Friday, 22 April 2016

I do care really!

My first blog, and I should probably start with an explanation. I hope the 'I don't care' title grabbed your attention, and it is true - well not in the official jargon sense anyway. Proper terminology can be useful to convey a message, but it can also give a very wrong impression or a picture that is far removed from the intention.

Kay, my wife of more than 20 years is 'disabled'. This comes as no surprise to me, and we don't need to use the word except on official documents or when a shorthand explanation is required. Indeed before she agreed to marry me, she made me sit down and listen very carefully as she explained in graphic detail what the likely progression of her conditions would be. So I'm neither surprised nor in denial.

I am primarily a husband who happily made promises when we married. Those promises were of course mutual, although it should be said that at the time, the worldly goods that Kay endowed me with consisted of a cordless electric drill and an ageing Astra estate car.

Anyway, back to the point about jargon. I am officially categorised as Kay's 'carer', or more currently her 'personal assistant'. (PC jargon changes with the seasons). Labels are certainly sometimes helpful, but this makes our relationship sound like a rather dry and humourless transaction, a chore or a burden - which it never has been. 'Carer' seems to me to bring with it various unhelpful implications, so I can confirm that it is only in the jargon sense that I don't care - I just happily do what we both agree would be helpful, not because I'm designated as a 'carer' but because nothing could be more normal!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

A New Name & A New Owner

Having said to Steve a while ago that he should blog - he has finally decided to go for it.
So, I am in the process of handing the site over to him so he can share his own unique wisdom and fun with the world!

Our work has changed beyond recognition in the last few months, meaning the old ministry blog was becoming a little redundant. I'm hoping the new Blog of Steve will be far more informative and fun. (How could it not be with Steve in charge!)

We're still doing children's work and still refer to ourselves as children's evangelists. You can access our diary via my work site - the link is on the right hand sidebar.

We decided to leave all the old ministry blog posts - just for history and information :o)

Meanwhile, I'm blogging over at the 'Pondering Platypuss' and 'The Non-Work Blog' and expecting regular cries of "Kay, how do I..... (Insert any technical blog related question here)" from the other side of the room.


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Christmas News Letter

For some of our friends this year, wishing them a happy Christmas seems insensitive, and the phrase ‘seasons greetings’ always seems a little bland. So we will instead pray that God would bless you all as we celebrate the Birth of Jesus - and that you would find Him to be all that you need during this season.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Latest update

Thanks to everyone who has been praying.
We still haven't heard back from the DWP about moving to PIP.

We managed to get some help filling in the forms - which was a small miracle in itself. We manage to get the forms in with a couple of days to spare, and within a week had a phone call to ask if they could do a home assessment. This was a nerve wracking experience - but I had a nice assessor, who didn't seem to mind that the house was a building site! That was nearly three weeks ago and we're still waiting to hear if the application has been successful. Maybe this week? Or the week after? We don't know.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Prayer Update - We could do with some!

We have a lot going on at the minute.

The view from our
kitchen door today
We have the builders in - we’ve scrimped and saved for many years, and managed to get a gift towards some much needed building work to make our house more accessible for Kay - this includes a downstairs accessible shower/loo, and a new kitchen more suitable to Kay’s needs (Mind you - it was an original 1960’s blue tiled monstrosity!)

Monday, 17 August 2015

Camps Are Over....

Well, the camps are over for another year....
So much hard work before the camps, all gone in such a short space of time!

Friday, 15 May 2015

We Were Going To be So Good...

We were going to update before and after Spring Harvest - but time ran away again!

We were due to do Minehead 2 and Skegness for Spring Harvest, but due to the wife of one of our colleagues breaking her wrist and a bit of reshuffling, we ended up doing Minehead 1 and 2 followed by Skegness.