Tuesday, 21 February 2017
It's universally acknowledged that parenting is one almighty rollercoaster... the highest highs of "Oh, aren't they just the cutest?!", the success stories (we actually produced a child who did something good off their own accord!), the golden moments of siblinghood (think cuddling blond heads on the sofa as opposed to shrieking, swiping and general outbursts) and just those moments of the day, brief thought they may be, where everything just seems to fall into place. But then there's the other side of parenting,
Monday, 20 February 2017
"Time in nature calms and focuses; for most children, it takes only a few minutes for them to begin to explore. Watch as they seek out places that feel particularly right to them,
Sunday, 19 February 2017
It's amazing how one split second can change everything. How one moment in time on Wednesday night set us on an unexpected path that led to two nights in hospital, a lot of prayer and anxiety and now continued questions about whether this baby of ours will make it to term.
For now, the news is good...
Friday, 17 February 2017
I forget, sometimes, how closely we live to some beautiful parts of England. It's easy to get lost in the hustle-bustle of suburban life, the chimney lined horizon from our bedroom window, the constant background noise of traffic... Easy to forget that just a short drive away are wide, open spaces, fresh air, and the beautiful surroundings of the natural world.
Half term always affords us the opportunity of adventures. And dear friends visiting from Austria allows us the chance to show off our little patch in all its stunning glory...
Thursday, 16 February 2017
I didn't expect to find myself here, at 26 + 3 weeks, on the antenatal ward with nurses checking vitals and heartbeats and doctors explaining complicated terms and nurses drawing diagrams. All the while, shaking uncontrollably as though I was cold, when really all it was was fear.
That was last night. Lying in triage, gripping David's hand like there was no tomorrow.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
I determined to take these photos yesterday, as welly-booted feet trudged through puddles, and little hands grasped sticks and stones like precious collector items. These three of mine... such different personalities... each with their own interests and quirks and delicious uniqueness. Each character becoming more and more established with time. Each dynamic, different.
Monday, 13 February 2017
"We talk about training our children, but they train us first, teaching many a sacred lesson, stirring up in us many a slumbering gift and possibility, calling out many a hidden grace and disciplining our wayward powers into strong and harmonious character."
- J.R.Millar - The Home Beautiful -