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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This weekend has been quite a significant one for our family, as we have had the 4th Anniversary of losing our daughter Poppy and her 4th birthday (She was stillborn at term on the 16th September 2014). In recent years (and I suppose every year since) it has been a really difficult thing to have to face on the calendar and go through. It has always been filled with anxiety and heightened grief and whilst I have tried to make something good of it, it’s just been really hard and emotional!

This weekend however was different. This weekend I tried hard to do more positive things and make it an enjoyable and reflective weekend. Since having several sessions of NLP therapy and feeling somewhat lighter about it all my approach has been a bit different and as a result, whilst some tears were of course shed here and there, we have had a really lovely weekend together and it hasn’t left me feeling out of balance like in recent years.

Grateful For 

This week I have been touched once again by the kindness and thoughtfulness of friends. I am truly grateful for the wonderful friends I have here in the village, who were so considerate of me and how I was this last week – I have had plenty of hugs, messages and chat! I am grateful for the lunches I have enjoyed out with my friends, and the thoughtful gift another friend sent me in the post. They have all carried me through and helped me smile and just be how I have needed to be and say what I have needed to say about it all.

I am also grateful this week to have had a date out with Mr Smith. I decided on Friday (which would otherwise be a very hard day) to go to the theatre to see a comedy play about depression and sadness at Hull Truck! It was great to get dressed up a bit, put some lippy on and curl my hair, and have some time with my lovely husband. The play was excellent – really funny and very well executed about a sensitive topic. I was intrigued from a future therapist perspective and loved it from the perspective of a person that has had a whole load of emotion to deal with!! It was lovely to laugh together and chat about life 4 years ago and all we have endured together, and  I am grateful for my sister in law for babysitting all 3 kids so we could share those moments! Mostly I am grateful that it turned a day that I usually struggle with, into a day I really enjoyed!

Succeeded At 

This week I succeeded at baking a half decent cake for Poppy’s Birthday and a “Number 4” floral arrangement for her grave too. I also managed to get the kids to school early every day and keep on top of our home – a real difference to this time last year and it felt refreshing!

Found Beauty In

All of the lovely messages people sent over social media this weekend, the conversations with friends over lunch midweek, and the lovely sunset on Friday evening that helped heaven feel closer. I also found beauty at the lighthouse last night in the evening sun and the lovely coastline!

This weekend was surprisingly pleasant and peaceful. I am incredibly grateful that the trauma of our loss has eased significantly through my NLP therapy and I am thankful to have such lovely people around me – the combination of which has really helped make this weekend! It has been a good week with friends, and I haven’t been able to say that about this period of the year in such a long time.

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Like everyone else around the UK, this week has been all about frantically getting uniforms, shoes and bags packed in preparation for going back to school. For Ethan and Megs that meant Years 2 & 3 and by some complete miracle (or fluke?) we have made it on time every single day! I cannot believe we are already back to school, but I am glad we are in somewhat of an organised state so far!

We have had a great week getting back into the flow of things, getting organised for the Autumn term and adjusting to the days of just Alice and I again – We have returned to toddler group and done some shopping!

Grateful For

This week I am grateful that school runs have been so much easier and that we have has a great first week back. I am grateful to know the kids have slotted in so easily to their new classrooms and teachers, and are happy in school. I am grateful for hot chocolate with Naths mum and Aunt on Wed and also grateful to have had a lovely lunch and chats with my friend on Thursday for her birthday (and that we both love pizza!).

I am thankful for a great weekend this weekend going to our Temple in Chorley and seeing my family today to celebrate my cousins baby blessing.

Succeeded At

I have to say it again, but this weeks biggest success has most definitely been that of getting to school every day ON TIME! I cannot say enough how great that is, and how good it is to be in time to walk with our friends!

Found Beauty In 

The most beautiful thing this week was seeing the kids in their crisp new uniforms with smiles on their faces. It was lovely to see them so excited to get back into school. It was also beautiful to see Alice trying on my shoes, and hearing her say “wellie Boots” over and over again, with such glee at her new unicorn wellies!

I wasn’t really sure how this week would go, and certainly felt somewhat worried that school might take some getting used to again, but I have been pleasantly surprised. I have loved all of the things Alice and I have been doing whilst Ethan and Megs have enjoyed seeing their friends and scoffing their packed lunches at school! I have a feeling this half term might not be so bad…

 

 

 

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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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