It's a beautiful day in some many ways, and for so many reasons. Its a brand new day, an opportunity for new beginnings, new smiles, new laughter, new memories and new thoughts, and maybe for thoughts of some old memories. Thoughts of cherished memories of cherished people, those we've loved and still love, even … Continue reading Remembering Stength
I have chased many dreams throughout my life, some have been purposeful and fun and others, well I suppose you could describe them as more nondescript – Some may say based on illusion, I prefer to think of them as learning footsteps, challenges from within, more seeking the real me or my purpose to being … Continue reading Chasing Your Dreams v Being a Mother
I’ve been decluttering my home and my attic recently, and I never realised how much stuff I had accumulated. It became quite clear that when there had been no obvious real home for each item or the kids had outgrown something still in good condition, yes, you guessed it; I’d just stored it in the … Continue reading Clutter, is it ever plain and simple, and just clutter?
Whilst going through some of my photos, and of course they were more than thought provoking, I came across several that were taken last Summer when I enjoyed a picnic in the woods with my youngest daughter and four of my grandchildren. We had shared a really wonderful afternoon snacking in the shade whilst sitting … Continue reading Priceless Moment…So Simple….It’s Just LOVE
Strange how we often feel the need to take 'stock' of our lives, especially when we begin to feel that we don't have full control, or when we suddenly notice that life is filled with uncomfortable things - the things that we find ourselves noticing and would prefer not to have to deal with. Like when you realise its … Continue reading Being Thankful
We hadn’t had Alfie very long when we went to one of my son’s for Sunday lunch, and of course we took Alfie. We were a little concerned that he might embarrass us a little if he had a little accident or left a little unwanted present somewhere, but we decided to brave the moment … Continue reading Playtime with the Grandchildren
Read a beautiful post this morning. Of course it centred on love, this being Valentine's Day, but it centred on so much more, too. I commented that it was a gift, and it certainly felt like a gift, not one packaged with a bow, but a gift to the heart and to thought. The writer … Continue reading Love
I spent the morning organising my notes and thinking about my childhood, the days so far behind me now...or are they? Are any of the times we experienced ever really behind us? We use that term, 'it's all in the past, or it's behind me now' usually to dismiss something we perceive to be negative … Continue reading It’s All Behind Me Now, Or Is It?
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Earlier today I was asked about Vision Boards and how they are working in my life...and that question prompted much thought; and a personal evaluation of their value and place in my life. I joked that I must be addicted to them, but actually there is a truth in that...I love them, they are such a … Continue reading Vision Boards, Fun or ….
Mother's Day is always a special day, a time for families and for sharing love and appreciation. This year was a little different for our family as it was the first Mother's Day without Mum. Strange but I found myself really reflecting on something that I suppose one takes for granted. Last year we all … Continue reading Acknowledging My Appreciation
With my first book ready to publish, and the excitement of such an achievement racing through my heart and my very being, I am feeling proud and accomplished, and indeed creative. I am immersed in the joy of my success; success knowing I have completed a long-standing goal; success knowing the love I have bestowed … Continue reading With My First Book Ready to Publish
I was reminded today of the importance of the little things in life, and the memories of special times shared with our children as they are growing. And if, like me, you find that one day they are suddenly young men and women who have already gone out into the world or they are fast approaching … Continue reading An Unexpected Key to the Treasure of My Heart
Please forgive the silence of my blog over the past few weeks we have just recently laid my wonderful mother to rest. After a very long arduous journey and all her suffering our prayers were answered and Mum passed very peacefully. I've searched within myself to try and make sense of it all and reflection has helped … Continue reading Forgive the Silence
The New Forest, for me, is the epitome of natural beauty and freedom, with ponies grazing freely upon its idyllic and picturesque heathland contrasted with beautiful forestry and woodlands. Oh, to retire there! Amazing how we often forget special times spent together and all the happy moments we've experienced whilst on holiday once we return … Continue reading The Power of Rediscovery