Well, enough of the road trip. Here we are three full days into our life in Spain.
Yesterday we had 'lunch' with our friends Angie and Les from the block and the evening with my good friends from Davenant days - Sue Howard and Sandra Blooman, here for a holiday, but back to UK tomorrow.
It felt fitting to meet with people from our past as well as our present and future!
We bunked off church for this week, but spent time in prayer as we do every day, again thanking the Lord for his goodness to us and the provision of this home.
The weather is hot, but not as hot as it was apparently, which is certainly a good thing as far as Oscar is concerned - he needs to be eased in gently. He is settling down slowly, but as he has no garden to run in to, is dependent on us walking him off the site to find a few new smells and to have a 'piddle'!The marble floors are a cool relief for him. It is obvious we are going to have to keep him very shorn.
As for back home: well we have already 'Facetime-d " Bec and Janet and Joyce and been in message contact with Nick and the family as well as Esther and Al. Thrilled to know Amélie is enjoying her first few days at secondary school and Ben is - for the time being - happily re-settled in Y5 of his old school.
As I write "The Divine Shovel' presented to us by the Parish of Hornchurch is here beside me and we again marvel at the way God moves us on in our lives. We continue to be excited at the prospect of what lies ahead.
As we drove down the length of France and Spain, the scenery changed from rolling hills, to tree covered plains,to Alpine mountain views and then to carpets of olive groves stretching far into horizons on all sides of us - and at the risk of sounding incredibly corny - our lives are like that!
Each scene has a different challenge for life, vegetation changes according to terrain and climate - all good, but different. As I look out on to the verdant greens of the golf course in front of us and on to the the mountain beyond - rocky above the tree line - the Sierra de Mijas - I continue to wonder what lies ah ead. But as the plaque on the shovel says, quoting from Isiah 28:29 "The plans God makes are wise, and they always succeed".
The plans are not always worked out as we expect, but we trust them.