Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Just Catching Up

Keeping in touch with old friends is not always possible. And you were my closest friend for so many years, yes, hi Jane. It’s been far too long since we were together. Then again likely as not it’ll be a way long time before we meet up again, so maybe I can play catch up with this little letter. Hey do you like Mel’s artwork? Inspired by an old photo of you and the girls walking through a forest somewhere. Probably the Lake District, though I have no real idea. You know where it is I’m sure. Anyway she’s taken to writing folk songs and this is her latest album cover. One track is all about Ruth’s hen party. Sorry you missed that, but the girls all had a great time as they hired a barge for a trip down the canal. The themed wedding was fabulous, totally Ruth and Dan. Nowhere near a church though as they used Midland Railway Centre with the reception on a steam train. You’d have loved it all. A very special day. But one of the album tracks is all about you. It’s called Still Here, which we all are. It’s just you that’s moved on. It makes me cry. A lot. So I have to ration my listening.

Before I forget, James has a full time job now. He loves it! Working in an office really suits him. And he even shares the household bills, which means I get to save for some of the bigger work still needed on the house. I got a new driveway so that’s a good start. Ok, I also get to go visit campsites whenever I want as well! Then it was Digory’s birthday last week, he was 4 and he’s still a lively little chap. But it's weird that he starts school in only a month’s time. I’ve got this crazy thing going with him and Nina, I get them looking for elephants and giraffes hiding in people’s gardens! But they aren’t so sure about the invisible lion under the kitchen table… or the orang-utan playing on the tyre swing.

Just had a lovely day with Bec and the girls on one of my walks around Kedleston. Their house is in a mess as they’re having a new kitchen fitted. So I get them for a few hours and we watch the Olympics together as well. You might not believe me when I say I’m really getting into it this time around. I suppose my favourite is the cycling. I watched a road race last week which lasted for maybe half a day. Amazing stuff. We didn’t win that one though. And I just had a smile with Google’s search page as they have a little hurdle game running there. I was rubbish!

There’s loads more I could say, maybe another time and I’ve no idea how to get even these few words to you, but I guess the Lord can sort that one out. And I’m not expecting a reply any time soon either so I just need to say I love you and I miss you so very much though I’m trying very hard if somewhat unsuccessfully to let you go as well. I know we’ll meet again one day, but in the meantime I have to move on. Please pray for me…

Isaiah 43:18-19 ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing!’ (NIV)

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