It’s Good News, people

Andy Hawthorne came to speak at our church today.

Andy is a well-known figure in UK evangelical circles. He founded The Message Trust in Manchester which powerfully works with young people in urban communities not only in Manchester, but across the UK, and now also in Cape Town, South Africa. You can read more about their incredible work here.

I’ve heard Andy speak many times before, and always come away both challenged and inspired. Today was no different. I left church buzzing with lots of thoughts from Andy’s preach, but my one takeaway from his talk was very simple. And it was more a reflection on Andy, than the words themselves.

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And so we’re finally here (in Edinburgh)

So, we moved!

In fact so much has happened I want to give a little update and overview of what life looks like for us now,  before I start blogging in subsequent posts about some other stuff.

We had a seven-week sabbatical, which started with a three-week family holiday. It was an amazing time of rest and restoration for us all. We read, we swam, we ate croissants, we drank red wine and we reflected lots. Though not necessarily in that order.

And then we returned back to our new flat in Edinburgh and began the work of unpacking and making home. Our main priority in the rest of the sabbatical time was to make the flat feel like home, and to set the kids up well so that they started the new term feeling happy and settled. I think we pretty much accomplished that. We also both had individual space for retreat and reflection.  But more on that at another point…

We are living in a little patch of Edinburgh called Portobello, fulfilling all my forever-dreams of living near the sea.

portobello

It’s a beautiful place to live, on the Eastern side of Edinburgh; a little bit Bohemian, and quite international – we certainly don’t stick out as the strange English people. There are folks from all over the world here.

The kids’ school is right on the seafront, and so my morning walk always involves a little stroll on the beach. Right now, it’s bliss. I’ll let you know if I feel the same way in December. It’s only August, and I frequently wear my North Face puffa jacket on the beach. I think some thermal purchases may be in order.

School is going well for the kids. They’ve been back now for two weeks, which is constantly confusing me, because I feel like we’re in mid-September, as I’m still in English-school-timetable-mode. It’s a huge primary school, with 4 classes in each year. The kids have adapted so well, and we’re incredibly proud of how they’re just getting stuck into life here.

We love our flat. It is spacious and elegant, and it feels like home. We thank God every day for His provision.

I’d love to tell you about all the wonderful sights we have seen in Edinburgh. But honestly we haven’t seen many. Yet. We have a lot of exploring left to do! In fact over the summer we had some visitors from Oz, and we took them into the centre of Edinburgh, which was like the blind leading the blind. We felt like tourists as much as they did.

We walk, bus, bike, or scooter everywhere here. I probably only use the car once or twice a week at the most. Parking costs are crazy, and there aren’t many parking spaces. I guess it’s a bit like London in that regard. Rich is looking more and more like a skinny-bean because he is cycling into work every day. He is loving working at Central and working out his new role. There is a real sense of wanting to grow church as family and we’re looking forward to seeing what God does. We are slowly getting to know people in the church and in our local community. Relationships take time to build, but we have met some wonderful people.

I have just finished working on another copy-editing project, and am hoping to gain some more qualifications in that area so that I can pick up a little more work. And I may even get round to finishing that book I’ve been on/off writing for about the last year…or two…or three.

We’ve already had a few Sheffield folk to visit over the summer, and we’re looking forward to welcoming more family and friends over the next few months. And in this last couple of weeks, four of our team from Sheffield have moved to Edinburgh- it’s great to have them with us!

I know I probably sound a bit like a stuck-record, but I am amazed at the faithfulness of God. His provision even, and maybe especially, in the small details of life here, is staggering.

If you want to keep up to date with family pics and life here, my username on Instagram is “stillbemyvision”. It’s my preferred social media forum to keep up with what friends and family are up to. And if you want to know when there’s a new blog post you can sign up to the blog by hitting the subscribe button on the top-right of the screen.

Hope you are all happy and well

with love Anna , and the rest of team Robbo.