Mountains Time


In the first week of the New Year, both my boss & I take a sabbatical week. We head up to the Blue Mountains & spend the week at CMS Summer School.

Up we went on Saturday the 7th of Jan. Shona, the family & I were staying at a new place in Blackheath & were a little nervous about what the new pad would be like. In the end, we couldn’t have been any happier with a wonderful house being rented to us at a really decent rate!

The conference itself was grand. William Taylor was speaking, looking at “the account of Terah” which is basically the story of Abraham & his life (Terah was his dad). With the kids all off at their programmes, we found ourselves free all morning this time, which meant we got to go to the missionary sessions too! For the first time I got to chose, listening to an African Bishop, hearing about the fears that come with going on the mission field, as well as the struggles that come with speaking to a “post-truth” audience, plus more!

William Taylor in full-flight

The afternoons were our own and we made the most of our time, going on bush walks, playing games, reading, catching up with great friends and also a little R&R. In the evenings, Shona went off to the evening sessions & I stayed at home with the kids.

It really was a wonderful time & we count ourselves lucky to be able to attend such great Bible teaching, meet so many encouraging missionaries, and spend some time in God’s good creation.

Here’s some more pics! (Do you get the feeling that I’m trying to get more use out of my cameras again?)

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Still here….

(Pumpkin, Gumnut & I at the Three Sisters.)

It’s just been a hectic couple of weeks.

First day on the job, Jan 1 went well. I then had a public holiday on the Monday, a day of packing, then the big move to Kincumber!

We’re in the house!

Of course, I only enjoyed that for a day or two, before we packed up & headed up to CMS Summer School.
It was a great week, great talks, an awesome time to hear lots of missionaries speak & catch up with friends. I also got to spend time sharing a house with my friends Dan & Harriet.

From then it’s been work, work, work!

But I am LOVING work.

And I am close enough to the beach to drive down with the kids & have a splash before dinner…

It’s like a 10 minute holiday whenever we go.

A couple more pics for the family…

There were a couple of swings behind our house in Blackheath.

Genuine Smile

Other kids want to play with trains, or boxes, my boy likes sinks & taps…

BM Stitch
A stitched pic of the Three Sisters & Blue Mountains…