Tuesday, December 22, 2009

happy christmas

Monday, December 21, 2009

God, with us?

"When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity
and took on the status of a slave, became human!” Philippians 2.7

Monday, December 14, 2009

stretching growing building learning

2009 has been a year of stretching, growing, building and learning!

Skye and Joseph had their first horse ride…
…well, Shetland Pony ride!

Mags went with her friend Sarah to LA, Phil had more Norwegian adventures in Stavanger, Tromsø, Bergen, as well as Stuttgart, Germany and Aberdeen, Scotland.

As well as becoming a very top doctor, Uncle Rich got a lesson in spelling and bathtimes – watch out for the invisible lion!

With architects, designs, planning permission and contractors in place the building epic that is our new home finally moved to the ‘bricks and mortar’ stage in May.

Skye’s fairy princess (and frog prince) birthday party was legendary

July brought surprising news – a new baby is on the way!

Behind schedule and over budget, but very pleasing all the same, we moved into our new home at the end of August – the kids loved riding in the moving van almost as much as getting their own bedrooms!

Just a few days later Skye started at her new school, which she is really enjoying.

Phil’s new work took him out of prison and back into engineering, this time (by helicopter) to North Sea oil rigs. It leaves lots time for daddy-day-care, volunteering with church and the prison work (as well as the decorating!)

Joseph has grown in many ways, notably in his love for Bob the Builder (see the hat), Postman Pat, Thomas the Tank Engine and shouting, ‘You Crazy Prawn!’ (err see Uncle Rich for that). In November we had a crazy party for his 2nd birthday too!

A new thing for us is the church community we’re part of – meeting in homes and running kids clubs linked to the local school. Like our advent lunch (shown) it’s very nutritious: local, growing organically, animal (& child & family) friendly, fairly and simply trying follow Jesus in everyday life.

We’re grateful for the support, love and encouragement so many friends and family have given us so generously this year – you’ve carried us a long way, thank you!

With loads of love from all of us

P.S. We’re also on facebook!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

what's this all about

so this is what we're pondering as a family and with our church family

Friday, October 30, 2009

a 13 year treat

ok, so anyone reading this blog regularly will notice that we (sometimes) leave big gaps and sometimes backfill with snippets of what we've been up to. well not tonight. oh no, in fact, it was such a special treat to catch up with friends and spiritual heros cassie and esther that it made straight onto the blog in the same evening! changing the worlds of bradford and bristol these ladies were also big uni pals of ours, so great to see them still going all out for jesus, still beautiful, we love 'em and thank God for them - let's not leave it 13 years till the next time we catch up again, eh?

(yeah, ok, so since the last post we also moved home, skye started school, we had almost every family member visit us, planted a new church and phil went to a new job in another country on a helicopter...
we'll get round to posting some stuff about all that soon too)

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Saturday, August 01, 2009


we went to visit phil's pal john on his farm in wales today.
have a guess what made jojo's day...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

taking shape

as you can see the kitchen is taking shape nicely
it's all ready for the floor tiles and the cooker to be fitted next
the big snag is the window will need to be replaced, d'oh!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

yet another kitchen piccie

the electric is on and the underfloor heating is down

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

worktop - woohoo!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

from the mouths of babes

a very sleepy skye said tonight, "when I was little daddy,
I was longing for joseph to be born"
"oh", I replied, "did you think the baby would be a boy,
or were you hoping for a girl?"
"I knew he was going to be a boy, daddy.
I thought he should be called flowerdots though."

(so this is what happens after bob the builder goes home for the day...
...the kids come out to play!)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009


the builders have started assembling the kitchen cabinets

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

dry plaster

the plaster has dried and the electrics are being fitted

Friday, July 17, 2009

wet plaster

here's nigel inspecting the newly plastered kitchen walls

Thursday, July 16, 2009

6x rewards

after helping mal and his family move last night, martin had really earned a very special reward...
so we introduced him to the delights of wadworth's 6x at the rose and crown
(I know what you're thinking - we can't take giles anywhere!)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

norwegian inspection

martin and anne-marie had a quick tour of the house
the old back door has been blocked up and the plumber has started work

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

en norske frokost

martin and anne-marie also arrived last night from norway, bringing kaviar and blåbær syltetøy (that's blueberry jam for the uninitiated! or blueberry jelly for uninitiated americans)

Monday, July 13, 2009

sweden meets bristol

great to see jonathan and susan in such good form!
skye and joseph loved connecting with their cousins

Thursday, July 09, 2009

bish bash bosh

the builders are making steady progress on the house, here's the new back door ready to be fitted (you can see the electrical fittings cut into the walls too)

Friday, June 19, 2009


we spent a lovely evening with friends wayne, tracy, mal and chriscelle and their families

Thursday, June 18, 2009

can we fix it?

yes we can!
planning permission for the building work on our new house was officially approved today by the local government! woohoo!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

little helper

just like skye, jojo loves to join in with whatever is going on - one of his favorite things is emptying the dishwasher!

Friday, June 12, 2009


the new steelwork is going into the kitchen

Thursday, June 11, 2009


thanks to aunties annie and margaret and grandparents for the amazing pink birthday scooter - what a hit!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Tuesday, June 09, 2009

a future bono?

Monday, June 08, 2009

more joe cool!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

joe cool

Saturday, June 06, 2009

focus on the fairy

had a fantastic fairy princess party today...

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

father and son

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

opening up

another view of the dining and kitchen area
as you can see, it's still early stages!

Monday, May 25, 2009

said goodbye to olivia today

as she starts a new season working with with glo in burundi

Saturday, May 23, 2009

demolition progress

this is where the kitchen will be (once the walls come down...)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


got the builders started on the house today! woohoo!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

so is it just me?

I don't know how I got thinking about it

maybe it's the exagerated speech, the almost-maniacal gesturing, messianic tendancies even...

but were doctor who and robert peston separated at birth? or is that - like clark kent and superman - you just never see him in the same place at the same time?