What Legacy Will I Leave for My Children?

A year ago today I lost a good friend of mine. I was away for a week learning to swim and had a message from a friend to say Kate had passed away. I was at my laptop in the hotel restaurant and the news knocked me sideways. I was so shocked. Of all the people I expected to pass away in the near future Kate was not one of…

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Half My Life Ago

Do you ever think about the years gone by, the things that happened and how far you’ve come? Well, half my life ago I had just turned seventeen, it was two weeks before Christmas and I was homeless. You see, my parents had split up the weekend before my GCSEs started the summer before and by the time I started college in September my relationship with my mother had reached…

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Securing a Future the Children Dream of | AD

As a family we are always talking about the future. It’s something that comes up in conversation quite often with LP and Little Man saying what they think will happen when they grow up, where they’ll go, who they’ll live with and the things they will see and do. It’s so nice hearing them talk about their future, with literally their whole lives stretching out ahead of them. So when…

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Learning to Swim

I’ve written a few times before about my love hate relationship with water. I love the idea of being in a pool but when it comes down to it, I usually last ten minutes before getting back out again. This is mainly because I never learnt to swim as a child, I cobbled together a very slight swimming ability over the years but I don’t enjoy being in the water…

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Why Little Things Mean the Most | AD

When I was younger, it was all about the grand gestures. As a child, there’s nothing quite like receiving a gift of the latest toy or a new bike. Even as a teenager and young adult, I was swept off my feet when boyfriends spent a fortune on me. I’m not sure when it happened, but these days the little things mean so much more. That’s not to say that…

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Life Before Kids

Often I’ll be talking to Dave, friends or new acquaintances and something will come up in conversation where I’ll say ‘yeah, we did that, you know, before kids’. It’ll be an experience, a holiday, city break or even a West End show and it will bring up memories of this time BK. Before Kids. When it was just Dave and I. It’s as if there’s a line drawn through your…

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The Modern Family

I’ve never seen myself as part of a modern family before. Growing up I had a Mum, a Step-Dad and two half brothers. One of my brothers saw his Dad on weekends and I only met my biological Dad for the first time when I was seventeen. Back then, when I was growing up, it was still a bit of a taboo to be divorced, to remarry, to have anything…

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