A long time coming

Dear Friends,

My deep­est apolo­gies for leav­ing it so long between updates. I’d love to tell you I’ve been so busy that I haven’t sat down at my com­put­er over the past month, but that would be a lie. I have spent many hours on my com­put­er, espe­cial­ly in my exam prepa­ra­tion. I think the real rea­son I haven’t writ­ten is just that I haven’t been in the men­tal mind­set for reflec­tion, so I’m sor­ry to leave you out of the loop.

There have been some events since I last updat­ed you all:

-I’ve been to South Australia twice — once for a wed­ding in Adelaide and once for a GP train­ing con­fer­ence in Whyalla. Both were too short but very valu­able times of catch­ing up with friends and recon­nect­ing with those sup­port­ing our train­ing.

-On our dri­ve back from Adelaide we were the first on the scene to a car acci­dent. Thankfully every­one was ok, but it was a priv­i­lege to be able to help out. One of the ladies involved was so grate­ful that God had pro­vid­ed a doc­tor and a min­is­ter-in-train­ing (the eas­i­est way to describe Chris in that sit­u­a­tion) to be there and it was great to be able to pray with her before the emer­gency ser­vices arrived to get her out of the car. It was a great exam­ple of God’s per­fect tim­ing despite an awful sit­u­a­tion, and encour­ag­ing to see a small exam­ple of how God can use us togeth­er and His work in car­ing for His peo­ple.

-We have both fin­ished up a num­ber of assign­ments, as well as class­es for the semes­ter. We can hard­ly believe that we are already through half of the col­lege year, it has real­ly flown by! We are so grate­ful though for all the learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties we have had and are look­ing for­ward to the rest of the year, but maybe not so much to our exams next week!

-I have decid­ed to go full-time at col­lege next semes­ter. Most of you will know that I have been doing 3 sub­jects (instead of the full-time 4) this semes­ter in order to be able to do locum work one day per week. Unfortunately I have had a lot of dif­fi­cul­ty get­ting work. Chris and I have been pray­ing about it, and we have been able to re-arrange finances such that the pres­sure for income is less urgent, praise God! We have decid­ed that it would be best for me to do a full-load next semes­ter leav­ing only one sub­ject to com­plete next year, that way it will be eas­i­er for me to work full-time next year as I con­tin­ue GP train­ing.

-It’s now only a week until we fly away! We have been plan­ning for quite some time now to make the most of our time at col­lege by doing a ref­or­ma­tion tour in Germany. Unfortunately we couldn’t afford the col­lege ref­or­ma­tion tour, how­ev­er we are excit­ed to have been able to cash in our fre­quent fly­er points and we will be spend­ing the win­ter break in Europe! We are going to do our own ref­or­ma­tion tour of Germany and Switzerland and then spend some time in the UK with my par­ents and have a short beach hol­i­day in Malaysia at the end. It’s all booked now and we are excit­ed about the oppor­tu­ni­ty to sup­ple­ment our short time at col­lege in this way. It’s also going to be great to get away from life and reflect on our first semes­ter togeth­er.

-I have start­ed knit­ting again. A lady at church has start­ed a knit­ting group in the local area which I have decid­ed to join. When we were in Adelaide on the first trip back I col­lect­ed my knit­ting gear from our garage (what a trea­sure-trove!) and have been able to get back into it. I’ve made a few ‘inter­est­ing’ bean­ies so far, but hope­ful­ly the more I do the bet­ter I’ll get. I’ve got a half-fin­ished cable kids jumper that I start­ed in like 2004 which I need to get back to, so plen­ty to do.

-I now drink tea. This isn’t real­ly a change since my last post, but more since our move to Melbourne. I first drank it when I was offered a cup of tea and didn’t want to be rude and say no, but actu­al­ly quite enjoyed it. So, now I hap­pi­ly drink white tea with one sug­ar (ok I know, you shouldn’t have sug­ar in tea, but I’m just start­ing ok!). My pre­ferred tea is Earl Grey but I’ll have eng­lish break­fast when it’s made well. I’m not real­ly a fan of the basic black tea but I’m hope­ful that my taste­buds will serve me well. Oh, and for those of you who may be con­cerned, I still pre­fer cof­fee!!

Well that’s prob­a­bly enough for today. Thankyou all for your won­der­ful ongo­ing sup­port and prayers over this last 6 months, even when I haven’t been very good with updates. We real­ly appre­ci­ate your part­ner­ship with us and it’s been great to hear how many peo­ple have been want­i­ng a blog update!

Please praise God with us for:
-A won­der­ful first semes­ter at col­lege
-Provision for me to be able to do full time study next semes­ter
-The oppor­tu­ni­ty to do our own ref­or­ma­tion tour

Please pray with us for:
-Grace and love for each oth­er and our friends (espe­cial­ly house­mates!) as we face a busy week of exams next week
-Clarity, guid­ance and oppor­tu­ni­ties as I begin seek­ing out work for next year
-Ongoing growth in the Lord.

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