The Transfiguration of Jesus by Raphael – Talking About Jesus on Easter

Well this is a slightly different post to usual. But since it’s Easter, I thought I’d actually talk about Jesus! So I’m basically going to talk about Jesus via a painting that we have in our house. It’s the Transfiguration by Raphael. I’ll admit that this is a slightly random print to have, especially for non-religious people, but we do have our reasons. Here it is: The Transfiguration I love this painting. We first saw the Transfiguration when my wife and I went to Rome. It was our first holiday abroad together as just the two of us and, like…

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How We Survived Financially During Maternity Leave

Surviving the big financial drop whilst going on maternity leave is a legitimate money worry for many parents. When we started trying for a baby my wife got pregnant very quickly. It took us a mere six weeks. And as a result, we lost a bit of money. My wife is a nurse with the NHS. When we put the dates together after she got pregnant, it meant that she missed out on the NHS maternity pay by five weeks. FIVE WEEKS! If we had our daughter a little bit later we would’ve been roughly £3000 better off. So we had…

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Thinking About My Next Charity Challenge for 2018

Enough time has now passed since I did my skydive. And I’m now ready to look for another charity challenge to push myself and raise money at the same time. The skydive was actually quite easy. It doesn’t take anything to do it other than a little bit of mental strength not to back out. When I did it, it was my third time down in Salisbury to do it due to the other attempts being postponed for weather. So by the time I was there for the third time, the idea of coming all the way back down once…

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It’s About Time People Stopped Incorrectly Parking in Baby Spaces

I don’t usually write posts where I complain all that much. But this is going to be one of those posts, even if it is something that has probably been covered by others many times before. Yesterday me and Rachel popped to a local Asda, and, with it being a Friday, it was rather busy. We drove around the car park and eventually saw someone leaving a parent and baby space. We drove around and the car in front, with no baby, pulled in instead. Now, me and Rachel are both pretty socially awkward, me more so than her, and…

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How Becoming a Parent Has Changed My Feelings Towards the NFL

As very few of you might know, this weekend marks the 52nd Superbowl for the NFL. And, as this will be the first time that I’ll be watching it as a dad, I thought I’d do a quick post about how my relationship with the NFL has changed since Isabelle was born. A few years ago I was verging on being addicted to the NFL. Sunday nights from 6pm meant Redzone (their service for skipping between all the games going on) until well gone midnight and that was it. No excuses. Whatever Rachel wanted to do on Sundays it had…

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