Friday, 13 July 2018

Life round ours...



Around this time of year, memories of Heidi’s illness often flood back. She’s begun to ask questions now. Her little five-year-old brain trying to fathom the depths of what happened to her, and our attempts to explain to her in a way that is appropriate for now. I often find  myself trawling through the old posts on my blog when she asks questions... it’s some kind of therapy I suppose, and I’m so thankful to have that living record for her when she’s ready. Much of it is still too raw and real for her now, but in time, it will be precious to be able to show her all the struggles and questions, heartaches and hopes that we had. And just how faithful the Lord was to us.

But reading through those posts also gives me a little nudge - I’m so thankful for this online space, and I miss it. I miss recording the silly little details, the mundane moments of our everyday, the scarecrow building, the laughs around the dinner table, the funny things the children say... Life does look somewhat different now - four children is somewhat more time consuming than two, school eats chunks out of our day, and we are just in the throws of busy family life.

But the ache to write, to record, to savour and store it all up remains.

So I’m not making any wild promises to be more present here... I’ve done that enough times and, well, life happened... but I will take the moments I can to share the details!

My girls are growing up - six and five and full of fun and energy. They remain the very best of friends, and chalk and cheese... one forever with her nose stuck in a book, one who belts out ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack in the garden at the top of her lungs! One who loves school and can’t get enough of it, and one who would much rather stay home with Mama and ‘do homeschool’. Yet they are like magnets and create the most amazing little imaginative worlds and I love watching them parading round the garden in role, with a little brother tagging along!

The boys are coming into their own, wicked senses of humour, forever collapsed in giggles and the biggest fans of bundling. They find each other absolutely hilarious and I’m loving watching this brotherly bond develop. There are of course a web of relationships between them all, but I’ll save that post for another day.

Mealtimes are chaotic, some children who devour everything in minutes, others who take constant encouragement, and are forever attempting to escape the table. Honestly! The number of times I’ll tell someone to sit up, or sit back down, or turn around... and I can’t remember the last time I actually sat through a whole meal without needing to get up for something. But I know it’ll happen one day, and when it does I’ll be reminiscing about these days and wishing them back!

Bedtime is a well oiled machine - I feed Elias while Dave gets Jonas to bed, then he’ll do a bible story and pray with the girls by which point I go through and we read. We’ve devoured almost the whole Little Women series this year and Astrid Lindgren’s Lotta series too (if you haven’t read them they are FABULOUS!) and we’re gearing up for something new! Recommendations in the comments!

And then we have our evenings... people often comment on our sanity at having four children under6 6 but guys, I tell you... it’s been the biggest blessing! Our daytimes are chaos and fun and full of energy  and laughter (and a fair bit of siblings bickering, and tears and tantrums and hair-pulling moments - but let’s not mention those! 😉) but by 8pm the kiddos are all in bed and peace ensues. It’s the little bit of headspace and touch-in time together that we need.

I’ve been trying to get to bed earlier too... I’m not going to claim it’s been overly successful, but attempting it means I’ve shaved the time back a bit... baby steps, right?! I feel SO much better for it. My body was starting to tell  me it had had enough of all the late nights and overwork and it’s amazing what sleep, water, whole food and a natural approach can do for your zest for life!

In one week we head back to Norway, we are itching to go, the children counting down the days.

Now a little voice calls me from downstairs, the school run nears and we have a jam packed day ahead.

I hope your Friday is a good one!

Xxx

Monday, 25 June 2018

A Trip To Neverland // Jonas' Peter Pan 3rd Birthday Party


The sun shone, little pirates and fairies and lost boys ran merrily around the garden, Wendy and Tink, baby Michael and our own little Peter Pan lost in all the excitement. Such a fun-filled morning celebrating our Jonas-boy with all his little friends around him!

And the Garden becoming our own little version of Neverland!

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Dear Jonas... You're Three!


To our little Jonas...

Hard to believe that’s its been three years since you first meandered your way into our lives, 12 days overdue, and with no sense of hurry! You’ve always taken things in your own stride, done things at your own pace and, holding firm to your convictions, not worried yourself too much about what other people expect of you, or what you should be doing! I love that life is never a rush for you, that you somehow manage to run around our house at breakneck speed, and yet, for the most part, always seem cool, calm and collected.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Siblings in June // Fun in the Sun

                                    
It feels like summer has come early this year. Long afternoons in the sunshine, dinners gobbled down before requests are made to return to the great outdoors... The games have been varied over the last few weeks - detective clubs, horses and stables, exercise areas, water fun and good old fashioned mud pies. It's so fun to see the four of them interacting together, and while I'm still very much supervising Elias' involvement, the big three are completely independent now. It's lovely to see!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Self Care or Soul Care // A Few Simple Truths


Excuse the silence round these parts... it’s been a little purposeful, and a little accidental. Life with four little people around allows no moment of space during the day, and life can feel pretty whirlwindish right now. That’s been the accidental part.

The purposeful part has been a long time coming. That still, small voice has been probing and whispering... urging me to set aside my pride and re-prioritise. When I have too much on my plate, things get skewed and the most important things get shoved to the side - communion with the Lord, time with my husband, thoughtful parenting.

Instead life becomes one long cycle of knee-jerk reactions which does no good to anyone.

Monday, 28 May 2018

For a Lifetime // Thoughts for a Monday Morning


"When children are curious, they learn. Like eager birds, they track, hunt and pursue knowledge as if it's going out of fashion. They learn autonomously without fear of failure and whatever they discover is etched in their memories for a lifetime." - Amelia Dashwood -

Don't you think we could learn from them??

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

A Royal Feast // Celebrating with Little Ones

 

I have always been a royalist. For as far back as I can remember the royal family have fascinated me and as a child I collected photos and newspaper snippings in a scrapbook. Even as an adult, my friends joke that I'm useless in pub quizzes until the royal family comes up... then I can pretty much answer any questions you throw at me. As small children (sorry Kris!), my sister and I used to play princesses - I was always Zara, and she was always Beatrice, and my best friend and I collected royal sticker albums growing up (we may also have written some rather hilarious letters to Prince Harry - Katherine, you win that one!) I've pretty much not missed a major royal event; going up to London for the jubilees, to lay flowers for Diana, to watch the car drive past and wave at the Buckingham Palace balcony. And I've loved the Netflix series "The Crown".

But with Dave away at the weekend (back in Norway), and four small children in tow, there was no way I was going to attempt heading up to London for the wedding of the year.