The last couple of months have been quite hectic for us, so we haven’t posted here for a while! At the beginning of December we left the UK to spend 6 weeks in the US, visiting Laura’s family, some of our friends, and also catching up with our supporting church.

Whilst in the US we had the privilege of speaking to one group of young people, and two regular church meetings which was exciting. We were able to share some of what we are doing with Wycliffe, and I had the opportunity to share something of what God has been teaching me lately too. If you’re interested you can listen to my talk from Calvary Chapel Petaluma on the account of Peter and Cornelius, and why God uses ordinary people to take his good news to all nations.

Being based in cold, frosty and occasionally snowy Oregon for most of the time, it was a welcome relief to make a trip down to northern, and then southern, California for a few days, although we had to battle the snow to get there!

Putting chains on the car tyres/tires...

Putting chains on the car tyres/tires…

...so we didn't slide back down this hill!

…so we didn’t slide back down this hill!

Our new best friend - Janoah!

Our new best friend – Janoah!

Laura with her good friend Amber

Laura with her good friend Amber

And her husband Glenn and their daughter Mia

And her husband Glenn and their daughter Mia

The southern California beach... ok it was December, so not quite beach weather...

The southern California beach… ok it was December, so not quite beach weather…

We really enjoyed seeing friends and family again in both northern and southern California, and felt particularly at home at the church in Petaluma, despite the fact that we’re there so seldomly!

After traveling back up north again we had a relaxing Christmas with Laura’s family, and were able to see a bit of wintry Oregon!

Guess what we all got for Christmas!

Guess what we all got for Christmas!

At the beautiful Silver Falls

At the beautiful Silver Falls

And the even more spectacular rapids at Sweet Creek

And the even more spectacular rapids at Sweet Creek

Sadly it was time to leave all too soon, but we did have a few days at the end to visit some of Laura’s extended family on the east coast of the US – again a fun and relaxing time, and a great opportunity for me to get to know them a bit better!

Jellyfish at the Georgia Aquarium

Jellyfish at the Georgia Aquarium

I'm glad there was glass between me and him (not just because we'd have been very wet if there wasn't...)

I’m glad there was glass between me and him (not just because we’d have been very wet if there wasn’t…)

Our last evening, celebrating Aunt Peggy's birthday!

Our last evening, celebrating Aunt Peggy’s birthday!

If you want to see any more photos from the trip, take a look here!

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