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The Mustard Seed Mum: Pressured to be perfect?

What makes a good parent? Think about it. Perhaps you think it is spending quality time with your kids. Maybe it's making sure they have as many opportunities as possible to succeed. Perhaps it's a particularly hard season of life so just getting them fed, bathed, dressed and keeping them out of harms way is… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: Pressured to be perfect?

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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: Leading By Example

https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss 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… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: Leading By Example

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The Mustard Seed Mum: When Grief Catches Up With You

https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss I cried in a cafĂ©. 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… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: When Grief Catches Up With You

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5 reflections from my hospital bed

https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss 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… Continue reading 5 reflections from my hospital bed

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Decade Done, 2019 Fun

It's the last day of 2019, so I thought I would share a few highlights of the decade and think about some of the blessings that this year has brought! Also, there will be some changes to this blog in 2020 - praying through the details at the moment! The blog has changed a lot… Continue reading Decade Done, 2019 Fun

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What Real Success Looks Like

Success started in the classroom. When I came home from school with certificates, it felt good. Throughout school I wanted to do well and was ready to take on whatever challenge I could academically. This desire to achieve continued through university where I graduated with a First Class honours degree. It felt like I could… Continue reading What Real Success Looks Like

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The Mustard Seed Mum: Milestones

It's hard to believe I have an 18 month old. I haven't written much about motherhood for a while, but I am hoping to write a bit more on this part of life. The topic that has been on my heart and mind recently is milestones. The majority of infants tend to reach developmental milestones… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: Milestones

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An interview with Fiona Lloyd – writing, parenting, publishing

Fiona is a dear friend and we have volunteered together on the Association of Christian Writers. Her encouragement and support during my pregnancy and in the following months of my son's life have been so helpful. I caught up with her to find out more about her recently published book 'The Diary of a (Trying… Continue reading An interview with Fiona Lloyd – writing, parenting, publishing

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The Little Things

As I said goodnight to my son and walked out slowly, pulling the door behind me, I slowly poked my head back into his room. He thought I'd left. I watched him get comfortable for the night and bring his arms across his face as he began to suck on his arm. It's an adorable… Continue reading The Little Things