Forgive me father, for I have sinned…

…it has been nearly 5 months since my last confession.


Wow definitely over 4 months and now into May, where has the time gone?


Well let me give you a run down of some of the past 4 months in summary, then we’ll go from there.

January: We have some friends that are on Express Purpose a 3 weekend training/discipleship/leadership course that helps people in our movement to progress with their vision to lead ministries especially Church Planting and Pastoring, so we had their kids from Friday night to Sun. That was closely followed by our Day in Court. 

Girly Girl and Wee Man are officially legally and forever Abbotts, and we have the paperwork. That was a very emotional day for all of us, and one that will be celebrated for years to come.

February: was a good month as well. Yve celebrated her 40th Birthday and despite being very cagey and evasive I managed to co-ordinate not only a surprise gathering of friends at our house to welcome Yve home from a birthday shopping trip in Nottingham, couple that with the lies that we had spin to get Sister Lesley, Mum Simpson and all 3 nieces and nephews down from Aberdeen to join in. They then stayed for a few days and I also managed to get Yve off for a few days to spend with the family. So I think I did alright in the end. Almost forgot, I went back to work, Part Time 2 days in the office and another day effective fudged from home to work, gives good balance with Yve’s days off.

March: has been fairly uneventful, well when I say uneventful, when you go from Adoption Leave back to work, it plays havoc with the schedule for the whole family, so we had our moments, as we all try and re-adjust between me working long days, still off the days Yve is working, shopping in the middle of all that, housework. What are your finances like, knowing what you have now going forward as well as what Child Benefit, Tax Credit, Adoption Financial Support are you entitled to, should/can claim for etc. Fun Fun Fun. Thankfully we have a Welfare officer that we can chat with and they help us work through the minefield, so praise God for that.

April: things have settled down and we are now more into a routine again, with working patterns, all the financials are getting sorted as well which really helps us all feel a bit easier, we can budget and for like since I care to remember we might be able to save!  The other event in April was not in our family, my Dad who has been studying for no other reason than he can and wanted to has graduated, not just a Degree but more than that he is now Father Abbott Senior BSC Hons.  Lovely day my Dad had with my 2 brothers who were able to stand by his side, so proud of him.  We were there in spirit.  Well Done Dad.

So summary perhaps not but that is where we have been for the last few months, perhaps that explains my absence and yet I have had time and thoughts to share, just not feel I have had the time or the energy, I do have 2 demanding kids after all.

I will be back soon.

Bless You My Son, you are Forgiven.