Summer 2017 Reading List

When you’re signed off work for 6 weeks in the middle of summer (however abstract a term that is in Northern Ireland!) you really need to find something to do.  I have always loved reading and find a special kind of comfort in reading when going through difficult or uncertain times: my choices here reflectContinue reading “Summer 2017 Reading List”

Northern Ireland meets Syria: a story of grace and generosity.

On the day Northern Ireland has welcomed 11 refugee families from Syria, my friend Ross recounts a memory from a trip to Damascus. I think it’s important for us to hear. Having only been in Lebanon a month where I was teaching for the year, I found myself travelling alone to Damascus in the frontContinue reading “Northern Ireland meets Syria: a story of grace and generosity.”

Love Languages at Christmas

LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO GO! Are you all set for Christmas? One of the funnest things about the season is, I think, picking out gifts for people. And this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the different kinds of gifts we give. Ready to get creative? Here we go… I first became awareContinue reading “Love Languages at Christmas”

One Year of Marriage & The Farm Yard of Dreams

Oh goodness. I have news. Big news. Blogosphere, I have found my new home. We spent our anniversary weekend in Newcastle at the gorgeously luxurious Slieve Donard. Such. A. Treat. As cliche as it sounds, I can’t believe it’s been a year already. That means it’s three years since I discovered the oh-so handsome bassContinue reading “One Year of Marriage & The Farm Yard of Dreams”

Thoughts before the Big Adventure

It’s the night before our Big Adventure and it feels like Christmas Eve, and also like we’re about to jump into the absolute unknown. Wow. I remember a conversation Dan and I had a few months ago. We quiz each other, every now and then, on our dreams, on where we’re going, on what weContinue reading “Thoughts before the Big Adventure”

BRIDE BLOG #4: HONEY, I LOST THE MARRIAGE

Ok, no, I haven’t. And I’m suppppper excited about being married soon! It has struck me though that there is a crazy expectation that engaged couples spend all of their engagement wedding planning. There is SO much information out there about engagements, weddings, home-building. And that’s usually really good stuff. However, there is little about marriageContinue reading “BRIDE BLOG #4: HONEY, I LOST THE MARRIAGE”

I LIKE GIVING AND THE YOUNGEST 98 YEAR OLD YOU WILL EVER MEET

I watched this video this morning and I think it’s brightened my day/week/month. Hope it does the same to yours. It also reminds me of an article my friend Mel wrote yesterday about something that happened when we were in Rio. Check it out here. Great thoughts and words. The video is a part ofContinue reading “I LIKE GIVING AND THE YOUNGEST 98 YEAR OLD YOU WILL EVER MEET”

(ANOTHER) TOP TIP FOR KNOWING WHEN YOU’VE FOUND THE ONE.

Thanks for your response to yesterday’s post. I’ve really enjoyed the conversation and think it’s an important one to have. What I was intent on doing yesterday was to dispel myths I had come across that I believed to be unhelpful – that have been in my life or that I’ve seen be difficult forContinue reading “(ANOTHER) TOP TIP FOR KNOWING WHEN YOU’VE FOUND THE ONE.”

TOP 5 TIPS FOR KNOWING WHEN YOU’VE FOUND THE ONE.

You know you’ve found The One when… 1. They are human, and you are too.  2. You have shared values. 3. You are both are capable of communication. 4. You want to spend time together. 5. You find each other quite smoochable. This is a little bit tongue-in-cheek, and when I asked ‘how you knowContinue reading “TOP 5 TIPS FOR KNOWING WHEN YOU’VE FOUND THE ONE.”