Let’s just say in my early teens I wasn’t the saint my parents would have liked to have claimed as their daughter. Growing up in a Christian household, I was shall we say rather sheltered from the ‘naughtiness’ of this world. That is until I decided to run away from home and explore all there was on offer. From winning jelly wrestling completions at the pub on Airlie beach to partying til sunrise in the city… I’ve done my fair share of giving my poor parents heart attack after heart attack.
There are times in our lives where life changes crash in so quickly, you find yourself tumbling around in what seems like a deep dark ocean of rough turbulent waves that barely allow you to catch your breath.
In these moments of uncertainty and transition, the concept of time seems to disappear and the events that take place keep crashing over you, suffocating you and not allowing you to look up and see the shoreline now barely in sight.
I sold my wedding rings merely a few weeks after separating, and I don’t regret it.
Now I know what you’re probably thinking. How could she? That’s too soon? That’s a bit harsh? What if the marriage could be saved? Surely you would regret that!
I had been with a man for over ten years. He was my first real boyfriend, the first man I had lived with, my fiancé and then my husband. The father to our darling daughter. The road was long and rocky and eventually our marriage ended in a loveless, hurt filled mess.
This year Mother’s Day will be very different for me. In the past, the usual Mother’s Day morning consisted of an attempted sleep in, hearing pulls of sticky tape and rustles in the kitchen as my daughter and husband prepared to greet me with a gift and a homemade card. Hearing giggles as she cracked the eggs making me breakfast in bed and being woken by a duo calling out ‘Happy Mother’s Day!’
I’m a newbie school mum. My little miss started Kindy this year and it only occurred to me a few weeks ago that ‘Oh yeah, that’s right they have school holidays!’ Tomorrow it begins, two weeks of entertaining our kidlets, no packing school lunches or having to remember which uniform they wear tomorrow. Even though we’ve only just finished term one, it feels like a lifetime ago I had my girl all day every day and it got me in a spin thinking ‘what activities are we going to do so she doesn’t get bored!?’Here are my ten budget-friendly school holiday activities to keep the kids entertained and your sanity intact until wine o’clock.
At first, I was honestly more than happy to forget this birthday. After all, I was turning 29 and wasn’t overly enthusiastic to celebrate the last year of my 20’s *groan*
Ah yes, the time is has come around again to get sorted for your kid’s Easter Hat Parade!
Let’s face it, as busy mums, finding the time to create a spectacular Easter hat for our kids can be somewhat stressful and is usually left to the last minute (or is that just me?).
When all feels dark and broken
When life feels like it’s cursed
When tears and fears are spoken
As we’re left here on this earth
My story sadly isn’t uncommon. I was thrown into the big wide scary world of single parenting and although it has only been a matter of months so far, here are a few things I’ve learnt about what it’s like being a single mum (and a few secret confessions)…