About me – what a daunting name for a page! What to say about me?
Well without meaning to dodge the question, the first thing to say about me is not really about me, but about the Lord Jesus. Nor is it distinctive to me, but true of every member of his family. You see, the most important thing about me, and also the most exciting thing, is that I am in Christ. I was made by him and for him and can be truly and eternally alive because of him.
Now for the particulars.
My name is Johanna and I find myself living in the North West of England with my husband, three children and two guinea pigs. The guinea pigs I will refer to as The Two Fat Ladies, now let me introduce you to the rest of the family:
First of all there is my husband: No Tea Vicar or NTV for short. As the name suggests he is a vicar who, contrary to tradition, drinks neither tea nor coffee and who would prefer never to be offered a cucumber sandwich or cucumber in any form whatsoever!
The Lord has graciously given us four children. Three to share our journey with and one who has gone home ahead of us.
With us we have the One and Only Daughter – 10; the Court Jester – 8; and the All or Nothing – 6.
Our first son – The Gift – was stillborn at 37 weeks.
With all three children at school I now live a leisurely life drinking coffee and writing my blog. Only joking. Although there is quite a lot of coffee involved it is more likely to accompany a prayer meeting, a planning meeting or a bible study than a writing session. Once a week however I install myself in a coffee shop and write. That’s something you need to know about me – I love to write. Writing is a big thing to me and has been for as long as I can remember. Once or twice over the past 10 years it has been my privilege to write for publication – see below – however, recently the doors have been closing on that front leaving my desire to write standing on the doorstep ringing the bell. So here I am.
For those interested in how I got here – below is a whistle stop tour of life before landing in rural North West England in my late thirties.
Born in Oxford
Moved to the USA when I was five
Moved back to the UK when I was 10
Went to secondary school in Oxford
Headed north to read (or can you only read if you go to Oxbridge?) Geography at Durham University. Met, but didn’t go out with, NTV – although he wasn’t planning on being a vicar then.
Worked for a church in London during which time I married NTV in 2000 (still no plans to be a Rev.)
Became a youth and children’s worker for a different church in London while also contributing to some bible reading notes for 7-11 year olds. Stopped all that to have the One and Only Daughter. NTV started thinking about full time ministry and started working for our church while attending a course on teaching the bible part time. Eventually NTV went through the whole C of E application process and shortly after The Gift’s stillbirth we found ourselves moving to Oxford to attend theological college. Had idea for Beginning with God.
Had the Court Jester while in Oxford.
Temporarily moved up to the North West for our curacy (3-4 years) where the All or Nothing joined us. As did the original Two Fat Ladies. Input Output was published.
Temporary changed into long-term when NTV took on the position of Priest in Charge in a multi parish benefice – in other words he has lots of churches all of whom would rather not have to share!
And so here we are.
Input, Output – a book to encourage and equip 12-16s to form a habit of regular personal prayer and bible study. Published by Christian Focus
Beginning with God: Three booklets for parents to use with their pre-schoolers as they read through the Beginners Bible together. Published by the Good Book Company