Hi! I’m Niki………a forty something Brit living in NC, USA. A self-confessed “fresh air junkie” and totally imperfect wife and mother.
Having grown up in the suburbs of North London, I went to university to study zoology and play lacrosse. Having had a brilliant time and way too much fun I finally had to enter the real world and get a job. But it was there that one morning, at the photocopier, I met and locked eyes with a dashing young man with blue eyes and the rosiest cheeks. I have to admit that it was love at first copy. Of course that man was Al, and we were married eighteen months later in a picturesque church surrounded by yellow daffodils.
Despite the church wedding, when we tied the knot neither Al or I were Christians, neither of us had ever thought about becoming Christians, and neither of us intended to leave our lucrative jobs and cushy lifestyles. That is, until our lives changed forever when I encountered God in a powerful way in a grimy hotel by the sea in early 1995. If you want to know more about that you can read My God (or “coming to faith” story) here.
Since then, Al and I (and mostly Al) have been missionaries to Bolivia, worked in a drug and alcohol rehab in London, lead the student ministry in our large London church, had three wonderful children, been to theological college in Oxford, England, and moved our family across the Atlantic to plant CityChurch in Charlotte, NC. It’s been a wild ride and we love seeing God move in powerful ways to heal and transform people.
But in February 2012, eight years after losing my lovely mum to lung cancer and six weeks after my beautiful sister died from the same disgusting disease, I was diagnosed with rectal cancer. My world, my family and my faith were rocked. My God was not. He is the rock after all.
While I was in treatment I kept my family and friends across the world up to date on my progress with a blog. With a large dollop of English humor, I was brutally honest and real about what I was going through, and what God was doing in the midst of this unfolding story. I was amazed when people started to tell me that they found my posts encouraging and challenging. That the humor and stories helped them weather the storm they were facing in their own lives. By honestly letting people into the messy reality of my own story I had unexpectedly started to encourage others in theirs.
So, I’ve carried on writing and sharing my life, my mess ups, my stories and my God. Now I’m cancer free and still being challenged by God in the ups and downs of my everyday life.
First and foremost I am a child of God. I’m also a wife, mother, church leader, cancer survivor, speaker and blogger.Not to mention a (besotted) dog lover, (frustrated) runner, (delicious) flapjack baker, (competitive) board game player and a tea loving, laundry hating, Downton Abbey fan! That’s me in a nutshell!!
I’d love to think that you’re encouraged too and that we can try and live out our messy lives with God at the centre where He loves to be, and that we can laugh and cry together.