Hello 2017

It’s a new year, and time for a new start.


I’ve started to realise how much I miss blogging when I don’t do it. It’s not the feedback from readers (I don’t think anyone reads most posts!) but the chance to track what I’ve been doing and just verbalise (is that even a word?) my thoughts.

2016 was a year of change; a new house in a new county (well, two houses! We moved into a rented property in March while we waited for the contracts to come through on the house we’ve now bought, we finally moved in in July), a new job for hubby and new school for the children, a new church to settle in to, a new day to day routine for me (no more 6 miles each way drive to school, a walk of less than half a mile instead!), the discovery of a lovely coffee shop, and the meeting of new, amazing friends.

I’m so glad that 2016 is over, despite the many positives. It was a hard year for the H family, we’re not great at change; especially hubby and R, they’ve really struggled. A good, restful Christmas break seems to have really helped them both, hopefully that positivity will continue as we return to our normal routine. There has been a lot of gadget time and gaming, but that’s a way for them to switch off from the world and decompress. Hubby and the children all like the same kinds of games so it’s been collaborative at times and individual at others.

So, what is 2017 going to bring for us? Well, hopefully more stability (depending on how R’s move up to secondary school goes!) and more family time, no moving (phew! I have said never again…), and for me, more creative time and time with God. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my mood and capacity to cope with all life throws at me when I’ve been able to be creative; whether that’s doing a quick drawing, papercrafting, colouring, sewing or something else. My word for 2017 is CREATE, and I hope to create a lot more. I have also noticed a big difference when I’ve been able to spend more time in God’s word (it should have been obvious really!) so I’m planning different ways to do that, I’ll go into more detail on that in a later post.

This is getting long, and after staying up to see the new year in with lovely friends last night I’m getting tired so I’m going to leave this here.

To anyone reading, I wish you a happy and peaceful 2017, full of love and joy.

Photo 365 – 12-16 Catch up

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12 – Draw
Doodles from my bullet journal.

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13 – Mostly white
Clutching at straws here, this is the kitchen surface!

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14 – Black and white
The key for my bullet journal.

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15 – A treasure
I treasure all memories and things that show my children love me, I love them immensely! (even when they send me round the bend!)

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16 – Sepia
And this is why I’m playing catch up with my Photo365 project! What started off as a bit of a sore throat virus on Friday 8th turned into a full blown chest infection by Tuesday 12th which stuck me in hospital for 3 days, 2 nights! I’m exhausted but feeling a little bit better than I did. I have 5 huge antibiotic tablets to take a day for the next 5 days. Hopefully then I’ll be able to start building up my strength and energy again.

I’m not going to beat myself up about missing a few days and needing to catch up. I couldn’t have changed this week, as far as my Photo365 project and my DayZeroProject task are concerned I’m going to consider this an acceptable catch up, I’ve still photographed what needed to be done, just not quite on the right day (I definitely couldn’t take many interesting photos from my hospital bed!).