the Internet, surrounded by so many beautiful people. I wish I could say to all my dear friends…
can’t but we can pretend… I can imagine…
There’s tea and coffee and scones fresh out of the oven. I am shoulder to shoulder
with all my Internet friends. Everyone is smiling. (btw, you’re all looking very beautiful!) There’s a happy, bubbly atmosphere, an atmosphere of anticipation. All we need is someone to get the conversation flowing. So I say…
hear the answers to a few questions Ingrid asked me? (Ingrid blogs at Create a Haven.) They are Liebster Award
questions. There’s 11 of them.” You would? Here goes…
cookbooks or handicraft books or home decorating books. But I usually forget to
read them! I don’t think I have a favourite book. Our home is comfortable but
not a show home. It runs efficiently but not rigidly. (My fridge often needs cleaning out!) I guess we’re happy with the way our home looks, and how it’s run. Andy and
I have been married a long time. We’ve been parents a long time too. We’re
comfortable with the way we do things around here, so I don’t go looking for
ways to change or improve our home. I tend to add to what we have, and make
small changes occasionally, but more often than not, all we need to do to make things better is give
our home a good clean!
somehow the girls took over. They like being in the kitchen. They chase me away
whenever I try to help. I don’t complain. But I do know a wonderful quick and
tasty recipe: zucchini and leek soup. I once wrote about this soup. You’ll find
a soup story and recipe in my post Perfect Post-Run Soup: Zucchini and Leek. The soup really is good!
family life on?
believe a family should be the one place where everyone knows they are completely
accepted and loved. We are a team. Everyone has their place. We all belong. A
family sense of humour helps life run more smoothly too!
worked and raised children, while sewing clothes, making wine, researching
family history, reupholstering chairs, making curtains, looking after older family members…There was nothing she coudn’t do. She was always teaching
herself new skills. And she encouraged us to do the same. We were taught
to cook and clean and arrange an attractive home. My two sisters and I could run the house if my mother wasn’t there. Some aspects of my family life with Andy and our children are different to my childhood life though. I became a Catholic about 22 years ago. That has influenced the way we are bringing up our children. Even after parenting for a long time, we are still learning as we go!
bed. Wait a minute! That’s not quite true. My husband Andy would love to stay
in bed longer but he never gets the opportunity. He leaves for the gym at 5.45
am each morning, and then goes onto work. My day starts as Andy leaves home. In
the warmer months of the year the girls and I run before breakfast. After we’ve
exercised, we come home, shower, eat, do the chores together, before gathering
in the living room to say our morning prayers.
different. I have given birth to 8 children.
7 are living. We also lost 7 children due to miscarriage. I certainly
wouldn’t have minded growing up with more siblings. It might have been fun. But it wasn’t
the way it happened. I am thankful for the 2 sisters I grew up with and the
brother who arrived after I left home.
What is it?
I admit it. I’m a bit vain. I like to blow dry my hair every morning. But I’m
trying to be more relaxed. I have been known to walk in the rain and let my
hair get wet and still smile. I will tell you I can’t survive without my computer. That is entirely true.
these handicrafts are sadly neglected. I forget to work on my projects when I’m
in a writing mood (which is almost always.)
trip up the coast to the beach would be good though. I know my girls would
enjoy that. We don’t often go to the beach because we live away from the coast.
But if I did have a travelling dream, it would involve hopping around the world
visiting each of my blogging friends in turn.
deal with. I’m sure it is the same for everyone. However I wouldn’t change a
thing. If I did, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Every single event in our
lives teaches us something and gives us strengths. It’s good for me to remember
that when hard times reappear!
achieve in this life?
God’s will, become the person He intends for me to be, use the gifts He has
given me. More specifically I’d like to actually get some of my writings into
book form. I have a children’s novel which is edited and ready for publishing, a book that needs to be republished in a second edition, and other books and novels in various states of completion. I just never seem
to get around to finishing a project. I guess I spend too much time blogging!
kind listening to my answers. I sip my tea and nibble my scone, and then I say…
answer some questions too?”
If you like, you can pass the award onto specific bloggers, or you could break the ‘rules’ and issue an open invitation. And if you’d like a button to put in your side-bar, there are dozens to choose from. I just Googled ‘Liebster Award’ images and discovered them all!
I’d love to visit your blogs and read your answers so please come back to leave a link.
I’d like to give Ingrid a big thank you for being so kind and nominating my blog for this Liebster Award. I enjoyed answering your questions. It’s been a lot of fun!