HELLO THERE, I’m Mary – Wifey, Mama of 5 and creator of this blog.
I love food, a good bargain and colourful and funky things. I adore travelling, nature, adventures, historic places and the theatre. And, the beach is my happy place!
I am married to my husband ‘Nath’ (Nathan) whom I adore. Nath and I have been married 13 years and he is evidence to me that dreams come true – we have a lot of fun together! We have moved from our Yorkshire village life, to the hustle and bustle of Kuwait with our 4 crazy kids – Ethan, Megan, Alice and Oscar.
As a family and couple we love to travel, see historic and beautiful places, watch films, go to the theatre, eat treats, be outdoors often, and generally have a laugh together! We are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and this is very much our lifestyle and ordinary.
I love taking our kids on life’s adventures and showing them this beautiful world – it is a wonderful thing. I love it even more if it is budget friendly! We are excited to experience life – with all its love, madness and adventure – here in the Middle East.
“The Hearty Life” captures the highs & lows of life, our adventures near and far and the things that bring me joy! It began way back in 2014 as a family lifestyle and loss blog following the passing of our 3rd child – Poppy (at birth) – it was cathartic at the time and a way to raise awareness of baby loss and our life around it. As I found solace, it evolved into family lifestyle – capturing the hearty moments in the madness and the things that brought us joy around this massive aching and loss. I enjoyed journal-ling our months and adventures as time flew along and the kids changed a lot, grew and accomplished things.
However, as life grows and changes, so does this little corner of the web. And now I share mostly just our life on a more general level, our adventures, my thoughts and feelings, little money saving tips, joyful discoveries, and hopefully lots about life as expats! I hope you enjoy delving into my posts as I seek to live and create a hearty life whilst raising my tribe here in The Middle East!
Life is hard sometimes, but it is also a beautiful adventure! This is mine…