#myheartylife | 9 – gratitude| success| beauty

March 4, 2018 at 8:00 am 11 comments

Reflecting weekly on the beauty in every day moments, reasons to be thankful and celebrating small successes with the #myhearty life linky.

I’m grateful for ….
My marriage to George. We fell in love at 19, married at 23 and became parents at 37 and 41. We’ve known good times and bad, sickness and health and I’m so grateful we’ve grown and changed together; that our bumps in the road have been at different times and our ability to hold and carry one another has been inter-changeable. We’ve had a reflective week having heard the sad news of a family break up and it’s given us pause for thought every day. There have been a few more compassionate looks when stretched thin, gentle hand strokes passing the breakfast table and moments of connection as we considered whether we could ever reach the point where being together was too painful. It’s our 20 year wedding anniversary this year and we always joked about renewing our vows to mark the occasion. I don’t feel that’s something we’d necessarily do publicly but I think it’s certainly worthy of some child free time over dinner at least to re-affirm our commitment to one another. Best go check the calendar and find a babysitter!

I succeeded at …
Not injuring any children in the making of a World Book Day costume. With scissors, knitting needles and balls of yarn it was so enticing for L who wanted to climb on me for a better look constantly. We had a good headstart on our costume with a fab lion’s mane that was given to E for his 2nd birthday. We made tassels out of yarn for his arms, legs and tail and I knitted fluffy pads for the inside of his gloves. It was such a relief to finally have a reason to use up random colours from my yarn stash. His props included a string bag for the hunters net and a toy mouse. Have you guessed which character he was?
2018 World Book Day_Lion and the mouse in the snow

I found beauty in …
The simplicity of sharing hugs when you’re sad and the ordinariness of heartwarming moments with the boys. I told E I was feeling sad and when he asked why and I explained he nodded his head sagely and said ”oh that is sad. Want to play Guess Who?” and pulled a funny face to brighten the mood. How light and intuitive children are. They know so easily what they need and can often give us inspiration for what we need – a giggle, a hug, an invitation to set our worries aside to play.

My previous #myheartylife reflections can be found here
Best Foot Forward logo

I’m linking this post to the supportive and positive blogging community that is #BestBootForward hosted by Kate on Thin Ice and Indigo Wilderness. It’s a weekly linkup for sharing positive celebrations of life, successes through challenge or simply spreading a little cheer.

Advertisements

Entry filed under: #myheartylife. Tags: .

making a BFG costume for world book Day goodbye baby, hello allotment grower

11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. George Moorey  |  March 4, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Close call with knitting needles, jumping boy and nostrils was witnessed. Thankful for quick reactions negating the need for trips to A&E. Note to parents – don’t permit knitting and family cuddles on the sofa at the same time in future!

    Reply
  • […] This year’s creation now shared here […]

    Reply
  • 3. mymamamusings  |  March 4, 2018 at 10:30 am

    As always a lovely post. The costume was so cool. I loved seeing I on Instagram. I don’t know the characters name, but is it the fable of the lion who gets a thorn in his paw and a mouse gets it out?

    I love how you have taken the time to appreciate your marriage, it’s so easy to take for granted. 20 years is amazing and deserves to be celebrated! We are 9 years this year and I can’t believe how much has happened in that amount of time.

    Kids can be so intuitive at times and know just what to do to cheer us up. I think it’s the purity of their concern that is beautiful. I’ve been enjoying hugs with my boys too! There is something so special about them!

    Loves reading this. Looking forward to next weeks post too. #myheartylife

    Cherie x

    Reply
    • 4. Nip it in the bud  |  March 4, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you Cherie for you lovely comments, I really appreciate your interaction :o)
      Our inspiration for E’s costume was the Lion and the mouse which is an Aesops Fable. I think I have heard of the one you mentioned and suspect they’re variations on a the same theme of the littlest helping the biggest and becoming friends.
      You’re so right, hugs from kiddos are the best especially when we don’t ask for them (although I’m learning too that they’re very gracious givers when I do ask ;o)

      Reply
  • 5. Rae  |  March 6, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Wow I hope me and my husband make it to 20 years. Really does take some work to get that far and still be happy.

    We never have world book day dressing up at Amelia’s school, which I am half annoyed about and half grateful for. It looks so much fun.

    If only as adults we could be as sensitive to the needs of others as our children are.

    Reply
  • 6. Mary @TheHeartyLife  |  March 9, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Gosh I love this post! That wedding pic is stunning! Marriage is such a blessing and like you our bumps in road have strengthened us and with all we have faced we are stronger. I believe in marriage and will fight for ours always… You should get some time together to reaffirm and celebrate – 20 yrs is incredible!
    Great job on the costume – fab! xx
    #Myheartylife

    Reply
  • 7. Introducing Mummy by 6 year old Euan | Nip it in the bud  |  March 11, 2018 at 11:24 am

    […] response). I was pleasantly surprised he couldn’t name something that makes me sad in view of my last blog post and relieved my driving is good having crashed the car with E last summer. It just shows that the […]

    Reply
  • 8. #myheartylife | 10 | Nip it in the bud  |  March 12, 2018 at 10:55 am

    […] at … Using my one child free morning a week to do something that fills me with joy by completing my photography coaching with Shane. Instead of doing a 1 day session he kindly allowed me to split my time across a few weeks so we […]

    Reply
  • 9. #myheartylife | 11 | Nip it in the bud  |  March 17, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    […] in my ability to stitch and have no fear or loathing when it comes to stitching jobs for E like adapting World Book Day costumes or sewing badges onto his Beavers uniform. For someone who lacks confidence in many other areas of […]

    Reply
  • 10. chickenruby  |  July 5, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    i think we all need to reflect on the positives in our lives from time to time. Love the wedding photo #bestbootforward

    Reply
    • 11. Nip it in the bud  |  July 9, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      That’s my favourite picture from our wedding day too – can hardly believe it’s 20 years ago soon!

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


About Nip it in the bud


Welcome to my blog about growing and cooking allotment veg since 2009 and growing sweet boys since 2012. Take a walk with us through our life in Gloucester with a boy, a baby and 3 cats.

If you like what you found why not receive stories straight into your inbox

Follow Nip it in the bud on WordPress.com

Blog Stats

  • 466,129 hits

Archives

Follow me on Instagram

How to get your kids to eat your home made casserole? Cover it with their favourite #cullyandsullyuk chicken soup. Winner!
I learnt a new word today and if there was an emoji for it then it would be this! PIZZLED, when your pissed off and puzzled all at the same time. Thank you #rubywaxfrazzled for the language education and Euan for the always hilarious faces (he was 4 years old and eating lunch out with his new 2 month old baby brother so his face could be saying all sorts of things!) #gloucesterlife #nipitinthebudblog
I don't suppose many people recall the exact date they found out they were pregnant or have a photo to mark their total delight. 15/8/15 we found out our second miracle Luca was on his way. We'd become second time parents in our 40s and 22 years after we started dating. Our boys were so worth the painful years of waiting. (And our picture to mark the occasion is thanks to Mum and Dad babysitting Euan so we could go to a friend's wedding evening do.)
After school chills @gloucestercathedral @gloscathedral
Best friend brothers. Our #siblingsproject post for this month (link in bio) #nipitinthebudblog #gloucesterlife
It's so hard to grieve the loss of your Mum when just looking in the mirror each morning reminds you of what you're missing. Dad always said "thankfully you get your looks from your Mum" with a cheeky twinkle in his eye.
Regrann from @the_tightrope_walker - Emotional Impact 🎗. “CCLG parent survey reveals the emotional impact of childhood cancer.” I read an article by @cclg_uk ; it highlights many of the daily feelings that most parents & carers experience after a child is diagnosed with cancer. We have been unbelievably blessed to have had fantastic support around us since Dylan was diagnosed. The parents at school devised a meal rota & every Friday for months someone would drop over a week’s worth of home cooked food for us to put in the freezer. The amount of pressure that took away from us was immense; we would often be in hospital on rotation with Dylan overnight so it really helped...it particularly helped Ruari as Nick & I were often not home until late 💔. Whilst we are surrounded by wonderful friends & people who bend over backwards to help there is still an indescribable darkness that hangs over you once you receive the news that your child has cancer. Emotions are often unpredictable as are the minutes, hours & days. Some days you feel able to talk, other days you just don’t want to get out of bed such is the weight that you carry around constantly. This article touches on so many subtleties & there is little I don’t identify with. The sense of loneliness & isolation, the stress & crippling anxiety, the grief at the loss of a “normal” life, the lack of awareness, the things people say that cut through you...it goes on. The article also highlights the improvement needed in focusing on the parents & carers who are going through horrendous emotional & psychological battles whilst watching their child being treated for cancer. There is such a long list of unseen side effects besides the side effects of the treatments that these children have to endure in order to hopefully be cured. Childhood cancer affects absolutely everything; life really is never the same again & whilst we all wait for our “new normal” we’re still working out how to come to terms with losing the old normal & dealing with perpetual shock. If you have a moment, please read it (link in bio). You never know who might benefit from this kind of awareness. #ccam #livingwithcancer #emotionalimpact #childhoo
3 years of first day at a school photos. How is this little guy growing up so fast - nearer 7 years old than 6! #lovethisboy💙 #nipitinthebudblog
This morning's special time/art therapy with E 💕
I've been living in this t-shirt for the last week. The lovely Jo @drift.n.dream made it for me to go with E's rainbow t-shirt and I'd planned to write a blog post about the joy of rainbow babies after loss. Instead it's soft cosiness has been comforting me through the loss of my Mum at a time when it can be hard to even leave the house. I think I may well have to get more custom orders done with encouraging little mantras on - what would you choose?
I'm making @seasonalshaheen 's spicy tomato chutney today with allotment grown tomatoes (details on the blog). I love this recipe as it's great if left to mature but also good straight away, especially as a base cheese on toast or pizzas. #nipitinthebudblog #allotmentgardening #chutneyaddict
When you have special time with one boy and the other decides Daddy isn't all that interesting and falling asleep on the bathroom floor is a better option! @hand_in_hand_parenting #nipitinthebudblog

Follow me on Twitter

Featured posts elsewhere

A Gardeners Voice Featured Blog!
TOTS 100 - UK Parent Blogs

%d bloggers like this: