This is duller than usual…..
Yr2 – Day 302 – Sat 21 july – Elie was zonked all day so we didn’t do a great deal. Phoebe thankfully hadn’t caught the bug she was just being her usual self. The weather is glorious, endless cups of teas, wandering about in the fields, a good day
Yr 2 – Day 303 – Sunday 22 July – We were all at Ballyclaire EPC for the day, and the usual summer preachers were there, I think it’s fair to say they weren’t on the best form but we sang the Eternal God by Andrew King
in the evening , it’s in Praise
but I’d not realise how good it is. All the family were around for lunch which was terrific fun
Yr 2 – Day 304 – Mon 23 July – We started to Potty Training for Phoebe, I’m a broken man! We had cousins round playing with our kids and I feel like I need a holiday from my own children
Yr 2 – Day 305 – Tue 24 July- Day 2 of Potty Training – see yesterday. I bought a new suit! and did get some reading done VanDerGroe on the Heidelberg
Yr 2 – Day 306 – Wed 25 July – We gave up Potty Training and the whole day was infinitely more enjoyable.
Yr 2 – Day 307 – Thur 26 July – A trip to Carnfunnock park in glorious sunshine, all of us caught the sun
Day 308 – Friday 27 July – Noah and I got our haircut, I got the beard trimmed and all for £9. It was a remarkable Turkish barber complete with a naked flame!! I finished volume 1 of VanDerGroe
Day 309 – Sat 28 July – Did very little apart from going out with Claire’s siblings and wives for a meal which was great fun
Day 310 – Sun 29 July – Rev Roger back and on both ends of the day, Phoebe sick again in the morning so Claire didn’t get out but much better the rest of the day
Day 311 – Mon 30 July – I went with the brother in law up to the wedding venue, Drumrea Presbyterian, it’s a new build but like an American church in the middle of Northern Irish countryside. Brilliant curved wooden cushioned pews that I suspect cost an arm and a leg. In the evening we were out for dinner at one of the elders in the EPC. Tim Trumper and his wife were over from the US, Tim is an old friend of our family who was in university with brother Dave, so we had a great evening with them.
Day 312 -Tuesday 31 July – A doing nothing day and getting ready for the wedding tomorrow.
Day 313 Wed 1 Aug – Wedding Day – The men of the family were out for an ulster fry. Andy Claire’s younger brother was marrying Tiffany and Phoebe gave a cracking performance in the morning. It’s hard to imagine it being more stressful. I had to take her to the ministers house to get a bath as Claire was playing the piano. The minister Richard Murray spoke very well indeed and it was a great day. Phoebe improved and we lasted till the start of the evening do
Day 314 – Thur 2 Aug – We chilled out all day, a trip to the park and then Andrew and Deborah Johnston came round in the evening, he was in the youth group when I was running it at Grove Chapel so it’s always a joy to see him going on.
Day 315 – Fri 3 Aug – I managed to finish volume 2 of VanderGroe on the Heidelberg, it’s a terrific piece of work even if it is a trudge. In the evening I went with my father in law out for dinner with some folk from the denomination and then on to a Public Lecture. Esmond Burnie was launching his book on Thomas Chalmers, he gave a really fascinating lecture looking at Chalmers Preaching and economics. I think the book will be more dour but the lecture was helpful. DG Hart then spoke on Machen and Politics, he’s an interesting speaker, a bit rambly and firm 2 Kingdom theology. The lecture was ok but it all unravelled in the question and answer session afterwards on how 2 kingdoms actually deals with real life today. Esmond Burnie had some excellent points in the Q&A on Christians and wealth. It was nice to meet Paul Helm and Harrison Perkins who’s about to go on staff at LCPC.
Day 316 – Saturday 4 Aug – Yet again did very little
Day 317 Sun 5 Aug – We were at Knock EPC for the day with Claire’s oldest brother and family, Phoebe not great on the journey again but ok. Robert Johnston is doing a terrific work and the congregation is growing. Out to Stormont in the afternoon throwing a rugby ball around.
Day 318 Mon 6 Aug – First day of Knock EPC holiday bible club which our kids loved and I got a few hours to myself. Curry with the inlaws and a good film
Day 319 – Tue 7 Aug – Back to Knock to take the kids and then friends of ours brought a meal round which was a delight.
Day 320 Wed 8 aug – Last full day of hols and trips to the park and holiday club, I settled my debts at the Evangelical Bookshop which becomes an annual affair even managing to leave the shop without buying anything else. Claire’s middle brother and the family were around for the evening.
Day 321 – Thu 9 Aug – We flew out of Belfast at lunchtime and were back home about 5, Noah and Ellie have stayed on for another week, so it’s just the 3 of us.
Day 322 – Fri 10 Aug – I’m going to try getting up earlier which should mean that I can get a few undistracted hours and finish a bit earlier. I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep it up but I think I need to change a bit how I’m working. Jess popped in to catch up on some letters and I saw Alun Eb at Earls Court before tea.
Day 323 – Sat 11 Aug – Some reading in the morning and then I was off the rest of the day, there was a fair bit to do around the house.
Day 324 – Sun 12 Aug – Chris Roberts made a strong start on Malachi 1 – really helpful on election. I was baptising one of our missionaries children and tried to speak on the responsibilities of baptism . Really good to have visitors and I was surprised how full we were both morning and night. Graham had got hold of a copy of Cruden’s Concordance from 1817, which is a delightful gift.
Arthur Keefer preached for us in the evening in Hebrews 1, he’s Assistant Chaplain at Eton, he had some great thoughts and an absolutely magnificent voice! It was lovely to be back.
Day 325 – Mon 13 Aug – I have the talks to prep for the Swansea camp and I’m speaking Friday night of Aber conference
which I’m dreading. I did a couple of Pastoral visits in the afternoon, then a Deacons meeting in the night which was good, lots of needs. Gethin was staying at ours on his way to the UFM conference so it was a late one.