Five Minutes: In Between

Five Minute Friday


As the end of term bears down, like the smallest shaft of light pricking the dark, dark, dark of a long and exhausting tunnel, I’m finally starting to find time.  To read, to sleep, to chat, to blog.  June in teaching comes second only to September in levels of exhaustion, and I write as one who feels like a shadow…eyebags like trunks, head like wool, body aching.  The demands of exams, activities and reports always leave me wrecked.  There are harder jobs, undoubtedly, but I like to give of my all, and the end of this month always finds me tired.


Now, however, we’re moving forward and I find myself in the usual end of term whirl – parties and projects and sucking up the last of the goodness before the long summer break begins.  And as my to-do list calms that little bit, it’s nice to find time for things that aren’t school (thank heavens – I’m running out of clothes!).  Amongst those is finding the five minutes to link up with the lovely Lisa-Jo for 5 Minute Friday.  It has been too long!


This week’s prompt is in between.




It’s precious to me, this stage of in between.


A few months ago Matthew and I were girlfriend and boyfriend, happy together, bimbling along in our own happy way.


And then in April, that changed.  In the nicest, most unexpected, loveliest way.  A small question, a smaller answer, and a shiny pretty ring threw us gently from ‘together’ to ‘engaged’.  And this is the in between we find ourselves in.  Excited to be married, enjoying planning a wedding, and travelling through the unique delights of being a fiancĂ© and a fiancĂ©e.


It’s a fun stage, a busy stage, a stage of lists and plans and dreams and budgets and ideas and conversations.  Between glasses of champagne and dinner chats we email vendors, design invitations and compare notes.  We visit and are visited by families, bridesmaids, best men to be.  We swap stories with our other friends planning weddings for next year.  We look forward.  We  talk not just about weddings, but about the future, the marriage beyond.  We’re in between the lands of single and married, and it’s a lovely place to be.


One of the nicest in betweens I’ve ever experienced.




  1. 1 of the Creekside Team
    28th June 2013 / 10:47 am

    I love hearing about a happy in-between … for so many it's a time for doubt and fear. I am delighted for you today, Claire!Linda

    • Claire T
      30th June 2013 / 10:45 am

      Thank you so much – it's a very exciting season!

  2. Leigh Anne
    28th June 2013 / 10:52 am

    What a fun time in your life! Enjoy it!! Stopping by from FMF.

    • Claire T
      30th June 2013 / 10:46 am

      Lovely to meet you!

  3. Lindsey Brackett
    28th June 2013 / 10:58 am

    Being engaged is one of the sweetest in between times. So much anticipation, joy, nervousness…that all comes together in His perfect timing. Congratulations!

    • Claire T
      30th June 2013 / 10:46 am

      Thank you – we are so very excited!

  4. Rebecca
    28th June 2013 / 11:03 am

    Oh – I pray this time of your life is filled with moments of sweet prayer together – cherishing the in between but knowing each moment is a chance to truly grasp and display the love of the Father! Looking forward to reading your journey!

    • Claire T
      30th June 2013 / 10:47 am

      Thank you, Rebecca – we are excited for what lies ahead!

  5. Riot Kitty
    28th June 2013 / 8:46 pm


    • Claire T
      30th June 2013 / 10:48 am

      Thank you, lovely – looking forward to telling you more about it! I have also *finally* finished your super book – once summer's here I will review it on amazon and may also post about it here if that's okay?

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