Learning how to Cartwheel

We have now been living in Westy Estate for a whole year. Whilst we definitely feel settled, twelve months in our area is barely scratching the surface: our neighbours on one side have lived there forty-plus years and on the other side, more than twenty. Even the Hungarian family behind our house have lived there about seven; we are still definitely newcomers.

We’ve learnt a lot of lessons in our time here; from basic bike security, to being generous when you don’t have much to give. I talked about the challenges of hospitality in a small home previously, but …

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Room for the table

As a family, we love our dining table. It’s where we eat together, paint and draw, play board games, sit around and drink tea… it’s pretty much where we live together.

It’s the heart of our family community, and of our wider interactions with friends. When we think of our most treasured times in Boston, they often revolve around our massive oak table.

I have so many memories:

  • being able to casually invite 8 people round for lunch after church;
  • playing a huge game of Risk late into the night with ten amateur war lords;
  • times of arts and
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Saying goodbye to Boston

Our house is full of cardboard. Boxes everywhere. Empty and full, labelled and unlabelled. I estimate we’ve used a kilometre of brown tape in the last month. We are moving house in 10 days, and packing is always hard work.

It doesn’t seem like just four years since we were last at this point. Back in 2012, we moved to Boston. Since then, we’ve had a daughter, become part of a thriving church, lived in Africa for 9 months, lost a bit of weight, and I’ve even bought a snood

We love Boston. …

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Kingdom over comfort

Back at the turn of the year, we shared a blog post that talked about our desire for a lifestyle that more unconditionally reflects our convictions.

After much prayer – thanks to everyone who has supported us through our prayer updates – and after much discussion, and, ultimately, just deciding to take the plunge through our uncertainty, we have made the decision to move to Warrington and join Eden Latchford.

Every trip to Warrington has been hard work. Most of this has been because we’ve been constantly trying to process whether or not we want to move there. Underlying …

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Our friends in New York

Our final experience of driving in America was our journey from Philadelphia to JFK airport. IMGP8105Obviously, we got lost, and arrived at the car hire drop-off at literally 12:31, crossing the line into late by 1 minute; luckily we managed to get away with this terrible crime with no further charges.

My takeaway from a month and 3,000 miles of driving in America? After paying $16 to cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, I’m never going to complain about the Dartford Crossing again!


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Our friends in Hawthorne Street

Following on from our stay with the Simple Way, we visited members of InnerChange, also in Philadelphia. For the first time since arriving in America, that meant our drive between communities was just 10 minutes – a refreshing change from full days spent on the road.

IMGP7953Joen had been ill for two days in Charlotte, slowly getting better by Washington, but remaining very moany, unsettled and miserable for around 4 days. When we arrived at the Chris and Sam’s home, we were in desperate need of the feeling of “home”.

As we walked into the Baker Evens home …

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