At the beginning of the year I set myself three challenges and broke those down into mostly measurable goals (take a look at my New Year Resolutions for 2019).

The challenges were to Read More, Write More and Play More. It’s hard to believe we’re already over two thirds through February, so it’s about time I gave you an update.


It seems so long ago now that we were on the move again, back in September. This is a post I started back then and kept trying to finish, but never quite got a round to, but it’s still something that I want to share.

This last move wasn’t quite so far, or so stressful. Having taken some time to settle back into a reasonably familiar area, we were ready to go back to a more rural setting. It wasn’t that we were living in a city, or anything, but living in Cornwall for so long changed our perspective so much.

Unlike the move from Cornwall we gave ourselves a bit more time and were able to think and plan a little more carefully about where we wanted to go and what we wanted take with us.


Taking down the Christmas decorations is hard. We took all ours down on Sunday. They’ve been up from the beginning of December and we didn’t feel we could push them any further. It doesn’t matter that the tree is starting to drop more and more needles, it was still hard to say goodbye.

Compared to putting the decorations up, taking them down is a much easier job, but the emotional incentive just isn’t there. The decorations represent good things, and taking them down means the end of those good things!


Looking back it’s clear to see that 2018 has been a great year for me and for us as a family. There’s lots to be thankful for and still lots to look forward to in 2019!

It’s traditional at this time to set yourself some goals for the year ahead. So here are mine.

This year I want to Read More, Write More and Play More.


Some of you might remember that I started doing the Bible in a Year this year. I’ll forgive you for forgetting/missing it. The last time I mentioned it was back in May, but now I finally got around to writing an update for the blog!

Anyway, I made it! By the time the year is through I will have read every word in the Bible for the very first time in my life! I can honestly say that it has been life changing!

It’s been so good that I’m going to do it again in 2019. I’ve been able to read the New Testament in the light of the whole Old Testament, now I want to read the Old Testament again in the light of the whole narrative.