I'm a 37 year old English/Northern Irish lass, married to Dave, mother to 2 girls and 2 boys. I'm an ex-primary-teacher-turned-housewife-turned-schools-worker and most importantly, saved by the grace of God to whom I am eternally grateful! My life's purpose is to live for him.
This blog is basically a record of the things God is teaching me and challenging me on as I go about daily life as a wife and mother - it's a bit of a creative outlet as well!
My house is not always perfect... as I write this I'm looking at a pile of toys on the floor. I have no food in the cupboard because we were away last week and I wasn't organised enough to do my online Tesco shop before I left. On the sideboard is a to-do list as long as my right arm... but I strive to make this home organised, because it makes my life feel calmer, more peaceful, and because I want to create a haven for my family, away from the chaos and clutter of modern city life. I want this home to be somewhere where there is space to be, space to think and space to know God.
In 2013, at 9 weeks old, our second baby girl was attacked by the devastating disease, Kawasaki Syndrome. The disease spread through her body for nearly two weeks before Doctors were finally able to diagnose it, resulting in damage, which is in all likelihood permanent, to her little heart. Our world was rocked... our "perfect" life seemingly gone forever as we had to come to terms with the fear and anxiety that having a child with a serious heart condition involves.
Despite all of this, I have learnt, time and time again, that all the good things in my life are undeserved gifts from my heavenly Father, and all the hard things in my life are growing space for me to rely more on him. He is good and provides. Always. Even in the valleys of life.
My life is wonderful, but it's not perfect... and I never want to paint that picture on this blog. I get frustrated, I say things and think things I shouldn't, I am petty and whingy at times (just ask my wonderfully patient husband Dave!), I struggle with the "whys" and "what fors" of Heidi's illness... in essence, I'm a sinner. But a sinner saved by Jesus' death on the cross. That truth is central to who I am and all I do... this blog is not meant to boast about my life and my achievements; as Paul says, in Galatians 6: 14 "May I never boast except in the Lord Jesus Christ."
I hope you find it a good read!
I just read some of your blog...and I love what I'm reading. I am also A Christian and am encouraged by what I've seen and read so far. I pray your daughter is doing well and that your faith will be strong. Thanks for the encouragement and your great ideas! God Bless, JillReplyDelete
I do not know what to say ..! But I wish you success.ReplyDelete
Just found your lovely blog and sorry to hear about your little girl's heart condition. I have a little boy with some health probs but he is wonderful. Look forward to reading more xReplyDelete
Ahhh Claire, I just came across your blog from Life At The Little Wood. Your posts are beautifully worded and insightful! I am fairly new to the blogging world myself, your blog is really inspiring! Bookmarked and looking forward to reading you some more! Ellen-Jayne xReplyDelete