Tuesday, 30 May 2006

100 Posts

Well what a way to mark our 100th post! We went for our scan this morning and all is well with little baby Kingsley-smith. We got a whole heap of images, but this one is my favorite - when we arrived the little thing wriggled like crazy which was SO exciting to see. Made me very emotional, and even more in awe of how something so precious can just grow inside of you. How people can doubt God as a creator, and claim this is all an accident is totally beyond me.

I think we'll get the mothers perspective on this soon - we'll be back in for another scan at 20 weeks, at which we get to have it recorded to DVD!

We'll keep you posted as ever.

Monday, 29 May 2006

Much Prayer Needed

OK guys, we need to mobilise the prayers among our readers. Laura found out yesterday that her temp job comes to an end this Thursday. We are living in a flat that is very much dependant on 2 incomes - of course with a baby on the way we have planned to move out before the baby comes, but the sooner the better now that her employment is totally up the creak!

We have 3 months left on our contract, but have asked to be released ASAP so that we can get in to something much much cheaper - i've left this with our landlord, but could really use some prayer that they would have favour on us and let us out.

If you could pray that would be absolutely amazing. We'll keep you posted.

Happy Childhood Memories

As i'm sure many other people my age did, i grew up listening to a fantastic childrens LP called 'All Aboard' and it was truly incredible.

With the emergence of the crappy Kids music that is around now, I've been thinking about this album a lot over the last couple of years, and have searched for it on the internet a couple of times with no success. I have just found it though, and i'm very very very excited! I found it on this blog - go and check it out.

Sunday, 28 May 2006

Laura's 26th Birthday

Just a friendly reminder that it's Laura's birthday in little over 2 weeks... she'll be 26 on the 13th June. Our address is at the top of the page if you want to send her a card :-)

I'm sure she'd like that!

Mothers Update 1

Well, i've made it past the vital twelve week mark, expecting to feel amazing but found myself with my head over the kitchen sink once again! Morning sickness is really a myth, my sickness has not been confined to just mornings, it's been all day - yuk!

We have our second meeting with the midwife tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, followed by our second scan on Wednesday morning. The system works slightly different here so we have a Lead Maternity Carer from now until a month or so after little 'kinglett' is born - we got to choose her, and she is lovely.

The other exciting twist in the tale is that we found out that my sister Lucy is due just a week before us with her 3rd child - any one else want to join the 'baby in december club' ?

There seems to be a large group of us at church that are having babies within a couple of months of each other which is very exciting, and assuring to know that we'll be well supported. There are already SO many kids here at St Paul's, so we'll be adding to what will continue to be a very very 'young' church!

Saturday, 27 May 2006

Cameron Blair - Gifted

Last night, a crowd of us from St Paul's went to watch one of the congregation perform his stand up comdey show as part of the 2006 New Zealand International Comedy Festival.
Cameron is a gifted comedian - we had a lot of clean laughs, and had a really fun night. I think he will be taking this show to the UK next year, so watch this space! Full marks from me!

Friday, 26 May 2006

Kinglett on the way...

Well, the news that we've been sitting on for what seems like an eternity is that we're pregnant, and yes this is the test that Laura took at roughly 8pm on the 7th April 2006.

Laura is 12 weeks pregnant, and we're expecting our little bundle of fun in early December. Of course, it will be born here in New Zealand which will be fun, although slightly strange to have a summer / christmas baby! The 2 don't normally go hand in hand!

Check back soon, for updates from me and from the mother to be :-)

Impressive Technology

So apple have done it again! This time with giants Nike. They have been working together to produce shoes that talk with an iPod Nano, to track your running performance - pure genuis! I wonder if the next step will be that your iPod will be able to tell you if you need the toilet, or weather you have a cold on they way?

Wednesday, 24 May 2006

A course in life

As you know, we've recently launched our new website. One piece of content that i've added today is our promotional video for the Life Course. Laura and I are leading a group on this course, and we're into week 2 to of the 8 week marathon!!!

It's a great course, giving us the chance to meet new people and share our faith over fine food, wine and fun!

Take a look at the video by clicking here if you have quicktime installed. If you don't have quicktime you should download it here, otherwise you can watch the Windows Media version here.

Monday, 22 May 2006

I feel rough...

Well, i figured it would be good to post on a far more regular basis - the last few months we've been terrible! So this morning i am up for our weekly 7:15am prayer meeting, at which i lead worship, and i feel absolutely rough. I think my body is trying to tell me that it is exhausted, so perhaps at some point soon I will stop and try and rest.

For now though, tonight we have Andy & Katherine coming out to stay; they are good friends from Sheffield and were in our small group in our final year there. They recently got married and are on their round the world honeymoon - what fun :-)

I'm sure there will be plenty more for me to post on here over the next couple of days, so i'll keep this short. Speak again soon.

Sunday, 21 May 2006

Been Busy...

Hey Guys... once again, it's been a very busy month or so for us; I've been working on the new St Paul's Website which is now live - you should check it out.

Laura has finished working with the 2 girls, and is now doing some temporary work before we fly back to England at the end of June for a couple of weeks.

We had SOAK at church last night, which went really well - we do it every couple of months, and it's a cool evening of worship and ministry and basically soaking in God's presence. To read a review click here, or view images here.

We'll be in touch again soon, I promise!