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5 reflections from my hospital bed

In the last few months I have spent some time in hospital as an inpatient. The first time I was in for just over two weeks in April for my stem cell transplant. The second was for a couple of days or so in June as I had pneumonia. As my immune system was weakened… Continue reading 5 reflections from my hospital bed

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The Mustard Seed Mum: When Mummy’s Sick

I'm not a mummy blogger with Pinterest boards of fun activities to do, Instagram stories of days out with my two little ones or a YouTuber with life advice on how to survive those early months and years. The Mustard Seed Mum is just my corner to reflect on motherhood and share it with anyone… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: When Mummy’s Sick

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The God Who Sees Us

Have you ever felt unnoticed? Me too. In the day-to-day tasks of everyday life, especially in the busyness of being a parent, I have found myself at times wondering if what I do matters. Do I even matter? My thoughts, struggles, frustrations, joys and everything else about me at times feels lost under all the… Continue reading The God Who Sees Us

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Thoughts On Prayer

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire? Corrie ten Boom Prayer is a conversation with God. It's as simple as that. Jesus went to quiet, isolated places to pray to His Father. Many times I find that my most powerful times in conversation with God are when I get to be alone. Through… Continue reading Thoughts On Prayer

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Unemployment – a short devotional 4

I started writing a devotional when I was going through unemployment after university in 2014. It was very challenging for me and I still wrestle with my identity being wrapped up in 'what I do' at times. I had only written it for seven days, but thought I would share it here to maybe encourage someone… Continue reading Unemployment – a short devotional 4

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An interview with Sarah Yardley – Cornwall, Creation Fest and Christianese

Tell us how you came from California to Cornwall! I started coming to the UK in the summer of 2009 and I came over every summer between 2009 and 2014. Over the course of that time I developed some phenomenal relationships, friendships and never envisioned myself living here, but really loved the people. In the… Continue reading An interview with Sarah Yardley – Cornwall, Creation Fest and Christianese

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The Mustard Seed Mum: Mum and Toddler Group

With 'courage' as my #OneWord365 this year, I finally took Jonathan to our first Mum and Toddler group. Since he has been born I have wrestled with anxiety of taking him out places for any length of time. When he was really small, I was scared of him being inconsolable, not knowing how to respond… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: Mum and Toddler Group

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The Pregnant Ninja

It's the first week of my third trimester. The last couple of days has seen this sweet little one wriggling inside me more frequently and more powerfully than I have noticed before. It's entertaining watching the ripples of movement across my bump as Baby Clemence adjusts and explores its current home. I couldn't resist naming… Continue reading The Pregnant Ninja

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The life of a youth work trainee aka ‘Youth Ruth’

'Youth Ruth' was a nickname given to me from some of the youth in my church. There are other Ruth's that make up our congregation (surprise, surprise given the biblical name!), so this was a way to set me apart from the other Ruth's. It also rhymes with 'youth'. Bonus. I'm a youth worker in… Continue reading The life of a youth work trainee aka ‘Youth Ruth’

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Star Wars and an Astronaut

In a galaxy far, far away... or perhaps in the earth's orbit... we have witnessed some space-filled excitement the last few days. Firstly, there is the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the much anticipated seventh film in the series. I admit I own the other six films (they are great!), but I am… Continue reading Star Wars and an Astronaut