When God calls you to something there is no turning back. There are times when you wish time would stand still and that you Could ask the world to stop and let you rest a while. I know the Lord wants us to have rest and there is time for that and prayerfully soon we will, for longer than an evening.
The last week has been one of the hardest in our lives as Christian workers. Our little rented house that took such courage to move counties too, just six months ago, became overrun with mice ! Yes overrun, and when I say that, I am not exaggerating!
What we thought was one little critter and a few poops turned out as we pulled things out, due to the next door house being condemned and left for 5 years by HS2 we have an army! That have silently gone through cupboards and belongings and costumes and mattresses and wrecked our things. How can a mouse get into ones bedside cabinet and shred a notebook and leave all its lovely things behind and I not know ! Needless to say the whole thing has left us all rather disgusted .
Having decided after advice this is a big job and until next door is sorted they would keep coming back, we had had enough.
So over 4 days we moved what was left of our home and all the 32 loads of washing and drying I had to do to clean things salvageable ! We packed all into a shopping container ( not organised at all) and slept in Big yellow youngest became very allergic and afraid and we decided to stay in BY at the end of the drive.
It’s been a crazy and very tiring and emotional week. Tears, frayed tired adults as well as some funny sights !
Fond one, was our eldest – couldn’t find both crocs at 4:30 am heading to the house for the toilet, hopping up the driveway carrying the bin for me I thought my sides would split with aching from crying laughter !
What is it with shoes ! Our second son, couldn’t place his boots as mum had washed them to get rid of mud … decided to use his younger brothers wellingtons that were so small looked like he was wearing high heels ! Needless to say his walk and his stance were another moment of side splitting laughter a break in the turmoil.
This is being a mum, learning to hold and laugh at oneself and with others not at them, when life throws you lemons and well, this time it felt like a whole crate not just one or two ! Holding your babies in laughter.
One morning we awoke to a flood in the bus where someone had missed the sink bucket ( no plumbing yet) then the dog was sick, then the other one had a number two on the limo ! The stress levels rose, until the wellingtons we’re put on and the wiggles and the laughter stopped it all.
We decided after working into the night hours for days, we would take time out go to Poundland and blow a £10 note on Christmas decorations, come back to the bus and decorate and sing stupid Christmas songs. Sometimes you have to just take time out, even if you have piles to do.
This has all come on the eve of the busiest and start of the Anti Bullying schools workshops around the nation ! First one in Eastbourne, two in Walsall ! We had thought about many time cancelling, we were tired we didn’t have the energy to think let alone work. How did we have anything to give !
The workshops were rich, God did amazing things and the children that saw Big Yellow were so excited to see her ! The workshops went so well, children who were not expected to join in for various reasons, were up on the stage with all of them and they all focused, for involved and the message of speaking words that heal and not harm was strong.
Today UCB radio aired one of our songs from our Christmas musical !
The warmth and love of those around us, hot water bottles, lasagne, leggings to keep warm, meal vouchers and love gifts and a warm bed and shower, chilli in the oven and little girls that draw pictures, young boys with awesome hairstyles ( R you know who you are 😊) and dances late into the night that make me smile watching you! I sit back and sigh, for even though these weeks will go down in history as one of the hardest, in this is peace and joy.
Being in the centre of His will.
For in this world you will have persecution, BUT be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world !
Thank you to those that have been His arms and hands to us this month, without you we couldn’t do this !