Saturday, 22 August 2015

A Good Week Part 1: A Close Shave

Before and after

What a good week it's been! A sponsored haircut, a glorious little holiday and some random deep thoughts as a result. At least 3 blog posts worth I think. Let's start with the haircut . . . or in fact, let's start just before the haircut, on the morning of 13th August,  with Ellie picking up her AS results. 6 A grades - with everything else that's been going on, that's not just good, it's insane. Definitely worth a celebratory coffee
Off to Atkinson's . . .



 Then to Jo and Cass's salon, which had generously offered to shear the locks for free. They were also kind enough to supply bottles of champagne, and tolerate a whole crowd of us cluttering up the salon to cheer. The money's still coming in, but with on line and cash donations and gift aid the fund is well over £5,000 now. Amazing! And she looks fantastic into the bargain.






It's  probably not surprising that I don't relish the thought of being photographed at the moment. I've never much liked it, to be honest; and I'm not exactly looking my best these days - even the hat can't cover the effects of the steroids. But if my girl is brave enough to do this. how could I not be proud to pose with her in all my puffed up and balding glory?


This morning, as chance would have it, I had my first glimpse of a book that I'm looking forward to reading when it comes out next month. Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz Weber  has on its cover an extraordinary woman known as Bertie, who looks rather like I feel just at the moment.

Thanks Nadia, for finding God in all the wrong people, and helping them feel beautiful when you do.

11 comments:

  1. I have never met your daughter Debbie but SHE is a saint! And yes she looks gorgeous with shaved hair. You too look beautiful as your bravery and hep shines through . Thank you. Xx

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    1. Thank you Charis - lovely to hear from you x

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  2. 6 As?? That girl is a machine!!! Or something. I'm coming round sometime soon so she can explain electricity to me, I think she'd do a better job than Miss Bromby.

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    1. That'll be a date then ;) Kai coming to visit our Messy Church in the autumn ...I think I feel a plan coming on! xx

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  3. Debbie you are a wonderful person & a true inspiration to many, its no wonder Ellie is the caring & confident young lady that she is. Congrats on the results Ellie. Sending love & best wishes to you Debbie, love Karen Ward. By the way you look fab xx

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    1. Thank you Karen - you are lovely! Hope all s going well with all the Wards - love to you all xx

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  4. Wow what great results; Can't say better than Karen Ward has above. So I'll just say I AGREE.

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    1. Thanks Helen! Lovely to hear from you x

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  5. Oh Debbie, isn't she beautiful?! You must be so proud. Karen has summed it up beautifully. (Will reply to your lovely email too, but not quite this minute!)

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    1. Hi Debbie saved this ages ago and just found it again, I have already seen the pictures but only just picked up on Ellie's results my lasting memory of Ellie was when we all met at a student house before going to fireworks on bonfire night,amazing results with all life has thrown at her. Awesome to have raised £5000 as well. You have certainly had an eventful year. You are regularly In my thoughts and I included you and two other suffered in my weekly thoughts email a couple of weeks ago. When I return to the UK next summer I will try and catch up with you. Unless you get given a couple of air tickets I can let you enjoy the warmth of Cairo lphg&p peter

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