I have had a day of retreat today - after a very busy weekend at Bradwell Pilgrimage.
Days off such as this are rare - I usually take a Friday so I can have the time with M and if I happen to be off over the weekend, I find Friday gets me ready to have family time and make the most of it - you know, do the chores, schedule appointments for her, get shopping in etc etc. The system slightly fails when I work over a weekend cos I often have bits outstanding in terms of preparation and so Friday days off get a bit lost in lists and jobs to be done.
So, knowing the Saturday of this weekend would be crazy as would the week of preparation leading up to it, I scheduled today as a day off/time in lieu.
I've baked Apple and Banana fair cakes and a Coconut and Raising tray bake. baking is one of my best abiding activities.
Naps are of God and naps where you can wake up gradually without rush are of the highest order and I believe will be present in Heaven!
I've read more of my book 'When will there be Good News?' by Kate Atkinson.
I have not done any washing cos we've got our gazebo up in the garden and it's too small to accommodate both the washing line and the gazebo.
I feel I'm recovering from church yesterday...
I'm sad we couldn't go to The Order of Mission Southern Gathering on Friday and Saturday - and taken with the realisation that we feel connected to this group of people despite only knowing 3 or 4 of them in any depth.
Andy and I went for dinner with the Baggies last night which was funny and poignant and not done often enough. We talked life shapes a lot and laughed about how weird some of that language is when you are uninitiated "how is your semi circle?" - "how is the up in and out in your men's ministry?" !!
God seems to be prompting me to think about strategy for mission in my church context - not surprising but definitely more prompting today and over the weekend than for a while.
The sunshine makes my skin burn but I love the fact that my freckles are popping out all over the place.
The Forsyte Saga is one of my favourite drama programmes of all time.
I'm a bit disappointed that there weren't many pictures of me at the Bradwell Pilgrimage over the weekend - but I think it was because I didn't stand still for long.
Our Falcon Camp at the end of this month is nearly full.
My mum is amazing and I love her flexibility and the way she just mucks in with our crazy life and loves us for it.
Andy is now referred on to the DDO - having been through vetting by our Vicar and the Deanery Vocations Adviser. We have a joint meeting in a couple of weeks which is an interesting and scary prospect.
I enjoy days on my own more and more as I get older and also since the miscarriage - which is a good thing but I don't get much opportunity for it in my normal life.
July is set to be crazy busy - lots to do and lots in my brain at the moment...so I haven't left the house today and have only been on Facebook (before posting this!) to share my recipes.
I'm getting into wearing leggings and jogging bottoms in public, indicating I think that I have accepted my large bottom for the time being - sigh...
Matilda was in a great mood this morning - and told me she didn't need to brush her teeth here cos her childminder had a dragon toothbrush at her house...wow!
Stream over - some semblance of order will be returned soon...