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We never change

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Daf and I have never been particularly good at “date night”.  Early on the pressure to do something super original and fun or ensure we had a great time was too much.  We now often struggle to think of something to do, forget, put other things first, don’t want to do what the other wants, […]

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I will survive

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A couple of weeks ago we had a zoom catch up with some lovely folk and heard about all the things those that don’t have kids are planning to learn/master during this weird time of extra time.  There were some fun and creative ideas, but none I felt I could possibly achieve with a young […]

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Morning has broken

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I thought today it might be nice to write something which can draw us away from the topic that seems to dominate most of our conversations at the moment.  By no means am I suggesting that it is not important and real, but I do believe a distraction is valuable now and then.  Therefore, I […]

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Make a memory

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So here we are again.  The days are long, the weeks even longer, but the moments are still there.  As we battle through this time together I cannot encourage you more to keep tracking your “highs and lows” of the day (a wonderful dinner time conversation introduced to us by some very dear friends).  The […]

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What I go to school for

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To encourage you all, this week has been significantly better.  Having taken my own advice last week we have gotten off to a much better start.  I’m in no fairy-tale way thinking that this is it now, we’re sorted, but that with different expectations we are more prepared for the long game. Today, I thought […]

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The Power of Love

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I know I’m a bit late in the month to be thinking about love, but I was struck by a somewhat saddening thought yesterday regarding the question of love.  You’ve heard me talk about love languages before and it’s something I have tried to reinstall in our family to get us thinking about how we […]

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Whatever next?

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I have been reminded this week of the importance of journeying through parenthood with others.  It’s something I’ve mentioned before (maybe on a few occasions) but each stage we face with our little ones brings new challenges which need not be faced alone. We currently have a four-and-a-half-year-old (going on 14).  The Jekyll and Hyde, […]

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New Year; New You?

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Who gets to January and thinks yey, it’s a new year…that means a new me?  Or who gets to January and thinks I just can’t be bothered with a new year’s resolution; they never come to anything and the thought of another failure is just too much?  I think I fall somewhere in the middle.  […]

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Mum Guilt

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Earlier this year I heard someone answer the question “what would you do differently in life” as follows: “ I’d fill it with less stuff”.  That really got me thinking.  What is “stuff”?  Is it meaningful or just stuff?  The answer prompted me to take a rain check on all the stuff in my life […]

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Autumn Days

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I am so incredibly grateful that a season as worthy as autumn follows the summer.  Saying goodbye to the warmth and sunshine, the long, stretched out evenings, the dinners in the garden, the leaving the house in just a t-shirt, the smell of sun-cream, the garden produce and the holidays is always a tricky one.  […]