When Cora went to high school for her very first day this week, I went too!
Thankfully, Ryan prayed blessings over the kids the night before and so in the we had fewer nerves and Cora was very excited! We arrived a bit early, so we paused for one more photo and then walked towards school.
I walked her all the way inside since I was attending the parents coffee morning. Cora was graciously greeted by the Principal and led into the hall for Assembly. I saw a fellow Beecroft mum friend and chatted with her about the PTA (Parent Teacher Association); it was comforting to see a familiar face!
Several times I told myself to not leave, nor be on my phone, just because parents already seemed engaged in other conversations. This worked because eventually I found a mum standing by herself to chat with. We found commonalities such as both our sons are in rugby. I also visited with the Vice-Principal and a science teacher before the school Chaplain prayed over our children and for parents. Hearing her prayer was very encouraging!
Unlike Cora, Titus wasn’t quite sure about returning to school. He is not looking forward to reading and spellings in preparation for upcoming SATs exams. However, he came out of school excited to see friends and thankful for his teacher helping him with spellings. Titus is looking forward to having the same teacher Cora had last year!
Cora has been walking home and for now we are meeting her half-way. This will be a year of many “firsts” and some new changes, but we are thankful for both children having really good schools. Ryan and I are looking forward to making new parent relationships at high school through the PTA, Praying Parents, and Parent Council!
My son asked for time with just mummy and he thought it best to share our love of dinosaurs together! My husband and son obtained a map of Leeds Jurassic Trail in City Centre. Our walk began with triceratops, my favourite!
We walked City Centre through the ornate Victoria Quarter before finding our next dinosaur in the John Lewis Centre.
The Jurassic Trail wasn’t clearly marked, so it took us a while to locate our next dinosaurs in Kirkgate Market. This dinosaur was really unique…complete with tiny arms and horns!
T-Rex towered tall in Trinity Shopping Centre! We had glimpsed this dinosaurs last year at this location, but this year T-Rex had a baby which toddlers were queuing up to ride! Thankfully Titus elected for photos and a T-shirt instead of queuing up. 😉
Unfortunately the final stamp on Titus’s dinosaur map was unable to be collected since by now we had walked nearly five miles and we were overdue for lunch. We enjoyed meeting up with Ryan and Cora for a delicious lunch in Trinity Kitchen since they had been nearby queuing to apply for Cora’s city bus pass. For me it was a good distraction enjoying dinosaurs with Titus since it is a bit emotional for me to think of Cora riding the city bus home from high school in less than a week! Thankfully she won’t receive her bus pass for two more weeks. 😬🙏🏻
York is a nearby city steeped in history. Vikings settled here and named the city Jorvik. Therefore, we took my Dad to the Jorvik museum to learn about the Vikings. Thankfully the queue was rather short and our children got in free with Blue Peter! Once inside we saw the remnants of the Viking dwellings remarkably well preserved and uncovered from many layers of mud.
Next we got onto the ride which took us through a reconstructed Viking Village complete with narration and moving wax figures.
After enjoying Jorvik we walked towards the Shambles to see the local market stalls. The historic English Tudor buildings are quite a sight to behold since visibly the floors are bowed! The footprint of the buildings are smaller than the upper floors in attempt to reduce taxes.
Lunch was at a favourite English half timber restaurant called Gert and Henry’s where most of us had a full English (breakfast: sausage, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, hash browns, black pudding, and toast) for our midday meals.😉. Titus made up an entertaining game of cards using his creativity and restaurant business cards with sugar packets for rewards! 😆
The York Minster towers above the skyline and is the largest Gothic Cathedral in Europe. Therefore, we just had to enjoy a walk around admiring the extraordinary efforts so many have gone to honour the Lord! It is always a pleasure to see the gargoyles and flying buttresses.
We paused to watch a busker (street performer) exciting the crowd with his loud whit and fire sticks. Once at the Roman (300 AD at the part we walked) city wall, we paused for a rest at a local coffee shop where we could see through to a historic Roman street. Then we enjoyed showing my Dad this unique view of York from atop the Roman city wall.
An English summer afternoon usually calls for ice cream and Cora spied some in a gelato restaurant; here we paused for some delicious creamy treats!
Then we popped in and out of shops before returning to our hired car space for our return to Leeds and tasty fish and chips. Another memorable day out in one of my most favourite English cities!
Last week our children had the privilege of attending VBS (Vacation Bible School) with fellow Christian friends! Whilst us grown-ups attended encouraging meetings, our children learned songs with actions, memorised Bible verses, made crafts, went swimming, joined friends for a nature walk, ate American snacks, and much more!
Cora’s favourite activities from last week are: Getting to spend times with old friends and making new ones by doing amazing crafts and other recreational things like sewing 🧵 a sock 🧦 monkey 🐵 , going swimming 🏊♀️ and going bowling 🎳. 😊😜😁 (Emojis are from Cora.) Cora told me this VBS helped her see the need to share Jesus around the world!
Titus’s favourite part was: Making a walrus snow globe, going swimming with his mates, bowling with friends, and creative songs with actions. Titus told me he believed God more after this VBS and visiting Corrie ten Boom to see and her about God’s miracles first hand! 🤗
The hotel where we had our meeting had friendly, caring staff which made good food and our stay most enjoyable. There were several churches visiting from America who graciously cared for our children so the adults could focus on the Lord and our meetings.
We are SO thankful for these gracious volunteers and friends who lovingly taught our children about Jesus and cared for them throughout the day and even one date night!