Friday, 24 February 2017

February Favourites // Little Loves

February has been a blur... of busyness, of rollercoasters, of hospital trips and high temperatures, of visiting friends and memories made. Half term took an unexpected turn when our 26+3 baby decided to threaten an early entrance. It was a scary and stressful few days, but thankfully baby has decided to stay on the inside for now.

Hospital days enforce rest, however, something I'm not very good at, so a lot of my reading and listening were done in the confines of my little antenatal bay last week!

Here are some of the things we've been loving this month...

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

These Two // On the Passing of Time

I found this picture in my blog archive the other day... it was a post I never wrote. And it made my heart do little flips and feel a bit heavy. Because, honestly? This feels like yesterday. Only its not... because the toddler and the baby in that photo are now a schoolgirl and a toddler, and are swiftly growing up far too quickly for my liking!

I've been feeling it a lot lately - the passing of time -

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

One Boy And His Sleepsuit // On The Wisdom of Picking Your Battles

It's universally acknowledged that parenting is one almighty rollercoaster... the highest highs of "Oh, aren't they just the cutest?!", the success stories (we actually produced a child who did something good off their own accord!), the golden moments of siblinghood (think cuddling blond heads on the sofa as opposed to shrieking, swiping and general outbursts) and just those moments of the day, brief thought they may be, where everything just seems to fall into place. But then there's the other side of parenting,

Monday, 20 February 2017

That Vibrant, Neutral Canvas // Thoughts for a Monday Morning

"Time in nature calms and focuses; for most children, it takes only a few minutes for them to begin to explore. Watch as they seek out places that feel particularly right to them,

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Update // The Joys of Home

It's amazing how one split second can change everything. How one moment in time on Wednesday night set us on an unexpected path that led to two nights in hospital, a lot of prayer and anxiety and now continued questions about whether this baby of ours will make it to term.

For now, the news is good...

Friday, 17 February 2017

Little Explorers // Adventure on our Doorstep

I forget, sometimes, how closely we live to some beautiful parts of England. It's easy to get lost in the hustle-bustle of suburban life, the chimney lined horizon from our bedroom window, the constant background noise of traffic... Easy to forget that just a short drive away are wide, open spaces, fresh air, and the beautiful surroundings of the natural world.

Half term always affords us the opportunity of adventures. And dear friends visiting from Austria allows us the chance to show off our little patch in all its stunning glory...

Thursday, 16 February 2017

When Life Throws an Unexpected Twist // Thankfulness

I didn't expect to find myself here, at 26 + 3 weeks, on the antenatal ward with nurses checking vitals and heartbeats and doctors explaining complicated terms and nurses drawing diagrams. All the while, shaking uncontrollably as though I was cold, when really all it was was fear.

That was last night. Lying in triage, gripping David's hand like there was no tomorrow.