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 […]

My cousin

My cousin is the stuff of legend. My cousin has shaped so much of my life, from being so very young to the present day. I cannot remember life without him being in it. My cousin is loud and funny. My cousin taught me how to be myself. My cousin taught me how to fight injustice. My cousin taught me how to be a better person. My cousin taught me how to love my God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. My cousin taught me how to treat other people. My cousin taught me […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

The times they are a changin’

I have been thinking a lot about change recently. Or perhaps I should say I have been experiencing a lot of change. Over the last 5 months I had been finding myself feeling anxious and fearful and I couldn’t work out why. Everything felt like it was on top of me and I couldn’t think clearly enough to know what to do to feel better. A breakthrough came when a friend reminded me of something that a visiting speaker at our church had said to us a few years earlier. The emotions that I was […]