When my phone alerts me to a new text message I instinctively reach for it, unlock it and read the message. It's now such an intuitive reaction that I do it whilst doing something else - with the consequence that I'm only half engaging with the content of the message. Most of the time, this doesn't … [Read more...] about SEE YOU SOON: A MOTHER’S STORY OF LOSING A SON TO ADDICTION
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I really don't pray enough. Of course that is the world's greatest understatement. There are many reasons why I don't, but the top three which come to mind are: * I like to feel in control. Prayer is the ultimate exercise in loss of self-control. My life is no longer being controlled the … [Read more...] about PARENTHOOD AND PRAYER: HOW CAN I MAKE TIME?
Halloween is a couple of days away, and I'm trying to reconcile several different things in my head. As a Christian, I'm not comfortable with celebrating things that represent evil. I'm not massively keen on being disturbed at home by strangers asking for sweets. I'd rather not try and pretend I'm … [Read more...] about WHY CAN’T WE DO HALLOWEEN LIKE OUR AMERICAN FRIENDS?
Not the most glamorous topic, I know, but it's something I've been chatting to friends about recently, and it seems we all struggle. One friend reckons toy storage should be taught in antenatal classes, it's so tricky. I have to agree. How to store toys in a practical, space-saving and easily … [Read more...] about HOW DO I STAY ON TOP OF MY KIDS’ TOYS?
Yesterday I had one of those Days. You know the ones. There were no tantrums, no trips to A&E, no breakages of major appliances. It was just one of those Days. I felt severely lacking in creative ideas. Mister (3) spent the morning at pre-school, while Missy (1) napped, so I had both kids awake … [Read more...] about DAYS LIKE THESE
Recently I scanned one of those 'what's hot/what's not' columns at the front of a lifestyle magazine. Under 'what's not' I was interested to read that 'yummy mummies' were on their way out, because they were more prone to depression than 'working mums who let things slide'. Oh dear, I thought. I'm a … [Read more...] about YUMMY MUMMY, LETTING THINGS SLIDE
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
Yesterday was Father's Day. I was pretty proud of myself for getting ahead on this. It was several weeks ago when I took Mister into the Beer Shop in town, allowed him to pick out some ales for his Dad and bought them on his behalf. (This is allowed, right? I figure since he's 2, and not 15, and … [Read more...] about FATHERS’ DAY