So after an 8-hour drive (roadworks), I got home to a plethora of smiles and hugs yesterday. I had a great week in Keswick. It was my first time at the convention and I am a real fan of the whole concept. I really appreciate how they don’t have pre-registration or charges, just an indication of costs for the sake of the collections. I really appreciated hearing some excellent preaching, including multiple references to ministry in Wiltshire – the morning Bible readings were by Paul Mallard who used to be at Ladyfield in Chippenham.
Speaking of which, we move in 48 hours. Today I need to get stuff down from the loft, disassemble the play structure, get a few other things organised, then I am up in St Albans for a preaching seminar tonight. Tomorrow morning the packers come in and pack and load. Meanwhile I am preaching at Oakhall. Monday morning we head off to Chippenham. I’ll be taking Mariah and Joel early, as I need to meet the agent at 9:30. The little people will head off to my parent’s house (that is, my parents will take them there), then they’ll return later in the day, hopefully to a house filled with our things ready to unpack.
Please pray for the move to go well. We aren’t particularly stressed about everything, but we know we need God to superintend the move – for the travel to be safe, for things to be done at the right time, for the removal company to do a good job, for everything to make it without damage, for the emotions leaving this home after more than four years, etc. Thanks for praying for us in what should, by human expectations, be a manic weekend. We hope it will be a blessed time as a family.