No prizes for guessing what's inspired this post. But there are maybe a few more reasons to need stay-at-home date night ideas than the obvious one. Yes, we're stuck in at home right now with no external social activities or entertainment. So it figures that having a stash of stay-at-home … [Read more...] about 25 STAY-AT-HOME DATE NIGHT IDEAS
Investing in parenting means investing in our marriage or relationship. I hope the following resources offer some hope and encouragement to you as you seek to strengthen this important bond in your family set-up.
As a vicar's wife, I'm all too aware of the demands that full-time ministry can put on a marriage. I'm saddened, but not surprised, when I read about pastors' marriage problems - the challenges of maintaining a healthy family life when you're also pastorally involved in lots of other people's lives … [Read more...] about MINISTRY-PROOFING YOUR MARRIAGE: PREVENTING PASTORS’ MARRIAGE PROBLEMS
Do you struggle when it comes to buying gifts for your other half? I'd love to hear from you if you don't! I always find it difficult, and I suspect I'm not alone. We can find it hard for all sorts of reasons, not least because our money and possessions are shared, so it sometimes feels like … [Read more...] about WHAT TO GET YOUR HUSBAND OR WIFE FOR CHRISTMAS: A FOOLPROOF CHRISTMAS GIFT!
I don't know about you, but I'm a huge fan of The Crown. I came to it very late, just a few months ago actually, when we took a one-month Netflix trial - and ended up on a paid Netflix plan, just so that we could finish watching this fabulous, edge-of-your-seat drama. Of course we know that … [Read more...] about 4 THINGS WE CAN LEARN ABOUT MARRIAGE FROM THE CROWN
Now I'm no agony aunt, but every now and again I get a question from a reader which I think is really pertinent, so I've decided to expand these into blog posts every so often. Don't expect a solution, but I hope that my thoughts about these topics will set you off on your own thinking and … [Read more...] about IS IT POSSIBLE TO BALANCE FINANCES, MENTAL HEALTH AND RAISING A FAMILY?
I'll be honest: feminism didn't really play a major part in my life until recently. I've been pretty fortunate not to have known any gender-related obstacles at work or at home. I haven't suffered abuse or harassment at the hands of men, nor have I been prevented from doing anything I wanted to do … [Read more...] about CAN I BE A FEMINIST AND A STAY-AT-HOME MUM?
Last month, we celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. Most of the time I feel our life just plods on, so the slightly startling fact that we'd been plodding on longer than Facebook, Netflix and (most people's access to) digital photography seemed worth celebrating. We had a lovely couple of days … [Read more...] about THE SILENT ANNIVERSARY: CELEBRATING MARRIAGE IN A CULTURE OF RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWN
This is our breadmaker, and it is 13 years old today. Through four different homes, it has consistently produced beautiful, fresh loaves, as well as pizza dough, ciabatta, focaccia and numerous other variants. To me, it has always been a total miracle of a machine: the fact you can tip in seven … [Read more...] about HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BREADMAKER! (OUR MARRIAGE IS 13 TODAY)
Last week, I turned ten. Or - more precisely - Lucy Rycroft turned ten. Lucy Baynes had existed for twenty-something years before, but on 13 July 2002 she became a Rycroft. Here's a picture of us looking young. Last Friday was a good day of celebrating. Coincidentally, we happened to be in the … [Read more...] about LUCY RYCROFT IS TEN