Who we are:
We are Team Six: James and Suzanne, plus our four daughters Joyful, Happy Dreamer, Little Bud and Rainbow Girl.
We live on the North Wales coast (in the UK) between the sea and the mountains, with our two cats and one large dog.
James currently works as a barista at an independent tea and coffee house. I’m a home educating Mum who writes things on the side. In a previous life, James was in church leadership and I was an NHS Children’s Occupational Therapist.
James and I have spent the last twenty years investing into our local church, both as participants/members and as leaders. For about the last thirteen years, we’ve also been building our family and enjoying life here on the coast.
We met in our early twenties, got married and went straight back into working full time and threw ourselves into church leadership. This lifestyle continued for about twelve years, until we took the huge leap of me giving up work to home educate our then three girls.
Since then, we have grown, changed and thrived. We also adopted our youngest (Rainbow Girl) a couple of years ago from the UK foster care system. She’s a legend and an hilarious addition to our family.
In the last year, we have handed over the leadership of our church to a fab, gifted couple, cut down on other activities, focussed on us and have been pondering what’s next for our family. Part of that process has been stripping everything right back to the bare essentials and figuring out what we need to be doing as a family and what we’d like to be doing in addition to that.
We had a handful of years a while ago, when small children, mental health crises and grief challenged and corralled our little family. Although undiagnosed, I clearly walked through a number of years accompanied by (and at times overwhelmed by) depression and anxiety, exacerbated by baby sleep deprivation and the loss of my Mum.
As we eventually began to walk out of this valley, some things became clear. After years of me refusing to even consider it, home educating our girls had become our hearts’ desire. It was without a shadow of doubt going to be The Best Fit for our family.
Around a similar time, I took the opportunity to leave my job and stay at home with my girls…something we hadn’t been able to afford for me to do until then, having returned to work when each of our babies was six months old.
Staying at home with the girls also meant we could work on slowing down and being more intentional as a family. Our parenting choices and preferences were evolving as the years rolled by and the time to nurture the girls and grow together as a family was too good to pass up.
The last year has seen us move even more quickly through some huge choices that will have a lasting impact on both James and I, but also on our little family unit.
Stepping down from church leadership has allowed us the space to reflect on where we want to place our priorities now. It has allowed us to free up time and headspace to really think clearly and selfishly for the first time in years.
We are streamlining and letting go; selling up, moving out and heading on an adventure together. Each of these things is huge and is taking time for us to work through, but as we step into this, we want to share our thoughts and experiences with you. We’d love you to join us on the journey!
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