November 2017 saw me stepping into a new Church family. The need arose simply because the Church I had been attending had changed from Sunday services to Saturday services. The change to Saturday service was because this lovely Church family has been without a parish priest for over six years and had been served by a series of locum priests. Unfortunately it came to a point where there was no locum priest available and the service needs are met by another parish, hence the Saturday services.
When I found I was missing more services than I was attending I knew it was time for me to seek out another branch of the Church family. I was blessed to step into a Church that has five Pastors.
During 2017 God had put it on my heart to create a workshop for Christian women. Around the middle of this year I prepared the workshop participant books and leader's guide, and ran the workshop in November this year. The workshop was called "Sailing into the New Year.....Get Set to Launch an Awesome 2019".
During 2018 God put a Women's Ministry on my heart and I spent a fair bit of time working toward getting this up and running. This women's ministry starts next month.
A lot of my emotional and mental energy this year has been given to learning my new work role. I changed jobs around the last quarter of 2017. The role is very challenging and I have absorbed a ton of information on cadastral surveying and town planning. Even so I have really just scratched the surface, I learn something new every week. I really enjoy the project management aspect of the role and the job is so variable that no two days have been the same.
In the garden we have enjoyed bumper crops of tomatoes and lemons throughout the year. Smaller but no less welcome harvests have been lettuce, herbs, apples, snow-peas, peas, beans, mangoes (possums got most of them), mulberries, lychees (King Parrots got most of them), Carambola, and mandarins.
Most pleasing to me though of all the gardening highlights I experienced this year was the gift of Fireball Lilly bulbs given to me by a lady holding a garage sale earlier this year. We got to talking about gardening and as she was putting her house on the market in preparation of a move into a retirement village she asked the man helping her with the garage sale to dig up half a dozen bulbs for me. I had no idea what a Fireball Lilly flower looked like but when they began flowering a few weeks back I realised what a lovely gift this kind lady had given me.