It has been such a crazy week here, with the weekend especially being rather full on and busy. It has all been very much focused on finishing the painting and getting our lounge decorated (which started last weekend), and then getting ready for Ethan turning 8 and being Baptised yesterday. We went to Hull fair Saturday evening with the kids, which was a lot of fun, and then yesterday was a lovely day too surrounded by friends and family celebrating Ethan! I am pretty tired from it all, but I am also starting this new, and rather wet week, with gratitude in my heart and mama pride for our lovely boy!

Grateful For 

This week I am so grateful for my mother in law and sister in law. Both of them have been over on a couple of occasions to help us get our lounge decorated and garden looking nice. Nath’s mum also babysat so I could go to college on Thursday, and I am always thankful to know the kids are in good hands and that she has been so good to us this week, despite all she has to do herself.

I am also grateful to be getting my lounge looking fresh and more in my own style, and grateful to be Ethan’s mother. Ethan can be hard work some days, as I am sure most kids can be. But this weekend has been brilliant and I am thankful firstly that he made me a mother, and secondly that we have been able to share some lovely moments with him and celebrate who he is in our family.

Succeeded At 

I succeeded at getting the lounge decorated (now to add some accessories and make it cool!). And we succeeded at having a lovely Baptism for Ethan. It was so nice to see so many people there, and it was touching to see how excited he was.

Found Beauty In

This week it has been beautiful to see Ethan and Megan getting on so well. They spent most of Hull Fair linking arms and whispering and giggling, and Ethan told me that when they went on the little caterpillar rollercoaster, Megan was a little scared so he let her snuggle up to him. The bonds of siblings is such a beautiful thing and I am thankful to have seen it more so this weekend between my 2 biggest kiddies!

I couldn’t publish this post without saying that I also found such beauty in seeing Ethan make promises with God and choosing to be baptised. As members of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, having our kids be baptised is a really big and important milestone in our lives and I am pleased that Ethan wanted this too. It is so special and I never realised how beautiful and good it would feel to see my own little boy take those steps – I feel truly blessed for such a lovely weekend.

This coming week Nathan and I will be celebrating 9 years of marriage, and we are on the countdown now to half term and our trip to Italy! Grateful for all of these Hearty moments and for the good kind of tired!

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As we reach the end of September 2018, we cannot help but feel gratitude – gratitude for a gentle month that in the past has been so hard. And gratitude for the safe arrival of 2 new nephews/cousins for our children – we are looking forward to meeting them and watching them grow! We are thankful this month that the kids have seamlessly slotted back into school life, and that life overall has been good and positive this month!

September for us has always felt like “dooms day”! As it approaches, our emotions and anxieties are heightened as we prepare ourselves for the anniversary of losing our daughter, and another birthday without her here.

Whilst still reflective (and in some ways still hard) we did not feel that heaviness to the same degree this year and consequently it has meant that this September has been a month that we have enjoyed and found love in. We made the most of celebrating Poppy’s 4th birthday through a floral arrangement for her grave, a balloon release at the lighthouse, and cake and ice cream. Our pictures this month were taken that day – the 16th of September and our 3rd childs heavenly birthday! I like that each September now, however hard or solemn, however reflective or even peaceful we feel, we still get to celebrate her, and we still get to have pictures that symbolise us as a family of 6!

Aside from the build up to Poppy’s anniversaries, and time to remember her more so, September saw Ethan and Megan head back to school for years 2 and 3. They have been on time every single day (which is massive) and are enjoying being on Pack ups this year (for a change). They are both doing well so far and seem to be enjoying it and doing well – we couldn’t be happier with that.

September also saw me head back to college to embark on my Level 4 Counselling course – I have only been back 2 weeks, but so far it feels right and I am excited to get stuck into it and make new friends along the way! I am excited to be another step closer to this ambition of mine and the growth and knowledge that awaits in these next 2 years. Once I am qualified, it will be a huge blessing to our family, and a great adventure for me!

In and amongst anniversaries and back to school, September has also seen a few family adventures around Yorkshire. Our family have enjoyed a trip to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (as well as a swimming and disco party for our brother in laws 40th that day!), a coach trip over to Preston to our Temple for the day, and a lovely country walk in the wolds yesterday! When I think about September 2018, I am content in the fact that we have each embraced opportunities and adventures that have come our way. Whilst on occasion we have certainly missed the freedoms and fun of the Summer holidays, we have certainly made the most of this month and for that I am thankful.

As October approaches, we are more than excited (and very much looking forward to), celebrating Ethan turning 8, our 9th Wedding anniversary, and then for half term – heading to Tuscany for a week! It’s going to be an epic month and we cannot wait for all of the memories and fun that await!

In September we are Grateful for:

*A peaceful Month
*An opportunity to Celebrate Poppy and send her balloons!
*Family that came to celebrate Poppy – and for the ones who sent their thoughts!
*For new friends and for them making us feel loved on Poppy’s anniversaries and enjoying lunch out together!
*For a trip to the theatre with Mr Smith (Date night out – hallelujah)
*Mummy and Megs seeing Madagascar the musical
*Country walks
*Bonus sunshine days
*Seamlessly adjusting back to school – and enjoying it!

 

 

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This week has suddenly turned from mild Autumnal mornings, to blumming freezing in the space of a couple of days! I have dug out our feather duvet (much to Mr Smiths dismay) and tonight plan on bringing down all my Autumn/Winter stuff out of the loft, as I am feeling I need more knitwear and thick socks in my life. We have had a whole lot of rain and I am really beginning to miss the heat wave of Summer!

On Saturday we enjoyed a lovely visit to the Keighley and Worth Valley railway (which I will do a post about in a few days) followed by a swim party and fab little disco in celebration of my brother in laws 40th! It was a great fun packed weekend to wrap up a busy week of work, school runs and back to college, and I am thankful for ordinary moments to create special memories amidst the family life mayhem!

Grateful For 

This week I am grateful to have a dryer! It may seem really silly, but this is actually the first time in our married life that we have had a tumble dryer and I love it! We have never really had space before, and just made do with a drying rack, radiators or the odd sunny days (which has been utterly disastrous some weeks). But now with all of the rain and increasing laundry from 3 kids, it has completely changed my life and I couldn’t be more thankful to have a dryer!

I am also grateful to have been able to take Megan to see Madagascar the musical last Monday evening. We had a wonderful evening together and I am so pleased to be her mother!

Succeeded At

This week I successfully enrolled at college for my Level 4 diploma in counselling and successfully completed the first day! It was so good to be back and feel this level of enthusiasm and passion for something. My mind is whirling with theories and thoughts about areas I want to work in, and I am excited for this chapter of life and increased knowledge!

Found Beauty In

On Thursday I think it was, when we had a huge amount of rain (which conveniently hit tight on the school run), and as I reached the school gates, I looked down at Alice and saw the cutest little hand poking out to catch rain drops – it was a beautiful and very lovely sight!

I also found beauty in seeing my old friends at college again, walking across to soft play, the yorkshire dales via the steam train, and seeing the kids enjoy themselves with the trains on Saturday!

Its been another lovely but busy week!

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We are currently enjoying a lovely long (and rather wet) family weekend in Scotland with Nathans family. We arrived on Thursday after several stops on the way up, and whilst the weather has been rather wet and windy, we were blessed yesterday with enough sunshine to enjoy a day at the beach – it was so lovely and bursting with beauty!

This week has been great for seeing our friends and looking forward to this long bank holiday weekend with family in Scotland. We have done loads together and can hardly believe that in just over a week we will back to school! It makes me a little sad to be entering a new chapter when we are so very much enjoying these Summer adventures together!

Grateful For 

This week I am grateful for open fires in this spectacular house we are staying in – they are both relaxing and a big source of warmth for us on an evening! I am grateful for luxury accomodation we can all stay in together too and just generally for a family holiday with all of our great family in such a cool location.

I am grateful for friends and the lovely days out together this week. And I am grateful for the yummy cookies at LIDL bakery – they have always been a firm favourite of mine and after a whole week of no sugar, I have enjoyed a couple this weekend as a holiday treat!

Succeeded At

This week I succeeded at losing 3lb of the 10 or so I have slowly piled on! The aforementioned cookies may jeopardize that progress, but for now I shall celebrate this small accomplishment!

We also succeeded at making it to Scotland in okay time with little drama – a fine achievement for anyone with 3 kids in tow!

Found Beauty In 

This week again has been one of great beauty. My soul has felt joy to walk through the pretty countryside around our house in East Yorkshire with our friends, and to see Alice and Megan having so many moments of play and sisterhood!! I have loved seeing my children laughing and playing with cousins and schoolmates and, finally, I have loved the beautiful decor of this house where we are staying and the views and coastlines that surround us!

Scotland is so beautiful and I am thankful to be here together… It is always a lot of fun when are all together as a ginormous family.

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