We’re plodding along ;-)

My blogging habits have become somewhat sporadic over the last few months. I’ve got a few blogs in the pipeline, but not ones that seem to be coming together easily to be honest. Our desktop computer died a few months back, so although I can write drafts on my phone, I can only post to the blog when Mr Six doesn’t need the laptop for work stuff. But it’s also because we have changes afoot in our lives and it hasn’t felt like the right time to write about them until now. I’m not good […]

Her mind is whirring…

Think of those nights when you get into bed and as soon as your head hits the pillow, there’s a veritable list of vitally important tasks that should have been done weeks ago streaming through your head. Think of those nights when you wake with a start, having heard ‘a noise’ in the middle of the night. Your heart is pounding. Your mouth is dry. You are on high alert as you listen for other unusual noises. It takes what feels like lifetime for your heart rate to slow and for your brain to switch […]

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 […]

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 […]

Our 2016

Mr Six and I were chatting last night…well around 1am, after we had seen in the New Year and finally got the girls into bed. Chatting about our 2016. We were reminding each other of the reality of how 2016 was for our little family; about all the great things that we have experienced or worked hard at over the year. He was listing the adventures and fun stuff we have done, while I was selecting adjectives such as ‘challenging’, ‘exhausting’, ‘adventurous’ and ‘full to emotional capacity’! We’ve seen and read lots of blog posts and media pieces about […]

The best kind of influence

We may not always like it, but our lives display the influences of people whose paths have crossed with ours over the years. From family to friends and even acquaintances, the way that people around us live their lives will impact how we choose to live ours. Just reading this paragraph will likely stir memories of the people who have most impacted your life. I grew up in a suburban area of South Manchester. I had an awesome Mum and Dad (still have my awesome Dad!) and a fab little sister. We lived in a semi detached […]

Feeling Exposed

The last twenty four hours have been an interesting lot. After six months of fairly secretive, anonymous blogging, we decided the time had come to out ourselves a little bit and publish the Facebook page for our little blog. Prior to then, our blog was mostly read by online friends in the amazing adoption/fostering Twittersphere. Plus literally a handful of friends in real life who we had told we were blogging. Over the last ten years we have gone backwards and forwards about social media and its pros and cons, especially in the context of […]

On feeling empty

The last few weeks have been particularly bumpy in the Six household. Even without the referendum causing extra grief and anger this last few days. Most of the bumpiness has been in my head I think, but boy has it felt like a turbulent ride.I haven’t read much other than two fabulous Jill Mansell books over my birthday 24 hours, haven’t blogged for almost two weeks, haven’t felt like anything has been much fun. Have had lots of palpitations (hello anxiety) and have needed to stay close to Mr Six in social situations. Such a […]

Unchanging

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 […]