Thursday, 22 May 2014

An Amazing Guy !

Last year one of the missionaries who baptised me was sent to 
teach the Gospel in another area.
I was extremely sad to see him go and shed a few tears.
A new missionary came in his place 
(Mormon missionaries are always in a companionship of 2 or 3).
I conceded that although I was sure 'the new guy' 
would be very nice, it just wouldn't be the same. 
Well my goodness, did the new guy not turn out to be 
one of the most amazing young men we have had the pleasure of meeting.

Elder Tinsley became very precious to us,
and in fact was the missionary my daughter asked to baptise her,
just a few months after I was baptised.

Inevitably Elder Tinsley went on to another area too, and we were very sad
to see him go.
In case you don't know, missionaries are just 'ordinary' young men and women
who volunteer themselves to serve on our Lords mission for 2 years.
I cannot imagine how hard it must be to be sent off to a new
country and try and share the Gospel with a somewhat unwilling audience.  

There are 3 missionaries who will forever be in my heart because 
they shared such an intimate part of my life, my journey into 

Elder Craig Butikofer
Who taught me the Gospel and performed my baptism

Elder Spencer McCarthy
Who taught me the Gospel and performed my confirmation

And Elder Joshua Tinsley
Who taught me the Gospel and became such a wonderful and amazing friend to 
all of our family

Our trip to Edinburgh last week was to say goodbye to 
Elder Tinsley, as he is now finished his mission
and its time for him to get back in to normal life.

Thank you SO much for serving a mission Elder Tinsley
The Lord certainly knew what he was doing
when He sent you to teach us.
We will be forever indebted to you, please come back soon

(p.s. yes I did cry a lot, again! lol)


Wednesday, 14 May 2014




Yarn Along


I am currently knitting a snood for myself.
I tried a few patterns out, and ended up not liking them much.
This one, I am making up myself, I am really just keeping my fingers crossed,
since my knitting isnt 100% the best.
The yarn is acrylic (I wouldn't experiment with expensive wool),
and although the picture does not show it too well,
it is white with a sparkle in it. 
I figured the acrylic would be lighter for this time of year anyway.
(they are £1 for 1x50g ball or £2 for 3x50g balls from Poundland 
(they have a few colours, I bought the navy blue sparkly as well)


We are lucky enough to live in a nice little suburb with the beach at the end of our street, lots of little cafes, an Italian ice-cream shop and a castle. 
We are however part of a fairly large working class city
on Scotland's east coast.
I don't think we could live a life any further removed from the life
the Amish community lives.
 I find their whole lifestyle fascinating.
It helps that they live a very Christian life of course,
but that aside, the peaceful simple life still has an amazingly strong draw.
I am enjoying this book, but there is nothing startlingly new in it

If you are interested in the Amish lifestyle this film is good

Joining in with GINNY and friends for Yarn Along


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Weird Weather And Freaky Photos

The missionaries from my CHURCH try their very best to provide service to church members and members or groups of the local community. It is amazing how often people refuse service. I guess it says something about society today, and a general mistrust of people's motives. As for our missionaries, they have dedicated 2 years of their lives to live like Christ, and that includes teaching the Gospel and serving their fellow human beings (with no hidden agenda).
Today I arranged for two missionaries to come to my Mum's house (my Mum is not a member of my church), so they could paint her garden fence for her.

It started off well, with some sunshine and a new headscarf

We left nursery and waited for the bus in the lovely sunshine

For some reason Oscar insisted we both be photographed 
with his empty tube.

The bus ride is about 20 minutes long, and in that time,
it began to rain.

Shortly after we arrived it began to pour with rain, then we had thunder storms
and hail stones, and then more sun and then more thunderstorms.

During the lightning I tried to take some photo's of Oscar and they all turned out like this

By comparison, the one of my Mum was fine

Needles to say, we have had to re-schedule the fence painting, 
and Oscar was pretty sad about it.

This picture was fine, except for the sad face :-)