#Up The Volume

Hey, so this week is Children’s Hospice Week and their camping tag line is #upthevolume so I thought I would write a bit about our experience with the Children’s Hospice and the impact it has had on family life. Kaitlin has always had little health blips that come around very quickly but can equally resolve…

The Invisible Pain of Special Needs Parenting

Have you ever wondered what the real gritty day to day life caring for a child who is life limited and medically complex is like? I mean before this was my life had I truthfully ever thought about it….. Of course not, it wasn’t even on my radar, I was oblivious to this parallel universe…

Birthday planning on a budget.

My beautiful baby boy is three. I closed my eyes, blinked and he seemed to skip a few months…. I’m convinced. As with all good events, I had been scouring Pinterest for inspiration and affordable ideas to celebrate in style. So I thought that I would share my simple party planning ideas. 1) The theme:…

Building the dream

I have wanted to post a little update on our house build for a little while but life really seems to slow me down sometimes. I feel very blessed that we are building a home that will hopefully meet our needs, but boy did I underestimate the stress endured in the process. We had been…

Surviving ‘one of those days’

Well hello there, it’s been a glorious Monday here in Northern Ireland, the sun has been out, spring is beginning to make an appearance and in this very second life is good. I spent this morning sitting in a local coffee shop with my latte on my own….bliss. πŸ’• Much needed bliss. Turn the clock…

Days to remember

Life is pretty busy at the moment and I love this blog outlet and community for documenting those moments that I really want to remember. Many of you may know I love noting thoughts down on paper too, but I have a notebook addiction and a collection that is embarrassing. So in years to come…

Dancing in the rain β˜”οΈ

‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.’ I love this quote, it is just so true. I strive to find the positive in every situation. Now don’t get me wrong the key word here is strive… I frequently fail… but negativity, doom and gloom are…

It’s only a number

Hey! So this weekend saw our second born daughter Kaitlin turn 10. ‘TEN’ what??? Β How has time passed us by so quickly? I know that while so many of you with 10 or 11 year olds have been visiting ‘big’ schools to find the one that best suits you child, or who are now starting…

We are family!

I often think that being mum to six little ones Β (mmm maybe 5 little ones and a young lady)Β requires an endless amount of energy, as there is always something to do. So often I hear ‘I don’t know how you do it’ and the truth is, I don’t have this mothering thing down at all….

Bloggers blockπŸ“Ά

I had thought (naively) that blogging would come easy, but lately it just hasn’t. Don’t get me wrong I have plenty of ideas and topics I would love to write about, and I have loved the interaction and feedback from you all, but somehow at the moment, transcribing my ideas into this little portion of…

When a day becomes a week (or three) ….Part two.

I love organising! Choosing decorations, writing lists, lists and more lists, filling notebooks, for some reason it really makes me happy. After focussing so many weeks on Rebecca’s formal (see previous post) I had sort of run out of time to plan Greta’s baptism. We only confirmed the date a week or two beforehand and…

When a day becomes a week…or three! (Part 1)

Have you ever tried to organise an event for a special occasion, thinking to yourself it’s only one day? Well those of you who follow my Instagram account will know that last week Rebecca headed to her first formal and Greta was baptised. So in my ever positive ‘it’s only a few people at the…