Wednesday, 30 December 2015

looking forward to a new year

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It's nearly the new year. 2016 is just around the corner and I can't wait to leap in and see what it has in store for me. I wrote about some of the good things and the changes that 2015 brought with it, so I am keen to see what lies ahead. I'm not usually so positive about where I'm heading, but this year it just feels right to look forward instead of back to what has been and gone.

Monday, 28 December 2015

when the kids came home for Christmas

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A week or so ago I wrote a post here about the anticipation of having our adult children and their spouses come home for Christmas. Christmas is now behind us and they've left to go back to their own homes and lives....but not before I do a recap of what this family Christmas meant to me!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

this is what CHRISTmas is all about

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Sometimes in all the hustle and bustle of Christmas it's good to take a moment to remember why we celebrate this special day. I saw this beautiful and moving clip on Youtube and had to share it because it is what the CHRISTmas story is really all about.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

a midlife Christmas

I think as you grow older your christmas list gets smaller and the things you really want for the holidays can't be bought.

I think I am on the same page as most women my age when it comes to Christmas - it's not about the presents or the colour co-ordinated decorations or the carols or the Christmas lights, what Christmas truly is about is family. The nativity family and the joy of a Saviour born to save the world, but also our own little families that gather together to celebrate this special time.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

suffering from a bad case of P.O.P.D

the perfect Christmas - and I'm just a little POPD

I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw a quote (on Pinterest of course) asking for forgiveness for the person's OCD problem. I thought that I was the only person around with OCD - Obsessive Christmas Disorder. I can't help myself... I like my Christmas tree to look balanced and colour coordinated - with a different colour scheme each year. I'm not a decorator or stylist by any means, but I have a very orderly mind and there are certain things that are required when putting up the tree.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Over The Moon Link Up #3

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Welcome to the Over The Moon Link Party #3

It's Monday and welcome back to our link up "Over The Moon"!  You can link up any family friendly post! Have a post you want to give more reach? Need some comments or shares? Want a post that's close to going viral takeoff like a rocket? Now is the time to link it up! We comment and pin and share EVERY link you leave! So come on in, be ONE OF THE FIRST TO LINK UP, and remember go Over the Moon with us!!

Friday, 18 December 2015

when the "kids" come home for Christmas

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I've always been guilty of wanting a Very Brady Christmas - it's one of the first things I ever blogged about because I've had to learn the lesson that real life Christmas and Brady Christmases rarely intersect. I've learned over the years to accept whatever I can get in family time over the holiday break and be grateful that I see my children for whatever time they can fit me in.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

fake it til you make it

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The expression "fake it til you make it" was something I heard back in the days when I worked at a government call centre. Because it was the government, there were always changes to policy and new stuff popping up every day. It could all be a little daunting at times. Team coaching was a big part of the culture of the organization and this was a catch cry that our team was taught.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

an excuse is worse than a lie

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An interesting thing about having my mother staying with me is seeing how my values have changed over the years. Every so often she will say something from a world view that is completely alien to me, one I realize that I grew up with but have moved on from as I have become my own person.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Over The Moon Link Party #2

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Welcome to the Over The Moon Link Party #2


It's Monday and welcome back to our NEW LINK UP "Over The Moon"!  You can link up any family friendly post! Have a post you want to give more reach? Need some comments or shares? Want a post that's close to going viral takeoff like a rocket? Now is the time to link it up! We comment and pin and share EVERY link you leave! So come on in, be ONE OF THE FIRST TO LINK UP, and remember go Over the Moon with us!!

Friday, 11 December 2015

looking back before looking forward

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The end of the year brings with it a time of reflection and I'm sure there will be a lot of blogs looking back over the year that has been and almost gone. I think it's good to look back in a positive way - not to regret what's happened, but to look at how far we've come over the 12 months that have passed.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

keeping the connection alive

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I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that my mum is staying with us for a month or so after having knee replacement surgery. It has been a steep learning curve having her living in our (previously) empty nest and it has made more of an impact on my relationship with my husband than I would have expected.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

beginnings, middles and ends

Never compare your beginning to someone else's middle. Jon Acuff

I have been a fan of Jon Acuff for many years - his "Stuff Christians Like" blog was one of the first blogs (in fact it was THE first blog) I ever read regularly. He has since moved on and done lots of other amazing stuff - but in that blog he often came up with some excellent one-liners and the quote above was one of them.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Over The Moon Link Party #1

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Welcome to the BRAND NEW Over The Moon Link Party #1



It's Monday and we'd like to introduce you to our NEW LINK UP "Over The Moon"!  You can link up any family friendly post! Have a post you want to give more reach? Need some comments or shares? Want a post that's close to going viral takeoff like a rocket? Now is the time to link it up! We comment and pin and share EVERY link you leave! So come on in, be ONE OF THE FIRST TO LINK UP and remember go Over the Moon with us!!

Friday, 4 December 2015

where I'm from

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A few months ago I read the poem by George Ella Lyon titled "Where I'm From" and then found that it had been used as inspiration for a writing exercise. There was a template presented here that gave a starting point and I couldn't resist the challenge to try my hand at it too.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

simple and to the point - no more shrinking!

most of my life has been spent trying to shrink myself....less needy, less me....  Daniell Koepke

I'm not going to say much in this post, I think Daniell Keopke says it all. If you've got a moment, read the quote above all the way through, it is the summing up of how I have felt all my life - always making myself less to fit in with the expectations of others. I've come to see my midlife as my time for claiming back who I truly am - the real "me". The words "I am done shrinking" is what my life now is all about.

"My thoughts matter. My feelings matter. My voice matters." This is so true and so profound and simply states what life is about for me today. No more seeking approval from others and no more choosing to shrink myself to fit in their little boxes. No, I am doing my best to be the authentic "me" who is brave enough to say "take me or leave me, but this is who I am!"