About Me

Hi there, let me introduce myself.

I'm Sandra married to Fred for over 40 years and I am a very contented wife & mum & grandma.

We have 3 grown-up kids who are all living away from home now.
Jonathan is a Pastor in Leeds in England.
Daniel is married to Suzie and they live in Belfast, Northern Ireland where he is working for CAP (Christians Against Poverty) and Suzie is a Primary School teacher.
Linda is married to Stephen and is living in South Korea where she is teaching English as a second language in a university and Stephen works in Marketing.

We are originally from Londonderry in Northern Ireland but as a family we have also lived in Delaware, USA while the kids were all under 12 and in Belgium while they were in their late teens to mid twenties; so we have survived different languages and different cultures together.

Christmas 2009 in Belgium

We have also enjoyed many adventures together and I like to think of these as our Xtra Special Days

I like to travel and have been fortunate enough to have visited quite a few countries including Australia, South Korea & Hong Kong but not as many as Fred who has travelled extensively for his work.

Reading has always been one of my favourite things to do and as our children grew up we encouraged them to have a love of books.  Jonathan has finished writing up his Phd in Theology, written and published a Systematic Theology Book and continues to write his blog, Daniel went back to university and did a years course in Theology but is now finding there is not so much time to read or study with a full-time job and a two children under 3.  Linda did her Masters Degree in Creative writing and has written a novel and some screenplays.

In December 2010 Fred and I returned to Northern Ireland and made our new home in Banbridge, which is a smaller town and a completely different area than we grew up in, hence another new experience.

Front Garden of new home in Banbridge, just after we moved in during the worst winter there in many years.

In October 2013 our family became 6 instead of 5 when Daniel and Suzie got married

Daniel & Suzie's wedding - a very happy day even through the cold and wind.

Then in 2015 our family grew to 7 with the arrival of our grandson Matthew.

The following year we grew to 8 when Linda and Stephen got married.

Linda & Stephen's Wedding - another very happy day.

The last addition to bring us up to 9 as of July 2017 was our beautiful granddaughter Ruby which makes Fred and I even happier than before.

The very happy grandparents.

My main interests are my blog Sandra's Ark, my work on the curriculum for our church Sunday School, teaching English as a Second Language in our church each Wednesday evening and other church related work; so much so that I have now added a new blog series on Kids Songs and have set up a new blog for Kid related songs, activities and easy craft tutorials called The Ark Page.

Please feel welcome enough to browse around and if you enjoy reading some of my posts on A Dose of Encouragement or Housework/Funwork or Kids Resources or Pondering the Psalms or Songs for Worship or Xtra Special Days or The Book of ACTS or Book Reviews or Travel or anything else you find here then why not sign up to receive an email when a new post goes live.

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  1. Hello Sandra, I'm Rosz from Connecticut USA. Pleased to meet you. Just found your post. I'm marries fifty years this year and we have two grown son's and only my oldest is married with five children. Four girls and one son. I'm Italian and my husband is Irish.

  2. Thank you so much for the older songs and how to make the visuals. They are a blessing to see and get to hear. We do CEF and got to make the visual and teach the kids the older version of Good News, Good News. It went well. My artist daughter enjoyed making the visual with me. Thanks for bringing back up some of older songs that bring some depth to who God is and the simplicity in which we embrace Him.