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Eating breakfast outside on the decking this morning was grrrreat!  Not only cos it was outside, but also cos I’m just so thankful for my housemate (not just because she’s the reason I get to hang out in a house like this…).

A “game” of tennis (very funny), a HOT shower in the rain-like shower and an impromptu barbeque…


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What a cracker of a day!   Great weather, I mean.  A difficult day otherwise, really.  A thankful moment for finding my wallet hadn’t been dropped in the forest, but was under my car seat!  Then a grateful return to hang out with my housemate and a tongue-in-cheek cruise on the prom.

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Being a little disappointed at the non-eventfulness of my first day off for Easter, I was happy to see my housemate come home from work!  Later on we went to see a potential flat for next year.  I love the mental furniture removals and picture hanging, the imaginary nights in on the sofa, the dream parties…  Thoughts of setting up another home from home.

(now if only we could just get a disappearing desk, computer and filing cabinet from somewhere…)

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So, I scived my cardio kick exercise class.  I have no good excuse except the girl I usually go with has asthma and wasn’t feeling great.  So I scived!  BUT… my housemate and I slobbed on the sofa (after some very tasty salmon, butternut squash and cous cous – surprisingly yummy!) and watched some Gilmore Girls.  At 9.40 I announced we should go for a wee walk.  And we DID!  Except it ended up being a big walk, but it was sooo good and we chatted about lots of stuff and prayed and joked and laughed and it was great.

Hurray for long walks in the rain!

(and a great housemate)

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Today was much more chilled out than I thought it would be.

An unexpected meeting with 2 Small Group Leaders who are so eager to lead their group well became not just a good study, but also a good chance to get to know them better.  Its such a privilege to do this kind of thing as a ‘job’.

Being part of a supporters’ event was harder than just attending one, but it went well (eventually – turns out I waffle for at least 3 minutes before getting over myself and starting to make sense.  Apparently it was a ‘good representation’ of what I’m like in general.  Thanks ‘smoothie’ 😉 !!!). It was great to meet a bunch of people who meet regularly in Omagh to pray for student ministry – I’m hopefully gonna get a wee jaunt down to see them all!  Also, I love to introduce ‘my’ people to each other and see them interact (a new dynamic to this is when they sheepishly admit ‘i read your blog sometimes…’!).  Good night gone well methinks.

 A got ANOTHER photo published – in a novel!  It has my name in the credits listings inside where all the publisher details and all are!!!! How COOL is THAT?!?  One day I might even profit from all these published photos…

A wee chat with my bestest friend.  I love her.

A wee chat with my bestest housemate.  I love her too.

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Its kind of ridiculous, but somehow walking along the Giant’s Causeway being almost lifting off my feet by the wind and being smacked in the face by hail and snow was the greatest thing in a while!  What a day, what weather, what a place to live!

A dinner of fajitas cooked by someone else’s fair hand, some banter with church folk and then the return of my housemate.

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Waking up in said house.  More grand piano.  Using their jumbo shower-headed shower – like showering in the rain, only hot.  Except then it went cold and then it was really just like showering in the rain.  Enjoyable experience nonetheless!

A leisurely morning spent with my housemate, talking about ridiculous things like car colours and perfume smells as if they were important.

I actually had to wipe away tears during Bible study with small group leaders today – not because of any particularly profound Biblical truth they unearthed… But because I was overwhelmed by a sense of gratitude and pride in how far they’d come, how dedicated they’ve been and how much they are embodying community as they learn and grow together.  Legends.

The jigsaw puzzle of new leaders.  I love seeing it come together…

All topped off with my first packet of Walkers’ Worchester Sauce crisps in DONKEYS!

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Discovering that the family who run the coffee shop that has become my office are Christians and are delighted that we’re using it to study the Bible in.  The guy’s courage to ask what passage we were studying and his curiosity about the CU – encouraging!

The return to “legenDerry” – seeing the potential of a student leader and having a petrol attendant ‘fil er up’ – the car that is, not the student.  I HATE putting petrol in my car.  Lazy bum.

I also loved the chance to have a nosey around the house of a local business owner as my housemate was house-sitting for them.  Grand piano.  Nuff said.

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Arriving at the office to be told there was an ‘exciting’ package for me… I had NO idea why I had received a copy of some random journal from America until I was flicking through it and discovered they had used one (or rather two) of my photos and credited me!  Not only that but it was a picture (or, like I said – two pictures) of MY hands!  I’m like Joey – a hand model!  Hurrah!  I’ll be famous yet…

A busy, but satisfying day, mostly thanks to it being rounded off with an afternoon coffee and conversation which energised, not drained.

I drove to my exercise class content to be going and enjoyed a moment of humour as I watched 20 or so ladies punching and kicking in time to music: pretentious at best and blooming ridiculous at worst – the only one who manages to look cool doing it is the instructor.  The rest of us are just fooling ourselves!  But at least we’re in it together…

It would appear I was in the mood to analyse everything, as I also had a chuckle with my exercise friend over the fact that I think we might be perceived as the bad girls at the back who chat and giggle throughout ‘cool down’.

The rest of the evening was spent snuggled up in ‘my’ cosy wee living room (sorry dm!) navel-gazing with my laptop on my knee and laughing out loud at the episode of friends where Rachel puts mince beef in a trifle.  Grrrrrrreat!  My only whine is that I miss my housemate who’s house-sitting for someone else this week – but I’m thankful I have a housemate who is worthy to be missed!

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Today I am thankful that I have had people and experiences that will be worth mourning if and when things begin to change.

I am thankful that tears didn’t drown my chance to speak.

I am thankful for a housemate who is my friend.

I am thankful that God is greater than I could ever imagine and that he met with me as I wrote a song to him today.

I am thankful for Psalm 73… 

21 When my heart was grieved
       and my spirit embittered,

 22 I was senseless and ignorant;
       I was a brute beast before you.

 23 Yet I am always with you;
       you hold me by my right hand.

 24 You guide me with your counsel,
       and afterward you will take me into glory.

 25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
       And earth has nothing I desire besides you.

 26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
       but God is the strength of my heart
       and my portion forever.

 27 Those who are far from you will perish;
       you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.

 28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
       I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
       I will tell of all your deeds.

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