|Making sand castles with my treasure hunt group. |
That's our pastor in the centre.
Last weekend we had a lovely church retreat on one of the islands of the southern Archipelago of Gothenburg. I ADORE the islands-- everything moves at a slower pace. Most of them are only reachable by ferry and the residents have no cars there. They are small and quaint and the perfect place for a church retreat!
That Sunday we had our church service in the community centre for the first time-- we've out-grown the living rooms we've been meeting in! This church is such a blessing to me, these people all joining together with intention-- a desire to please God and hold one another accountable to love people well by sharing Jesus.
Praise God for the way He still uses His Church!
|Lily and her daddy!|
My darling friends from college, Lizzie and Neil, are having a baby! Any day now, in fact :) And they've asked me to come and stay with them around the blessed event to lend a hand with my scrumptious 2 year old goddaughter Lily, so she'll be taken care of when they're off busy giving birth :) And just during the final days of pregnancy when Mummy's pretty exhausted, and the first days of Baby Smith's life, when there are many adjustments to be made!
I am so excited to be here with my "family away from families" :) They live, you might remember, in one of my favourite parts of England, The Cotswolds, and I am so at home in the little honey-coloured villages steeped in history and green, green rolling hills...
I feel so utterly blessed!
Now it's just a matter of waiting for Baby Smith to decide she's ready to come out into the world :) And after my lovely time spent with Lilykins and her family, I'm off for a much-needed week with my man. England always holds so many blessings for me...
|The yummy mummy herself and me and her due date.|
Lizzie is seriously like a sister to me. So thankful for her!
|They live next door to the ancient village church-- so Lily and I like to skip through the churchyard in the sunshine!|
|My precious little goddaughter, Lily Joy, is such a delight to me :)|
|That's my friends' house just beyond the churchyard. Can you see why I love to come visit?|