Hardships aren't easy. (The clue is in the name). But I've seen great purpose come from great pain. When I struggled with maternal mental health for a second time, and sank to such depths from which I thought my marriage and my family would never recover, I couldn't see a way out. I remember crying… Continue reading When what now becomes what if
It's not very British to air your woes, unless you are complaining about the weather of course. The 'keep calm and carry on' mantra has continued long since the war ended and our chronic apologetic nature makes us too polite to challenge attitudes or actions we don't like. In short, we have become very good… Continue reading Behind The Smile
Staying home has meant more time on our hands. We are scrolling more, reading more and watching more. But what are you watching? God has been really speaking to me out of Proverbs 31 and I wanted to share some thoughts from verse 27 with you. She carefully watches over everything in her household and… Continue reading Consuming content or choosing content?
"Are you scared Mommy?" My wide eyed ten year old looked up at me from the sofa, where he has been watching the latest news unfold. I thought for a moment and took a deep breath before I answered him. I am a firm believer in telling our kids the truth, where appropriate, and I… Continue reading You are not alone
I am sat drinking coffee alone in my favourite coffee shop reflecting on the last 12 months. Today is the first day back at school for our boys after we spent a year home educating them. The irony is not lost on me that it was in this coffee shop that we spent our first… Continue reading Why we stopped homeschooling
At first glance this looks like a father and son moment; a lesson in handling a saw and managing a garden. The truth is it is a lesson in handling consequences and managing poor decisions. Look closer at the picture, do you see the tree on the right? It has a huge branch torn off… Continue reading Learning lessons
Ever been in love? If so you know what it feels like to be head over heels, completely consumed by someone or something. This is how I feel about essential oils. Sound extreme? Think again. If you knew that you had a way to help a friend feel good, help her baby sleep, or support… Continue reading Too good not to share
I got it wrong today. Okay not just today, but spectacularly so on this occasion. This time it was with my middle child, my easiest by far and my least demanding. He is so often overshadowed by his more vocal siblings or overlooked as he is generally happy to go with the flow. We were… Continue reading The Home School Diaries #3
So by the school calendar, we are about to complete our first half term as homeschoolers! People keep asking me, how is it going? How does it feel? The short answer is liberating and exhausting! First off, my favourite thing is no school run. Let's be honest, NO ONE likes the school run. Getting three… Continue reading The Homeschool Diaries #2
Monday’s are the toughest day of the week for many. Statistically, it is the day with the highest number of heart attacks and suicides. At some point our mind or our bodies gives way to mounting pressure, at work, at home, at school, at university. I used to dread Monday because that was the day… Continue reading Just Another Manic Monday?