We are just two days away from our planned and prayerful attempt for a week away to the south-west coast for a Christian conference. Anything could happen between then but so far, things are not looking so bad. However, this means, I will not post anything at least until after August 10th. For the record, we have yet to go for the xray but plan to do that this coming Friday.
I should add a correction to our previous post; our planned departure is this Saturday – not this Friday as I stated – which means we will hopefully be leaving on the day of our eleventh anniversary. This is yet another milestone that a few months back, I honestly did not expect or assume that we would reach. And so you can imagine how thankful to God we both are that we get the privilege of getting closer to reaching that day. Every day is special to us; every day is a milestone and memorial of the faithfulness and goodness of God to us; August 4th, 2012 will be another one of those special days which may not in and of itself be long enough to capacitate the thanks and praise we desire to bring to God for all He has done in the last year and the previous ten!
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,
Than when we first begun.
So, some photos of the last few weeks!
1 – 5 : Gatecrashing Tabbi’s fifth birthday party a few weeks ago during our brief trip to Hayes! Bowling and pizza – it doesn’t get better than that! Tabbi is our neice; the daughter of Tim (Annie’s brother) and his lovely wife, Joy.
6 : Nausea-free Nacho salad!
7 : Monday night summer barbecue at our home with our church plant family
8 : Baking banana bread!
9 – 11 : You can divide mankind into two groups: those who appreciate and acknowledge the great benefit that domestic construction technology has brought to society over the last few centuries and those who think spending time in tents is fun. I’ve never been a happy camper but every summer since we were married Annie proposes that we should spend a few nights camping in the garden. With the help of the unpredictable British weather, I have done well to avoid this in the last decade. I suppose once every eleven years is alright with me!
12 -15 : A sunny evening visit to the Cotswolds and in particular the Snowshill Lavender fields. If you thought Lavender was just a purple flower, you could never be more wrong!
16 – 17: A groovy afternoon drive in Tim’s (Annie’s brother) camper van.
18 : Annie and Tabbi in a Lepidopterarium (10 points if you can guess what that is without the aid of Google or a dictionary!)
19 – 20 : Mom Ruth treats us to supper at Wagamama’s our fave restaurant in Windsor. In picture 20 I demonstrate how to resolve the common Japanese dining dilemma: Chopsticks and noodle soup