How Lush!!!

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things...

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


The entrance of Thomas Lewis Barrett into the world yesterday! Photo that i've been sent by the proud mummy and daddy hopefully to follow once i work out how to resize it etc, as it's enormous at the moment, the photo not the baby. Congratulations Adrian and Juliette! Yay for family Barrett, praise God for the wonder of the miracle of new birth, both physical and in Jesus by the Spirit!

... How lush!

Monday, October 30, 2006


God being so kind in all things. Sunday school going really well, allowing Matt to preach well again, the last in his sermon series, for good chats as church over coffee after the services, for a good afternoon with Rach and that finally, after much inducement, Juliettes waters have broken and labours begun! Oh and a filthy chicken kebab after church!

... How Lush!


A great time away with the twenties, thirties and i don' think any fourties this year! We were at a 'ranch' (kinda) in Oxfordshire countryside. It's like a Christian equestrian (horsey) centre and the lady owner apparently became a Christian through the miraculous healing of her horse, Jackyboy! I kid you not! Thats what it says in the book and the Lord, well he works in truly mysterious ways! Lots of time playing games, eating, chatting, hearing great talks, getting to know new brothers and sisters!

... How Lush

Friday, October 27, 2006


Going on the TTF (twenties, thirties, fourties) Weekend for great teaching and fun and friendship in Oxfordshire!! Yay! More thankfulness blog on sunday!

... How lush!

Thursday, October 26, 2006


What a great 3 day holiday! Yay for holidays!
Yay for 'anonymous' friends who ring the posh hotel you've booked and when you arrive they've upgraded your room to a full on fron of house, huge bay window with posh red velvet curtains and massive king size bed and thrown in breakfast - full breakfast - the works, that costs 14.95 a head, and they've paid for it all!!! Yay for Brighton, for hours chilling in the Lanes, walks along the seafront in the sun, and rain! For a bit of shopping, for romantic meals, for sipping wine in Browns posh yuppie type bar, starbucks about every 100 metres! Yay for 3 years of marriage!

... How lush!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


3 day half term holiday starts today!! Wa-hooooo!!!
Off into the centre of London today, with a dvd fest tonight and off to Brighton tomorrow and staying in a posh hotel for our 3rd wedding anniversary!! But that bits a suprise for Matt! Good job he doesn't read this!

Off to slob now...
... How lush!

Monday, October 23, 2006


Bumping into David Walliams!

New haircut - good chat with Emma whom i'm trying to speak the gospel to. Exchange of phone numbers and arranging to hang out! Answered prayer!

Book group tonight!

Feeling so alive after a run in the cold night

.... How lush and sweaty!

Sunday, October 22, 2006


Waking my hubby up on his 28th Birthday with cuppa and choccy hobnobs in bed! Seeing his delight at getting an i-river ( girls - it's an ipod thingy).

Sunday school going so well, the kids loving the games and laughing their heads of in delight! And really absorbing and understanding the teaching and also the random question of "Is Jesus really real?" What a privilege to answer!

Taking Matt out to Lunch at The Horseshoe in Hampstead - yummy posh lunch! Walking home in the rain, seeing the mirror that the pavement became, reflecting the lights, cars and sky.

Matt preaching another great sermon in Titus and God really using him to challenge us!
Chatting to Tony, whose working now where i was, with the team i love so well in Hull. Hearing good gospel growth is happening! Realisation of the great joy of knowing and loving this church family in Hampstead aswell as my other close church family in Hull!

Trying to work out with Christina - is Happy Birthday the most sung song in the world? We think so!

... How lush! God is good.

Saturday, October 21, 2006


A great day of teaching on what God has designed us to be as women at the london Womens Convention. Taking 25 women from church to it, everything running smoothly in the organisation, seeing Sandra, Rach, Hannah and Jo and Thea loving it! Seeing Helena, Kate, Paula, Abi, Lesley, Claire, Esther, Val, Kate, Anne and Kathy!! Oh how lush to see them pressing on!

All female voice choir filling the Westminster Central Hall with praise to Jesus and encouragement for one another! Seminar on submission - much repentence and chat with the other young wives.

Going as a group to pizza express to end the day. Getting goats cheese as an extra on my four seasons!!! Genius! While eating seeing Justin Hawkins from The Darkness and getting his autograph for Matts birthday tomorrow - genius present!!!! Thanks Maya!

I am soaked full of dynamic, helper role affirming teaching!
... How lush!

Friday, October 20, 2006


A great chat on the most impersonal medium ever, MSN, with Stephana

Getting loads of housework done - finally! I am such a bad wife!

Reading through JOB and working out what it's on about! I get the start and the end, it's just all the friends arguments in between!

Taking our Kings College students from church to One Life event at All Souls and seeing lots of lovely people again, including the best steward ever Steph, Anna McNick who haven't seen for ages, student workers from TBT, and Becci Brown after like, at least 3 years!

... How lush!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


'Just happening' to bump into rachel as we both were on our way to Hampstead village...

... having a coffee and wandering round to look at Thierry Henrys house!

... Also seeing half of the church family there coming and going - Kath, Josh, Jodie, Scarlett and Alys, Sue and Grace!

... Successfully booking a table at pizza expresso for 20 for after the Womens Convention on Saturday!

... Collecting Alix and my pottery - we can do art, yes, even us non-arty dudettes! yay!

... matts haircut

Also doing lots of work!

... How lush!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Despite having little or no voice, and not being able to teach the bible to my groups, others step in to teach free grace and forgiveness through Jesus to the Explorers...

... It doesn't all depend on me!

Matt finishing his DIY master challenge of building a wardrobe without any instructions!

... How lush!

Monday, October 16, 2006


Having no voice - it's hilarious!

SO now i am most thankful for having no voice as i have realised how thankful i am, and everyone else should be, that i normally do have a voice!

Also a good womens ministry meeting with the right outcome, finishing the amazing banoffee pie i made with Rachel and praying to our Lord together all that is on our hearts!

Matt and I being asked to do the prayers at Maceys wedding!

... How lush!

Sunday, October 15, 2006



... how lush!


To be honest, feeling let down by friends, lonely and deserted at the exact time i particulalrly need good girl friends. Yet the graciousness of God listening to me cry out to Him, His grace in providing me the wonderful husband I have, who wants to make it better and takes me out walking in London through Soho, Covent garden and eats banoffee pie with me. More grace in the evening with God providing THAT phonecall.

Friday, October 13, 2006


Lovely warm sunny day! (Thanks global warming!)

Coffee with Ally, a lovely lady who i can talk about deep, personal and embarrassing things with and who i work with! Hows about that!

Seeing how amazing Jesus is in Luke 13:10-17 - yet how people prefer rules and religion to freedom and liberty from Him!

A text from Yuri, bright and early this morning!

... How lush!

Thursday, October 12, 2006


Reading Phillippians and being reminded of the sure and certain hope of our citizenship in heaven, asking God to in his grace, allow me to press on towards the goal to win the prize for which He has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus, and to count anything else as rubbish that i may gain Christ.

... How lush!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Waking up being cuddled

Painting pottery with Alix - very arty, very chilled!

Making a mean mushroom risotto

Student Bible study!

... How lush!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Regina cleaning our house for us!

The providence of God in placing the right people in the right places at the right time!

Praying together nice and early as a staff team

Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels for lunch! mmmm

... How lush!

Monday, October 09, 2006


Some time off! And yet an afternoon of really productive bible study work and planning!

... How lush!

Sunday, October 08, 2006


The fun of last nights murder mystery! H I L A R I O U S ! ! !

The kids in Sunday school today REALLY getting the main point and going "WOW!" about Jesus and asking AMAZING questions for their age! deep , very deep man!

Having Christine and Angelique for lunch, well having them round, we had chicken. And managing to almost pull off making apple crumble for the first time ever with mum's recipe... it just wasn't quite right, but points for trying yeah?

Having 25 hungry students come to our pizza fest then half staying on for the student guest service! A great bold, clear talk!

... How lush!

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Going to our first murder mystery dinner party!

... how lush!


Lovely meal with Chris, Sandra and Phil

... How lush!

Thursday, October 05, 2006


Productive day, lots of talks written for all the youth groups in the next week.

Lunch with the very expectant Juliette, so exciting that there will be a baby Barratt in a week God willing!

The Briefing finally dealing with issues of Creation/Genesis. Though i now feel more than ever i am like the minority, by reading Genesis 1-3 pretty literally and not dividing up genesis 1-3 and taking some bits literally and some not - i just don't see how that works for the sake of the whole Gospel message! It perplexes me but anyhoo!

looking forward on this minging rainy day to going out with Rach tonight to Camden and to hearing all about what my hubby learned about God today at Cornhill!

... How lush!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Lovely time of sharing, accountability and prayer with Sheena, our ministers wife. She's got so much for me to learn from!

Regina got a job!

... How lush!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

65 continued...


Casey from my sunday school class asking me at Explorers " how old are you - like 15 right?"

Eerm... right!! Air punch of joy as i realise the anti wrinkle cream is working and think about starting my own show called '11 years younger'... yessssssssssssss!

And she even surpasses that comment by then going on to say " Pippa, wheres your butt? You have no butt!" ... girls - is that good or bad?! Enough of the 'kids compliments that make pippa feel a million dollars'. Sorry - i indulged didn't i!

Homegroup social - what fun! Amazing homemade food, great conversations ranging from a family of mice walking along the road in Camden, the dark prison that is the rules of Judaism and Islam, a viscious (however it's spelt) cat whom i had previously adopted and now want nothing more to do with, Brenda and Jean - 2 godly odler ladies that rock my world, and ending in praying for one another! Very special!

So much good stuff today that it was lush twice!


Walking briskly down the Finchley Road in the autumn sun, with great songs of praise to Jesus filling my ears and mind and waking up my heart on the ipod

... how lush!


New fridge freezer arrives!

... how lush!

Sunday, October 01, 2006


A lovely lunch at the Dawes family's home, beautiful roast duck and good conversation and absolutely gorgous cuddly children...such a great time!

... How lush!


Travelling down to my parents fri night in Phil's car, having a lovely kebab in Hailsham, a lazy lie in in my old room, a 6 mile walk on the cuckoo trail to mum's work, a lift home in my mum's new weird ugly car, chicken korma dinner, then off to Nick and Charlottes wedding! Seeing lots of old college pals, finding out they have children some of them! Weird, only having in common the past! Travelling back through london at the dead of night.

... How lush!