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 … Continue reading →
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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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…
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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 … Continue reading →
This is part of a longer reflection on 2015 which Chris has put on his blog.
Feel free to read Looking back at 2015 at allaboutchris.org.
The bible is full of phrases like this:
“And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”
When I read a passage like that, I think: … Continue reading →
Our final experience of driving in America was our journey from Philadelphia to JFK airport. Obviously, 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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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.
Joen 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”.
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Three weeks on the road is definitely an action packed experience. A few days ago, we said goodbye to our new friends at Grace & Main in Danville, then stopped over briefly in Washington DC, before driving for another 3 hours further north.
The last 2 days we have been in Potter Street in Philadelphia, visiting the people and neighbourhoods of the Simple Way.
Most of you reading this will be familiar with the Simple Way: made internationally famous by Shane Claiborne’s book “Irresistible Revolution”. Pretty much every single person we have talked to on this trip … Continue reading →
After our fantastic time with the guys at QC Family Tree, we drove a few more hours North, and arrived at Grace & Main Fellowship in Danville, Virginia.
Grace & Main is an intentional community that values hospitality highly. Starting around 5 years ago in response to a dangerously challenging book club, they now have several community houses spread across the city, and a community garden large enough to be thought of as an urban farm.
A small group of friends, they moved from book study to a practice they referred to as “Roving Feasts”, making tens of packed … Continue reading →
Fresh from our stay at Koinonia, we made our way to Charlotte, North Carolina, with a brief stopover in Atlanta. QC Family Tree were to be our latest
Pulling into the neighbourhood was a familiar feeling. Slightly tatty wooden houses, with cars in a similar state of disrepair, a populace very visible on the streets. Much like the majority of communities we’ve visited, QC Family Tree is located on the edge of empire, an area that once comprised a stable, well-off neighbourhood, now far less economically and socially prosperous.
Joen enjoying the free porch library
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