Light Of The World

A few months ago, we met up with Charlie's uncle and aunt at St. Paul's Cathedral in the heart of London. It was a treat for my birthday and we all enjoyed taking in the amazing architecture and history. But despite the multitude of monuments, the one thing I was intent on seeing was a…

Learning To Be Versatile

As a reader of Rest & Chaos Blog, I was honoured to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, a blogger-to-blogger award. Visit Collene's lovely blog for Christian encouragement and inspiration! She is a wonderfully, thoughtful writer who shares from her heart. I decided to participate because it is great to learn more about the…

Best Gift Ever

The presents have been opened, carol services attended, and probably far too much food has been consumed in many households. Christmas Day has been and passed for this year, but I'm deliberately lingering in the beautiful wonder of the best gift ever. Since childhood, the Nativity scene has intrigued me. I would annually take time…

Sugar Cookie Kindness

The kids and I recently baked and decorated sugar cookies. They were not bakery quality but they were absolutely beautiful to me because of the little hands that enjoyed being artistic with icing sugar and sprinkles! I was instantly taken back to my own childhood memories again. Isn't that interesting how deep buried memories can…

Living Up To My Name

It's not always easy to live up to a name but especially when yours is Joy. The inspiration of my name came from my godmother, also named Joy, as well as the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc. (Galatians 5:22) I was one of the only Joy's I knew growing up…

Enjoy Them… Right Now

This morning I woke up early at 5:30am and was just thinking about the kids. With the holidays approaching, there haven't been many quiet moments for me to think, so being up early or staying up late can be precious in having a few minutes of stillness. I was talking with God, thanking Him for…

It Is Well

Being the daughter of a church pianist, I've always had a love for old hymns. Anytime I get to sing one at church or deliberately put one on to listen, I am taken back to my childhood and hearing my mom play the piano. My little girl, Anna, is pictured above with her Annie a…

Farewell Little Raincoat

Cleaning out unused or outgrown clothes from the wardrobe normally gives me a sense of great accomplishment. Not only can the clothes stop taking up valuable space in the wardrobe, but they can be very useful to others and a sense of joy comes through knowing they are going on to new homes. But every…

Remembering The Cost Of Freedom

It was a routinely normal day as I got the children ready for school and headed off. Once parked up, we had our usual chat and prayed together before going to the school gate. There were hugs and then both Anna and Luke walked in with smiles and confidence into school. But they carried with…

Autumnal Glory

It's been a wet and grey week as colder November weather kicks in and the shortened evenings grow dark before dinner time. To contract the grey skies, I love how the deciduous trees truly are shining out their autumnal glory. The bright colours around our neighbourhood are absolutely stunning and it's a reminder of God's…