Our week was rather a quiet one until we hit Friday and then it has been all rather full on and non stop! We had the school Summer fair, followed by a fabulous community event on Friday evening. And then yesterday we had the joy of watching Megsie in her Gymnastics competition where she bagged herself a silver medal!

The afternoon saw Nathan and I taking Alice and Ethan to the Humber Bridge country park for a couple of hours whilst Megan enjoyed some fun activities with her Rainbows group (packed social life for her this weekend!). Finally we rounded it off with a lovely stroll through the woods at Danes Dyke and a chill on the beach this afternoon following our usual Sunday morning at Church! It has been a wonderful weekend and one I was grateful to have enjoyed so much – It has made me feel all the more excited for the Summer Holidays and more beach days and adventures!

Grateful For 

This week I am incredibly grateful for my neighbour who took me to Bridlington for “little big sing” and who takes Megs every week to Gymnastics with her daughter – it has meant I don’t have to get the train, that we have become friends and that Megan can do Gym more easily!

I am also grateful for 2 lovely school reports from Ethan and Megan’s teachers – they made me super proud! There were parts in them that actually made me laugh out loud and I love how great they both have been this school year. Mostly though I love and am grateful, that they continue to be themselves and that Megan especially is “strong willed” (Stubborn) and “independent”… I feel like she will go far!

Succeeded At 

I made it to the School Fair to be able help and successfully completed my stint on the Raffle store! I also bought 2 strips of tickets afterwards (for £2) and won a family day to a local National Trust spot! I couldn’t believe my luck – I never win things and it felt so great to have won such a fab prize when I had only spent 2 quid!

Found Beauty In 

The lovely fields on Monday when I walked my friends dog with her and the singing school kids at “Little big sing” that same afternoon! I found beauty in the many crocheted poppies lining the village station for “Village in bloom” and seeing the village gather together on Friday night.

It was also beautiful to see Megan performing her heart out in her Gym competition and the Humber Bridge on Saturday! And finally it was beautiful to see the white chalky rocks and sea this afternoon as we sat chatting and playing together!

It’s been a beautiful week in many ways and I am thankful for more positivity! 5 more days till schools out and we are a little excited and very ready for it!

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Last week was quite a week indeed, which I thoroughly enjoyed! From afternoon tea on the Monday, to a mini steam railway at the coast Thursday, our week has been filled with joyful things, little outings and now a 4 week countdown to the Summer holidays!

This coming week, whilst I have nothing in my diary as yet, also looks set to be great one too. With a forecast of bright sunshine and 21+ temperatures, I can’t wait to embrace the Summer and be outside some more with Alice having fun!

Grateful For …

This week I have been really grateful to live near my sisters and mum – Firstly because it was lovely to go out last Monday for afternoon tea and enjoyed the usual banter. Secondly to have a little tea party yesterday and wander/chat on Friday with my youngest sister. And finally I have been grateful that my mum came and had the kids on Wednesday for a couple of hours so that I could go into college earlier, and that sister babysat on Thursday so that Nathan and I could go out!

I am also incredibly grateful for the lovely students I have worked with these last few months on my course. I have found in each of them kindness and friendship and I am especially grateful for the little crew/team I had that offered so much motivation, help and encouragement. I couldn’t have done what I have without them and the support of Nathan at home and my local family with spots of childcare!

Succeeded At …

My biggest and most wonderful success this week was by far finishing my Level 3 in counselling skills. Gosh there have been weeks I have felt so far behind, or generally like I was ready to quit, but here I am on the other side of all of that and completed! I was so so happy to finally hand in my portfolio – nothing prepared me for how good that would really feel and I relished every moment!

Next I am hoping to get on the Counselling level 4 and then hopefully be practising in 2 yrs time.

This week I also managed to organise and declutter the girls room (though you can’t really tell now) and got on top of house work after neglecting it in order to prioritise my college work!

Found Beauty In …

Oh so many things this week. It always is the case when the weather is nice – my mood is better and therefore I notice more!

For me this week I have seen beauty in the moments wandering around the animal park with my friend on Wednesday and then seeing Alice loving the animals (mostly) and having a little picnic with her pal!

It was riding the little steam engine in Scarborough with Alice on Thursday and seeing her glee and excitement over it. And then, whilst she rested her head on my chest, we watched the sea beating down on the sea and looked over the bay as the world went by and we chilled on the little train. It was gorgeous!

Finally it was seeing my kids having fun with their cousins on Saturday… and then again yesterday! This week I have felt so fortunate to live around so many beautiful things and people and I am excited for another week of sunshine and adventures – and not college to rush off to!

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The last couple of weeks have been a real struggle for me, and consequently I missed last weeks “MyHeartyLife” update! I have had a kidney infection, and whilst I have been trying to get on and mother etc, I kinda hit a wall and just needed to rest and switch off as much as possible if I wanted any chance of my body being able to recover.

I seem to be pretty run down generally in life, and seem to get ill quite often which I find incredibly frustrating, but thankfully in these last couple of days, and after some tests and 2 courses of antibiotics, I am finally feeling like me again!

This week has been pretty good (minus being so ill at the beginning of it), and we have had made some fabulous memories through Megan’s birthday and a Taylor Swift concert.

Grateful For … 

This week I feel super grateful for our second born child – Miss Megan! On Thursday she turned 6 and it was wonderful to be able to celebrate her and her presence in our family/lives! I am grateful to be the mother of someone that is so funny, crazy and generally filled with goodness. She can be cheeky and explosive if you upset her or frustrate her too much, but mostly she is kind and thoughtful and I am just grateful to be able to walk through life with her. She is a real daydreamer and imaginative and I love to see life through her eyes!

I also feel grateful for the offers of help from neighbours and friends whilst I haven’t been well, and for my little sister taking me to the hospital to make sure everything was okay! I am grateful for my lovely mother in law throwing Megs a birthday tea of homemade pizza’s and for one of her aunts making her a fresh cake out of melon and grapes!! And then finally again for my mother in law for buying me a fab drinks bottle so that I can drink more, and get better quicker.

It’s been clear to see that I am surrounded by good people and I felt especially grateful for that fact and realisation this week.

Succeeded At …

Being well enough to see Taylor Swift! We bought the tickets before Christmas and have been super excited ever since! At the beginning of this week I really thought that I wouldn’t make it. I was so weak and ill that we decided to ask around to see if anyone else wanted to go with Nathan. Thankfully though I did feel a little better and with knowing it was seated, I felt I could face it and we decided to go. I loved every second and it was so nice to escape life to spend time with Nathan at such an epic concert!

We certainly ended a hard week on a high, and even though I didn’t feel my best and was tired, it was a lot of fun.

Found Beauty In …

On Friday evening as I drove to Leeds to get Nathan from work for our concert date, I passed the most beautiful field of Poppies! Within seconds I had pulled over and got out to snap a pic. I love these moments when I am on my own and have such beautiful reminders in my life of our precious little Poppy! It made me very reflective for the next chunk of my drive, but I am grateful for that time to be on my own and just feel it.

I also found beauty in seeing Megan with her friends for her party on Saturday, and Alice laughing her head off today in the car. I love being their mother and being able to witness these hearty moments that fill my heart with love and joy!

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On Monday morning I headed to London on the train to participate in some filming with Channel 5 for a piece on Stillbirth. It was lovely to be able to meet such a bunch of brave, and kind women, and to hang out a little with 2 other blogging friends; Laura Dove from Five Little Doves, and Jess from The Legacy of Leo – it is always exciting to meet a person in real life (hi Jess), and to see a familiar face! It will be aired LIVE on Tuesday at 6.30pm and I am feeling sooo nervous about that part, and still can’t decide what to wear for the live show!

With that as the start to my week, you could say that this week has been rather a surreal one, and of course, very reflective. It is so good that Channel 5 are covering such an important topic, and one that is still so widely awkward for people, but sharing our story always stirs those raw emotions I work to keep a lid on day to day. However, I say time and time again that the ripples of stillbirth and baby loss are huge, and looking back I would have loved to have seen women like me sharing how life is months and years on. I did get that a lot from Leeds SANDS, but I know that that isn’t an option for everyone, and so have always said if I can write or do something that can help even one family/person to navigate through the fog of losing a baby, and try to normalise loss in everyday life, then I will jump right on it! Of course it is emotional, of course it is scary and vulnerable too, but we need to talk and break the silence to help others!

Grateful For …

This week I am grateful for my Mum and sister helping out with childcare and school runs so that I could easily go to London and back. I am grateful to be working on an important piece with Channel 5 and sharing Poppy’s story with others – It is a privilege!

I am also grateful for Deli No.1 Milkshakes (choco – mint!) and friends to share them with. And finally I am grateful for lovely friends in the village that invited Alice and I out on Thursday! It was such a laugh, and generally lovely day at The Deep in hull … chasing tots, watching fish and sharks, and seeing the penguins being fed! I never did get my piece of cake I was chatting about, so hopefully that will be next time, but all in all it was a great spontaneous day that left me feeling happy!

Succeeded At …

This weekend I have had 3 of my nephews to stay to enable my sister and her husband to be able to have a lovely time in Cambridge for his Masters graduation (well done guys!) and general celebrations of that. On Friday I also had one of my nieces as my other sister was working a night shift, so here is my ultimate success of the week – 7 kids, about 4 hrs sleep, and me still sane and my house not too trashed = high 5 and ultimate success!

Yesterday we also took a train into Hull with the original 6 and went round a couple of the museums. I loved it, and whilst this was far more manic than we anticipated (and 5 out of the 6 kids ended up soaked to the skin after running through the fountains), we are all in one piece and still had a good day all round. So I want to say I feel good to have succeeded with Nathan at looking after 6 kids from 21 months to 8 years old for the weekend!

Found Beauty In …

Seeing Alice on Thursday at The Deep, was one of the cutest and most beautiful things I have seen in a while! She was loving it, and was so vocal and excited to be there. She shouted at the stingrays and sharks, and couldn’t figure out that there was glass between her and them, so would jump each time they came near. She was mesmerized by the penguins, and both seeing the pretty aquarium and her reaction to it (as well as being with 2 lovely ladies) made for a very beautiful day indeed!

On Friday Ethan and Megan also participated in our Churches Talent show – Megs did an improv dance (it was epic) and then backed up Ethan whilst he sang! They both did us incredibly proud, and it was beautiful to see them shining on the stage.

I hope you have had a great weekend despite these April showers, and I hope this week is kind to you!

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