Well, hello my friends. I have finally managed to get my act together for a Tuesday afternoon ready for WOYWW on a Wednesday!! Wahoo!! I can’t quite believe that the last time I posted was AUGUST. Ridiculous. What on earth have I been doing since then? What excuses or reasons do I have for not being amongst you each Wednesday? Purely excuses, I fear!! So just what have I been up to in the intervening months?
– Preparing the church and the reception venue for a dear friend’s wedding… here we are awaiting the arrival of the happy couple. We, as a team, reckoned it a success when the bride was heard to say “It’s just how I have always imagined it”.
Remember this photo from July 2020? My daughter and grand daughter… well…
… September saw this gorgeous happy event!! This was the young lady on the right of the above picture! Yes, two years later I travelled the length of Britain to attend her lovely, lovely wedding day! Now married to a very fine, and utterly crazy, young man
– and yes! She still has that long, glorious hair – right down to her waist now! And her younger sister’s hair is heading in the same direction looking at the left hand side of this photo!
I have managed to make over 150 Christmas cards…
… and believe it or not, this is the only photo of any of them!! I cannot believe I didn’t photograph any. What is the matter with me?! Careful how you answer that one… These were examples of the cards three of us made to send out to all the church members. They were well received, especially as we are still not back to “normal”, with some people still not regularly attending worship. Camilla and I made 50 8x5inch boxes, too, filled with Advent activities for each family group within the church. But, yes, you’ve guessed… no photos!
Since August I have done jigsaws, helped friends, read books, sat in front of my computer surrounded by books, Bibles. commentaries and ideas, as I wrote 14 Advent devotions for the church, scouring Youtube for appropriate music to go with each one. We studied the carol “Hark the Herald Angels sing”, looking at each line and seeing what theology is in it. Packed full is the answer!! I have travelled the width of Britain to see family and friends not seen for two years, taking their Christmas presents and cards. I have spent 3 glorious days the week before Christmas with my entire family – both girls, their hubbies, my five grandchildren and one new grandson by marriage! The first time we had been together since the wedding in September. I have knitted and crocheted, and I have made a second Advent calendar as my elder grandson has now gone off to university after some cracking A level results. So, two large cross stitch pictures have been covered in chocolate!
This first one now lives in GlenCoe, Scotland, and was greatly enjoyed!
And the second one went to York University. I am so incredibly proud of the young man who now owns this. Through lockdowns, eye removal surgery, and fitting of a new bespoke eye, he has in the past two years achieved three A level A*s and one A; and is loving his new life – fully embracing it – by joining the scuba diving club!!! I know….
So that’s me at the start of 2022, folks. Busy, looking to the New Year with excitement, and having a long list of things I really hope to achieve in the next 12 months!
I wish you a happy, healthy and fulfilling year.
May God bless you richly.