Garden Time

This lovely purple flower is the latest thing to arrive in the garden. It is in fact tiny… I out an arrow to it so you can see where it is.
There is always something new in the garden every day, nature is always in the move. And yet at the same time it all takes so much longer than the current pace of human life. The peas which at the moment are plants of maybe five leaves will be a couple of months growing before we get to eat any peas.

And this is what I am asking God at the moment. How can I be always on the move for him, while also taking proper time in order that I might stay healthy, and produce good fruit for Him at the proper time.

I know it has to do with less is more. You don’t need to keep fiddling with plants, you just water them, remove a weed if it pops up and leave the rest to God.

I know it has to do with making proper time to be with the One who had made it all anyway.

As I seek to write down my personal outworking of the vows I intend to take later in the year (it’s called a customary) I am asking God to help me keep in step with him. To always be about honouring him, while walking at his pace, not at the pace our consumerist driven  mad mad world.

And in the meantime I shall watch the bees enjoy the lupins in the garden.

And then all the world changed

It just goes to show, that nothing ever remains the same. We entered 2020, it seemed fairly normal… and now the country has shut down, thousands are wondering where their next pay will come from and the government is wrestling not only with the virus but people who are either unbelievably selfish or dealing with the whole covid19 thing by pretending it isn’t happening.

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In the meantime there are many truly decent human beings reaching out and helping their neighbours in any way they can.

As a household we have been so very grateful for the people around us and further away who have supported us either through prayer or bringing food to our door.

A week ago both my husband and I went down with covid19. For some it has been thankfully mild, we believe our two and a half year old may be one of them.

But for me, it has put the flu we had over Christmas into the shade. I have never felt so ill in all my life. I have never felt so empty handed.

Never was “there by the grace of God go I” more true.

I find myself coming to Jesus and all I have in my hands is an old carrier bag with a hole in it. I’m so broken and sad, I wish I had more.

I thought perhaps he would exchange my tatty old carrier bag for something glorious. But he hasn’t. My hands are still empty, I’m still broken and I have yet to rise from the ashes.

He has instead given me His arm to lean on.

I cannot even begin to tell you how grateful I am.  His dear presence, His love giving me strength for the day.  I find myself living the truth that we can do “nothing apart from Him.” John 15:5

Covid19 will eventually leave our house. But may the presence of Jesus remain, because “In Him we live and move and have our being” Act 17:28

Putting roots down

We have moved (round the corner, via six weeks with my father in law while we waited for the chain to get in with it). It’s my 20th move in 25 years, but we are finally settled.

It’s a lovely house, one which our boy will have room to grow up in. And we are friends with some of our neighbours, which I have never experienced before – it’s weird, but really good.

In the meantime I now have my plants in the ground. I can’t begin to say how much joy and peace this gives me.

We are still painting and unpacking and will be for a few weeks yet, but we have taken root… Finally.

Long time, no see

It has been seven months since I last blogged and to be fair there was a fair bit of faffing around before then.

But I really miss it. It has been a vertical learning curve figuring out how to be me now that I am a mum.

It’s the ongoing challenge of time management and prioritising.

I have got as far as volunteering at church, delivering my four week course “stress proof your life” which has been great, but it’s time to find time again, for reading and writing.

We shall see how I do.

#childrens #bookreview “that’s not my monkey” and “busy train book”

It’s book review time!

Usborne “That’s not my” touchy-feely books are such a lovely way to introduce your child to books 🤗

My boy has been enjoying them so much – he has that’s not my… Unicorn, squirrel, duck, and now Monkey!

He has enjoyed learning to turn pages and interact with all the different textures in the books – we started when he was very young and now at 14 months he still thinks they are great 💕

There are 56 titles (£6.99 each) as well as colouring books (£4.99) and gift sets (£16) which include a soft toy.

You can buy them here: https://org.usbornebooksathome.co.uk/karen_sbooks

The “Busy train book” review 🤗

This is such a lovely book! Not only will your little one have hours of fun playing with the train, but it will be a perfect opportunity to chat all about what the train is passing.
And of course eventually as they read it themselves, they can explain it all to you 💕
A book that keeps on giving. (£14.99)

You can buy it here: https://org.usbornebooksathome.co.uk/karen_sbooks/

Back to blogging and the new member of Team Turnbull

Its been a while since i blogged properly… I have been busy growing and delivering our first child.

Small T is our miracle boy and today he is six weeks old. I cant even begin to tell you how grateful to God i am for his arrival.

So as you can imagine its all change in our lives, and yet we are still who we always were.. Just minus lots of sleep.

In it all i had a 30 hour labour and an emergency cesarean, while R had spinal surgery on a back injury which had left him in excruciating pain.

You would think we were disheartened and down, but the joy of small keeps our perspective and we both enjoy the good things of now and have hope for the future.

Now we have a son to share what matters to us with. Our faith, our care for God’s world expressed through being vegan and living as lightly as we can in relation to the planet.

And fun stuff… We will forever be a geek household.

So expect future posts on all such things and our adventures as parents: