I stood waiting for my friend to get back from the toilet at a wedding. A guy I went to uni with came up for a chat. It’d been a good few years since we last spoke. Despite not being Facebook friends, I knew enough from other’s interactions with him that he was married and a dad. I don’t know how much he knew about my life these days, but the conversation went something like this, him first:Read More
Welcome! I'm Nicola, I encourage mums who are struggling with tough times make their home happy. My husband has Crohn's disease, one of my sons has Down Syndrome and yet - most of the time - our home is a happy place and I'd love to share with you how that looks!
I hate winter. I hate the short days, the cold rain and the fact my eldest's breathing problems in the wind mean we don't get outside at all most days. But the end of February marks the end of winter for me. The first of March brings with it a promise of the season to come, a warmth to the sun (when it makes a rare appearance) and it's still light at the end of dinner time each evening. Roll on June and 11pm dusk!
A little look at the bits and bobs that got me through February - reading, learning, watching, homemaking, parenting and faith...Read More
The fruits of the Spirit, like self-control, come from being IN HIM. The way apples appear on the tree by tending to the roots and health of the tree, so self-control will come when we are spending time in the Bible, with God, working on the roots of our faith and relationship with Him.Read More
I watched Groundhog Day for the first time last year – you know, the one where Bill Murray wakes up every morning and it is February 2, again. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over. And I was struck by how early years parenting could be described as Groundhog Day. But for those of us who have children with special needs, our parenting journey can be even more caught in a time-loop.
....It’s wearying parenting the same things over and over again. Maybe you've the same frustrations?Read More
When Daniel was little my thoughts went to more general parenting topics – how would we bring our children up to know and love God, how would we discipline and guide them, how scheduled would their lives be, how would we ensure that we communicated well with them and them with us as they grew up… And so I bought book after book....
This is a little book review slot of my favourite four books on parenting, four and a half years in.Read More
Today I am very excited to have Michelle Pannell from Mummy from the Heart guest posting. Her blog is very successful and well worth following. Her children are that bit older than mine (and many of my readers who are also in the preschool/early primary stage) so I asked her to share her wisdom looking back at this stage. I have found her words so encouraging and hopefully lots of you will too. Thanks Michelle!Read More
I've been debating how much to put on here about Down Syndrome. I know a few of my subscribers have children with Down Syndrome, other have children with other special needs, but many are just mums a little overwhelmed, or not even mums at all!
But I'm passionate about teaching people about Down Syndrome, so that the culture of fear around it (due almost exclusively to the testing done in pregnancy and language in press articles) dissolves...Read More
Often we think life’s got to be big to make an impact. That our work doesn’t count for much when it’s work in the home. Surely we’ve got to be out there to change lives? Have a career. Do purposeful work. Certainly not a life spent vacuuming the floor for the third time today, wiping dirty toddler noses and feeding a baby throughout the night.
Yet, this is the call on my life. Maybe it’s the call on yours too. A simple life at home. Not fame. Nor fulfilment to be quite honest with you.Read More
To be honest, I still don’t know exactly what I’m trying to focus on here on the blog. When I came up with the name I was just thinking that I wanted to share how my home is a happy place, but not the specifics...Read More
We’ve been overwhelmed in the past by friends and family who helped out – by praying, sending support AND doing practical things, but sometimes the person in the middle of the crisis can’t actually articulate what would be practically helpful so hopefully these ideas may help.Read More