This Week

Like everyone else, I had all sorts of plans for this week. High hopes, in fact. As in previous years, the first week of January was to bring new levels of calm, health and organisation and it was going to be great! I looked ahead to the few child free hours I had planned in…

Seasons

I came home from work the other evening to a glowing fire, snuggly children, twinkling lights and a bowl of warm, spicy pasta. Earlier in the evening, still at work, I’d soaked in the cool air, the dark silhouettes of trees, the sound of fast-running water from the nearby stream. It’s the season for all…

Books

As the winter sets in, there is nothing better than cosy days curled up with a book, a blanket and a mug of something warm. It’s time to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed this year! Books are THE thing that I have kept for myself through the demands of family and working life….

Heads, shoulders, knees, toes…

We’ve got a lot of heads working hard right now, researching, thinking, analysing, planning. Asking questions about big things like economy and death rates and poverty. A lot of heads that are clever and working hard, and some that are less so. Heads belonging to leaders or politicians or scientists and to the rest of…

On Finding Your ‘Thing’

I’m a firm believer that we are all made unique for a reason. We are made to do our ‘thing’, as part of a community of others doing theirs. It may take a lifetime to find that thing; or maybe we have different roles to play in different seasons of our lives. Maybe sometimes we…

Life Lately

There are times in life when things that you barely knew were beginning suddenly come together. The past month or so has been like that for me, as I have tentatively launched a little business alongside my work as a teacher. Now that I have made that first step of having a play with my…

On Contentment

This picture is my way of trying to capture something profound that I’ve been re-learning lately. As I write, I’m sat quiet in our kitchen with our two children on either side of me, both pairs of eyes glued to screens. It’s not a perfect moment, yet somehow I find myself perfectly content. I’ve been…

Lost and Found

More and more, I am a reader of novels. Avid to the point of addiction. I am obsessed with the way stories can connect us so much with our own truths and the truths of others. It so happens that the last two books I have read have both been stories of adoption. They are…

Nostalgia

Lately, with our children, I’ve found myself often back in my own childhood. Our son has taken to climbing the tree and I have gladly followed him into its cool tranquillity, hidden among the leaves, peeking out at patches of blue sky, calm, safe and free. I remember running and climbing on long, country walks…

Spring

I sit with my morning coffee, slowly waking up to the day, shuffling tired shoulders, stretching and yawning, half a sleepy ear on the children’s play. As I sip, I watch the rain outside the window, coming down soft, fresh and gentle. There are sparkling droplets on the tree. Two sparrows continue their breakfast on…

Easter

I crouched to try to capture it. The simple profundity of leaves, strung up, waving, up, up on a strong spring breeze towards a blue sky. We went on our own treasure hunt to look for the leaves and our search yielded squeals of excitement as we found more and more, an abundance of shapes…

A Prayer for our Son

March was such a strange month with Lockdown starting that I hardly noticed that April had begun, and missed my opportunity to post a March prayer. March is our son’s birth month, so here is a belated prayer for him. Dear Lord, Thank you for this beautiful, funny, resilient boy who has been through so…