Thoughts from the nest…


Last week we visited my family. Having not seen them much since the start of the pandemic, this was wonderful and we had some lovely times with them. But something took me completely by surprise, I found myself comparing myself with each of them. As a single parent on a low income, I am theContinue reading “Magpie”


I have written about ‘stuff’ before and about decluttering. However, having a clear out is not a one time event, as we are constantly finding out. I thought we were fairly good at not having too much stuff and had it under control. Then came two lots of ten day covid isolations (thank you schools!)Continue reading “Stuff”


As a parent, in my case a single parent and as a Christian, it can be very easy to become ‘lost’ in serving others and meeting other people’s needs. This is what I have felt like recently, I have lost myself. My needs are not just unmet, but not even on the list. I tryContinue reading “Lost”

I’ve seen real people!!

This week, I have seen real people! Not just people who came to our door to deliver food and medicines…but friends who came out walking in the fresh air with me and the boys. It has been amazing to see people without them being on a screen! Zoom and other online platforms have been greatContinue reading “I’ve seen real people!!”


Today I hid from someone. Someone that I know well, used to work with and we still have contact. She is kind, warm and has a generous heart. She even made me a gluten free cake a couple of years ago for a birthday surprise. Yet today I hid from her… Our family has beenContinue reading “Hiding”

Is my creativity broken?

I used to be a creative person; indoors I loved painting, drawing, crochet and embroidery and outdoors, I enjoyed making things in wood (like my raised beds) or doing something with the garden. Over the last thirteen years, I haven’t been very creative in these ways. I have done the odd project here and there,Continue reading “Is my creativity broken?”


I compare myself to other people, I try not to and the Bible says not to but…it is a human failing that we all have, even if only secretly. I got injured just after New Year and couldn’t run for about six weeks. To some of my friends this would seem like good news, butContinue reading “Comparison”


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