Day by Day, Uncertain times 2020

Back to school? – April 2020

Easter morning Having toyed with the idea of continuing with some of our term time rhythm during the holidays, I realised I was emotionally depleted and needed a rest! It was the strangest of Easter holidays but I think the time helped me to come up with some sort of plan as to how we… Continue reading Back to school? – April 2020

Nature study and science, Uncertain times 2020

Fun with snails – April 2020

Snail Henge We usually cycle over to our church toddler group on a Wednesday, and we’re missing them all. So, the girls and I are going to prepare a little piece each week about some of the fun things we’ve been learning with a few activities which families with littlies, and children home from school,… Continue reading Fun with snails – April 2020

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Mothering in Uncertain Times – Teens – March 2020

We’ve now had a couple of weeks to try to get our heads around this emerging situation, yet things change on a daily basis. There is a huge amount of uncertainty which is very unsettling. It feels like we are on shifting sand. Here in the UK, in the past week we’ve had schools closing… Continue reading Mothering in Uncertain Times – Teens – March 2020

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Mothering in uncertain times – Mothers’ Day March 22 2020

The sky is blue today, the sun feels warm on my face and the world is springing into new life with all the exuberance we expect at this time of year. From our front porch I can see a steady stream of people out walking or cycling. It’s hard to imagine that we are in… Continue reading Mothering in uncertain times – Mothers’ Day March 22 2020

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Kids out of school…survival tips for heroic mums – March 2020

Our family loves watching the classic BBC comedy “Dad’s Army”. It appeals through a ten year age range between oldest and youngest child and makes us all laugh out loud. One of the most quoted phrases is “Don’t panic!” exclaimed by a delightful elderly gent whilst rushing round in circles, doing just that. I feel… Continue reading Kids out of school…survival tips for heroic mums – March 2020

Adoption reflections, Day by Day

Our Adoption Journey – Introductions 1 – 2020

It’s hard to put into words the level of excitement, apprehension, anticipation and relief which I felt prior to meeting each of our daughters. The build up had been immense. We had gone through lengthy, detailed and sometimes rather intrusive assessments followed by Adoption Panel. Then, with our first daughter, whose story now follows, another… Continue reading Our Adoption Journey – Introductions 1 – 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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Home ed to the world of work – February 2020

I recently had a delightful half hour sorting through some of the boys' old homeschool folders. Memories flooded back of outings taken, stories read, projects completed. It was fascinating to chart not only their changing abilities as each year progressed, but also their interests and perspectives. We had such a lot of fun learning together.… Continue reading Home ed to the world of work – 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