Were my exact words when a friend commented that today seemed to be a ‘WOW day’! I have definately had a WOW weekend. Has been very busy, but extremely exciting and great fun!
It started on Friday night, at midnight when it became my birthday! My friends had hidden all my presents around our house and I had a midnight present hunt!!! When I found them all (at least, i hope i found them all!), I opened them and there seems to be a distinct rainbow theme running through nearly all of my presents! Thank you for everybody who kindly gave me cards and presents! My dad has a reputation for buying me unique presents – this year it arrived in the post as a long, thin, oddly shaped parcel, which had everyone guessing what it could be. It turned out to be a big bubble maker – which makes HUGE bubbles!!!! The handmade card that came with it was the funniest bit – it read ‘What does ERG do when theres no wind, no strawberries?……she becomes excited BUBBLE girl!!!’
On Saturday morning – after very little sleep – we headed into town, as we had organised a Make Poverty History awareness making day at a big church in the centre of Swansea. (We were determined to do something, as we couldn’t go to Edinburgh for numerous reasons.) We had made a HUGE MPH banner out of wall paper and black pernament pens, that we put up outside the church. i had some plastic MPH tape which we wrapped round all the trees in the grounds of the church and we handed out postcards to send to Tony to passerby and people enjoying the coffee morning in the church. It all went very well, we even managed to organise a press release for a local paper – thank you Richard for taking those photos. As my fellow campaigners will be able to tell you – I was incredible excited and bouncing around all over the place! The only annoying thing was that stood right next to us, almost competing with us were a group of evangelical street ranters. Grrr, its difficult to know what to do in those situations.
In the evening on Saturday we had a BBQ on the beach, which was great fun. it was a bit cold and windy, which on the negative side meant that we ended up eating an awful lot of sand, but on the positive it meant that we could fly my rainbow kite!!!
On Sunday morning we had a brilliant service. We have recently set up a music group, which I sing and play a drum in. We’re still finding our feet a bit, but yesterday it worked really well, if i may say so myself. We sang before the service (supposedly as people were coming in, but everyone arrived too early!), we did two songs during the service and we did also sang during the communion. We received lots of positive feedback, so hopefully we can keep it up! After the service we also deocrated the church with MPH stuff that we had left over from Saturday.
Sunday afternoon we headed beach-ward again and spent a fun afternoon building sandcastles, paddling in the sea, eating icecreams and bodyboarding. I hadn’t been bodyboarding for a year or so and I had forgotten the excitment! I could feel the adrenaline pumping round my blood as a big wave crept up behind me! Unfortunately I do not own a wet suit, so it wasn’t too long before my legs went numb, which isn’t ideal when they have to be used lots to fight against the currents, so I came in and warmed up!
Then I collapsed.