Tuesday, 9 August 2016

We're Moving...

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This is a hard blog post to write. This blog us chock full of my happiest memories in Nantwich. This though, is the post where I have to tell you all of that is about to change, Because we're moving. To Liverpool, somewhere a lot of my family never thought we'd live. You see our family are very much the country folk, but now we're going to live in a city, with no garden.
My Dad was losing his job in Crewe which he's had for as long as I can remember. They're cutting that bit of the company out, so a lot of his colleagues are losing they're jobs too. Right at that time, one of the guys from Elim contacted Dad to tell him there was a church in Liverpool that needed a pastor. He didn't know that Dad was losing his job. Also at this time our church got back the canteen in which had been used as a cafe and owned by a separate company . The church is going to use this now as an outreach cafe. It's going to be really awesome and my parents really wanted to be involved in this (at this point none of us kids knew what was going on!) Then, one lovely Sunday evening after our youth group BBQ, my parents decided to tell us that we might be leaving. It was quite a big 'might' at that point because my Dad still wanted to be part of the cafe but new that the church in Liverpool was a very obvious option. There were a lot of tears that night (mainly from me and Mum), mainly because I realised that the Liverpool thing really did seem like the thing that was going to happen.
On Sunday we told the church. A few people already knew, but the majority of people didn't, and for some it was a big shock, but for others they worked out that something was going on. (I have no idea how!)

What about me, you ask? Well, it's hard. It's going to hurt so much leaving my beautiful home, that I've known for basically all of my life, and go to a place that I feel I'll never feel at home in. I've been trying to tell myself that its going to be great, that it'll be a challenge but a great one. Other people keep telling me that too, but that doesn't make it any easier. Especially as I'm going to be commuting almost everyday back to Nantwich to go to college. I mean, how much time will I actually spend in Liverpool?
It's so obvious that it's God's plan though. The church (and house that comes with it) is crying out for some TLC and I know that our family has been so much bathed in that for 14 years and is ready to go out and share it. It's probably going to be the hardest thing I've ever done, but I'm gonna do it, and it'll be okay in the end.

Thanks for reading. If you're a prayer, please pray for us as we pack up the many (many) things in our house and as we prepare to leave our Oasis into our new life. xxx

Monday, 18 July 2016

July 2016 Update

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It's Summer!! I'm sat, sweating in my garden right now, and although it sounds gross, it's also lovely. We've finally broken up from school, and have all the free time in the world. It's been a lovely month so far, although it has wizzed by. It seems like just yesterday that I was fretting about getting my work experience at PlayWorld sorted, and now this time next week I will actually be working (and sweating my face off too probably!).

At the start of the month we went on a walk around the canal in Nantwich, which in all honesty, I've never been round before and it is lovely. We went with Lucy (Joel's girlfriend) and not Joel because he was at an evening church service. It was really nice to just talk with her, and we talked about how she could one day be our sister-in-law.



Later in the week we played a few games to finish off the school term (homeschool perks. man I'm gonna miss them!) and we played bananarama, which is kind of a crazy game but really fun.


Ellie only ended up with 1 banana left, whereas I had loads!


Last week, my and my beautiful best friend (and her very generous family) went to Center Parcs. It was a lovely relaxing week, which I really needed. We spent the week swimming, cycling and watching a lot of F.R.I.E.N.D.S! 





You'd think I'm the crazy one from these pictures, which is normally the case, but she can be too!!

I've also finally finished this drawing and colouring, both which took me forever!!



I'm going to leave you with this picture of Chip hanging a bag from his foot in the sun and say thank you for reading. See you later on and enjoy the sunny months!!


P.S my opinions on Pokemon GO are, well, I don't agree with it, and people need to stop obsessing.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

My Last Day of Home-school...

Posted by Abigail Hampton at 12:31 0 comments

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Yep, you read right, after 10 years of homeschooling, today is my last day of it. It seems kind of crazy to me and I know I'm really gonna miss it. There's so much freedom here and I can learn what I want to learn (with all the mandatory stuff as well!). I can do school in my pajamas and rock up at like 10, but as soon as I go to college I'll have to get dressed every day and get up at like 7! I know that's pathetic but I'm really gonna miss all the perks of being a homeschooler.  Also when I go to college, my bus won't get back until half 5! I'm literally gonna miss out on all of my life!!
Now guys, don't get the wrong idea about this, I'm super excited to go to college. I'm excited to feel like I'm actually doing something! I'm excited to meet new people (but kinda nervous too!) and discover more about myself as I step out into the world.
I feel ready. Ready to be pushed and challenged. Ready to see what's in store for the next part of my life, and ready to see what God is planning.
Right now I actually have no idea what I'm going to be doing on a daily basis, all I know is that I'm doing a Baking and Patisserie course and Maths and English GCSE's. I believe my induction day is in July sometime, but I'll update when that happens.
Meanwhile whilst I'm waiting for college to start, I need to get some work experience. Yesterday I walked over to Playworld (in the pouring rain!), which is a soft play centre that offers food, and asked if I could work with them during the summer and the lady said it probably wouldn't be a problem and that she'd call me. I haven't heard anything yet, but fingers crossed (or prayers, haha!)! That really would be the easiest to get to because I hate cycling and Nantwich is kind of far to walk to and from each day, with working in between! Seeing as we're not going on holiday this summer, it seems the perfect time to get some experience, especially as I need some before I start college.

So here's to the next chapter of my, and all those out there starting college this year's life's, because guys, this is about to get really good!

Monday, 20 June 2016

5 Random Little Things I Love.

Posted by Abigail Hampton at 13:36 0 comments

  1. Long Car Journeys. There's just something so great about sitting in the car for a long time, staring out of the window and stopping at service stations (though I hate the loos!).
  2. Drawing Characters/Themes From Movies and listening to the movie score whilst doing it.
  3. Cleaning and Belting My Heart Out to my favourite songs.
  4. Getting Completely Lost in Books.
  5. Writing this Blog. Over the past year, I've realised actually how much I love writing this and getting my thoughts out into the world!

Finding Beauty Where You Live.

Posted by Abigail Hampton at 13:29 1 comments

I've lived in the same place for what must be like 8 years now. It's a beautiful place, and I think I do go on about that on here sometimes, but a lot of the time I get bored of this place, or I wish I lived somewhere else. I think it's really important that we see the beauty in the places that we live and really appreciate the things God has given us. There are a lot of people around the world that would love to have a warm home to sleep in at night, or a peaceful garden without war and fighting outside their door. Even the people you live with need to be appreciated. Thousands of people in this world wish that they could have kids, or a brother or sister, or parents that love and care for them. You might be one of the lucky people that has those, so take the time to appreciate those people. Show them that your thankful they're around.
This world is broken and lost but there is so much beauty just outside our doorsteps, so I challenge you to step outside and look for something beautiful, whether you live in the countryside, or a city, the desert or by the sea, have a look around you. It's beautiful isn't it. And it's all there for you to take in, to breathe.
So don't forget to love what's around you. It's important.


Thanks for reading, I hope this has made you think a little. If you want to share your beautiful finds with me, take a photo and use #babsiboosblog . xxx

Monday, 13 June 2016

June 2016 Update

Posted by Abigail Hampton at 11:59 0 comments
So, it's already half way through 2016. That's a crazy thought. It's been a great year so far and I'm really looking forward to the summer and free time and then college and Christmas and New year. Yep, definitely weird that it's already half way through the year!
Anyway, it's been a great month. The beginning of the month brought the end of Energi 2016 (which could well be my last one *cries*). It was a great week and I actually did the water zorbs, which I was terrified about! I'm missing everyone crazily. It was super sunny the whole week which was great, and when we all got home we compared tan lines on our group chat!!

I've also been drawing a lot (again!) the girls from Energi wanted me to draw something realistic, so I had a go at this. The eyes are a bit wonky, but I'm pretty proud of it!



 One of the activities at Energi was prophetic painting, in which we prayed for a picture from God and then painted it. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture myself, but the Sunday before my friend had given me a picture of a path that was dark but God was lighting up the way, so I painted that.


These are some of my favourite pictures from Energi. P.S I miss you guys loads!!






On Saturday I spent the afternoon baking for the Sunday bake sale. I decided to have a go at rainbow cakes, which actually ended up better than I thought.



I'm also baking 2 more batches of cakes today for the churches Dementia group tomorrow, as they're having a Queen's birthday tea party.

Thanks for reading! I'd love to hear what you've been up to this month! xxx

Monday, 6 June 2016

Book Review: Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley

Posted by Abigail Hampton at 09:59 0 comments
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Appleby Farm is a 4 part series (I do believe the book has been put into a full one though) that I read a while back, and have recently reread. It's my ideal book, about a girl on a farm doing what she loves best.

Plot:  Freya Moorcroft has wild red hair, mischievous green eyes, a warm smile and a heart of gold. She’s been happy working at the cafĂ© round the corner from Ivy Lane allotments and her romance with her new boyfriend is going well, she thinks, but a part of her still misses the beautiful rolling hills of her Cumbrian childhood home: Appleby Farm.

Then a phone call out of the blue and a desperate plea for help change everything…

The farm is in financial trouble, and it’s taking its toll on the aunt and uncle who raised Freya. Heading home to lend a hand, Freya quickly learns that things are worse than she first thought. As she summons up all her creativity and determination to turn things around, Freya is surprised as her own dreams for the future begin to take shape.

Love makes the world go round, according to Freya. Not money. But will saving Appleby Farm and following her heart come at a price

My thoughts: As I said before, this is my ideal book. I like to believe that me and Freya have quite a lot in common and honestly Appleby Farm is my dream home! It's seriously such a light-hearted book but also has those little twists that you didn't quite expect.
Should You Read it? Yes, it doesn't take long to read (for me anyway!), and it's such a great Summer read. Even if your one of the city folk, I think it will make you fall in love with the countryside.

Thanks for reading, I hope your having a great week and I'll post soon xx

Credit to GoodReads for synopsis and photo

 

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