made a trip to visit friends at a church in northern ireland
they're challenging us in a lovely way by taking God's love out on the streets and praying for healing with the people they meet

february 08















since arriving in bristol we have made (and deepened) some wonderful friendships! here are our big pals greg and sophie
they've taught us lots - including the game they call 'boygirl'

january 08















the year team hit home/six runs in ministry in norway! flott!

december 07















here are some the good people involved in the volunteer mentoring scheme that phil coordinates in the local youth prison
the aim of the scheme is pretty cool - to support young men, help them get their lives back on track and stay out of trouble when they are released from prison

november 07















our man of the year! joseph! woohoo! praise God!

october 07















lots of good things started this fall/autumn...
here's one of them - the year team bristol discipleship group, small but powerful!

september 07















by the grace of God (and the owner) we began to meet in an amazing historical house, which has become our base for prayer, retreat and training
the house was built more than 370 years ago, making it older than the usa!

august 07















so this is bristol! a small city with 400 000 souls
it's important as the regional hub of south-west england
bristol is home to europe's largest balloon festival and the world's first
suspension bridge, pictured here spanning the avon gorge at clifton
(can you spot the rock climbers?)

july 07















the adventures continued through the summer...
phil and mason visited yellowstone national park and climbed the grand teton in wyoming – a beautiful mountian known as the matterhorn of north america

june 07















we celebrated skye's birthday as we moved into a fantastic spacious shared house in central bristol - affectionately called 'the ark'

may 07















after leaving south carolina and before landing in england we spent a few very happy days with our fantastic friends eric and jill in washington dc
here's skye and mags (and joseph - can you spot him?) at the capitol

Saturday, December 13, 2008

mmm

häagen-dazs pralines & cream is surely the finest ice cream on earth!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

new house

woohoo! our big news is that we bought a house today!
we have lots of building (remodeling) work planned so it may be a while before it becomes 'home'
we're really pleased and thank God for His provision and blessing

Thursday, November 27, 2008

thanksgiving

thank God for thanksgiving!
mags made a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings and we told each other (and God) the things we want to give thanks for
(sadly no picture of the meal as our camera has died)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

wonderful















to be on a God-adventure with some of my best friends in the whole wide world! here's tchad, phil, christian, christoffer and olivia having fun in norway

Saturday, November 15, 2008

caught making a monkey of myself




















by lars in norway - thanks mate

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

from the mouths of babes

we had a conversation at dinner time that went like this....
(phil) so skye, who do think will win the election?
(skye) you will, daddy!
(phil) I'm not in the election
(mags) obama or mccain?
(skye) banana!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

recovering in bristol

so we're happy to be back in bristol, all in one piece!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

mis-adventures

well, 3 of us managed to climb 4 of the 14!
it was a weekend of adversity: gearbox failure on the way saw one car retired early, inhospitable weather with strong winds, heavy rain & low cloud made it feel more like march than august, one tent sunk & destroyed
one camping table crushed, one man went home early, five soaked through, finally jim & I fell ill with suspected food poisoning and were admitted to hospital in sheffield!
a great weekend, an epic, almost a classic!














here's a pic richard took on saturday looking north from crib goch to llanberis

Saturday, August 16, 2008

welsh adventures

we got up at 4am to climb all 14 of the welsh mountains over 3000 feet high
here's richard on crib goch around 7am
and yes, you guessed it, the weather was bobbins

Friday, August 15, 2008

sheffield and wales

off to sheffield today
phil's going on to wales to climb mountains with some of the men-folk in honour of jon's 40th birthday

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

mor mor & mor far

skye had some fantastic mor mor & mor far time on a trip out to the lovely parcevall hall gardens today

Monday, August 11, 2008

who's that with our joseph?















it was so great to see joe and michelle again recently and celebrate their marriage with them - thanks for coming to england guys!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

chilling

I can't remember the last time I watched so much tv in the daytime...
I'm loving the olympics, shouting for nicole cook (and then crying when she won), even distracted from food by the us v china basketball
all with no
commercial breaks, bliss!

Friday, August 08, 2008

grandpa time

joseph and cousin adam have been getting some good grandpa time

Thursday, August 07, 2008

holiday and family

the holidays have started! woohoo!
here we are (just woken up) with family who've dropped in too: adam & marianne, cousin gerald & his lovely girlfriend aise

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

spike


Sunday, August 03, 2008

star

despite the haircut, I've got to hand it to michael vaughan
he's not just a great cricketer, he's also a brilliant captain and a real star

Friday, August 01, 2008

fun


Saturday, July 12, 2008

so cool


Sunday, July 06, 2008

end of an era?

I don't normally post twice in one day...
but this really is astonishing news from the
d: boys

oh happy day

a very happy day in our family
well done lewis and go on roger

Sunday, April 13, 2008

joseph having fun


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Sunday, March 30, 2008

couch house

the kids favourite (indoor) game at the moment is building a house in the cushions on the couch

Saturday, March 22, 2008

yorkshire

went for a walk with jojo today in God's own country

Friday, March 21, 2008

breakfast club

popped in on john and helen for a bacon butty

Friday, March 07, 2008

first flight

joseph had his first airplane ride today!
we took a family trip along with some friends to see an exciting young church in northern ireland

Saturday, March 01, 2008

car wash

having fun getting wet and frothy (and getting the car clean)

Friday, February 29, 2008

portugal

what a treat! phil got four days in portugal this week hanging out with some of the finest people in europe, sharing challenging conversations on church planting and a first round of golf...

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

shrewsbury

mags, isabel and the gang had a fun day out exploring this picturesque shropshire town


Monday, February 25, 2008

catching up

with olds pals isabel and nev and some all-important 'park time'

Sunday, February 03, 2008

cool gadget

we have this cool buggy board thing where skye can ride behind the push chair (translation for our american friends: stroller)
well she loves it and we wanted you all to see it!


Sunday, January 20, 2008

excited

about the new delirious album due out this spring
been singing and dancing to the videos with the kids...

Saturday, January 19, 2008

recovering

woohoo! let the clean-up begin...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

sick

urgh

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

happy new year!

woohoo! we loved watching the cool fireworks in london on tv