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Ten years ago I was engrossed in life as a young teen, with school, all my extra curricular clubs and interests, friends and church. I suppose life was a typical busy mix of these things, piano lessons, music, reading and homework. I remember being busy all of the time, with something on after school most evenings of the week.
I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to ‘be’ or ‘do’ when I grew up I don’t think- I had always loved the idea of being an author but didn’t think it was very practical as a ‘real job’. I wrote pages and pages of half finished stories in arch lever files that I even took to a sleepover. I doodled all over my notes and took solace in our beautiful art classrooms but never for a moment considered what kinds of careers one could make from art or creativity. Everyone seemed to think I would be a good teacher so for a while I thought maybe primary school teaching, but that passed too. I suppose I had a long term expectation that one day I would hopefully get married and then have children (or adopt children). But I don’t know what I would have really said if pushed about where I saw myself in ten years time.
And here I am, just shy of 25. In a house in an Oxfordshire village with my husband of over six years, and three little ones. Writing, yes, creating art and crafting and reading, but primarily engaging in everyday life looking after our small people where God has put us. So much has happened in ten years, so much that I could hardly have imagined or dreamed. I’ve lived in three different places since then, four different flats/ houses, worked in various roles in various places, got my English Literature degree, had two children during it, put down roots, pulled them up and started again. In ten years I have made countless new friends and embraced opportunities I never expected in so many places and seasons. I’ve learned so much and developed and grown and changed.
God has been so faithful and has really shown that although we can plan our way that he has plans for us that far exceed anything we could expect. Different plans, often, but better ones, better ones to bring us closer to him and for greater things. I don’t know what life will look like for us in ten years time, what surprises and challenges God has in store, but I am looking forward to them.