Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A long overdue blog!

I'm sure you have all been eagerly awaiting my next blog post and wondering why it has been nearly 2 months since my last one (pahahah)... all I can say is blame my incredibly busy schedule! This term is absolutely flying by and the closer we get to the summer holidays, the more sad I feel at the thought of having to leave. 

The past two months have been packed with all kinds of things. My highlights probably have to be:

  • visiting Northampton with my Mum for a weekend in May. It was great to get to know the town a bit more and lovely to spend some time with my Mum :)
  • having my first choice for uni accommodation accepted. This means I will be living in student halls with my own bedroom and a shared bathroom and kitchen. It's all starting to feel real now. As sad as I am to have to leave St Leonards, I am so excited for September!
  • seeing friends who are back from university. I've had quite a few extended lunchtimes where I've got carried away talking and come back to the office late ;)
At work, we've been doing lots of fundraising for Soul Survivor. Amongst other things, I've found myself collecting money at the toll bridge in a blue onesie, washing 27 cars in 6 hours (with other people), and swimming 96 lengths of the Witney leisure centre pool in 2 hours. It has actually been a lot of fun and I'm so excited for Soul Survivor!!

This week is a crazy week for my family with a baby due at any moment, my 21st birthday tomorrow, and my older sister moving out on Friday. Work is busy too and Olly is away in Sweden this week so Beth and I are holding down the fort. It's funny how it's worked out that everything is happening in one week! What an amazing week though :) I'm exhausted already!

Beth baked me a delicious birthday cake and brought it into the office yesterday. It has been sitting there the whole time tempting me... 

I have a college deadline looming (14th July) and at the moment it feels a bit like I'm never going to get everything done, but I just need to be organised (we'll see how that goes ;)) and keep on top of things. Rather than getting distracted... 

I'm off now to try and get an assignment written before cell group. No rest for the wicked as they say!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

An eggscellent two weeks… (sorry, that was a terrible joke)

Hello again! I hope you had a very happy Easter whatever you got up to. It seemed to pass in the blink of an eye and I can hardly believe I'm back sitting in the office having just had 2 weeks off. I can hardly believe that I only have one term left of interning either! We are back at college next Monday and it will be nice to see everyone there again as it has been over a month since we broke up! 

I have had a good couple of weeks off, although I was ill for some of it. I am obviously allergic to holidays as the same thing happened at Christmas ;) I went to Spring Harvest for 5 days which was amazing. The theme was focusing on the Apostle's Creed and how as Christians we can possibly believe in an unfathomable Father, unbeatable Son and unstoppable Spirit. Pretty awesome really. It was lovely to be able to spend more time with people from Hanborough church as well, because I miss seeing them every week at church. 

Apart from that, I didn't do a lot. I had a lovely weekend seeing family and friends :) But I was really ill on Sunday morning so unfortunately couldn't go to church. I managed to muster the strength to watch Frozen and eat some chocolate in the afternoon though! 

I have lots coming up this term so it should be very busy, but lots to look forward to as well. The application for my university accommodation opens this weekend. I'm hoping it will be straightforward and I'll be able to decide where I would like to live before then, haha. I also need to get back into doing college work as I haven't done much at all over the Easter break. Then there are lots of exciting things happening in the youth work, as well as my birthday to look forward to and of course (most excitingly of all) becoming an auntie!!  

For now, I'm going to carry on attempting to tick off my to-do list…

"...Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8 

Friday, 28 March 2014

I asked Beth to think of a title for this blog and she said, "I'm no good at thinking up blog titles". Thanks Beth.

It's been 3 weeks since my last blog, and it has been a busy 3 weeks. I went to Spain for 4 days to visit my friend, which was lovely. However, last week my brain was still in holiday mode so quite often I had to be told things more than once! 

We have just done 3 weeks of project nights with the younger Pathfinders which was fun. I was really impressed by the bird boxes that two of the boys had managed to make during the woodwork sessions, and enjoyed watching the magic tricks Harry had taught the others. We have finished Pathfinders for this term already as we are hosting a slightly different evening tonight for the young people. The aim is to give an introduction to Christianity and explain why we do what we do. I'm excited as I think it will be a great outreach session and it's always good to have discussion. 

I've finished college for Easter now - it was nice to have this Monday off as I got to visit the board game cafe with some friends (slowly becoming one of my favourite places!!) I've also been on a two day conference with Beth, enjoyed the sunshine while it stuck around (seriously, what is going on with the weather today?!), and been catching up with friends when I can. I'm looking forward to having a bit of time off over Easter especially going to Spring Harvest in a couple of weeks, but I'm sure I will miss all the young people! 

It's weird thinking that one year ago today I was on a plane on the way back to England having just had the worst week of my life. Lots has happened in 12 months! Unfortunately the situation in CAR has not been fixed and has not got better, although there have been little glimpses of hope.

That's all for now. We've got a few things to do before this evening, and I'm sure there must be time for a hot chocolate… ;)

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Spaghetti, straws and so many skewers (just some of the things found in the Pathfinders cupboard)...

My goodness, it can't be March already. It's been very busy recently with the weekend away planning and then the actual going away bit! However, as I type this, a pen has just been thrown at my head for laughing at Olly while he is on the phone ...things are all back to normal in the office ;) 

The weekend away was ACE! I was so, so, so tired on Sunday night that I skipped pudding after my roast dinner and went straight to bed (shocking behaviour for me) but it was worth it. We had loads of fun playing games, going on a night hike, eating creme eggs and staying up way past our bed times. I went caving on Saturday and I loved liked tolerated it up until the last bit where we had to commando crawl through a 6 foot long tunnel to get out. I won't be doing that again in a hurry. 

It was great to have some time for the young people to focus on God, and I loved seeing the way they all responded. We had workshops over the course of Saturday and a church service all together on Sunday. One of the things I really loved was the way everyone really cared for each other so the whole group got on so well :)

So now it is a case of getting back into the swing of things. We have lots to do as always; Beth and I have taken on the mighty task of sorting out the Pathfinders cupboards. We started it once before but had to stop as it was taking too long so I think it's going to take all week! The record so far has been finding some blue food colouring in the back of a cupboard that was dated 2009. Beth also spilt spaghetti all over the floor this morning because there was SO MUCH of it :D

I probably won't be blogging for a while again, as I'm going to Spain next week for a few days. For now, I'm off to try and get these cupboards sorted - after I've thrown something back at Olly of course...

Friday, 14 February 2014

"I came in like a pigeon ball"

It's been a while. That while has been taken up with a lot of stuff though like a promise auction, so much training, a retreat to Center Parcs, a sponsored swim, a 21st birthday, lots of parachute games, a college deadline and a meeting where no-one turned up.

Center Parcs was a lot of fun; some of it “enforced fun” but nevertheless, fun. Olly, Jo, Beth and I got up bright and early (well, early for youth workers anyway) and headed off to SoulNet on Friday 31st. We arrived and within a couple of hours were in the swimming pool, zooming round the rapids and going down flume slides having just eaten burgers (I did warn them that it's not safe because the piranhas can eat you, but they didn't listen...). The rest of the weekend consisted of interesting talks, amazing time to just be with God and so much activity. I'm not sure what happened to me but on the Friday night I had a massive urge to go for a run, so found myself jogging around Center Parcs at 7.45am on the Saturday morning. When I say “jogging around Center Parcs”, what I actually mean is being forced to keep moving by Olly, whilst moaning and wondering what had been put in my tea the night before to make me think this was a good idea. I was also introduced to the joy that is "pigeon ball" - basically, rugby without any rules where you have to try and get to a certain place with the ball in your hands. We played it in the pool which made it even more extreme. However, I think I did pretty well seeing as I'm usually the one who hurts themselves (I've never done anything serious, not even broken a bone, but I'm ALWAYS the one who gets trampled/accidently punched/hit in the head with the metal frisbee) as I only got hit in the face once. 

We've been really busy in the office as always. I'm excited for the youth weekend away which is coming up at the end of this month. It sounds like it's going to be full-on with not a lot of time left to sleep, but having been once before as one of the youfff I know it's gonna be loads of fun.

I am looking forward to having a holiday, preferably somewhere hot after all of this bad weather! One year ago today I was in Bilolo, having the best time ever and actually able to feel my toes without two pairs of socks on. I have Spring Harvest to look forward to – maybe there will be a heatwave over Butlins?!

I'm off to Northampton tomorrow to have another look around the university so that should be good. Then Beth and I are off for a week as it's half term; however, I've got 4 days of work with Yellow Submarine so I'll still be busy busy busy! I'm hoping I can squeeze in some serious sleeping at some point!

That's all for now. I'm off to find some letters and numbers so we can play Countdown at Pathfinders tonight...