Archive for April, 2008


Not that today was bad – but the best feeling of thankfulness I had today was as I sat down on my sofa at 11pm and realised that it (and the forward part of this week) was over.

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Clarity.  The power of prayer.

Dinner with Noondy – roll on holiday 2008!

Back to my wee bed in Coleraine.

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The chance to reflect on the journey of a student’s faith right under my eyes!

Trying on my holiday clothes!  Only 3 weeks to go…

A healing, freeing chat til stupid o’clock.

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Lunch with my housemate – feels like forever since we talked.

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The 2nd night of my church’s 20-30s group.  Great food and good banter much needed and much appreciated.

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What a great way to start back to work – having a ‘quiet day’ with my northern colleagues (in the sense that they work in the north – just to clarify, Karen!).

It was also great to arrive home properly and clamber into my own wee bed in Coleraine. Zzzzzzzz…


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A completely relaxed day spent in the Montmartre part of Paris – sunbathing, reading, taking photos, praying in the famous Sacre Coeur… Not to mention some beautiful harp music:

A long-awaited Salade Nicoise with the best bread I’ve tasted in years.

Bed after walking a million miles around Paris AND Charles de Gaulle airport.

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The chance to do some stuff in Paris I’d wanted to do for a while… Centre Georges Pompidou, Notre Dame, Skyscraper night view of Paris…

The highlight of today though, was being able to meet with a student who’s on placement in Paris this year.  We ate dinner together and then spent some time on top of a skyscraper called Tour Montparnasse – it gives a great view of the typical skyline of Paris (ie including the Eiffel Tower) and I got some grrrreat photos thanks to Noondy’s camera lend.  Great chat and a pretty cool location to pray for someone!

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Another incredible conversation about God’s grace and about worship.

Anticipation and dreaming.

A relaxing train journey speeding towards Paris.  The chance to read and enjoy my ipod.

Arrival in Paris!  What an exciting place!

An evening jaunt down to Ile de la Cite, with an unexpected encounter… Pottering down a ‘road less taken’, I saw a lady pausing to smell the large creeper plant.  I smiled immediately and took a mental picture (and a digital copy) of the scene for my 365 and she saw me smiling.  We ended up chatting for about twenty minutes about all sorts of things (including the suicide of her best friend when she was younger).  It was very bizarre, and felt significant, but I have no idea why…

I absolutely loved tonight.  Perfectly chilled out, perfectly relaxed, perfectly not Northern Ireland.

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Slept like a baby last night – soooo good.  I loved waking up and pottering down to breakfast like it was 2005 again… Only this time Jan-Willem (the oldest boy) was now at school and it was his little bro, Jack (who’d been grumpily distant last night) who was grinning at me and bringing his toys to me while I ate my cereal.  Very cute…

Seeing the newly renovated, new church location to accomodate the church which has tripled since I was around.  Eh… not that it was because of me, of course! Hahaha…

A contemplative walk around Tours Cathedral, site of significant memories…

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