We do love Christmas.

As I was writing the last blog I noticed that most of our posts in the run up to Christmas seemed to highlight some of the difficulties we face during the festive season. I thought it important to balance that out and write a little about how much we love Christmas. Christmas for us begins sometime in early November when I catch the girls singing Jingle Bells in the back of the car. Our general rule is that all Christmas related activity is restricted to December. Come the 1st of December I am happy for […]

What’s next?

Uncertainty I don’t think we have ever faced a new year with so much uncertainty. Every new year carries with it the promise of new hopes and plans but usually they are all within a well worn framework of life that has been established over the years. Usually plans have already been made, diary events are already pencilled in. But not this new year. This new year, more than ever, feels like stepping into the unknown. Change This time last year I had no idea of the level of change that was about to come […]


A few years ago on a whim a friend asked if I would like to go for a scramble. It was a beautiful day and although I am not a particularly carefree person for some reason I thought “What the heck! Let’s give it a go!” I think one of the reasons I felt happy was that I had completely misunderstood what is meant by “scramble”. In my mind I had an image of a steep hill that would take a bit of effort, but was nothing more than a “good walk”. I look back and […]

A bigger story

<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-94" src="http://i1.wp.com/justafamilystory.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/BIGGER.jpg?resize=560%2C315" alt="BIGGER" srcset="http://i1.wp.com/justafamilystory.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/BIGGER.jpg?w=560 560w, http://i1.wp acheter viagra en france.com/justafamilystory.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/BIGGER.jpg?resize=300%2C169 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 560px) 100vw, 560px” data-recalc-dims=”1″ />I recently had a conversation that I found quite disturbing. The conversation was with a friend who noticed me checking the news on my phone. My friend made a comment about finding out what’s going on and then proceeded to tell me how rubbish the world was. At first I thought he was joking, but when I pushed a bit harder I discovered that he was very serious. He had some strong views about the state of the world, […]