Living the Life we Lost

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It’s been over two years since we lost the international life we had longed for in Malawi. After years of planning and four trips to the southern African country, the call we had felt throughout our entire five years of marriage and the dreams we had built together were coming to an abrupt end. We had come so far in our journey, but the door was closing and we knew it was time to stop pushing.

For the past five years life in Africa was all we had dreamed of. We felt called to full-time service and had felt sure Malawi was the place for us to be. We could almost taste our lives in this vibrant culture, our family living on less but gaining so much more.

Instead we were left with the option of raising our family in Britain, something we had never pictured. We dreaded having to be ‘normal’, living a hectic life fuelled by the societal expectations and consumerism that leaves people always wanting more.

We felt lost and bereft and few understood our pain. Where did we go from here?

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The Art of the Staycation

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When you have a little one, jet setting to a far off destination is not the easiest thing to do. Thankfully I love the opportunity to be a tourist at home and we had a lovely 2 weeks exploring our island this autumn.

One of the things I love most about a staycation is the chance to slow down from the normal hectic pace of life, relax into a familiar environment and allow myself to simply breathe.

These photos were taken on one of our favourite little beaches on the island. It’s times like this that living in Guernsey is particularly sweet.

What do you like doing on a staycation?