Creating a Haven for Charlotte

As you all know, Charlotte has many, many medical diagnoses (ME, fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, non epileptic seizure disorder, tic disorder and functional neurological disorder with a hallucinogenic component, generalised anxiety disorder…). In an attempt to do something, anything, which might help her, I decided to turn her bedroom into a haven of peace and tranquillity.…

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My Little Cutie-Pie

Lillie and Becca have always been close. Really, really close. I think probably Lillie is like a second mum to Becs. Over the past few years, Lil has invested hours and hours into her younger sisters. And, of course, Becca and Lillie are my two artists and have a lot in common. The relationship between…

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When your five year old thinks she knows more than you…

"Mummy."  It was said as a statement.  There stood my five year old, arms crossed, eyes serious. "Yes, darling?  How can I help?"  I answered, struggling to keep the grin out of my voice.  I just knew something profound was coming. "Mummy."  Again, a statement.  I raised my eye brows as she informed me,  "I won't…

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Please can you pray?

The severe abdominal cramps Gary was having yesterday turned out to be acute appendicitis.  He has been in hospital since yesterday and is due to have it removed shortly.  Please can you pray all goes well?  Gary seems more concerned about how hungry he is :), but us girls (especially the younger two) are quite…

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Precious Moments

This week we had Gary's parents visit, which they do each year over T's birthday.  I already posted about T's birthday gathering which was both fun and very moving, especially during the group prayer.  It was so moving, in fact, that we have decided to do the same for every child on their birthday: On…

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A Very Special Birthday

Yesterday was my son's birthday.  He turned fourteen.  Fourteen!!  Really?  Seriously, how did that happen? T has had a really great year this year.  His hormones and all the related changes have ceased and he seems to have come out of the other side of adolescence relatively unscathed.  He has the most amazing group of…

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So….

.....the older children were doing evening chores when I noticed T13 seemed to be doing more wandering around than work. I pulled him up on this, saying 'Son, you don't seem to be doing an awful lot of work right now.' To which he replied, with a twinkle in his eye, 'I'm moving my muscles…

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!  I can't believe it's 2016!  Oh my goodness....where does time go?  I have had a thoroughly relaxing, nurturing few weeks which I needed more than I knew.  There is beauty in the mundane and ordinary once more; life looks brightly coloured and full of hope; I am dreaming lazily about the simple…

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Yearly Wrap Up

This past year has been a year of trying out new things; attempting to be courageous in the face of timidity and juggling all the things life throws at me without dropping any balls.  It has been a year of God challenging me on topics I don't wish to be challenged on; of asking me…

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