Jobless

Mrs DHG, that is.
Her head teacher turned up on our doorstep at 9.40 yesterday evening to deliver the dreaded brown envelope.
9.40!
a Friday evening!
At home!

Redundant from the end of August.

The words are ringing round our heads at the moment.
Why us?
What does it mean?
Is there a chance of a reprieve?
Where is God in it all?

It’s too early to know what the outcome will be – there’s a final hearing in a couple of weeks where Mrs DHG can make comments and ask for other things to be considered – but I suspect it’s a done deal. It’s simply a case of there being too few children in the catchment of the school, and too many teachers able to teach science.

I’m sure God has a plan – and most likely (definitely?) something even better – for her and us – it’s just difficult to make any sense of it at the moment.

So we’d appreciate your prayers for us over the next weeks and months, as we seek to find God’s will for us. And your prayers for Mrs DHG as she battles with feelings of inadequacy and lack of confidence.

Thanks.

A week in the North York Moors

Here are a selection of photos from our week away in the North York Moors National Park.
We stayed in a huge house and met up with good friends and their 3 boys aged 7, 6 and 4. As you can imagine, chaos reigned until around 8 every evening… but it was great fun and something we’d definitely do again!


Cuthbert running to see the lifeboat at Runswick Bay…


Cuthbert spinning at the excellent playpark in Danby


Dibble climbing the cargo net – “I did it! Oh yeh!”


Is it the Polar Express? Or the Hogwarts Express, perhaps?
Sadly not, but almost as exciting!


Dibble throwing stones into the wee moorland beck


Running through the ‘tube’, as it became known!


Looking south from Scarborough Castle on the bleakest day of April!
It really was cold!


Roly poly down the banks at Scarborough Castle proved to be a major hit!
What more do 6 boys need than a grassy bank?


Whitby piers

McGrew and Dibble trying to get soaked by the waves (and succeeding spectacularly!)


Cuthbert and Dibble waiting excitedly for the steam train at Goathland