I thought it was supposed to be easy


I  was convinced into buying our tourer caravan by the phrases, “its so easy” “so much better than the tent” “home from home”.


Well somehow we have gone wrong.


Every holiday starts with me feeling so stressed I just don’t want to go. I’m ready to just stay in the comfort of my own home and give up  on holidays all together.


The idea behind having the same setting for our autistic foster son is fantastic but this doesn’t help when as soon as he sees you getting prepared he has a complete melt down from excitement. 


A husband that decides that the night before you leave is the perfect time to wash both the car and caravan is not helpful at all. To be honest I wouldn’t have minded if he had checked the electrics, water etc beforehand, you know the really useful things. The concept of washing a car to drive over a field is a one completely lost on me.


So as you can imagine as I had spend hours last night ironing and preparing meals I was a little peeved to say the least this morning to find him searching for towing mirrors and checking electrics.




Caravanning is supposed to be easy so what are we doing so wrong?


Why am I so frustrated I could scream?


Is it simply just the fact that my husband deserved to be strangled or are there ways of getting prepared a lot easier?


Anyway we didn’t find the towing mirror and had to go buy another one but thankfully, the journey is over and we are at the campsite. 


The water pump is playing up, it took us an hour to find the kettle but we are here and as the sun sets over an amazing view, I am slowly relaxing and hopefully will enjoy a stress free few days.


Ok who am i kidding, hopefully I will enjoy a less stressful few days.


Oh and before I forget, we dropped into the camp my two teenagers are staying at with their church group. The look on their faces when they thought we had followed them on holiday, was priceless. In fact we are only twenty minutes away but besides dropping off some forgotten items I am staying well away. While they may think it is a parents free week I am enjoying my teen free week more.

Now if I could just lose the husband.


Do It


It’s February 29th, it’s a leap year.

I wonder how many woman are taking the step of proposing to their partners today.

Finding the courage to ask that two become one.

It must be nerve wracking, I’m not sure I could do it. But I wish them all well.

What strikes me really is all the talk of doing something adventurous or exciting on this day that only appears once in four years.

My advice is simply this, if you want to do something amazing, spontaneous, DO IT you don’t have to wait until its a leap year.

Each day is a gift in itself.

If you want to propose to your partner go for it.

If you want to sky dive out of a plane, jump.

Climb a mountain

Race a fast car

Whatever your dream is, go for it.

Life is a crazy thing, nobody knows what tomorrow may bring.

So live each day as the gift it is.

Hug your children

Tell your loved ones you love them

Sign up to support something you believe in.

Enrol on that course you have always wanted to join.

Go for it.

Everyday should be as special as a leap year really, a whole 24 hours given to us by God to cherish, embrace and experience.

Life is a gift get unwrapping.


My Valentine

No words could describe the depth of my love for you.

You are my soul mate.

When I look at what life has thrown at us in the last years, I know I have only survived through your love and my faith.

You are my complete opposite and I love that.

When I am passionate heading into situations heart first, head second you are they to remind me that slow and steady wins the race.

I’m in heaven surrounded by learning and books. You would rather switch off your brain watching random television programmes. I love it when I ask you “why are you watching that” and you answer with simply “why not”.

Your compassion has no bounds; your love for children is never ending.

Yet you cringe inside when someone tells you how good you are.

Your kindness when I am ill is like no other. I ask you why you care for me; you simply answer “I love you”.

Live is for living you say, worrying is overrated.

You deal with things when they happen so unlike me who like to plan and colour code my endless worries.

I’m remember our first date like it was yesterday, never had I felt so relaxed in someone’s company. I talked for hours (nothing new) you listened like I was only one in the whole world.

It’s been lovely to watch you grow in confidence the last few years building your business, your knowledge. Even though I don’t show it often enough I am so proud of you.

I love the way you discuss financial matters and talk about savings as you are ordering your new RC Car ha ha.

The way you know you have to correct the girls but hate having to scold or punish them.

Yet I also see your pain when they act out and hurt you.

Often you say “no one warned us about this part of parenting”. Yet you would fight to the death for any of your babies, I’ve watched you scream, cry with frustration but you have never given up.

My heart still skips a beat when you smile at me.

My skin still tingles when you hold me close.

I miss you when we are apart.

You complete me.

I don’t know what the future holds for us but I do know that I will be by your side.

Today you are my valentine

Forever My husband

Always my true love.

My Valentine

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