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“The Kite’s Tale – A book for all

It’s adoption week here in the UK and this is my final post on the “Kite’s Tale” for a while. The last few weeks, surrounding its launch, have been full on and I’m feeling fairly weary. I’m so grateful to all the adoption agencies who have posted information about the book and helped to promote… Continue reading “The Kite’s Tale – A book for all

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The Kite’s Tale – The healing nature of family

Adoption is a great option, but nobody has ever said it will be easy. During our training, many years ago, the phrase “parenting plus” was impressed upon us. I think this sums up the additional challenges of parenting children with attachment and trauma issues. As we daily meet those challenges, I’ve spent hours reading and… Continue reading The Kite’s Tale – The healing nature of family

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“The kite’s Tale” A story of adoption

What books spring to mind when you think about adoption? “Anne of Green Gables” for me. When indeed did you last read a story to your children where the main character was adopted? I’m guessing some while ago, if ever, because there are very few books which delve into adoption, While Anne is one of… Continue reading “The kite’s Tale” A story of adoption

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Parenting a child with dyslexia – Part 2 – October 2020

Having written in a previous post about Rhythm Dude’s journey with dyslexia, I’ll now pen a little about Sparkly Eyes’ path so far and then jot down some practical tips I’ve picked up along the way. Sparkly Eyes has a kaleidoscope of behavioural and emotional needs in addition to dyslexia. This adds to the complexities… Continue reading Parenting a child with dyslexia – Part 2 – October 2020

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Our adoption journey – adopting as a family – February 2020

Adoption has always been on my radar, but I think it resurfaced with intent while I was in labour for our second son. I remember yelling out “we’re going to adopt the next one!”. I wonder what turns a flippant and easily excusable remark into a seed which will bear fruit? I’m sure there are… Continue reading Our adoption journey – adopting as a family – February 2020

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Christmas – 2019

We're half way through the twelve days of Christmas with HWH and Lanky Dude starting back to work tomorrow; the week has passed by all too quickly. I've relished the time we've all been at home, despite the arguments, mess and normal family upsets. As the boys grow older, each season when everyone is home… Continue reading Christmas – 2019

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A grace-filled Advent – December 2019

As the season of advent approached this year I was determined yet again to move towards simplicity and a slowing down. The purpose of Advent before Christmas is as Lent is for Easter, a time of preparation, being still and even fasting. So different from our general experience. I wrote more about this last year.… Continue reading A grace-filled Advent – December 2019

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A Top down approach to our “different”children October 2019

This has been a post mulling over in my mind for a while, but as it's a heartfelt one it's taken a while to be able to put fingers to keyboard. The two prompts have been that we recently recorded a Mended Teacups podcast touching on this area, https://mendedteacups.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/home-educating-children-with-different-needs/ and that I signed up to… Continue reading A Top down approach to our “different”children October 2019

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Long summer holidays – July 2019

The summer holidays have arrived here in the UK, although we "broke up" from our homeschool about three weeks ago as we were on our knees and the boys had finished exams and college. I love the beginning of any holiday, and this one in particular because it marks the end of our academic year… Continue reading Long summer holidays – July 2019

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Moments of beauty in the midst of life. April 2019

There are so many moments of joy in my mothering journey, and it truly is the most fulfilling job I have ever done, but it certainly feels like hard work some days...in fact, most days. But I don't think anything of such eternal worth is ever going to be a breeze. There are many seasons… Continue reading Moments of beauty in the midst of life. April 2019