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The Eye of the Storm

The Eye of the Storm

Last Thursday night, I waved our son off to rugby practice and started clearing away the remains of teatime.  It was still early and so perfectly light outside.  Not that I was thinking about it being light.  When it’s light, you just expect it to be light.  But then, a second later, it was utter darkness.  The house was cast into a black-orange gloom. I poked my head out of the front door to see what was happening and quickly…

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A Burning Desire

A Burning Desire

‘How can you tell that I cooked dinner tonight?’ my husband asked our children last night, beaming around at us as we sat eating Deliciously Ella’s lentil bolgnese.  (He hadn’t cooked dinner- he’d warmed the dinner I’d made earlier in the day…) He enjoyed answering his own question.  ‘Because there are no plumes of black smoke coming from the kitchen, because we’re not all furiously waving recipe books at the smoke alarm, because we can’t hear the noise of the…

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Guarding Our Hearts

Guarding Our Hearts

Paul Newman once famously said, ‘I don’t like to discuss my marriage but I will tell you something which may sound corny but which happens to be true. I have steak at home. Why should I go out for hamburger?’ When my husband and I were on holiday last week, he had a craving for steak but with three children in tow, we ended up at a burger house and this quote came back to me. I remember reading it…

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What’s Your Dream?

What’s Your Dream?

A holiday of a lifetime has brought us to Hollywood, the land of dreams, according to some. It is according to the happy man at the end of ‘Pretty Woman’: ‘What’s your dream?’ he asks. ‘Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don’t, but keep on dreaming.’ As I sit with my husband and children outside Hollywood’s Griffith Observatory, one of the locations in the film ‘La La Land’, we look across to…

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Palm Reading

Palm Reading

I knew travelling 27 hours for our Easter holiday would be challenging. To be honest, we probably wouldn’t have done it if we hadn’t made the mistake of mentioning Disney to the children before researching the journey. There are some things you cannot do to a child. Bandying the word ‘Disney’ around, then telling them to forget it is one of them. We live in the Middle East. Getting to California involved rousing our children at 1am to fly to…

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The Tattoo Parlour

The Tattoo Parlour

Vanity led me into new and unchartered territory this week. This time it was my eyebrows’ fault. Before Monday, they were almost invisible after years of plucking (my mother warned me in my teens that they wouldn’t grow back but who takes fashion advice from their mum when they’re 18?). For a long time, I’d wanted to regain the eyebrows of my youth. It must have become a bit of an obsession, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have told the organiser…

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Breaking the Silence, Mending A Marriage

Breaking the Silence, Mending A Marriage

This article felt too personal to put my name to when it was published last year in ‘Contact’, the Armed Forces Christian Union Magazine. But with my lovely husband’s agreement, I have decided to share it here as I believe God not only breathes new life into the ashes of a situation but can use them to help others. According to The Marriage Foundation, only 9% of couples who spilt up have a high conflict relationship; 60% are happy and…

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Eaglets’ Wings

Eaglets’ Wings

Last week, I found myself hanging upside down in my friend’s bedroom.  I’ve never tried bungee jumping and I wasn’t a skilful enough gymnast to hold a handstand for more than a few seconds so I’ve not had many views of the world from this angle. I’d limped over to her house to get some relief for my back. She’d invited me to try her inversion table- a contraption you strap yourself into, before tipping yourself upside down.  The idea…

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Love & Hugs, Charlie Mackesy

Love & Hugs, Charlie Mackesy

That’s my dad’s reflection in the glass! It occurred to me last night that there might be people reading this, here or anywhere where faith is squashed, who might be in need of some encouragement from talks or podcasts.  I thought I would start posting ones I have found useful.  I haven’t got a wealth of material so recommendations about your favourites would be gratefully received! This is a talk given by Charlie Mackesy.  You may have heard of him. …

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