It’s the morning after Adoption Sunday and I’m still upset. My Facebook and Twitter timelines are peppered with stories from Home for Good and their advocates, calling on people to adopt and celebrating gatherings around tables, which has been this year’s theme. I used to be among them. I have spoken at church, encouraging others to adopt and foster. And yet this year it all rings hollow for me. Why?… View Post

In our house, the start of November brings a strange mix of excitement and concern. Will they or won’t they cope with fireworks this year? Will the children put on their own ‘fireworks display’ as a response to all then bangs and flashes outside? Feeling the love for fireworks I am a big fan of fireworks. So much so that we ended our wedding reception at 6pm so that me… View Post

Gratitude is officially good for your mental health. (Harvard says so, so it must be true.) As a self-care practice, it’s great to record things you’re grateful for – big and small. So here’s Thankful Thursday – my list of things I’m grateful for this week. This week I’m Thankful because: Pete and I had a lovely couple of days in the Cotswolds for our wedding anniversary. Thank you grandparents! The… View Post

I’ve talked before about how my own self-care is a bit less about posh shower gel and a bit more about trying not to eat an entire jar of Nutella at a single sitting. My perfect self-care scenario involves someone else looking after the children for a weekend, just so I can hear myself think, have prolonged uninterrupted conversations with Pete during daylight hours, maybe go for a walk in the… View Post

I love Instagram: pretty pictures, encouraging messages, community friendliness. It makes me happy. What I see there is that way because that’s how I’ve curated it. I carefully choose who to follow so that my feed is full of things that I find inspiring and uplifting. That is, I use Instagram as self-care (as you might expect). Recently, a few people have asked me for Instagram advice. I’m not an… View Post