Monday, September 2, 2013

Overdale House and finally getting here...

Oh my.

I can't believe I've been in England for two weeks! I did plan on posting earlier but it's just been too crazy around here. I know you'll forgive me.

I am happy to write now though, albeit a bit briefly.

To recap...

I arrived at London's Heathrow Airport after a smooth journey across the vast atlantic ocean.

It was the most uncomfortable succession of plane rides I've taken to date, but I think that's just because it's too hard to get comfy in those narrow seats. But I made it safely so that's all that counts.

I found my two-ton luggage set and then proceeded to make as many wrong turns as possible throughout the airport trying to get to Terminal 3. Or was it 1? I'm still confused.

Just note, if one wants to take the Underground Picadilly line...if you go to the wrong terminal, beware you will have to lug your luggage up many,

Thankfully, those few times I found myself in the very awkward, cumbersome position, gazing forlornly up the mountainous stairways, some very nice English gents stopped to help me out.

So grateful to them ;)

Once up on solid, city ground at Victoria Station, I began the slow haul down the sidewalk trying to locate the Coach (bus) station. I was receiving some odd stares and double takes. I think I may have looked half-mad at this point, my hair all frizzy and cheeks, a bright shade of tomato-red from all the exertion. My luggage was all linked together one on top of the other...I think that looked odd too.

Anyways, it had taken me so long to get to the bus station that I missed the bus I was going to take.

Not to worry though...a mere 3 hours later and after lots of people gazing and interesting conversations with English and Irish folks also waiting, I was bound for Derby.

I met the wonderful missionary base leaders for YWAM Derby at the Derby bus station and they hustled me to my new home...

Overdale House.

It is a beautiful, victorian house from the mid-1800s...that now houses currently 11 YWAM missionaries, two kiddos, and soon a bunch of DTS (Discipleship Training School) students.

So happy to finally be here. And I am so amazed and blessed by everyone's testimonies and the journeys that God has had them on to get to this place now.

Here's a brief look at my new home...and wonderful people I am working with.

Becca (my awesome roomate), little Esther (a missionary couple's daughter) and I
most of YWAM Derby's missionary staff out in the countryside of Derbyshire (5 countries represented)

To be continued...


  1. Jeanine,

    So good to read and see about your new life there. Your pictures help me have a better understanding of your whereabouts. The sink between the toilet and shower reminds me of the old days :) Love your very tall window.

    Looking forward to more entries of yours.


    1. Ohh thank you Hmingi, you know I LOVE seeing your face on here :) I miss you so much. Im so happy to share these photos with you!! The windows are amazing them soooo big :) xxoo

  2. How amazing is the view around you?! Wow. It's beautiful there. And so fun to see who you'll be working with! :) Seriously, I'm loving the chance to "travel" along with you. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures with us! And please know that I'm praying God will do amazing and awesome things through you and everyone else there. I know good things will happen. :)

    Can't wait for the next installment!

    1. Kara thank you so much for your encouraging words and prayers I appreciate that sooo much :)) I am happy to share the journey with you...I only wish I could get on here and post more and visit yours and others' lovely blogs more...too little time in the day! Bless you girly! :))

  3. I stumbled across your blog while researching Christmas village figurines. I don't know how Google Search thought your blog fit the criteria, but I am glad, reading about your journey has been inspiring. It has also eaten up my free time, which I'd planned on using to find some suitable Christmas figurines. Thank you for serendipitously sharing your stories with me and the world (blogs have a way of reaching more readers than its creator anticipated.


    1. How funny that Google landed you here! :) I so appreciate your kindness in taking the time to read and then write to let me know. I am happy that my stories here might have served as a (hopefully) happy diversion for you. Best of luck in finding Christmas village figurines! I adore Christmas villages and I miss having one up this year. Merry Christmas MissNikkiAnn! :) Bless you!

  4. Miss Jeanine, what is going on with you girlie girl? We need an update. How are things progressing for you in England? Are you happy? I have been checking your blog from time to time, but no updates are posted. Inquiring minds wants an update. :-)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



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