Friday, November 30, 2007

Bethany Group

On Wednesday mornings, Bec, Cara and Luke walk to church for the Ladies' Bible study at Beeston Free Church. It's called Bethany group. Here are a few snippets from our involvement so far.

Firstly, a word of thanks...A few weeks back, I (Bec) was asked to give my testimony along with a couple of other ladies. It was a great opportunity to look back at the way God has worked in my life. It was also great to reflect back upon how he's used others to grow and change me and also how he's well provided for us. There have been so many times we've had the privilege of experiencing the generosity of his people in lots of ways. So thank you again to the people who have been generous to us with your time, prayers and finances. I thank God for you.

Secondly, a good idea...One week at Bethany, we had a book sharing session. People brought along a couple of books and briefly reviewed them. Two tables were set up in the middle of the room - one for books which people were happy to give away; another for books which others could borrow (often the ones reviewed). We all got a list of the books and a bit of info about them emailed to us. I thought it was really useful because it introduced us to new books we might not otherwise read and encouraged us to be reading and talking about what we were reading. I borrowed "Finding Joy: A radical rediscovery of grace" by Marcus Honeysett. So far, it's a good read and I'd recommend it. A great reminder of what a privilege being a Christian is and an encouragement to remember what a privilege it is. Really biblical and practical.

Thirdly, some fun we had during half-term (a weeks break during the school term)...Bethany only runs during the school term, so during the break a few of us took the kids to Wollaton Park. Wollaton Park (pronounced Wool-a-ton by the locals, it seems) is a lovely 500+ acre estate , where deer roam free.


In the middle of it is Wollaton Hall, a magnificent 16th century building. It houses Nottingham's Natural History Museum, with all manner of stuffed animals including a seriously tall giraffe and a gorilla which is definitely male.
More info at: http://www.wollatonhall.org.uk/


Finally, in case you're wondering, yes, Bethany Group does have Bible studies too! We're going through Colossians at the moment. I've really been noticing how much Paul talks about hidden/revealed. Just lately, I've found Paul's words in Colossians 3:12-14 useful as I try to be a good mum amidst sickness, sleeplessness, tantrums and all the other realities of small children. He says:

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves
with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with
each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."

Exactly the things I need to remember when furniture has been drawn on, food is rejected again and dirty washing piles up.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Cara and Luke

One of Cara's latest passions is "helping" to cook. She tries to drag a chair over to the bench, gets frustrated because they're so heavy, squeals and demands help. Once she's on the chair, she stirs, pushes microwave buttons, pours in ingredients, tastes everything and tries valiantly to get burned. When Daddy comes home Cara proclaims proudly "Look what I cooked!", even when she's simply pushed some jam around on a slice of bread.




Another thing Cara's been up to is drawing. Sometimes on paper. All too often on herself, occasionally on her shoes, her brother (especially his face) and the wall. However, her real graphic achievement has been learning to draw faces...eyes, noses and mouths. They're still all in funny places, but it's a start. Her first picture was of Milo, a character from one of her favourite TV shows here - The Tweenies.

Meanwhile Luke is now almost 7 months. He's finally decided to choke down the occasional mouthful of solids. He's hardly a voracious eater, but he's at least beginning to tolerate being fed baby-mush. Especially if it's fruit. He already despises vegetables.

He's also started grasping things, so he's now able to play with toys more. This morning he even grabbed his dummy and managed to put it in his own mouth twice.
However, the trick Luke is really pleased to have learned is sitting up. He's been able to sit for a number of weeks now, but he didn't stay up for long. Cara would always get so excited about him sitting up that she'd hug him and he'd fall. Alternatively she'd push him over or he'd lean away from her and fall. Now he's stable enough to sit better by himself, Cara finds him sitting more boring and a friend has loaned us a curved pillow to put behind him.