I was born and raised in Greenwich in South East London, but lived in Florida from 1996 to 2012 after I married Dan, who is an American. We moved to Whitstable in 2013 and joined All Saints shortly afterwards.
I love the friendly atmosphere of the church. I have recently completed a 3-year term on the church's DCC and I am a Pastoral Assistant.
I attended Leeds University and am a retired Chartered Accountant. I am the proud mother of two children – they both live in California. Lois works in the theatre department of California State University, Fullerton. She specialises in lighting. Barry is an attorney living in the San Francisco area.
Like many people my age I sometimes complain about modern technology, but I am thankful for it as it enables me to keep in close contact with them, especially during these uncertain times.
Janet's reflection is as follows:
During these challenging and uncertain times it is easy to feel negative. I am trying to set aside some time every day to count my blessings and look at the positives.
The signs of Spring are all around us - the blossom on the trees, and the tulips and daffodils - in the streets and gardens. We do not need to visit parks to see them.
A friend suggested we write down one thing a day that we want to do when all the restrictions are lifted. It will give us something to look forward to and help us maybe to realise what we have been taking for granted.
I think the wisest words I have heard are: “I'm safe at home, not stuck at home”.
Looking out of my window now I can see sunshine, birds feeding and bright, colourful flowers.
Easter is approaching with its triumphant message. This leads me to reflect on the words of the hymn Thine Be The Glory:
"No more we doubt thee, Glorious Prince of Life;
Life is nought without thee: Aid us in our strife."
I know we are all missing seeing our family and friends, but as Her Majesty The Queen said in her address to the nation – echoing the words of the war-time song:
We'll meet again!