This time of year brings back a lot of mixed memories for me – the run-up to Christmas has not always been a very easy time of year. I lost my dad in the run-up to Christmas six years ago, the following year I was unexpectedly made redundant and the year after that was spent in hospital whilst Jessica recovered from open-heart surgery. Thankfully the festive season has been a little more smooth-sailing in recent years but those challenges have certainly taught me to be thankful for what I have and to appreciate just how important that time with my family is.
I am thankful for the years I had with my dad and the precious memories that remain.
Being made redundant gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming an independent midwife and also helped us to adjust to living on a much lower income which made it easier for me to choose to become a stay at home mum. I am thankful for the positives that came from that particular negative.
Spending our first Christmas as a family in hospital taught me that the only thing that really matters at Christmas is being together – everything else is just window dressing. Being able to be home together as a family is a huge blessing and I am so thankful for the time we have together.
This week has seen us being able to enjoy lots of family time together – time with just the four of us, time with extended family or friends and time out for hubby and myself as a couple. It has been a full week and yet it hasn’t felt too busy – the balance has been just right. There have been lots of little happy moments and I am thankful for all of them.
Things I have loved this week:
- Going to my friends’ fundraising Christmas Fayre where the girls got to meet Cinderella. We also got lucky on the raffle and came home with a big hamper full of sweeties and a Megabloks Thomas the Tank Engine train set which the girls loved.
- Having a date night with my hubby and going to a reunion event for the musical theatre society we were both members of at university. It is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year which makes me feel slightly old as I remember seeing them perform “Guys and Dolls” when they were only three years old!
- Staying with my sister and her partner at the weekend – they looked after the girls for us while we went out on our date night and Jessica now keeps asking “how many sleeps until we go to Auntie ‘Raynne’s again?”
- Seeing the girls having lots of fun at their friend E’s birthday party. There was a fabulous children’s entertainer but Jessica was a little shy and wanted Mummy to hold her hand and join in with it all. I think I was probably having more fun than the kids at one point!
- Beautiful sunrises – the plus side of the dark mornings. I’ve never been a fan of getting up in the dark in the winter but gorgeous skies like these make up for a lot!
- Going to the Christmas lunch with people from church. I was so proud of the girls for managing to cope with sitting at the table for so long – we were there almost three hours and they were so well behaved throughout.
- Spending an afternoon doing Christmassy crafts with Jessica and Sophie.