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Ruth’s Roundup – January 2022

When I get a moment (they are few and far between, but few is still something, right?), I tuck into a book, read an article, come across a thought-provoking message and think, this needs to be shared. Ruth’s Roundup is a post released once a month where I will share with you some content I have been engaging… Continue reading Ruth’s Roundup – January 2022

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The Mustard Seed Mum: Can we agree to disagree?

It seems that mothers and babies are labelled as soon as possible. Breast-feeder or bottle-feeder? Cloth nappies (diapers for my American readers!) or disposable ones? Dummy (pacifier!) or no dummy? We make decisions for these tiny humans and then get asked about it, compare ourselves (and our children) to others and spend half the time… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: Can we agree to disagree?

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How can I help you in 2022?

Thanks for stopping by at the start of a brand new year. There's often a sense of hope at the start of the year, isn't there? There's a clean slate ahead - a wide open road. Although nothing spectacular may have changed between December 31st and January 1st, we treat the start of the new… Continue reading How can I help you in 2022?

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GUEST POST – Unexpectedly Alone: When an Instamum Hits the Skids

I'm very excited to welcome author Ruth Leigh to the blog to share a little about her two brilliant novels, The Diary of Isabella M Smugge and The Trials of Isabella Smugge, and all the joys and heartache that real, honest motherhood and parenting bring! By Ruth Leigh A couple of years ago, the answer… Continue reading GUEST POST – Unexpectedly Alone: When an Instamum Hits the Skids

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The Mustard Seed Mum: When Patience Runs Out

As I sit to write, someone decided now was a good time to pull out the world's noisiest leaf blower. It's like an outdoor vacuum cleaner. It's irritating. It's persistent. It's loud. And it's getting louder - still. How long is this noise going to disrupt the street? Not only am I trying to type… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: When Patience Runs Out

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The Mustard Seed Mum: Leading By Example

Do you have someone that you look up to? Someone that you want to emulate in some way? For me, it's my Mum. She has modelled for me what following Jesus looks like as a wife and mother, even in the hardest and most hopeless of circumstances. She was the one who led me to… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: Leading By Example

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The Mustard Seed Mum: When Grief Catches Up With You

I cried in a café. It caught me completely off guard. But that's grief for you. It turns up when it wants to with no warning - and apparently with no tissues. As I was waiting for my husband to finish ordering, I sat down at a table with some shopping bags. We were kid… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: When Grief Catches Up With You

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5 reflections from my hospital bed

In the last few months I have spent some time in hospital as an inpatient. The first time I was in for just over two weeks in April for my stem cell transplant. The second was for a couple of days or so in June as I had pneumonia. As my immune system was weakened… Continue reading 5 reflections from my hospital bed

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The Mustard Seed Mum: When Mummy’s Sick

I'm not a mummy blogger with Pinterest boards of fun activities to do, Instagram stories of days out with my two little ones or a YouTuber with life advice on how to survive those early months and years. The Mustard Seed Mum is just my corner to reflect on motherhood and share it with anyone… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: When Mummy’s Sick

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An Interview with Bonnie S. Hirst – On Surviving Her Daughter’s Life Sentence

Hi Bonnie - welcome to the blog and thank you so much for coming to share your story today. How did you come to faith in Jesus? The summer of my sixth-grade year, I attended a church camp and while singing Kum Ba Ya around the campfire, I accepted Christ into my life. I felt… Continue reading An Interview with Bonnie S. Hirst – On Surviving Her Daughter’s Life Sentence