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Summer Sundae 4 – August 2022

I love the family picture above, drawn by Dancing Toes. The respective heights of the boys dates it; Rhythm Dude is our gentle giant and towers over us all, closely followed by Lanky Dude and both HWH and myself now look up to our boys. However, they are boys no longer. They are young men… Continue reading Summer Sundae 4 – August 2022

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Rekindling Joy in the midst of Messy Motherhood – April 2022

I love reading posts by prospective or new adoptive parents; the sense of excitement and almost reverence as they finally get to hold the child they’ve been dreaming of and striving so hard for. I remember it well. However, it’s so easy to lose that sense of wonder as the years pass and we get… Continue reading Rekindling Joy in the midst of Messy Motherhood – April 2022

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Lent – March 2022

The long, dark days of February are over, catkins swing merrily from the hazel trees, the horse chestnut sticky buds are almost ready to burst into fresh green leaves, and I can breathe in the anticipation of spring. As we’ve plodded on through these winter months, heads down, I’ve been taken by surprise that Lent… Continue reading Lent – March 2022

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He makes everything beautiful in His time – healing from trauma – February 2022

When I was a child I loved listening to a gentle melody on our cassette player, sung sweetly by a lilting child’s voice with the lyrics “In His time, In His time, He makes all things beautiful in His time”. The words come from the book of Ecclesiastes and have whispered reassurance into my heart… Continue reading He makes everything beautiful in His time – healing from trauma – February 2022

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Advent and Christmas – December 2021

Advent is nearly ended and the celebrations of Christmas are just around the corner. This month of December can be like a helter-skelter, landing us in a exhausted, yet hopefully happy heap on the eve of Christmas. Our ideal is that it’s filled with delicious smelling foods, much loved traditions, twinkly lights, and sparkly-eyed children.… Continue reading Advent and Christmas – December 2021

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Golden days and grey skies – November 2021

In this strange new way of living where uncertainty abounds, fear not love seems to be a motivating force, and language, ideologies and algorithms bring division, it can be hard, even for the sunniest and most optimistic of us to remain upbeat. Maybe this is appropriate. We are living, I believe, in dark times, and… Continue reading Golden days and grey skies – November 2021

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Things that bring hope – April 2021

I’ve not written for a while; life has been busy and full. However, I’m delighted that today we have a special guest post, written by Dancing Toes, my twelve year old daughter. She wrote it a few weeks ago, and it’s taken me a while to upload. However, I think it’s well worth the wait!… Continue reading Things that bring hope – April 2021

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Family traditions for Holy Week and Easter – March 2021

I love the journey of Holy Week; beginning on Palm Sunday and finishing at Easter. We do endeavour to walk through Lent, but it always seems a low time of year anyway, cold and dark, so my intentions at the beginning often don’t make it through to the end! I admire how my Catholic friends… Continue reading Family traditions for Holy Week and Easter – March 2021

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Learning through hard times – February 2021

Hello friends! How are you? I realise I’m not writing much about home ed or adoption, but our lives are so out of the ordinary at the moment that my musings seem to be ambling in a slightly different, though related, direction. However, for some more practical home ed thoughts, check out our podcast here.… Continue reading Learning through hard times – February 2021

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New Year – January 2021

Hello friends and Happy New Year. I hope that however you’ve been spending these holiday weeks you’ve found some moments of beauty and made some fun memories. Like everyone else, we had a very quiet Christmas, just the six of us, but it was a precious time and what we needed. I feel so grateful,… Continue reading New Year – January 2021