29 July 2017

1 week to go

So I (Rachel) awoke this morning with the realisation that 'this time next week our life in Rwanda will have begun'. Exciting, for sure.  As we sit in the house, furniture-less eating breakfast in camping chairs with our belongings starting to fill suitcases and a few items that we're hoping will stay at parents' homes we are in an unusual place, not yet there but not quite here either. There's still quite a lot (the fiddly bits!) to do Thursday evening and Friday after our short break to the New Forest begins tomorrow, but it'll get done.  I'm so glad that we're going to the New Forest, a place that holds so many joyful memories for us, to relax and enjoy some family time.

It's been a busy few weeks as expected but more so as Gareth found out he had to have a wisdom tooth out the day after his fund-raising ice climb. Wonderfully the dentist was able to get him an appointment with very short notice and no follow up treatment has been needed. And that ice-wall challenge! Gareth did it!

What's more is it has meant we have reached our initial target for fund-raising. At first we had aimed quite low with what our target should be but we were encouraged to aim much higher and we are o blessed and grateful to all friends and family and friends or family who have supported us in raising money for Step-Changers International. Thank you so much.  

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