40 Acts – Day 9 – Get Together

It’s simple. Invite your friends over, order a curry and spend an evening catching up. I like this one. This one I can do. Yesterday I planned to go and visit my friend. I’m not a social butterfly at the best of times. And prefer my little collection of online friends via Facebook. Lets face it… It costs less. I …

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40 Acts – Day 8 – Cross A Generation

Think about someone from a different generation – at your work, church or community group – who you can get to know more. Start initiating conversation; ask them what they are up to, and what their current projects or ambitions are. Find out if you could help them in some way, whether financially, through giving your time, or simply by …

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The MADS Blog Awards 2013

Thank you to everyone who nominated my blog for an award. It’s quite exciting really. But there’s quite a few nominated for the category “Best New Blog” which is the one I really wanted to win. Not for the prize – but for the appreciation of my blog. From what I understand the judges have to cut the list down …

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Cuddles

As a Grand-Daughter, Daughter, Sister, girlfriend and Mother I know the importance of a cuddle. Cuddles vary. They mean different things depending on who they are between. My Grandad tends to squeeze really hard. “I’m never letting you escape my prickly beard”. My Mum tends to be gentle and warm. “I’ll always be here”. My brother squirms away. “I’m too …

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I Made It

Happy 2 Weeks P2! I can’t believe how quickly the time is going. One minute I’m in hospital staring down at my minute old baby girl… Then I blink and she’s two weeks old!! Today was my second day of having the girls on my own. A week since I had my major breakdown day and felt like a failure …

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My Beautiful OH

I was really quite nervous about how my OH would be with P2. I’d had such a rough time with P1s biological father. My OH is an amazing Dad to P1 but it still made me nervous about how he’d be with sleepless nights and dirty bottoms. Leading up to the birth we probably spent a lot of time wanting …

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40 Acts – Day 7 – Visit Your Local

Look for ways to support the local community beyond your church walls. Take time to visit your local pub with family or a group from your church. Who is there? What does it tell you about your community? Is this a threshold you should be crossing over more often? For more ideas, visit the pubchurch website and read about the …

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Weight Gain Weight Loss

We just had our first visit from the Health Visitor. I always worry about being judged by health visitors or midwives because they know everything thanks to my past with my biological father and P1s biological father. As expected – they both came up in conversation pretty quick. Making sure I had no contact with either – no issue there! …

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40 Acts – Day 6 – Be A Mentor

Consider becoming a mentor to a younger person. Perhaps someone at your church, at your work or a family member or a friend. It could catch on and span generations. The word mentor means an advisor. Or to advise or train. This is going to be a tricky one because I’m constantly at home. My mum told me to teach …

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I Feel Like Super Mum

At 8:45am P2 hadn’t demanded her “breakfast” feed and we needed to leave by 9am. So I poked and prodded – changed her bum and clothes. It didn’t go down too well with her as you can see from the photo. I made a “To Do List” last night of all the things I need to do. I made a …

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40 Acts – Day 5 – Read The Local News

It’s simple. Pick up the newspaper from the doormat. Make yourself a mug of tea. Slowly read the paper. Each time it mentions a person or a street, lift them up before God and ask for his blessing. Don’t miss out on the adverts, especially if they are about local businesses. Then look for the names of the editor and …

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A Day Of Rest

There will be no 40 Acts post today as it’s a day of rest. I’m resting in every way possible today! Slowly but surely I’m getting used to the demands of my beautiful newborn. I never had P1 at home when she was this young and the whole process with P2 has been like a whole new journey. Like I’ve …

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It’s Alive

After refreshing the Apple website several hundred times last night – an appointment came up for the Geniusbar. It was about 6:15 and the appointment was for 7:20. In a mad rush which is hard with a breastfed baby my OH drove us up to the nearest Apple store. We spent 20minutes hanging about, then another 20minutes waiting to be …

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40 Acts – Day 4 – Get Uncomfortable

So I challenge you to step up and step out of your comfort zone; tell a mate about your faith, apologise, share your lunch, write to your parents, pray dangerously, maybe even throw a banquet… Go, be brave today, God is with you. Today’s task was about doing something out of your comfort zone. It was quite hard to think …

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Devastation

You don’t realise just how much you rely on something until it’s gone. My mum had the day off yesterday purposely to make P1 feel special and take her out. I decided to go along with them with P2 as our first official outing. We went to the local indoor play area Tumbletown. P1 really loves this place. She’s always …

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40 Acts – Day 3 – Make A List

Somebody once said to me, “The way to find out how much you love something or somebody is to imagine it gone forever.” Make a list of those things that you have to be thankful for and then take some time today to let someone know that you appreciate them. Make a phone call, write a letter, email – or …

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40 Acts – Day 2 – Love

(I missed the first day as I only decided to join this right before bedtime) ‘Clothe yourself’ with love today. Think of something you can do or make that will make another person feel especially loved. I’ve sat thinking about the things I can do for this one. Mixed with recovering its been quite hard to decide on something as …

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Feeling The Strain

Yesterday was a really low day for me. I never ever thought it would be this hard for P1 to adjust to a new sibling. For me to adjust to having two children. The day started really good. Shockingly good actually. We’d had an ok night with P2 so I made the effort to get up and make my OHs …

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Valentines Day Delights

A little update on the Lent situation… I’ve decided to join in with the 40 Acts and will be posting daily with my progress. Happy Valentines Day! Valentines Day since 2007 has been a bad day of the year. One I tend to brush under the nearest mat. A very commercialised event. 14th February 2007 our 9month old Whippet puppy …

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