Taz couldn’t get more in a spin than us right now!!!

Life is sooooo chaotic right now – we just don’t seem to be stopping or slowing down. The other week was the British Grand Prix (still buzzing from that – although I really must get around to watching the race on the TV to catch up on the bits we missed) and we still haven’t have time to recover from that, especially as last weekend was just as busy in some ways… and yet more is to come.

Last weekend was great though – as part of the Hope 08 initiative, KingsGate put on a family fun day in Parnwell. I offered to help out on the PA side of things and, despite the occasional “shower” (well, OK, downpour) we had a really great time. Good music, great fun and a good laugh. I also had an “interview” to join the production team at the Church as I felt it was about time I started to get more involved (hey, I’ve been there since May so don’t want to get too lazy you know!) – that did mean that I needed to stay for both services on Sunday, which was quite odd, and also meant that I hardly saw my family during the weekend as our paths only crossed briefly really.

This weekend is even more chaos. Off to Nottingham tomorrow to see my family and Mrs H, me Bro and myself are then off to wonderful Stoke-On-Trent for the evening. Really looking forward to seeing bands such as RPM, thebandwithnoname, yFriday (yay!) and – not forgetting – JARS OF CLAY!!!!! 😀

I’ve been a fan since their first album way back when and Flood is still one of the all time classic songs – but never managed to see them… so Saturday evening should be stunning!

Sunday will see us going over to Trent Vineyard for their Sunday service – heard a load of good things about the Church so really quite looking forward to enjoying that… and then we’ll be rushing over to see the Hartley side of the family for an afternoon of food and fun 😀

All good. All enjoyable. But I hope I get to sleep sometime!

EXCEPT – life is just going to get busier…. announcement coming soon! (and no, Mrs H is NOT pregnant – it’s another kind of “busy” announcement!)

How things change

Last night was our housegroup, and the first one that I attended on my own. Mrs H and I are both still recovering from our sleepless weekend but I really wanted to go, so I went and she will be doing the Friday taxi run :) (It’s not as grim as it sounds – we both seem to end up wanting to do the run. It’s a couple of hours out of the house for some peace and quiet and I love using the time to pray)

The Church has been doing a great series on evangelism which has really challenged me to look at where I’ve been, where I’m going, how I’ve got there and what has changed along the way… and it’s that last one that struck me so much last night.

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Dancing without a care in the world!

I’m kinda a spontaneous guy at times (yeah – I have to control things sometimes) and I have to admit that there are times where I will find myself just doing silly jigs at the most weird of times and in the weirdest places.

It’s something that people around me can find (delete as applicable – or not!)
a) embarrassing
b) disturbing
c) cringeworthy
d) a laugh
e) worrying
and probably alot more besides!

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Always remembering…

I originally blogged about this a couple of weeks ago, but ScribeFire had a useful bug that wiped the content from your posts (useful blogging tool there!) – they reckon it’s fixed now so I’ll try again 🙂

The other week was another round of baptisms at KingsGate, and the first to take place since Mrs H got dunked and I turned myself around again.

To say I was emotional during the service would be an understatement of grand proportions. The memories of my wifes dunking, and the realisation of all the changes that had taken place in my life in the past couple of months, totally washed over me and I found myself dumbstruck as I stood in complete and utter awe of what God has done.

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Quickie update….

Can’t you tell we’ve got a busy weekend coming up? I’ve now come down with my second dose of Tonsilitis in the past 3.5 months and, when the drugs wear off, boy do I feel rough 🙁 Plus we are just coming to the end of a 3-day time of prayer and fasting (which has been really good – but tough at times)

I’m also rather miffed as I had written 2 posts using ScribeFire which it then proceeded to lose – only posting the titles and not the content… so I *did* try posting a couple of times… and then lost the work (oh the ironies I could list about that scenario)

Anyway – life for the Hartleys is kinda up and down right now. We are all very tired and run down, and the kids are definitely ready for the summer holidays. To cap it all off I’m not well, in case you hadn’t read the first sentence 🙂

This weekend sees Mrs H, me, my Bro and Mrs H’s sister all hitting the glories of Silverstone for the British Grand Prix. My parents have got the kids, and we are all facing a weekend of sleep-when-we-get-it and early (!) mornings… with Sunday being the earliest as we will be on the road at 3am.

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