Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Bye Bye Bestemor!

We have had a wonderful week with Bestemor. Dave's Mum has been over visiting from Norway and the girls have revelled in it. Early morning stories in bed, singing galore and a lot of cuddles. It is lovely to see this relationship develop... its long distance in many ways, but testimony to the wonders of Skype. There is never any strangeness or shyness when this group of ladies is reunited.

Just joy. And fun. And lots and lots of laughter.

Magni, thank you for staying... we will miss you!

Friday, 17 October 2014

And the winner is...

I'm very excited to announce the winner of the adorable Librileo book box...


Drumroll please!

And the winner is...


Well done Nadine! Please message me through the "Contact Me" page above and send me your address! The Librileo people will be in touch to sort out your personalised book box as soon as I hear from you!


Sorry to everyone who entered but didn't win... Hopefully next time! Please do go an take a look at Librileo as a company! They offer a fantastic service and are wonderfully educational!

Happy weekend everyone!

The Little Things We've Loved This Week

It's been a busy little week, but a lovely one, and there's been plenty of opportunity to find lots of little gems amongst the madness... my little loves for this week...

I read this fabulous little book called "The Debutante" by Kathleen Tessaro which was very Mitfordesque (if you don't know anything about the Mitford sisters, you HAVE to google them! Probably the most fascinating family to have ever existed!) I really, really enjoyed it from the first page, and it had a few interesting turns which always makes for good reading. I'm now working my way through "Sisters of the East End" by Helen Batten which is good, but nowhere near as absorbing as its "Call the Midwife" counterparts... I'm determined to finish it, but its definitely not a page turner in the way "The Debutante" was...

I watched Gogglebox for the first time last weekend, and giggled the whole way through. How can it be so funny to watch other people watching television?! Literally made me laugh out loud!

This week I have spent the week listening to nursery rhymes and action songs. The girls are currently loving doing their own "show" which involves them acting out all their personal faves, so I'm not getting a lot of listening time right now!

I relaunched my little business which is very exciting, so I've been busy crafting away! This week I've been working on a couple of little commissions which has been fun and a bit different to my normal stock. I'd love it if you'd pop over to my Facebook Page and give it a like (only if you actually DO like the stuff of course!)

This is the category I always fail at, because to be honest? I can't really remember. Getting two little girls dressed is busy enough, and at the moment, I'm getting up ten minutes before them and throwing on the first thing I find in the wardrobe. Yup. I am a fashion queen... Or not. I AM enjoying wearing my boots again though. After a whole season apart from each other, we're reacquainting ourselves and I'm thoroughly happy to be doing so!

And Finally...
My lovely mother-in-law is over from Norway this week so we've been having lots of fun and the girls have been having a whale of a time. This weekend is going to be REALLY busy - it involves a family get-together, baby shower, Naming Day and Tutoring sessions... Wish me luck!

What have you been loving this week??



Thursday, 16 October 2014

Our Autumnal Week: Savouring the Season

Rainy days means stuck inside
Noses pressed at windows, blue eyes wide
Watching, jumping at the sound
Of thunder rumbling all around.

Autumn baking, little hands knead
mixed spice biscuits, little mouths to feed
Cancelled trips to the pumpkin patch
Instead we bake a Pumpkin Muffin batch!

Autumn colours everywhere,
Red, yellow, orange, leaves to share
Paintbrushes out, the colours of fall
As little girl creations plaster the walls.

Kicking through leaves in welly boots,
The school run seems a longer route
When all's slowed down by autumn fun
As little girls jump and little girls run!

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

In Two Weeks, We'll Know...

In two weeks, it will be the morning after the biggest hospital appointment of our year. In two weeks, we will know, a little bit more, the long term consequences of Heidi's Kawasaki Disease.

As the two weeks draw near, I find myself flitting between a determined denial; an understanding that I can do nothing to change the outcome and therefore there's no point in even thinking about it, and a deepset fear. I know the Lord holds our Heidi utterly in his hands, but sometimes the unknown is easier to swallow than the truth...

In two weeks, we will return to the Royal Brompton for another Consultant appointment: vitals, followed by an ECG, followed by an Echo (heart scan) followed by the all important Consultant meeting, where we will once again find out what is going on in our littlest girl's body.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you can read Heidi's story here. The initial trauma is over, but the long term consequences, and the day-to-day background anxiety of a child with a serious heart condition, continue.

And so, in two weeks, we will know.

In two weeks, we'll know whether Heidi's last affected coronary artery has healed itself like the others
In two weeks we'll know whether the aneursysms that literally covered our baby girl's arteries have gone forever.
In two weeks, we'll know whether Chicken Pox will continue to be our worst enemy, or simply a childhood illness to be endured.
In two weeks, I'll know whether any mention of Chicken Pox turns our daughter into a recluse, or whether she will have the freedom to mix and play with children who "may" be carrying it.
In two weeks, we will know whether her daily medication can be stopped, or whether it will need to continue.
In two weeks, we'll know whether this has been a short, painful chapter in our lives, or whether it will be a lifelong book with chapters yet to come.

In two weeks, we'll know whether we will ever be able to look back on this difficult, lifechanging period of our lives as history, or whether it will may well always be a reality we live with.

Two weeks.

How do you begin to get your head around that knowledge, when Kawasaki Disease and its devastating consequences have lived for the past 18 months like the silent, unwelcome fifth member of your household? When EVERY gathering with other children strikes that slight fear that perhaps will bring our Heidi into contact with something that could be life-shattering for her? When every dinner time is followed by a dose of medication that never lets you forget? When your daughter is removed from the public for nearly six months because she can't afford to risk catching certain illnesses?

The prospect of healing is unfathomable... and yet the Doctor's told us they were hopeful.

So I begin to prepare my mind for this appointment. Two weeks, and things will be much clearer.

One way or the other...

Do I hope? Or do I put up my self-protective wall that won't let me hope, because the fall down will be too hard?

Or do I do that other thing? That thing I've been learning in a more real, painful, world-shattering, broken-but-beautiful way...

Do I trust that the Saviour holds our girly in his hands? That his will WILL be done? And that it will be for his glory, and Heidi's good? That I can know, without shadow of a doubt, that whatever happens in two weeks is absolutely right?

Do I trust Him?

The answer - through the trips and turns, the tunnels, the valleys, the bottom of the pit and lower - has proved this past 18 months to be "yes"...

I can trust Him. He has proved so very, very, faithful.

And so, Lord, I do.

Help me when I doubt...

Monday, 13 October 2014

Rainy Day Baking: Autumn Spice Biscuits

One of our favourite things to do in autumn is bake. There is something utterly autumnal for me in the scent of mixed spices, cooked apple and pumpkin soup in the air... that fresh baked smell that draws small children to the kitchen.

And this recipe is one they love to get stuck in with.

So for all those rainy afternoons it seems we're about to experience... here's a little recipe for some Autumn Spice Biscuits that we've been enjoying on these stuck-in-the-house days...

Because its true, isn't it?

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

You need:
175g brown sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup
100g margerine
3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 egg, lightly beaten

Heat the sugar, golden syrup and butter in a saucepan until they are melted.

Mix the flour and spices in a mixing bowl

Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in 1tsp of cold water.

Make a well in the flour mixture and add the melted sugar mixture, the egg, and the bicarbonate of soda mixture. Mix through. The mixture will feel soft and sticky. 

In the bowl, cover the top of the mixture with cling film and leave to cool. Once cooled, place in the fridge for one hour so that it firms up.

After an hour, heat the oven to 190C/Gas Mark 5

Remove the mixture from the fridge and knead on a lightly floured surface. Roll it out and cut into shapes with cutters. Transfer onto baking sheets, leaving room between each shape for them to spread.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until biscuits darken slightly.

Leave to cool on a wire rack!


Unfortunately, they were gobbled up so quickly, that I never had a chance to get photographs of the finished product... 

... but they were utterly delicious, and a total hit with the little ladies!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Sisters in October...

This past month has been a month of transition for these two little sisters.

Learning to have a little more distance. Learning to spend their mornings apart.

Its been a learning curve for all of us to adjust to Ava being at preschool every morning. But perhaps most of all for Heidi. She adores her big sister. Yes, she knows exactly how to wind her up (try standing in front of the television, or stealing her felt tips, or bear hugging her when she wants to be left alone)... but she adores her. And I notice, more and more, how our little H just wants to be like her big sister, and do everything her big sister does...

And Ava misses her little sister too. Our big girl has such a kind and patient side (which, of course, can be competed with by the stubborn, determined side too...!) which she often saves especially for her little sister. When she comes home from school, it is Heidi, Heidi, Heidi. And I like it that way.

They are sisters... of course they have their moments: they bicker and fight like the best of them. Ava knows how to irritate her little sister, and Heidi can give a good thump (!!) so we deal with all the normal sibling stuff. But I love the little friendship unfolding before my eyes, and the little roles that are coming into play.

The big sister: the leader, the boss, the helpful and protective one...
The little sister: the admirer, the determined, the "I can do it if you can" one; her sister's biggest fan!

Just two little friends.

Sisters in October.

dear beautiful