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ok quick catch up

ok so it's been pretty hard recently, trying to move on with life and this week there's definitely been nothing normal about it but I've felt better 

SO I'm an ambassador for the Global Poverty Project and this weekend in New York they held a HUGE concert in Central Park to increase awareness about Global Poverty. Now I wasn't there but it felt amazing to feel a part of something so large. especially as this week I gave my first presentations of the 1.4 billion reasons presentation to 200 people.

After the presentation I went up to Manchester and saw people that I haven't seen in I don't even know how long. Jess is going to Singapore for six months in three weeks and I hadn't seen Matt since he got back from his mission 5 months ago! The next morning I rocked up to Chorley at 9.20 to help set up for Nicola and Colin's wedding. it's still weird to think that their married now even though it seemed like such a natural progression. At the wedding I again got to catch up with so many people that I hadn't seen in so long and what made it even more special was well....

Joey and Ness 
hadn't seen them in forever and I got to meet their little man Alfie

Dan and Lisa 
I was Lisa's MoH and we hardly get to see each other any more ...add to that the crazy thought that 
Lisa had only given birth earlier that week.

Cathy Warburton 
Leaves on her mission to Lisbon, Portugal on Monday

Nicole Allen 
was a bridesmaid too but in two weeks she'll be moving to California for a year.

Life I guess is good things are happening everywhere but I just feel a little like I need to start making things happen here in my life.

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Nice day for a white wedding

So this weekend I had the utter pleasure of being a bridesmaid at the wedding of the year


Colin and Nicola are now

I will put some pictures up at a later date

but for now ...as I couldn't find it all I can say is that I wish I'd been able to find this classy thing

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Another One Gone

I've always found writing cathartic if not somewhat laborious but I find that this is the only place I really want to be right now. 
Having to say it out loud means that I have to accept it. 
It was hard enough to go and see him. 
Today, the 5th of July my best-friend, Gilbert Johnson passed away. I was lucky that my best friend was a relative, he was 83 years old. He loved me from before I was born and I loved him from the very moment that I drew my first breath. 
He was the Batman to my Robin, The Tom to my Jerry the Laurel to my Hardy! Of all the great duo's there is always the master, the lead and then their slightly awkward side kick that clearly looks up to the other. It doesn't take much to guess which one I was. 
My Grand-Dad was loved by all, the whole family (it's a pretty big family), his whole neighbourhood and pretty much everyone he ever came into contact with...other than the crazy Chinese man that lived next door. People that had lived on the same road as him for 30 years wanted to com and pay their respects, how could they not. He was the life and soul of any party, the best dressed in any crowd and the bluntest taker going. More than any of that he was my Grand-Dad, my best friend and now my guardian angel and confidant. He taught me how to love, how to smile and the true importance of family. 
It's weird to think of all the things I'll go on to do that he wont be present for. Coming back from trips that I can't tell him about, going away and not having to tell him not to worry about me. Gifts that wont be brought for him, jokes he'll never hear. He was So proud of everything I've done, all of the places I've been; I want to live everyday in a way that he'd be proud of me.
He was and is a Son, Father, Husband, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather, Great Grand-father, Great Uncle, Cousin, Best Friend and so much more

Here's to you Grand-Dad. 

Introducing Grand-Dad to Photobooth

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