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.

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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:

Book Review: Hidden Christmas by Timothy Keller, published by @HodderFaith 

This book is full of surprises. I found Hidden Christmas both interesting, difficult, insightful and challenging.

It wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but then that’s probabaly because there is a part of me thinking about nativity scenes and tinsel. Both of which are great by the way, but this book goes straight into the deep truths of what Christianity is about.

It especially reminds us of the lengths God has gone to in order to reclaim us, to bring us home into the place of his love.

To begin with I was uncertain who the book was aimed at, Christians or people wanting to consider Christianity and I am still not sure. However I don’t think I would give it to my non Christian friends.

I personally found Keller’s speaking  style abrupt and at times aggressive in tone. I struggled with it and I know it would put my non Christian friends off.  Also he uses language which while completely accessible to a church goer, would confuse many who have no experience of it.

 There were times where he assumes who you the reader are and what motivates you, which I found annoying. But then he said this:

I have often heard people say that they had gone to such and such church and the preacher had droned on to long and was boring. I often counter, “Okay, but was the sermon wrong? Even though it was boringly communicated, was God’s truth being set before you?” We must be aware of our prejudices.

And he is right. Keller is in no way boring in this book but I did find myself prejudice against it because of his tone.

However, as I looked past that I found Hidden Christmas full of some very beautiful truths and profound insights.

There is much to be gained from reading this book as a Christian, both as an encouragement and as a challege to a deeper life with God. 

So take a look for yourselves – I would love to hear your opinions on it.