Not quite ‘There’. Yet.

An awesome adopter friend wrote this beautiful and insightful post this week, about why our kids find it hard to relax and feel safe. No matter how often we reassure them and verbalise this in their early days (and years), there will likely be anxiety around loss for years to come. I read her post whilst I was sitting on the landing outside Little Legs’ bedroom door for the second night in a row, as we try to pull back on bedtime shenanigans, after weeks of her struggling to let go and just sleep. That […]

To push the button or leave well alone…

When I was university, I had a friend who swore by Sudocrem. Whenever she got a little spot popping up, she’d whip out the Sudocrem and smear a bit over the affected area to try and soothe it away. I also had another friend who would simply attack a spot at any and every opportunity, trying to squeeze out the bad stuff! Is it better to go with a couple of weeks of soreness without it coming to a head before it fades away? Or to get the bad stuff out at the first available […]

Quiet Time

Today the girls and I have been at home by ourselves for most of the day. It feels most unusual at the moment for this to happen. Life has become increasingly busy of late. Mostly in good ways. Seeing friends. Getting out and about in the sunshine. Running errands. But for today I have really appreciated being at home. And not seeing anyone other than my girls. I don’t think I’ve written about our Quiet Time previously, but it is something that I am fully aware that I talk about a lot and champion muchly! When we […]

Thankful for friends. And home ed.

We are so blessed to have some amazing friends in our lives. Friends who understand us and love us and who understand about some of the differences between their kids and our Little Legs. Recently we have started attending a home ed group that we used to go to before Little Legs came home. This particular group of our some of our closest friends shares not only home education as common ground, but also our faith perspective. At the last get together a few weeks ago, we had a wonderful few hours of chatting, drinking brews and watching […]

Beauty and the Beast movie review – spoiler alert!

Review written by Big Girl, age 12, and edited with help from Mum (Mrs 6). Plot summary: This is a story about a girl, a beast, two men, a candle stick, a clock, a tea cup and a cup. Belle is a girl who wants adventure but in the small village she and her father live in it seems like the only adventure Belle will have is in the books she reads. Until one day her father finds himself a prisoner of a beast. When Belle comes to rescue her father, she gives herself up for her […]

Watoto: what a 24 hours!

The Watoto choir arrived on Friday lunchtime and left on Saturday lunchtime. The concert at our church was on Friday evening. Our time with them was brief, but they have left a huge imprint on our hearts. On Friday afternoon when we arrived at church, the choir had not long been there and the kids were generally really shy and quiet. They did some sound checking and their team of Aunties and Uncles were setting up for the evening event. Little Legs stayed very close by me, with her hands over her ears and a look […]

Facing firsts: overnight visitors

This Friday evening our church is hosting the Watoto Children’s Choir. There is much excitement buzzing around and our girls are really looking forward to the concert. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the Watoto choirs, here is a link to their website: www.watoto.com In our wisdom, Mr Six and I spoke to our girls and we decided to offer to host two of the children with a chaperone. The girls were excited. Big Girl had agreed to forego her bedroom. They had seen clips of the choir and were excited to […]

Totally nowt to do with anything. Except me. (reposted)

This last year has started to unearth something in me. Maybe it’s something about the fight that adopting requires. The fight to navigate the process. The fight for your Little One, once you are aware of their existence. The fight to keep your head above water once your Little One comes home. The door is closed and life is supposed to carry on ‘as normal’. What does that even mean?!! The fight to get the best support and care for your Little One. The fight to stay healthy, sane and connected to other people. I […]

There was some shifting (reposted)

It has been three weeks now of sickness in our house. It started with Mr Six and has now worked its way round to me, via two of our girls. It has really wiped me out to be honest. I spent almost the whole weekend in bed, sleeping or resting. Which is really not like me at all. Me who doesn’t do lie ins. Or pj days. Or daytime naps. I haven’t even really had much in the way of a cold or anything. Just completely wiped out and sleeping. All. The. Time. It has […]