It's been all about deliveries today - a parcel from Aberdeen from the EFG including some books she has read and wants returned to her bedroom shelves, a pair of earrings she bought very cheaply but doesn't want so sent them for the YFG and I to fight over [no, not really - the YFG has them], some more sock wool from Hobbycraft for me, and a disposable camera that she would like me to get developed. A parcel from Amazon was next to arrive - we are having a circuit study group around "Gratitude" this year, and are using Ann Voskamp's Study DVD so several ladies have asked for copies of her book, One Thousand Gifts. I had to order two more copies, and they arrived today so that I can give them to the ladies on Sunday. And then there was a Sainsbury's delivery, and a pair of trousers for the YFG for school wear........good job I didn't plan to be out much today!
I've also done some baking today too - a loaf of bread for the EF girls, who love wholemeal bread with lots of seeds, some cheese scones and some cinnamon swirls. The kitchen has been warm and smelled really welcoming this afternoon - just what I love! And I had washing on the line.
Not today's but some of these just the same
And I have spent time thinking a lot about a wonderful lady who shared a terrible story of a lifetime of abuse with me last night. She's a lovely lady who opened up to me and it all came out in about 20 minutes, and left me quite shocked. Part of my job is walking alongside and listening to stories as people are led to share them with me, but that came out of the blue last night. Thankfully, I was able to listen in a supportive way and offer the right kinds of words but all the time, I wanted to cry. I didn't, and neither did she, but oh, blimey, the things that God gives me to do.......she's in my prayers.
It is so nearly daffodil time again - there are glimpses of yellow already on the banks of the river
Breathing a sigh of relief that it is half term here now and the girls can take some rest and have a tiny bit of downtime, although the YFG has mock exams straight after the break so she will be revising. She has taken the night off and is at a friend's house, where they are having a Chinese meal, having a bonfire and playing some card games.
Really longing for the better weather to come now!