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Team Hayes: Studying, personal training, and job applications. Whats next?

So Andy and I have moved into a beautiful tenement flat in Glasgow that we are so in love with. It was nice to move back to the same city after this summer. Every year we have been moving to a new place and trying to find new friends and where we fit in but this year it was back to what we knew. When you move around a lot you realize things like this are so treasured. We love our friends here and I love Glasgow as a city.

Andy and I have had fun since we got back. Two weddings which were beautiful and great to see our friends get married. We also ran the Spartan adventure run. Complete with jumping over fire and wading through a river for about 1/2 mile!

At Cousin Jennifer and Ryan's wedding <3

At Cousin Jennifer and Ryan’s wedding ❤

At Vanessa and Brett's wedding

At Vanessa and Brett’s wedding

We are Spartan!

We are Spartan!

Jumping over the fire at the Spartan race

Jumping over the fire at the Spartan race

Andy is working like crazy on his 5th year Masters Degree for Mechanical Engineering. Putting in 14 hour days almost every day to stay ontop of coursework, masters project work, group work, job applications and lots of interviews/assessment centers that just keep flowing in! I am so impressed with how he is able to keep such a focus with such long hours and being on the go constantly but he’s managing to do it and do it well. He is on the home stretch now.

I am currently enrolled in a course to become a Personal Trainer. I have been enjoying the course so much! It is exactly where I am meant to be right now. I love how varied my work is, that it incorporates being physically active, being encouraging, and getting to know people 🙂 I am feeling a bit tired from doing things like Kettle bell Instructing, circuits like mad, training with the boys on my course to mix up my realm of experience a bit, and going to the Sauna every day after class (working in a gym has it’s perks!). I am also putting in very long days similar to Andy. Long days and a long commute but it’s not for too much longer. Two more weeks and I will be qualified as a gym instructor, personal trainer, kettle bells instructor, and circuits teacher. Then I will start looking for a job hoping to start after Christmas. So excited!!!

So that’s us for now. We don’t know where or with who Andy will get a job. When he does then we will start preparing ourselves for the next step. He has tried to keep his options limited to Glasgow/Scotland. We are really wanting to stay in Glasgow and at the very least stay near to his parents (while we are living in the UK we might as well take advantage and be as close as possible). But we can only be so picky with some of the bigger engineering companies. So we are keeping our fingers crossed and not bother crossing bridges until we come to them 😉 For now, we are working hard, looking forward to the Christmas holidays and enjoying this cold dry weather we have been having here!

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A New Day and the start of a marriage :)

Worship time!

Worship time!

New Day!!!!!

New Day!!!!!

So last week I made my way up towards Norwich with 20  teenagers from my church. We attended a massive Christian Festival with 6,000 other teenagers. There were amazing speakers from all over the country talking on every different topic relevant to a teenagers life. It was incredible watching the young people worship God 4 times a day with such passion and get so much out of the seminars. We also drank milkshakes, had sour string eating competitions, and ate far too much cake 😉

For myself, it might have been one of the most changing weeks for me spiritually. I was challenged in so many ways but particularly when I realized that I am still struggling with a fear that God will lead me on a journey or take me somewhere challenging and start something amazing in me (with Andy) and then leave it up to us to finish it off. I realized over the week that saying that is even a fear is completely absurd. God finishes what He starts! That fear does not even exist and it never will! In the Bible it says “I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” {Philippians 1:6}. This verse stuck in my mind last week and I it comforted me to know that God is a caring God who wants to finish what He starts. He doesn’t just play around with our lives for the fun of it, He is active and relevant in our daily lives. So I found it quite comforting.

Mr. and Mrs. Hallett!!!

Mr. and Mrs. Hallett!!!


Reading Family Church gang ready to dance the night away  :)

Reading Family Church gang ready to dance the night away 🙂

I came back from New Day a day early so that I could hop in a car 12 hours after arriving home (mostly spent sleeping) and drive up to a wedding right near Nottingham. It was a beautiful wedding! I have never been to an English wedding and I will tell you one thing…they are FANCY! Apparently this one was actually quite casual compared to most of them! WHAAAT!? Growing up in Alaska where the more casual your wedding the better/cooler it becomes (barn/mountain top weddings anybody? 4-wheeler as the getaway car please!). So it opened my eyes up to another part of the English culture. I absolutely loved it! So beautiful, amazing food, lots of dancing and I cannot say how excited I am to know Mr. and Mrs. Hallett as a married couple!

Already married ;)

Already married 😉

So it was all very exciting…until Andy got the stomach flu the night of the wedding…and spent all night throwing up in the hotel room (good thing it was just the two of us!). Poor guy, the drive home the next day was not an enjoyable one unfortunately. But we got him home, gave him some soup and nursed him back to health. All better now 😀

So quite an eventful/exhausting/wonderful week/weekend (how many /// can I possibly put into one post….hmmmmm). Now to get prepped for Ben and Coralie to come visit us on Wednesday!!!



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