The Liebster Award

Thank you to Good, beautiful and true for the nomination. Please visit Cymbrie’s wonderful blog for inspiration and encouragement to find things that are Good, beautiful and true. I am particularly looking forward to Tuesdays when she will be hosting Poetry Teas.

11 Questions from Good, beautiful and true:
1. Your favorite quote?

“Why do you look for the living among the dead. He is not here, he is Risen.” Luke 24 v 5-6.

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Star’s first swimming lesson without me

We received a phone call from the swimming pool to say in 6 days time Star’s swimming teacher would like her to move to a class where she swims without a parent in the pool.

I agreed, put down the phone and my mind started racing.

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I See You

Guest Post – Author unknown


I See You
I see you running your child to therapy when your friends are running their kids to Little League or ballet
I see you slipping out of the conversation when your friends are all chiming in about milestones and test grades.
I see you constantly juggling appointments and meetings.
I see you sitting at your computer for hours researching what your child needs.
I see you cringe when people whine about what feels like petty things.
I see you spread thin but still going the extra mile for your family.
I see you digging for depths of strength you never dreamed you had.
I see you showing appreciation to the teachers, therapists and medical professionals who serve your child with you.
I see you rising early in the morning to do it all again after another chaotic night.
I see you when you’re hanging on to the end of your rope for dear life.
I know you feel invisible, like nobody notices any of it. But I want you to know I notice you. I see you relentlessly pushing onward. I see you keep choosing to do everything in your power to give your child the best possible care at home, in school, at therapy and the doctor.
What you’re doing matters. It’s worth it.
On those days when you wonder if you can do it another minute, I want you to know I see you. I want you to know you’re beautiful. I want you to know it’s worth it. I want you to know you aren’t alone. I want you to know love is what matters most, and you have that nailed.
And on those days when you have breakthroughs, those times when the hard work pays off and success is yours to cherish, I see you then too, and I am proud of you.
Whichever day today is, you’re worthy, you’re good and I see you.
Genesis 16:13
‘She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me’

The Day Star first went to church

It was an unusual Sunday for several reasons:

Firstly we arrived early (we are usually late for everything.)
Secondly, Eddie and I weren’t on any rotas -not playing in band, not leading prayers, not helping with crèche.
Because of the two points above we sat in a different pew to normal; in the centre near the back.
I hadn’t been to church for about 6 weeks because I had been staying at home with Star. Helping her to settle and feel safe in our forever family. We did not know how she was going to cope, with so many people, or with noise or with quiet!

Star, age 4, had never been to a church.

And so we sat as a family of 5 for the very first time, together on the same pew.

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Adopting Star: About me

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog.

I am a family doctor (GP) in the UK, I am married and have two birth children, Hannah (7) and Ben (5), our youngest daughter Star (4) joined our family through adoption.

Star is beautiful, she lights up the room. She is truly one of the most brave and resilient people I have ever met. Oh yes, she also happens to have Down syndrome.

I began writing the blog when Star had been living with us for just under a year. And what a year it had been!!! I felt like there were so many experiences we had lived through but that I had not processed. Writing my blog helps me to do that.

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