A personal Christmas message and seasonal greeting…..

This post is predominantly for anyone who in the run up to Christmas does what I just did and trys to google for an old friend. I found his website and dropped him an email. So anyone who actually knows us and stumbles across this site here is my news! Some of this may be of interest to a few of my regular readers, but if not I apologise!The run up to this Christmas seems even busier than usual. We have had builders in the loft and utility room in the last couple of weeks and the good news is … [Read more...]

What are the most important things in life?

Its the end of a busy week of giving oneself to work. I hope thats the kind of week you have had- its certainly the kind I have! I really do believe that work is important to us, its just not the most important thing in life.This morning I asked my eldest, Tamasin what is most important in life. We agreed very quickly on a simple set of priorities: God, family, church. Work is definitely a poor 4thAs a veteran bridesmaid (2 weddings and counting, requests for more gratefully received!) … [Read more...]

My gorgeous wife- this graphic was a rare forray of mine into being artistic using our scrapbooking software  … [Read more...]


Out of the mouthes….

Tamasin on sunday interupted Colins joke- he said 'Why did the dinosaur cross the road?' Up shot her hand and she said 'Because it wanted to crush the cars!' … [Read more...]

Out of the mouths of babes…

Life is so simple for a five year old boy. My son Henry quite seriously stated to me the other day that I was the strongest person in the whole world except for God.Wheter that has anything to do with the fact that I am the only one he is allowed to play fight (perhaps Dad is the only one strong enough to take his ever harder punches!)But I guess I am the protector to him, and he quite clearly still idolises me. It wont last long judging from his seven year old sister Tamasins reaction to … [Read more...]

Out of the mouths of babes….

Tamasin has been a realy cutey today. Andrée was playing piano and getting frustrated at how a particular aspect was difficult. Tamasin patted her on the shoulder and said 'Its such a shame mummy, you havent anyone here to help you with your piano- you help me but no one helps you.'Then this evening, I asked her to tell ME a bible story. She switched out the light and begun very seriously 'Once it was all dark. Then God was fed up. Because he didnt have anyone to talk to he decided to make … [Read more...]

The Lord of the Rings – Return of the King

Having allowed my whole family to watch the new Lord of the Rings film I asked Henry, What did you learn from the Lord of the rings?Henry's answer- 'Not to go out on my own'Well, I guess thats one function of letting kids see depictions of evil! Of course the other is to instill in them the age old story of the fight of good versus evil.Many seem to learn more expicitly Christian messages from the film, such as for example Nick: "Does Lord of the Rings reflect Christian values? I think … [Read more...]

Counting blessings combats holiday blues, studies show

Being grateful is good for you. 'What are you greatful for?' asks mamamusingsWhere to start? Thank you God for my lovely wife Andrée Warnock (who was born Andrée Hamer) who puts up with far more than any woman should have to, and who is the best person I have met in the whole world. Also, for four wonderful kids who love me to death and make me so proud (Henry singing at the church party and Joel shuffling along the furniture both did me in!!For extended family, for friends- esp Ant who I … [Read more...]

Christmas through the eyes of a 4 year old boy

Henry was asked today by me to tell the Xmas story. He was asked what happened to Mary and Joseph. He answered 'Mary died and so did Joseph but Jesus didnt' … [Read more...]

From the mouths of babes and infants…..

"Never trust a dog to watch your food" Patrick, age 10"When your dad is mad and asks you, 'Do I look stupid?' don't answer" Hannah, 9"Never tell your mom her diet's not working" Michael, 14"When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair" Taylia,>10"Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a Tic-Tac" * Andrew, 9 "Never hold a dustbuster and a cat at the same time" * Kyoyo, 9"You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk" * Armir, 9"Don't wear … [Read more...]